I should begin by saying that i don't know Joyce Linehan. As the co-owner/manager/general-ruckus-maker of Ashmont Records, her missives on life, the music industry and most importantly the state of The Pernice Brothers amuse me to no end.
For years now I have cherished the music of The Pernice Brothers... but also their newsletters (written by Joyce you see). I realize it seems a bit strange to have affection for a newsletter, but there we are and at least I've come to terms with it. I can hear your question looming... why? Do you get newsletters from bands, corporations, small businesses? Do you hit delete immediately? Yeah... me too. This is one of the few, neigh... the ONLY, newsletter that makes me giddy when it pops up in my inbox. The dry wit and humor with which she conveys the news of album releases, videos, tours, and occasional dog tidbits is totally charming.
Anyway, after spending the last month playing a hopeless game of Whac-a-Mole, sending out take down notices every time a new file popped up, dirtying my poor little laptop with all manner of disgusting viruses and STDs, and realizing that people who were stealing the album were hearing it before you, our friends, I broke our own “street date.” - Will they tour? Also, Pirates.
A few of my favorites are below. Prepare for heavy reading but hilarity along the way...