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Things are hoppin’…

Finally set an official release date for Practical Insanity. It’s currently going to hit stores on September 12th. What a long strange trip its been. I’m madly searching out investment money at this point. Essentially I have everything ready to roll but the marketing capital. The business plan summary.

The first round of advance copy CD’s have gone out to press and magazines for reviews, so those should start rolling in in a few weeks.

The Myspace numbers have been jumping. Current busting over 5100. Going for the goal of 9000 by end of July. Wanna help me get there? Tell all your myspace friends to add me. Better yet, make use of the MP3 postcards and have your message include something about myspace in it.

The song “Live Like I’m Rich” is apparently still in the new Disney movie “Material Girls” starring Hillary Duff which is due out August 25th. In case you missed that news, I was hired to sing a song a few weeks back. I went in, knocked it out and they loved it. The cool thing is its in a scene where there isn’t much talking so it’s fairly prominant.

Still working on the Christmas project. I’m hoping to get all the music done by the end of June. So I can get it sung by mid August. I’ll keep ya posted.

Peace.

Material Girls with Hillary Duff

It’s that time again, Monday morning you sure look fine…

I had a pretty good weekend. I ended up being hired to sing a song for a major motion picture staring none other than Hillary Duff, due out in August. It seems the director liked the song with my voice on it, so it should be in the movie as far as I’m told at this point. When we finished the session they played it back for me with the rough mix of the song in the part that it will appear in. It was so weird to see this scene and hear my voice coming out of the speakers. Keep your fingers crossed that the song stays in. For all the Hillary Duff fans out there. No, I did not get to meet her. She had nothing to do with this.

We start mailing out press kits to magazines and papers for getting Practical Insanity reviewed in major outlets this week.

I signed the distribution deal. Now its high time I find an investor or investors (please read the post about it from the last two news entries).

Will be working on more songs for the Christmas project. Getting close to having all the music done!

That’s it for now. Help me find an investor!

Wood & Steel

As I had mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I was to be getting reviewed in the latest installment of Taylor Guitar’s Wood & Steel publication. Well, wait no longer. It’s here, and I’m posting it for you to read, right now. So here it is:

“A proud partisan of the double-ought Apple generation, Jody Whitesides is armed and dangerous with his Mac, his looping programs, a boatload of effects plug-ins, and music editing software. Together with his rock-star guitar chops and creative instincts, the abundance of talent and tools could easily spell trouble — think runaway vanity project. But Whitesides sounds like he´s moved beyond the kitchen sink recording approach on his sixth outing, Practical Insanity, aiming to craft sticky melodies rather than simply strutting his skills.

That isn´t to say he won´t reach into his bag of tricks to juice things up with a backwards guitar solo, as he does in the opening track, or string samples, or a dollop of space-fuzz guitar. But even when Whitesides occasionally drops the hint that he´s a closet shredder, he leashes his impulses in order to give his songs a fighting chance for radio play. The payoff is a 12-pack of smartly groomed, inventive power-pop, fueled by grooves that lodge in your head and emit enough sonic coolness to invite multiple listens.

Whitesides covers vocals, guitar, bass keys, and loop programming on the record. His voice has an edgy soulfulness, and he steers it fluidly, using it to graft emotion and urgency onto his lyrics. One can hear shades of heavier rock influences reminiscent of Living Colour and King´s X in there, but Whitesides tends to stick with more of a groove-laden singer-songwriter approach.

Drum loops and his 615ce lay the structure for most tracks, with live drums added, as well. Among the album´s catchiest tunes is the upbeat acoustic love song Falling In, flavored with a bouncy slap-and-pop guitar figure and a benignly soulful refrain.

Elsewhere, Whitesides shoots for a crunchier electric-pop sound. He´s good at tinkering with familiar song structures and adding interesting sonic twists like an offbeat chord change to draw in the listener. Toward the end, he drops in a rock instrumental, Tracking Motion, and sinks into a meaty funk groove on Say Goodbye to close out the record. Whitesides´ disciplined approach pays off, helping to bring his talent into hi-res focus.

— Jim Kirlin”

There ya have it.

