Kidzlikedanny2 Launched

The charity ‘Kidzlikedanny’ was formed in January 1997. It was started by Lin and Dave Lloyd, parents of Daniel Lloyd with the help of brothers Matt Tyler (Matthew Lloyd) and Jacob Lloyd. Daniel was born on the 2nd of December 1987 at City Hospital, Birmingham, and is autistic.

A total of over £1600.00 ($3200.00) has been raised by the Kidzlikedanny charity so far. Organisations who have benefited from KLD are Baskerville Special School (Birmingham), Gorse Farm Residential Home (Marston Green), Uffculme Special School (Birmingham), Longmoor Special School, The Pines, The Birmingham Centre For Arts and Therapies, and The Northern Support Group, Poplars Residential Home and many more…..

The money is used to purchase specialised equipment or items not covered in the school or organisations normal budget. Sometimes the money is used to fund trips out, for families with autistic children. The cost of these days out can be quite expensive, as much manpower is very often needed.

Most recently “Kidzlikedanny” has turned its hand to CD’s and Digital downloads to generate funds. All releases are on Dannyboy Records.

Last years effort Kidzlikedanny (1), is on sale at all good digital music stores including iTunes, Napster, eMusic etc…

All arists on the CD’s donate a track and all its proceeds from the CD sales and digital sales to the Kidzlikedanny funds. Kidzlikedanny (1) acts featured were Jacob Lloyd, Scorched Earth, Subrosa, Motorcycle Stunts, Hey Pablo, Rozagy, Blue Nation, Hoden Lane, Matt Tyler, Satchel Blue, Apollo, Voices In The Fog, Karl Bayley, David Garside, Amoa, Angels Exist.

The follow up release “Kidzlikedanny 2″ has just been released (March 2008). The line up this time (Aaron Yorke, Cracked Actors, Caroline 7, Crisis Blues Band, Everett, Ian Babington, The Kidzlikedanny Choir, Kristy Gallacher, Matt Geary, Mavoxor, Onion Child, Quill, Raging Angel and Raymond Froggatt.

Every track downloaded makes a difference as 0.79p ($1.58) goes straight into the Kidzlikedanny fund from every song purchased!

Without the support of many fantastic friends and family, KLD would not be able to help support organisations, whose aim it is to make autistic children’s lives as happy and fulfilling as possible.

Kidzlikedanny 1 and 2 can be found on all good digital music stores worldwide including iTunes, Napster, eMusic, Amazon, 7 Digital etc….

Itunes link for Kidzlikedanny 2:

http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=275544399&s=143444

For info or queries email at: davelloyd4928@yahoo.co.uk

or kidzlikedanny@blueyonder.co.uk or phone 07847 340 664.

More info can be found about the albums (Kidzlikedanny 1 and 2) at www.kidzlikedanny.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk

Dannyboy Records Myspace can be found here: www.myspace.com/dannyboymanagement

The NBT Music Columns : The CyberPR Blog (Ariel Publicity)4

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TODAY’S NEWSPAPERS ARE TOMORROW’S RECYCLING, BUT YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE LIVES ON

 A look at the decline in print publications and an interview with Robert Lewis of Music-Reviewer.com. 

“The fact is, I don’t want this junk in my house. And that’s what today’s newspapers have become: Junk. Clutter. Who needs it?” says John Dvorak in his recent article Newspapers Baffled by Declines.   

According to data collected by the Audit Bureau of Circulations, newspaper circulation is seeing it’s largest decline since the early nineties.  The 2.1% drop in weekday editions and 3.1% drop in Sunday editions must come as no surprise, as the 1.9% circulation drop in 2005 foreshadowed what was to come.  Some believe traditional print is less a victim and more a self-saboteur. John Dvorak of PC Magazine writes, “The newspapers themselves create the problem by not understanding what they’ve done to themselves.”  He continues, “the saturation effect of advertising has made it intolerable—not the newspapers piling up, but being inundated by advertising within those papers and confronted with far too much shotgun advertising from all sources.” Dvorak admits the emergence of the web has had a significant impact, but he also paints the picture of a flawed system; the newspapers can’t survive without the advertising dollars but their lack of flexibility in targeting those ads leaves them vulnerable. 

