Saturday, June 28, 2008

Episode 21 - HAPPY SUMMER!

Hi everyone, I posted an episode to my podcast, The True Independent Music Show!

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Legend Heart to Perform at Super Saturday at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA!

A festival of fun for everyone!

June 14, 2008 10 am - 6 pm

Free and open to the public

Super Saturday Celebrates 30 years!

Mark your calendars now!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Reno and Suzette of Legend Heart Having Fun

Here they are goofing around with the webcam on

Friday, October 26, 2007

Congress to FCC: Don’t Rush Media Consolidation

According to an article by Shawn Chang from, Congress intensified its efforts to slow down the FCC's rush to gut media ownership rules. Chang said that members of the house and senate have focused their attention towards FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, and he said that "Thursday, more than 40 members of the House joined Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.) in a letter Martin asking the Commission to 'resolve significant shortcomings in [the agency’s] plan regarding accountability, transparency, and scientific integrity' within the current media ownership proceeding."

Apparently, Martin has no intention of listening to the people's testimonies received during the past few years of public hearings, and he apparently plans to allow the gutting of media ownership rules in favor of conglomerates. If we live in a democracy, then how can it be that such a monstrosity can occur? How can the will of the people be so blatantly ignored?

Regarding the letter sent to Martin, Chang reveals, "The letter was prompted by last week’s revelation that Martin secretly circulated a timeline that would complete the current media ownership proceeding by mid-December, even though the FCC hasn’t completed a series of public hearings, addressed the dismal state of female and minority media ownership, or explained its shoddy and slanted research."

This is nothing short of appalling, and it brings to mind a quote by author Glenn Smith from his book entitled, "The Politics of Deceit: Saving Freedom and Democracy from Extinction," where he wrote:

"When freedom as we define it here becomes irrelevant to the machinations of government, why would government take steps to protect freedom? As expected, we find that elected leaders exaggerate the symbols and rhetoric of freedom while individual liberties are curtailed. American flags fly at every political event. Bells of liberty ring, patriotic music plays. While we are distracted, the political pickpockets go to work” (Smith 38).

What can be said about a federal agency that disregards its' responsiblities of protecting the public interest. In any other job, employees that defy their employers will usually find themselves unemployeed. How can it be that Chairman Martin is beyond reproach? Smith believes that with the Internet, there is hope in resisting the imposed policies of corrupt and unethical politicians:

"The Internet is a tool that is fast becoming maximally usable to its users.
This renewed participatory sphere is restoring citizens’ abilities to resist. It is resuscitating democracy and freedom. When citizens are engaged in conversations with one another about, say, the pros and cons of the Patriot Act, it is less likely that the manipulations of one leader or party will be as effective as they otherwise might be" (Smith 39).

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Fair Fight in the Marketplace: A Must See Documentary!

This film is brought to you by the collaborative efforts of: Street Law, Inc, the American Antitrust Institute, Filmmakers Collaborative, and the Constitutional Rights Foundation.

This is a documentary about what antitrust laws are, and what they mean to everyone—consumers, small businesses, entrepreneurs, free enterprise, etc.

It is now airing on PBS—but, if it is not airing in your area, you can watch it here. Before positive changes can happen, we must all be aware of the problem—and most importantly—we must care about the problem, because antitrust affects us all in many different ways, and in many different industries; true independent music included.

Learning resources are available by visiting””

If you would like to help--spread the word about this film!

Monday, May 21, 2007

How to Recognize True Independent Music from Imposters

True Independent Music is growing. So much, in fact, that major labels are now vying to create bands that pose as true independent acts--when in reality, they are not. It is a known fact that major labels regularly make offers to buy promising true independent record labels. When they can't buy them, they try to create the illusion. Here is an excerpt of an actual e-mail sent by a major label to a true independent record label we know:

"When we show interest in entertainment entities, this means there must be something unique, that it has indeed peaked our interest. It means there is potential for major success and growth. It is no secret that in business, there is a beneficial balance between both parties, regarding accomplishments, financial rewards, and recognition, to name a few. The balance may lean more in favor of us at first, until a proven formula has been established. Specific rights and restrictions are common in the entertainment industry. This maintains a structure that will keep order, and creates a protective element that makes business operate in an organized and timely fashion.

All of the small details are not of much importance in the big picture. The bottom line is, you are a small company that can do nothing of great measure for your artist. We are in a position to do so. We would like to purchase your label, and in turn, promote your artist as an independent artist, with major label benefits, which would include touring with established acts, recording in a state of the art studio, monetary advancements (career and personal), manufacturing, distribution, PR, and a name that will give them superior credibility. Sacrifices are a must for positive changes. Give that some thought. I am confident you will do the right thing."

Needless to say, this offer was declined, because free enterprise must prevail. So with this in are six ways to tell when a major label musical act is posing as an artist of true independent music:

1. They use cheats on MySpace, which shows inflated hits on their profile views, and inflated song plays. We have been approached by individuals on MySpace who claimed to have access to these programs and who also claimed to have the knowledge of how profiles are hacked and "friends" are involuntarily added, etc. These individuals were deleted and blocked.

2. They have extensive tour dates all over the world, and across the country. In reality, genuine true independent record labels cannot afford to take on the expense of a world or national tour, because they are disadvantaged in the marketplace, and they aren't permitted to play certain venues that are reserved for acts that are either signed with, or backed by, a major label.

3. They play concerts with major label acts.

4. They are on television, in the news, or in magazines that favor major labels.

5. They are getting lots of airplay on commercial and non-commercial radio stations nationwide.

6. None of the above is possible unless you are signed with a major label, or you are backed by a major label.

If there is a major label affiliation, connection, or backing, it is not true independent music. Don't be fooled.