If you didn’t read the last installment, I announced that I have distribution for Practical Insanity now! So with that in mind, bear with me that I repost a portion of the last news feature here:

I really need to find an investor. I’ve talked about it before, but it’s becoming even more crucial now. I have written a business plan/proposal and I’m now seeking people that have venture capital interests. If you are, or have a friend who is, interested in investing in a musician and riding the coat-tails to glory then I’m just the musician you need to invest in. I’ve got a kick ass CD, I’ve got the first of several kick ass videos for the CD, I’ve got a great band, I’ve got a tour bus that I already own (that runs on used veggie oil), I’ve even GOT THE DISTRIBUTION to get it into stores. But I need you the savvy investor to help share that goal.

Wanna see the business plan summary online?

Help a great musician out. Pass this on to any friend with the connections.

Jody

p.s. – now that you’ve read this: If you DON’T pass this along to at least 25 friends who have money to invest with in the next hour, you will stub the big toe on your right foot tomorrow morning. That will lead you to hobble around as it swells to the size of a golf ball. Because it will get so big you will trip and fall in front of the person that you’ve been fantasizing about all your life and that will make them never want to sleep with you. If you DO pass this along to any of them within the hour, you will suddenly find yourself backstage at any show of mine you wish to go to. You will be given the royal treatment. Rose petals will be your path whereever you walk. You will find peace, love, and good happiness in your life. In fact you’d be revered as a God for helping to make so many souls happy with the music you helped to spread.

p.p.s. – now that you’ve read that: If you DON’T have any friends with money, then you have to either buy my CD from the purchase CD link on my music page (through CD Baby) or click on one of the iTunes links and purchase at least two songs. If you do that in the next 15 minutes, you’ll start becoming extremely sexy to members of the opposite sex, and all the people you’ve ever been attracted to as well. In fact you’ll get so sexy that you’ll need to get a personal assistant to deal will all the love and attention you’ll get from buying my music. If you wait more than 15 minutes to buy it, then you’ll just get a thank you from me and your life will go on, but a little less fulfilled.

p.p.p.s – wouldn’t you rather be sexy? On second thought, wouldn’t you rather know people with money?

If you’ve made it this far THANK YOU. Hope you haven’t wasted too much of your day.

Distribution secured

April showers will bring May flowers, or so the saying goes.

I’ve got some very cool news today. Practical Insanity has been picked up for distribution! That’s right, I’m currently going through the paperwork with a very reputable distribution company out of Portland Oregon called Burnside. This is exciting news and I’m feverishly working on putting the rest of the puzzle together in order to get the tour and the radio, along with the video to all coincide. Before too long you’ll be able to walk into a favorite store and see my little mug sitting on a shelf waiting for you to take me home.

‘The Big Orange Crush’ is undergoing it’s surgical restoration. I can’t wait to get her back and see how updated she’s gonna become. Ten more days.

In an unfortunate situation, the video shoot for Closer To Ourselves has been postponed for several weeks. Byron, the director has been called out of town last minute for a big event. So we’ll do it in a few weeks. Gives the band more time to work on the different speeds of the arrangement that Byron is calling for.

Ever heard of “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers? It’s a fantastic song and in the midst of all the other stuff I’ve been working on, I’ve whipped a version the classic song. I’m putting the finishing touches on it and in a few weeks, I’ll be releasing it as a digital single on iTunes and other download networks. It’s a great song and I think I’ve come up with a cool arrangement of it. I’m also working on the licenses for a cover I did a few years back called “Cruel To Be Kind” by Nick Lowe. Still talking with the co-writers publisher on that one, but expect to see it on iTunes as well.

I realize this is getting long but, in light of the distribution… I really need to find an investor. I’ve talked about it before, but it’s becoming even more crucial now. I have written a business plan/proposal and I’m now seeking people that have venture capital interests. If you are, or have a friend who is, interested in investing in a musician and riding the coat-tails to glory then I’m just the musician you need to invest in. I’ve got a kick ass CD, I’ve got the first of several kick ass videos for the CD, I’ve got a great band, I’ve got a tour bus that I already own (that runs on used veggie oil), I’ve even GOT THE DISTRIBUTION to get it into stores. But I need you the savvy investor to help share that goal.

Wanna see the business plan summary online?

Help a great musician out. Pass this on to any friend with the connections.

