Learn How to Promote Your Band with The 13 Day Music PR Challenge


Time for another Music Marketing Challenge, sponsored by Ghost Cult Magazine! The 13 Day PR Challenge is led by music industry experts such as Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR, Dumb and Dumbest Podcast ), Keefy Chachkes (chief editor of Ghost Cult Magazine, social media expert, BDWE Media Marketing & PR), musical artist and motivational speaker Gaia Guarda, Monica Strut (music marketing guru and vocalist of The Last Martyr), Cori Westbrook (band manager/ journalist at Metal Injection), Keith Morash (Infecting Cells PR), and journalist and musical artist (Turkey Vulture and Owl Maker) Jessie May of Alternative Control, they will cover all the bases so you can learn to promote your new album or single!


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BOOK REVIEW: Jessie May – Money Hacks for Metalheads and Old Millennials


One of the few regrets of my life so far is I never really learned how to handle and invest money. While I squarely blame myself for my misspent youth and years when I made higher salaries and still failed to save, I have to wonder why they don’t teach personal finance in High School, as opposed to say, calculus most of us will never use after that semester is over. Even in my long-run at undergrad and graduate school to earn multiple degrees, no one explained to me how much my student loans would dwarf my expenses and even salary in some years. All the while during this time, I played in middling successful bands with a regional following or ran a series of heavy metal websites for the last 15 years. Do we abandon all hope, ye who goes to the ATM to see a negative balance? Or is there a hero coming out of the dark to demystify the seemingly impossible Mount Doom-style odds against working-class musicians?

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EP REVIEW: Turkey Vulture – Time To Pay


Time To Pay (Self-Released) is the new EP from Connecticut’s Turkey Vulture, a duo consisting of Jessie May (guitar, vocals, bass, cello) and Jim Clegg (drums, artwork). The EP is a force of incredible energy that nods to a deceptively diverse set of influences. This is punk; this is doom metal; this is stoner rock. Above all, it emanates a refreshingly raw and gloriously unpolished power.Continue reading


NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: July 31st New Music Releases


Purchase And Stream All The New Music Released Today!

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Turkey Vulture – “Old Nick”


Vicious music chameleons Turkey Vulture are back with a new single, from their upcoming second EP, Time To Pay, due out on July 31st. Up until now, the duo from Connecticut has shown shades of Stoner Doom, old-school Punk, local Sea shanty’s, Heavy Metal, and on occasion, Americana with inventive originals and inspired covers. In a new track derived from by the infamous “Crossroads” story of Bluesman Robert Johnson and the Devil, “Old Nick” is a revved-up, proto-metal blues track with a great shuffle beat! Check out the track now!

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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #348: Jessie Of Alternative Control Returns!


Time Management is one of those things that one tends to overlook but can be a huge workflow suck if you are not mindful of it. Jessie May (Alternative Control blog, Owlmaker, Turkey Vulture) joins Keefy and Curtis to discuss her take on getting organized and getting stuff done! Check out Dumb and Dumbest Episode #348: Jessie Of Alternative Control Returns! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR) and Keith Chachkes (Ghost Cult/BDWE Media). In addition to the podcast, Matt, Curtis, and Keith all host The Music Marketing Challenges: low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. And we just launched a Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! DM Matt or Curtis at the links below for detailsContinue reading


Turkey Vulture – Boxer


I am from the big, big city (New York) and have never really been a small town type of guy. Sure, I lived in a podunk in New Hampshire for a year which was pretty isolated and anxiety-inducing in its own way. That being said I have no earthly idea what a Turkey Vulture is. Maybe it’s like the psychotic and scary Fisher Cat I heard so much about and never saw up North. Well I looked it up, they kind of look like the Skeksis from The Dark Crystal, is protected by federal law, (thanks Wikipedia) and found out it is a very real, mean ass bird, that is a scavenger (not a shock), but also feeds on the dead. So we are talking one serious bird. Turkey Vulture the band, is also very serious.Continue reading


EXCLUSIVE STREAM: Turkey Vulture – “Boxer” Single


Connecticut’s dynamic duo, Turkey Vulture, a side-project of the excellent Owl Maker band. Continuing the winged avian theme, Turkey Vulture is a politically-charged amalgam of Punk, Metal, Alternative, and Americana in a big ole badass musical stew. The centerpiece of the single is the title track ‘Boxer’, but you will stay for the amazing Dolly Parton meets punk rock cover of ‘Jolene’. The single is out tomorrow and those that purchase on Bandcamp will get the hilarious bonus track, ‘Bee Avenger’! Stream it now!Continue reading


Dumb And Dumbest 101: Interview With Jessie May from Alternative Control and Owl Maker on Feminism



For Alternative Control boss and Owl Maker member Jessie May, her passion about feminism and #metoo is not a movement, it’s part of her life, and has shaped her experience in music. Dumb and Dumbest Podcast #101 is streaming right now, and it’s an Interview With Jessie May from Alternative Control and Owl Maker on Feminism. Dumb and Dumbest is a music industry podcast hosted by music executive Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR). Continue reading