Musician starts campaign to be on cover of Metroland, a little desperate???

I’ve won a couple of Best Of issues, for Metroland several years back, and I never once made the cover. Even if the staff at Metroland still supports me to this day, they never contacted me for an interview or anything.

Here’s an idea! Instead of creating some lame campaign, publicly calling out Metroland, why don’t you contact the newspaper yourself? I’m sure they’ll welcome any discussion over the phone.

On top of that, I would welcome an interview with Metroland if they ever asked me, but if they don’t at all, I’m cool with that too! I’m not worried about getting any press for music or for blogging on the internet. I’ll just appreciate and enjoy what I do.

Check out this silly campaign, here.

Is this guy desperate or doing a good thing?

Kev

40 thoughts on “Musician starts campaign to be on cover of Metroland, a little desperate???”

  1. Look, I have nothing against this certain musician who started this stupid campaign. He’s seems like a good dude and a good musician, but the dude needs to get over himself. This is not a slam or an attack, just being real. He’s nothing but an egomaniac, out to seek more attention.

    You don’t demand respect if you’ve been playing in the scene for over 30 years, you earn it. Let your music speak on it’s own.

    Metroland is probably laughing at him and they won’t do anything.

    And anybody that supports this campaign is a delusional idiot, too.

    Kev

  2. On a side note, I’m not jealous of this guy for starting something to get on the cover of the Metroland. I’m just letting people know that musicians shouldn’t be doing stuff like this. It’s pretty self centered and unprofessional, a cry out for attention, kind of thing.

    I like the Metroland. I just don’t care to make the cover or not. I’m cool with it.

    Kev

    1. I have nothing against him. Just keeping it real. He’s a good guitar player and musician, but he needs to leave his ego at the door.

      Kev

  3. You say you have nothing against him, that you’re just being “real” but then insult him by saying “He’s nothing but an egomaniac, out to seek more attention.”

    1. It’s not an insult, just a bit of honesty. You don’t beg a magazine or a newspaper to get on the cover or get featured. You have to let the music speak on it’s own, and it’ll come to you. He maybe playing for over 30 years and a lot of people may like him, but that doesn’t mean he’s worthy of a cover issue. Think about it. Starting a silly campaign to get noticed, I see that as something like, “I did a lot of work, so respect me”. It shows that you have a huge ego.

      On top of this, guys, this wasn’t the first time this guy tried to pull something like this. He anonymously started an online magazine once a long time ago called, “Capital Magazine” and interviewed himself on it, to compete against Metroland. He’s been after them for years.

      Kev

  4. He’s not just good. He is one of this area’s best kept secrets. J.M. will kick anyone’s ass in the Captiol Region on guitar and make them not want to play anymore. Anyone. And he’ll do it drunk with the guitar behind his neck ’cause I’ve seen him do it. And that is keeping it real.

    As for trying to get on the cover, look, he’s drunk all the time so him mind is probably a little warped. Oh well. This sheds light on how much of a popularity contest it is to get Metroland to recognize anyone.

    1. Does jimbopark happen to be John himself? Wouldn’t surprise me if he’s on here pretending to be a fan defending himself.

      Well, I tweeted Metroland themselves about that campaign and here’s what they had to say about it:

      “I guess he’s never heard of the Metroland cover curse.” – Metroland

      Kev

  5. If I were John wouldn’t be able to type this because I’d be passed out from beer and rum and cokes. He probably doesn’t wake up until 8pm. This is Jimbo Park.

    1. Yep, it means being honest or a realist, being true to yourself. And that’s how I prefer to be.

      Kev

  6. Alright, here’s the deal. I understand that bands & musicians want to move forward to their dreams and goals, and get recognized for it. So they think they deserve to get a nod by getting a cover shot issue and an interview with some popular newspaper in the local area. I get it but…

    … getting any kind of local press is not that important. It’s your life and your music that comes first. What about making the music for your fans who appreciate your music? Who cares about a freakin’ newspaper. Just continue to play the music. Let it speak on it’s own and who knows what may happen. The press will reach out to you if they feel that you really deserve it.

    When Eastbound Jesus made the cover of Metroland, not too long ago, did they start some stupid campaign and did they beg? NO!!!!!!!!!!! Eastbound Jesus, deserved that recognition. By writing great songs, out of hard work, and getting popular in a short time. They earned that respect. They didn’t demand it, unlike, John Morse.

    Speaking of John Morse, is this guy really all that successful as he wants himself to look like? Did he ever make any albums and created a buzz with his music, the last time I heard? Sure, he may have opened for a few national acts and legends, but for the most part, he played nothing but crap bar rooms, I would believe. Seriously, tell me all the things why you think he’s worthy of a cover shot of Metroland? What did he do that was so big and successful over the years? Can you name anything? Anything at all? What did John accomplish musically?

