How Not To Do It: Press Kits

Stryper Press Kit - How Not To Do It

Press kits have changed drastically over the years, remember the days of kits like the one seen above? In today’s age of lightning fast contact press kits have been forced to change to fit multiple platforms and knowing how to create and properly utilize them is extremely important if you want your music heard while making the biggest (instant) impact possible. I’m trying something a little different this month, in lieu of a written piece you get to hear me talk. But if you’re a band working on your latest, greatest album and want to send it out properly take the 4 minutes and change to listen up, it might net you bigger coverage. Continue reading

Blood Red: Train to Busan, Hush, & Starry Eyes (Netflix Edition)

Blood Red - Train to Busan, Hush, Starry Eyes

Another month, another Sunday, another Blood Red.  You’d think we’d try to be thematic and center this month’s entries around movies with mothers, right? Heck, we could do Mother’s Day, Goodnight, Mommy, and Psycho right off the top of my head.  But that of course would imply a level of foresight and preparation that would go against everything we’ve done for this column so far.  Besides, I literally just remembered that it was Mother’s Day as I was writing this, so really I’m thinking about all the trouble I’m going to be in when I come to my wife empty handed.  That’s the real horror, folks.

So in the meantime let’s take a look at three recent films streaming on Netflix, the MOTHER OF ALL STREAMING NETWORKS (see?  Thematic!) that are more than worth your time.  Zombies, psychotic killers and bargains with the powers of evil are all here in Train to Busan, Hush, and Starry Eyes.   Continue reading

How Not To Do It: Interview with Jack Fryer from Metal Recusants

Metal Recusants - Jack Fryer

Hello everybody! For the next couple of columns of How Not To Do It I decided to interview some bloggers to get their perspective on how to promote your band.
For this month’s installment, I decided to talk to Jack Fryer of Metal Recusants. I hope you enjoy it, as always if you’d like to get in touch with me please contact me at dewarpr.wordpress.com Continue reading

Blood Red: Giallo! Giallo!

Where would we be without the Italian giallo, I ask you? The genre has a bright and varied history, mixing pulp thriller with outright horror, extensive gore and outlandish scenarios that would be ridiculous if they weren’t so amazing at the same time. The “classic” American slashers of the 80s hold a huge debt to these films and you can see in the best of them shades of the crazed psychological underpinnings and obsession with violence gallo built its bones on.

For this month’s edition of Blood Red I wanted to take a little space to talk about a pair of classics that have influenced generations of horror films. So if you’re new to giallo there’s no better place to start than Mario Bava’s Bay of Blood and Dario Argento’s Deep Red.   Continue reading

How Not To Do It: Lessons From My Cat

Cat

Hello everybody! It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything for Nine Circles, but now I’m (hopefully) back to a regular schedule. This month I wanted to go over some valuable PR tips that I’ve learned from cats. I have a cat, but half the time I hate her fucking guts. She howls in the middle night, knocks glasses onto the floor, claws my kids and is a general nuisance half the time and yet we still keep her. I was thinking about this and I realized that there are a few tips that bands can learn from cats. Continue reading