Monday, December 28, 2009

Crash This Place - Peacebringer

Tuesday December 29, 2009 at Heritage International we are releasing "Peacebringer"- the follow up to the "Crash This Place EP" released earlier this year. These are some of the best songwriters and musicians I know and the Bright City Studios team will be the rounding out the band, so if you are around you should definitely come by and check it out.

The address is:

375 Star Light Drive
Fort Mill, SC 29715

The event begins at 7:30 pm, but the concert will start later in the evening.

If you haven't picked up Crash This Place you can buy it on ITUNES here: Jordan Hardee - Crash This Place

Best of POP 2009

These are my 5 favorite pop songs this year.

1) "Empire State of Mind" The Blueprint 3- Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys

  Co-producer - Angela Hunte , Jane't "Jnay" Sewell-Ulepic*
  Mixed By - 
Ken "Duro" Ifill
  Mixed By [Assisted] - 
Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young*
  Producer - 
  Vocals [Featuring] - 
Alicia Keys
  Written-By - 
A. Shuckburgh* , A. Keys* , A. Hunte* , J. Sewell-Ulepic*

  Mastered By - Tony Dawsey
  Mixed By - Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton (tracks: 1 to 4, 6, 7, 9, 12, 15)
  Recorded By - Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton

You can buy it here:      Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3 (Deluxe Version) - Empire State of Mind (feat. Alicia Keys)

2) "Sleepyhead" Chunk of Change- Passion Pit

Artwork By- Frank Napolski

Engineer- Ian Hultquist
Performer- Ayad Al Adhamy, Ian Hultquist, Jeff Apruzzese, Michael Angelakos, Nathan Donmoyer
Written By, Recorded by- Michael Angelakos

You can buy it here:     Passion Pit - Chunk of Change - Sleepyhead

3) "1901" Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix- Phoenix

     Artwork By - Laurent Brancowitz
     Artwork By [Typography] - Marc Alary
     Bass - Deck D'Arcy
     Drums [Sampled From And Played By] - Thomas Hedlund
     Engineer [Assistant] - Florent Livet , Julien Naudin
     Engineer [Technical] - Fabien Courtois
     Guitar - Christian Mazzalai , Laurent Brancowitz
     Lyrics By, Music By, Producer - Phoenix
     Mastered By - Mike Marsh
     Mixed By - Philippe Zdar Cerboneschi*
     Photography - Shoichi Kajino
     Producer - Zdar*
     Recorded By [Additional] - Cedric Plancy , Julien Delfaud
     Vocals - Thomas Mars

You can buy it here:     Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix - 1901

4) "My Girls" Merriweather Post Pavilion- Animal Collective

Artwork By [Cover Image Pattern] - Akiyoshi Kitaoka
Artwork By [Design And Layout] - Rob Carmichael
Artwork By [Interior Image "devil's Eye Spring"] - David Doubilet
Mixed By - AC*
Recorded By [Assistant] - Aaron Ersoy
Recorded By, Mixed By - Ben Allen
Written-By - Animal Collective

You can buy it here:      Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion - My Girls

5) "Skeletons" It's Blitz!- Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Artwork By [Art Direction] - Karen O , Seb Marling , Urs Fisher
Drums, Cymbal, Percussion - Brian Chase
Engineer [Assistant] - Aaron Dembe , Alyssa Pittaluga , Atom (10) , Charles Godfrey , Chris Coady , Chris Moore (3) , Justin Leah , Mike Laza
Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, Electronics [Drum Machine] - Nick Zinner
Mastered By - Ted Jensen
Mixed By - Mark "Spike" Stent*
Mixed By [Assistant] - Chris Kasych , Matty Green (2) 
Photography [Cover & Inside] - Urs Fisher
Photography [Live Band] - Autumn de Wilde
Photography [Live Karen & Brian] - David Belisle
Photography [Live Nick] - Eric Uhlir
Recorded By - Dan Huron , David Andrew Sitek , Nick Launay
Vocals - Karen O
Written-By - Yeah Yeah Yeahs

You can buy it here:     Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz! (Deluxe Edition) - Skeletons

Saturday, December 26, 2009


These guys hail from the 904 (my hometown). On my drive back to CLT from JAX over Christmas their music carried me all the way through Georgia. I am thankful for that.

Check out their music here:

SUNBEARS on Myspace

Monday, December 21, 2009

Authority vs. Influence pt. 1

Influence is defined as:
3: the act or power of producing an effect without apparent exertion of force or direct exercise of command b : corrupt interference with authority for personal gain
4: the power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways : sway

Authority is defined as:
2: power to influence or command thought, opinion, or behavior b : freedom granted by one in authority : right
3: persons in command; specifically : government b : a governmental agency or corporation to administer a revenue-producing public enterprise

One who has authority also commands, but is not limited to influence.

Influencers are merely well positioned voices in the crowded market of opinion. To obtain a larger sphere, an influencer must strive for a greater position in the ranks of the crowd. Influence can be given, it can be traded, it is the perceived knowledge or significance of one's opinion. Being on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine can give you the influence over people who believe that being on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine signifies that you know something that the rest of us need to learn. Being on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine can not, however, actually make what you're saying true or cause a lasting reaction from your reader. Because as perceptions change, so does your ability to sway the beliefs of the masses.

Being an authority on something requires a price. Whether a cost of time, work, study, or life experience, authority certainly doesn't come for free. The key point is that authority by definition contains the power to influence, but it is not limited to the mere swaying of opinion, authority gives you command over ideas and thoughts. Authority is a power that is earned and with that power comes the ability to bring change. There is a story of a man who was offered all of the kingdoms of the world if he would bow his knee and submit to another less powerful king, instead he chose to live his life in a state of semi-obscurity and die an apparent failure, only to rise again and be given authority over all the earth.

In our creative lives we are faced with this choice constantly. Do we risk being misunderstood, discredited, or overlooked to build something never seen before, or do we give up our chance at authority for the instant gratification of influence. Do we chose to play in front of thousands as quickly as possible and enjoy the temporary success that comes from fame, or do we dig deeper and create art that will continue to affect the cultural economy long after we are dead and gone. Is our end-goal for our voices to be heard, or that when our voices are heard we actually have something left to say?

We all have the right to authority over the spheres we are given, and I am learning more and more that the cost of a short cut to influence is that authority.

Thats a price that I don't think I can afford to pay.