Welcome to Claes Place. Sean Claes is a Content Manager and Social Media expert who has worked as a Journalist, Photographer, Event Planner, Consultant, Marketer and Copywriter. He's got over 20 years of experience advising small business and musicians about their marketing and social media.
These are his stories, notes, works and advice.
Contact Sean Claes at seanclaesATseanclaesDOTcom.
April 30, 2009
INsite Night #2 for May
The Banner Year
Will Evans Project
Featuring four bands who will bring Austin to Backwoods Bash (http://www.backwoodsbash.com) in Mannford Oklahoma over Memorial Day Weekend this year.
This show is the "Road To The Bash" where the guys are hoping to raise the $$ for the gas to Oklahoma.
We'll have giveaways... a raffle (Tickets $1 each or 6 for $5...
- $50 gift card for Spiderhouse
- $25 gift card to Eco Clean
- Grand Prize package from Backwoods Bash and the bands that will include a ton of band swag including t-shirts, CDs, and other stuff
Give these guys a proper Austin send-off.
Road To The Backwoods Bash - Rock and Raffle
April 27, 2009
Mike Truth & The Replacement Killers CD Release Party @ Red Eyed Fly
May 2, 2009
Mike Truth & The Replacement Killers (CD Release Show) - 12:15
One Eyed Doll (Coming Home Show)- 11:00
Naked Empire - 10:00
Sedium - 9:00
Stars Collide - 8:00
All Ages Show
Red Eyed Fly
CLICK THE POSTER BELOW TO GO TO A DO512.COM PAGE WHERE YOU CAN WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO THIS SHOW.
April 24, 2009
My Top 5 Los Lobos Songs
He inspired me to write about by own personal top 5. I'll be at the 7:00 show. Woot!
So... here goes:
My personal top 5 from Los Lobos:
1. "Kiko and the Lavender Moon" - The one that started everything for me. Such a multi-layered sound. So complex and entrancing. Opened the door for me to begin to look outside Top40 radio for my music fix
Off - Kiko (1992) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiko_(album)
2. "One Time One Night" - Reminds me of my "hometown" of Laredo, Texas. I had a few "wise men" who helped me learn about life. "A wise man was telling stories to me / About the places he had been to / And the things that he had seen." Yeah.. memories.
Off By the Light of the Moon (1987) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/By_the_Light_of_the_Moon_(album)
3. "Sabor A Mi" - I know.. it's a cover.. but it's a beautiful ballad and I sang it to my wife on our wedding night.
Off Just Another Band from East L.A. - A Collection (1993)- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_Another_Band_From_East_L.A._-_A_Collection
4. "Manny's Bones" - One of those stripped down songs that I envision sitting around a fire and singing with a bunch of people con cervesa.
Off Colossal Head (1996) (http://www.amazon.com/Colossal-Head-Los-Lobos/dp/B000002N51)
5. "Good Morning Aztlán" - Sadly, this is the newest Los Lobos CD I own. This is one of those songs that I listen to that centers me. Los Lobos has always made storytelling an art form, and this song is one of the best examples of this mastery. "A red rooster crows / A little Mexican tune / On the chain link fence by the gate / Somebody's daddy's out there / Honkin' on the horn / Hurry up, we're gonna make him late"
Off Good Morning Aztlán (2002) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Morning_Aztl%C3%A1n_(album)
April 21, 2009
I Like Free... I like Benefits
I don't like to spend money. I like to try new things.
Hence... I'm going to Kevin's Cookies for 6 Free cookies.
(This is the ad that ran in the April issue of INsite. Won't you pick up your free cookies too?)
I LIKE BENEFITS
My co-worker has a band. Adam Donmoyer and the Naughty Bits. The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians has a benefit show - The 2nd Annual Corporate Battle of the Bands at Antone's. Adam entered through our office (The Wizard of Ads) and was chosen. He plays tonight at 8:15p.m. at Antones. $5 at the door. Doors open at 6:00p.m. Don't be late...but if you are, be there by 8:00p.m. You don't want to miss Adam and the gang are going to rock like Slayer (if Slayer played warped cabaret-esque piano driven songs) Check them out - http://www.rockslikeslayer.com
THE NAUGHTY BITS: (L-R) Dave Love, Scott Wade, Adam Donmoyer, Lonny Burgos, Dave Nevland
Here's some press on the HAMM Battle of the Bands:
April 20, 2009
WASHERS TOURNAMENT - Kyle, Texas May 3
Do you pitch washers? Want to have some fun on May 3, 2009 in Kyle, Texas?Read on.... read on.
