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5/24/10

Hey kids! Tomorrow, Roger & Golden hop on a plane to Boston for Roger's college reunion. What does this mean to you? Well, it means that you won't be able to see us @ Good Hurt this month, but it does mean that if you're in Cambridge, you may catch a glimpse of Roger strumming and crooning in Harvard Square! If you think that's frightening, imagine how Harvard feels! Back in a week or so!

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3/23/10

Acoustic action headed your way!

April 17th and 18th, Roger and Golden will be performing their newest tunes stripped down to the barest essentials (musically) in the courtyard at Hollywood and HIghland! It's a free for all, free for all! Two 30 minute sets each night, starting at sundown. Can't wait to see you there!

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2/23/10

We're going on a boat! We're going on a boat!

Okay, technically, it's a "ship," and the people on the "ship" get very upset if you call the "ship" a "boat." Which means that Roger can't help but call it a "boat" whenever he's around the people who insist upon calling it a "ship."

While Golden is on the upper decks getting even more golden, Roger will be meeting with the entertainment folks to see how our dynamic duo can add to the wonder and magic of the (unnamed) Cruise Line's newest ship. It's seven days in the Caribbean, with stops in Nassau and a couple islands named after saints. Should be fun!

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1/3/10

Since it's the new year, and you've been asking, we'll tell you what happened with our iPhone app. It's a long story, but we'll try to make it short.

Way back when Apple first started their iPhone Developer Program, we signed up and started to create an app. This was way back before Snow Patrol, before anybody had an iPhone app. By the time we submitted it, a number of other artists had started having "apps" which were nothing more than repackaged website front-ends, and snippets of songs. Adware, basically.

Well, our app incuded all the requisite photos, lyrics, and other promo materials, but we had one additional thing that no one else had. We included an actual song -- Lover's Voice -- and we called it an "App Single." Seems simple enough, doesn't it?

Well apparently not, because it took over 3 months for them to get back to us. And when they did, they said "we're still thinking about it..."

Now to be fair, we suspected something like this. Because at that point in time, there were very few apps in the App Store, especially in the music section. So visibility was very high. And also, song prices in the iTunes store were capped at 99 cents. So if they did approve us, that would mean that the App Store could be flooded with apps that were basically just songs and bands could price them whatever they wanted. So our idea was rather disruptive, and would have turned the music section of the App Store into a duplication of the iTunes store.

But rather than rejecting us for that reason, they kept stringing us along until late January of '09 when they finally rejected us for "limited functionality." This was, of course, absurd on two fronts. First, how could it be "limited functionality" if it did everything that all the approved (major label) adware did and more? And second, if the functionality was so limited, why did it take multiple layers of review and over four months to review it? Heaven forbid it had more functionality, they'd still be reviewing it!

Anyway, we don't really have hard feelings about it, since we know it would have blown up their system. But we would have appreciated a little honesty. And that's the story.

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