October 2011

Oct 31

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We are helping our longtime friends Brushfire Records with promoting the release of their holiday album This Warm December: A Brushfire Holiday Volume II.

Utilizing Topspin’s platform, we created the This Warm December Store, featuring exclusive bundled packages of the CD or Vinyl version of the album, plus a collectible 12 post card set (the first 200 orders received a card signed by Jack Johnson). The album is currently on pre-order until it’s officially released on November 15.

This Warm December: A Brushfire Holiday Volume II is a 13 track compilation of both original tunes and classic covers by Brushfire’s artists., including Jack Johnson, whose joyous “In The Morning” can be heard in an exclusive Entertainment Weekly premiere here.

Here’s the full track listing:

01. “Party Hard” by Zach Gill
02. “Jingle Bell Rock” by Rogue Wave
03. “Christmas Blues” by G. Love
04. “In The Morning” by Jack Johnson
05. “Christmas Must Be Tonight” by Bahamas
06. “Home For The Season” by Neil Halstead
07. “Frosty The Snowman” by Zee Avi
08. “Let It Ride” by ALO
09. “Make Time” by Money Mark
10. “Winter Swell Blues” by Paula Fuga
11. “Christmas Cookies” by G. Love
12. “I Bet On Flying High” by Matt Costa
13. “Angel (Holiday)” by Jack Johnson

Pre-order the album today!

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Oct 25

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We’ve worked with Boom LA Management for all things Mason Jennings, and they recently came to us for a site redesign for their other client, Nat & Alex Wolff.

In addition to releasing two rock albums in the last few years, the brothers are the stars of Nickelodeons popular TV show The Naked Brothers Band. They are currently in the studio working on their debut solo album.

These boys should definitely be kept on your radar!

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Oct 24

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A little while ago we created and ran a one day only promotional “donate-to-download” splash page for Chris Cornell’s website for his song “The Keeper” that he wrote for the film “Machine Gun Preacher,” a film based on the true story of the life of Sam Childers. A portion of the sales went to support Childers’ “Angels for East Africa” charity.

Now, we have just launched the NEW ChrisCornell.com!

ChrisCornell.com

Check it on out!

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Oct 21

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We just launched a new site for Marlo’s Massage, Santa Barbara’s voted Best Licensed Massage Therapist for the last three years in a row!

Marlo's Massage

It’s a beautiful redesign with highlights that include a brand new Staff page as well as a “Schedule a Massage” call to action button. 

If you haven’t yet experienced a Marlo massage go ahead and hit the “Schedule a Massage” button to see what you’re missing out on!

Visit MarlosMassage.com today!

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Oct 21

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Stephenson Teams Up with Hiho Batik On the Creation of the FEED AFRICA! T-shirt With 100% of the Proceeds Being Donated to the United Nations’ World Food Programme


Duane Stephenson may be recognized as one of Reggae’s most talented sons with his top selling releases, “August Town” and “Black Gold,” but he is also a dedicated philanthropist. He has been spreading awareness of world hunger and supporting the efforts of the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) to end hunger worldwide, with special emphasis on the Horn of Africa, where a massive draught is causing a devastating famine. A United Nations institution, WFP is committed to getting food where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. Each year, on average, WFP feeds more than 90 million people in 70 countries. Duane joins fellow musicians Christina Aguilera and 50 Cent in supporting this noble cause.

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Oct 17

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This morning we launched Tom Waits’ BadAsMe.com!

We’ve worked with Waits’ team and SoundCloud to create this exclusive listening party streaming his new album Bad As Me before it comes out on October 24.

Fans on Waits’ mailing list received individualized codes that granted them access into this exclusive listening party. Those who aren’t on the list are able to request a code to get into this album stream.

Check it out and get your code now at BadAsMe.com!

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Oct 10

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Date Location Venue Tickets RSVP
December 19 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg Pre-sale on 10/11
December 20 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg Pre-sale on 10/11
December 21 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg Pre-sale on 10/11
December 22 New York, NY Webster Hall Pre-sale on 10/11
December 24 Philadelphia, PA Theater of The Living Arts Pre-sale on 10/11
December 26* Portland, ME State Theatre Pre-sale on 10/11
December 27 Burlington, VT Higher Ground Pre-sale on 10/11
December 28* Washington, DC 9:30 Club Pre-sale on 10/11

*Dec. 28 Washington, DC onsale 10/13 at 10am. Pre-sale for Dec. 26 Portland, ME is 10/11 at 10am
(all other FOL shows pre-sales are at 12pm)


Our client and friend Matisyahu has announced his 2011 Festival of Light tour!

Pre-sale for the Festival of Light start TOMORROW, Tues. October 11 at 12 PM EST.
The password into this pre-sale is “light”.

Tickets go on sale October 14, continue to check MatisyahuWorld.com for more details.

 

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Oct 06

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Perhaps “innovator” is most appropriate to summarize Steve Jobs.  But for proper homage, a new word should be added to our vernacular, highlighting Steve Jobs’ genius of communicating his innovations—he leveraged rich understanding of marketing, type and typefaces, images and movies, letters and words: the 1984 Ad, Apple II, NeXT, iMac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, iPad, Think Different (sans ‘ly’) to name a few. 

How about “Jobsian Marketing”?

After all, his legacy is the very act of creation paired with exceptional marketing build up, excitement of rumors and secretive roll-outs which turned millions into disciples.  We, the ambassadors, spread the gospel, hoping to convert the meek, evangelizing the culture of Steve Job’s innovations and in turn become the strongest marketing arm any corporation could hope for.

Perhaps the pinnacle accomplishment for an inventor is to revolutionize the industry of their invention.  Steve Jobs revolutionized several industries, enabling and accelerating the analogue > digital shifts of the early 21st century.  His love of both process and product turned us on, tuned us in and made us believe.

Steve Job created a true new world order, where a single person can successfully manage their global business from the palm of their hand; created a film studio that disseminates genuine storytelling in an industry easily labeled as tired and uninspired; created a brand new market to support a once unknown product now casually known as the Tablet; created convenient media consumption, changing our expectations for how, when and where we are able to enjoy our books, music, films and video games.

Embedded in his great creations, Steve Jobs delivered great simplicity.  His genius can be further seen by pushing Apple to be the first to remove the floppy disc drive from home PCs in the 1990s, or shipping units that had no dial-up modems when high speed internet was not yet available everywhere, or most recently shipping a line of laptops without a CD/DVD-ROM drive, coaxing people to depend on USB and WIFI.

Above all, Steve Job’s passion for his family, work and play immortalizes him as one of the world’s modern great thinkers, doers and innovators.  He brought us the future before it was due.

Where do we go from here?  Mimicry may be a form of flattery, but Steve Jobs would be disappointed with a legion of copy-cats.  It is all of our time to continue pushing the boundaries of innovation, creation and marketing. 

Thank you for setting the bar Steve Jobs.

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