So my life in May was pretty much on hold because I was switching jobs. And as regular readers might be aware, any slight modification in my life results in massive neglect to excellent online (hey, we've been doing this for over ten years, that says something right?). I was contacted by a recruiter for a Seattle-based company back in February and went through several phone interviews. After each one, I'd wait a week then politely ask for the status. Another week would go by then a response saying that I've advanced to the next step. So persistence is their first test. How badly do you want this job? Bad enough for you to keep emailing us?
After four phone interviews (all with their appropriate delays), I get invited for the onsite. I was pretty anxious this whole time but the onsite interview really kicks it into overdrive. Now I'm plagued with thoughts like, "how am I going to find a place to live in Seattle" or "will I adjust to the lack of sunshine." Truely first world problems because obviously I can adjust to anywhere.
While this is happening, I interview with a local company (I'm in southern California, btw) and they offer me the position but I tell them that I cannot accept until I interview in Seattle. I'm not going to bore you with the details of the interview other then to say it was a full day (10:30am-5pm, also interviewed during lunch!) and was the most intense interview I've ever had. They asked if I wanted to stay in Seattle an extra day to check out the city. But I was a big bag of nerves and wanted to get home as soon as possible and get back to my wife and kid. The weekend was more of the same, a nervous wreck. They were going to notify me on Monday evening about the status so I was super pissed that I didn't get a response until Tuesday morning. They declined. Bummer.
So I accepted the position from the other local company and while I'm sad that I'm not moving to Seattle, I think staying down here is good for me for right now. So that's why there hasn't been a post in a while. ;)
I skipped last week since it was a slow news week. Not actually slow since all the music blogs had tons of crap they were reporting. Just nothing new or interesting to me. (In a bad mood, sry)
I talked to my friend Brian today and he lives up in the north west so his festival of choice is Sasquatch while mine is Coachella (I live in southern California). And he told me that Sasquatch is only going to sell 4-day passes. Honestly it's kinda sad to see that this is becoming a "thing". Coachella did this years ago and it sucks for the people that really want to enjoy the festival but can't commit to the whole thing. And I gotta admit, a day or two of Coachella is all you really need. Three full days is a little much (I'm an old guy now). I can't even imagine FOUR days of Sasquatch.
I understand that at the end of the day it's just a business, but there's no reason to exclude a minority of fans that can't do it. What I don't understand is the lame excuse, "there's such a high demand for tickets so we'll only sell 4-day passes". It just translates to me as, "We can force people to pay $300+ for tickets, so why would we bother to accommodate the people that can only go one or two days?" This year's Coachella is in such a high demand that they booked two full weekends of identical bands and sold them both out.
So as the demand increases it's just going to push the more casual fan out. I know people really love the festival (I really do), but there are clear benefits of living in a major town with no festival scene. At least then you have a fighting chance of seeing only the bands that you want to see and not have to put up with parking, dickheads, heat just to see Gotye.
Well, it's been a LONG time. The last update to this site was back in February but we're still very much alive. Mainly we've been keeping the twitter/facebook pages updated with news and getting that information back into the site has been a little tedious. So I'm going to start keeping our site updated as well with the stuff that gets posted in the previous week. More after the jump:
So let's try something new. I've been on vacation for over a week and have gathered up a ton of links to interesting stories. Instead of writing a bunch of little stories for each thing, I'm just going to lump them all in this one post. This should get me all caught up and ready for the rest of the week.
You know you've always wanted one and now someone has created it: The Morrissey Ouija Board. The artist that made these is maasproduction and unfortunately they are already sold out. Hopefully he decides to make some more because I would totally buy one!
The Smiths' singer rebuffs claims by bass player Andy Rourke that he was sacked by a handwritten postcard from the frontman.
After rescheduling several concerts, Moz says he's now "as close to good health as I'm likely to get" and reveals an 18-track b-sides collection Swords is coming in October. Also that's not him blogging on Twitter and Facebook. Duh. Full note at MySpace. - Source
The Killers, The Cure and Paul McCartney will all play, along with Morrissey, My Bloody Valentine, Franz
Ferdinand, Paul Weller and many, many more... - Source
Morrissey has revealed that he is set to write his autobiography. - Source