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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Sites Where You Can Get Your Music Reviewed
3. Radio Shows that will Play Your Music
4. Online Services that will Help to Sell Your Music
5. Sites Where You Can Upload Your Band's MP3s or Videos
6. Helpful Music Resources
7. Make $$$$ From Your Music! PART II by author Daylle Deanna Schwartz
8. Getting Your Music into Film PART I by Scooter Johnson
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Welcome to the August edition of The Indie Contact Newsletter.

In the first article of this month's newsletter, author Deanna Daylle Schwartz presents us with Part II of her article on how to make money in the music business. Daylle was also kind enough to donate two of her books to subscribers of this newsletter.

In the second article, Scooter Johnson lays out the steps to take if you would like to try and get your music into film. During his career, Scooter has made many connections in the film, music and television industries. He shares many of his insights with us in this two-part article.

As always, the MuzikMan is back with another review. This month he reviews From The Desk Of Sally's CD "Everything & Nothing".

Starting in September, there will be two more prizes given out each month. A new sponsor, InsideTheMusicBusiness.com, will be donating a copy of their book "Inside The Music Business: The Power Players" as well as a 3-month subscription to their Monthly Audio Series. For details on these prizes check out their website: www.insidethemusicbusiness.com

As is the case every month, there is a sizable group of new contacts listed that can help you to gain more exposure for your music. So dig in, and enjoy the August issue of The Indie Contact Newsletter!

David Wimble


Below are the contacts that were submitted to me in July. The contacts listed are sorted into FIVE sections.

1. Publications that will review your music
2. Radio stations/shows that will play your music
3. Online services that will help to sell your music
4. Sites where you can upload your band's MP3s or videos
5. Resources and promotional sites for Independent bands




Traditional Music Maker
Brian Healey tradmusic@btclick.com
A monthly magazine based in the UK and widely available throughout Europe. The magazine covers all forms of traditional music from Folk to Country and World Music, supporting unsigned artists with CD reviews, profiles, compilation disc, mail order sales through the magazine and website.

Blue Jean Online
Sherry Handel editors@bluejeanonline.com
The only web site written, edited, and produced by young women around the world. As a result we're attracting wonderful young women recording artists who are submitting their press releases and CDs for review consideration by our Teen Editorial Board. These young women reviewers are looking for more women artists to feature in our Music Review department and our Music Showcase (where we interview women musicians/songwriters)!

Comatose Rose Magazine
Azriel J. Knight azriel@comatoserose.com
Canada's Only Gothic Industrial Print Magazine.

dom Salemi brutarian1@juno.com
Music, interviews, comics, reviews. Updated every week.

Wendy V's Local Blend
Brief notes on singer/songwriter, folk/acoustic/pop artists from Minnesota. E-mail Query first before sending CDs or attachments.

Wendy V's Christian/Gospel CD spotlight
Brief reviews of new Southern Gospel/Christian product. E-mail Query first before sending CDs or attachments.
Freakz of Rock
Ashley Andrews insanityshock@hotmail.com
We are an underground website that promotes underground rock bands. We have interviews, reviews and articles and an online radio station and even has a live show!

Miguel Rosario mrosario@larumbamusical.com
An online Latin music magazine which covers local and international events targeted to new and unsigned bands and up-coming artists.

The Shred Zone
Nick Martinelli shreddemon@prodigy.net
A total guitar resource center with CD, demo and product reviews. Free online lessons, interviews and more! Updated weekly!

the twinstar revolution
miss.em contribute@twinstarrevolution.com
Independent music journal kicking up a little revolution dust in the faces of sour music critics. Also a fund for bands/musicians.

Chad Pappas chad@aebn.net
Funny Pictures, Music Reviews and Photos, Humorous Antic's, Great links!

Dragon Flight Recordings/Mailorder/Magazine
Clint info@dragonflightrec.org
Experimental, Dark Industrial/Ambient, Noise and Doom label, mailorder & Print magazine.

