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Comment Archives: stories: Music: Wayward Son

Re: “Whither BAKC?

That is a great article ! I can tell you worked really hard on it! It is a shame that you didn't care to dig deep enough to actually inspect one of their contracts that does in fact state "J Distribution will not cash your check for $250 (credit card will not be processed) until your albums have been reviewed and officially placed into stores". The issue should be wether or not they are holding up their end of the bargain. Getting a CD on the shelf for the Christmas season is not getting them there on December 24th. That is what we were shooting for, that is what we advertised for, and considering when they cashed the check, they had plenty of time to come through. I thought it was great journalism to add in that the bands they help are talentless. I am sure all the bands that work with them are glad to know they have no talent. I am sure they will line up to buy the pitch now. Wait..they can't - its free. I am really excited to know that my band ,Drive13, is misogynistic and cliché. Well, I knew about the cliche part. But considering I wrote those songs, I know what they are about. There is no woman hating going on here. These are songs about how sad it is that so many people divorce (Song 10). About marrying my perfect wife (song 6). About starting out with a new band (song 7). About the how being a "player" doesn't seem so cool or important once you meet the right girl (song 8). About the passing of my father (song 5). About not being the jock that gets the girl, but somehow getting her (song 3) About getting over a bad relationship (song 2) About not agreeing with everything she does, but having fun with the fact you love her anyway (song 1). And stretching the truth a little about what happens after prom (song 4). There is no misogynistic message to any of these songs. Considering your position at your paper, you should be ashamed of yourself for not caring engough to take the time to do a good job. You never read a contract, yet spewed your incorect info on the public. You branded every band that works with BAKC as talenless. You didn't listen to much, if any, of our CD - yet branded us misogynistic. I know you feel our CD is not important. THat is ok. Opinions vary. But the quality of our CD has nothing to do with how we were treated. It should have never been mentioned. And the talent level of the bands that work with BAKC should have nothing to do with how they are treated either. So why toss it in there? You were supposed to be doing a service for local musicians and tip them off to the possible pitfalls awaiting them, not grading their talent level. Or inform them that this was an isolated incident and BAKC is great. Instead, you let us down.

Posted by J. Steele on 01/22/2008 at 10:42 PM

Re: “Dri’s Company

This is mega-talent, beauty, brains and brass ones all wrapped up into one package...and this album is a winner. Thanks for the great, accurate and compelling review.

Posted by Greg on 01/22/2008 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Dri’s Company

This is mega-talent, beauty, brains and brass ones all wrapped up into one package...and this album is a winner. Thanks for the great, accurate and compelling review.

Posted by Greg on 01/22/2008 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Whither BAKC?

Nice article. The factual info I wish would have published is the actual contract from BAKC which states, and I quote, "J Distribution will not cash your check for $250 (credit card will not be processed) until your albums have been reviewed and officially placed into stores." The Pitch had that info. I guess Jason Harper believes "butt-rockers" don't deserve that type of honesty. But hey, thanks for at least warning all the KC bands out there. Thanks, Joe Jacobson

Posted by Joe on 01/22/2008 at 12:55 PM

Re: “Whither BAKC?

Nice article. The factual info I wish would have published is the actual contract from BAKC which states, and I quote, "J Distribution will not cash your check for $250 (credit card will not be processed) until your albums have been reviewed and officially placed into stores." The Pitch had that info. I guess Jason Harper believes "butt-rockers" don't deserve that type of honesty. But hey, thanks for at least warning all the KC bands out there. Thanks, Joe Jacobson

Posted by Joe on 01/22/2008 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Dri’s Company

It's a mole? I could have sworn it was a cold sore.

If it is, indeed, a mole, that makes her like a gazillion times hotter than she was five minutes ago.

Posted by Jason on 12/13/2007 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Dri’s Company

It's a mole? I could have sworn it was a cold sore. If it is, indeed, a mole, that makes her like a gazillion times hotter than she was five minutes ago.

Posted by Jason on 12/13/2007 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Girlfriend's Fav. Producer

Big ups and much love to D. Baker for raising the bar in KC. KKFI - 90.1 FM * The Show-Me Mix Show is all for what D. Baker is doing. Much respect. Keep doin' ya thang!

Posted by Mz. Shai on 10/24/2007 at 2:56 AM

Re: “Girlfriend's Fav. Producer

Big ups and much love to D. Baker for raising the bar in KC. KKFI - 90.1 FM * The Show-Me Mix Show is all for what D. Baker is doing. Much respect. Keep doin' ya thang!

Posted by Mz. Shai on 10/23/2007 at 11:56 PM

Re: “Girlfriend's Fav. Producer

Wow! Its about time someone from the Midwest worth mentioning gets his dues! Much respect and luck to my favorite producer.

Posted by Courtney on 10/18/2007 at 6:52 AM

Re: “Girlfriend's Fav. Producer

Wow! Its about time someone from the Midwest worth mentioning gets his dues! Much respect and luck to my favorite producer.

Posted by Courtney on 10/18/2007 at 3:52 AM

Re: “Cinema Musico

Cool Jason, we obviously have very different tastes in music, as do a lot of people these days,I REALLY hated the band from Iowa, you liked, but I know some people dig that stuff..
I think I like being a good hearted label, I pick bands I like, for whatever reason, but mostly based on seeing them live several times, I know you like Metal, have you listened to Count Thy Days?? They're on our label.. starting the second album soon..
I know you're a critic, I expect that, I just think The KC scene should be more about KC bands, I know who the "favorites" are around here, I know who's "in the clique".

