jul
24
THE M:M MUSIC TEAM (LTOR):
Crystal Ann Lea, Meg MacDonald, Rene Magallon



I recently spent time emptying my phone to restore some much needed memory. 

I discovered it was full while trying to capture my wife on the best and longest waterski run she'd ever done.  She had just gotten up when I was rudely alerted: "iPhone memory full."  I spent the next five minutes pretending to film her while she yelled over the boat motor and waves multiple times "you're getting this, right?!!"  With me enthusiastically lying back “Oh yeah!  You look great baby!”

The waterlogged wheels in my head whirred wildly trying to figure out how to deftly deflect the blame for this.  Sadly the 85 different videos of our niece and nephew saying "guess what, chicken butt!" over and over and the 77 videos of Emmett sleeping in different positions with varying snore sounds that she already knew about, were not helping my defense.

I ended up blaming our 19-year-old niece Hannah who is living with us for the summer, (don't even try to judge me, we chose to not have kids, so there is no point in having a teenager live with you for three months if you can't blame her for stuff).

While clearing out the phone, I found a picture of a list I'd made after graduating college years ago of every job I've ever held since childhood.  Maia’s response to this was, “Well I hope that was worth missing my Olympic-like run.”

Note to Reader – staying up for 5 minutes before you face-plant into your own ski tips is hardly the stuff of champions.  The memory that one note might have freed up would not have extended the video for a fraction of a nano-second.... but I was still in the doghouse (she didn’t buy the our-niece-did-it defense) so I dutifully hung my head in shame.

I’m still cleaning out the phone and just in case this one document is the difference between capturing my wife doing a triple-axel (she doesn’t skate but I’m taking no chances), I’m deleting it and saving it for myself here:

Jr. High & High School:
Age 13-15 – A&W waitress & Root Beer Bear - $1.85/hr – Summers.  I only fainted once (the bear costume was 85 lbs).
Age 16-18 – Lifeguard at the Public Pool – $3.85/hr. – Summers.  Best tan ever!
Age 16-18 – Swim Lesson Teacher – Summers.  Two-year-olds to Ten year-olds.  I didn’t list my salary, all I wrote was “Not Worth It!”
Age 16-18 – Detassling Corn and Riding Beans - $100 per acre - Summers.  Riding beans was easy, you sat on a seat attached to the front of a tractor while the farmer drove you up and down the rows.  Success was not falling off and getting run over by the tractor and/or not killing the actual crops by spraying the wrong plants.  Detassling was wearing long sleeved flannel shirts and jeans in 100+ Iowa humidity while walking up and down mile-long rows pulling out the tassels.  Success was not having heat stroke or finding bugs in your bra when you got home.
Age 16 – Bagel Stand in the Mall - $3.70/hr – Part-time during the school year – I cut myself on the bagel slicer and got blood all over the cream cheese on my first day.
Age 17 – Hardee’s – Part time during the school year.  I was fired for “stealing” a hamburger.   What I was really fired for was refusing to rat out my friends because we all took the frozen patties out to the lake after hours and had weekend barbeques with them.  I just got caught.  So unfair.
Age 18 – Public Library – The quietest place in town vs. me.  The ironies abound. 

College:
Telemarketer for Mothers Against Drunk Driving:   My first taste of promoting something over the phone.  One person was named “Top Dog” each week and had their name written on a giant plastic Snoopy's belly.  On my last day they just gave him to me.
Telemarketing Selling Credit Card Insurance:   The pattern of getting things done over the phone is forming.  They didn’t have a Snoopy but, as the least-hung-up-on employee, they played my recorded phone conversations for new trainees. 
Vito’s Waitress:  Vito’s was an on-campus bar.  Déjà vu. I got fired for giving free pitchers of beer to my friends.  I am slow of study.  Clearly.
Golf Course Bartender:  I got this gig by lying in the interview.  They asked what my handicap was and, not knowing the lingo and having never golfed a day in my life, I took a stab and confidently said “8.”  They were impressed and I was hired.  I only knew how to make drinks that were literally in the name (i.e. Rum & Coke and beer).  After that my repertoire was exhausted so I would just tell people we were out of whatever they were ordering.  I didn’t get many tips.
Golf Course Beer-Cart Girl:   My bartending skills were not appreciated, however my social skills were. I was "promoted" to beer-cart girl.  I would fill the cooler with beer, candy bars and cigarettes and fill the insulated course bag with the hot dogs they sold, made sure the cart was charged and drive from hole to hole.  I did well in this job until accidentally driving the cart into a water hazard.  In my defense I also didn’t know what a bunch of people screaming “FOUR!!!!” at me meant and I panicked. 
Summer Intern At the Algona Upper Des Moines Newspaper:  I got to be a real reporter which I thought was going to be my career.  I reported on school closings, random happenings about town and took over for the editor, my mom, (I still support nepotism) in writing her weekly column called Ink Spots.  So, she got a break for the summer and I got to build my resume. 

