Jul 07

The Projekt List, get inside Sam’s head. All new content format! With some music, too!

Hello….. This ProjektList was sent at 11:05 this morning. If you are not on the ProjektList, sign-up with the sign-up form on the right side of the page. This is the short-link, if you want to share: http://www.projekt.com/store/?p=5436

Sam writes: Some of you have been receiving the Projekt list for years, if not decades! Do you remember back in the late 90s, when the ProjektList was filled with my thoughts, and ramblings on things that interested me, plus political perspective (oh those days of discussing why Al Gore would be better for the country than George Bush. Yall were so young and naive back then!!!). Some of you loved my thoughts and comments mixed with the music, some of you hated my thoughts and comments mixed with the music. When Facebook came along, it seemed like that would be a place to post the non-music-related stuff, to get it off the ProjektList. But I have found that we have reached a two-fold dead-end with that. (1) Facebook sucks these days, nobody sees posts anymore (more about that below) and (2) when I look at the data about which parts of the ProjektList you are interested in (’cause dude! I see the data of which link-y are getting the most click-y) I notice you are clicking over to the dumb videos, and what I bought my son for his birthday, and non-music-stuff. Oh? Not a lot of people are following through to the music that we’re selling in the webstore.

What?

The ProjektList is serving as a filter for fun stuff to distract you from your day?!?

Ok. I can do that. Perhaps the solution to this problem is to return the elist to where it began: something more like a blog with bits of entertainment, stuff that is catching my eye, with just the right mix of music and internet-based-dumbness.

You know: the stuff that we all use to make our days a little less tedious.

For example, last week, I went to Movie Madness, a DVD store here in Portland OR. Yep! A real-life rent-a-DVD store. I discovered that there are more CLASH DVDs than I can count on two hands, and I’ve only seen two of the last 30 Best Foreign Film Oscar winners.

I also saw “Rosebud,” the sled from Citizen Kane. Who knew it was green with yellow text? Here’s a pix of me with the lion statue from the Kane Xanadu set.

Oh my! The real world. It’s out there.

Why have I been spending my time on youTube, watching videos of cats knocking other cats down stairs!

I want to live!

That said, we all love cats… but maybe goats are the future! Shea hit upon this trend a while back, sending me this video. And now Slate confirms what Shea has known: Goats are the new Cats.

Speaking of Goats, the Belmont Goats are moving. Apparently their two block-long / one block-wide field has gotten too valuable. They are being shipped off to the suburbs (well, 92nd Ave); I bet somebody will build another 5 story condo on their spot. Sounds like what happened to 4th Avenue in Brooklyn. Well, minus the goats.



The days of thriving Facebook pages are coming to an end quickly

Why does Facebook suck? Let me count the ways! We were discussing this on my FB page this weekend. If you are an artist, band or small business, and have been wondering what the heck is wrong with your page these days, the two videos on this link are essential viewing to understand why Facebook has become useless.

“Facebook has this ongoing incentive to restrict more and more the organic reach of posts, in order to force people to pay to promote them. And I think that really changes the ethos of the site.”

What I have heard is that only 3% of the people who like the Projekt Records FB page see my posts. This means all those bands and labels you “liked?” Well, you’re no longer seeing their updates in your feed! Facebook is rigged to keep you from seeing the posts you wanted to see. Why? They want us to pay… for every post. And we’re not talking something reasonable like $10 a month. We’re talking between $30 and $150…. a POST!!! I’m so fed up with Facebook.

As an experiment, I tried doing a paid post on my personal page (where it’s cheaper than a business page). It cost $7. You know what happened? My post got 8 likes. Back in the day (ie: two months ago), most posts got 30 – 100 likes. Not anymore. It’s pay-to-play at Facebook now.< Those videos also explain all the fake profiles making friend requests. I was talking about this last month; I knew it was some sort of scam. Facebook is jamming us with fakes, to water down our reach even more. Did you know that Facebook has more than 83 million fake profiles!?!?

Also of interest, the Facebook “transmission of anger” mood manipulation experiment. They skewed what some people saw in their feeds, to see how they reacted. Thank you, big brother. Hmmmm? Let me think about this for a minute. Do I want my social networking site messing with my head?

No.

And let’s ask the question, Is Facebook breeding loneliness?

” The problem is multi-fold. The time we spend socializing online not only discourages face-to-face communication, but it also undermines our confidence at engaging in real conversations with real people about the real problems and issues that thread through our lives. Indeed, social networking provides a means of escape, an easy out on having to confront those parts of our lives we wish were different; more glamorous, and less mundane. “



Supreme Court Rules JCPenney Allowed to Sacrifice Employees to Appease Cthulhu

Read all about it here



More comments and thoughts after this commercial break…


Pre-order these great releases from across the darkwave genre. More titles here.


Raison D’etre: Requiem for Abandoned Souls Expanded 2-CD Re-issue | $25
Expected Mid July. Contains the original disc with a bonus track and a second disc with material from various live performances from 2003 and 2004. The music becomes a pulsating, throbbing entity that comes sobbing out of your speakers only to lament the crumbling states of whatever you are stressed about at that moment.

Tanzwut: Eselsmesse Limited Edition 2-CD | $25
Expected Late July. Hailed as a cult band and innovators of the genre, Tanzwut is one of the exceptional bands of the gothic/medieval scene; their outstanding skills allow them to compose and perform both as rock act and medieval band.

