(Revision) Alice Sweet Alice – Ribbons and Stone

Posted: May 5, 2014 by Scott Martinez in Uncategorized

Scott Martinez:

What a great review!

Originally posted on Head-Banger Reviews:

20140504-180207.jpg  I figured that since my list of albums to review has run dry, I might as well redo past reviews that I’ve done before the creation of the website so that the reviews can be properly done this time with more detail and description (pretty sure those have the same meaning). And I also figured what better band to do than Alice Sweet Alice, whom I’ve had contacted several times within the last few weeks. During this time we’ve exchanged information about their music, especially since I had the desire to post up their album “Ribbons and Stone” on YouTube as to further spread their music which I’ve enjoyed since I first heard it. But since the band only wanted me to provide their singles at full length, I put the rest of the songs from that album in 30-40 sec samples, but they can still give a person a…

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Alice Sweet Alice (ASA) is VERY excited about this new chapter we are beginning, especially for reaching out to our INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE!

On Sunday, May 11th at 12:00 NOON CST (USA time), ASA will broadcast LIVE for the first time from our recording studio and play for 30 minutes, perhaps more. During the show, we will talk to audience members. During the show, you will have an opportunity to TIP the band, for your chance at winning prizes!! Prizes will include:

1) your choice of ONE complete ASA album to download, out of the 4 full albums we have: Ribbons & Stone, Mandala, Moloko & Ultraviolence, and First Light

2) A private one-on-one SKYPE session with your favorite band member!

3) You get to help write the set list for the NEXT StageIt Broadcast!

(and we are coming up with more.)

All YOU need to do, is sign up for a FREE account at: http://www.stageit.com, and then visit ASA’s page. http://www.stageit.com/alicesweetalice. You will find this show link there: https://www.stageit.com/alice_sweet_alice/asa_s_worldwide_broadcast_premier_concert/36462

    There are a LIMITED SUPPLY of tickets for this show!!!

Please get yours ASAP if you want to attend. We are keeping it small due to the fact that we may be working out some kinks. We will use the feedback from our audiences for future broadcasts. So this is your way to get involved with the process! Also for this fact, this show is only $1. Future shows will cost more for a ticket, more like seeing a band out in a club – except you won’t have to drive all the way downtown, fight for parking, and buy expensive drinks at the venue. You can sit at home, or a place of your choice, and watch the show on your LAPTOP, SMARTPHONE, TABLET or iPHONE/Apple Devices.

Each show will NEVER be rebroadcast/recorded. In other words, it is truly a live, once-in-a-lifetime event. We may even take requests during the show to TOP TIPPERS! All this talk about tipping does not mean tipping is a requirement, only if you want to. The only thing that is required, is that you tune in and watch! :)

This way of playing will enable ASA to reach fans in other parts of the world, that are currently wanting to see ASA play live, but are unable to. We feel this will be the next best thing, as you will be able to interact with us, just as if you were here for the show in person!

So get your ticket NOW! Visit this link: https://www.stageit.com/alice_sweet_alice/asa_s_worldwide_broadcast_premier_concert/36462, and reserve your space today. Remember, the show is at 12:00PM CST – so CALCULATE what time that will be for you!!

See you on StageIt!!

ASA to Host LIVE STREAMING Concerts to FANS!

Posted: April 26, 2014 by Scott Martinez in Uncategorized

Alice Sweet Alice is excited to announce that we will be able to play LIVE to fans all over the world!  You will be able to watch at home or on the go, via your laptops, computers or portable media devices (androids, iPhones, tablets, etc.)  These shows will be broadcast in HD!

Each show will be broadcast live, and will be a UNIQUE, EXCLUSIVE concert to all who tune in.  PLUS, viewers will be able to talk to the band in between songs. The first couple of shows will start as a PAY WHAT YOU CAN, and then we will charge a small ticket price, with only a limited amount of tickets per show!  

Just think, we might play a song request by someone just out of the blue on one show, and it may not happen again, so that is why each show will be unique! 

