Saturday, May 30, 2009

Greatest Song / Video of All Time.

Oh, yeah. Bow down when you're in the presence of greatness.



Love, Metermaids.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival Press Day.

So me, Sentence, and Miller rolled through to the Press Day yesterday for the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, which is put on by Brooklyn Bodega. (www.brooklynbodega.com)

The press event was in DUMBO, right by where the festival will jump off. It was actually in the same building that our drummer, Andrew, keeps his studio, which was pretty funny.

Anyway, generally these events are pretty horrible -- cramped spaces with mad artists who all think they are the shit fighting over interview time. This one was actually pretty alright. They even had room temperature Brooklyn beer for everyone.

We did a bunch of interviews and had some photos taken and even ended up rapping into cameras which we never ever do. Me and Sentence stuck out like the sorest of thumbs. I think we are going to be very, very different from everything else that is going on on the 20th.

We bumped into our friend Conscious which was dope. He knows EVERYONE! Probably because he is the nicest dude ever and also a dope artist. His blog is in our blog roll if you want to check it out, which you should.

We also bumped into Nyle, who lives at Asterisk (it has a new name now but I don't remember it) and let us come through and film our music video there. Nyle recently made a cool video based off that Lil Wayne song Let the Beat Build. Check out the video:



If any of our interviews get posted anywhere I'll let heads know where to look.

Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival '09! We're excited.

Check the poster out. We are the last name on it.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

NYC Indie Hip Hop Videos.

Here are some videos of some of our friends and other people/groups in NYC that I think are dope.

Am I missing any?

Metermaids -- Feel Alive (it's us, get it? I think we're dope!)



Domer -- You're On To Me



Domer, Kats, and Ryan O'Neil -- We Got You



Bisc1 -- Strange Love



BrokeMC -- Signs of Rage



Junk Science -- Roads



Iller Than Theirs -- Razor Bumps



Homeboy Sandman -- Lightning Bolt. Lightning Rod.



Love, Metermaids.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Good Videos of Bands Playing Live.

I watch music videos obsessively. I don't know why. I just love them. Mostly I like watching live videos of bands. Instead of sleeping, I spend hours on YouTube late at night watching music videos. It's great. (I'd rather be sleeping, but still)

Here are some live videos that I like. It's an eclectic group, for sure. But when you're an insomniac who spends all night watching music videos, you can't be too picky.

Arcade Fire at Glastonbury 2007 - Wake Up



The Killers at T in the Park - When You Were Young



LOX at BB King's - We're Back



Sage Francis in Philadelphia - Bridle



White Stripes on Jools Holland - Icky Thump



Tell me what other videos I should be watching. I'm running out.

Love, Metermaids.

Monday, May 18, 2009

More Photo's From The Video Shoot.

You can see the whole set of photo's, courtesy of the man Matt Miller, on our Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/album.php?aid=81675&id=748757226

And don't forget, our whole discography is available for whatever you want to pay (including paying nothing!)

music.metermaidsnyc.com











Love, Metermaids.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Listen to the Live EP!

Chiggity check it out yo!

<a href="http://music.metermaidsnyc.com/album/metermaids-live-at-arlenes-grocery">The Inside (Live) by Metermaids</a>


And remember, you can pay what you want for this (along with all of our other releases), including absolutely nothing!

Hope you dig.

Love, Metermaids.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A New Live EP, and a New Way Of Offering Our Music To You.

Mad exciting stuff, y'all.

We just released a new live EP, the performances culled from our sold-out Arlene's Residency in October of this past year with our band. It's five songs deep, and we think it sounds great. We also made a video way back then in anticipation of this release. It was shot and edited by our good friend Tim Young, who also did our Funk Terrorist video, and a bunch of other great stuff for us.

It looks like this:



You can download the EP at music.metermaidsnyc.com

We are offering this new EP on a site called Band Camp, which rules. Why does it rule? Let me tell you why!

You'll notice, when you get there, that all of our previous releases are there as well -- our self titled EP, and NIGHTLIFE. We had released both of these albums in the traditional way. No more though! Now, just like everything we will release, we are offering them for whatever you want to pay. That includes not wanting to pay anything. We leave it up to you. If you want to pay nothing, that's cool! Want to pay a dollar? Cool! Want to pay more? Even cooler!

It's up to you.

All of these releases will operate from now on with a Creative Commons License. I will try to explain what that means. On our future releases, we will be giving away all of the instrumentals and the acapellas -- and anyone who wants to remix beats, mash-up vocals, whatever, it is encouraged and completely legal. Take it! Spit your own verse over one of our beats! Put our acapellas over one of your beats! It's all good and legal.

This music industry is a changed animal. And, as musicians, we are much more interested in sharing with you than we are with making a couple of bucks of CD sales. If you hear something you like, please pass it along to your friends. And if you and your friends are digging on what we are doing, and we come through to your town, come out! We put on a great show (as the live EP hopefully proves).

We are going to be offering an EP for every month of this summer the same way, and hopefully, by the end of it all, will have succesfully shared some wonderful musical experiences with people all over the globe. Because, in the end, isn't that what it's really about? If you dig what we do, and want to kick us some dough for an album, or a t-shirt, then we appreciate it. If not, we just hope that you dig the music.

We're all in this together!

Love, Metermaids.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

On a Beautiful Spring Day, I Think About Classic Hip Hop.

Today was a beautiful spring day in NYC, and it put me in the mood to listen to a specific kind of music. Namely, classic NYC hip hop.

So here are my two favorite songs off of two of my favorite hip hop albums ever -- Illmatic and Reasonable Doubt. I don't want to get into why these songs make me happy to listen to on a nice day. They speak for themselves.

Amiright?


Life's a Bitch by Nas feat. AZ



Feelin It by Jay-Z



Love, Metermaids.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Photo's From the Video Shoot!

So, the video shoot was a blast. Some of us might have had a little too much fun (which I don't need to get into here), but nevertheless it was a great success, and we cannot thank enough Jon Yi, our fearless and imaginative director, his amazing crew, Asterisk for holding us down, and all of our friends who came through and had fun dancing their asses off in front of a camera.

Turn the Lights Out is only around three minutes long, but it is amazing how winded someone can get when they dance really hard for that long. I found that people usually lost steam by the bridge, and then brought it again for the final hook.

Hopefully we will have some "making the video" style video to throw up here as well, but for right now I hope you enjoy these pictures!

(All pictures courtesy Em Schroder)








Friday, May 8, 2009

We are shooting a video tomorrow.

I'm excited, and getting an early night's sleep to be ready for everything.

The director's name is Jon Yi, and he has directed these videos:



And they disabled embedding for this video, but check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HhALWkJlhY

That's right, muhfuckas. Poison.

We couldn't be more excited. Dude is a genius.

We will post pictures of the process tomorrow.

Love, Metermaids.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Me and a Bunch of Friends on the Radio.

Yesterday evening I went over the Hoboken to rock at WMFU with the greatest radio DJ of all time Billy Jam. I'm not kidding. Billy Jam is seriously the greatest radio host/dj of all time. And he's mad supportive of our scene here in NYC, which makes him even better in my mind.

Anyway, I bumped into Bisc right outside the PATH station and we watched everybody running through the rain. It was hilarious. Then Broke showed up and we rode the train into Hoboken.

WFMU puts up a podcast of each show -- so if you want to listen to me, Broke, Bisc, and Homeboy Sandman kick funny freestyles and goof off on the radio go here: www.wfmu.org/playlists/BJ

It was a lot of fun.

And the show at Europa was mad fun too. I'll post more about that later.

Love, Metermaids.