One of the Creepiest things that has Happened to Me: Rebuttal against Digital Music News

"I don't want to post corrections or have some fight in the comment section.  Sorry.  Just too messy.  No hard feelings!” -Founder/Publisher of Digital Music News

Want to hear something really creepy? A few days ago I submitted an article titled “7 Ways to Find a Place to Crash Day-of-Show (and 3 to Avoid)” to prominent music industry blog Digital Music News. It provided touring artists useful tips in finding last-minute lodging. After I submitted the piece, the publisher/founder did something truly dark and twisted. He went into my piece and added bullet points WITHOUT MY PERMISSION including:

“4. [stay at a] Groupie’s Apartment: often comes with a warm breakfast and coffee the next morning, among other benefits.”

I immediately was sick to my stomach. Not only would I never write this myself ("groupie" isn't even a word I use...I personally find it disrespectful), I would never encourage musicians to abuse the artist-fan dynamic. How could the publisher/founder of a “legitimate” blog commit such an extreme violation of journalistic ethics? What a massive compromise to their integrity and lack of respect to their writers. After emailing the publisher/founder, he took out that bullet point but refused to post a correction at the top of the story, opting instead to “kill the piece” altogether. (His exact words were “If you don't like the alterations, that's okay.  We move quickly on stuff.  I don't want to post corrections or have some fight in the comment section.  Sorry.  Just too messy.  No hard feelings!”) Given the prominence of the blog and the number of people who may have seen this before it was taken down, and may now consequently have an irreparably damaged opinion of me, I have no choice but to defend myself and expose Digital Music News.

Over the years, I’ve had numerous pieces published by prominent industry blogs, but never has something like this occurred in the course of “editing.”

As much as the Internet has changed our lives for the better, this is a reminder of how dangerous it can be AND how we must choose carefully who we associate ourselves with. I don’t believe Digital Music News was intentionally trying to throw me under the bus, but based on this experience I do believe their content should be taken with a grain of salt. Consider sharing this for justice against irresponsible journalism & its catalysts.

Save Crusty Adventures! Join the Dream Team.

Today is one of the most important days in my career, because I’m launching the DREAM TEAM here on Patreon (link in navigation above). The DREAM TEAM is a monthly subscription for those of you who want to keep me on the road. As most of you know, I make my living touring, playing shows all over planet earth. It’s been a wonderful and insane five years, but the realities of touring is that it’s really hard on the body and mind & it’s brutally expensive. While I love it more than anything, these aspects of tour will inevitably lead to burn out. 

If you want to help this thing grow, your support allows me to stay on the road and release a new season of Crusty Adventures. So far, Danimal and I have filmed Crusty Adventures with zero budget and it's been hard to keep up. With your support, we are going to invest in a real camera, better editing programs and travel to crazier places to make Crusty Adventures way better! Then we will release season 3. 

See you on the long and lonesome road and thank you so much.

Folk Punk-A-Palooza European Solo Tour Announced

Dear friends, I'm very happy to be time-traveling across the ocean to Europe this fall for the first annual Folk-Punk-A-Palooza solo tour. I will be playing a smattering of sad songs, happy songs and a few funny songs in super cool venues around Europe including a rooftop show in Belgium and artist loft in the Netherlands. See you soon. ---

16 Sept Copenhagen, Denmark | Kayak Bar

19 Sep Kiel, Germany | Prinz Willy (all request show)

24 Sep Harderwijk, Netherlands | Catharinakapel

25 Sep Utrecht, Netherlands | Pranger’s House RSVP

26 Sep Brussels, Belgium | Rooftop Show TICKETS

27 Sep Amsterdam, Netherlands | SugarFactory TICKETS

29 Sep London, United Kingdom | The Monarch

Summer Festivals Announced!

Hey friends, summer is shaping up noicely with a good handful of full-band performances, including the mighty SUMMERFEST. Here is where we will be.

09 Jun / Sturgeon Bay, WI, USA / Steelbridge Songfest

10 Jun / Sturgeon Bay, WI, USA / Steelbridge Songfest

16 Jun / Milwaukee, WI, USA / Lakefront Festival of the Arts (FULL BAND)

17 Jun /Manitowoc, WI, USA / Washington Park (FULL BAND)

20 Jun / Rockford, IL, USA / Anderson Gardens w/ Miles Nielsen

02 Jul / Berwyn, IL, USA / American Music Festival @ Fitzgeralds

07 Jul / Washington Island, WI, USA / The Granary

08 Jul / Milwaukee, WI / Summerfest (Miller Oasis Stage) (FULL BAND)

16 Jul / Milwaukee, WI, USA / Bastille Days Festival (FULL BAND)

27 Jul / Madison, WI, USA / University of Wisconsin (union terrace) (FULL BAND)

09 Aug / Sister Bay, WI, USA / Sister Bay Waterfront Park (FULL BAND)

10 Aug / Oshkosh, WI, USA / Leach Amphitheater

30 Aug / Horicon, WI, USA / Horicon Phoenix Summer Concert Series

 

Brett Newski Officially set to Play Show in the Satanist Church of Iowa

If the last five years haven't been weird enough, it's time to ice the cake. This Friday 5/5/17 marks the first official show at "The First Satanist Church of Iowa", a small house/temple created by local Cedar Rapids maniac, 'Sweet Chucky B.' Satan sounds like a total jerk, but I hear he throws good parties. Honestly I'm not sure where I stand on all this heaven and hell stuff, but I'm excited to officially be playing the weirdest DIY venue of all time.