Jody

p.s. – now that you’ve read this: If you DON’T pass this along to at least 25 friends who have money to invest with in the next hour, you will stub the big toe on your right foot tomorrow morning. That will lead you to hobble around as it swells to the size of a golf ball. Because it will get so big you will trip and fall in front of the person that you’ve been fantasizing about all your life and that will make them never want to sleep with you. If you DO pass this along to any of them within the hour, you will suddenly find yourself backstage at any show of mine you wish to go to. You will be given the royal treatment. Rose petals will be your path whereever you walk. You will find peace, love, and good happiness in your life. In fact you’d be revered as a God for helping to make so many souls happy with the music you helped to spread.

p.p.s. – now that you’ve read that: If you DON’T have any friends with money, then you have to either buy my CD from the purchase CD link on my music page (through CD Baby) or click on one of the iTunes links and purchase at least two songs. If you do that in the next 15 minutes, you’ll start becoming extremely sexy to members of the opposite sex, and all the people you’ve ever been attracted to as well. In fact you’ll get so sexy that you’ll need to get a personal assistant to deal will all the love and attention you’ll get from buying my music. If you wait more than 15 minutes to buy it, then you’ll just get a thank you from me and your life will go on, but a little less fulfilled.

p.p.p.s – wouldn’t you rather be sexy? On second thought, wouldn’t you rather know people with money?

Video shoot

Hot off the AP wire…

‘Claire, the Big Orange Crush’ has been given the go ahead from the insurance company to be fixed and not totalled out. This is absolutely fantastic news for me and the band! We’ll be getting it back on May 10th. In the meantime I’m in talks with my current agent and another agent that specializes in the college/university market. I’m pushing through the two of them to hopefully get a full on tour booked through eastern part of the country and hope it will be soon, we’re itchin’ to get on the road and play.

The video shoot for Closer To Ourselves is fast approaching. It will be fun to see this when it’s a finished product. In the meantime, I’m feverishly working on my Christmas project which will include some cool guest appearances on guitar and vocals. It’s more than half done so I’m getting excited. It will be a massive reward for all the work and the scope of what it is.

Yes, I’m still working on the hush, hush project with the famous guitarist as well. Still not able to speak about it yet.

I did get a couple of friends on the case of finding a famous actress to befriend for the next two videos for the CD. So with any luck that will actually come to fruition and I’ll be able to put something together that will not only be a great two part video, but will also have someone fun and recognizable in it as well. I’ll keep ya posted.

New image

Merry Christmas. I woke up and found that the ground was all covered in white. Santa was here and brought me some cool gifts. Including a kick ass new pair of skis that are just beggin to be used on the fresh new powder. I can smell hot chocolate with bacon and eggs. Oh man this a great morning. The only thing that would make it better would be a phone call from U2 asking me to open up their next world tour.

What, wait, whoa, you mean I’m really gonna open for U2?!??!?!?!!?!?!?!!?!!?!?

Ah, that’s right it’s April Fool’s. But seriously, there is some good news happenning. I got wind that Taylor Guitar’s next issue of Wood & Steel (due out this month, April) will contain a review of Practical Insanity. As well, they will be hosting the video of Falling In on their website. This is quite exciting as I simply love their instruments. If you don’t own one, you really don’t know what you’re missing. Make sure you get out and get one. NOW.

Other little things that are happening include… Falling In is headed to The Fuse, it’s also going into rotation in retail locations around the country roughly in late May. Keep an eye out for it and if you see it, let me know. Also, I’ve started writing music with someone from a famous band, but I gotta keep hush hush for the time being. Needless to say, we’re coming up with some cool material that will be making the rounds soon. Also wearing the producer hat for another project based on a solo instrumental guitar record (no, not mine).

Additionally, I have already started meeting with a kick ass photographer by the name of Paul Gregory. I’m excited as now we’re working on my image, to bring it in-line with the music. That’s been one of my biggest weaknesses, not looking like the music I create. Well, in the next few weeks there will be a bit of transformation and that will all change. Then at the end of April when we’ve got it all together, the band and I will be shooting the next video for the song Closer To Ourselves. Byron Turk will be trying some interesting things for this shoot and the band and I will have to keep up.

