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May. 5th, 2003

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From:zarfmouse
Date:May 6th, 2003 12:17 pm (UTC)

Re: LJ weirdness

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Heh. Welcome my friend! I'll add you to my friends list! Anyone who loves Adam Brodsky is ok by me. (I've done the same thing with a number of people who came up highly matched against my interests. I think this is not out of the ordinary for LJ users since a number of those people have silently added me back.)

This is such a wonderfully social thread for such a downer of a report. Thanks everyone!
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From:goytoy
Date:May 6th, 2003 01:12 pm (UTC)

Lovin' the dork

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Yeah, Adam is really cool, both musically and personally. He played a show at our house last year, and when he was in Madison he actually came by and sang for my sister and her brand-new baby, as she obviously wasn't able to make it to the show. A real mensch and one of the few artists out there who seems to have improved with every album.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:May 6th, 2003 01:20 pm (UTC)

Re: Lovin' the dork

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I book folk music shows at our local Independent Media Center and Adam has played here like 4 or 5 times now. He's always one of the nicest, easiest to deal with musicians that we have. A friend of mine and I actually drove out to Philly specifically to see his CD release party for Hookers, Hicks, and Heebs. It was amazing, he had like 30 of his musician friends from Philly (and elsewhere) come and cover his tunes on stage one by one and then he did a set at the end. One of the coolest, cutting to the true heart of folk music culture, events I've been to. Totally worth the 14 hour drive.

Now, if only I could convince more than 10 people from the local populace to come to his show on any given evening, my life would be set.
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From:goytoy
Date:May 6th, 2003 01:30 pm (UTC)

Re: Lovin' the dork

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Pretty cool! Yeah, Greg from Rochester is supposed to be sending me a copy of that show at some point. We were hosting Hamell on Trial that night so we couldn't make it down. If you're interested, I can send you a copy of the show he did at our house. It sounds great. I've also got copies of some private shows w/ Hamell on Trial and Mary Prankster, if you like that stuff.

We had the show w/ Adam for the very reason you mentioned. We first saw him in Philly w/ big crowds and were amazed to see him draw only a few people when he showed up here. We didn't charge any cover, so it wasn't your typical "house concert" and we invited all of our friends and had free food and drinks, plus a musician/friend played an opening set (for fun and also to draw a bigger crowd.) Of course, once people see Adam they want to see him again (well, except for one friend's snarky girlfriend, but then, she hates everything.)
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From:zarfmouse
Date:May 6th, 2003 01:46 pm (UTC)

Re: Lovin' the dork

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How much does Hammel generall charge/expect to make? I've been really wanting to book him but I didn't know if an Ani opener such as himself was too expensive for my small volunteer operated venue or not...
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From:goytoy
Date:May 6th, 2003 02:14 pm (UTC)

Hamell's fees

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As far as Ed goes - it's hard for me to say because we are sort of friends. (I mean, he doesn't invite us to his kids' birthday party, but he does things like get us tickets to shows, so that's why I say "kind of.")He played at Neil's 30th BD party and also at his PhD party few years later and charged us only $500 each time (though we gave him more.) I suspect that he gets much more now that he's taken off, but I'm afraid to ask. Our stuff was for private parties and so I'm sure he took pity on us. He's a great guy so if you emailed him I'm sure he'd talk w/ you about working something out. If you were willing to work w/i his schedule he might be more accomodating.

Mary, on the other hand (her real name is Samantha but she basically goes by Mary now) is a nice person but her management is much less pleasant to deal w/ (I think perhaps as she comes from more of a rock background.) If Neil wasn't such a fan I would probably not have booked her as we wound up paying her $400 for an opening set.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:May 6th, 2003 02:49 pm (UTC)

Re: Hamell's fees

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Cool thanks for the tips.
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From:mr_ducktape
Date:May 8th, 2003 05:29 pm (UTC)
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You have TOTALLY gotta get Hammell! Holy hell!

I'm so all over that action.

I've still gotta replace my copy of "Ed's Not Dead".
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From:goytoy
Date:May 10th, 2003 06:53 am (UTC)

He's got Ed's not Dead on the website

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http://www.hamellontrial.com

And if you don't have the first two albums, he's selling a compilation that Evangeline put together for his European fans. But I guess he's only selling that at shows.

If you love Hamell, you will really get a kick out of the CD from Neil's party. Not only does Ed sound great (I think it is the best performance of The Vines I've ever heard) but he is really relaxed and funny. He does two made-up songs, one all about stealing a rototiller and going nuts all over town (we had the party in a science museum) and one about the sad life of an Elixir string/condom sales rep. And theres a serious song on there I've never heard elsewhere, about the possible death of God.
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From:mr_ducktape
Date:May 11th, 2003 04:57 pm (UTC)

Re: He's got Ed's not Dead on the website

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Thanks for pointing it out. Have ordered the CD, yay!
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From:zarfmouse
Date:May 6th, 2003 01:53 pm (UTC)

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Oh and I'd love to trade recordings with you of any Adam or Hammel stuff. I actually don't know Mary Prankster...I guess I should check that out.

I've got a bunch of recordings from our recent season of shows but I haven't processed them yet. I'd be happy to send you some once I process them if they turn out ok (Alix Olson, Doria Roberts, Vicki Salz, Beth Amsel, Brian Webb, and a bunch of locals). I also have a bunch of old Ani boots from back when I was trading those.

Anyway, if you go to my user profile and click on my home page and then go to my "biographical and contact information" page you can find my home address. I will gladly accept anything you send to me and will send you stuff in return. :)
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From:goytoy
Date:May 6th, 2003 02:07 pm (UTC)

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Will do! My husband has the burner on his computer and he's madly finishing up a paper for a conference, but I'll get on it. Mary is great. Her recordings are w/ a full band (well, two other guys, anyway) but she broke up the band and has been touring as an acoustic act recently. Very clever lyrics, w/ a wide range of influences. I hired her and Ed Hamell to play my husband's PhD party (why go halfway, right?) so I can just send it and if you don't like it, don't worry. (I suspect you will, though.)
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