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Demo Diaries A&R, 1999-2006, Part 3

In Canadian A&R, Demo Diaries, International A&R, U.S. A&R, UK A&R on November 5, 2006 at 7:40 pm

March 19, 2001

And hell, even more Demo Diaries Artists Signed: Soil (D Diaries 11/27/00) signed to J Records. Settie (D Diaries 3/23/98) is signed to the new 33rd Street/Tower Records label. 40 Below Summer (D Diaries 11/2/00) signed to London-Sire.

Don’t make me name which ones, but number of Artists signed to real major labels in last 3 months because of me: 3

March 7, 2001

More Demo Diaries Artists Signed: John Lardieri (Demo Diaries 9/19/00) signed to London-Sire. He’s looking for a reputable manager right now and will seek publishing soon. See him play in NYC at CB’s Gallery March 22 and Lion’s Den March 30 (call him at 646 591 4465). Samhill (Demo Diaries 10/25/99) signing to Epic. And I never mentioned that Laura Dawn (formerly Laura Galpin Demo Diaries 3/29/99) and Tommy Walter (formerly Tely Demo Diaries 7/12/99) are both on Extasy/Warner Bros. Slack Season just got another add at WPLA Jacksonville, FL. C60 has “Hit” added at WFNX Boston and WGIR Manchester, NH (Hugo Burnham at

March 5, 2001

Los Angeles Scene: Benny Cassette sounds like Beck meets Eminem meets early 80s NYC rap. Arista and Clockwork are on it and more meetings last week with Interscope and Maverick (Todd Rubenstein at, Venice band Suckerpump ( has the rocktronica thing going on, crunchy Rob Zombie like guitars. UK feel to it though. Hollywood band Glitch surfacing as well (for both John Reese at Freeze Management,

News: Atlanta band Film has been plugging away for a couple of years. Rick Beato produced EP out this March (the song “Q” produced by Don McCollister). They’re featured on Bombtrax Insite Compilation. A couple of major labels checking on them, reportedly will showcase for one. Singer from Australia, keyboardist from Scotland. You’ll hear Verve, INXS melodies in there. No manager (lawyer Greg Brooks at, Among Thieves at NYC’s CBGB 3/6 9:30PM. Said to have showcased for Reprise last week. Song “My Mistake” in Peter Fonda movie “Wooly Boys” (Alan Robert at Schatzi at Austin’s Metro 3/15 10PM.

Unsigned at Commerical Radio: “Sideways” by The Sheila Divine gets added at Boston’s WFNX and Buffalo’s WEDG. Will Hoge gets adds at Birmingham’s WRAX and Philadelphia’s WXPN/World Cafe. Past adds include Nashville’s WRLT and Memphis’ WMPS.

February 27, 2001

The Juliana Theory is a 5 piece from Adamsburg, Pennsylvania. It’s not like you haven’t read about them by now. But the facts are: “Emotion Is Dead” CD (Tooth & Nail) has sold 25,000 and previous release sold 15,000. Said to draw 400+ in NYC, Chicago and LA. June Warped Tour dates. “Understand The Dream is Over” single will probably get a bunch of commercial specialty adds at end of March/April (already on KITS San Francisco and WXDX Pittsburgh). They’re not unlike Third Eye Blind, Lit, Blink 182 at times. Josh Karchmer and Marc Schapiro at, managers.

Outspoken is a 5 piece from Louisville, Kentucky. In vein of Alice In Chains, Cold, Godsmack. Melodic. 3 song demo. I hear Elektra, Republic are checking them out. “Revolving” might be added to Louisville commercial WTFX soon. Producer Pete Matthews (Dust For Life) is talking to them now. NYC shows at Arlene Grocery April 10 7:30PM and CBGB April 14 9PM. Fred Davis is lawyer. Scott Frazier at 502 896 6250, or Diane Ernest/Dean Cramer (Ernest Entertainment) at 212 333 8253, managers.

Shows: Lucky Town in NYC at Arlene Grocery March 6 8PM. New demos mixed by Mitch Easter (Bob McNaughton at, Atrixo at LA’s Whisky A Go-Go March 1 9:30PM, Columbia and Dreamworks scheduled to attend.