Kyle United Methodist 2nd Annual Washers Tournament
Front Porch Days in Plum Creek at Fergus Park - Sunday, May 3, 2009
Entry Fees: $30 per team of two
Registration: Closes at 12:00 Noon on May 3rd and is limited to 24 teams.
Checks are accepted until April 27th. Cash Only Please after April 27th and on event day to allow for quick payment to winners.
Played on 2'x2' washer boards w/ one, 3" hole. Each team will have 3 washers to toss per round. (Washers will be provided).
Only one team can score points per round - one point for being on the board, 3 points if you are leaning over the edge of the cup and 5 points for going into the cup. The first team to 21 points WINS!
Visit www.kyleumc.com for the complete set of rules. This will be a double elimination tournament.
First Place is 35% of entry fees.
Second Place is 15% of entry fees.
Third Place is a non-monetary prize.
Donation to Kyle United Methodist Church is 50% of entry fees. (For example: If 10 teams register, the entry fees will equal $300. KUMC receives a donation of $150. First place wins $105. Second place wins $45).
Questions? Please contact Amanda Brown via email at email@example.com or call 512-801-9072.
Scoring- 1 point for being on the board, 3 points if you are leaning over the edge of the cup and 5 if you are in the cup.
Boards are placed 21' from center of one hole to the other.
To determine who will "pitch" first to start the game each player will throw one washer toward the opposite board and whoever gets closest to the hole will be the first to throw. After the game has started, the person or team who scored last will throw first.
Playing the game: Player A will pitch their 3 washers (one at a time) toward the opposite board followed by player B. Scoring is determined after both players have pitched all of their washers. Only 1 player/team may score per round and scores points for all washers on the board that are closer than their opponents. The winner is the 1st team to reach 21 points.
There are no "skunk" rules, and you do NOT need to win by 2 points. The tournament will be double elimination.
Once you lose TWO games, you are eliminated from the tournament.
April 15, 2009
Kyle's Front Porch Days 2009 @ Plum Creek on May 3
The 8th Annual Front Porch Days Celebration is a Kyle mainstay. It's held each year in the Plum Creek neighborhood. This year the bulk of the activities will be held on Sunday, May 3.
Before I get to far.. let me drop the important info.
The 8th Annual Plum Creek Front Porch Days
Sunday May 3, 2009
11:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. (with music from noon-5)
(Kyle Parkway FM 1626) in Kyle, Texas.
Left at Fergus
OK... now that I got that over with... here's some of the cool things that will be going on:
There's a few competitions going on that everyone is invited to participate in. A Golf Tournament (on May 2), a 5k and 1k Run, and a Washer's Tournament sponsored by the Kyle United Methodist Church.
There's also lots to come and see if you're not the competitive type. If it's like years past, there will be many booths from local artisans, food booths. There will be PLENTY of activities for the kiddos like pony rides, a petting zoo, craft booths, and face painting. The "Jiggle Bug Express" kid train will be running. There's going to be bouncey-bounces galore...
For the green thumbs in the area, or those who have a deep appreciation for others who have a green thumb, there's the 2nd Annual Plum Creek Garden Tour
This year, for the first time Front Porch Days will feature a SOAP BOX DERBY. Talk about going back in time!
There's will also be an awesome concert, the thrown on two stages with the headliners of each stage being The Biscuit Brothers and Autumn.
The full line-up:
Kid Stage (Front of PC Community Center)
12:00 to 12:45 The Bruce Curtis Band www.cdbaby.com/cd/fallgren
1:00 to 1:45 Rockaroni and Cheese www.rockaroniandcheese.com
2:00 to 2:45 The Hey Lollies www.heylollyproductions.com
3:00 to 4:00 The Biscuit Brothers www.biscuitbrothers.com
Cowboy Stage - (Fergus Park Soccer Fields)
12:00 to 12:45 Lewis Moon Roch Motel
1:00 to 1:45
The Jeremy Miller Band www.thejeremymillerband.com
2:00 to 2:45 The Nematoads www.nematoads.com
3:00 to 4:00 Autumn Boukadakis www.autumnonline.com
April 8, 2009
Free Dinner at Threadgills Next Week.
Threadgills on North Lamar
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
It's in a crap location though... between auto shops and furniture places. Not many restaurants around there.