Here’s how it works according to the Stageit folk: Start by going to our page and signing up for a FREE account:  https://www.stageit.com/alicesweetalice

When ASA announces a show, you will click the link we post and then click the GET TICKET button.You will then have an opportunity to purchase credits (which Stageit calls “Notes” ; 10 Notes = $1.00). Notes allow you to pay for tickets to see shows and to tip performers during the show. This show is “Pay What You Can,” which means you can pay whatever you can afford (minimum 1 Note). Once you have Notes, they can be used for any show!

Alice Sweet Alice will post more information about the first show, but it should happen within a couple of weeks from this post.  We just have some more details to work out – the most important being sound.  We want it to sound great for you all, as well as look good!

See you on the stage!

ALICE SWEET ALICE

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PRESS RELEASE

Kansas City, Missouri USA

March 4, 2014

CONTACT:  Samantha Curtis, 4620 NE 47th Terrace, KCMO 64117, 816-516-6007

HEADLINE: 

ALICE SWEET ALICE TO APPEAR AT EMPORIA GRANADA THEATER — EMPORIA, KANSAS

With “CHUCK MOSLEY AND THE VUA”

ON FRIDAY, MARCH 7TH, 2014

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Kansas City’s Alice Sweet Alice was asked by former Faith No More front man Chuck Mosley to back him this coming Friday night at the Emporia Granada Theater in Emporia, Kansas.  Alice Sweet Alice will play just prior to Chuck Mosley and then will return to play with Chuck to finish out his set for the evening.

Alice Sweet Alice front man, Scott Martinez states, “This is a really cool opportunity for myself in particular. Chuck and I both played in the San Francisco bay area back in the ‘80’s, in fact, Faith No More and my 80’s band “Autumn Cathedral” shared quite a few lists together back in the day, including “Top 10 Albums of 1989” voted by readers of San Jose’s Metro magazine.  So for me, this is kind of like going full circle with my career.  It will be good to play with somebody from back home and where I came up.”

After Friday’s show, Alice Sweet Alice will travel to Austin Texas to play during SXSW on March 12th with the Red Gorilla Music Festival.  Chuck Mosley will continue with the remaining dates of his tour, ending in Detroit, Michigan March 15th.

American Punk & Hard Rock Icon Chuck Mosley takes the Emporia Granada stage on Friday March 7th at 8pm. Chuck took over as lead singer for Faith No More in 1985 after the departure of Courtney Love (who left to star in the Sex Pistol’s Sid Vicious Bio-pic, Sid & Nancy) and recorded their first two albums, We Care A Lot (1985) & Introduce Yourself (1987). Chuck then went on to front Bad Brains, widely regarded as one of the original pioneers of Hardcore Punk music. Chuck Mosley & The VUA take the stage at 8pm on Friday March 7th at 8pm. Tickets will be $10 in advance and $15 at the door and are available at the Granada Coffee Co. and Theatre Box office. 

Alice Sweet Alice is a rock band on the rise, rubbing elbows with bands such as “Adrenaline Mob”, the legendary Chicago group “Pezband” and “Nothing More” — playing to crowds all over the center of the US since 2012, and is a top seller in Europe through their Bulgarian distributor, AMAdea Records.

For more information about Chuck Mosley, please visit http://www.facebook.com/chuckmosleyandthevua.  For more information about Alice Sweet Alice, please visit their website: www.alicesweetalice.com

Alice Sweet Alice is available for interviews. Please contact Samantha Curtis, ASA PR Rep at Cauldron Soundwerx Productions: cauldronsoundwerxproductions@gmail.com or 816-516-6007 to set up a time that is convenient.

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Technorati Claim Token

Posted: March 3, 2014 by Scott Martinez in Uncategorized

ASA is trying to get our blog listed on Technorati.  Our claim token is:  FPKR6QRNH4FJ 

The Voting Game

Posted: February 10, 2014 by Scott Martinez in Uncategorized
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It seems like it happens every day just about – that not only are WE asked to vote for one thing or another by one person or another, but there are opportunities that are constantly presented to us as a band – that require participation from our fans in the form of voting.

I am not sure what has spawned this trend, and there are probably as many reasons by the organizers – from the purely selfish to the downright magnanimous – that it would be futile to try and find out any sort of common root cause.

