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We will be debuting "St. Francis" at this show and giving away free download cards. For a donation to our album fund we'll happily part with a bona-fide CD.

I don't have any other shows lined up at this time. Given the nature of booking and my own health and personal challenges we may not play again for a month or two. Please come out and see us if you can, and bring a friend. Every person who comes to the show to see us brings us that much closer to our goal of better shows with bigger audiences. We don't suck, really we don't -- we're just not Metal (you wouldn't BELIEVE how popular Metal is in this town!)

with SeaStar and Blue Star Creeper!

Barring any issues we will go on at 4:30pm and play for about 35 minutes or so. After that is Blue Star Creeper, featuring singer/songwriter Kelly Blanchard, who I've known since about 1998 or so. The event will wrap up with our good friends Fae and The Captain with their band SeaStar. All good bands, all good friends, keep your fingers crossed for great weather!
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We recently ordered more copies of our EP "Short Story" in CD Baby Download Card format. The upside to download cards is that they're easy to transport, easy to use, and totally eco-friendly (no jewel cases)! The only downside we could find was that without the physical copy there were no liner notes to look over while listening to our music and learning more about the band. I think I may have found a solution.

Introducing...

Liner Note Cards!


Pictured here is our prototype - the download card may be attached differently in the final design.


The disc design is on the front of the note card. On the back (not shown) is the CD Baby logo in gray. Inside you'll find the download card and our liner note art and text, modified to fit the printable area.



These Liner Note Cards are available exclusively at our shows with the purchase of a CD Baby Download Card, so keep an eye on our show schedule and come on out to see us!

Wynne C Blue & her Troublefakers' next show is Sunday, September 19 at O. O. Denny Park in Kirkland, WA, 1:00 pm. Rain or shine, it's all-ages and FREE.

Be sure to catch us at Tiger Lounge a Go-Go in Georgetown on Friday, September 24 at 9pm. $5, 21+
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I've been toying with the idea of download cards for a while. I think the only thing that kept me from doing it sooner was listening to Ethan tell me that people prefer to have a physical CD in their hands when they leave a show, insinuating I'd be wasting my money if I bothered.

He's probably right. I know if I'm going to buy music at a show I'd rather have something tangible, but I also know that it's got to somehow fit into my purse (if I brought one), and then I have to make room for it in my car, and eventually I'm going to rip it to my computer anyway...

A download card is environmentally friendly, a little cheaper than a regular CD, and fits in your wallet. You can always find me for a physical copy, and we'll still sell them -- this time around, though, you have options.

This Saturday (August 28) we will be playing at the West Seattle Eagles Club Hall for a Seattle Children's Hospital Benefit show at 7pm. We are headlining, which means we'll go on last. This isn't as bad as it seems, really -- the other acts are planned for only half an hour each, and the organizer has given us the green light to play a little longer if we want to.
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If you were able to make my show at The Comet, you would have seen my most recent marketing idea in action: Magnets. I can't really afford to give them out for free like I can the occasional CD because in order for these to sell I have to price them at a loss. I'm working on lowering the production costs a bit with face and hair molds. If they turn out to be slow sellers I'll move the inventory to my Etsy shop.

Speaking of Etsy, I really need to list a bunch of new stuff. I'll be the first person to admit my jewelry design needs work, but stranger things have sold there.

Back to the marketing, though: I'm still coming up with more extras for the merchandise table. T-shirts are too obvious -- or are they? I like the folding can cozy screenprinted with the band logo idea, too.

In other news, I have sent enough disks as promo and sold enough that it looks like I'll need to order more soon.

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Please come to my show. I will have CDs and other fun stuff to sell there.

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I don't wear jewelry and it doesn't interest me. A lot of people do, though, so I'm making some. There are eight pieces waiting to be listed. Four are shown below. I have a handful of ideas rolling around in my head I want to try but can't seem to remember to write them down! Very frustrating. I like the black cat theme, and hearts can be fun, too. If you wear jewelry, what do you look for? Color? Shape? Topical? Inquiring minds want to know.

The album is officially e-released, but the hard copy won't be sent out until the 15th. If you must, find me on digistation.com to download it. My favorite track is "Dots."

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If you see me on Facebook you know by now that my record is right around the corner. I finished the long-overdue artwork, waded through the submission and review process, and am now out $400 that I may or may not ever see again. Of the 100 physical disks I ordered, I will probably actually sell 80 of them -- that alone will allow me to break even. I am hoping that the digital distribution package I also ordered will result in more sales.

It feels odd to think of my music in terms of sales. It feels odd and cheap. I never expected to become famous or make a lot of money doing this, but it sure would be nice to not lose my shirt.

Digital distribution is requiring me to set up a bunch of accounts at CDbaby and a service called DigStation. It is my understanding that everything will also be available on iTunes, but I haven't received any info on that yet. So many things to do, and all of it seems to be happening at once. I know it will be worth it in the long run. I hope the wide net will find new fans all over the place. It will give me reason to keep doing this.

There are only six songs on my record. I would have loved to include more, but my band's crucial players always had something that kept them from making that happen. Ed, aside from being really fucking difficult to get into the studio to record any of MY songs, went broke. Ron and I couldn't see eye to eye on the mixes for the longest time, AND his day job often put the project on the back burner. It was a long and stressful process. I'm happy it's finally done, but also disappointed. A dozen of the songs I have played in public and love but am thoroughly sick of won't reach a wider audience. They had to be sacrificed for newer material and cover tunes.

I think my new recording project is already being scribbled on napkins and post-it notes. Much of it will be new, and the rest will be just archiving -- I feel that there are a number of songs that have fallen off our set list that have some commercial value and still want to shop them around.

So much to do... I need to update MySpace, try to get Troublefakers.com into some kind of presentable form, figure out email, etc.

If you haven't been to a show, come to one. If you have, but it's been a while, come again. We hope to play Bumbershoot 2010 and the Seattle Rock n' Roll Marathon/Half Marathon this year. They should be fun.

Now I just need to pull my head out of my ass and just enjoy the ride and the scenery..

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