Your first concert

Sneaking out with friends… cheering for an encore… thinking “Hey, those cigarettes smell different”… We all cherish the memories of our first concert, whether it was Ace of Base or AC/DC. As per usual, being LDS likely presented its own set challenges to would-be concert-goers, as you tried in vain to explain to your parents how the band’s album art cover actually did comply with the standards in the For the Strength of the Youth pamphlet.

To explore that topic, and to introduce you, dear reader, to some of our writers & contributors, we had a discussion of our first concert-going experiences. In the comments section, tell us what your first time was like. Continue reading “Your first concert”

Your first concert

Please help Linescratchers AND Fictionist!

Here’s your chance to help Linescratchers and one of our featured artists, Fictionist.

Fictionist has advanced in the Rolling Stone cover contest, and they’re having their own contest to help get them votes.  The winner of the Fictionist contest (the person or people who generate the most votes) will win $1000 and two tickets to Bonnaroo.  Linescratchers has asked the boys’ permission and is allowed to enter.

What can Linescratchers do with the winnings?  We could possibly…

  • Help pay for the web hosting for our site
  • Put on an awesome concert
  • Have a sweet awards ceremony with awards for the 2011 Linescratchers Awards
  • Something else
  • And we could still do something with the tickets, we’re open to ideas from you guys

That’s why we’re asking YOU to help Linescratchers generate votes, and those votes will help one of our very own featured artists get on the cover of Rolling Stone AND play at Bonnaroo. This is a win-win-win situation.

So, if you want to help us out by voting CLICK HERE and follow the instructions!

And if you want to help us out even more, copy and paste the following link on your Facebook, Twitter, or in an email to your friends:

http://www.fictionist.com/rollingstone/ZWO

Please help Linescratchers AND Fictionist!

Making a Great Music Website

Linescratchers welcomes Jennifer Thomas, an extraordinary pianist and violinist, performer and composer of music for short films, television, and her own albums. You can check out her music website here.

With how rapidly social networking and other new technologies have completely changed the way websites have been looking and developing, I’ve known for about a year now that my website has been in desperate need of a complete makeover.  I’ve been putting it off until my release date gets closer for my  upcoming album, “Portraits” at the end of this year. – just assuming that it would be the best time to make the changes then so that everything was “new”.

However, lately, I’ve been feeling the urgency to work on my website.   Not at the end of the year, but NOW. I suppose a big reason is while I’m currently in limbo between albums and not releasing any new music for a while, I feel like I need to do a better job at keeping my fans interested.  One way to do that is to get with the game and put out a website that has all the new bells and whistles that so many sites seem to have now.

Sounds great right?  But it’s all very time consuming. Continue reading “Making a Great Music Website”

Making a Great Music Website

Linescratching Post for the week of March 28, 2011

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Vol 1 No. 5, Week of March 28, 2011

In this issue: Some linescratchers break up! The Pearl and the Beard make the rest of us feel like worthless lumps! Gladys Knight takes on Vegas and Amtrak! The Aquabats! make the rest of us feel like real go-getters! Low does some stuff! I include a bowdlerized Jawbreaker reference! and more!

Continue reading “Linescratching Post for the week of March 28, 2011”

Linescratching Post for the week of March 28, 2011

Bill Dent – Guitarist and Collaborator

Need a guitarist or songwriting collaborator?

You may not have ever heard of Bill Dent, but if you’ve worked with him, you’ll never forget him.  Bill is truly one of the more talented people I’ve ever had the chance to work with.   I’ve been around a lot of amazing guitarists, and can attest that not only is he a great guitarist, he is a great musician – something many guitarists sadly lack.  He has such a great sensibility about his playing, covering a wide range of styles with ease.  He doesn’t settle for “what everyone else is doing”, and isn’t afraid to boldly try new things and push the envelope.  When many artists do that, they often end up getting critical acclaim at the expense of offending the masses, but in Bill’s case – he always seems to find just the right balance for each song and project.   As a result of this, Bill is an exceptional collaborator – bringing out the best in any song he touches, and any artist he works with.    He makes an ordinary chord progression become extraordinary, and a mundane melody become memorable. Continue reading “Bill Dent – Guitarist and Collaborator”

Bill Dent – Guitarist and Collaborator

Linescratching Post for the week of March 14, 2011

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Vol 1 No. 4, Week of March 14, 2011

In this issue: A Mormon hits #1 on Billboard; various linescratchers play a ridiculous amount of shows in Austin; Brandon Flowers plays Eden; The Sweater Friends promote Autism; The JaneDear girls give us some contraries to wrestle with, and we don’t talk about Jimmer Fredette leading BYU to the #3 NCAA seed, Brandon Davies and the honor code, how many babies John Stewart  wants to have with The Book Of Mormon musical, or anything related to the 5 Browns because we’re too busy discussing whether Charlie Sheen is a Mormon, an ex-Mormon, and old school Mormon, a freelance Polygamist, or just a run-of-the-mill tigerblood. Continue reading “Linescratching Post for the week of March 14, 2011”

Linescratching Post for the week of March 14, 2011

Music is our new seer stone.

Mark Judge over at The Daily Caller wrote a brief, yet profound, article about Christian rock at the end of last week and our editor Dallin passed it along to me.  Dallin’s intuitions were right regarding the article: that I would find some insights in what Judge was saying, and that it echoed some of the things that I’ve written on the subject of what is called “LDS music.” Furthermore, the subject has reminded me of an interesting series on seer stones down at Juvenile Instructor (here, here, and here). I’ll tie it all together, hopefully, in a minute.

Judge really has two interwoven ideas in his article, and I’ve struggled with both of them when it comes to Linescratchers. Continue reading “Music is our new seer stone.”

Music is our new seer stone.

Social Media

Fail Whale

I have been amazed the past year or so with how social media has affected the Middle East.  I remember how I had used my Twitter account maybe twice until the Iranian elections took place and the people their protested.  I stayed up late for three or four nights in a row reading the tweets of the protesters.  It was incredibly powerful being able to read the news direct from the source, from the people on the ground taking pictures and uploading camera phone videos.  You could turn on the nightly news during the protests and Brian Williams would be reporting what people had tweeted that day, seeming almost behind the times because I had read the reports as they came in.  From this moment on, I became a believer in Twitter and the power that comes from instantly communicating thoughts to the entire world. Continue reading “Social Media”

Social Media

The Linescratching Post for the week of March 7, 2011

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Vol 1 No. 3, Week of March 7, 2011

In this issue: SCANDAL EDITION! Ken Jennings defies electoral consensus in a forbidden fantasy! Mayan Fox gets me stonkered! Colby Miller gives away the milk AND the cow for free! Alan Sparhawk unleashes his retribution! The Neon Trees meet Glee! The Steelwells win an award (uh, a scandalous award?) All this, plus Yo Gabba Gabba might get canceled, Fictionist compete with food delivery for attention from BYUTV, and an obligatory Archuleta Army update!

Continue reading “The Linescratching Post for the week of March 7, 2011”

The Linescratching Post for the week of March 7, 2011