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the CEA's

ghostly CEAs
photo by Shay Zimmerman

if you’re curious, we did not win either category. i did have a great time though. this is the best music event in Cincinnati. the Taft theater is gorgeous and i was really impressed with the bands and the overall production. the bands were fantastic–buffalo killers, the bad veins, wussy, etc. big video screens with montages of the nominees, a nice podium and lights show. it was really interesting just how much it mirrored some of the national awards shows like the Grammy’s. although it was less posh (think “who are you wearing?” “goodwill”) there was the obligatory random nudity–a member of the punk rock category winner mooning the audience, the really boring guy who was rambling, the witty hosts, the woman in the too revealing dress, et cetera. overall it was a great experience and a lot of fun. unfortunately i don’t have any decent photos but there are probably some on the internet although probably not of us. i was wearing zara pants and shirt with “vintage”(goodwill) jacket. we did walk the red carpet but opted not to talk to the women in the directors chairs with the mics and cameras because they scared us slightly.

that’s the rundown. i’m sure there are better blogs on this from people who are a little more connected or in tune with the local scene. although after the other night, i feel much better informed as to what’s going on around here, and there is a LOT of cool music. nice that people are getting some recognition for it.

happy thanksgiving!
am thankful for your support and friendship. and for yams.

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quotes, reviews and articles; explicitly itunes

thought i would share this sort-of bibliography of some recent reviews and articles.

His stunning debut “Curvature” is an impressive display of spiritual expression and musical creativity.
alternative addiction, Chad Durkee, Wednesday April 25th 2007

His voice makes every song soaring and symphonic and so many of the songs on Curvature would be career-defining songs for some bands. For Hedges, its just another effortless part of self-expression.
resident media pundit, New CD Release: Joe Hedges’ Curvature, Greg Robson, Tuesday April 10th 2007

…Hedges possesses an everyman’s poet type of style…With this album, I suspect Hedges is getting himself yet one more step closer to indie-rock semi-stardom and respect. This disc is a proving ground for Hedges, and he proves himself in spades—he has without a doubt made the leap from fun rock front man, to now a respected singer-songwriter.
sound the sirens magazine, Trent Moore Monday April 16th 2007

The snow on the trees and the quiet reminded him of C.S. Lewis’ fictional kingdom Narnia and helped shape the tone of the music.
traverse city record eagle, studio in the woods, Tom Carr, Friday April 6th 2007

…the artwork of Middletown-born musician Joe Hedges, whose artwork for the show also serves as the cover for his latest album, “Curvature.” The artwork is known as the “Leaking Heart” series.
middletown journal, Miami University Middletown exhibits alumni artwork for anniversary, Eric Robinette, Friday April 6th 2007

The new album marks a change in style for Hedges, who used to write and record his demos on the guitar. The new tracks were layered in the studio, resulting in a more exotic sound Hedges likens to “ambient pop.”
dayton daily news, Barnes & Noble conducts ‘Curvature’ CD release party, Eric Robinette, Friday April 6th 2007

unfortunately one of the most revealing articles is not available online. it’s from the town meeting, a weekly paper in the super-small town in Michigan where we recorded the album. this cracked me up:

Of all the places in the world to record a CD, Cincinnati-based musician Joe Hedges and producer Blumpy chose Rapid City…they spent free time at the Village Market, where they purchased food…”The Village Market became our embassy,” he said. “I was like, ‘I don’t know what do you guys wanna do,’ and they were like, ‘I don’t know what do you wanna do?’ I said, ‘Go to the village Market, I guess.’ So we went there.”
Town Meeting, Musicians Record Album on Elk Lake, Megan Taylor, Thursday April 19th 2007

that is because there was nothing else to do but sit in the snow. sit in the snow vs. go to grocery store. some days it really was hard to decide. this became a conversation piece because there is a faded receipt from village market in the album artwork. i bought lots of cherries and bananas there.

getting quite a few itunes customer reviews too

…an experiment gone extremely right!
kidinbigd, iTunes customer review, April 2007

“[Curvature] ventures well beyond the bounds of typical alternative music, showing a darker side of Hedges”
Ohio Listener, iTunes customer review, April 2007

the album is classified as explicit on itunes, which is funny because there is only one bad word on the whole record, and there are no themes that are particularly abrasive. unfortunately the one cuss word is a fuck and it just happens to be within the first second of the first itunes clip of the first song on the album wake up. guess that is all they needed for the explicit stamp. oh well. can’t really blame them. if you’re feeling positive please write an itunes review! you can also create and share an imix, maybe “best songs to paint to” or something like that.

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curvature unveiling

today people all over the US received their pre-ordered Curvature CD’s. this is an exciting time! over the next few days people in further away places like canada, australia, south africa will get them as well. it is a relief and an honor to know that a product we have worked very hard on for a couple years is finally making its way out into the world. i am listening now to it in a different way, a more objective way, knowing that other people are listening too.

a song is a snapshot of a very specific moment in time. like a shoreline, at every moment you are different. you can never again recapture a past moment or idea exactly in real life. but you can with art! art is the pinning down of life. it’s a quick hand on a piece of paper blowing off a desk. gotcha. my friend told me “this is the best use of your talents” and i hope that’s right. this record is at the very least a good snapshot of me. the me that was me as i was writing it anyway.

this record would not exist without my friend and producer Blumpy. thank you blumpy and antonia for all your help. thanks also to eric d stewart whose video for mitral really helped to set up a visual mood to accompany the music. and of course, thank you for purchasing it! i hope our indulgences will make it as rewarding for you to listen to as it was to make.

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i’ve had a few interviews recently that are going pretty well. i feel like i have a lot of stories to tell.

we just added a bunch of show dates, we recently got our promo video on the samsung players on display on a lot of best buy stores out west, and we have iTunes europe exclusive digital distribution. on tuesday we’ll have CD’s available at every Barnes & Noble store in ohio and we’ll be kicking off everything with a performance at the west chester location. here’s the info ONE more time:

Tuesday April 17th, 7:30pm
Barnes & Noble
9455 Civic Centre Blvd
West Chester, OH 45069
All Ages
Curvature CD Release signing and acoustic in-store performance.

this is a big day for us. it would be great to see you!

peace and love

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The Supermegablog

so what have i been doing for six months?

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it was fun

a couple weeks ago my friend sam came over

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a jacket of music

recording went well. thanks to my excellent little sister amy for coming down to sing

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i must confess. i haven’t been working on the album.

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we had a very busy productive final day in the studio

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Lights and Meters

Lights and meters always look so official

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the icon here

the engine’s headlights were shining and horns screaming leaves rustling ground trembling

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