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PassiveTheory
07-10-2007, 11:56 PM
I didn't do any myself this year, but I was wondering what everyone else's experiences were not only with the Virgin Mobile tent signings, but running into other people and getting their autographs and how that went for you.

Also this could be a good place to put any advice as to how you ought to properly get an artist to autograph/sign something of yours (or when to show up, etc.).

Neutral Milk Hotel
07-11-2007, 12:19 AM
The autograph tent was pretty poorly organized, in my experience. I went over there to get autographs from The Fratellis and The Rapture on Saturday. The Fratellis didn't show, which is reasonable I guess, seeing as they had just played a set. I went over to The Rapture line and discovered that they had decided to leave a half-hour early. Then I waited around and got an autograph from LCD Soundsystem. It was ultimately worth it, seeing as I got to discuss Thomas Pynchon and William Gaddis with James Murphy, a once in a lifetime kind of thing, but still, all of the disorganization made me miss most of The New Pornographers. While I was standing for The Fratellis Ghostface Killah canceled too. Fortunately, the next day when I went to get autographs from Air, it was much better organized.

Mr.Nipples
07-11-2007, 05:46 AM
they need to make it known that you need to buy the album there if you want to get it signed. i waited a half an hour for tom morello before the virgin staff walked over and asked to see my cd which i had no idea i had to purchase in order to get signed...it was a waste of time...

Alchemy
07-11-2007, 08:45 AM
I got Regina Spektor's autograph. I was going for TGTB&TQ, but... When I went to buy their CD in the tent, I saw that they were cancelled, so I bought her album instead.

faxman75
07-11-2007, 10:14 AM
I giggled like a schoolgirl to myself when I saw Amy Winehouse cancelled. Big surprise there.

C DUB YA
07-11-2007, 10:31 AM
I DON'T LIKE THE HAVE TO BUY A CD BUSINESS

It wasn't like that in years past. Afterall - don't most of us already have the discs if we are waiting in line for them?

I used to take a pocketful of cd sleeves and stick in my bag - but i no longer can do that

shucks

rage patton
07-12-2007, 12:01 AM
The ONLY one I went to was Mike Patton... I mean Peeping Tom.

I was waiting for Damien Marley, but after waiting for 20 minutes after he was already suposed to be on... I got frusterated/bored and went to get Mike Pattons autograph because there was still 40 minutes left in his signing.
So I get there, wait 10-15 minutes, then all of a suddeny everyone in front of me starts dispursing. Im like "WTF mate?" He cancelled.
He just got up an left.
Rumours are someone brought him a Faith No More booklet to sign.

Boourns
07-12-2007, 12:08 AM
I got in line over a half hour early for the CSS signing (Lovefoxxx!!!), but, alas, they didn't show. What the hell? Oh Lovefoxxx, my heart is broken.

There were three signings I was hoping for: Jarvis, Blonde Redhead, and CSS, and the only one scheduled ended up being cancelled.

woogie846
07-12-2007, 01:08 AM
I was hoping for a Gogol Bordello signing.

Boourns
07-12-2007, 09:50 AM
Yeah, that would have been cool. Pamela Racine can sign me anytime.

meyouseek
07-12-2007, 10:38 AM
The ONLY one I went to was Mike Patton... I mean Peeping Tom.

I was waiting for Damien Marley, but after waiting for 20 minutes after he was already suposed to be on... I got frusterated/bored and went to get Mike Pattons autograph because there was still 40 minutes left in his signing.
So I get there, wait 10-15 minutes, then all of a suddeny everyone in front of me starts dispursing. Im like "WTF mate?" He cancelled.
He just got up an left.
Rumours are someone brought him a Faith No More booklet to sign.

Patton and Automator were there for less than their scheduled amount of time... but it wasn't their choice to leave early. I was next in line when they shut it down. The band's manager apparently had them scheduled for an interview or something and decided to cut the signing short.

I wouldn't know if somebody gave Patton a FNM booklet to sign, but he was in good spirits for the 20 or so minutes I could see him.

Here's the douchebag that was in front of me in line.
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1048/772100348_3662a4609c.jpg

dontfeedthebird
07-13-2007, 01:54 PM
I had a sexy boy shirt I bought a few years ago at AIR's KCMO show and I carried it around all day expecting it to be signed. :(

But I met them and they asked if I liked the Beastie Boys. *dies*

I'm the proud owner of my second Pocket Symphony CD. But goddamnit, it made my weekend.

leo01g
07-13-2007, 03:45 PM
i got my meds cd sign by all the placebo members.

menikmati
07-13-2007, 03:58 PM
anybody want my autograph?

thefunkylama
07-13-2007, 04:01 PM
Erik will you sign my hot chocolate?

menikmati
07-13-2007, 04:04 PM
funny

thefunkylama
07-13-2007, 04:34 PM
Every now and then I take a stab.

PassiveTheory
07-13-2007, 10:46 PM
I got my ticket signed by Amanda and Brian of the Dresden Dolls.

I'll take a pic of it tomorrow and put it up here.

SheriNOIR
07-14-2007, 01:45 PM
I met Jarvis, but I was too starstruck to get an autograph.
I think I managed a ''ughh hello, I love you'' or something close.

:(

Maybe next year I'll pull myself together...

Boourns
07-14-2007, 04:57 PM
You met Jarvis? Where? What did he say?

Anyway, pics from the Dresden Dolls signing:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/224/471902662_e746f5390b.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/203/471919107_28458d5125.jpg

PrettyRagdoll
07-31-2007, 12:22 AM
I got the noisettes to sign the drum stick I caught.

SheriNOIR
07-31-2007, 01:30 AM
He was walking from the backstage area and through VIP..
He walked into the normal crowd area then, and nobody seemed to notice.