 Electronic publications aren’t without their struggles, as I learned in a conversation with Robert Lewis.   He took over Music-Reviewer in 2000 with the mission to provide much needed coverage for unsigned and under-promoted bands, with a balance between mainstream favorites and unknown gems.  No matter how much of a trendy undercurrent blogging and Internet zines are becoming, their proliferation creates a much greater struggle for the same credibility as their established print counterparts.  Lewis, who took over at a point went blogging and music-zines were a rare breed, explains the initial difficulties, “It was hard at the time to get our foot in the door at most publicity houses.  Record labels and publicists hadn’t fully embraced the Internet yet, and they just didn’t know what to do with an e-zine…  So even trying to gain their respect and trust through the ‘old fashioned’ means was a challenge and a half!”  With great content comes readers, and in turn, credibility.  By 2003, just before Robert stepped down and put the site on hiatus, Music-Reviewer averaged over 200,000 viewers a month.  “Fast forward to November, 2006.  I just couldn’t deny the call of the magazine any longer… now, just a few short months later we have nearly reached the levels of readership we had after seven years of publication the first time around.” 

One of the major drawbacks of the option of taking the magazine to print is the sheer ecological irresponsibility of doing so, “While I am certainly not a tree-hugger…needless wasting of resources is just that, needless.”  Shorter reviews and more lead-time are other elements that make print less viable these days, but the true power of a web-zine, which hasn’t even been fully realized by some online publishers, is the possibility of interactivity. Music-Reviewer recently positioned the site as an interactive music utopia, as he explains, “It’s almost like going from 2D to 3D movies.  As a reader, you not only see what other people think about your favorite artists, you can get in there and get your hands dirty too.”  He continues, “If you like a review you can throw an ‘attaboy’ at the writer.  If you hate it or disagree, you can try your hand at reviewing yourself!”  At the end of the day, it comes down to reach, and Lewis has fully rationalized the discrepancies between print and digital, “With the Internet, the world is my oyster.  In print, I might someday aspire to be the music review king of Albany, NY.  You connect the dots…”

The NBT Music Columns : The CyberPR Blog (Ariel Publicity)

trevar.jpgThis is the First in a series of guest blogs written by Trevor Dye of Ariel Publicity  

An aggressive cheerleader for independent musicians, Ariel Publicity built its reputation by working primarily with indie artists. They give back to the independent music community by educating artists through their website, and Ariel has been honored to speak at music conferences such as SXSW, NEMO, and The PMC.Trevor joined the staff of Ariel Publicity at a time when a momentous shift was beginning to take shape. The forward-thinking innovation of digital, paperless publicity brought the adventure of the unknown; a unique quality that has been exhausted in many of today’s thoroughly defined professions. Trevor’s role is constantly expanding as the company grows exponentially. Presently, he handles a majority of the CyberPR operations. Sharing in Ariel’s vision regarding the Internet’s revolutionary power on the music industry led to a newfound passion, opening the door to limitless possibilities.


To balance such demanding work Trevor remains in the pursuit of leisure. Despite growing up in a landlocked state, he quickly became hooked to the tranquility of spending a warm summers day tearing through waves on his surfboard. Who says the East Coast doesn’t have surf? Trevor is also an enthusiast of self-expression. Spending countless days lost in a world of canvas and vibrant acrylic paints. Only to be paralleled by his love for the majesty of writing. Currently, he moonlights as a writer for the print publications Free Magazine and US1 Magazine, as well as several online music magazines.
  The Blog Versus All

By Trevor Dye

 An interview with a cool blogger, and a look at the debate between new and traditional media

“There’s really a lot to be said about a group effort,” says Vu Nguyen.  If the Blogosphere is the professional-amateur journalist collective, then We Heart Music should be considered a unique sub-collective within the collective.  More a music loving commune than a writing staff, the 22 bloggers that supply the ever-so-fresh content for We Heart Music do so out of pure love.