The Hammonton Gazette
Jim Calder jcalder@mail.hammontongazette.com
Our newspaper (located in Southern New Jersey) contains an extensive Entertainment section including information and reviews for music, movies, books, shows and other issues within the industry. In the next few weeks I will begin writing a column where I hope to review unknown bands and CD's. Mailing information: Jim Calder, The Hammonton Gazette, PO Box 1228, Hammonton, N.J. 08037

Karen Piper matic@theStereoEffect.com
Reviews and Interviews of the newest and most exciting music in the US and the UK.

RAINMAKER MUSIC PUBLICITY devoted to working with unsigned bands and indie labels across the U.S.A....So..Ride The Revolution... go to: www.rainmakerpublicity.com


Subscribe to the award-winning free ezine/webzine MUSIC MORSELS - the music industry's monthly publication featuring self-help for musicians and songwriters including interviews with national and unsigned recording artists, industry profiles, CD reviews and much more. Just send an email to MusMorsels@aol.com with the word "Subscribe" in the subject field.

MUSICIANS & LABELS: Send your presskits (must send complete presskit (photo, bio, clippings), not just a CD) to us for possible upcoming reviews or interviews in Music Morsels. We cover all genres. Mail to: Sandy Serge, Editor, Music Morsels, PO Box 672216, Marietta, GA 30006-0037 USA URL - http://www.serge.org/musicmorsels.htm Published since 1995 targeting musicians, songwriters and music industry professionals serving over 35,000 readers.

Music book author and guru Daylle Deanna Schwartz is holding her next seminar for "Start & Run Your Own Record Label" on September 28th, and for "How to Get a Record Deal" on November 16th, both in New York City. Seminar topics include: Setting up a Business, Marketing and Promotion, Copyright and Publishing, Distribution, Recording Contracts, Developing a Following, Putting Together a Press Kit and much more! For more information visit Daylle's website at http://www.revengeproductions.net




Radio Crystal Blue
Dan Herman cblue@mindspring.com
As a voice for indie/local/Internet-based talent worldwide, Dan presents a unique freeform mix of old and new favorites.

The Net's best all Indie Rock station.
Radio ARA
webmastARA chicken.MO@internet.lu
Associative, independent, multicultural radio station from the grand-duchy of Luxembourg.

Tracy Kollker Crick tracy@demodaze.com
The leading New Music media company pushing top Indie and Emerging music mainstream. 2002 resources include: online, satellite and traditional radio, venue, campus, and promotional channels.

Rhythm N' Praise Internet Radio
Paul Cash pcash@rhythmandpraise.com
We play commerical-free contemporary gospel music 24 hours a day. We will also review your music.

Goon Squad Radio
Tom Printy dj@goonsquadradio.com
Streaming Indies from Chicago. We are a Chicago based web stream that is seeking more artists from the greater Chicago/IL area. Please contact me to get your material into our playlist.

SBS Records Now Accepting Submissions for Indie Music CD Sampler Vol. 7 Our objective is to encourage and support independent music of all genres and levels of experience. We give the samplers as gifts with purchase to our 15,000 + world wide fan base , plus you get 50 free to give away as purchase incentives, contest prizes etc. And we keep the fee lower than any other pro sampler - 0.275 per CD to be on 1000 samplers. Please circle up to 2 songs (less than 4:30 each) and send your CD to: SBS Records, P.O.Box 3092, Decatur, GA. 30031, ATTN: SAMPLER. We'll contact you if your song is chosen. Artists retain publishing and ownership. CD cannot be returned. For past sampler artists and more info, please visit us at sbs-records.com. I am a member AND an independent musician.michellemalone.com

MidPoint Music Festival - Cincinnati, OH - September 26-28

100+ bands from all over the world will be selected to play this three day event. If you're an organization that wants to be a MXMW sponsor, please go to www.mxmw.org/sponsor to learn more. Registration to attend MXMW begins August 5th. Press releases at www.mxmw.org/presskit. MXMW Cincinnati LLC - POB 909, Milford, OH 45150 - info@mxmw.org


This summer Galaris is publishing a new resource for musicians!! This all inclusive musicians directory will include the following categories: Booking Agents, Clubs, Disc Manufacturers, Distributors, Legal Services, Magazines, Managers, Music Retailers, Photographers, Promoters, Publicists, Publishers, Radio Stations, Record Labels, Music Schools, Studios, Video/Sound Production, Engineers and Producers.

