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16 June 2010

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 50 - June 15th Edition featuring Magic Bullets, Tender Trap, Perfume Genius, Stars, Light Pollution, Wolf Parade, Forest City Lovers, Windsor for the Derby, The Wilderness of Manitoba, Mates of State and Baths

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 50 Hosted By Andrew McNair Featuring:

1. Magic Bullets: Lying Around, Magic Bullets on Mon Amie Records
2. Tender Trap: Girls with Guns, Dansette Dansette on Slumberland
3. Perfume Genius: Mr. Petersen, Learning on Transparent Records
4. Stars: Wasted Daylight, The Five Ghosts on Soft Revolution Records
5. Light Pollution: Good Feelings, Apparitions on Carpark Records
6. Wolf Parade: Ghost Pressure, Expo 86 on Sub Pop
7. Forest City Lovers: Light You Up, Carriage on Out of This Spark
8. Windsor for the Derby: Queen of the Sun, Against Love on Secretly Canadian
9. The Wilderness of Manitoba: Hermit, When You Left the Fire on Véritié Recording Artists
10. Mates of State: True Love Will Find You in the End, Crushes: The Covers Mixtape (http://www.matesofstate.com)
11. Baths: Maximalist, Cerulean on Anticon

Andrew McNair lives in Seattle. Aside from producing the OnlineRock podcast and writing record reviews, he spends his days helping people fix their broken internets at a local internet service provider.

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15 June 2010

How do you tell if an artist has a loyal/engaged fan base?

I was recently asked to comment on this subject as a guest blogger for FanBridge. Below is my response:

I tend to look at the interaction of fans on artist’s social networking sites. Facebook and Twitter seem to have a built-in screening process but MySpace has become a numbers game. I still use it as an online one-sheet but I don’t gauge the popularity of an artist by the quantity of friends but rather the quality of comments.

If an artist has nothing but solicitations from other people in their comment section, I feel that the fans, as well as the artist aren’t taking their music or image seriously. These comments deter others from posting legitimate messages and, if press or industry is looking at your site, can lead to a negative impression.

For more comments, please visit:

How do you tell if an artist has a loyal/engaged fan base? (Guest Series Part IV)

02 June 2010

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 49 - June 1st Edition featuring Pernice Brothers, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Blitzen Trapper, The Moondoggies, Allo Darlin', Here We Go Magic, Delorean, Deer Tick, Junip, Villagers and Viernes.

OnlineRock Podcast Vol. 49 Hosted By Andrew McNair Featuring:

1. Pernice Brothers: Jacqueline Susann, Goodbye, Killer on Ashmont Records
2. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: Round and Round, Before Today on 4AD
3. Blitzen Trapper: Dragon's Song, Destroyer of the Void on Sub Pop
4. The Moondoggies: Fly Mama Fly, You'll Find No Answers Here EP on Hardly Art
5. Allo Darlin': My Heart Is a Drummer, Allo Darlin' on Fortuna Pop Records
6. Here We Go Magic: Collector, Pigeon on Secretly Canadian
7. Delorean: Stay Close, Subiza on True Panther
8. Deer Tick: 20 Miles, The Black Dirt Sessions on Partisan Records
9. Junip: Loops, Rope and Summit EP, self-released
10. Villagers: Becoming a Jackal, Becoming a Jackal on Domino
11. Viernes: Entire Empire, Sinister Devices on Kanine

Andrew McNair lives in Seattle. Aside from producing the OnlineRock podcast and writing record reviews, he spends his days helping people fix their broken internets at a local internet service provider.

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Stream the Cowboy Junkies' "Renmin Park"

"For the first time, we are completely free of any recording contracts and obligations. We find ourselves writing and recording more than we have in years, our studio feels more and more like home, and the band now has twenty-five years under the hood and is sounding so darn good."
-Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies

Very few bands have lasted so long with their original line-up intact, and fewer still have created as consistently satisfying a body of work as Cowboy Junkies. Albums like The Trinity Session (1988), Black Eyed Man (1992), Miles From Our Home (1998), and Early 21st Century Blues (2005) are just a few of the milestones which chronicle a creative path that has remained impervious to trends.

Now, with the release of Renmin Park, Cowboy Junkies are beginning their most ambitious period yet. Inspired by a three-month stay that Michael and his family spent in China—which he describes as "an other-worldly experience"— Renmin Park is the first of four releases planned over the next 18 months, collectively titled "The Nomad Series."

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