News for the new year

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a happy holiday season. It’s January and I’ve hit the ground running by finishing up two Facebook pages. I now have Facebook pages with all my music for both Gymshoes and Undead Monkey. πŸ™‚

If you have a Facebook profile, click through and become a Fan! πŸ™‚ There’s streaming music on both pages as well as discographys. Both the UM and Gymshoes blogs are imported to their Facebook pages so you won’t miss any news. I expect to also post some notes there that won’t be elsewhere. You can post all over the place…besides comments to notes, drop in and write on my Wall or participate in discussions on the Forum for each page. πŸ™‚ Become a Fan and post to your friends so they can become fans too. πŸ™‚

I’ll be adding more music apps to Facebook in the future. That’s tied to Gymshoes music becoming more widely available online this year (eg: iTunes, and other major online distributors). The good news is that it will be a lot easier for people to find and buy my music. The downside to this is that I won’t have any control over pricing, which means I can’t sell albums discounted so that some tracks are essentially free. I’ve been trying to avoid this, but the truth is that the Musicblaster app simply hasn’t made sales/downloads even close to what I had the previous year. πŸ™ People go with what they know and they know the major online distributors. It appears that people would rather pay more for music from a major online distributor like iTunes or Amazon than buy the music for less from a smaller distributor. This makes no sense in these economic times, but numbers don’t lie and the precipitous drop in what were already meagre sales (from pocket change to pocket lint!) is forcing me to be more mainstream in my approach to distributing my music.

Also up for 2009 will be completion of some unfinished projects that have been hanging fire for the past year. πŸ™‚Β  New music will be streamed on my Facebook pages and MySpace pages for those who just want to listen (or have an aversion to indie distributors). πŸ˜‰

I expect some interesting developments for my label Idiolith and my band Undead Monkey this year as well. Once again, I urge you to subscribe to the rss feeds for Gymshoes, Undead Monkey and Idiolith blogs. As spam filters wipe out more and more of my newsletters fewer and fewer of you are receiving them. FeedreadersΒ  (myyahoo, bloglines, live bookmarks in Firefox, etc.) are the best way to keep up with news. I’m gonna be posting there more often than I send newsletters. Yes, I will be blogging more! πŸ™‚

I hope everyone has a good year this year. I’m wishing you all the best. πŸ™‚

My new BAND myspace account: Undead Monkey

My band, Undead Monkey, now has a myspace account. (We joined on Friday the 13th!) We’ve got clips of our songs up for those of you who haven’t yet heard them. Check it out and add us as a Friend. I’ll send out some Friend invites, but I know some of you don’t allow Friend requests from bands—if so, you’ll have to ask us!

If you like Undead Monkey, please Add us as a Friend and pass this on to your Friends. πŸ™‚ Thanks!

Undead Monkey @ myspace