Posted by Drew on 09/30/2007 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Cinema Musico

Cool Jason, we obviously have very different tastes in music, as do a lot of people these days,I REALLY hated the band from Iowa, you liked, but I know some people dig that stuff.. I think I like being a good hearted label, I pick bands I like, for whatever reason, but mostly based on seeing them live several times, I know you like Metal, have you listened to Count Thy Days?? They're on our label.. starting the second album soon.. I know you're a critic, I expect that, I just think The KC scene should be more about KC bands, I know who the "favorites" are around here, I know who's "in the clique".

Posted by Drew on 09/30/2007 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Cinema Musico

Drew, thanks for the feedback. I understand your philosophy and am interested to see how it works out. I think it's noble that you are building a community of fledgling bands in whom you see promise. The question is whether the live-music scene can sustain the experiment. Most people, when they go out, want to invest in an experience that will pay off in terms of entertainment. They want their money's worth, in other words. Will Beat Oven develop a reputation as a deliverer of quality entertainment or merely become known as a good-hearted little label that insists on putting mediocre bands on stage? Time will tell. I wish you all the luck in the world, but my job as a critic keeps me from being a total cheerleader. I have to call bands like I see 'em.

In the case of Six II Chaos, no, I haven't seen them live. From the video Aaron mentions and the songs on their MySpace, I judged that they still have a ways to go. On "Super Sonic," the singer's voice is more often sour than sweet (that applies to most songs I've heard), and the guitar solo near the beginning is pretty laughable. They may put on a phenomenal live show, but as Beat Oven is foremost a label and recording studio, the recorded product is the main concern, I would think. Don't dismiss MySpace, either. When it comes to going to shows for pleasure, I've gone to see bands I'd never heard of because of the quality of songs on their MySpace. And I've chosen not to see others on the same basis.

Beautiful venue, noble experiment -- but don't forget that it's all about the music.

Posted by Jason Harper on 09/28/2007 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Cinema Musico

Drew, thanks for the feedback. I understand your philosophy and am interested to see how it works out. I think it's noble that you are building a community of fledgling bands in whom you see promise. The question is whether the live-music scene can sustain the experiment. Most people, when they go out, want to invest in an experience that will pay off in terms of entertainment. They want their money's worth, in other words. Will Beat Oven develop a reputation as a deliverer of quality entertainment or merely become known as a good-hearted little label that insists on putting mediocre bands on stage? Time will tell. I wish you all the luck in the world, but my job as a critic keeps me from being a total cheerleader. I have to call bands like I see 'em. In the case of Six II Chaos, no, I haven't seen them live. From the video Aaron mentions and the songs on their MySpace, I judged that they still have a ways to go. On "Super Sonic," the singer's voice is more often sour than sweet (that applies to most songs I've heard), and the guitar solo near the beginning is pretty laughable. They may put on a phenomenal live show, but as Beat Oven is foremost a label and recording studio, the recorded product is the main concern, I would think. Don't dismiss MySpace, either. When it comes to going to shows for pleasure, I've gone to see bands I'd never heard of because of the quality of songs on their MySpace. And I've chosen not to see others on the same basis. Beautiful venue, noble experiment -- but don't forget that it's all about the music.

Posted by Jason Harper on 09/28/2007 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Cinema Musico

Not sure if you actually stuck around to see Six II Chaos, but I did. For once, there is a band out there that puts on an amazing live show, actually better than the song I had heard on the music video I must say, I was surprised and delighted. I can't deny the fact that some of the acts were pretty shitty.

If anyone knows about the importance of a live show and stage presence, i'd imagine it would be you.

On another note, that is one hell of a good venue. It's in it's infancy, so you have to give it time. Good sound, good lights, now all it'll take is the couple of months to actually book the good shows. I think it has the potential to be one of the best venues in KC.

You also missed Chronic while you were there Thursday night. Had a chance to actually see his long hair before it was all chopped off at the BBQ next weekend. You coming out to that?

Posted by Aaron Lee on 09/28/2007 at 7:12 AM

Re: “Cinema Musico

Not sure if you actually stuck around to see Six II Chaos, but I did. For once, there is a band out there that puts on an amazing live show, actually better than the song I had heard on the music video I must say, I was surprised and delighted. I can't deny the fact that some of the acts were pretty shitty. If anyone knows about the importance of a live show and stage presence, i'd imagine it would be you. On another note, that is one hell of a good venue. It's in it's infancy, so you have to give it time. Good sound, good lights, now all it'll take is the couple of months to actually book the good shows. I think it has the potential to be one of the best venues in KC. You also missed Chronic while you were there Thursday night. Had a chance to actually see his long hair before it was all chopped off at the BBQ next weekend. You coming out to that?

Posted by Aaron Lee on 09/28/2007 at 4:12 AM

Re: “Cinema Musico

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Re: “Cinema Musico

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Re: “Cinema Musico

Have you ever heard Six II Chaos live, Jason?

Posted by ramalamadingdong on 09/27/2007 at 2:18 AM

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