Those who fit into any of these categories are encouraged To submit their listing at: http://galaris.com/musiciansdirectory/submit.php

Hey Baby! Looking for something different? http://www.cdpimp.com Visit www.CDPimp.com on the web and find the coolest online CD Store for Independent Artists of all genres. For a one time $30 set up fee you get: Web page with your bio, a picture, Sound Clips of all songs, Paid for MP3 downloads, a reviews page and more. Also get a matching store for your website. Checks mailed monthly. Also avail- able: Graphic design, website design, Multimedia CD authoring, streaming video and rapid turnaround for UPC Barcodes.




The A&R Network
Peter Whitehead peter@bandreg.com
With its 'Best Of Unsigned' compilation CD now in its 37th volume, the A&R Network has an amazing track record for issuing tracks from bands and artists who go on to major chart success. The A&R Network seeks to bring together music detectives worldwide and supports artist development by networking and joint ventures. Help and advice on demos, songwriting and choice of name. Contact us or mail your CDs to Peter Whitehead, A&R Network/Band Register, PO Box 594, Richmond, TW10 6YT, UK

Big Baby Entertainment
Charles W. Wilson, Jr 8778114615@worldcom.com
We are a fully equiped independent record label out of South Carolina. We like to describe our selves as "The Next Big Thing Coming".

Hardcore Promotions
DJ Catatonic dante9@angelfire.com
Providing promotion for mp3.com artists and entertainment for everyone else.

eIndie Records
Jacob Bouchard kickitonetime@hotmail.com
Promotion and Distribution for NYC local bands.

BeeZee70 Productions
Shane Mills mills@bz70mail.com
An independent record label headquartered in Atlanta, GA with a satellite office in New York City. Established in September 2000, BeeZee70 has continued to build a solid production and management team that is capable of handling all aspects of production and marketing required to successfully develop, manage and promote our artists and services, from creative conception to sales fulfillment.

Raysmix Records
Ray Jones raysmixrecords@yahoo.co.uk
Artists and Music wanted for next RAM album. Royalties paid.

OneSicKPuppy Records
Martin Devaughan martin@osp-records.cjb.net
Small indie label based in UK, willing to distribute bands on a one off agreement. No promises, no BS.

Shut Eye Records
Pete Knapp pete@shuteyerecords.com
We have released music from more than 300 artists from around the world in almost ever genere of popular independent music.

TekSunGirl Musician & Band Promotion
LaNita teksungrl909@aol.com
Supporting both the Local & National music scenes with photos, reviews, news, promotional tips, resources, local band listings and more!

Tropix Music
Michael Scutellaro mike@tropixmusic.com
Sells independent albums in all genres. Includes: cover art, description, track listing and song clips.

Purple OZ Distribution Inc.
Ryan info@purpleoz.com
We are an independent music distributor focusing on electronic music (TRANCE).

Due to your participation with The Indie Bible, you are eligible for worldwide distribution through The Orchard and can take advantage of this offer for a special reduced rate. Just send an email to indiebible@theorchard.com to receive more info on The Orchard and to obtain the special Indie Bible application into The Orchard.

The Orchard (www.theorchard.com) is one of a kind! We are dedicated to giving independent record labels and artists access to the same distribution opportunities the Major Labels have enjoyed almost exclusively for years. The Orchard makes the music of independent artists available, side by side with Major Label albums. We are an entertainment company that has grown in just three years time into one of worlds largest suppliers of new music. Through agreements with the nations largest one stop distributors, we are the leading and most dominant provider of independent and global content to all of the major on-line stores including, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, CDNow etc... as well as traditional retail.


