February 22, 2008

The 2 Cds fit together


This is Bill Bowker in the middle. He's a disc jockey at KRSH in Santa Rosa California and he's been playing tracks off of both of my new releases. The dude next to him Patrick Dennis form The Truckee Brothers. Patrick plays drums in my band The Cynics and sings like a beautiful bird on a wire.

The reason I am showing you this picture is because I want you to see how the 2 cds are different in size. That's so that "Unraveling" can fit into the taller "Traveling." Patrick designed the artwork for the cds and it really works out like the 2 cds are best friends. "Traveling" carries the the other cd around in its pouch like a marsupial. After you buy them them they even hop around like kangaroos, mate. (not like kangaroos mate) I'm not interested in the mating habits of kangaroos. I mean, like kangaroos---- mate! They hop all over your desk when you're at work and when someone casually strolls by from another office shoving a hot pocket into their mouth, you look like a much cooler person because you have companion cds. And because you're not shoving a hot pocket into your pie hole.

The only way to get "Unraveling" is at the live shows. This is angering some people who live far away. My heart is starting melt when i get emails from people who can't possibly make it out to the shows due to distance and the cost of gas and hot pockets and Chuck Norris fitness dvds.

What should I do? Do i stick with my earlier convictions and keep it available at live shows only? Or do I acquiesce to the demand of the proletariat? It would give a boost to the fiscal year fourth quarter reports of sales of pockets that are hot in correlation to hopping cds. My sales go up while hot pockets take a hit and people get more fit.

I was originally planning on finishing this tour and then in April or May making the other cd available by order through this very website you are tippy tapping on right now.

Please give me some advice. Or as they say in Germany "adwice."

Until then I remain,
Your friend,
Steven JJ

P.S. Shank Hall is a great venue to play in Milwaukee. Thanks Peter!
P.S.S. Sue from my management is the coolest person ever. Thank Sue for coming out to the Milwaukee show and bringing all your fine peeps. Wisconsin is more than just cheese and The Packers. It's a rock n roll cornucopia of snow and music mixed with cheese and friendly fine people that would go out of their way to help you change a tire in the middle of a blizzard.
P.S.S. Chicago here we come! This is an early show tonight and starts at 7 pm sharp. I get 90 minutes so get there on time. Attendance is compulsory and we will give fines for tardiness.

Posted by steve at February 22, 2008 8:04 AM



I've seen your corporate charger and I know your fiscal year begins on Jan 1. So if you're looking to boost your Q4 numbers with Q1 sales, then see if your accountants have any cool memorabilia from their days back at Enron.

I would say hold off making the other CD available outside of your live shows. If you love a little bird, set it free and it will fly back to you. If your fans love you, make them prove it and come to your live shows.
"Ooh! But I live in Budapest! Weeeah! Weeeah!" They have planes now. They've had them for awhile. They work really well. Between planes and Henry Ford's Iron Horse, anyone can get their own copy of Unraveling, if they really want it.

So says I.


Posted by: Westy at February 22, 2008 8:40 AM

In this particular instance I agree wholeheartedly with Westy. Screw the lazy bastards who can't make it to a show. As long as you're not instituting some sort of fascist rule like one to a customer, I don't see any reason why enterprising young (or even) old folks can't contact another fan who has the charm, good taste and golden nuggets to make it out to the shows and ask the attendee to pick up an extra on their behalf.

Sheesh. Show a little initiative Poltz fans!

So say them all.


Posted by: Tussy at February 22, 2008 9:28 AM

ps. Bravo Patrick! :)

ps2. My friends daughter wants to know why you took your guitar in the water. What's wrong with you?

pss. You should put acquiesce in a song.
It kinda rhymes with disStress. Sorry, I digress.

psss. If Johnny's Cousin comes to see you tonight, would you please give him a swirly? Thanks.

Posted by: Tussy at February 22, 2008 11:45 AM

Yeah, fuck 'em. If I can make it to 12 shows, they can make it to 1. Or at least send money to someone else who can make it to 1. People are such babies.

Posted by: Frag at February 22, 2008 12:19 PM

I would offer Unraveling here on your website after your tour is over but not till then.

Posted by: lkay at February 22, 2008 8:35 PM

Steve Poltz meet Steve Toltz

I thought this might give you a much needed rhyme?
He could even be the unraveling to your travelling?
As for the cds, they belong together and unraveling's too good to shelve just like that.
Make it happen.

Posted by: Boy Robot at February 22, 2008 8:51 PM

Dear Steve,

I like being in the Secret Society of Unraveling. My vote is No.


Posted by: Rain at February 23, 2008 4:15 AM

Set the blessed being free Mr Poltz! I hear Unravelling crying in the dead of night, crying crying crying to be heard.

I get the ideology behind it in the first place... kinda like taking home a goodies bag after the birthday party or taking home a bag of sugared almonds at a wedding... you give the live gig that keeps on gigging well after you've left the city. It was a real neat idea.

But I pity the people who haven't had a chance to hear Unraveling yet. I really do. If you hadn't toured Australia first, and I was sitting here sweltering in 40 degree celsius heat WITHOUT Unraveling in my life, I'd be sad.

And then you've gotta consider the fact that when your time's up, it's up. What happens if a Poltzerians time has run out, and you haven't passed through their neighbourhood yet? Can you live with that on your conscience? These are the things you have to ask yourself. No pressure.