    In defense for Metroland, they put bands and artists on the cover if they create a huge buzz in the scene and everyone knows who they are. Does everyone knows who John Morse is? Is he really the legend and icon in the area that he thinks he is? Sure, your fellow musicians in the scene would know who he is and maybe a couple of drunks from the bars may know who he is, but I’m 100% sure, the whole town don’t know who he is. If he really thinks he’s going to get 1,000 people to sign up for that campaign, he’s living in his own world. The “Going” numbers in that event invite won’t even go over 300.

    Kev

  7. On another note, all bands & artists want some recognition from the local press, they are smart enough to not demand it. There are plenty of bands & musicians that want a shot at Metroland. Metroland can’t cover everybody. They only do bands & artists that they think are worth it. Bands are smart enough to shut their mouths, leave their ego at the door, play the music and let the music speak on it’s own!

    Kev

  8. You have a really weird scene up there – it’s kind of pathetic. That sort of thing never goes on down here.

    1. They call this area, Smallbany for a reason. Too many crazy people living in their own worlds here.

      Kev

  9. Hmmmm, I see that no one cared to answer my question on why you think he’s worthy of a cover shot of Metroland, and nobody bothered answering what things he accomplished in this area. From what I saw on his facebook page, he’s just a musician who plays bar rooms, and maybe occasional wedding receptions and other parties. This guy thinks he’s worthy of a cover shot ’cause he’s been playing around here for 30 years or more.

    It’s not how long you’ve been playing around this area, it’s how much you accomplished and how much you are recognized for your work. This guy haven’t done shit. I still challenge you to answer why you think he’s worthy, though. I bet you won’t be able to ’cause he hasn’t accomplished anything in this area. A legend in his own mind.

    All musicians want to think they’re so big and successful, and I never once had that kind of attitude.

    Kev

  10. Well I didn’t answer your question because I went to work at my job. But your argument is actually pretty compelling. All I was saying is that he is phenominal to see live, and he’s a big drunk. But I agree with everything you said above as far as recognition goes. But you do have a habit of personally attacking people and then saying you’re just keeping it real with no hard feelings. Then you wonder why people disagree. Then you play the victim. That’s what happened here. I’m happy your cousin’s band is finding success though.

    1. Just give it up and admit that you’re John Morse himself, you’re not fooling anyone, bro. I can’t see no one defending John but himself. And those few hundred people agreeing to this campaign in that event invite are just doing that to be friendly ’cause they feel sorry for the guy.

      I’ll ask again. What is so special and glorifying about John Morse, that makes you think he’s worthy of a cover shot? I’ll challenge his supporters too if he actually has any.

      Kev

      1. I had to delete it anyway, ’cause it was pretty judging and insulting. I don’t care what anyone thinks of me, whatever people say about me, is just their opinion. The things I say on here are just my opinions and my honesty, which I have every right to.

        Anyhow, you can’t just say the reason that John deserves this opportunity ’cause he’s a good musician. There are plenty of great musicians around here. I mean hell, Phantogram has never made the cover of Metroland. I don’t think, correct me if I’m wrong. I don’t think the Erotics ever made it on there either. There are plenty of talented acts around here, who deserve their chance at getting the cover of Metroland.

        John’s been complaining for years, of how he doesn’t get any respect from the local press. He’s been trying to get all over Metroland for a while now. I ask myself, why is this dude so obsessed with getting on the cover of some newspaper? He’s just some “big drunk” with a huge ego problem. Who cares about some newspaper. What’s more rewarding is making the music for the people and going forward with that. I don’t know why some musicians act like getting in Metroland is such a big thing. It’s just a newspaper. Please…. *sigh*

        I’m used to people saying how I’m wrong or being the badguy when discussing local music. Whenever I discuss my musical dreams and want to go forward with that, people will want to be critical of that and shoot my dreams down, yet, people around here are supportive of other musicians dreams. Bunch of hypocrites, I must say.

        Kev

      2. On top of this, is this guy even a musician? He seems to be spending a lot of time in facebook, posting all kinds of silly photos and videos, all day. I had to delete him from my facebook a long while back for that reason. If that is called being a hard working musician who deserves a shot at Metroland, then I don’t know what to say about that.

        Kev

  11. I used to complain about not getting any press or recognition, local fame or whatever, but I don’t care about that anymore. I got over it and now past it. I learned that getting recognition in the scene, doesn’t fall in your lap. I learned that you have to get out there and do the work yourself.