Chucky B is the most legendary screw ball I met while living in Vietnam. I witnessed Chuck eat cow hearts, chicken feet and stallion cock in his soup. I also watched him strangle out a gang of three Vietnamese men over a road rage altercation in a Saigon.

Probably too brilliant for his own good, Chucky B has officially founded a satanist church. Is he a real satanist? Or is he just in it for the government benefits of being an official religious organization in America? Come and decide for yourself this Friday. The address is 1515 6th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA.

"The Worst of Brett Newski" is a folk/punk album full of energy juice that explodes in your car stereo.

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"Worst of Brett Newski" US TOUR

5/5 - Satanist Church of Iowa - Cedar Rapids, IA

5/6 - Des Moines Social Club outside - Des Moines, IA (day 1pm)

5/6 - The Warming House - MPLS, MN (night)

5/9 - Rumba Cafè - Columbus, OH tix

5/11 - Calvin Center for the Arts - Youngstown, OH

5/12 - Fountain Square Brewery - Indianapolis, IN

5/13 - Shank Hall - Milwaukee, WI tix

5/14 - High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI

5/28 - Stone Arch Brew Pub - Appleton, WI

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Myspace Music invites Brett Newski as "Artist of the Day", Retracts Offer

Photo: Cortney Armitage

Photo: Cortney Armitage

What?! Myspace is still online? Formerly known as a spam-filled graveyard of shady businesses and internet predators, MySpace been resurrected back into a "legitimate" music blog. Imagine the excitement that ran thru my soul when they invited me to be their "Artist of the Day" in anticipation of the new album "The Worst of Brett Newski". Myspace sent me a list of homogenized, stock questions which I had endless fun answering. Much to my dismay, their "Artist of the Day" offer was retracted after the interview was "not taken seriously”. For your enjoyment, we’ve decided to publish the hard-hitting journalism that was too risque for the most serious music blog in the game.

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Name: Brett Newski / Hometown: Milwaukee, WI / Instruments: one man band

MYSPACE: Tell me about your most recent music project. BN: It's called "the Worst of Brett Newski".

How would you describe your music to people who had never heard it before? For someone who has never been to one of your shows, what can they expect from you as a performer?

Some call it American Folk Armageddon. Some call it indie rock. It's like violent femmes meets early weeZer. Here's how I get pumped before shows:

Who are some of your musical influences? What aspects of their music drew you to them and in what ways did they inspire you?

'Dookie' by Green Day was my first cd. "New miserable experience" by gin blossoms was second. I hate when people make fun of gin blossoms. Best 90s band I tell ya.

From what else do you draw inspiration for your music? Airports and airplanes and trains. I love writing in these places. Except one time in Sri Lanka I was on a train that a large man jumped in front of and exploded. Weirdest day.

What's the songwriting process like? I'm usually pretty anxious and need to chill. What often works is eating a jelly filled long john donut. The high fructose corn syrup immediately suppresses all your anxiety and energy. And then you're depressed, which is good for song making.

What was that defining moment when you knew you were meant to create music and how did you go about it? I lived in vietnam for two years and got paid 3k to make a 30 second music jingle for a tampon ad. That's when I knew.

How did the your unique sound come about? Hey these questions are totally stock.

Tell me about one of the your favorite/most memorable performances. On a tour of South Africa in 2014, I played to 2000 people and then the next night played to two.

What's next for you? Are there any specific goals that you have in mind for the future? I'm at SXSW getting all the free keychains and koozies. Is that how you spell koozies?

Is there anything else you’d like to add about yourself or your music? Yes! This is my life summed up in 2 minutes. Thank you MySpace friends!

 

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Quit Your Job: A song for the overworked American

Almost every American has been trapped in the humdrum routine of 'get up, go to work, go to sleep.' Retire when you're 65. Get as much money as possible while you can. You can see the depression lurking over this country on the faces of it's people. These are leftover ideas from the "American Dream", conforming to the 9-5 because you'll be effed without a stable gig. I've been there; running in circles of anxiety and depression just to break even and pay insurance, grocery and electric bills. "Quit Your Job" is a song for anyone who wants to get free. I believe when you break the cycle, odds are you're going to land on your feet. QUIT YOUR JOB. Freedom is closer than you'd think.