Do you know someone really famous? I’m contemplating a 2 part video as the final videos for Practical Insanity. For Searching For You and Tabloid Affair. Obviously these songs are about finding, meeting, and dating someone famous, like big movie star famous. Thus if you’re friends with someone like say, Kiera Knightley, Cameron Diaz, Charlize Theron, Natallie Portman, Jessica Alba, Paris Hilton, Jennifer Aniston, Uma Thurman, Selma Hayek, Jessica Biel, Ali Larter, Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johansson, maybe even Angelina Jolie, then I would be forever indebted to you if you could help me befriend one of them for the videos.

Review radio

Are you an avid listener of Frosty, Heidi and Frank? Based out of Los Angeles they are LA’s number one rated noon show. They do a segment on fridays known as Should I Stay or Should I Go? Well, a while back I was on and did very well and even got high marks and praise from the triplets themselves. You’ll actually see some of the quotes pop up on the left side of the screen there under “things you say”. Well a few weeks ago on the show Frank had mentioned that they didn’t have a theme song. I figured what the hell, I’ll write one. I whipped this up in a few hours and sent a copy to the show and never heard from them. So at this point, I’m just going to call it the un-official Frosty Heidi and Frank theme song. Here’s the links: Full Version, Short Version.

Maybe if enough of the fans of the show decide that they like and ‘complain’ to them, they might take notice. Who knows. For now I’ll leave it up to you, the fans of Frosty, Heidi and Frank to decide if its a good theme song for them. Send me a comment about it when you’ve heard it.

Bus crash

Working on finishing up the video podcasts from the last trip out. Will likely post part 3 and part 4 today then part 5 tomorrow and that will close it out. I’ve also posted a ton of pictures in the Atlanta gallery.

Working on making a nice edited video of the APCA showcase as the video turned out great and I had a second camera filming. That’s got some great shots of the band and the sound is pretty darn good too. Also massaging several of the schools that saw us to work on more shows.

One more part of the trip back that I hadn’t mentioned yet. We had an accident involving the bus. That’s right, I’ve now officially been in my first accident. Fortunately everyone is ok, there were no deaths and no serious injuries. The bus is in the shop getting worked on as we speak. I’m glad it wasn’t like a Metallica moment.

As you can see the website has undergone a bit of an update. Let me know what you think about it.

Clear Channel coolness

JP and I are driving the bus back from Atlanta. Josh and Henrik had to fly back early due to getting a gig playing for our troups over in Iraq. Josh hates flying with a passion so hopefully he’ll survive the trip.

We got a chance to stop by the Clear Channel radio headquarters yesterday. I had recently befriended Clayton Allen who runs a station out of the building and he invited me out for a tour of the facility since he likes the music from Practical Insanity so much. We had a great time and met a whole lot of people.

The really amazing thing was getting a chance to sit and chat with the programming director who listened to the CD and checked out every song. Even picked “Searching For You” as a single. I also got a chance to cut a couple of radio spots with their DJ Hank from The Outlaw. He was really cool too. I’ll do a much more in depth report on that later.

As for this morning, I woke up and made some breakfast. While I was chowing down I actually saw a Road-Runner bird go cruising by. I had never seen one before and where we’re at at this rest stop in the middle of nowhere Texas there were tons of them cruising around. I got some video and pictures of it. In the next few days I’ll get the rest of the video podcasts up as well as a nice version of the showcase posted as well. 🙂

New adventure

We’re out here on the road beginning day four of the current leg and day one of the APCA Conference. The trip so far has been nothing short of an adventure. Here’s a brief rundown:

Over on the left you’ll see a new category under Motion Pictures called Video PodCasts. So far you’ll see Day One and Day Two, Day Three is coming later today. These are little video snippets of our trip as it has been going. PodCast ready but in a video format. Download and enjoy on your video iPod or Computer.

The video for “Falling In” is getting a lot of attention. Still working on talking to several distributors. Things are looking good for it to blow up big time, which is fantastic. As for the conference at APCA in Georgia, we’ve decided to drop “Hey Ya” and “Since U Been Gone”. Instead we’ve picked up “Harder To Breath” by Maroon 5 and resorted to adding one of my songs.

Stay tuned for more good news to come soon.