9th and Ash




  • Do Musicians Really Care About ‘Fan Appreciation’ Comments?

    Posted by on February 19, 2011

    Yeah, Musicians need appreciation too.

    If you’ve ever listened to music, you’ve probably thought to yourself at one point in time, Wow, this song is really cool! Thanks to the internet,  music fans now have an incredible opportunity to actually direct these comments to the band members themselves (or at least someone representing them). Is commenting on a musician’s page a waste of time? Better yet, do musicians even really care about that kind of stuff?

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  • 9th and Ash T-shirts, CDs, and more!

    Posted by on January 26, 2011

    Hey everyone! I just wanted to take a break from my regularly scheduled blogging and say thanks for all the positive feedback I’ve been getting! After officially launching this website in early December, I’ve received nearly 10,000 unique views (not including web spiders).

    To celebrate, I decided to make everything in my online BigCartel store with FREE shipping!

    Order a 9th and Ash t-shirt on Bigcartel!

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    That’s right – you can get this awesome shirt of a mustachio-ed bird in either grey or sand for only $12.00! This is roughly 75% off from your average Hot Topic band shirt, and you can feel good about it because you’re supporting an artist directly.


    Q: How do I order it? :O

    A: I fulfill all of my own merchandise myself through the secure web platform of BigCartel. If you have a Paypal account for any eBay purchases you may have made, I find that it’s the easiest and safest way to purchase things from the store. If you don’t have one, it’s trivial to set up. All you need is a checking account.

    Q: But this Paypal stuff is too confusing! ugh…

    If you’re really allergic to Paypal, don’t worry! My store also accepts Credit and Visa Debit, and your transaction is 100% protected by Paypal’s buyer protection policy. If worse comes to worst, you can always send me an email and I can give you an address for a check or money order. Or, if I know you in the real world (meatspace?), that works too!

    Q: What sizes and colors do you have?

    A: The bird shirt comes in grey and sand, both of which are printed on a Gildan 50/50 blend.

    Q: So my mom is yelling at me for having too many T-shirts… is there anything else I can do to financially support you?

    A:Sure! If you prefer, you can donate directly here:

    Anyone who donates directly, no matter how much it is, will get a personal thank-you note for helping me continue making music and paying the server bill for the website. Plus I love sending mail, so it’s a win-win!

    Q: Is there anything new coming from you recently?

    A: I’m always working on writing new songs! I just finished demoing out a couple of songs that I’ve been working on for a while, and I’m really excited! I’ve been busy with school and work, but as soon as I get the chance, I plan on recording with a platinum-winning producer in Cleveland (more details on this as it unfolds!).

    I also will be officially launching my Youtube channel on Valentine’s Day! You’ll be able to keep up with it on the sidebar, but I plan on vlogging quite regularly, so stay tuned!

    Thanks again for all your support- I couldn’t do it without you!

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  • What I’m Doing in the Wake of the Myspace Layoffs

    Posted by on January 13, 2011

    According to various news sources, the former social networking giant Myspace laid off over 47% of its staff this week, dropping the total number of employees to around 500. This is just another sign of the end times for the once popular hangout for musicians and music fans. So what to do about it? How should these stranded musicians and music fans respond? Here’s what I’m doing to ease the untimely death of Myspace.

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  • Honorable (Un)Mentions From Purevolume’s Top 20 Unsigned Bands of 2010

    Posted by on December 29, 2010

    missing purevolume logoEvery year, the popular music website Purevolume.com releases a list of what the staff considers to be the best music released from unsigned artists. When I went to browse the list for 2010, I immediately thought of several bands who deserved a place on this list but didn’t make it. I realize that it’s impossible to keep track of everything going on everywhere, but here are a couple of bands that I felt were glaringly absent.

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  • Why Musicians Are Always Grouchy (And How To Change That)

    Posted by on December 21, 2010

    Some of the most interesting people I’ve ever met were musicians. By the ambiguous term ‘interesting’, I mean partially deranged.

    In all seriousness, though, musicians are a funny lot and have their own set of hard-to-understand mannerisms. If you’ve ever had the chance to actually sit down and talk with one, famous or otherwise, you may have walked away thinking, “Wow, this guy really woke up on the wrong side of the bed. I sure hope he gets this under control, otherwise he’ll never have a friend in the world.”

    While some people are just naturally grouchy, I’m going to attempt to explain away some of these anti-social tendencies and try to figure out a way to make it better.

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  • Tis’ the Season: Creative Ways To Support the Musicians You Love

    Posted by on December 21, 2010

    Tis the Season

    Apart from a certain hairy green creature which I’d rather not discuss,everyone loves the Christmas spirit of giving this time of year, musicians included.

    I personally love to give a little something extra to my favorite bands over this season, especially if I’ve made a personal connection with something in the songs. I really just love Christmas in general, but hey, who’s counting?

    In case you think that you might end up on Santa’s naughty list this year from all the filesharing you’ve been doing, here are some exciting and practical ways to put a smile on your favorite band or musician’s face.

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  • Social Media, Part II: Why I Can’t Live Without It

    Posted by on December 21, 2010

    How I learned to stop worrying and just love music

    In part I of my series on Social Media, I talked about the reasons why you shouldn’t solely rely on these social networking tools to promote your band. Lest you think that it’s just all a big waste of time, I want to talk about the importance of utilizing these tools effectively.

    It’s not the tool that creates a masterpiece; instead, in the right hands, an artist can use these tools to create something that transcends its original purpose.

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  • A Tale of Two CDs

    Posted by on December 21, 2010

    An updated version of an old classic!

    Throughout my time following the local music scene, I’ve had the opportunity to see many bands grow and die. One of the biggest events of a musician’s career, especially for a local band, is the CD release.

    Why is it so important, you ask? A pressing of a CD allows musicians to finally have something tangible to represent all of their hard work in the studio and on the road. However, though most musicians go into the process dreaming big, the result can sometimes be lackluster. Here’s a true story about two bands whose mindsets directly affected the outcome of their release.

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  • Headliner.FM Revisited

    Posted by on December 13, 2010

    Headliner.FM Logo

    In one of my earlier articles for the Youngstown Local Music Examiner, I mentioned a new tool that I was using called Headliner.FM. After being on the site for a while, I’d like to highlight some possible suggestions that would improve my experience.

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  • Social Media, Part I: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Music

    Posted by on December 11, 2010

    Since Myspace’s rise in 2006, social media has permanently altered the way fans discover music.How I learned to stop worrying and just love music

    Never has it been easier to find fresh sounds from bands of every genre, from hip-hop to country and everything in between. Social media has effectively reduced the degrees of separation between artists and listeners to one, the distance between a person and his or her computer screen. In light of this glut of opportunity, artists have drastically shifted their focus to social media.

    But is all the time spent worth it? Is it a good return on investment? Is it possible for an artist in today’s world to be successful without using social media?

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