Off the forthcoming album "The Worst of Brett Newski: Songs to sink the American Dream" out April 28 via Nomad Union. Co-written by Jon Shaban from the excellent folk/band band The Shabs (S Africa). ---

 

 

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ArtistDirect premieres new video for "Bro Country", examines realities of Macho Culture

"Bro Country" is the hottest musical genre in America at the moment. It's sexy. It's macho. It's catchy. It's polished. It's perfect. Solid gold sing-a-longs performed by wax-chested mega studs that could bend the straightest alpha male non-straight. "Bro Country" is a Hollywood hit machine of formula perfection that hooks deep into the human psyche and never lets go. It is a drug. It is a hard drug. If you are not addicted, you will be soon. So grab a Bud Light, some hair gel, and a barbed-wire tattoo, it's time to get fucked up. Jello shots. Today, ArtistDirect premieres the new video for "Bro Country" off the forthcoming album "The Worst of Brett Newski: Songs to Sink the American Dream" out April 29

IMPORTANT FOOTNOTE: "Bro Country" is also a love song for Taylor Swift.

SALUTE TO DAVE GROHL: Cartoon Dave Grohl makes an appearance at the end. He's been one of the strongest voices encouraging people who play actual live instruments and keep music "human". He deserves a salute.

DISCLAIMER: I got my ass whooped a lot in high school by some of these alpha males, so perhaps the song is a vent as well. Honestly, I was a total pussy in high school and probably deserved it.

 

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New Album Announcement: "The Worst of Brett Newski: Songs to sink the American Dream" out 28 April

Hey Friends, I'm pumped to announce "The Worst of Brett Newski: Songs to sink the American Dream". Some people might love this album. Other people might think it’s a total piece of poo. Whatever you decide is cool. Just continue to live your life. Maybe some of these songs will provide at least minor justice to aspects of society that piss you off. Maybe not…but also maybe so, because even if you don’t like the songs you can use the disc as a Frisbee or just break it over your leg, and that’s justice right there to certain types of folks. “The Worst of Brett Newski” is not a comedy album. It is not an assortment of B-sides. It’s not going to change your life, unless it does. If it does, that’s also great and gives Brett a reason to plow forward into the future and avoid going back to work at Mcdonalds. Have a nice day. -Brett

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE via Reybee:

Underdog indie rock nomad Brett Newski has returned to release his newest LP The Worst of Brett Newski: Songs to Sink the American Dream on April 28th. The album crawls into the minds of our society picking apart the displeasures of outdated ideologies - whether it’s talking about politics ("Make America Great Again"), materialism ("Black Friday Totally Sucks"), or even “manly macho-ism” stereotypes ("Bro Country"). The Worst of Brett Newski provides much needed social commentary in volatile times.

Coming off his most recent album Land, Air, Sea, Garage, which was an exploration of powerpop and indie rock melodies, Newski has changed his tone on this album to a more raunchy folk-punk sound, resonating with the listener by critiquing society’s faults through humor. His sarcastic disposition shines through in the first track “Bro Country” which mocks alpha male country pop stars in a catchy chorus saying, “Kurt Cobain’s a pussy, Taylor Swift is the man”. The appropriately-timed paean to the Austin-based Springtime music convention, “I Don’t Wanna Go To SXSW” changes the pace of the record by skewering the maligned-as-of-late festival in his classic charmingly self-effacing Newski style. The hilarious song “Fuck You Spotify” snarkily addresses the deterioration of the music industry business model of streaming revenue.

There are not many who can be compared to what Brett Newski has accomplished over the years. Whether it’s living on four different continents in five years, or writing jingles for Vietnamese tampon commercials, Newski has clearly proven he thrives off the DIY lifestyle. The former McDonalds employee now makes a living touring around the world driving his shitty car named “Chuck Ragan the Car” from venue to venue as a one man band. Newski has become an anti-hero of sorts who has never played by the rules of the music business, pairing up conventional touring strategies (like playing music venues) with unconventional booking tactics like the “One Man Garage Band Tour” or “Weirdest Venues in the World Tour”, setting up shows in old garages, kitchens, attics, and murder houses.

 

 

The Worst of Brett Newski will be independently released on Nomad Union April 28, 2017

South Africa Tour Announced

Poster: Tim Cote

Poster: Tim Cote

JUST ANNOUNCED: 4th annual South Africa Tour! I'm obsessed with this country. In March/April I'll be touring both coasts with my best pals & underground folk/punk legends The Shabs (CPT). Presented by Texx and the City & Nomad Union.

24.3 - Sit the Folk Down - CPT

25.3 - Farmhouse Rocks - Scarborough

30.3 - Bohemia, Stellenbosch

31.3 - NOT SIFF FEST - CPT

2.4 - Park Acoustics - PTA

7.4 - The Good Luck Bar w Shortstraw - JHB

8.4 - Arcade Empire w BCUC- PTA

11.4 - La Casa - The Home Of Music - PMB

12.4 - Noble Coffee - DBN

Kiff kiff kiff lekka my chaunas!