February 21, 2001

Commercial station WTKS Orlando, FL (market 41) has a weekend music format. Three unsigned/indie acts are on the playlist now: Slack Season’s “Highway Firecracker”, Ashtray Babyhead’s “Mir” and The Chase Theory’s “Chandelier”.

Songs/Records: Gabriel Gordon’s new demo “Magnetism” is nice (2/27 at LA’s Dragonfly, 3/2 at NYC’s Arlene Grocery). DNA Doll’s “Paradise Sold” (produced by Andy Gill) has a nice ethereal, melodic quality about it. Dashboard Confessional’s “Swiss Army Romance” song is cool. Howie Day’s new CD is at 5500 in sales, playing sold out shows in various markets, add at WXPN (NYC show coming in March). The Sheila Divine’s new CD is good. Has a UK 80s thing about it at times. Radio adds scheduled. Minus now has two offers. New demos (manager Josh Karchmer at The Jealous Sound (D Diaries Jan 10, 2000) signed to Mojo.

February 16, 2001

Stonevelvet is a 5 piece from Columbus, Ohio. Very melodic pop rock. 19 year old Tiffany Evans vaguely sounds like Gwen Stefani at times but with a strong, convincing vibrato. 300+ draw to live shows. Music just began circulating. I hear RCA and EMI Publishing are looking into them (manager Ariel Bender at 954 566 4423, lawyer Joe Brenner at, Oren at,

February 15, 2001

Micah Green is from NYC. 11 song CD produced by Duncan Sheik. I like “Friends in High Places”, “Family Circus” and “Hollywood”. In vein of Elliot Smith, Weezer, Duncan Sheik. Subtle, melodic, indie-esque at times. Support from LA’s KCRW (Micah at or David Leinheardt at,

February 13, 2001

Las Vegas band Slow To Surface has new 3 song demo done with engineer/producer Dave Dominguez (Papa Roach, Staind, Powerman 5000). Not unlike progressive bands such as Tool but with melodic emo style. Columbia, Maverick, Beyond, Island attended recent showcase (Pat Ellis at,, demo at site).

Atlanta’s Travisty Theory is lead by 19 year old Travis Harvey. 3 song demo produced by Owsley and Peter Bunetta, mixed by Tom Lord-Alge. At times sounds suspiciously like music from the Bowery in NYC late 70s hidden behind modern rock production. What do I know. They have publishing offer. SXSW ASCAP Showcase March 16 at The Drink (Lanny West at,

Status of the Signed: Coldplay at 200,000 in U.S. sales, Nelly Furtado at 200,000 in U.S. sales.

February 8, 2001

Unsigned/Indie on commercial radio: Wayne has their song “Letterbox” added to WRAX Birmingham AL, 20 spins/week (Simon Horrocks at, Keen will reportedly have their song “281” added to KRZQ Reno NV next week (Kelly Kollar at, Slack Season getting 11 spins/week with “Highway Firecracker” at WRUF Gainesville FL (Ray Powell at Aunt Flossie’s “For You For Me” continues to spin in regular rotation at KLBJ Austin TX, also reported add at WNOR Norfolk VA (Ray Maiello at, Arson Welles has their song “Easy On Me” in regular rotation at WOXY Cincinnati/Oxford OH (

February 4, 2001

The music industry is a big piece of sh-t. Anyway…..

Buddahead is decent. Fronted by London guy Raman Kia. Some of the songs were done with Bill Appleberry and Toby Miller (Colony, Adema). After maybe 4-5 listens “When I Fall” became my favorite with the soaring string section at the close. Then I like “Chains”. But if you want more American sounds try “Cruel”. Other than that song it’s all very UK. I heard Arista, American, J, Capitol, Dreamworks were checking them out. They’re with Rondor Publishing. Ron Moss can get you a copy,

I like this band Brown out of Raleigh, North Carolina. Raw demos, unpolished style fits this act featuring Reed Mullin (COC) and John Custer. They have “Jennifer” (which I haven’t heard) spinning 12-15 times/week on commercial WBBB (market 48). I like the song “Satellite”. They’re sound is Axl Rose, David Bowie, Dinosaur Jr., Soundgarden. Contact the email to get in touch,

Errortype:11 is surfacing again. Reportedly being checked out by Capitol, Arista, RCA, American. NYC Mercury Lounge show February 28. Jon Keidan at

Tabloid Nation has an offer from Blackbird/Atlantic. Several other labels remain interested. Atlantic exec(s) supposed to be at NYC Brownies show February 8 10PM.

