Nick Peay Releases New Music Video for “Looks Like Rain”

Red Corduroy Music artist released a brand new music video for his song “Looks Like Rain” featuring footage from the regional touring he’s been doing this year in support of his newest EP, “Feathers & Fables.” It also features some animation done by Peay himself.

See the video here. You can purchase “Looks Like Rain” at www.nickpeaymusic.com.

Poorcastle Festival to Feature Local/Regional Music, Raise Funds for Crescent Hill Radio

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – June 24, 2013 — The cost of attending music festivals just keeps on going up, up, up. As such, many people’s ability to attend large music festivals is limited. That predicament is what gave birth to Poorcastle, during which attendees can enjoy 12 local/regional bands on Saturday, July 6, at Apocalypse Brew Works, for just $5.

The festival, which runs 1p.m.-11 p.m., not only is affordable for everyone as well as family-friendly, it’s also for a good cause – the proceeds from admission fees will be donated to Crescent Hill Radio, a non-profit community radio station whose studios are just up the street from the venue.

In addition, anyone arriving before 4 p.m. will be admitted free (although donations will be encouraged), and children 12 and under will be admitted free all day.

Poorcastle attendees can enjoy a day’s worth of Louisville-area music (as well as one act from Nashville) by established bands who are donating their time, along with reasonably priced food from local food trucks Traveling Kitchen and Booty’s, and of course delicious craft beer from Apocalypse Brew Works, which is one of Poorcastle’s sponsors, along with Crescent Hill Radio and Red Corduroy Music.

“Our mission is to support and promote local and regional music,” said Crescent Hill Radio founder and director Kathy Weisbach, “which is why we’re proud to be a co-sponsor of Poorcastle. It also means a lot that Poorcastle, and all the bands and volunteers, are going to return the favor and help support the radio station.”

Some of the bands scheduled to perform are Kathleen Hoye, southern Indiana’s the Hart Strings, Phourist, Nashville’s Kristen Cothron and the Dark Side, the Nick Peay Band, Tall Squares, the Uncommon Houseflies, Plastic Bubble, HuH Robots and more.

There will also be a BYOG (Bring Your Own Guitar) busking tent that will be open to anyone who wants to play. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets, as well as water and soda (although no glass containers or alcohol will be allowed).

For more details about Poorcastle, visit Poorcastle.com.

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Music Discovery or Why Music Blogs May Now Be Irrelevant

I saw a tweet the other day that said “Don’t trust music blogs.” There were a few interesting things about this post. First, it was posted by a music blog. It went on to say “[t]rust your own taste and use music blogs as a filter.” So why would they say not to trust music blogs?

It was also interesting because, as technology advances and as the music business changes on an almost daily basis, the way we discover new music is also changing rapidly and not necessarily tied exclusively to music blogs anymore. So, are music blogs even relevant anymore?

It wasn’t actually that long ago, that music discovery came from promotions campaigns and radio campaigns by the major labels who threw millions of dollars into promotions and radio play. New bands were “broken” on radio. If you couldn’t get radio play, or couldn’t afford it, your chances were slim.

As more and more people began sharing music online, music discovery then came from peer-to-peer file sharing. Bands were being discovered through sharing music freely over the internet. Quick side note for those of you who recall those in opposition of Napster, Metallica become popular by giving away free cassette tapes of their music.

I’m not saying music should always be free and artists and musicians shouldn’t earn money for their talents, but all of a sudden a small unknown band could be heard across the world by adding their music to any of the peer-to-peer file sharing networks. Studies showed that most people who downloaded music from these networks also purchased music from the bands whose music they downloaded.

As more and more music became available online, there was more to sift through to find something that you’d actually like. Enter Music Blogs. Music Blogs, written by music lovers, began as a way of sifting through everything to find those gems of undiscovered talent. Typically written for specific genres, music blogs became the go-to for music discovery of the unknown indie band, songwriter, musician, rapper, hip-hop group, new-grass, blue-core, zydeco-punk band or whatever you wanted.

Since blogs were mostly free and anyone could get one, suddenly there were music blogs everywhere. Anyone with a half-baked notion of an opinion could start a blog and post about their favorite music, or favorite music to hate. Again, there was an over-saturation. What used to be the new best way for the independent band to get noticed by other music fans, had now become like the radio stations of only a few decades ago. Only now, it seemed that the “payola” was that of being an already known and established act, or being pitched by an already known and established label, manager or PR company.

