Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Aim for Happiness

I made an EP about a month ago, you may remember... It's now all done and ready and available. It's called Aim for Happiness, and is on itunes and amazon mp3, which were by far the most popular choices in my (very scientific) poll.

Unfortunately, it turns out amazon are a bunch of muppets. I sent the track details, under the band name Blue Skies obviously, but for some reason that I can't figure out, they decided to add a 'The' in front of that. So my EP is listed on amazon under the band name 'The Blue Skies'. It's a pretty bad mistake to make and they tell me it happens all the time... I don't know how they can have such a terrible system in place without sorting it out. But what's worse is that even now I've seen the problem and let them know, apparently there is nothing they can do about it. I told them (in not so many words) that that was bullshit. Because if Radiohead uploaded an album and it came out as 'The Radiohead' something would be done! Still waiting to hear back from that one - not holding my breath.

So I don't know what to do, I can't find anyone that can do anything. The only thing I've been offered is to have the EP taken down from the site, and that would only hurt me and the people who want to buy it but can't use itunes. Oh and they also said they could change the name for me... Change the name to anything in the world apart from 'Blue Skies'. Brilliant, nice one.

I know it's not a major catastrophe, but I don't think it's too much to ask that they use the name I gave them. Still, people can get it there and just change the name, or have it under the wrong name, it doesn't really matter!

And the good news is that itunes has processed it, and all appears to be well there. I'm exporting a video for one of the songs now, so hopefully that will go up tonight and people might, yunno - buy it! It's quite a big step but since I really took it a month ago, and have since just been waiting for it to happen, it doesn't really feel like one.

Also Cheeky is sorting out the final things I need to order t-shirts, I'll probably start selling those at Summer in the City.

Oh and as some people have asked, I currently have no plans to make physical copies of this EP, for one thing that costs money, and also it's only four tracks - doesn't really seem worth it. I'm planning to put together a sort of live album to sell at Summer in the City with at least 10 of my tunes performed acoustically. I've borrowed a second mic from my cousin for the next few weeks so hopefully I'll have it done by the time I go away at the end of July.

I was also thinking about doing some lo fi recordings... See I'm going to be in Malta for about three weeks and I'd like to get some songs written while I'm away. I thought I could record them on my camera and then sell them, but not properly - set up a paypal thing where you can pay any amount and then you get a link to a download of the songs. Like Radiohead did with In Rainbows... Pay what you want. That way people can't moan about the sound quality! And to be fair the quality will be alright, I just don't plan on setting up a studio out there! Might not be everyone's cup of tea but I love some lo fi stuff... I mean check this shit! To be fair though I just fucking love Conor Oberst. But even so, I think the not particularly brilliant recording quality really adds to that tune.

Well, I'll stop the rambling now. If you have anything to add/ask about any of that then go ahead, I'll be in the comments! (Would especially like to hear from someone who works at amazon and has the power to remove the 'the'!)

xxx

EDIT: Video is up now, click here.

12 comments:

seanieblogblog said...

I've like 60 odd shit recordings of rare Libertines songs but that changes nothing, I love them regardless =D Been waiting so long to be able t get stuff from you that I'll just take all I get right about now =D I'm not gonna be at SITc but I'd still quite like a live album.. and shirt..if that'd be possible..
I'llmake sure I cover post and packaging like..

Dave said...

Yeah I'll definitely probably maybe sell them online after the gathering anyway, cos there will be a lot of people that aren't going that would buy. I'll make sure to save one for you. =P

Jon said...

That is well annoying about the 'The'!

Why would they even do that? Hope they sort it for you.

Shawn said...

Why are you making a fuss about this The Dave? ;)

Dave said...

Haha, because it's so fucking easy to fix! Or should be...

Anonymous said...

well, the lo fi-conor song doesn't really say anything... everything that man does is brilliant regardless ;)

wikdot said...

lol, with all the MJ coverage today, I forgot to listen to this EP this afternoon at work. tomoz maybe :)

munchkinhugs said...

Did they explain why they couldn't remove the "The"? It doesn't make sense that they can change it to ANYTHING other than Blue Skies. How super lame.

Darren said...

hey dave just hit buy on itunes and my internet cut out so ill download that later...did the song that was on that "penny for your thoughts" video on this album and that one about the dreams with the and "something is never far from tragedy" song in it as well...ill let you know when i hear the songs what i think on my blog in the next few days!!

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writermike said...

It is a very big deal. Ask if they can change it to Blueskies or BlueSkies. If so, that'll be better than THE!

thisisace said...

I'm up for an acoustic album please.

When I saw the link to Cheeky, I was expecting it to be the purple puppet !