Posted by: Meg at February 23, 2008 5:07 AM

Your idea of selling "Unraveling" through this very website only AFTER the tour is wrapped up like a fancy birthday gift is right on. That way you appease both sides of the fence. You get to stick to your convictions like a rubber ball glued to a wall and the fans who couldn't make it can buy it a few months from now and enjoy more Poltz aural companion pleasure. Which means all peeps involved will be happier than hippy hoppy mating kangaroos in spring!!!

Posted by: Janice at February 23, 2008 6:45 AM

Well Steepo, you played Santa Ynez last year and peeple loved you.

Come on back, and I'll buy me an Unraveling. Heck, I'll buy two! I'll buy you a taco as well and we'll think aboot Meg when you eat it.

Posted by: Reverend Spankalot at February 23, 2008 7:59 PM

Ok, this is Germany (though I'm not sure I say 'adwice').

As I've said before, come over here! I've seen you at the Circus in Munich back in the Jewel days. Can't offer you that, but I'm sure I could arrange one or two shows (and some great german beer).

I would like to hear Unraveling today... though I could probably survive until the end of the tour to order. Won't complain if you make it available for overseas orders right now though! :-D

Posted by: Christian at February 24, 2008 11:24 AM

Is visitin my great aunt in New Yawk City and Is gonna get that there edgier cd and bring it on home with my new boombox my rich aunt with the toilet on the inside got fer me 'cause at 21 I finally gradiated from junior high.
Woos hoos! Shes also gonna let me get ta yer shows that yer be playin in the city and Is going to fer sher be at both befer Is have to go on back to the Applachian Trail wheres my home has a toilet on the outside and Is have to walk miles to use da librari computer.

Posted by: Fannie Mae at February 24, 2008 7:08 PM

Well Steve, as I am a big fan who missed out on seeing you when you came out to AussieLand recently, I would say I WANT UNRAVELING NOW!!! But alas, I do agree that making it available when your tour is over, on this website is the best idea. So I will be patient and wait until then.


Posted by: Marie at February 24, 2008 11:15 PM

Oh the conundrum!

Unless you plan to make unraveling a subscription product Westy is absolutely correct about the accounting nightmare that awaits you. But have you thought of a subscription option? It would surely boost the 4th quarter sales and ensure a steady stream of income throughout the year.

You see, for some of us there are 12 months in a year. There are 11 sauces on Unraveling and we enter this dialog (conveniently) a month into 08. If one were to subscribe to unraveling they might receive a song a month *electronic delivery of course* perhaps with a personalized note from the artist at large colorfully explaining the birth of each sauce. This will resolve your current dilemma - once all songs have been set free then the collection would be available for purchase (with all artwork and marsupiality) on this here website. I say release it on 1.19.09 and dedicate track 1 to the new prez with demands for an abrupt change of course.

If my above plan is too labor intensive then I say charge double for Unraveling online IF you decide to make it available before the tour ends. Here's a point you fail to mention, when does the tour EVER end?! Think about THAT before you promise a post-tour release date!

Posted by: ash at February 25, 2008 9:44 AM

ok. Like my ex wife always said, "nobody gains anything by being flexible!" She always got it HER way.. hold out until the end! If you wanna make more fiscal cash.. tour with buckethead (i keep saying it!) invest in real estate!!
By holding out longer, you create even more demand (another one of my ex wife's tricks..) Then again, it would be nice to let everybody have unraveling.. oh, i'm so confused!

Posted by: fred van vactor at February 27, 2008 1:03 PM

Boo to the westy and his droogs, I say share the wealth and rid poltzville of this childish 'my shit smells sweeter than yours' mentality.

You're clearly stalking the boy poltz and believe that those who don't happen to live within 200 yards of a tour venue or can't make it to a show are somehow distressed at having to wait to get hold of unravelling.

far from it my spiteful little forum poster, we still have the pleasure of listening to it for the first time, meanwhile we can enjoy the wait.

I even have a two year old daughter who can wait happily before getting a treat, you must know this feeling, afterall you have been waiting your entire life to lose your virginity (that was low - but it just kinda wrote itself)

no hard fellings,

hope you get my point - in a nice friendly way xXx

Posted by: barry at March 4, 2008 2:23 PM

as the great Colombo said, 1 more thing.

Unless I've grossly missed the point here, I don't think that is the appropriate place for people to show-off their right-wing communist ideals, "we're all equal, only.. I'm just a little bit more equal than you"

once again, I urge you to lt go of you one-up-manship and share the wealth with your brothers and sisters all over the world...


Posted by: barry at March 4, 2008 3:30 PM

Hell's bells, Steve, I only just got Traveling which means I didn't know to go to the Seattle show which I'm pretty sure I missed but would have gone to had I only known and certainly would have bought Unraveling had I been there. I know life isn't fair, but, geez...I'm about to post a review of traveling on my blog comparing you to Melvern Taylor and give a link to your web site and shouldn't someone who can prove he did that be at least able to mail order Traveling from you? Shouldn't he, I ask you, shouldn't he?

Posted by: Paul Goode at March 8, 2008 9:09 AM

Please make Unraveling available on your website. If I could come to a show, I would. Unfortunately, I live nowhere near anywhere that your touring. And I hate the idea of not being able to own an entire Steve Poltz album.

Posted by: Seth at March 12, 2008 10:31 PM

Barry -- I believe you're the one who's missing the point. As he's said several times, he's trying to encourage people to come to the shows -- because I think we can all agree that seeing Steve live vs. hearing a Steve cd are vastly different experiences. Of course there are people who don't live anywhere near where he's touring -- so making it available on the website after the tour is an idea whose time has come. Or will come. When the tour is over. :)

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