Friday, February 26, 2010

Mumford & Sons at Bowery Ballroom!

Photo by Redboy.

Hello there internet!
I’m Dayton and I just started out as an intern at Glassnote and my first month here certainly has been jam packed, but our first show with a band was last Thursday.

Suffice it to say, I was excited.

Some of the other people from the office and myself arrived early to help out with set up and anything else that might be going on before the show and we ended up seeing the soundcheck for Mumford & Sons. As it drew closer to show time, the excitement started to become more palpable. I’ve seen these guys play a few times, but I’ve never really seen them rock out. They just hadn’t been given a chance to do so until tonight.

The doors open, the people stream in. And then the lights went down.

As openers go, Freelance Whales were pretty good. They warmed up the crowd and prepped them with their vocal harmonies and the instrument switching, but when Mumford came on stage, it was clear to see who the crowd came for. To say the room was packed is a bit of an understatement. I had moved down to near the front of the stage but got stuck about four rows back from the front. Every time I raised my hands to applaud, I came up with an arm full of some womans hair. The lack of personal space was worth it though to get as close as I did.

And Mumford put on a hell of a show, all of them pulling double duty on various instruments and flying through a set which had people singing along to most of their songs despite their record having just come out two days before in America! Although people were claiming that ‘they were all brothers’ and the Australian man kept claiming Mumford as ‘Aussies own’, there was no need to correct them. You never want to spoil an awesome night. A sweaty, awesome night.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Matt's Pizza Blog #1

Welcome to the inaugural installment of Matt's Glassnote Pizza Blog!

It is my personal lifelong mission to try all the greatest pizza that New York has to offer. I've already made a great dent in my list and will be blogging about my past, present, and future pizza pilgrimages right here.

L&B Spumoni Gardens

I recently underwent the dreadful experience of moving apartments. To join me in my pain and misery (and help move boxes) a few friends graciously offered their assistance. My move was only around the corner, but they certainly helped make a stressful day go a lot smoother. If there's a better way to return their kindness than taking them out for some great pizza and ice cream, I haven't thought of it!

I've already visited most of the pizzerias on my must-try list: Di Fara, Lucali, Grimaldi's...I wanted to try someplace else, a place I've been meaning to visit but could never find the time: L&B Spumoni Gardens, in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn. Best-known for their Sicilian-style pizzas and home-made Spumoni, L&B is a classic pizzeria opened in 1939, truly a slice (pun intended) of old Brooklyn.

My friends and I made our separate ways to the restaurant, trudging over the slick ice, snow, and slush that blanketed our city over the past few days. With their reputation for Sicilian already established, we looked at the menu only to determine toppings: half mushroom, half sausage. After noshing on a little bread and butter, a few minutes later out came a large, glorious rectangle of deliciousness. Each slice of Sicilian was perfectly layered: a crisp, crunchy bottom; a dense, soft dough layer, a thin layer of mozzarella, topped with a generous serving of perfectly tangy tomato sauce. On its own the pizza was a fantastic blend of these ingredients, but chose to embellish each slice with a blend of table spices: grated Parmesan, oregano, and garlic powder. The sausage came in strips and were nicely spiced, but the mushrooms had the texture of canned rather than fresh and sauteed.

A visit to L&B would not be complete without ordering its homemade Spumoni- an Italian ice cream dish with three flavors (pistachio, chocolate, vanilla) layered with nuts. Coming out in a tall, thin diner-style dessert glass, it was a cool and creamy way to end the meal. Finally full, we braved the treacherous sidewalks back to the subway and I ticked another pizzeria off my list.

L&B Spumoni Gardens -
2725 86th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11223

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Mumford & Sons at WFUV

Hello World!

My name is Katie Stein and I am currently an intern at Glassnote Records and yesterday was the best day on the job thus far! Mumford & Sons has come to NYC and they’re amazing! If you haven’t listened to them yet, you are truly missing out. Their album was released Tuesday and that’s also when they performed a session for Fordham University’s popular radio station here in NYC, called WFUV, at MSR Studios in Times Square. It was quite the event- about 100 people fit in to the studio to rock out to Mumford & Sons’ amazing set.

At around 8:00 they started their set and played for 40 minutes (so far the best forty minutes of my week!). It was great to see everyone enjoying their set, everyone certainly seemed taken by the band, getting more enraptured with each song they performed. It took a lot to put this event together, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing it through from beginning to end. And I bet you wouldn’t think it’s hard to find a place that sells cases of PBR in New York City, but it’s not as easy as you might think.

