Len Peralta from Jawbone Radio has been doing the Monster by Mail project for some time now: For twenty bucks, you get your own custom-drawn monster mailed to you, and for an extra sawbuck Len will create a stop-motion video that takes you from blank paper to finished art.
Thunderegg was fortunate enough to provide the soundtrack to a couple of Len’s most recent works. Here’s one of a crazy card shark (“I Felt Wonderful”). And here’s another one, featuring a huge octopus (“I Died Today [for Just a Minute]”).
We’re playing the Space in Hamden tonight, a great spot founded and run by New Haven rock legends the Mighty Purple. It’s where all the best bands play: to wit, the Sharp Things, with whom we’re sharing the evening’s bill. And of course us. With whom the Sharp Things are sharing the evening’s bill. This will be fun.
The snocap stuff just cluttered up the page, so it’s gone now. It’s fairly well documented that we hate snocap anyway. If you want to pick up a copy of This Week, you can still get one at our PayPal page; soon you’ll also be able to download it from iTunes through the kind auspices of CD Baby. I kind of hate CD Baby too, but then again, today I hate everything.
Yesterday the New York Times Magazine ran a really long piece on a guy named Jonathan Coulton who pretty recently completed a project called “Thing a Week”–he posted a new song every week from September 2005 to September 2006. Thunderegg sends kudos Coulton’s way for both completing the arduous project and for the great press.
Of course, I also feel compelled to say–hacking away at myspace during my day job, keeping an eye peeled for my boss, while Coulton sips iced coffees in Park Slope and wades through reams of fan mail–that when Coulton started his project, Thunderegg was already at week 36 of its own 2005 Song of the Week project. Man, at that point we had three discs’ worth of stuff and Coulton hadn’t even been BORN yet. (Full record of the 2005 project here.)
No hard feelings of course. Lots of people are doing song-of-the-week stuff now, and I can’t definitively state that we were the first people ever to do it. (Though of course we did it best and we did it analog.) But this did get me thinking. According to the article, Coulton now makes an average of three to five G’s a month from his music! That’s because he actually CHARGES MONEY for his songs! (All 52 of Thunderegg’s 2005 songs were free; only 21 of Coulton’s things-a-week were.) And people gladly pay for them!
Sooooo…we’re gonna start charging too. Starting this week, right here at Fox/MySpace and through our old friends snocap, you can buy the best of the 2005 Thunderegg Song of the Week project for 99 cents a track. (May 23: No you can’t. Not anymore. But soon you can just get ’em on iTunes.) Or if you want a prix fixe discount, you can also go to our paypal page and buy the whole album, 15 great songs, for $10 postage paid.
As for the other 37 songs, most of them will be available at a later date via a currently confidential but mind-blowing new project. So stay tuned.
While the album Hartford Courant music critic Eric Danton mentions here has for the most part been tragically overlooked (total sales thus far: eleven units), all is forgiven if it gets us into the Connecticut Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Of all the things that could happen in this world, known and unknown, not many would be cooler than that.
(The curious may wonder: If you printed up 100 copies of “This Week” and sold eleven, how is it that you only have 51 left? Good question. We sent the rest to music bloggers, most of whom are apparently all Egged out.)
“David Thomas had a group called Rocket from the Tombs. When it fell apart in the summer of 1975, he decided to record an artifact. This artifact, he hoped, would gain him entry into the Brotherhood of the Unknown that was gathering in used record bins everywhere.”
—The Official Ubu Communex Version of Events, as quoted in liner notes to Pere Ubu box set Datapanik in the Year Zero
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