 
The team element sets WHM apart from the popular trend of uber-snobby, niche-centric blogs, as Nguyen – the creator of WHM – explains, “We all bring in our own music tastes so we’re not tied down to any particular genre. “

  He continues, “I think this is really important because I’ve often seen music blogs that are really only one point of view to a very niche audience.”  The writers are constantly interacting with one another, giving a certain charm to the blog.

  “We all read each others posts and react to them, say if I make a post about a band called The Rocks, then someone might come after me with something about The Stones.” The staff, big enough to field two 11-man football squads, keeps the blog fresh each day for little incentive beyond a few free CD’s.

  Scrolling through a few of the 500 plus posts on the site, I felt the charm of a free flowing and untainted love of music that seems forgotten in a blogging world invaded by Google AdWords and Amazon Affiliate sales.

  But Vu wouldn’t have it any other way, “There’s a line you cross when you start doing it for money, and that motive can take precedent over the content. I didn’t want that for We Heart Music.”

 “Now, with blogging we are seeing the inherent value and contribution that so many regular people have, not just in music but a variety of other interests,” states Jessica, one of the WHM contributors.

  Social media tools are emerging as a voice for the masses, creating a shift in the concept of “credibility of information.”  Jessica expands on this change, “(blogging) is pure information as it exists in reality and not something that has been cultivated, censured, or changed. It has given people a voice and given listeners a chance to choose which kind of information they want.”

  As a freelance writer, Vu has personally experienced the drawbacks of traditional media.  “I recently wrote a small piece for a newspaper and what I wrote and what they published were different.”

  He elaborated that the changes were more related to the length of the article rather than content, but the obvious limitations remain.    All of this raises an interesting question; which is more credible, traditional media or blogging?  Mark Cuban, the malcontent NBA owner and a Maverick in his own regard, is an active blogger.  On his blog, Blog Maverick, he posted an article titled Blogging vs. Traditional Media – This time its personal.”  His opinions favor forward thinking Internet media, with an emphasis on media, as Cuban writes, “A blog is media. Its a platform to communicate that can reach anyone within reach of an Internet connection.”

  Later in the post, Cuban brings up an interesting point that echoes the sentiments of Nguyen, “There is a cost vs. time vs. interest vs. access series of constraints that determines who your audience is, how you reach them and what they expect of you. Over time, that has evolved our media into very defined roles.”  The more credibility blogging gains, the more vying for our attention becomes a competition.  On a post on Kottke.org’s weblog, Jason Kottke discusses a bet between Dave Winer of Scripting News and Martin Nisenholtz of the New York Times over which media source, blogging or the NY Times, would have more authority by 2007.

   Kottke writes, “I decided to see how well each side is doing by checking the results for the top news stories of 2005. Eight news stories were selected and an appropriate Google keyword search was chosen for each one of them.”  The results were surprising.  In six of the eight searches Kottke performed, a blog entry ranked higher on Google than the corresponding story from the New York Times.   The irony is that most people were initially hesitant to trust blogs.   Bloggers were initially considered to be nothing more than average people writing on any topic regardless of their level of authority on the subject.

  I’m not sure when the shift occurred, probably around the same time people started throwing around the Web 2.0 moniker, but now bloggers are credible.  At the same time, insiders are continually exposing the reality of newspapers and major media.  For example, in his collection of essays Sex, Drugs, and Coco Puffs, Chuck Klosterman devotes an entire chapter to describing the hurried nature of life as a journalist.  His message: deadlines are ultimately the major factor in shaping most stories. Yet, we’re so trained to consume mass media that we rarely wonder if a journalist’s source was the best available or merely the only one available.  It’s hard to deny the sense of purity that comes with bloggers, as they aren’t affected by the same deadlines or corporate motives. I can’t say for certain which I trust more.  After all I assume most bloggers derive their information from the Associated Press or some other mainstream source.

    Click here to check out more from Vu and the We Heart Music crew, including an interview with yours truly on the latest WHM Podcast. Click here to check out Blog Maverick for more uber-intersting posts from my favorite NBA owner.   Read the full Blogging Versus Traditional Media Article on Kottke’s Weblog, or read about the Long Bet.      