All the on-staff reporters traded off having to take the police scanner home in case of breaking news.  In our small town of Algona, that usually meant a report of “a suspicious noise” which almost always ended up to be a raccoon going through a trash bin outside a restaurant.  On one of my nights, the scanner came to life with people shouting back and forth yelling codes and numbers.  I grabbed my reporter’s notebook and pencil and the paper’s camera and rushed out to capture a barn that was on fire.  I snapped from every angle and interviewed the head firefighter.  I was confident this would be on the front page above the fold and I would have an award winning by-line.  That feeling went away the next day when the staff (and real) photographer came out of the darkroom, handed me back the camera and said, “Next time put film in it.”

Turns out the only jobs I was ever really successful doing were promoting things over the phone and writing.  The jobs where I had the most fun were lifeguarding and being the University of Iowa’s beer-cart girl. 

I have the former covered.  The latter will have to wait until I can find a golf course with a swimming pool where they don’t mind a challenged driver and someone who gives drinks and food away for free.

My IPhone free space now reads a number and letters I don’t understand but, am told by my twenty-something office manager that this means I’m good to go.  So I’m ready for the next video moment when it shows itself. 

Emmett has a new snore sound I’ve been dying to capture.


ARTIST TITLE LABEL ADDS
Jack Johnson My Mind Is For Sale Jack Johnson / Republic 12
Vance Joy Lay It On Me Atlantic 12
X Ambassadors Ahead Of Myself KIDinaKORNER / Interscope 7
Moon Taxi Two High 12th South 6
Cage The Elephant Whole Wide World DSP / RCA 5
Manchester Orchestra The Gold Loma Vista / Concord 5
LP No Witness RCA 4
George Ezra Don't Matter Now Columbia 3
Head And The Heart City Of Angels Warner Bros. 3
Deer Tick Jumpstarting Partisan 3
ARTIST TITLE LABEL ADDS
Jack Johnson My Mind Is For Sale Jack Johnson / Republic 13
Josh Ritter Showboat Pytheas / Thirty Tigers 10
Moon Taxi Two High 12th South 7
Deer Tick Jumpstarting Partisan 7
Vance Joy Lay It On Me Atlantic 5
Van Morrison Bring It On Home To Me Exile / Caroline 5
Stone Senate Over You Midtown Heeler 4
Will Hoge Young As We Will Ever Be Thirty Tigers 4
National The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness 4AD / Beggars Group 3
George Ezra Don't Matter Now Columbia 3
ARTIST TITLE LABEL ± PLAYS
Jack Johnson My Mind Is For Sale Jack Johnson / Republic 195
Vance Joy Lay It On Me Atlantic 193
Deer Tick Jumpstarting Partisan 87
George Ezra Don't Matter Now Columbia 63
War On Drugs Holding On Atlantic 58
Moon Taxi Two High 12th South 56
Killers The Man Island / Republic 48
Josh Ritter Showboat Pytheas / Thirty Tigers 41
Head And The Heart City Of Angels Warner Bros. 41
The Struts One Night Only Freesolo / Interscope 37
ARTIST TITLE LABEL ± PLAYS
Jack Johnson My Mind Is For Sale Jack Johnson / Republic 164
Vance Joy Lay It On Me Atlantic 79
Deer Tick Jumpstarting Partisan 47
Lone Bellow Time's Always Leaving Descendant / Masterworks / Sony Masterworks 44
St. Vincent New York Loma Vista / Concord 41
Bruce Cockburn States I'm In True North / Brad Paul 38
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band Nothing But The Night Concord 34
Josh Ritter Showboat Pytheas / Thirty Tigers 32
George Ezra Don't Matter Now Columbia 32
Killers The Man Island / Republic 32

ARTIST PROGRAM DATE
Perfume Genius Jimmy Kimmel Live! 07.24.17
Chicano Batman Conan 07.24.17
Ed Sheeran The Ellen Degeneres Show 07.25.17
Spoon The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 07.27.17
Julia Michaels The Late Late Show With James Corden 07.27.17
Imagine Dragons Good Morning America 07.28.17
 

“I have been able to tap into all the negative things that can happen to me throughout my life by numbing myself to the pain so to speak and kind of being able to vent it through my music.” 

