Well, it all kicked off this morning.
Barny arrived at the Bristol shop ready for his long journey to Cardigan and said how much he was looking forward to listening to Radio 3...
We were disgusted. Paddy (who is 19 for the record) can't get enough of Radio 2. I (Will) would rather stick on a bit of Radio 4, so would Matt the manager for that matter!
Needless to say, Radio 1 didn't get a mention.
So the debate continues...if you want to add your bit just type "I like Radio 4" in the comments box...
A friend of mine has just started this new project. Here's some info in his own words;
Rock Sampler is an ongoing music contest where Artists upload their songs to be voted on by the community of Listeners. The tracks with the highest votes each month are featured in the charts and the top 4 are featured (amongst other picks, rarities and invited acts) on a free mp3 monthly music sampler available worldwide and can win awesome prizes and exposure. Not to mention new fans!
The aim of the website is to foster a real sense of community. We want to level the playing field, bust down the door and give the vote back to the people who love music. Our Listeners have the power to decide who the most talented, awesome Artists are. Not the radio station manager, not the out of touch major label boss. The highest voted artists will then be rewarded with exposure, prizes and a growing fan base.
Listeners will be able to discover exciting new music, play talent scout and vote on who they think are the best Artists. There will be opportunities for Listeners to win great prizes, follow bands they love and have access to the super high quality, limited edition monthly sampler, showcasing the best of the best that month!
Have a looksy here - rocksampler.com
Yesterday was my last day at howies.
It was my choice to leave.
It was a hard thing to do and easy thing to do.
The morale of the story is simple.
If you find something you love, you should never sell your love.
When other people own your dream, destiny is no longer in your hands.
And yes, leaving the company I helped to start is super-painful.
But pain makes for a good teacher if you listen to what it is telling you.
It teaches you what is important to you. And what is not.
So from this day forward howies will begin to appear in my rear-view mirror.
At the same time I will be sitting in my shed with Sonny (my dog) working away on the future.
Keeping me company will be the knowledge that Patagonia was not Yvon’s first company, Esprit was not Doug’s first company, and Steve Jobs got sacked from Apple.
For me those are good role models to have in the shed with you.
Luckily for howies Clare is staying. She will be the soul-keeper now.
And lastly, I just wanted to say thank you to you.
It’s been fun working for you.
At an appropriate time, I will write a magazine article telling you all the behind the scenes bits that made me decide to leave.
The other day I was chatting to some customers about how they had recently moved to Bristol from London and how they are being kept busy by all the cool events happening in their new home.
As proof, this weekend there is loads happening in Brizzle; OxJam, Climate Countdown, and yesterday I discovered there is even a Harmonica Festival at the Folk House on Park Street. It's surely the most portable instrument, and great for creating an atmosphere as everyone huddles around a campfire on these autumn days. So pop along and learn the skills to impress, or just sit back and enjoy the evening performances.
On Wednesday we will be having a model shoot for our next catalogue..........to celebrate we are seeking musical suggestions for wednesday.
What music should we be listening to in the shop on Wednesday? Obviously it needs to be "shop friendly-ish" - other than that we are open to all, and any, suggestions. Perhaps it would be funny to suggest songs that have a "model" connection?
We are hoping to have our spotify account linked up to the stereo.
Why not come in on Wednesday - say hello to the models, listen to some eclectic world music chosen by you (the people), take a look at our full Autumn lineup, and finally have a nice chat with us.
Hopefully see you Wednesday!
Some friends of mine are in a band called King Porter Stomp. They are an 8 piece band "with massive horns, heavy bass and deeply socially aware lyrics."
The past two years they have been performing on the UK festival tour, and received great reviews!
They are going to be making their first music video this weekend, and are calling for people to join in. From their latest album Poison the Beat, they will be filming their track "Big Mac" at the McDonalds on London Road in Brighton.