Ruby Amanfu in discussions with Polydor UK.

Stage (D Diaries Oct 17, 2000) is signed to Maverick.

Hey can someone help me get this demo by LA based band Stendec (the dudes are from Gordon, Local H, Dig, White Zombie). Email me thanks.

I sat here all day listening to Creeper Lagoon’s “Wrecking Ball”. Most of my other days I listen to Coldplay, U2, Richard Ashcroft or Matthew Good over and over and over……

January 23, 2001


Detroit band Rev (in vein of Lit, Face to Face, Marvelous 3, Bad Religion) now has their song “So Long” spinning 11-14 times/week evenings at Detroit commercial WRIF. Talking to producer Josh Abraham (Crazy Town, Staind, Limp Bizkit, Orgy) about production deal. Have showcased for Dreamworks, Atlantic, Elektra. Lawyer is Barry Mallen. Manager is Rick Smith (Days of The New). Download 3 demos at Contact band member Charlie Grover (formerly of Sponge) at or 248 543 1517. NYC’s Celldweller is back with 3 new demos: “Switchback”, “Afraid This Time”, “So Sorry To Say”. Still like Depeche Mode, Tool, NIN, Vast. Really impressive material. Download by clicking/right clicking at (contact Tyler Bacon at Cleavage doing demos with Arista. Skinny Bone Jones has an offer from Nu America/Arista (Babyface’s label). Six Clips in negotiations with Sony Publishing. Slack Season plays in LA at Gig/Melrose 1/25 8:30PM. Will reportedly get add at Gainesville, FL commercial WRUF. Monique Mosee is now at 23,000 in sales with her indie CD.

January 16, 2001

Schatzi is 4 piece from Austin, Texas. “Death of the Alphabet” is getting 12-14 spins/week on commercial KROX. 8 song indie EP. They’re sort of like Sunny Day Real Estate, Weezer, Lit, Nirvana at times. Local live draw is now up to 400 people. Offer from Restart Records, the label formed by At the Drive In. On CMJ March Sampler. They have a lawyer. Contact manager George Couri at 512 479 7030,

Gabriel Gordon is from NYC. He plays guitar for Natalie Merchant. “Angelika” and “News for You” are the good ones on “Frequency” CD. MCA, Interscope, Capitol, Virgin, RCA, Reprise, Epic, Columbia scheduled to attend LA’s Mint show January 24. He’s not unlike Jeffrey Gaines, Lenny Kravitz, Ben Harper. Live draw can be over 100. He has a lawyer. Contact manager Chad Jensen at 805 569 2538,,

The Blank Theory is a 4 piece from Chicago. Not unlike Incubus, Deftones, Tool. New songs to be sent out this week. February 2 show at Metro. Among those that are scheduled to attend are Dreamworks, Columbia, V2. Local draw is over 500. They have a lawyer. Contact manager Andy Georgin at 773 294 7365,,

More News: Chicago R&B group 3pc. seems to be doing very well. “Don’t Miss A Good Thang” is a good one off their 7 song sampler. Last I heard it was spinning 5 times/week at Chicago commercial WGCI. In vein of acts like R. Kelly, Dru Hill, Jagged Edge, Brian McKnight. 800+ to live shows, single “U 4 Me” soundscanned 17,000. Elektra, Atlantic, RCA are/were tuned in (Maurice Jefferson at 773 582 9980, Richmond, California’s Unjust have reportedly been checked out by Capitol, Atlantic, Columbia, American, Immortal, Giant, Maverick, Jive (contact Eric at, ). NYC’s Further play at NYC’s CBGB 1/16 8:30PM. Did new demos with Epic. Taped show for Farmclub (contact Joshua at, Chicago’s Soil will showcase 1/21 at Chicago’s Metro.


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