    As I explained before, the Metroland only covers artists around this area if they create a huge buzz in the scene. If a band creates a buzz, that means they’re worthy enough for a cover shot. The Metroland does it the same way the national magazines do in the major labels. If a band creates a buzz in the industry, they get featured on the cover in all music magazines. It helps people catch an eye of the reader.

    Answer this question. Did John Morse really create a huge buzz in the scene? Has everybody out there even heard of the name John Morse or even heard his music? I bet most of the Capital District area haven’t even heard of him.

    Kev

    1. Another thing, you guys don’t know shit what I do on or off the computer. If you notice, I only make like 3 or 4 blog posts a day or a little more. I also do the same for my facebook. I do find myself better things to do like playing my guitar, working out at the gym and other things. This John Morse guy like to flood people’s newsfeeds in facebook, trying to be at the center of everyone’s attention. That’s all the guy wants.

      Kev

  12. I ALREADY AGREED WITH YOU ABOUT GETTING THE COVER OF THE STUPID METROLAND. My god. You have a really tough time interacting with people and misinterpreting what they say.

    1. My last couple of comments, weren’t aimed at you, they were aimed at a couple of other idiots who seem to enjoy fighting with me, just for fun. We’re good.

      Kev

  13. I’m one of those idiots. But I wasn’t fighting with you. Your the biggest egomaniac out there. Youfear the truth. You won’t post comments that prove you wrong, even when facxtual links are posted to back it up. And you don’t like being called out on your hypocrisy.

    I know you won’t post this, but at least I know you read it. And that is satisfaction enough for me.

    btw, how’s the israeli/palestine research going? Did you ever find the ten presidential birth certificates, passport applications or college transcripts yet?

    1. I’m one of those idiots. But I wasn’t fighting with you. Your the biggest egomaniac out there. Youfear the truth. You won’t post comments that prove you wrong, even when facxtual links are posted to back it up. And you don’t like being called out on your hypocrisy.

      Can you come up with better responses than that? It’s like I haven’t heard these things before. What people say about me is just their opinion, that’s it. If I was afraid of the truth, then I wouldn’t have started a blog to speak the truth about things. You guys can disagree with me, all you want to, but I will stick by the things I say on here. Except the only time I actually sided with you guys on something was, the “Importance of Showmanship” topic. It’s pretty rare that I’ll admit that I’m wrong on something, but I will once in a blue moon.

      A lot of the things you guys say are opinionated, the things I say are opinionated.

      Bands and musicians are putting themselves out there for the whole world to see. Promoting themselves widely for everyone. That means, I get to respond to how these guys are doing things. It’s called constructive criticism and that’s what I do. If they put out music I don’t like or how they promote themselves, I can give feedback on that stuff however I want to, whether it’s positive or negative. The internet is a public world, bro. They put themselves out there, they will respond. I know that feeling ’cause people always had mixed feelings on how I put myself out there as well, good or bad, and I can handle it.

      I know there are people out there that don’t like me or my music, I’m not out there to please everyone, so I don’t give a shit about the haters.

      Back to what I was saying, when I talk about local bands and the music scene, sure enough, a bunch of people will think I’m wrong and think I’m the badguy ’cause they see it as being negative. I never saw how I was negative. Just being honest. It’s like I can’t be honest about anything local music related, yet, people can say whatever they wanted about me and maybe a few other musicians people don’t like. That’s how hypocritical this area can be.

      Honestly, I don’t think John himself is offended at this topic. I’m sure he’s laughing and he probably finds it entertaining as hell. I’m sure, he’s lurking.

      btw, how’s the israeli/palestine research going? Did you ever find the ten presidential birth certificates, passport applications or college transcripts yet?

      The Israel/Palestine research is still going. I’m not gonna bother with the birth certificate topic, I’m done with it and moving on from that.

      Kev

  14. All musicians want to think they’re so big and successful, and I never once had that kind of attitude.

    Kev

    Ohh really!!??

  15. I agree. Kev I’m afraid you opened this can of worms for yourself by starting this thread. You’ve contradicted yourself several times. Nothing wrong with admitting it and moving on. Btw I thought you never mentioned local bands you criticize by name? Hope you don’t get in trouble.

    1. Eh? John’s not gonna sue me. He’s not that kind of dude, and I’m sure he can’t afford an expensive lawyer, anyway. I’m completely safe on this.

      btw, when I start controversial topics, I know I’m going to get a reaction, but I LOVE IT!!!! Whether it’s a positive and negative reaction, it gets me fired up.

      You should see my facebook, pretty wild stuff there, more than here, especially the political topics.

