Monday, June 25, 2007

Lying about the successor to The Sandinista Project

As anyone who knows me knows, there is never going to be a successor. But that hasn't stopped people from asking me "What's your next record?" As the modest public relations offensive for The Sandinista Project winds down, I can now admit that I got so frustrated by the "What's next?" question that I made up projects. None of them made it into print or electrons (not funny or believable enough, I guess), but here's what I told various people I was working on next:

The Yessongs Project
The Emancipation Project
The All Things Must Pass Project
The Chicago Live at Carnegie Hall Project
The Whatever the Jethro Tull Box Set Was Called Project
The Welcome Back, My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends Project

I also told someone that my next project was called The Sandinista Project Project and would feature the surviving members of the Clash covering songs done originally by the performers on The Sandinista Project. No one bought that, either.

The truth is that my next project, aside from the work I am happy to do every day for O'Reilly and HBSP, is a novel I should be working on now, so bye for now.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

"Jimmy Guterman is an idiot"

That's the first sentence of an email I received earlier today because of a post on the blog for The Sandinista Project weighing the pros and cons of buying the record on iTunes. You can read my post here. Did I go over a line and not realize it? I thought I was being reasonable, but the "comments" area below is for you to tell me I don't know how to behave in public.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

More on The Sandinista Project

All the action today is on the Sandinista Project blog, not here. Go there for some great reviews and a remembrance of a fateful lunch.

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The Sandinista Project is out!

Four years ago, I made a joke to someone about redoing Sandinista! -- and now it's real. Happy release day!

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Saturday, May 12, 2007

$14.99 is the new $18.98

As expected, Amazon has lowered the preorder price for The Sandinista Project. It's coming out on Tuesday!

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Pre-order The Sandinista Project on Amazon

Saturday, April 14, 2007

The excitement of completion ... and the letdown

"There is depression after an answer is given."

That's the Log Lady talking. (I've been watching the second season of Twin Peaks with my son lately.) The quote, about the downside of closure, feels particularly pertinent because late last week I approved the CDs and packaging of The Sandinista Project for manufacturing. I suppose there's a small chance of something catastrophic happening at the pressing plant, but that's out of my control. As far as I'm concerned, as far as anything I can do about it, this project is done. Shortly, four years of work will be encapsulated in (or reduced to) a thick, colorful 5x5 CD package. I feel a great sense of satisfaction, but some unease. The challenge of this project was always just to get it done. Even the people who supported me on it thought it was crazy. (And I knew it was crazy.) I have a very clear idea of the next creative mountain I intend to try climbing -- and I'll start boring you with it in less than a month -- but right now I feel a strange combination of relief and unsettledness. Putting together this project over four years had a narrative drive. Now I acknowledge, publicly, that the story is over. It's time to move on to the next one. I know I'll do some promotion for this and the project that obsessed me for four years will now get some long-overdue external feedback, but the creative part of this is over and I do feel a loss. I hope I choose my next crazy project so (accidentally) wisely. I got so much out of this project. I got to work with some of my favorite performers on the planet and I learned so much about the value of trust in a collaborative project.

That notwithstanding, allow me the pleasuring of sharing with you some of what I just approved. You still have to wait several weeks to buy the record, but you're welcome to download the booklet and packaging, both as PDFs. They will also come in handy if you intend to buy or steal the record in digital form.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Sex Clark Five, "Career Opportunities" video (from the upcoming Sandinista Project)

The first homemade video supporting The Sandinista Project has arrived!

UPDATE: Scott Brodeur points me to the original performers.

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Quote of the day, courtesy of my brother

I sent him an advance copy of The Sandinista Project. His email response:

"CD is excellent, though I think it would have been better if it was in Dubly."

If you don't get the reference, this might not be the blog for you.

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Friday, February 23, 2007

My new favorite album cover of all time

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Sandinista Project news

We have a distributor, a release date, a publicist, and more. Read the news.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

"Mad mastermind"?

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Welcome, Amy!

Sandinista Project standout Amy Rigby has begun blogging. Finally, blogs have become a force for good!

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Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Who's on The Sandinista Project?

I've received a handful of emails today asking what The Sandinista Project is all about. For detail, I direct you all to In a nutshell, it's a tribute to The Clash's Sandinista! I've produced it over the past four years and it will be released, at long last, on March 29. Here's who's on it:

1. The Magnificent Seven, Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers
2. Hitsville U.K., Katrina Leskanich
3. Junco Partner, Jon Langford and Sally Timms with Ship & Pilot
4. Ivan Meets G.I. Joe, Jason Ringenberg and Kristi Rose
5. The Leader, Amy Rigby
6. Something About England, The Coal Porters
7. Rebel Waltz, Ruby on the Vine
8. Look Here, Jim Duffy
9. The Crooked Beat, Wreckless Eric
10. Somebody Got Murdered, Matthew Ryan
11. One More Time, Haale
12. One More Dub, Haale
13. One More Time (One More Time), Ted Harris
14. Lightning Strikes (Not Once But Twice), London Calling of Chicago
15. Up in Heaven (Not Only Here), The Smithereens
16. Corner Soul, Ethan Lipton
17. Let's Go Crazy, Storybox
18. If Music Could Talk, Steve Wynn
19. The Sound of the Sinners, Bill Lloyd
20. Police on My Back, Willie Nile
21. Midnight Log, Soul Food with Mick Gallagher
22. The Equaliser, Sunset Heroes
23. The Call Up, The Lothars
24. Washington Bullets, Phil Rockrohr and the Lifters
25. Broadway, Stew
26. Lose This Skin, Jim Allen
27. Charlie Don't Surf, The Crunchies
28. Mensforth Hill, Bee Maidens
29. Junkie Slip ("Doc Watson" version), Mark Cutler
30. Kingston Advice, Camper Van Beethoven
31. The Street Parade, Dollar Store
32. Version City, Tim Krekel
33. Living in Fame, Lou Carlozo
34. Silicone on Sapphire, The Blizzard of 78 featuring Mikey Dread
35. Version Pardner, Sally Timms and Jon Langford with Ship & Pilot
36. Career Opportunities, Sex Clark Five
37. Shepherds Delight, The Hyphens

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