Indiemusicreview.com is a new website that empowers independent artists by offering them CD REVIEWS as well as in- depth CRITIQUES of their works by an award winning producer. Instead of funding the site with money from subscribers or advertisers, any artist may submit their disc along with a small fee. REVIEWS are posted on the site and detailed CRITIQUES are emailed directly to you. For more info, click over to http://www.indiemusicreview.com/indiebible



New Music Buzz
Peter newmusicbuzz@aol.com
Create and post your bands profile on our site, including band info and sample sound clips.

The Blues Barn
Frank thebluesbarn@thebluesbarn.com
A site for Blues/Indie artists to get more exposure by posting their music for learning musicians to practice along with.

Hip Hop Palace.com
Rob Wright promoradiony@yahoo.com
Artists can upload their music and also be placed on our radio show.

Live Artists!
Danny Maijer danny@liveartists.com
http://www.liveartists.com Live Artists!
Supports the unsigned artists with MP3 music samples and a bi-weekly news letter.

Register Now for the MMCFF 2002!
Keynote speakers such as Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens/Founder of Unsigned Channel of XM Satellite Radio, the premier of "42K", a new feature comedy starring Michael Madsen and directed by Darren Doane ( director of major music videos including Blink 182, Jimmy Eat World, and many more), XM Satellite Radio doing live interviews and playing music from showcasing Midwest Music Conference and Film Festival artists and interviews with filmmakers, + much more. 2 days of industry panels, trade show, and showcases featuring many of the top unsigned acts from across the country, from New York to Los Angeles, from Texas to Minnesota and in between. Register now for just $75. One of the nation's most artist-friendly events. More information at www.midwestmusicconference.net, 859.223.1560, or email midwestmusic2002@aol.com. MMCFF is August 22-24 in Lexington, KY.




Dennis Walters menacemedia@cfl.rr.com
Online resource center and meeting point for Florida-based musicians or musicians traveling through Florida.

The Band Register
An essential website with an invaluable A-Z look-up database featuring over 330,000 bands and artists complete with contact info and music links. The largest publicly-available database look-up service of its kind, this is the authoritative listing where you can check if a name is in use and add your own to help protect it and avoid name disputes in the future. Complete with a full legal advice and US Federal Trademarking service.

Bandlink CD Intelligence
Cedric Gore cgore@bandlink.com
The first Internet-powered music CD service. It provides the most direct, vibrant, updateable, community-driven experience available to fans and artists.

Scott Clark Indie@cdreviewnetwork.com
Free promotion for bands. Across the United States we pass out FREE, CDreviewNetwork.com, compilation CDs. Anywhere there are music fans, and depending on your style of music, we make your music find people. It costs nothing to participate. You can send in a CD or even use your MP3. People listen to our compilations, then come to our site to find out where you sell your full length CD. If you sell your CD somewhere on the internet, CDreviewNetwork.com is a wonderful free opportunity for exposure...

TranceMaster taggsy316@hotmail.com
A place for producers to talk about music, promote there music, and learn about music.

Copyright Your Song
The PDF form to file with the U.S. Copyright Office.

Copyright Your Sound Recording
The PDF form to file with the U.S. Copyright Office.

Uniform Code Council
The UCC administers the Universal Product Code (U.P.C. bar code) and provides a full range of integrated standards and business solutions.


I did all the boring stuff spending thousands of hours finding this information for you. All you have to do is take a few minutes each day to contact each of the resources listed in the book. These people have a passion to help Independent artists! They're waiting for you to get in touch with them!

The 3rd Edition lists:
*2300* publications that will REVIEW your CD!
*2700* radio stations that will PLAY your songs!
*440* vendors and services that will help you to SELL your music!
*350* sites where you can UPLOAD your songs!
*33* articles that WILL help your career to continue to soar!

