New Website is Officially LIVE – check it out at www.dionroy.com!

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My new website, www.dionroy.com, is officially live and I want YOUR feedback!!!

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Horror Director David Slade Chosen for Third “Twilight” Installment

While every girl aged 14-18 liked, loved, “OMG”-ed the Twilight movie, being a connoisseur of sorts of horror/vampire movies, I couldn’t really have been more disappointed. Apparently a teeny-bopping pixie is what a vampire is nowadays, and I don’t get it. And you know what? I don’t want to get it – give me Bram Stoker, give me John Carpenter…Hell, give me Anne Rice! – but for the love of Christmas not a jeweled fairy boy “vampire” from Twilight!! With that off my chest, I must say that I am very happy that a director worth his stones (David Slade) who you may know from “30 Days and Nights” is going to be directing the third installment of the massive pixie fairy dust vampire franchise known as Twilight. Let’s hope that the 3rd time is in fact, the charm.

Director David Slade of "30 Days of Night" and "Hard Candy" Fame
Director David Slade of "30 Days of Night" and "Hard Candy" Fame

Kids band playing Journeys “Separate Ways”

Now this is amazing. At least not every kid is playing video games ALL THE TIME.
Recess, out of Cleveland Ohio playing the song “Separate Ways” by Journey. Amazing 9 yr old Vincent Fondale, vocalist, 11 year old Alex Raz on lead guitar (both were already featured on Yahoo.com front page two years ago), 9 year old Joey Sampson on drums, 12 yr old Alexis Shook on bass guitar, and 13 yr old Anthony Fondale on Keyboard. For more info, go to www.vincentfondale.com or http://www.myspace.com/alexraz

And another :

Ryan Adams Releases 3 New Metal Tracks with Werewolph!

According to Spin.com, alt rocker Ryan Adams has released 3 new tracks with his band Werewolph!!

The ominous tracks are: “Evil Weekend,” “Mega Wizards,” and “Dead People Unite”

Take a listen at http://www.werewolph.com.

and here’s video for “Evil Weekend”:

I know he said he was done with music, maybe he just meant THE CARDINALS – and you know what I think this is the perfect thing for him.

I think that its important for a musician to just have FUN with his music for awhile, hell after putting in a year into my last album I know EXACTLY what he must be feeling, or not feeling. Best of luck Ryan.

Where is live music going?

As times get tougher and tougher, and people have less and less income – I spent the past few weeks wondering if music scene is going to get better, or if its a luxury that will be skipped.

I just responded to a query to day about the “open mic” circuit and it became clear to me that people will always flock to music, when times are good to celebrate, when times are tough to share and support, but as American Idol and other Karaoke shows become more and more celebrated are us songwriters in danger of becoming obsolete to cheesy covers?

My point is support local music – before it disappears entirely – especially in NYC. Encourage your friends to skip the $19 martini and pay the 7 bucks to see something REALLY incredible. Or at least something really funny 🙂

If you dont want to pay a cover – support open mics. In times like these we need music more than ever and what good will another starbucks do in the spot where the music venue used to be.

better yet – support me and buy me album @ dionroy.com
-dion

Itunes raising its pricing on popular tracks to $1.29

Apple Itunes
Apple Itunes

Termeh over at AMP3 pr just sent me a link at the latimes which gave details on on Apples new itunes store pricing.

To make a long story short, Itunes will be charging $1.29 for more “popular” tracks and .69 cents for less popular tracks.

So let me get this straight – Apple, a luxury brand to begin with, is raising prices on a luxury item (to most) in the midst of a recession, and very possible a depression WHILE music piracy is at an all time high. This reminds me of someone else 10 years ago – who kept the prices for CD’s at $20.00 per cd, that worked out well.

I love my macbook, my imac, my ipod, my iphone and I record music pretty much exclusively in apple logic – but my love of apple does not flow into the itunes store. They have been advocates of DRM longer than anyone, and now when FORCED to cut out DRM (digital rights management – to keep you from playing a song on other devices) they have raised pricing. Apple you are own your own with this price increase.

“Gallery” is on its way to Itunes Amazon and good ol Audio CD

The album has been completed, and I am currently waiting to hear back from Itunes when the album will be available, but I expect it to be sometime in the middle of May. You can expect a full update in the coming weeks.

I also wanted to take this time to thank everyone who has supported me over the past year, and have been patient enough to continue to love/like/loathe me while I dedicated most of my waking hours to finishing this.

I hope ya’ll enjoy it, and Im currently inking a few deals for the next set of songs. Not a moment of down time 🙂

I’ll be announcing the CD Release and some other special events once the music PR team has all the plans worked out.

In the mean time, check out the new dionroy.com and let me know what you think!

rock n roll,
dion

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