Barbara Brousal and End Up

Here’s some pics from our most recent End Up party. We recorded a children’s song called “Leroy’s Sweater” with the incredible Barbara Brousal, then kept the tape rolling and recorded a “few more” tunes for the next three hours. Excerpts to come . . .

All photos by Bernie DeChant.

End Up and what it means to me

End Up…….
The place we end up. The place where we are right now. The people who surround us and the collaborations that just happen so naturally with these people. In the last month, I’ve collaborated with 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 people….wow….and the list continues to grow. I write songs on my own, but I do not find anything more energizing than a great collaboration where two, three minds meet and make something so unique to the moment that they are in. I had this moment at our show last week at Magnetic Field where two hands met in a high five, where I had a small revelation. Josh and Bryan and I were discussing woozily the energy that springs from a high five. The energies of both parties collide and in this collision a combined energy emerges. That sounds like drunk talk, but I tell you what…It felt good to high five and it feels good to make something with someone else. I could go on for a long long time about all the great collaborations in art, music, and so on, but I’m not going to. One mastermind is good, but you put two, three of those together and something magical happens that I can’t really explain.

So this thing that we’re creating here at End Up is something like that and so much more. We have this family here in Brooklyn and it extends further and further everyday. With this family, we are looking to bring together all the minds once a month in a party, well, not so much a party as a collaboration potluck. It’s like Sunday family dinner. We break bread and talk about what we’ve been doing and show everyone what we’ve been doing and then we make something together. Well, at least that’s what I want it to be. We’ve only had one, but we plan to have many many more. If you’re in the family, in the extended family, I’m sure you’ll find yourself breaking bread with us at one point or another.

Well, I think that’s all I have to say about End Up right now. I’ll come back to you later with more food for thought. Ok.

Balthrop, Alabama announces new single:
God Loves My Country

Balthrop, Alabama - God Loves My Country

On Thursday, March 20th, the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, Balthrop, Alabama will release a digital download of their new single, God Loves My Country. The song asks the question: “Does God bless America, or any country or people over all others? Does God condone the violence enacted by one nation against another?”

Those who download the song will be encouraged to make a donation in support of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

To be notified when the download is available, join the Balthrop, Alabama mailing list.

Caithlin at Pete’s Candy Store


Caithlin at Sound Fix Photos

Some pictures from Caithlin’s performance at Sound Fix by Bryan Bruchman.

Amie Street on Ars.Technica

Some food for thought: Ars.Technica provides a review of Amie Street’s popularity-based pricing structure. Tracks start off as free downloads; the more they’re downloaded, the higher the price gets, until they reach a cap of 98¢. Interesting model.

Read the full article »

Pascal, Bernie, and Balthrop Alabama make the New York Times

Read the The New York Times article on End Up’s Pascal and Bernie.

Terrific art all over their apartment by Paul Wilm–one of our Alabama collaborators–and even a little Rudy Giuliani portrait peeking out by Marshall Weber of the Booklyn book arts collective.

Support the Performance Rights Act

You may not have known this, but when an AM or FM station plays your favorite band’s song, the band doesn’t get paid. For decades, AM and FM broadcasters have enjoyed an exemption from current copyright law which requires satellite radio, cable radio channels, Internet webcasts, and other broadcasters to pay a royalty for the use of music. Of all the ways we listen to music, big radio is the only one that receives special treatment in this regard.

The ‘Performance Rights Act’ — introduced by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) — would correct a loophole in the copyright law by removing the broadcaster exemption to assure that all platforms are treated equally and pay a performance royalty to artists.

Email your congressperson now in support of this bill by clicking here »

Staff profiles now online

We finally got around to posting a staff profiles page. Check it out »

Some sad news…

Fave neighborhood venue Magnetic Field is closing its doors at the end of March. Here’s hoping someone will step up and fill their shoes. (Hat tip: Brownstoner).

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