Titles available for pre-order:

Agonoize: Apokalypse Limited 2-CD Berlin-based inferno of hard beats, brutal shouts and thudding bass. $23
Android Lust: The Dividing 10th Anniversary 2-LP Features brand new remixes from Collide, Gregory Stewart (Z Marr/Combichrist), I, Parasite, Inertial and R010R. $25
Black Lung: The Great Golden Goal Motivational pieces specifically designed for workspace and gym. $15
Cocksure: TVMALSV Bridging the gap between waxtrax! era industrial and future sounds of mass corruption. $14
Deine Lakaien: Acoustic II $25
Deine Lakaien: Farewell/Where the Winds Don’t Blow CDS First taster for the new album Crystal Palace. $11
Deine Lakaien: Crystal Palace Limited Box A return to the sonic atmospheres of the early days (1986-1990). $49
Deine Lakaien: Crystal Palace Limited Digipak +3 Bonus Tracks $25
Die Form: Rayon X Limited 2-CD New album from cult French multimedia-fetish-art-project. $27
Die Form: Rayon X Limited 2-CD + Large Shirt $110
Die Form: Rayon X Limited 2-CD + XL Shirt $110
Die Form: Rayon X $19
Die Form: Rayon X LP $22
Funker Vogt: Survivor 3-CD Box Collector’s Edition with bonus material and rare, unreleased tracks. $26
Grendel: Soilbleed Redux V.2 Remastered re-issue with bonus tracks. $12
Hexperos: Lost in the Great Sea The sound of ancient instruments played by brilliant musicians. $20
In Slaughter Natives: Cannula Coma Legio The band delves into more obscure ambient territories. $14
In Strict Confidence: Lifelines Vol. 1 (91-98) – The Extended Versions Extended versions of the original tracks. $16
In Strict Confidence: Lifelines Vol. 2 (98-04) – The Extended Versions $16
KMFDM: We Are Live album features favorites new and old. $14
Lacrimosa: Live in Mexico City Live album with bonus DVD. $30
Lustmord: Beyond Re-issue One full hour of frightening and addictive darkest ambient. $15
Lustmord: Kraków October 22 2010 Live limited edition. $24
Lustmord: The Dark Places of the Earth Re-issue The pinnacle of dark ambient. $15
Noisuf-X: Invasion Limited 2-CD NOISUF-X dominates the dancefloors of the global club scene. $24
Pride and Fall: Turn the Lights On EP Remix contest EP with exclusive b-side. $15
Prude: The Dark Age of Consent Wild mix of 70’s NYC punk/glam with a harsh, damaged electronic edge. $14
Rome: A Passage to Rhodesia Limited Edition DVD/2-CD/Book Unites instant dark folk classics with ambient collages in the best industrial and experimental traditions. $165
Sequential Access: Sex Addict Anonymous 13 tracks of pure golden era electro-industrial. $14
Sopor Aeternus: Mitternacht CD/Book All-new album with 36-page book. $55
Sopor Aeternus: Mitternacht 2-LP $90
Staubkind: Alles Was Ich Bin Limited 4-CD Box Berlin-based group walks the tightrope between cinematic rock anthems and fragile ballads. $53
Staubkind: Alles Was Ich Bin Limited 2-CD $23
The Birthday Massacre: Violet LP Limited Ediition purple vinyl. $19
The Klinik: 1984-1991 8-CD Box The most comprehensive anthology of the band’s music ever released. $90
The Lonely Soul Experience: Path of Blood Blutengel’s Chris Pohl takes us into opulent fantasy-worlds. $19
Various Artists: Amphi Festival 2014 Who’s who of the electro and gothic scene. $15
Various Artists: History of NDW A MUST-HAVE for all fans of German electro hits of the 80s. $22

 

Animal Magnetism: Tigers Roam Wild on Dating Sites. Hoping for Roaring Success, Singles Post Photos With Big Cats
Read the article at the Wall Street Journal

I really want to make “poorly photoshopped photo with tiger in foreground” into a succesful internet meme. Who will help me go there? Change your profile photo to include the wikipedia tiger and message me with your link. And use #tigerselfie



Projekt Records Music tidbits

Download free music from Black Tape For A Blue Girl at Bandcamp. Italian coverage at Ondarock.

Textura listens to Metcalf/Seelig’s Intention & Nerell/Seelig’s Tree of Life. Read the review. Buy both CDs for $23 at Projekt.

Fantastic Aurelio Voltaire interview in the new issue of Gothic Beauty MagazineDownload your copy today.

Lovesliescrushing’s 1993 debut Bloweyelashwish added to Bandcamp. A brilliant slice of 90s shoegaze music. For sale for $7. And don’t forget the sale code below.

Steve Roach & Erik Wollo are both in Echoes’ the Best of 2014, so far.



And here it is, the moment you’ve all been waiting for….
The King of Goth, Peter Murphy, said in Rolling Stone Magazine: “I keep asking, ‘My God, how did I get that high? How do I get that high again, and how do I sustain it for an hour?'”

After his meth bust, should Peter Murphy really be talking about getting “high” ?

derp.

Too soon?

You can stream the whole Lion album at the RS link above.

Where’s that Bagel recipe? Sorry. Ran out of time & room…. next Monday.




The new Projekt eList needs your help!

Sam and Shea really love snark! The Projekt virtual office is full of snide remarks on all sorts of topics; nothing is off-limits and yes, that includes some snarky things about the music industry and even the music we sell. But we need your help! We don’t produce nearly enough snark. Do you have some sarcastic comment about music? Send it our way via Twitter (use hashtag #ProjektRecords so we can find your tweet). If we use it, you’ll get a free download code for a Projekt album!

You can also give us a heads up on the latest distracting goat/cat/tiger profile pic trend, videos we have to see, articles we have to read, and unmentionable things we won’t be able to print because of the draconian hand of our email service provider. If your link is exciting and gets used, we’ll reward that with a free download code, too.

And please message me directly with questions, complaints, thoughts on the new format, and anything else you think would make the elist more exciting for everyone.

Sam

 

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