Commercials generally suck, but keep in mind they are probably helping to finance your favorite TV show (if you have one). I personally love 60 Minutes, but could do without the annoying, cheezy, Viagra or Viagra equivalent commercials. I don’t want to be reminded that old, out of shape people have sex and I certainly don’t want to watch them get all worked up before hand at a fake concert or whatever. Those have to be the worst actors ever. What people do in their bedroom, that’s up to them, but put it on TV, well that is why God made DVRs.
The Advertising business is as unoriginal and inept as any these days. Yet within all this ineptness are some really morally good and talented people as well, who despite being worked like dogs for less and less money and even less time off (Thanks again Wall Street!), still manage to have pride in their work.
Why am I saying this? I have no idea. Perhaps mentally charging myself up for what I now must do… go present my recent life’s work to Madison Avenue. Do I still have it? Did I ever really have it? Time will tell.
Distribution didn’t kill me nor did it claim my soul, but it did give me pause, a big one. Corporate media owned by soulless corporations but run by very real people, some of them good, many of them not, just like in “real” life.
Can one keeps one’s integrity in tact and still be “successful”? Is making money and doing the right thing mutually exclusive? Do you have any idea what I’m talking about? Well, join the club. Me either.
Here is a :30 commercial that I plan to insert into “Raw Travel” just in case Corporate America doesn’t embrace my idea for a TV show that can be both entertaining and be socially responsible at the same time. More to follow.
Raw Travel... the indie show for indie travelers, launches this October in the U.S. We’re independent and want to remain that way.. but independence comes with a price. We must finance our own stuff. What this means is we are borderline broke all the time as money heads one direction and one direction only… OUT and AWAY (at least at the beginning) That’s not such a bad thing always. It enforces discipline and requires creativity to approach challenges and situations.
In this case, our music budget is non existent. I hate canned, library music. I also was inspired to produce “Raw Travel” in part because of the plethora of clueless shows on the air showcasing a destination like Brazil with a soundtrack of salsa music, displaying the producers’ ignorance of the very culture they were attempting to enlighten upon others. I vowed from Day 1 any show I produced would NEVER do that.
Luckily, we already invested in a pretty extensive library of original music when we first started producing the show, but we’d like to add to it.
Now, I know this is a punk blog (hence the name “Punk Outlaw”) and thus punks worldwide are reading this, but please punks, understand, while I love punk music and the punk aesthetic and philosophy will be on full display throughout the show… that is not the type of music we are looking for at this time. That musical need will mostly be filled by punk, ska, reggae, rockabilly, psychobilly and yes, even hip hop (non commercial, socially conscious of course) or any other type of music that fits the show’s independent thinker, citizen of the world theme, when we feature bands & artists from the different destinations we visit.
What we specifically are in need of now is more of a “world music” or “ambient” vibe. Artists that are weaving some of their local flavor into their music and can create tracks that reflect a particular destination or mood. Ideally, we don’t want vocals, only musical tracks (the music generally will be played underneath voice over / narration).
What does the artists get out of this?
1) Publishing – If you are a member of a publishing rights organization (ASCAP or BMI here in the U.S.) depending on how big and successful the show is (how many markets, how long it airs, etc.) you will get royalties over time from the TV channels who pay the rights organizations every time your music is played. If you don’t have a publishing agreement we may be able to set you up through Punk Outlaw Publishing.
2) Exposure – The thing everybody is clamoring for when they fill my inbox with free music tracks, videos, pitches for stories etc. for this small but dedicated blog. Imagine Punk Outlaw being about a thousand or more times more powerful and you get the picture of the exposure a hit TV show can bring. We want to turn the world on to talented, independent musicians, that is why we began Punk Outlaw Records (certainly not for the $). This is another way to turn people on to talented artists.
If we like your music and choose to use it in the show, we’ll be featuring the artists from the show on our soon to be relaunched website at www.RawTravel.tv on a special Raw Travel Music page. That page will be aggressively promoted on the show and will feature the artists bios, links to artists web pages (facebook, bandcamp, etc.) and can link to any music you may have for sell. You will also get a credit in the show of course.
Down the road, our goal is to put together a collection of the best music used for “Raw Travel” and offer it as a compilation CD or digital release and promote it on TV.
Everything is on a case by case basis at this stage and determined on our need and the fit of your music with the show.
Free music for a TV show in exchange for royalties & exposure ? It’s not for every artist and every artist is not a fit for the show.
But if you think you are a fit, then leave a comment for me with your email and we can get started with the process of evaluating your music and get you details about the technical aspects, etc.