And then, with Spotify, the industry changed again. Now it wasn’t about the music you could download and own, it was about how much you could get whenever you wanted. Streaming services have put the music discovery back into the hands of the listeners. Most operate by signing up and creating a “station” or playlist that plays the music you like along with music you may not know but that is similar to the music you already like.

With the music industry standard quickly shifting towards streaming music, we may not need music blogs that much any more. We can now pull up our music streaming software, pull up whatever genre, station or playlist of music we’re currently feeling, and have an endless amount of music ready to go. Of course, it may still be helpful to look at a few music blogs as a filter. But that may be less and less.

As the music industry continues to shift, so will music discovery. With the advance of more and more technology, music discovery may become something we can’t even imagine. However, music lovers will always share music with their friends and fellow music lovers. And that’s what music is about.

How do you discover new music? What’s your favorite place to go for music?

Poorcastle Music Festival

red corduroy music is proud to be a sponsor of a new music festival in Louisville, KY that’s geared specifically for local and regional music. The Poorcastle Festival will be held on Saturday July 6th at Apocalypse Brew Works, who is also a sponsor. Crescent Hill Radio is another sponsor, and all proceeds of the festival will be donated to Crescent Hill Radio to help them in their pursuit of an FM license. Here’s a little bit of info about the Poorcastle Festival and you can find more info at poorcastle.com.

“The cost of attending music festivals goes up, up, up. Many people’s ability to attend large regional festivals is affected inversely. And so, from this unfortunate quandary was born a new kind of festival: Poorcastle.

Poorcastle is every Louisville, Ky., music lover’s festival in that a) It’s affordable for everyone; b) It’s about music above all else; and c) It’s for a good cause.

For just five bucks, you can enjoy a day’s worth of Louisville music (as well as some regional) by established bands who are donating their time, along with reasonably priced food and drink from local businesses. You can bring your own chairs and blankets, as well as coolers with water and soda (no glass or alcohol, sorry!). Also, if you get there before 4 p.m., admission is absolutely free.

And best of all, the majority of the proceeds will benefit Crescent Hill Radio, community radio at its best that is dedicated to promoting local and regional music.

Unable to afford that other July music festival? We’ve got you covered at Poorcastle. Bring us your tired, your hungry, your poor. As long as they are ready to rock.”

Nick Peay to Play Uncle Slayton’s May 10

Nick Peay to Play Uncle Slayton’s May 10

Louisville Singer-Songwriter to Focus on Touring Going Forward

LOUISVILLE, KY – April 30, 2013 – Red Corduroy Music announced that Nick Peay will perform Friday, May 10, at Uncle Slayton’s – and then plans to hit the road to play shows for the rest of the summer.

Still supporting his well-received EP Feathers & Fables, and compiling new songs for another 2013 release, Peay is fresh off dates in Nashville and Chicago. He also has recently made live appearances on WFPK and Crescent Hill Radio, and is in the process of scheduling more live shows around the region in order to build his audience further.

What that means is that the May 10 show at Uncle Slayton’s, opening for Grammy-nominated Americana act Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, may be the last time to catch him in Louisville for a while.

“I love playing in Louisville, but every songwriter wants to take his or her material to new audiences,” Peay said, “I also have a lot of new material I want to test out, and there’s no better way to do that than playing shows to diverse audiences.”

The show at Uncle Slayton’s on May 10 begins at 9 p.m. Admission is $8. Ted Russell is also on the bill. Uncle Slayton’s is located at 1017 E. Broadway.

Find out more at nickpeaymusic.com or at redcorduroymusic.com.

Uncommon Houseflies to Celebrate Release of New EP Hipster Apocalypse … Twice

Uncommon Houseflies to Celebrate Release
of New EP
Hipster Apocalypse … Twice

LOUISVILLE, KY – April 30, 2013 – Red Corduroy Music announced that The Uncommon Houseflies will celebrate the release of its new EP Hipster Apocalypse with not one, but two shows – one on Friday, May 3, 2013, at Dillingers Music Venue in New Albany, Ind., and the second on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Apocalypse Brew Works in Louisville, Ky.

Dillingers is located at 203 E Main Street, while Apocalypse Brew Works is located at 1612 Mellwood Ave.

Hipster Apocalypse will be the Uncommon Houseflies’ fifth release since 2007, and it will mark the third release for Red Corduroy Music, a Louisville-based label that focuses on helping indie artists connect with audiences outside their local scene.