But, Eddie Wilson (owner) is convinced that if you go there, just once, you'll fall in love with the food, the folks, and the heritage that is Threadgills...and you'll be back over and over.
So for one week only - Monday April 13 -Sunday April 19, 2009 (as seen on the inside front cover of INsite Magazine) - Wilson is going to buy you dinner when you visit the North Lamar location. No strings attached.
Help out a restaurant that is at the core of Austin and keeping Austin weird.
April 7, 2009
April INsite Special - FREE COOKIES
April INsite Special - FREE COOKIES
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
Directions to Kevin's (1501 S. MoPac @ One Barton Springs Skyway) - www.kevinscookies.com
April 6, 2009
KISS is at it again! The FANS choose the route.
KISS TAKES THE WORLD BY STORM TODAY
BY ANNOUNCING THE FIRST EVER FAN-ROUTED TOUR
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Fan Votes at Eventful to Determine U.S. and Canadian Cities Where
Legendary Rockers KISS Will Perform on 2009 Tour
Sao Paulo, Brazil (April 6, 2009) - KISS is celebrating 35 years of rockin' the world like no other band has ever done before. The legendary band, currently touring soccer stadiums of South America, announced from Brazil today that their upcoming U.S. and Canadian tour will be the world's first to put fans in charge of where their favorite artist plays. By partnering with Eventful, the leading social media company for events, fans will "Demand" where KISS will perform on their latest trek across the top-voted North American markets beginning this September. No matter where the fans say--from stadiums to cornfields--if there are enough votes, KISS will be there! And in order to keep the competition fair for smaller cities, final site selection will weigh population size versus total votes.
Today at the zero hour of exactly 3:00 PM EDT, an official video announcement by the band's Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer and Gene Simmons (see video at www.KISSonline.com) kicks off this first-ever promotion. Immediately following the video's debut run, fans across the U.S. and Canada can cast their votes at www.eventful.com/KISS to have their town included on the KISS 2009 North American tour. Fans will be able to vote, and check the tally of what cities are in the lead, 24/7 across the Web at the previous sites; as well as on KISS' MySpace and Facebook, Ticketmaster's KISS page, VH1Classic.com, and many more.
Even after garnering more than 30 gold and platinum records and in excess of 90 million albums sold worldwide, KISS continues to prove the band makes the fans their #1 priority.
"KISS has never followed the rules--we have always broken them. KISS has never listened to critics-we have always listened only to the fans," said Gene Simmons. "It's time to give back to the fans with bigger shows and longer set lists. And for the first time anywhere, we want our fans to tell us where they want us, and when."
Said Paul Stanley, "No band has ever given their fans the power to decide what cities they play, and no fans deserve it more than ours. We're leaving the next U.S. and Canadian tour up to the Army. When they stand up, they will be counted!"
Just for voting for their town, all KISS fans will have the opportunity to purchase pre-sale tickets prior to the general on-sale. In addition to joining in on the major campaigns launched by rock radio in each city, fans are also incentivized to create their own viral videos online, motivating their fellow residents to participate in casting votes for a KISS show in their city. City-specific "best-of" compilation reels of these videos will be shown on jumbo screens at venues before each concert.
On this upcoming tour, fans will be treated to a set of some of rock's greatest hits, including "Rock and Roll All Nite," "I Was Made for Lovin' You," "Detroit Rock City," "God Gave Rock & Roll to You" and "Shout It Out Loud," among many others. The band is currently recording its first new studio album in 11 years (produced by Paul Stanley).
April 2, 2009
You know... That's a WEIRD Band Name.
Anyhow, I thought... I wonder if anyone had a good list of weird band names out there. So... being the master of Google that I am, I looked it up.
Seems there's been a site since the mid-1990s called the Canonical List of Weird Band Names. As of my visit, they had 1,517 names on the list.
I won't put the entire list up... but I'll sample one band a letter through the alphabet.
See the whole thing at their site. I've chosen bands that have links tho their sites. Neat.
Behold! The Living Corpse
Earthpig and Fire
Four Fried Chickens and a Coke
Grandpa's Become a Fungus
Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers
I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House
Jehovah's Witness Protection Program
Kiss the Anus of a Black Cat
Meat Beat Manifesto
Nothing Heavier Than A Car On My Head
Operation: Cliff Claven
Question Mark & the Mysterians
Rainbow Butt Monkeys
Shirley Temple of Doom
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band
When People Were Shorter and Lived Near the Water
XXX Atomic Toejam
Yams from Outer Space
Zorro and the Blue Footballs