- Chester Bennington (1976 - 2017)


Gordi

Gordi

“[On] new single, ‘On My Side,’ she showcases a sound that's more vibrant than ever.”NPR

“’On My Side’ is an anthemic song with whimsical chimes and heavy bass drum permeance.”
Stereogum  

"Gordi will surely be a force in alt-pop in due time, and you should get ahead of the curve."

Paste Magazine

Dispatch

Dispatch

“America, Location 12 could be the best record Dispatch has ever recorded. The album takes the listener on a journey, the musicianship is superior, the subject matter is important. This band is now taking Americana to the next level. It's the music of the future.”
Marc  “Mookie” Kaczor Music Director KCSN/Los Angeles

Ray Goren

Ray Goren

“There have been many that would give acclaim to Goren’s work, and of his talents as a musician, which are all true, but for one so young to create music with such soul and deepness is simply music magic. Ray Goren moves from genre to genre with a fluid ease that is indisputable and he does so with perfection beyond his years." – Indiepulse

Lo Moon

Lo Moon

“They delivered a rousing set of beat-heavy dream pop with the gusto of seasoned vets.” 
LA Record

“This four-piece, mysterious band has totally got the whole cool, dark vibes thing down to a tee… Lo Moon’s authentic passion and energy takes their coolness to a whole other level, a real level, which emerges through ultimate guitar shredding and genuine, kind words between songs.”
WXPN The Key



for the week ending

07.24.2017

LW TW ARTIST TITLE LABEL ON ADDS PLAYS ± PLAYS
1 1* Arcade Fire Everything Now Columbia 31 0 655 23
2 2* National The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness 4AD / Beggars Group 33 1 646 20
3 3* Portugal. The Man Feel It Still Atlantic 35 0 611 -4
7 4* War On Drugs Holding On Atlantic 31 1 538 58
4 5* Michael Kiwanuka Cold Little Heart Polydor / Interscope 26 0 515 12
5 6* Spoon Can I Sit Next To You Matador 31 0 511 10
9 7* Lord Huron The Night We Met IAMSOUND / RED 22 0 461 20
11 8* Killers The Man Island / Republic 29 0 445 48
12 9* Dispatch Only The Wild Ones Bomber / Kobalt 25 0 397 0
6 10 Kings Of Leon Reverend RCA 27 0 397 -90
8 11 Dan Auerbach Shine On Me Easy Eye Sound / Nonesuch / Warner Bros. 31 0 374 -81
13 12* Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Hope The High Road Southeastern / Thirty Tigers 27 0 362 -2
15 13 alt-J In Cold Blood Infectious / Canvasback / Atlantic 26 0 304 -51
23 14* George Ezra Don't Matter Now Columbia 25 3 301 63
10 15 The Record Company Baby I'm Broken Concord 24 0 298 -122
14 16 Phoenix J-Boy Loyaute / Glassnote 22 0 295 -61
17 17* Cage The Elephant Whole Wide World DSP / RCA 26 5 293 31
20 18* Mondo Cozmo Automatic Republic 20 1 278 28
25 19* Head And The Heart City Of Angels Warner Bros. 22 3 273 41
18 20* Grizzly Bear Mourning Sound RCA 22 0 269 11
22 21* Chainsmokers & Coldplay Something Just Like This Disruptor / Columbia 11 1 261 21
  D22* Vance Joy Lay It On Me Atlantic 21 12 251 193
19 23 ZZ Ward Help Me Mama Hollywood 17 0 251 -4
24 24* Queens Of The Stone Age The Way You Used To Do Matador / Beggars Group 20 0 246 14
  D25* Jack Johnson My Mind Is For Sale Jack Johnson / Republic 29 12 230 195
16 26 Ryan Adams To Be Without You PAX-AM / Blue Note 25 0 223 -63
21 27 Father John Misty Total Entertainment Forever Sub Pop 19 0 217 -27
27 28* Amy Shark Adore Wonderlick / RCA 21 2 212 4
26 29 xx I Dare You in2une / Beggars / Young Turks 18 2 206 -4
  D30* New Pornographers Whiteout Conditions Concord 18 1 202 19

