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Background:

Died Young Stayed Pretty is the first full length documentary feature from filmmaker Eileen Yaghoobian.  The movie delves into the world of concert poster artists, and was a project that occupied almost 5 years of her life, most of it on the road.   Eileen self-financed the bulk of the project, which led to her actually staying with the artists she profiled.  Although born of financial necessity this close proximity to her subjects allowed her to capture on film not only the artists at work, but also a level of intimacy that provides a real insight into their creative process.   Edited together from over 250 hours of footage, Died Young Stayed Pretty is a 94-minute journey through the North American concert poster scene, narrated entirely by the artists themselves.

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in which we explain how Figment is out to save Music… or not.

We also talk about how great our new Figment Concert Poster Contest is and why you should enter it.

Larry’s Media Picks

Eric’s Media Picks

  • Fool’s Gold –  A world music collective out of Los Angeles, CA inspired by a shared love of Congolese, Ethiopian, Eritrean and Malian music and American dance-pop.  Oh yeah, and did I mention the lead singer sings in Hebrew?  Cuz he does!
  • Dave Rawlings Machine –  This incredible sideman for Gillian Welch finally steps into the spotlight and delivers a fantastic debut solo record.  If you like Americana, folk and bluegrass you’ll love this album.  Sorry, no MySpace tunes, but you can listen to snippets on Amazon.

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FAKE Posters in the REAL World!

December 15th, 2009

If you received our latest Figment Newsletter (#23) you know that we put a challenge out there to everyone designing posters for their bands.   Send us a picture of your fake concert poster in a real world setting and we’ll give you some lucre!

Well, we’re exited to report that the first poster was sighted in Minneapolis, MN!  The location is quite fitting since our poster contest judge, Lonny Unitus, is a Minneapolis native, but no it wasn’t one of Lonny’s posters.  It was a poster designed by thehoseman for his upcoming Shot Full of Love Tribute Show!  As you can see he got some choice photos of his poster on a local book/record store, newsbox and what appears to be a dumpster!  We LOVE it!

If you didn’t read about our challenge, then here’s the deal.  Since you’ll all be creating posters for our concert poster contest (right?), why not print out a copy and post it somewhere in the real world.  If you take a picture of it and send it to us we’ll give you 200 pieces of lucre (250 if you include the Figment URL on it)!  Better yet, the best location every month will win an additional 250 pieces of lucre!

So be on the lookout for that lucre reward hoseman, and let’s see some other poster sightings!  Don’t forget the best location for each month get’s an additional 250 pieces of lucre!

Figment Concert Poster Contest

December 9th, 2009

If you’re like me you had and still have a few concert posters on a wall somewhere in your house.  Okay, so maybe they’re not hanging on your bedroom wall anymore,  more likely they’ve been banished to the basement, but regardless they’re there.  Sure you could replace them with a landscape, a nondescript print or god forbid some lame Thomas Kincaid painting of a cottage on a cold winter’s day, but damn it you won’t!  To hell with the naysayers!  They’re art, and better yet they’re art that not only effects you visually but aurally as well.  They’re concert posters and when you look at them you’re at that concert.

On Figment we’ve had a lot of bands go on tour and that’s great, but what some of the tours are missing is a defining image that really captures that tour.  In short, they need a good concert poster.   With that in mind, we thought it was high time we created a Figment Concert Poster Contest.  That’s right, we’re looking for you to create an original poster for one of your Figment bands.

What’s even more exciting though, is that we’ve enlisted concert poster designer Lonny Unitus to be the ultimate judge.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with Lon, he’s been involved in poster design since 1997 when he began creating hand-drawn xeroxed posters for local bands in the college town of Fargo, ND.  In 2001, he began screen printing posters with the help of his friend Justin Seng and has designed posters ever since for bands as diverse as Apples in Stereo, AC Newman, The Melvins, Guttermouth, Riverboat Gamblers, French Kicks, The Walkmen and Mastodon among others.   You can check out some of his posters on GigPosters.com.  A talented designer, Lon has also created merchandise for some of the biggest bands in the business including Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, Slipknot, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Rob Zombie.  A resident of Minneapolis, he’s a member of the Minneapolis Cartoonist Conspiracy and  has twice participated in the annual boxed set of mini-comics “Lutefisk Sushi” as well as published an anthology comic, “Unhinged”, featuring artists from all over the United States.  Needless to say, we’re thrilled to have Lon on-board as a judge.  He’ll pick the winner of the contest and 2 runners up.

So what does the lucky winner get?  Well, that’s the REALLY exciting part.  The winner will receive a screen printed concert poster for their tour designed and printed by Lon himself, and 2,000 pieces of lucre.  The runners up will receive a Figment t-shirt and 1,000 and 500 pieces of lucre respectively.

So how do you enter?  Well, I’m glad you asked – here’s the basic rules:

1. You must be a registered Figment user to participate.  If you don’t currently have a Figment account please click here to create one.  This contest is open to Figment users worldwide.

