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Mar 25, 2007

New STS9 Podcast Love, 2007 Tour Dates

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A lot of my time at SXSW this year was spent trying to convince anyone I chatted with about the power of podcasting -- and using a free service like FeedBurner to help you distribute those podcasts -- especially when most bands are already relinquishing control and letting their music onto MySpace as it is. It was one of the reasons I got to go in the first place, so it was one of my goals while soaking up all the fun that occurs around you in the meantime.

While I got a lot of blank stares and dumb looks in response to my elevator pitch, I think my words resonated fairly well with a small subset of the people I got to meet down there. "You, as a band, should make your own podcast and submit it to iTunes. Let the label sell your music -- you should give away the rest!" I'll admit that pitch is rather selfish which I normally talked around as, "well, you'll see my thought process rear itself harder once the entitled generation figures out how they want to consume your music and help you make money, because it's NOT going to be from record sales (in case you didn't know that already)."

Thankfully, some bands are already way ahead of this curve. STS9 has been a Live Music Blog favorite for a while now and they just released their new podcast; I was blown away by the third track...

The song is called, "Abcees," which I had never heard before today. It's very dubbed-out yet driving, so it kind just made me start grooving at my desk before I ever realized what I listening to. It sounds like the band has really been playing amazing lately and they're pulling out all the stops for their fans, including playing five sold-out shows in Boulder without repeating one song throughout the entire run. There are some photos from that epicness here and here.

Be sure to catch these guys out on the road sometime soon; upcoming tour dates after the jump...

STS9 2007 Tour Dates:

03/31/07 :: Seattle, WA - LIVE PA SET @ Fenix Undergound - Seattle, WA

04/12/07 :: Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater - Dallas, TX
04/13/07 :: Houston, TX @ The Meridian - Houston, TX
04/14/07 :: Austin, TX @ Stubb's BBQ - Austin, TX
04/17/07 :: Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theatre - Baton Rouge, LA
04/18/07 :: Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen - Mobile, AL
04/19/07 :: Birmingham, AL @ Alabama Theatre - Birmingham, AL
04/20/07 :: St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant - Saint Louis, MO
04/21/07 :: Nashville, TN @ City Hall - Nashville, TN
04/24/07 :: Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note - Columbia, MO
04/25/07 :: Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre - Memphis, TN
04/26/07 :: Louisville, KY @ Headliner's Music Hall - Louisville, KY
04/27/07 :: Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium - Asheville, NC
04/28/07 :: Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre - Knoxville, TN
04/29/07 :: New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina's Uptown - New Orleans, LA

05/25/07 :: New York City - LIVE PA SET @ Studio Mezmor (formerly Crobar) - New York City, NY

06/15/07 :: Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

07/13/07 :: Masontown, WV @ All Good 2007, Marvin's Mountaintop - Masontown, WV

09/06/07 :: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
09/07/07 :: Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO
09/08/07 :: Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO

Here's the track list from the podcast above...


BIGS - live from Seattle - 02/23/07
RENT - live from Hollywood - 02/17/07
ABCEES - live from Seattle - 02/23/07
FROM NOW ON - live from San Diego - 02/16/07
TRINOCULAR - live from Lake Tahoe - 02/20/07
VIBYL - live from Lake Tahoe - 02/20/07
MOBSTERS - live from Portland - 02/22/07
SURREALITY - live from Portland - 02/22/07
EB - live from Portland - 02/22/07
ARIGATO - live from Santa Ana - 02/15/07

posted by: Justin | Comments (2) |


Thanks, Justin, I didn't even realize that STS9 had a podcast.

I agree, podcasts are a great way to build up your fan community (as well as taping and utilizing the Live Music Archive to share live performances).

Posted by: david | March 26, 2007 7:58 AM

Yeah, STS9's podcasts are great. All the concerts on "the Best of the Left" were played only about two weeks before before it was released to the masses. This helps fans be familiar with new songs -- like the kick-ass Abcees -- before they ever hear them in concert.

But while the podcasts are released for free, there is a money-making aspect to it all. You see, unlike the audience tapes available on the LMA, STS9's Podcasts are all crispy soundboards. For some fans (read: me), it was the first exposure I ever had to the high-quality product available on STS9Music. Like going from schwagg to headies, I doubt I'll ever burn another AUD from an STS9 show.
And, let's make it clear, I am not a guerilla marketer for STS9 music, but I have started giving them a good deal of money since they began releasing the regular Podcasts.

Posted by: stems | March 26, 2007 3:40 PM

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