Amazing Moments: In Their Own Words

podcast To coincide with a special podcast celebrating the best of 2007 so far, I asked some the artists featured to write me a short paragraph or two about what they thought were their most amazing moments of the past 6 months. 

Larry Levy (The Histrioniks) 

The weirdiest thing that happened this year thus far? Hmmm. Well, Cat and I were off to
Atlantic City, New Jersey for some fun back in the beginning of April. Not that we are big gamblers but when we go to AC, we go to play. We were losing fairly big on this particular evening. I stopped at an ATM and took out a few more bucks. I walked over to this machine and put $50 in. It took it as fast as a Clapton guitar lick. So, I moved to the next machine. I was playing Joker Poker by the way which means there are 53 cards in the deck. Jackpot is 5 of a kind with a Joker. I was doing pretty well right off the bat so I hung in there. Then before my eyes I was dealt 4
Queens – how weird and how difficult. I threw the garbage card away and lo and behold I drew a Joker. 5
Queens! The Jackpot. Joker Poker on April Fools Day – yes it was April 1st.  I won’t say how much but it made our weekend as we split everything. Everybody came running over including the casino attendent with a tax form. The chance of hitting something like this is so slim.So for me it was the weirdiest thing that has happened all year. And it was lucky ladies – 5 of them. I wonder what that means????
Larry (The Histrioniks) 


Lawrence Blatt

We Are All Connected Though Time and in Memories
 
Several weeks ago, I was working in

Los Angeles and staying at a very nice hotel in West LA.

  Early one morning, I went downstairs to have breakfast by the pool.  As I was sitting, I heard a piano playing a quiet but familiar melody.  At first I did not pay any attention, as like the pool, the palm trees and the sun, the music was just a part of the atmosphere of this iconic
Southern California hotel.  Then it hit me.  The pianist was playing a standard composition called “Humoresque” and I had learned this beautiful melody on my violin when I was a child.  It was the favorite piece of my teacher and mentor and I struggled hour after hour to get the proper phrasing and intonation for this technically challenging violin solo.  As I gazed up at the piano player I could not believe what I saw.  There sat a somewhat stout, elderly, grey-hared man with a thick salt and pepper mustache and rumpled clothing entranced as he played the melody as if reaching out to someone or something for approval. His face was strikingly familiar and even his mannerisms reminded me of a once loved and now lost friend and confidant. “Could it really be?”, I thought to myself. “What are the chances of this?”  I whispered.  But there was no mistaking it, the piano player had to be, must be, at least a distant relative.  Later, as I gathered my courage, I walk up to him and said. “I knew your father, he was very dear to me as a child and I also learned that melody from him”.  As we sat and talked about his father and the years that had past I was keenly reminded that we are all connected through time and in memories.

Jeff Leisawitz (Electron Love Theory) 

the weirdest, most amazing time i’ve had this year is in a class i’m taking.  i’m studying nlp, which is code for neuro linguistic re-patterning, which is code for a special type of talk therapy that uses specific language and neurological triggers to help re-pattern the brain and give people the options to make better choices in their lives.  it’s very cool and it works on deep, subconscious levels.  and that’s where the action is, my friends!

   

Barbara Gilles 

Well, there’s not A highlight, but I can tell you a mix of the best/weirdest/most amazing moments of this year (so far):
One of the best concerts i’ve ever been to: Roger Waters, playing the whole  `Dark Side of the Moon´, an album I so many times played/watched/listened to with my bandmates, all four of us deeply hipnotized by the sound, and also alone at home… Seeing the living legend who imagined all this darkness, violence, thickness and enlightning, and the sublime show… Simply excellent. And the best of all: to enjoy it with my friends./ Discovering the song “Djanfa”, from Amadou et Mariam, while driving with my boyfriend through the city by night. Suddenly the radio began to play it, and It was one of those perfect moments./ The same day, at the book fair, I by chance met the writer of the book I had just finished the day before. We commented the book, which I recalled perfectly, lucky me!/ Going to the International Film Festival in Mar del Plata (a city near Buenos Aires), and watching over 15 movies in 3 days./ Getting the chance to play Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue./ To finally have started improvisation classes, and the wonderful feeling after the class, when I step out of my teacher’s house, with a silly smile on my face, and plenty of music in my head.
And one great thing that has happened to me is that I ran across some great people from half way across the planet, who were interested in my music. People who take themselves the time and space to listen and care about quality, ideas, feelings, and anything that brings originality to this wonderful world. An argentinian songwiter once said: “Who says that everything’s lost? I’ve come here to offer my heart”. NBT is here to remind us that something good is still out there.
Cheers!
B.
 