2.  Create a fake tour/music festival on Figment using the “create a band” link on your dashboard and post an original concert poster image for that tour/festival.  (Note:  when you create the tour page you can either select the musical genre that best fits the bands on the bill or use the Music Festival genre available in the list.)  You may also create or enter a poster for an existing tour or music festival that you have previously created on Figment.  To be considered the poster must be original (not a copied image from a real band’s concert poster) and be based on a fake band that you have created on Figment. You can include other players bands as well, but make sure you have their permission before adding their name to your poster.  Once you have created a tour page with the poster you want to submit as an entry, please post your user name and the tour’s name as a comment to this post so everyone can check it out.  If you don’t post your name and the tour’s name as a comment to this post your entry won’t be considered.

3. Users may enter as many tours/festival posters as they would like.

4.  Any artwork used in the creation of your concert poster should either be original or at least one at which you have the permission of the copyright owner to use.  You may NOT simply copy the artwork from an existing poster and add your own text.  Inspired by is one thing, but ripped off is another.  Any poster designs that are judged as being a copy of an existing work will be disqualified.  We will also disqualify any poster that is offensive in nature – sexist, racist or hate-based.

4.  The contest will run from Wednesday, December 9th until Friday, January 29, 2010.  All submissions must be posted by no later than 11:59 pm ET on Friday, January 29, 2010.

5.  By no later than, Wednesday, February 3, 2010 the Figment editorial staff will select the Top 10 poster designs and submit them to Lonny Unitus.  Lonny will then pick the Top 3 (a winner and two runners up) and they’ll be announced on this blog on Friday, February 5, 2010.

You can view the full official rules at:  http://figment.cc/content/pdf/concertpostercontest2009rules.pdf

We’re really excited about this contest and we hope you will be too.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at customerservice at figment.cc or leave your question as a comment on this post.

Now get out on the road!!!

Podcast #4 Enjoy Our Oeuvre

December 7th, 2009

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This Week’s Word of the Week

Oeuvre

Larry’s Media Picks

  • Lyle Lovett – Natural Forces – It’s nice to hear Lyle Lovett put out a complete new album, and one that makes such good use of his witty and well crafted song writing. I have to admit I’ve an irrational love of his music, but it’s been quite a while since I was so impressed with a new album of his. I was basically hooked when I hear the chorus of “Farmer Brown / Chicken Reel” it involves Lylye choking his chicken.
  • RX Bandits – Mandala – This one is really hard to describe so I’m not going to. Play it loud and hold on for the ride.

Eric’s Media Picks

  • The Above – If you like garage rock and the sounds of the British Invasion then The Above are for you!
  • Angus Khan – Sounding like Angus Young and Genghis Khan in a back alley bar fight, Angus Khan is a five-piece piece biker metal supergroup out of Hollywood, CA that features members of punk rock ‘n’ roll favorites B-Movie Rats, the Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs, ADZ and Jesters of Destiny. Combining the raw power of AC/DC and the Stooges, this band is just pure unadulterated rock n’ roll.

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thehoseman Cometh!

December 3rd, 2009

All of us at Figment are pleased to announce that thehoseman has been selected as this month’s user Industry Heavyweight of the month.  Why?  The answers are myriad.

We could start by pointing out the incredible musical fantasy world he’s created in the form of Uncle Duff Records.  Led by it’s iconic freak-rock impersario and ringleader, Zandergriff Miggs, it is in many ways one of the most complete “figments” on Figment.  When at you look at the bands under the Uncle Duff umbrella – Zandergriff Miggs & The Parliament of Owls, Secret Scurrility, The Notorious A.i.G., AlphaHistamines, Stalker Channing, Gorgan Zola, The Elder Berry’s, Gunshot Love, Vortromeda, Agua Netz, Hanz Openschut, Grover “Neck-Bone” Clifton, Cerrnunos, Manifold Spaceport, Sludge Cartwright, REPLACEDmints, Serpentinuum, Van Q., Karkass, Gnome – he’s arguably created one of the most diverse, both musically and creatively, collection of artists on Figment so far.  Not only are they diverse in scope, but the level of detail and craftmanship used in creating each band is simply staggering.  When you encounter a band created by thehoseman I dare you not to walk away feeling as if you’ve encountered a new “real” band.

Furthermore, thehoseman is an incredible writer.  Not only are his band and album descriptions a textbook example of how to create a backstory and style for a fake band (case in point – the band bio for Zandergriff Miggs and The Parliament of Owls), but his album reviews are among the best on the site.

Lastly, the creativity shown in his album covers is incredible.  Whether it’s creating an homage to a “real” band (REPLACEDmints) or creating something entirely new (Karkass) his designs are always not only top notch, but really reinforce the band’s sound and ethos.

I suggest you take a look at his whole portfolio and become a fan of as many of his band’s as possible, because he’s truly an Industry Heavyweight!

We’d also to thank frizbee for being such an incredible Industry Heavyweight over the past month.  His reviews have been nothing short of incredible and he’s really embraced the role while still putting out incredible stuff himself (check out Xenophilia Live and 3).  So thanks frizbee!