The Uncommon Houseflies are a unique band,” Nick Peay, Red Corduroy’s founder, said. “And this new EP is their best release yet. If the reception the new songs are receiving at live shows is any indication, I foresee big things ahead.”

The Uncommon Houseflies are fresh off an appearance at International Pop Overthrow in Chicago, their second appearance at the annual festival. The band also plans to travel to Nashville and other regional cities to promote the EP this year.

The Uncommon Houseflies are often compared to Fountains of Wayne and Barenaked Ladies, although the band points to a number of influences ranging from mainstays like the Beatles and Johnny Cash, all the way to lesser known artists such as Seattle’s Young Fresh Fellows and Boston’s Scruffy the Cat.

The EP will contain six tracks, including the title song which tells of an impending end of days not brought about by walking dead, but rather by hairy hipsters. Other key tracks include a foreboding spoken-word intro titled “Prelude to the End;” the smirking power-pop of “Nothing New;” the surf-meets-monster-movie-theme “Mystery Blend;” and the funky and salacious “Public Display of Affection.” “The Last Sing-Along” – a John Prine-esque tune which wraps up the apocalypse theme nicely – finishes out the CD.

Red Corduroy Music Lands Two Acts at International Pop Overthrow Chicago, April 25-26

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Red Corduroy Music Lands Two Acts at International Pop Overthrow Chicago, April 25-26

LOUISVILLE, KY – April 10, 2013 – Louisville, Ky.-based Red Corduroy Music announced today that two acts on the label will perform at International Pop Overthrow in Chicago on April 25 and 26.

Nick Peay, the label’s founder, and his band will perform Friday, April 26, as part of a seven-band lineup; meanwhile, the Uncommon Houseflies, who also played the festival in 2012, will perform Thursday, April 25. IPO, in its 14th year doing power-pop music festivals all over the U.S. and in the U.K., will be held at Red Line Tap in Chicago.

Peay will perform songs from his newest EP Feathers & Fables, along with some power-pop gems of the past. Songs like the Gin Blossoms-esque “(Two Miserable) Blackbirds” will be a natural for melody-craving IPO attendees.

Meanwhile, the Uncommon Houseflies will bring their off-the-wall brand of power-pop to IPO Chicago for the second straight year, and will be promoting a forthcoming Red Corduroy release titled Hipster Apocalypse.

“We’re honored to be performing at a long-standing and respected festival like International Pop Overthrow,” said Peay, who launched Red Corduroy in 2010. “I know the Uncommon Houseflies and I are looking forward to it, and our hope is to bring more Red Corduroy acts to IPO in the future.”

“I’m definitely pleased to be having Nick Peay and The Uncommon Houseflies play the International Pop Overthrow festival,” David Bash, the festival’s founder and promoter, said. “Nick is a fine singer-songwriter who I’m looking forward to seeing for the first time, and The Uncommon Houseflies brought so much fun to IPO Chicago last year with their humor-inflected power pop that I couldn’t help but invite them back!”

International Pop Overthrow Chicago runs from April 18-27 at the Red Line Tap, 7006 N. Glenwood Ave. Cover charge is $10 per night.

ABOUT RED CORDUROY MUSIC
Red Corduroy Music was founded by musician Nick Peay in 2010 as a way to get his and other indie musicians’ music to a wider audience outside the Louisville, Ky., area. Red Corduroy offers not only music business consulting and PR, but also recording services. For more information, visit redcorduroymusic.com.

ABOUT INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW
International Pop Overthrow (or IPO, as it has affectionately become known) is a pop music festival which has been held for the past fourteen years in Los Angeles. We have also held IPO for various years in Chicago, New York, Boston, San Diego, Phoenix, Detroit, Milwaukee, Portland, Seattle, Austin, Dallas, Vancouver, and Toronto, as well as in Liverpool (at the world famous Cavern Club), and London, UK. For more information, visit internationalpopoverthrow.com.

Podcastiness with Nick Peay Updates

Nick Peay has finished a new “Podcastiness” episode, this time with new red corduroy music band, The Uncommon Houseflies.

Nick has also launched a new website for “Podcastiness.” There you’ll find the first two episodes, the first with Kristen Cothron and Justin Conn from Nashville, TN and the second with Butch Bays and Kevin Gibson of The Uncommon Houseflies.

You can check out the official “Podcastiness” websites at:

www.podcastiness.com

There you can subscribe to get the latest podcasts from Nick, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

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