Banda Macho!

Banda Macho!
L to R: Sam, Mike, Luke, Nato, Matt

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Can't Complain

Hey everybody, here's an update for ya. While the world goes to hell in a shitbasket everywhere else, Blue Diamond Land is actually a relatively sane and sanctuary place to be, if you don't mind the occasional hangover. In other words, I don't have much news to report. But I can recap what's been going on already...

Our new 7" ("Play Loud" b/w "Running From The Law") will be out on October 18th, and conveniently we're playing a release party/show at the Triple Rock Social Club on Thursday, October 20th for it (with Frozen Teens and Braver). That's also going to be our tour launch kickoff, because we're starting a two-week tour that night down to...

...Gainesville Fest X, where we play on Saturday October 29th at 9:30pm at Durty Nelly's. Yeah!

The official tour dates will be posted some time in the next few days. But if you live between the Twin Cities and Florida, you will probably get a chance to see us. Anyway, drop us a line if you're bored, maybe we can detour on over to your town! (Hint: if your town is in northern Georgia, this is extremely likely).


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New Website Time

Hello, everyone. Nato here. The time has come - hell, the time is way overdue - for an official Blue Diamond Band website, and in the words of either Michael McDonald or Kenny Loggins: This is it. But in case you actually want an explanation, here goes...

For the html-ignorant folks such as myself, there was a time not so long ago (starting in about 2002) when Myspace worked quite well as a band's main internet home. Sure, the design was flawed, but it wasn't so flawed that the casual user couldn't visit a page and hear a song or two, read a band's bio and info, check out photos, and other stuff like that. Almost more importantly, the ubiquity of Myspace among bands allowed those bands to easily communicate with each other using the Myspace messaging system. And so, for awhile, things worked well. I recall hearing (and making) many, many complaints about Myspace, but the bands kept on using it to meet, greet, make friends, book shows, book tours, and all the rest. The system sucked. The system worked. And so it went.

Then along came Facebook. I think you'd have to be pretty insane to argue that Facebook wasn't about one thousand times better for person-to-person communication than Myspace, so I won't go into that. The problem that arose for bands, however, was that Facebook was and is awful for the specific kind of internet activity that bands need to do. Although the ability to communicate has been varying levels of decent, the actual online pages that bands can create on Facebook are absolutely insufficient. Worst of all, bands can't write messages specifically to other bands on Facebook. All in all, for bands and musicians, Facebook fails mightily. Meanwhile, in Myspace's attempts to keep up with Facebook, it has become an utter and complete mess, a pain in the ass to update, and since people and bands check their pages far less frequently (if at all anymore), useless for band-to-band communication.

So, I created this website. It's not perfect, and right now it's pretty bare bones, but it'll hopefully become a much better way for fans and friends to keep up to date and in touch with Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band and my other projects, plus provide a better online resource and experience for anybody who is destined to check us out for the first time somewhere down the line.

Bear with me. (Hope it doesn't maul me).