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Jennifer Kidd from "Take Your Dress off, Irene" Lys Petersson as Irene We've used some down time to shoot a couple of new videos. They're in post production now, but expect them soon. Visual presentations of TAKE YOUR DRESS OFF, IRENE and ELEVEN:ELEVEN. Hunter shot these with big help from Zan Gilles. IRENE features great performances by Jennifer Kidd and Lys Petersson. More on the way.
from "The Bell Ringer" The Fins have contributed to a few films lately, including two documentaries. The latest is a short narrative film by our own Blood From a Turnip Productions, " THE BELL RINGER." Some of those images ended up in our HELEN OF TROY video (below). This 5-minute short is currently entered in the Film Racing Grand Prix Grand Prix 100 hour filmmaking competition. Please visit http://www.filmracing.com/forum/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=635 to check it out.
We've been working on new stuff for the upcoming shows. Along with that, we're excited to present our newest music video to accompany Helen of Troy. This was shot almost entirely in the FinHut with some footage thrown in from a new short film produced by Allan, his son Hunter, and some good friends. We'll post that when we're able. Hunter shot the video and Bolt Swiftpace edited for Blood From A Turnip productions. Please let us know what you think at (our official response site). Give it a rating on YouTube while you're there.
"Radiators Are Bleeding" LP waiting in the box of TAXI CEO, Michael Laskow We're back in Virginia with eyes wide open to the music industry. On Saturday we sat through a great session of A&R panelists listening to music chosen randomly from the anxious members. They would listen a bit and then give their opinions. The music was basically straight- up trying to please and not what Paul and I would choose to listen to, but some of it was very well crafted and entertaining. Paul & I so much wanted a Fin tune to interrupt the proceedings but, alas, we never were rewarded. I think the difference in hearing one of our songs (although it probably would not have been treated so kindly by the panel) would have been a welcome diversion for the roomful of musicians. If there's anything we've learned, it is that the people who make the decisions rarely take chances. Can't blame them really. They become "experts" by knowing what sells. And, who knows, maybe they really do like the ordinary. I know this is always subjective, but only a couple of things I heard at the convention really made me want to hear it outside of that hotel. Maybe that's what TAXI screeners say to themselves every day. Another thing that seemed strange to me was the fact that, even though there were over a thousand musicians within finger-snapping range, there was no entertainment in the hotel for the guests. Yes, you could sit in on the listening panels and the open mic sessions. But, c'mon...put a combo in the lounge and let's dance. The styles could have changed every half hour. But, I understand. (Please don't think that I don't understand.) It's about the contract. It's about success. It's not about independent sound. Of course, these "experts" probably wish the market would change more than it does so they could be more adventurous in their picks, but I can't imagine a world of having to deconstruct every song instead of feeling them. Anyway, we met some great people and came away with some valuable insight into the industry. But...after all the slick recordings were shared, we really just found ourselves on a plane wanting to come back home and play some real rock 'n' roll. Fill the room with noise. Dance. Spin me round. I don't want to touch the ground. Give us a while to reflect. Absorb. later. FINLAND at TAXI ...more TAXI and LA pics in photo section
The music industry is in the toilet right now according to the music executives. Lamont Dozier, one of the great pop songwriter of the Motown generation, agrees. He says this can be a good thing. "Opportunity is knocking." He means we're waiting for something new to come along and that today's songwriters have a chance to sell the world that sound. The irony is that the music executives don't seem to want to listen to anything that sounds different. So, how can it happen? Everything I heard last night and today at the Taxi A&R convention sounded like it was based on all the tried and true money-making formulas. It was old and tired. People who create new music are encouraged to reshape their sound to fit the mold. Maybe we'll get someone to listen to the Findells while we're here and maybe we won't. But, so far at least, we understand that we're aliens in this homogenous music scene. I'm not going to intentionally write a song for them. I'm here to see if they want to listen to something else. Taxi, proposing to want to introduce new music to the world, is actually (unintentionally perhaps) slowing down the process by catering to the same old thing. Sure, music is subjective. And everyone is not going to like everything. But, to disavow a sound merely because it sidesteps formula is ludicrous. As Paul and I left for lunch, an "expert" was listening to material from a randomly chosen songwriter in order to tell that songwriter how to make her song better- or really how to make it sound like other songs. He thinks formula is what we're after. I wonder what they would think of Lou Reed or Iggy Pop or Nick Cave. If someone played their music here, the suits would probably snicker. Aren't the Ramones being played during the 7th inning stretch in Yankee Stadium? What the Findells are after is feeling. And we're here to see if they'd like to experience our point of view. Instead, they think it is better if we all have the same point of view. Maybe later today or tomorrow we'll find someone who agrees with a similar philosophy. Oh, the Open mic was very much like it is anywhere- mostly excruciating. But, there are some good people here and the spirits are high and we're learning something about the industry. We can't afford the food at the convention so we head to Dennys. Ain't much good to eat near the airport. And, of course, the muzac piped into Denny's is exactly what the execs at TAxi is looking for. No more soap box. I'll wait my turn. Put CDs in shiny happy hands. Smile and tell them we sound like... Hasta luego. Paul schmoozes in the bar

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