      Kev

  16. Oh Kev. You do not provide constructive criticism. You give scathing opinionated reviews of local acts receiving more attention than you. The only exception is your cousin’s band, and even with them I’m sure you’re having to deal with your inner turmoil on their success versus your lack thereof. I do not mean to offend you. You’re probably a cool guy in person but you’ve antagonized several of your readers.

    Let me give YOU a review of KEV BROCK, done is a Kev Brock style, even though I know you won’t post it:

    “Kev Brock is a hater, plain and simple. This guy has been gigging acoustically a little over the past few years or so, and he also has a demo. Some of his songs are really good, I’ll give him that. But he mostly spends time on his blog putting down other local musicians. He rants about them and entertainment news just to feel better about himself. Kev has a physical disability that got him made fun of when he was younger, so now he is a VERY defensive person who cannot take criticism. No offense, I’m just telling it like it is. I have nothing against Kev Brock, but he’s not a real musician and he has a lot to learn about becoming one. He thinks people hate him for his disability, but really it’s his attitude and confrontational style that turns everyone off. I hope he takes my advice and focuses more on his own music before pissing off any more local acts on his blog.”

    It doesn’t feel very good to read that, does it? It’s judgemental and rude. It’s an attack on you. Even though there is truth in it, it’s not constructive. It doesn’t focus on your strengths. It doesn’t give supportive advice that inspires you to do better as a musician or a person. That is how you write about others. I hope you’re not this rude in person or strap yourself in for a lonely life, my friend.

    1. Oh Kev. You do not provide constructive criticism. You give scathing opinionated reviews of local acts receiving more attention than you. The only exception is your cousin’s band, and even with them I’m sure you’re having to deal with your inner turmoil on their success versus your lack thereof. I do not mean to offend you. You’re probably a cool guy in person but you’ve antagonized several of your readers.

      Not true. I don’t give negative opinions and criticism on all successful bands. In fact, there are quite a bit of successful bands out there that I like and admire, other than EBJ. Honestly, I wish all bands success and want all of them to get bigger in their careers but, these bands gotta stay true to themselves and not be pretentious. A little honesty toward bands won’t hurt.

      It doesn’t feel very good to read that, does it? It’s judgemental and rude. It’s an attack on you. Even though there is truth in it, it’s not constructive. It doesn’t focus on your strengths. It doesn’t give supportive advice that inspires you to do better as a musician or a person. That is how you write about others. I hope you’re not this rude in person or strap yourself in for a lonely life, my friend.

      Honestly, I don’t give a shit. If people want to feel that way about me, that’s fine, fuck ’em. There’s no truth to that review about me. It’s all scathingly opinionated. That is not how I write about others at all. I never attacked or bashed anybody once in this post. A lot of people try to make me look like a troll or an asshole on the internet, when all I did was give an intelligent discussion.

      I’m done talking about this for the night, as I’m off to watch some “Sons of Anarchy” on Netflix. Have fun.

      Kev

    1. Ouch, maybe the Erotics did make the Metroland after all! My bad! I think I remember that issue now!

      Kev

  17. One final word on this topic and then I’ll be moving on from this…

    Don’t get me wrong guys. I think making the cover of Metroland would be great! I would like it to happen to me someday whether it will be for my music or for my online blogging but… I’m not gonna start a campaign and beg for it. I’ll just wait for that opportunity to come to me and earn it. That’s how you’re supposed to do it. That’s what I’ve been trying to say all along. Nothing wrong with wanting to get some recognition for the press ’cause everyone wants it, you gotta earn everything.

    I’m sure John will get his chance. He didn’t need to start that campaign to get it. It might destroy his chances of making the cover ’cause it might turn off the staff of Metroland by demanding it. I wasn’t trying to destroy his goals, I’m actually trying to save him from getting destroyed. That is all.

    Kev

    Edit to add: You see what I’m saying? I mean, what if the Metroland looks at that campaign in facebook, they might say, “Oh man, this guy is such an egomaniac, no thanks. Next”. I wasn’t ripping on John in this post at all, if you guys were paying attention. It might kill his chances if he begs for it, just think about it for a few.

    1. Just edited something else in that comment. I’m moving on from this. I’ve said all the things I needed to say. Nothing else to say after this.

      Kev

      1. I just re-read everything I said here in this blog post, and I never saw anything hateful. I may have called him an egomaniac, a couple of times, but that’s what you are and how you’re going to put yourself out there if that’s all you’re going to do is obsess with wanting to get on the cover of some newspaper. When I say that he isn’t well known that he thinks he is, that is not bashing either. I’m just telling it like it is, yo. I’m not a hateful person. And anybody that says I am is a fucking hater himself. I have no time for that. Comments closed. Jimbopark is a piece of shit and that’s the end of it, how about that for hating?

        Kev

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