For details and to order online visit:

MidPoint Music Festival - Cincinnati, OH - September 26-28

100+ bands from all over the world will be selected to play this three day event. If you're an organization that wants to be a MXMW sponsor, please go to www.mxmw.org/sponsor to learn more. Registration to attend MXMW begins August 5th. Press releases at www.mxmw.org/presskit. MXMW Cincinnati LLC - POB 909, Milford, OH 45150 - info@mxmw.org

The 2002 Midwest Music Summit is right around the corner. This year closet to 200 bands will showcase on over 20 stages. In addition 10 music industry panels will take place covering touring, producing, management, A&R and indie music. Representatives from TVT, Columbia, Warner Brothers, Roadrunner, Loud, Arista, Clear Channel plus tons of college radio stations will be on hand for some power networking. Dont miss out. More info and register online at www.midwestmusicsummit.com


7. MAKE $$$$ FROM YOUR MUSIC! PART I by author Daylle Deanna Schwartz
© 2002 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission


How can an unsigned artist make real money? If you have songwriting talent, use it! Unknown songwriters can make a lot more money than signed artists. There's a much greater potential to earn money from songs than from record sales. Learn what makes a song extremely marketable. Great commercial songs sell. Study songwriting markets. Gather information at workshops and panels. Get advice from pros at organizations and from other songwriters. Keep thinking W.I.N. - Write your ass off! Improve your skills! Network your ass off! -

There's much opportunity to get songs placed in film and TV. Once your foot is in the door and you have credits, you can place songs regularly if they're good. According to artists I've spoken to, it's great money. Network to get contacts for smaller publishers or Music Supervisors who use indie music. They want you! Using an unsigned artist's music is faster because you own the master and can license it immediately, and it's cheaper because you're happy to take less money. It's very possible to reach the right people, IF you have the goods.

Many artists are also developing careers by touring. You have to get VERY GOOD. Practice by doing as many gigs as possible. Touring artists say that you can't worry about money at first. Begin by developing a following where you live. If you're good, people will eventually come see you. Or, try another town. Cities like NY and LA can be discouraging. Play elsewhere if it's not working where you live! Breaking out of your hometown is do-able. I interviewed enough artists to believe that. And I interviewed enough media people to believe that if you do consistent PR tour support, you can develop a lucrative touring career. You may not make money at first (or second or third!) Many musicians consider a tour that breaks even successful. But if you persevere, you can make money, especially if you have CDs and other merch to sell.

There are many alternative routes that can keep you out of a day job. I interviewed musicians who are doing well by playing fairs and festivals, frat parties, house parties, cruise ships, and more. If you check who's coming to your region in Pollstar (pollstar.com), you can approach their management, agent, tour promoter, etc. to talk yourself on as the opening act. Many tours use local acts so they don't have to pay travel expenses. Musicians who've made it to Europe swear by it. There are many avenues for touring abroad. It helps if you approach a local label for a licensing deal so they can support your tour. Many will sign you if they know you'll tour in their region. Research can also help your music get into TV commercials and product promotions. Once you're making a living from music, it's easier to attract a record deal that will enhance the career you already have. At that point, you may not want one!

The above is a condensed version of several chapters of the recently released new edition of Daylle Deanna Schwartz's best-selling The Real Deal: How to Get Signed to a Record Label (Billboard Books), which elaborates on ways that musicians can make money on the road to a deal. Daylle is also author of Start & Run Your Own Record Label (Billboard Books). Through Revenge Productions, she does private consulting and teaches seminars based on her books. Her next seminars are Start & Run Your Own Record Label on September 28th and How to Get a Record Deal on November 16th, in NYC. Her website has info on her seminars and her books can be ordered there too. http://www.revengeproductions.net

Songsalive! Expo 2002 is a spectacular, indie-focused event that will bring together songwriting organizations, music business professionals and services, and artists under one umbrella for a full-action packed day, celebrating our global songwriting community and the needs of songwriters. Saturday September 28, 2002 LOS ANGELES

This will be your chance to EXPOse your music, network, share your indie experience, promote and become empowered with the tools to achieve self- made success.

We will have panel discussions (the main focus, with celebrated and honored industry professionals discussing various "hot" music industry topics throughout the day,) songwriting critique workshops, closed pro- sessions with leading songwriters, exhibition booths for artists and the industry to expose their services, and artist showcases at the main venue and surrounding Los Angeles clubs.

