Would you work for free?

The short version is this: Most reality TV shows, some news programs, even a few prime-time hits play all kinds of music… without paying a dime for it. After being played (and paid) by Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Coke, and others, Whitey’s recent Facebook post has this response to yet another successful, profit-earning TV show
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I Get To Do Cool Shit For A Living

I Get To Do Cool Shit For A Living

Phase One of the Nerf Barricade steampunk conversion is complete: Main body colors changed from “please don’t shoot me, officer, this is a toy gun” to more subtle shades. The bright yellow became a hammered bronze look (which does that right out of the can… SCIENCE!). The orange parts became a more realistic gunmetal grey,
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Anthrocon 2013 Hands Out

Live at Anthrocon – The Complete Concert

Our complete concert from Anthrocon 2013. 90 minutes of piano rock and dancing fuzzy things!

The Good Life – Live in Pittsburgh

The Good Life – Live in Pittsburgh

Don’t forget, we’re playing THE ENTIRE CONCERT tomorrow night at 7pm EDT! Tune in at www.matthewebel.com/live

Building a MIDI-Controlled Light Show via Arduino, Part One

2017 UPDATE: I just realized I never finished this old article… I’ll be working on it during the first week of 2017 and should have something new soon! Sign up for updates and you’ll know when it’s done… Professional stage lighting is big, heavy, expensive, and complicated. Then again, professional album creation used to be
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10 Rules for Writing Your First Draft

Re-blogged with permission (hell, even encouragement) from Copyblogger.

When Consequences Come to Drive Away

When Consequences Come to Drive Away

This is the first time we’ve ever played “When Consequences Come” before a live audience, at least that I can remember. I don’t know why it took so long… it’s a very personal song and it seems to resonate with a lot of people. I guess I was worried that I couldn’t come up with
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Matthew’s Throat vs. The Evils of Commerce

Matthew’s Throat vs. The Evils of Commerce

It’s a cruel, double-edged sword, this convention thing. On the positive side, I get to meet all kinds of cool people wearing cool outfits and wielding cool props. On the negative, every dealer’s den (or sales floor, etc.) is the same torturous shout-fest no matter which convention I go to. Anthrocon‘s aircraft-hangar-sized room is by
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The Best Days Of Our Lives

There are those for whom the best days of their lives were their teenage years- high school, summer break, all the romantic crap that John Mellencamp and Brian Adams sang about in the 80’s. Then there are the rest of us whose high school years were made a living hell, mostly by that first group
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I Can’t Solder (In Bed)

You know you do it, I do too. You end every fortune cookie with a given phrase: …in bed. …except in bed. …with animals. (My old church youth leader taught us that one, actually.) Here’s a new one for you: Yet. There’s a huge difference between “I can’t do that” and “I can’t do that
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