One thing that I DO know, is that as an internet CONSUMER, it is sometimes overwhelming to be asked to vote for things constantly, one after the other, on a daily basis.  Sometimes being asked to vote more than 1x per day, or 1x per hour or that sort of thing – like we are just sitting here in front of the computer with our sole purpose in life being to help people win contests.

Certainly, my band has asked for help too.  Most successfully for the A2 Festival contest last year in Ann Arbor, where we took first place and received not only a feature article in a very popular internet magazine (Rock Revolt), but a $500 payday.  But to get those votes was very time-consuming work, which seemed to never end.  Again, it paid off, but I wonder how many enemies we made or people we totally turned off as a result?  It was brutal and tiring from our side, and I imagine it became quite annoying from the perspective of our audience.  Even though we “WON” the contest, which we are grateful for, I wonder about “THE COST?” And what does it really say about the winner? Was the contest won based upon their talent and creativity? No, just popularity, and in today’s world of music, popularity is certainly not a good gauge of what I want to be listening to. Besides, many of the bands that are worth listening to, are busting ass working on their careers in some form or another – songwriting, rehearsing, performing and paying attention to the minutiae of their “business”, and NOT sitting in front of a computer begging for votes. Think about it.

I wonder how truly worth it – it really is for bands to participate in these types of things all the time?  I don’t know, but in putting myself in the receiving position – I do know that it can be totally annoying.  I get that.

So does that mean we’ll still ask for a vote every now and again?  Probably.  But when Alice Sweet Alice asks for a vote in the future, you can be assured that it will be for something that would be a REAL help to us as a band.  We promise not to ask or join every endeavor to get some review, or music placement, or airplay, or award, or any of the other opportunities that are out there in the world.  We have worked too hard to gain your trust and ears, and we don’t want to turn you off for something as fleeting as that.

So, I apologize in advance for that time in the future when we WILL ask for your vote, but again we promise it will be for something extremely important, something that will help advance us to the point where we can become closer to you by becoming more successful through visibility or audibility or simply getting us closer to you on the road.

Until then, if you happen to see something and want to nominate Alice Sweet Alice or vote for us or any of our members or whatever – we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  We will accept all accolades and assistance you have the compulsion and desire to give – and we will be grateful for it.  But we will not ask it from you, nor EXPECT your participation. Again, only when it is very important.

As long as you keep listening to our music, sending us love letters, and telling your friends about us, we feel like the luckiest band in the world.  Thank you for your support, past and present, and sorry for the voting business.  It annoys us too.  We get it.   

PS, we have 1 or 2 contests currently on our Facebook page. If you happen to bump into one and feel compelled to vote, than we are grateful. But just save the effort (and build up your patience) for the “big cahoona” contest. We’ll definitely need it then! ;)

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Alice 102, the Kansas City station with the Moniker “It’s All About The Music” is gone as of today, and I couldn’t be more disappointed.  In listening to the new station this morning, it really doesn’t seem to be very different.  In fact, from what I can tell, it could even be a station that – through flipping – I might even rest upon for a time, from time to time.  What I think will be most missed, by myself in particular, is the fact that the station will no longer play local music.

The story begins with my band Alice Sweet Alice and Alice 102, back in 2011.  I was in the process of being a pain in the ass to radio stations, something I’m pretty good at with many marketing outlets for music, and of course – getting nowhere. My thoughts behind the process is this: “I have nothing to lose”.  The likelihood of getting on commercial radio, for most independent artists, is remote to none —  so, it’s almost a sick perversion of mine to try and (hopefully) at least get wheels spinning down at these conglomerates.  Pissing people off down at these places is not the intent, but becomes half the fun.

One KC station in particular (who shall remain nameless because it isn’t really important), had a Program Director with an especially exceptional and snotty excuse for not playing Alice Sweet Alice.  “(This station) cannot play a band with a name that is similar to a competitor in the market.  Why don’t you try them?”  This was obviously a reference to Alice 102, a station that I really knew nothing about, in fact, I hadn’t even heard of it, as it was still relatively new (especially to me) at the time.

