JC Cassis performs at The Trash Bar 9.15.10

Last Wednesday was show two of the Week of Too Many Shows, a one-hour set at The Trash Bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Man, does this place live up to its name! But it’s such a great dive/punk rock bar. I love it. For this show, I had two special guests: JJ Japanime, and Dan Freeman of Comandante Zero with 0H10 M1ke performing their song, Wake Up in New York, which is one of my absolute favorites of theirs. I played synth and did backing vocals on that song, which is always fun to do. “Icedick” KILLED again, which is great, and the whole audience was standing up and dancing with me the whole time, which made it so much fun to perform. Yay!

JC Cassis and JJ Japanime perform at The Trash Bar 9.15.10

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It took a week of wrestling with internet social media technology I don’t know, but finally, FINALLY I put the pieces together and figured out how to get the damn podcast on iTunes. Holy crap, it’s SO hard if you don’t know what you’re doing and you haven’t done it before. I just kept soldiering on and FINALLY got it to work. And now that I know how the hell it works, it’s not so bad.

Click here to see my podcast on iTunes! http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-jc-cassis-show/id358348932

If that link doesn’t work, go into the iTunes store, search “The JC Cassis Show” and there it will be!

If you don’t want to use iTunes to hear it, you can hear it on the internet here: https://jccassis.com/JC%20Cassis%20show%201%20with%20Dan%20Freeman.mp3

I am SO EXCITED to have it out, and I am SO EXCITED for future shows! I already have some great guests lined up and I can’t wait to find more people to have on the show who will have funny, interesting conversations with me that fans will love listening to. The first episode with Dan Freeman is really interesting and full of laughs, so definitely check it out. If you listen on iTunes, please rate the podcast and write me a quick review!

And for those of you who want to know how I did it and how you can to, here’s how to put a podcast on iTunes in plain English:

1. Record the podcast. Upload it to a publicly accessible website. (You will need to have a website of your own and hosting, or a friend who’s willing to host it on his/her website. I used Adobe Dreamweaver and my website for this.)

2. Follow the instructions here: http://www.apple.com/itunes/podcasts/specs.html by copying the sample code on that site and pasting it into the code side of an xml page in Dreamweaver. Delete the example info and replace it with your info for the podcast (title, author, etc), making sure not to disturb any of the actual html.

3. Go into the iTunes store podcast page, click “Submit a Podcast,” and submit the url of the xml page. If you’ve done everything right, you should be done. If you haven’t, iTunes will tell you what to fix. Then your podcast will be approved and available in the store in under 12-24 hours.

So there you have it! It just took me so long because I didn’t understand what any of that stuff was. Now that I do, it’s not so bad!

The cover art for The JC Cassis Show podcast!

Wow, time has flown by since last entry. I’ve been having a GREAT time having more time to devote to my career. The first order of my hard copy CDs should be here any day now, so if you want one, just let me know at talktojccassis AT gmail DOT com. I’ll be setting up the store widget on my website very soon.

One of the top things on my list of priorities is cleaning up/revamping my website. I want to make it as up-to-date as possible and make it easy for people to order CDs and merch directly through my site.

The other thing I’ve started doing is podcasting! I’m in the midst of trying to get the podcast online and on iTunes, and once it is, it will be so great! I made great cover art for it (see above) and taped the first episode last week with my lovely pal Dan Freeman of the wonderful band Comandante Zero. The episode is really funny and interesting and I look forward to doing a lot more of them once I can just figure out how the hell to get them online. I’ve already got instructions, now it’s just a question of successfully following them. I’ll be posting the podcast here as soon as I can!

Lookin' fierce for Felipe's Droid phone

So Saturday was the Murphy’s Law show just up until the part where it really mattered. Here’s what went wrong leading up to the show:

1. Dan of Comandante Zero’s bass and vocal mic were stolen a week before the show.

2. Ken of Comandante Zero had a last minute trip out of town that came up and meant he wouldn’t be around for the show.

Result: no more double-header show

3. My band still wants to play the show but can’t provide a drum set or manpower to get everything up five flights of stairs.

Result: no more backing band for my newly solo show

4. Dan’s family gets a horrible stomach flu a few days before the show, which means that Dan gets a horrible stomach flu one day before the show. Dan is incapacitated the night before the show.

Result: Dan considers cancelling on the day of the show (but does not because he is INCREDIBLE)

5. The largest blizzard in recent memory is set to descend upon New York City when? The night of the show.

Result: Probably about half the audience that was going to show up is no longer going to show up

6. Dan sets up the sound system between bouts of trying not to die of stomach flu. Sound system starts loudly popping to the point where it sounds like someone is dropping a large amount of 30lb rubber balls onto the floor of the apartment from a height of 15 feet. Turns out a piece of the amp has fallen off during its trip to this gig.

Result: I am freaking out while pretending to focus on making mulled cider.

Despite all this, Dan managed to fix the amp before dragging himself back to Brooklyn just before he would have gotten stranded in Manhattan (oh the humanity!) because of the snow, and the show itself was a lot of fun. More importantly, it was ALL CAUGHT ON TAPE this time, and I will be uploading videos of it very soon! This means I will have videos of about eight songs being performed live to tracks to upload soon, which is very exciting. There are also some very funny moments caught on tape that you will have to watch for once they’re uploaded to youtube.com/jccassis. I made some new fans and friends at the show too, and one of the hosts of the loft took gorgeous professional photos of the show, and is willing to take more promo shots of me for my album cover etc, all for the price of me buying him a drink. Love it! Will upload the photos as soon as I have them. Can’t wait to have a free house party when there’s NOT a giant blizzard destroying New York so that I get all the audience I would have gotten in halfway decent weather.

So last night I rehearsed with my band, with the lovely and fabulous Dan Freeman of Comandante Zero on keys. It was soooooo fun and funny and I really want to take some rehearsal footage soon so you can see all the fun we have. Most of the songs were in really great shape on the first run through, which was awesome. The new ones are coming along too, which is exciting cuz I love them and I think you all will, too. There’s a song I wrote called “I Just Wanna Hold You,” that we’ve started putting together that I LOVE so much and every time John plays the bass line live I go nuts, it sounds SO good. Can’t wait for you to hear it, and you will if you come to the show on Dec 19th, where we’re performing it.

I now have 9 of 12 songs totally in the can, ready to go, and just have to record vocals on the last three as soon as I’ve rested my voice a bit, practiced the songs, and have a few hours free with a quiet house. I’m thinking that now I should just release the album in 2010, since I don’t want to be pushing it to bloggers in 2010 if it’s a 2009 record, since that will make it seem older. Ayayay it’s so much later than I’d hoped, but what can I say? Life has a way of intervening.

A wonderful British pop star/writer/producer in my songwriting class named Darren Ockert wants to collab with me, and I really want to work with him too, so we should be getting together soon to come up with some poptastic magic. Cannot WAIT for that cuz he is so talented and such a total sweetheart. Can you believe I’m the first one in his life to ever point out to him that the letters in his last name can be rearranged to spell “Rocket?” Neither can I!

So you’re aware of how great Comandante Zero are, please check out this video that proves that EVEN PARROTS CAN’T RESIST DANCING TO THEM!!!