Apply to Showcase or register for this fabulous, unique event. http://WWW.SONGSALIVE.ORG/EXPO

Subscribe to the Songsalive! email list for more news about this at http://enotes.songsalive.org or email a blank email to songsalive-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Songwriters, bands & artists! Enter to win a grand prize of over US$50,000 in cash, merchandise and more! This the largest prize package in any annual songwriting competition. Also, winners' songs will be featured on a nationally syndicated radio program serving over 60 cities in the US and Canada. Judges include A&R Managers from Major Record labels and publishers. BONUS: Early bird entrants receive a FREE gift.
Hurry, visit: http://www.songwriting.net


8. GETTING YOUR MUSIC INTO FILM - PART ONE by Scooter Johnson © 2002 All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission


So you have a band, a CD, a practice space, a so-so van, a couple of gigs coming up and an internet connection - what next? Convergence. A dirty word for corporations but a promising term for bands striving to go that extra mile for exposure and financial independence. The internet is proving itself to be beneficial to the newest bands and others who recognize that they have to reach far beyond the city limits to make a go of music as a career.

Your two immediate online needs are a URL or domain name that is representative of band, preferably www.yourbandname.com with a main email address of info@yourbandname.com that is checked regularly (www.internic.net worldwide or http://www.cira.ca in Canada, www.yahoo.com). With thousands upon thousands of bands online, doing searches for indie bands who have lost themselves at the end of a very long URL - can consider themselves truly lost. Don't make people fight to find you! There are many sites that allow you set-up your presence for free or for a monthly fee that includes your own domain name, an email service that allows group emails (ie. regular newsletter or gig/touring announcements), merchandise sales with e-commerce capabilities (credit card processing and shipping) and a walk through of all the steps involved in building your pages (try www.freedomtogroove.com).

After your website our first foray into online money-making was joining mp3.com. It was relatively easy to upload our music but we're not making any money off it and haven't for over a year as the cost to be a 'Premium' member per month exceeded what we were making off plays. It was enough to put back into the band for expenses, posters, photocopying press kits, printer cartridges, postage, recording, gas money, CD dubbing costs etc.

Curious on how to market your site, join mailing lists, book a tour, contact an A&R rep and get the best deal on pressing CD? Check out many of the dozens of websites put together by your peers (www.indie-music.com is excellent) that contain many articles, links, resources and directory listings. What you probably will not find is information on music licensing. Licensing? This is the term applied to the process of placing music on visual creative projects, such as film soundtracks (film, video, digital), television programs and advertising campaigns.

As more and more music is being made available online for different uses it is natural for production people to turn to the internet to find music. Why? Because you can buy anything on the internet! Savvy bands are spending time on film bulletin boards offering up their music for soundtrack use, indie labels are offering licensing options on their websites and composers are banding together and starting their own online write-for-hire agencies. If you or your bandmates don't have the time, effort or expertise to find soundtrack opportunities and successfully pitch your music there are avenues for you.

I'm on movie sets a lot and I can tell you how hard it is to approach the music supervisor or the producer with CD. They may love it or I might lose my job. Not wanting to jeopardize my finances I've found a few online companies that specialize in indie music licensing and are non-exclusive (which means you can join as many as you want - no exclusive memberships). Before signing with any company remember you are entering into a business relationship that involves your work and payment for use of that work.

The licensing company should have a legal contract that requires the signatures of the owners or the authors/composers of the music sent in. If the company is legit they will want to protect themselves from fraud artists that will send in other peoples music and profit from it. Also there is the final license contract with the filmmakers or whomever to peruse - is it for a Master/Sync license? or just a Sync license? (www.ascap.com, www.bmi.com or www.socan.com can define these terms if you are not familiar with the industry jargon).

The contract should also state very clearly the fees (monthly? yearly? by the byte?) involved and how future licensing income will be split between you and them and how often you will be paid.

Also, ask about whether the tracks are required to be pre- cleared or if you can request restrictions. Some companies have a standard restriction that reads something like 'this track cannot be used on scenes depicting racism, pornography, use of tobacco, alcohol or drugs'. Requesting a restriction will obviously limit the amount of interest your music garners and ultimately the pay-out. Personally I don't care if a European sausage company wants to use my music on a television commercial - I'm an indie musician who can barely pay the rent, who is going to blame me for taking the money? I'll take that money and invest it in my bands future.