for the week ending

07.24.2017

ARTIST TITLE LABEL ON ADDS PLAYS ± PLAYS
Manchester Orchestra The Gold Loma Vista / Concord 22 5 198 18
Lone Bellow Time's Always Leaving Descendant / Masterworks / Sony Masterworks 15 0 165 13
Fleet Foxes Fool's Errand Nonesuch 13 0 161 4
Iron & Wine Call It Dreaming Sub Pop 13 0 160 5
Imagine Dragons Thunder KIDinaKORNER / Interscope 10 1 159 27
St. Vincent New York Loma Vista / Concord 12 1 139 11
Deer Tick Jumpstarting Partisan 13 3 122 87
Big Head Todd & The Monsters Damaged One Big 13 1 114 16
John Mayer In The Blood Columbia 8 0 113 6
Moon Taxi Two High 12th South 15 6 109 56

for the week ending

07.24.2017

LW TW ARTIST TITLE LABEL ON ADDS PLAYS ± PLAYS
1 1* National The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness 4AD / Beggars Group 34 3 579 22
4 2 Portugal. The Man Feel It Still Atlantic 30 0 467 -14
5 3* Spoon Can I Sit Next To You Matador 29 1 457 24
6 4* Arcade Fire Everything Now Columbia 29 2 456 32
2 5 Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Hope The High Road Southeastern / Thirty Tigers 35 0 440 -71
3 6 Dan Auerbach Shine On Me Easy Eye Sound / Nonesuch / Warner Bros. 31 0 420 -82
7 7 War On Drugs Holding On Atlantic 30 0 406 -13
8 8 alt-J In Cold Blood Infectious / Canvasback / Atlantic 26 0 358 -42
9 9 Mondo Cozmo Automatic Republic 24 0 345 -5
10 10 Dispatch Only The Wild Ones Bomber / Kobalt 23 0 330 -17
16 11* Killers The Man Island / Republic 21 1 301 32
12 12 Head And The Heart City Of Angels Warner Bros. 18 0 294 -4
18 13* George Ezra Don't Matter Now Columbia 22 3 282 32
15 14 Kings Of Leon Reverend RCA 16 0 279 -1
14 15 Lord Huron The Night We Met IAMSOUND / RED 14 0 273 -9
17 16* Cage The Elephant Whole Wide World DSP / RCA 20 1 270 11
11 17 The Record Company Baby I'm Broken Concord 21 0 269 -34
21 18* Barns Courtney Golden Dandelions Capitol 23 2 267 30
13 19 Phoenix J-Boy Loyaute / Glassnote 18 0 256 -31
  D20* Jack Johnson My Mind Is For Sale Jack Johnson / Republic 35 13 238 164
  D21* Lone Bellow Time's Always Leaving Descendant / Masterworks / Sony Masterworks 26 2 236 44
20 22 Grizzly Bear Mourning Sound RCA 20 0 233 -11
22 23* Iron & Wine Call It Dreaming Sub Pop 25 1 229 2
23 24* Michael Kiwanuka Cold Little Heart Polydor / Interscope 15 0 222 6
29 25* Big Head Todd & The Monsters Damaged One Big 22 1 220 22
26 26 Amy Shark Adore Wonderlick / RCA 17 0 208 -5
27 27 Father John Misty Total Entertainment Forever Sub Pop 20 0 205 -8
25 28 Gov't Mule Sarah, Surrender Fantasy / Concord 20 0 204 -11
  D29* Beth Ditto Fire Myra's Child / Virgin / Capitol 19 1 197 16
30 30 Secret Sisters He's Fine New West 19 0 196 -2

Meg MacDonald
Meg@M-MMusic.com
Rene Magallon
Rene@M-MMusic.com
Main Office # 323.939.8206
www.M-MMusic.com
Crystal Ann Lea
CrystalAnn@M-MMusic.com
Alex Whiley
Alex@M-MMusic.com







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