LINQ 

I just released my very first music video on Feb. 27th called “George
Orwell, Where Are You?”, available on my 2-song enhanced CD called CHANGE
THE PICTURE, GEORGE!, and much to my amazement it landed on the big screen
in a short-films festival in Miami Beach, FL just a month later.  The
audio track of the same song also just received the 2007 Sven’s World
Radio Golden Viking Award for the “Best Rebellion Rock Song”.
Linq
www.linqmusic.com
 

Ian Churchward (The Morrisons/Legendary Ten Seconds)

 

For me some of the most amazing things that have happened so far this year include having some jingles I have recorded played on some indie radio stations and podshows including NBT. Also I saw a video clip for the first time ever of my favourite band Quicksilver Messenger Service performing Dino’s Song from June 1967. I have loved this band ever since I first heard their music back in the early 1980′s. Hurrah for the internet but if only we could get rid of all the spam. 

Colour Cold
“>2007 so far.

What a year it’s been, and we’re not even halfway through it yet. It seems that time is going by faster and faster. Exponentially, so that yesterday went by quicker than the day before, and today is going faster than yesterday…and who knows what tomorrow will be. But the upside of time speeding by, is that it feels as if more is happening with each passing day. More dreams, more work towards making them come true, more music and more people to play in it in front of. However, if we had to say the best, most wonderful and exiting thing to happen to us as a band this year, then it has to be that, for the first time, we played as ourselves. Stage names, gimmicks and other unnecessary things were put behind us, and we played live for the first time as on our own terms. We used to play as Angel, Sun, Moon and Star, but we decided that it was time for a fresh start. So we put those names, and the things that went with them, away. The Sun was eclipsed, The Moon ebbed, Angel folded his wings away, and Star fell from the heavens. All that was left was Dirk, Dirk, Liz and Tiaan, naked on a stage and playing as ourselves for the first time. Playing as Colour Cold for the first time. It was the best gig we’ve ever played, and we’re looking forward to more. After all, who knows what tomorrow will be…

Phil Andrews (the Morrisons) Surprisingly for us we’ve had a quiet opening to 2007 so we don’t have too many weird and wonderful tales to tell just yet although I do have this small Morrisons rock n roll snippet: - On Friday night last I went out for a quiet drink with friends that turned into a monster night clubbing Indian restaurant visiting marathon. Got home dropped clothes on floor and duly passed out on the bed. Waking the next day (late!!) I had the Mother of all hangovers which never really cleared until Sunday. The good bit about this was sitting down on Saturday night (with head still a tad hazy) and writing a new Morrisons song called “Flowers On A Tuesday” all about the good, bad and ugly bits about drinking. It’s a country rock flavoured track (always fertile territory for drinking tales) which I’m sure will see the light of day soon. Ian Morrison liked the song a lot but I’m not sure my body could take such constant punishment to get a sets worth!!   

 

 

 

The NBT Music Columns: In response to the Virginia Tech tragedy

ashley-wool.jpgI read this on quirky pop/rock singer/songwriter Ashley Wool’s myspace page and asked her if i could put it up here,  her calm insight and compassion bode well for her music career and future:

In response to the Virginia Tech tragedy

 Death happens to everyone at some point, and often in seemingly unfair manners, often with nothing that could have been done to prevent it.  It is unfair when a tree falls and kills a sleeping group of campers.  It is unfair when children are born HIV-positive, and they are doomed to die as a result of a disease that no known medication can reverse.  It is unfair when a raccoon runs across the road in the middle of the night, and a driver sees it too late, and cannot stop the car in time to spare the animal’s life.