The session was broadcasted on the radio station on Wednesday afternoon and we all listened to it in the office and relived a great performance. I'm currently writing this as I watch their performance on The Late Show with David Letterman where they are doing an awesome job! Can’t wait for what’s in store with their concert at the Bowery Ballroom tonight!

Friday, February 12, 2010


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Happy Valentines Day! We held a contest to find out what your favorite lyric about love was from a Glassnote Artist. Here is what we found out:

This love's for gentlemen only, wealthiest gentlemen only and now that you're lonely
Phoenix, Lisztomania

Cause if dark is one then bright is two
Phoenix, Consolation Prizes

Phoenix lyrics (period). They make no sense, they just feel good. What's more "about LOVE" than that?

Love, it will not betray you, dismay or enslave you, it will set you free.
Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More

We might be tied up like a knot in a string, I just found some scissors and Im forgetting everything
Jonas Sees in Color, The Sky Keeps Falling

Visible illusion
Where it starts it ends
Love like a sunset
Phoenix, Love Like A Sunset Part 2

Everyone writes songs about California they're singing for the summer and staying young I'm writing about Carolina because I write songs for you
Jonas Sees In Color, Avalanche

I've never been to California
I've never been to Memphis
But I couldn't let you go
No I couldnt let you go before
I let you know how much I meant this ... See More
I couldnt let you go
No i couldnt let you go before
I let you know how much i meant this
I let you know how much i miss this
Jonas Sees in Color, West Coast

You might just be the very best mistake that anyone has ever made.
Jonas Sees In Color, For the Fences

I wasn't looking for love; She wasn't looking for trouble. But we found what we found. So now I keep my fingers crossed, and my eyes wide open. I don't know about love, but at least I believe in luck again.
Jonas Sees in Color, Luck and Love

I wasn't looking for love; she wasn't looking for trouble. But we found we found (but we found what we found), so now I keep my fingers crossed and my eyes wide open. I don't know about love but at least I believe in luck again.
Jonas Sees in Color, Luck and Love

I got a charming voice, and a head full of books. I'm pretty good at writing lies that we turn into hooks so sing along...and believe it all. I've either got a mouth full of stories or a jaw full of teeth; with a writer's sense of style a guitar full of strings and a tendency to believe it all.
Jonas Sees In Color, Luck and Love

I'd give up everything for love
Jonas Sees in Color, Water on the Rise

I'd rip the globe at the seams.
I'd let the whole world fall in the sea
If I thought it'd bring you closer to me.
Jonas Sees in Color, Water on the Rise

I'd give up everything for love. I'd rip the globe at the seams.
Jonas Sees In Color, Water on the Rise

Love: it will not betray you, dismay or enslave you, it will set you free.
Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More

And there will come a time, you'll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.
Mumford & Sons, After the Storm

I'd give up everything for love
Jonas Sees In Color, Water On The Rise

Because tonight will be the night that I will fall for you over again. Don’t make me change my mind or I won’t live to see another day, I swear its true. Because a girl like you is impossible to find. You’re impossible to find
Secondhand Serenade, Fall for You

Thursday, February 11, 2010

February 11, 2009

Hello Internet!

Last week was a big week for our new publishing division at Glassnote. Ryan Downing, from our band Jonas Sees In Color, came up to NYC for a little writing trip. And by little, I mean busy. The man wrote 7 songs in 5 days! He even recorded the vocals to most of the songs himself. We’re really excited to start getting the demos to the songs from last week – don’t be surprised if you hear them being sung by your favorite artist or on a TV near you!

Ryan wrote with a lot of great writers last week, from JP Rende (DRS/Downtown) to Robopop (Cherry Lane) to Adam Richman (best known as the guitarist/musical director for Jessie James). Shout outs to the other awesome writers from last week – Aaron Accetta, Mike Beck, The Stationary Set boys, Alex Seier and Johnny Marnell! Each and every song he wrote was different in its own way, but suffice it to say, Ryan is a lyrical machine. For this being his first writing trip, Ryan was really thrown in the deep end. He went everywhere from Manhattan, to Westchester, to Coney Island (and yes, we did get Nathan’s hot dogs!). Along the way, we also had a chance to stop by BMI and see our friends Samantha Cox and Brandon Haas. They had some really good insight, and even helped us with getting a session on Friday, since our other one got cancelled.

Overall, last week was a very successful week for us. There will be a lot more of these trips to come – so stay tuned! On the writing front, the next stop for Ryan will be Virginia, but watch out because we’re shooting for the moon.

Without wax,


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