What's the story of you getting the job at DFTBA? Like what motivated you about it to leave Chicago?
A few people have asked about this too, and it’s a long complicated story, but I’ll put the short and sweet version here:
In April 2013 I went through a really bad break up which led to me wanting to get a fresh start somewhere new.
I had helped Alan out with a few DFTBA things in the past, so my first instinct was to inquire about a job working with DFTBA in Montana.
Luckily, I asked at just the right time and they needed a new full-time employee. So, less than two months later I was in Missoula.
Really I just wanted some eye candy at the warehouse.
Any opinions on old school emo (Sunny Day Real Estate, Texas Is the Reason sort of stuff) and the emo revival going on right now (Dads, The Word Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Marietta, Modern Baseball, etc)? If you've not listened to any of the lattar, I highly recommend it—the sounds going on in that genre are very interesting with strange chords, math-y riffs and obscure alternate tunings and such.
When I hear “emo” I think Taking Back Sunday, Thursday, New Found Glory, Atreyu, Dashboard, Hawthorne Heights, Something Corporate… basically anyone on Victory Records or Drive-Thru Records in the early 00’s, so we’re speaking a totally different language here. =) Wish I could offer some opinion but I haven’t heard any of the new emo bands you mentioned.
Hey there! I'm Zoe! Been a nerdfighter for almost two years. Right now I'm a just a student. Though during my summers I work at a camp for people with physical and developmental disabilities. Which is a joy. Right now just waiting on Hannibal to air. What shows do you like to watch? (Just to make this ask actually include a question.)
Before starting DFTBA Records I worked for seven years at a non-profit teaching life skills to people with physical and developmental disabilities. Usually one on one or in very small groups. So thank you for also doing that work, those individuals and their families need so much support. Glad you find it to be a joy, it can certainly be challenging some days, but also very rewarding, yes.
As for shows, I only watch a few that are currently on air. Let’s go by day of the week. I enjoy The Simpsons and Bob’s Burgers. Almost Human and Castle. Psych and Nashville. I used to watch Scandal, but that show quickly lost me when they abandoned the formula of taking on new clients each week so that Olivia could be the client every single freakin’ episode, grr. Parks & Rec is awesome. Shark Tank is fun, and probably the only non-scripted show I watch. And I really want to catch up on Revenge at some point, because I loved the first season, but haven’t watched anything past that yet.
Oh, and 24 is coming back this year which makes me unbelievably happy!
Do you still have a turntable (in general)? I'm gonna be bringing mine w/me; it's not fantastic, but it gets the job done. Haven't been able to use it as much as I'd like as of late because it's stuck in a corner behind a billion boxes of junk. Another question: have you ever participated in Record Store Day? It's coming up next month!
I don’t have a turntable any more. I donated the less-than-stellar one I had to Goodwill when I realized I wouldn’t use it. I’ll probably end up getting a high-end one for my main stereo rig once I save up and research the best model in my price range.
But until then we can use yours if you want to occasionally hook it up to the main stereo?
(Guys, Valerie is moving to Missoula next month and is renting a room from me so I will get to hang out with the creator of Pizza John every day I am so lucky!)
I’ve purchased a few Record Store Day releases. I got the Pink Floyd “See Emily Play” pink 7” last year, and the 3 x 7” box set of The Wall singles. I also bought one of the Decemberists exclusive RSD releases, but I can’t recall which songs are on it right now. Oh, and Amanda Palmer’s cover of Nirvana’s “Polly” and Radiohead’s “Idioteque" double A-side 7" from a few years ago.
Record Store Day is always fun, but I usually only go for the releases with exclusive songs as I don’t typically collect vinyl.
Hi Alan! My name is Anna, and I'm a senior in high school. Even though I don't really understand most of what you're saying in your audiophile posts, I still find them really interesting! You give me new ways to think about music, and I really like that. Also I got to meet Alan Parsons today so I'm all hyped up now haha. Hope you have a good day!
WHAT?! I am so jealous, where/why did you get to meet Alan Parsons today? Did you tell him that I’m a huge fan? Did you tell him that his song “The Raven” is currently the 3rd most listened to track in my entire music library? You really should have told him those things.
Setting aside Alan Parsons’ own music career for a moment, he was the engineer responsible for Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon. He helped make one of the best engineered, and one of the highest-selling albums in the history of forever. Dark Side remained on the Billboard charts for 741 consecutive weeks - that’s over 14 years!
My name is Anthony and I'm 21 years old. I started the Wicked Clothes shop and Tumblr. My biggest interests are all financial and always have been -- business and stocks being the main two aspects. I followed you because I'm vastly interested in the DFTBA business model, using capitalism and resources to spread money around to more folks. And I love hearing about the more behind the scenes numbers that most folks would consider "boring" and skip over.
I wish I could share more of the behind the scenes and numbers stuff, but I also have to be careful not to over share. Our business model does seem to be popular though, a way for fans to support the creators they enjoy while getting some awesome merch for themselves. And with more and more of our merch actually being designed by community members and our customers, it really feels like one big project we all get to participate in. Win-win!
Hello Alan. I'm Liz. I used to hide outside your window. I miss talking to you. Thanks for being such a great friend over the years.
It took me a minute to figure out who this was. I mean, there are so many people who used to hide outside my window…
Hi, I'm David. I reblog some of your music posts, but only occasionally because while I'm also a big music fan, there's not often a lot of overlap in our tastes. So far, only bands like Badfinger and the Alan Parsons Project. You've posted a few things about King Crimson, so I've often wondered: do you know about Emerson, Lake, and Palmer? Greg Lake was in both, and ELP is pretty proggy, so I think you'd like them.
I know of ELP, I have not yet consciously listened to any ELP. I’m still making my way through King Crimson’s back catalog, it is extensive. But ELP are on my radar for some time in the future. Given what I know about them, I’m sure I’ll enjoy at least some of their work.