From Dan Deacon

1 of 5: about a week ago i started to feel a rather uncomfortable pain in the back of my left leg. at first it was only present when i was sitting but as time went on it started to get more and more painful when standing and eventually it hurt at all times, even when laying down.

2 of 5: on wednesday evening the pain had come to a peak and it was impossible to bear and it was frightening, since i had no idea why this was happening. everyone i told about it said it sounded like bad Sciatica. anyway, it sucked major dick. i went to see a massage therapist and an acupuncturist. i tried booking an appointment with a chiropractor but none were available in Northampton, MA on short notice.

3 of 5: the massage and acupuncture offered relief but within hours the pain came back and to a level i hadn’t reached yet. i bit the bullet and went to the ER, not knowing where else to go. they gave me some pain killers which helped to bring down the level of the throb. it was a bummer way to end a really awesome tour. everything was going really well and it was one of the most fun tours i had been on.

4 of 5: i’m sure my back/leg will be back to normal soon after getting it properly checked out, working it out and getting some much needed rest. hopefully the 5 shows will be rescheduled ASAP.i’ve been touring pretty nonstop for a long time now and that’s going to change. before spiderman of the rings came out i was taking much better care of my body and i wasn’t touring as much.

5 of 5: i need to focus more on my health, which will lead to a clearer mind and a more focused music. i’m excited about the future and the various paths that are being presented ahead of me. i’m not sure what the future will bring but hopefully i’ll see you there.

 

I have huge hopes for Dan Deacon. The music of Dan Deacon is amazing, but his performance is outrageous. Check this out

Everyone join the human spiral! This must be the next best thing after a mosh pit. Any musician able to move everyone in the crowd is god worthy. So please get well Dan Deacon!

 

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DJ Lesson #7 + DJ Needles + Jangula at Lit Lounge

{$106.00/$663.88}

How do normal citizens become fans of your band? For an indi band back

in the pre-napster era, word of mouth, flyers, and stickers were pretty much the

only method to get your music out. The rate of accurate information transaction

were not perfect. Some will forget the name of the band, some will forget the name

of the venue your band is playing, some will simply forget the TIME you are

playing. This transaction is crucial for those fans who aren’t your friends, your

first true fans.

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Jangula is a band I heard through word of mouth. If I haven’t known the drummer,

I wouldn’t been able to catch them live yesterday.

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I had one big problem with this band. Their internet present was sloppy. Check

out their myspace. The picture is not put up right, texts are all over the place, and

the background is a plain white color background. I can’t really tell from one show

how serious they are with their musical career, but the impression I get from

myspace is very unprofessional. Most bands list their tour dates on myspace.

Jangula does not even have that.

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The reason I stress the internet present is because our generation of music listeners

no longer rely on flyers and stickers to get information about a band. All the

information we need should be on the internet. This is what we are used to

and what fans are used to. The better you understand how your fans

communicate, the easier it will be for fans to understand you.

All Point West Tickets + Ferry Ride

{$260.00/$557.88}

IMG_0452Music is always good. But a music festival requires a little bit extra to fully enjoy it.

An outdoor concert for 8 hours is physically challenging. Especially if you like to

dance, jump, skank, and mosh. So here are my tips to fully enjoy a music

festival at the worst conditions.

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1. Know your limit

Most festivals go on at least for 3 days in a row. Going to all three of them requires a

great amount of stamina and determination. Before you buy the tickets, you should

ask yourself this question, can I go to all 3 days? If the answer is yes, you are a beast.

But for the most of us, a concert a week is all we can handle. Think about your concert

going past, and determine if you have what it takes to fully rock out.

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2. Be prepared

The weather is always a bitch. I hope your festival experiences were sunny. But most

festivals are in the summer. In the summer, it rains a lot. Wear an outfit not to impress,

but to rock out. I was really surprised at All Points West. A lot of high heels were

walking around. Put on some tennis shoes, get a poncho, be comfortable with what

you are wearing.

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3. Research

You probably heard about 5 to 8 bands within the lineup. But when there is 40 bands

playing, is 5 to 8 bands enough to fully enjoy the festival? Its hard to become a

die-hard fan within a week. But listening to the music of bands performing in the

festival will increase your festival experience. You need to learn what type of music

other bands play, listen to their most successful songs, and then engage at the festival.

A festival is a great opportunity to expand your musical knowledge and

taste.

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4. Schedule ahead

There were 3 stages at All Points West, and there was a fix schedule for every show.

You need to schedule which shows you are going before you arrive at the festival. In a

perfect world, your bands will be playing one after another. However, this is not true

in reality. Your bands might have an overlapping schedule. You also might wanna be

at the front for a superstar. If this is so, you need to understand that you aren’t the

only one trying to be at the front. You might need to forget about a band you like, just

to get in front of the crowd. The best time to get ahead of the crowd is when they are

setting up. Make a solid schedule and stick to it.

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5. Game plan

Every band has a unique color. And there are ways to maximize your experience. For

example, Gogol Bordello is a gypsy-punk band. The way you fully enjoy this is by

moshing and skanking. MSTRKRFT is a electronic and dancing might be the way to go.

On the other side of rock out, there is Neko Case. Very sentimental soft rock is not a

typical song to go Ape-Shit. You might wanna have a beach towel to sit on and simply

enjoy the music peacefully. Imagine yourself how you are going to have fun

when a band is playing.

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6. Be determined

You can do all the 5 things I told you, but you still could get lazy and not stick to the

plan. There is no short cut for this. Grow some balls and just do it!

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I would like to thank Flying Lotus, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Peanut Butter Wolf, Jay-Z,

MSTRKRFT, Arctic Monkeys, Gogol Bordello, Neko Case, Crystal Castle, and

Ting Tings for a wonderful festival.

I would like to apologize to The Knux, Vampire Weekend, and MGMT for missing

their show.