If he did that in England he'd probably get pounced on. aha.

amyzzz
08-03-2007, 01:56 PM
Wow. I didn't kow she had weird squigglies tattooed in for eyebrows. That's so punk rock.

KenMixtape
08-03-2007, 05:40 PM
I find it distressing that there aren't more people who completely and hopelessly hate the Dresden Dolls. Tattooed eyebrows are just one more reason.

The most ridiculously pretentious video in existence:

A-69TJU5gS8

i swear, the last fucking shot should have been the White House and the Kremlin both recieving copies of their douchy CD, which saves the world..

Boourns
08-03-2007, 11:19 PM
Well, they are an amazing band so there's absolutely no reason to hate them. Not liking a video or eyebrows are not valid reasons. It's like hating Radiohead because of Jonny's arm brace or Thom's lazy eye. And the eyebrows are drawn on with a Sharpie (see the video for "Girl Anachronism"), not tattooed.

PassiveTheory
08-04-2007, 09:54 AM
I agree with Boourns. They are amazingly talented, they have a zest for showmanship (as opposed to half a dozen terrible bands I know of who're trying to relieve their shoegazer rock days... literally) and they're probably one of the most unique bands currently playing. It's one thing to be able to say a good band sounds like so-and-so, it's entirely another to say that they have their own sound, and the Dolls, they not only have their own sound, they fucking own it.

Thanks for the vid though.

Boourns
08-04-2007, 12:21 PM
Thank you. It's so unreal the sounds and especially the energy, intensity, passion, and sexual tension that comes from those two, especially live. Fuck the White Stripes, bring on the Dresden Dolls.

The White Stripes are still great, of course, but you know what I mean.

KenMixtape
08-04-2007, 01:32 PM
sorry guys, I'm convinced this is just one of them "cool to like" bands.
I find them about as entertaining as watching mimes.

amyzzz
08-04-2007, 07:43 PM
I find it distressing that there aren't more people who completely and hopelessly hate the Dresden Dolls. Tattooed eyebrows are just one more reason.

The most ridiculously pretentious video in existence:

A-69TJU5gS8

i swear, the last fucking shot should have been the White House and the Kremlin both recieving copies of their douchy CD, which saves the world..
What's funny about that song is she CAN'T sing.

Boourns
08-04-2007, 11:11 PM
sorry guys, I'm convinced this is just one of them "cool to like" bands.
I find them about as entertaining as watching mimes.

Are you fucking serious? "Cook to like" bands are pitchfork bands that are used as hipster status symbols and they never cover Dresden Dolls news, so...

nothingman00
08-06-2007, 12:17 PM
I met Glen Hanspard of The Frames in the VIP area. Got a picture of he and I on my cellphone, now can't figure out how to send from my cell to my computer.

nothingman00
08-06-2007, 12:29 PM
Oh, and British Sea Power signed "Decline of..." for me in 2005 at Coachella. They were very shy but quite nice. i wish I could have gotten the vinyl signed...

As for "how to get an artist to sign"... I went to a number of shows in the Dallas/Denton area in the 2005-2006 years when my now-wife was in school at North Texas. Got auto'd vinyl from Pinback and Autolux, and auto'd CD's from the Raveonettes (Sharon Foo, hello), BSP (again, on CD not VINYL), and Neva Dinova. The Raveonettes played with Autolux at the Gypsy Tea Room in Dallas, I believe, and I just waited around after the show and everyone was signing (about 95% of the crowd had already left, so it wasn't difficult). BSP, Pinback and Neva Dinova all played in Denton (Hailey's maybe?) at different times. My wife and I actually bought a few rounds of Drinks for the BSP guys (all of whom were very nice), and took shots with the guys from Neva Dinova (they signed weird shit on my CD, like "Ooooh, you smell GREAT"). Basically, everyone just emptied out after those shows and we moved in and drank with the Denton bands... My guess is that you have to catch lightning in a bottle and catch bands that are playing small venues and don't really have much buzz around them.

ficklecycle
08-06-2007, 08:03 PM
I got half of Interpol to sign my Our Love To Admire copy while they were DJ'ing here in L.A.

C DUB YA
08-06-2007, 11:54 PM
the best way to get things signed is to not try to do so at festivals. Most bands are busy with press schedules and are on a pretty tight timeline as it is. Obviously you can get lucky and catch some wandering their way to see a band or whatever (I bumped into many at Coachella over the years), but now that Virgin is doing this must buy a CD business, I rather be watching music.

Speaking of Virgin, I saw that Lollapalooza dumped Virgin as a sponser? Wonder if the FYE signing tent that took its place was the same way? Anyone?

As far as getting bands to sign, you always can just grab them at one of their own shows (smaller crowds) and wait near their bus, patience usually pays off, if you are so inclined.

http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j32/carywhitt/autographed_discs.jpg

PrettyRagdoll
08-07-2007, 01:38 AM
the best way to get things signed is to not try to do so at festivals. Most bands are busy with press schedules and are on a pretty tight timeline as it is. Obviously you can get lucky and catch some wandering their way to see a band or whatever (I bumped into many at Coachella over the years), but now that Virgin is doing this must buy a CD business, I rather be watching music.

Speaking of Virgin, I saw that Lollapalooza dumped Virgin as a sponser? Wonder if the FYE signing tent that took its place was the same way? Anyone?

As far as getting bands to sign, you always can just grab them at one of their own shows (smaller crowds) and wait near their bus, patience usually pays off, if you are so inclined.

http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j32/carywhitt/autographed_discs.jpg

I agree, catching bands at their smaller shows is definitely the best way to go. Especially because they're pretty much always really cool and will just talk with you for a while.