Our destinations (in addition to the ones already produced) for Season 1 are North & Central America including the following Mexico (Mexico City & Yucatan), Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize and in the U.S. Oregon, Utah, New Mexico & Louisiana.
Music indigenous to these regions are our highest priority at the moment. Bands in these destinations feel free to hit me up for potential coverage as well as we begin our travels in June/July.
Season 2 is Southeast Asia & Eastern Europe. Season 3.. we’ll we haven’t really planned that far ahead yet but I’m feeling Africa, Turkey & Parts of Russia plus Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan including all of the “…stans”.
If you want to find out more about Raw Travel, be sure and like us on our facebook pageand follow us on twitter and stay tuned. It’s going to be a wild and ridiculously fun ride. Actually… it already is.
Disappointed in the treatment 60 Minutes gave this story. It’s obvious Leslie Stahl doesn’t understand a damn thing about the punk philosophy. How could she?
Is Pussy Riot really punk? I mean besides the shitty music they play.
Well despite the fact that they knew they were probably going to labor camp or jail, they still stood up for what they believed in and used whatever platform they could to get the world to notice. Pretty punk to me. Pretty brave too.
I wish I believed in something strongly enough to go to jail or die for. Like the Cubans I interviewed in Havana, Cuba who got carted off to jail for talking to me (Check that HEREor the video below) .
Or the time we were in Moscow at Red Square and some slime ball loser from what used to be the KGB came up to us and asked us what we were filming. That blog post can be accessed HERE if you missed them.
Freedom of speech.. it’s a human right we’re born with whether it’s granted by governments or not.. and it applies to everyone on the planet no matter where they live…and it’s worth fighting for.
I’m heading to Portland/Seattle, taking my rain coat and my flip cam and I better see some punk, alternative music or at least some left over grunge.
In the meantime, these cats from Cable 35across the pond in good old Sheffield, UK sent me over the link to their new EP “Fungus” and I must admit, it’s got a decidedly Seattle sound to it so I thought I’d show them some love.
If you dig them well they they have a song you can download for free if you just go HERE.
And if you want to see/sample their music on you tube, I posted their latest video for you below. Enjoy!
Now where did I hide that flannel shirt I’ve been saving especially for this trip?! argghh!
Finally! Coming to the Americas (north and south) is the legendary punk band from Moscow Russia, who’ve been rocking their comrades since just before the end of the cold war. That my friends, was Ronald Reagan – Mikhail Gorbachev days.
I have always been fascinated by Reagan’s so called “Evil Empire” so I went over to Moscow & St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) in 201o (if you missed it, just type “Russia” in the search bar upper right hand corner to see the many videos and posts) and found something more akin to Sting’s “The Russians Love Their Children Too” lyrics. Good people trying to make a living. I mean I’m not sure what I expected, but I still have a place in my heart for the Russian people.
On that trip is when I met the guys from Tarakany! and taped them for “Punktology.. The Worldwide Influence of Punk” (AKA the documentary with the ever changing tag line). Not knowing Tarakany! was really that big, I noticed when they guys gave me some CDs it was like toting back an entire section of music from your local CD store (when you had local CD stores). It was a massive collection.
Then in 2012 when I moved to the west coast and hired a couple of Russian interns (Tim & Snik), and their jaws dropped a bit when I told them about my interview with Tarakany!. it was then that I realized just how big these guys are. They compared them to the “Offspring” of Russia.. and as you’ll see by the interview with the guys that we are debuting today, they compare themselves to “Green Day of Russia”.
Well, here is the thing.. I like Offspring and Green Day but I certainly like Tarakany! music better than Green Day. Notice I didn’t say Offspring… so this is not just hyperbole or anything…it’s the truth. After Tim & Snik told me about Tarakany! I began meticulously listening to ALL their material, and it’s a bunch, as I mentioned below. There were a good 20 or so tracks that I would simply listen to over and over and over.. and finally I said, you know what we gotta put their music out in North America & South America. And we are, coming in November an eclectic mix of English songs from Tarakany! featuring incredible guest artists ranging from Frank Turner, members of Anti-Flag and Useless I.D. plus some more talented mofos from Russia.
I’ve heard the rough cuts and let me tell you, November can’t get here soon enough!
We haven’t announced it yet, but we will but you my dear friends, are always the first to know. So here ya go.
Thanks to Tim & Snik for helping put this video together.
(Biography / English)
Tarakany! (Cockroaches!) is one of the most well known and longest running punk-rock bands in Russia, no small feat in the largest country in the world where western influenced music, media and fashion were outlawed up until just 2 years prior to the band’s formation in 1991.