What happened at Virginia Tech was not a matter of unfairness that was beyond anyone’s direct control.  Seung-Hui Cho was directly responsible for the death of the 32 Virginia Tech students, despite the fact that he had a history of mental health issues.  Perhaps no amount of counseling could have suppressed his sudden desire or motive to kill so many people, including himself–but he was still responsible.  Perhaps an ideal solution to his internal problems was highly unlikely, but it was not impossible.However, many people do not consider what the solution might have been.  Instead, they cast the blame on others for not finding the solution before it was too late.  That is understandable; it is an easier concept to swallow.

Looking back on Cho’s history, there are so many places people could cast the blame.  One could blame the fact that he seemed physically destined for mental disorders.  One could blame the children that picked on him in his early adolescence for being shy and speaking oddly, thus making him more bitter.  One could blame his family, or the fact that his traditional Korean culture does not recognize mental illness, and thus his condition was never sufficiently addressed.  One could blame the work of an angry God.But casting blame does nothing.  It does not justify, or even explain Cho’s actions, nor does it validate the deaths of the Virginia Tech students.Most importantly, it does not help us as a nation, as a society, understand how to prevent terrible tragedies such as these from occurring in the future.

I am almost 20 years old, and I’ve seen plenty of tragedies such as this on the news–school shootings, suicide bombers, and most notably, the 9/11 attacks.  I was 14 years old when 9/11 happened.  I’d just begun high school, and at that age, it is very easy to become completely wrapped up in your own world of school, friends, and family.  But when the news of the destroyed Twin Towers reached my ears, I became terrified, because it had hit so physically close to home.  We lived only 45 minutes outside of New York City.  We had visited the Towers less than two months ago to buy discount Broadway tickets.  In my sixth period class, a girl was hysterically crying because her father worked right in the area.  He survived the attack, as did my friend’s uncle (after running down 65 flights of stairs in the burning Tower 2 as the doomed individuals on the top floors jumped out of windows all around him), but five others from our community were killed.  And my prayers are always with my high school alumni who were affected by the tragedy enough to participate themselves in fighting the war on terrorism.

Even though the Virginia Tech incident did not occur so close to where I live, and even though I don’t know any VT students personally, an attack like this seems to strike more of an emotional chord with me than even 9/11 did.  That is because the murders at VT were committed, not by crazed foreign terrorists living and dying for their warped political and moral beliefs, but by someone who is my peer.  A college student, just like me.  It could have been a classmate of mine, a roommate of mine, a childhood friend of mine, being killed, or doing the killing.

These are times when the “fragility of life” is discussed until we’re beating a dead horse.  Life’s fragility should not be the issue.  We cannot change the fact that those students never had a chance to live a post-college life, or the fact that Seung-Hui Cho was never able to live a mentally stable life.We cannot change the past, but that does not stop us from acknowledging it.  It is within our power to analyze what has happened, to consider every side to every issue before laying shallow and meaningless blame.  It is our job to do so.

I am certainly in no intellectual position to tell the world how to handle something like the Virginia Tech tragedy.  I do not know the panacea that will bring about world peace.  But where that is concerned, I remember a story that our reverend told us last year about a church sign she spotted once that said, “World Peace Starts Here.”And “here” did not necessarily mean within that one church itself.  As you know, even churches and denominations promoting peace and love can certainly have their own discrepancies and intolerances too.  And certainly, not everyone needs religion of any kind to create and promote peace.No, what the sign wanted to convey was that “here” means HERE.HERE.  Where I am, where you are, wherever we may be.And what’s more, we have the power to take peace wherever we go.  We may not know all the answers about the rest of the world, but each of us knows what peace feels like, and each of us has the power to spread it.And on that note, for a small bit of smiling relief, I now need to spread some peace to my chaotic-looking dorm room. 
But in the meantime, I ask that you keep the families and friends of the Virginia Tech victims in your hearts, and in your prayers (if you do pray).That’s why I always sign off with…Love, peace, and [something else, as if the world really needs anything else], <3 ~ Ashley