Being the exceptionally stubborn person I am, I said out loud “well, OK, I will then (expletive)”, and proceeded to draft an email to the general email box of Alice 102, briefly stating my usual spiel and the comments of their competitor.

Amazingly, I got a very simple and curt response from Thom McGinty, one of the DJ’s running the station.  “Sure, I’ll take a listen”.  This totally floored me, and so I sent him one of Alice Sweet Alice’s recordings (I forget which now), and to make a long story short, through our conversations – telling me about Alice 102’s intent to start up a local music program at the station, and that Alice Sweet Alice would be the premier band on this program – well, to say that I was hopeful, is a complete understatement.  Thom also asked me about other local bands and I immediately thought of my friend and associate Paul Chandler, who heretofore had been running a great internet station dedicated to local music called “Kansas City Local Artists” (a station still running by the way).  I told Thom about Paul, and eventually Paul started working down at Alice 102 and again – to make a long story short – the local program began by playing Alice Sweet Alice’s “Full Circle” that very first broadcast of “Local Edition”, which aired EVERY weeknight at 6:00PM.  Incredible for a commercial station to do that for local artists!

For the two consecutive years following the start of this program, Alice 102 had Alice Sweet Alice play on their St. Patrick’s Day float as well, an incredible honor and testament to the integrity and benevolence of Mr. McGinty who, through our earliest conversations, mentioned that Alice Sweet Alice would become one of the “favorite bands” of the station.

I am the stepson of a career disc jockey based in the San Francisco bay area (where I grew up), by the name of Don Potter, and experienced his ups and downs with the commercial radio world.  I have seen it change from the days where DJ’s just about had free reign to play what they wanted, to the days of corporate ownership and very limited control.  This is the main reason why I was so amazed at what Alice 102 was doing here in the local Kansas City market.  It just DOESN’T happen in this day and age, and the service that Alice 102 did for – NOT ONLY local musicians – but for Kansas City residents was simply awesome.  I mention Kansas City residents, because, as consumers of music – local people love to hear bands from their local market.  It is increasingly difficult to get people to leave the comforts of their homes and smartphones these days with the proliferation of “instant gratification” in the form of digital media (music videos, instant album downloads, etc.), so to have such a wonderful outlet for local bands to connect with locals was just an incredible resource and service for a station to offer.

I want to state firmly here that I know, being the stepson of a radio professional, that I KNOW this new development isn’t the fault of the employees of the station.  In fact, I have nothing but gratitude, respect, and love for Thom McGinty, Paul Chandler and everyone else who worked so diligently, selflessly, and generously for local music.  I am deeply honored to have been part of this brief and rare development for local music, especially since my band was part of the catalyst for the development, and in some offhanded way — partly responsible for helping put the program together by my matchmaking (mentioned to me by Mr. Chandler on many occasions.)

So life moves on, and I will miss that particular opportunity here at home and I guess I’m just venting.  I’m not angry or mad at anyone, but simply disappointed. 

I sincerely wish the best for the new station “KC 102” and all of the employees working there.  I hope this move becomes a successful one for not only the station, but for the employees – creating excellent job security and perhaps even some great local events and opportunities for listeners and all Kansas City locals.  Who knows?  Maybe in future there will be something for local bands? 

All I know is this, sometimes being a pain in the ass pays off, and I firmly believe in “Power Of The People”.  Despite the opinions of those that sort of know me, I’m an incurable optimist (hence my statement above).  If I wasn’t, I wouldn’t get up every day and send annoying messages to people in hopes of getting traction in the world.  So my “optimistic” hope is this:  maybe if enough people make their opinions heard about the matter of local music on local commercial stations — change may occur.  Until then – local Kansas City musicians have the benefit of support from 90.1 KKFI – by no means a “secondary” or “backup” resource, but just a member-owned station with more freedom (and a powerful 100K Watt transmitter).  Of course, internet radio is another invaluable resource for small bands and musicians like me.

So, R.I.P. Alice 102.  A sincere THANK YOU for everything.  I really mean that.  But, I won’t let the door hit me on the way out. There are a few more fish to fry.

Scott Martinez

ALICE SWEET ALICE

http://www.alicesweetalice.com