Like Russia, this popular Moscow band has gone through some changes, but Tarakany! has stayed true to their roots, performing energetic punk and rock’n’ roll in the tradition of legendary bands like The Ramones, Social Distortion, Rancid, Motorhead and Bad Religion.
Tarakany’s lyrics run the gamut from political themes such as human rights, discrimination, inequality and corruption to lighter fare such as sex, partying and clueless music critics. No matter the topic, there is almost always a dose of irreverence and clever wordplay.
The band’s frontman Dmitry Spirin, proclaims their unique world view from stages scattered all over the world where Tarakany!’s fans are a mix of the expected and the unexpected. Their shows are popular among all levels of Russian society from the blue collar punk youth, upscale university students, internet geeks and football hooligans to respected authors, journalists and film laureates.
For over the last 20+ years Tarakany! has travelled all over Russia, Eastern and Western Europe and parts of Asia playing venues ranging from tiny hole-in-the- wall clubs to massive sold out stadiums and popular music festivals in front of tens of thousands of fans. They’ve shared the stage with legendary bands such as NOFX, Toy Dolls, Agnostic Front, Anti-Flag, Misfits, MxPx, Skatalites, MC5, Monster Magnet, Offspring, Exploited, Stranglers and many more. Tarakany! also had the honor of opening for the only Sex Pistols show in Moscow and in Europe they toured with legendary drummer Marky Ramone of The Ramones, first performing their own material and then playing a set of The Ramones’ immortal songs with Marky as drummer.
Tarakany! has released almost a dozen full length studio albums, numerous splits, concert albums, compilations and bootlegs and Tarakany! was Russia’s first punk-rock band to feature music videos shot by some of Russia’s top directors. Always careful to nurture up and coming punk & rock bands, Tarakany! works hard to help other bands from all over the world break into the huge Russian market.
With their forthcoming release from U.S. based Punk Outlaw Records, Tarakany is re-recording several songs from their massive catalog specifically for the North & South American markets for the first time. Contributors on the new release includes members of the legendary U.S. bands Anti-Flag, Useless I.D., Frank Turner as well as Russian guest artists as well, making this a truly international, collaborative punk effort.
The label and band are planning a special effort to continue global awareness and outrage over the fate of the unjustly imprisoned members of the female Russian punk band “Pussy Riot”. Their To Be Titled debut release for Punk Outlaw Records is due out November 2013.
I don’t know much about the rockabilly scene in Phoenix, AZ but I stumbled upon this band “The Devil’s Daughter”on my twitter page which I update sporadically and get in the occasional “debate” with another twitter loser (you can follow me HERE).
I saw this video and thought to my sleep deprived brain “hmmm that is quiet different”.
Tell me what you think rockabilly enthusiasts… I was expecting some hater comments but didn’t see many on their you tube page. I mean after all these ladies are attractive and talented. Usually someone pops off with a “not really rockabilly” comment by now.. but lets see..
- Stand up bass (check)
- Retro sound (check)
- Retro look (Check)
- Shitty DIY video (uhhhhmmmm not check.. this video is pretty damned good).
I’m going to Phoenix soon (of course I am.. why wouldn’t I since I’m criss-crossing the U.S.A. working my a$$ off – next stop Texas BTW) and am afraid I won’t have time to do much other than the TV business at hand which involves begging a TV station to pikc up my “Raw Travel”…but maybe, just maybe I’ll have time to do a little interview for this here little ole’ blog or the Punktologydocumentary.
We’ll see. If not, it appears they’ll be playing Viva Las Vegas 2013, so maybe we can do something there.
In the meantime, check these guys out with their video “Pass That Bottle”.
QUITO, ECUADOR – DMTR or Demeter is featured in our 1st episode of Raw Travel coming this October to TV screens in the U.S. and later on TV screens all over the world.
We featured their anti-war song “Sin Balas, Sin Fronteras” (No Bullets, No Borders) on the show along with an interview with the guys.
I’m featuring their original video from “Sin Balas, Sin Frontera” as well as a promo from “Raw Travel” episode which features them.
And also, here is the flip or “B Side” song “Se Caera el Cielo” (Heaven Will Fall) they performed live for our cameras as recorded by the lead singer’s girlfriend. Hey, I need a 2nd cameraman.. excuse me, camera-person for Raw Travel! any takers?
Like what you hear? get DMTR’s song “Sin Balas, Sin Fronteras” or “Mentira” (Liar) on the CD “Punktology Vol. 1 – Free Cuba Now” HERE.