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Behind the Video: “Day of Our Reunion” by All Around the Dinner Table

You never really lose the things you love.

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On Easter morning I finally bit my lip and uploaded my first music video. It was a challenge due to my negative self image, but it was time to let it be seen.

I am not a pop star. I am a regular guy. A dad, with a “dad bod” and limited formal acting experience. All that said, I am very proud of this video and thankful to have it. Day of Our Reunion is a very special song for me, and I was anxious about getting it right.

First let me say what a good job Ryan Staples did putting this video together. You have seen his work with videos for Why They Came like Up the Wrong Tree, Echo 3 to Echo 7, and Cowardly Lion as well as So Close by Sempervivi and For the Record by Re-Education Camp. He is great at making something from nothing. Just hang out and drink with your best friends and you’ll walk away with a really fun (and really well made) music video. But, like I said, this song means so much to me, and I have a specific story in mind that I wanted to tell with the video.  Continue reading Behind the Video: “Day of Our Reunion” by All Around the Dinner Table

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Spammers (or My New Best Friends)

Spam

We get a ton of spam comments in the back end of badapplerecords.net. My favorite thing about these comments is how nice they are. These bots have manners.

Having a rough day? Read the spam comments! Day=awesome.

So, here are a few screenshots of comments that we have gotten lately (with a bit of commentary.) Enjoy.

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The Curious Case of Kanye West

Contributed by Old B. Dan (label co-founder and frontman for All Around the Dinner Table). His new LP, From the Mouths of Shepherds, is now available.

Last week Sarah and I watched Kanye West’s performance on SNL. I have to admit, there is something about Kanye West. You have to admit that he is a fascinating individual, even if you don’t like his music. I love the sound of his earlier work, but I never thought much of his lyrics. Watching his performance of Ultralight Beam, I started to wonder if I should give a second look.

Kanye West Tweets Tidal Frustrations
Kanye West Tweets Tidal Frustrations

Reddit seemed to be full of memes questioning why everyone suddenly loved Kanye West after years of using him for parody fodder and internet ridicule. Apparently others heard Life of Pablo and had a moment similar to mine.

But then I noticed something else. Kanye West seemed to be losing his mind on Twitter. I don’t know much about Kanye personally, but I do know he was once introduced on a stage as one of the owners of Tidal, a competitor music subscription service introduced by Jay Z, and a variety of other music artists including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Daft Punk, Jack White, Madonna, Arcade Fire, Alicia Keys, Usher, Chris Martin, Calvin Harris, deadmau5, Jason Aldean and J. Cole.

Not only was Kanye tweeting that he was now $53 Million in personal debt, but he was also asking the likes of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for money. What was going on? Continue reading The Curious Case of Kanye West

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How to Support the Artists You Love (Even If You’re Broke)

Contributed by Old B. Dan (label co-founder and frontman for All Around the Dinner Table). His new LP, From the Mouths of Shepherds, is now available.

Brandon performing at a local Farmers Market. Photo by Travis Cox.
Brandon performing at a local Farmers Market. Photo by Travis Cox.

Being an artist is strange. It’s difficult to explain or talk about. Especially for the local, struggling artist. Not all struggling artists are depressed or even upset by the way. I’d say something cliche like, “We knew what we were signing up for,” except for the fact we never really signed up for anything. It’s just who we are.

If you put it down on paper, it wouldn’t make sense. Like being a farmer, if anyone knew how much work it took for so little payoff, they would immediately scrutinize (or even criticize) with the all-too-familiar, “Why do you do this again?” In fact, we have these conversations with our families and friends all the time. And sure, sometimes it’s a downer, but only if we let it be. Usually, we’re pretty excited about our ideas and plans, even if they don’t seem to make sense to most of the people around us.

But it does make sense to us. Deep inside. We can’t stop. We don’t want to stop. We’re addicts chasing the high of that first time we saw our art make a connection or impact with another person. Unfortunately, all too often, we see amazing artists lose sight of this and give up. Continue reading How to Support the Artists You Love (Even If You’re Broke)

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Make New Year Resolutions Anytime

Contributed by Old B. Dan (label co-founder and frontman for All Around the Dinner Table). His new LP, From the Mouths of Shepherds, is now available.

Brandon engineering Sempervivi's "Artifacts" EP.
Engineering Sempervivi’s Artifacts EP

Every January 1st, without fail, at least one friend of mine will post a lyric from Death Cab for Cutie’s “The New Year.” This year it was Josiah from Why They Came. Some say there isn’t anything special about the midnight hour on December 31st, that it’s just another day. But most people find it helpful, even healthy, to mark the passing of time with an occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, Christmas or New Year.

It’s true, you can make a resolution anytime. Need to lose weight? Start tomorrow, if not today (even if it’s July). Don’t start a diet; change your lifestyle. You can’t cheat lasting results. Bad habits must be dropped for good, but you don’t have to beat yourself up when you slip up now and then. The same is true for nearly any lasting change you want to make. This includes career goals, increase and/or improved quality time with your family, or better use of your time to allow for more creative outlets. Any of these require intentional, permanent changes. If you think you just can’t get around to it right now, then you should probably question how important it really is to you.  Continue reading Make New Year Resolutions Anytime