Start where you begin all your other research - on your favorite search engine (www.google.com is huge). If you want to go the total DIY personal route based on your location, use your city name and keywords like 'film production', 'indie movies', 'production companies', 'music wanted', etc. Most cities and provinces have film associations and unions that keep track of local shoots and list them on their websites with contact information. Be prepared to be your own sales agent - you will have to send each of the interested parties a pitch package (some require two - one for the director and one for the music supervisor), diligently follow-up, negotiate your terms and if needed, hire a lawyer to proof your contract.

Next month we'll take a look at some of the resources available to you.

Scooter Johnson spent 5 years touring Canada with his Hillbilly band The Hard Rock Miners and has created 5 internationally distributed albums with his psychobilly band The Deadcats. Living in Vancouver (Hollywood North) also afforded him the opportunity to engage in the business of acting. A regular (background performer) on the Chris Isaak show and having worked in films and TV with such luminaries as "Sly Stallone", Greg "BJ and the Bear" Evigan, Isabella Rosellini, and musicians Paul Stanley, Thomas Dolby, Stuart Copeland, and Sheila E (amongst many others); his search for fame and immortality has almost been concluded and it is time to pass on his knowledge to the next generation of seekers after the flame. deadcat@shaw.ca

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There are no rules to follow (except common courtesy). It's a simple one-to-one exchange of text links or banners.


9. CD REVIEW OF THE MONTH by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck © 2002 Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

Artist: From The Desk Of Sally
Title: Everything & Nothing
Label: Shark Bite Records
Genre: Rock
Website: www.fromthedeskofsally.com

Jeryl Orsino is the do everything girl on her album "Everything & Nothing." A multi-talented musician and vocalist, Jeryl is a real ball of energy that gets everything from nothing on this eclectic and rocking group of tracks. What do I mean by that? Well, when you begin creating a song I imagine that there is nothing but thoughts and impressions initially (just as there is when you listen to music and then write about it), the second phase would be putting your thoughts and impressions into words, then once all the processes are complete you have a song. It's really quite an amazing accomplishment when considering all the instruments she plays and the fact that there are 19 tracks on this CD. She gives quite a menu to choose from. There is rock, garage, punk, pop, and many variations thereof. She sounds like Christina Amphlett of The Divinyls, and that's just fine with me, I always loved that group.

Bouncing around on an emotional rollercoaster ride, Jeryl and her kick ass bands gets "Dramatic," "Whacked," and feels "All The Pain" all on the same album. "Hollow" is the best song the entire CD, it reminded of the 80's and Gary Numan, with that livin' large techno rockin' atmosphere. What really hooked me for good was the excellent version of Devo's "The Girl U Want," what a great job she did with that classic new wave punk rocker.

And finally, I especially appreciated the message in the liner notes to all the naysayer's that said she couldn't pull this off. You have to love it. I have been the underdog enough in my life to know how completely satisfying it is to come out on top and tell everyone to go piss up a rope after you beat the odds and do what you set out to do. That attitude and energy is all over the place in her music, and that in effect is what makes this CD so exceptional and personable. Yes, this is the real deal, with real people and for real music, no bullshit. I love it. This chick rocks! You go girl!
1. (Dramatic)
2. Whacked
3. Shooting Star
4. Give It Up
5. (Never Be)
6. Stupid
7. Snow
8. (Valuable)
9. The Girl U Want
10. On Me
11. Taken
12. Hollow
13. (No You And I)
14. What U Get
15. 19
16. (Alright)
17. All The Pain
18. The Blame
19. Everything & Nothing

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck muzikman@bcn.net is an independent music reviewer. Keith writes reviews for "Women Of Music-Music Of Women" as well as several other sites on the Internet. Contact Keith for submission information. Reviews are available for a $50 fee (Money Orders Only) with a "If music is not accepted for review - funds are promptly returned policy" Please contact MuzikMan if you are interested.

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