Tuesday, January 16, 2007


We are excited to announce confirmed speakers for this year's "Noise Pop presents Indie Night School" session on the weekend of March 3 and March 4. Please note that specific times will be announced shortly.

Confirmed Speakers...

Ted Leo
Cathy Bauer, Co-Owner of Lookout! Records (The Donnas, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Operation Ivy, Green Day)
Jordan Kurland, Zeitgeist Management (Death Cab for Cutie)
Darius Zelkha, Tough Love Management (Josh Ritter)
Dan Kasin, Manager (Two Gallants)
Travis Hellyer, Talent Buyer, Mezzanine
Todd Gascon, Zent Law Group (Richard Buckner, Oranger, Tussle, many others)
John Swanson, Founder, Pacific Noise
Kevin Crouse, MP3.com
David Rosenheim, CEO, JamBase, Inc.

Moderated by yours truly, Tom Sean

Monday, December 11, 2006

INS returns to NOISE POP (San Francisco)

After a tremendous two-day panel series at last year's Noise Pop, which saw lines down the block and straight-to-the-point discussion with the top music professionals in San Francisco, Indie Night School is returning this year to help independent musicians live a more successful life in music.

Convening at the Swedish American Music Hall on March 3 and 4, each day will feature two panels. Among the topics to be covered:

- Booking (getting into the top clubs in the city, working out of the audition circuit, playing non-traditional shows...)

- Management (what to look for in a manager, where to find them, when you need them/and don't need them...)

- Labels (what do they actually do, do you really need one, how to catch their attention)

- Lo-Fi 2.0 (what can musicians learn from the Youtube revolution, how to record on a low-low-low budget, recording music in the post-album world...)

Panelists to be announced soon. Please contact tom [at] theblackspoons [dot] com for more details.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


Hey everybody,

Tonight's INS event at Little Radio runs from 7-9pm, doors opening at 6:15. The address (please Google Map this!) is:

1218 Long Beach Avenue
ZIP = 90021
(It's near the intersection of Alameda and Freeway 10)

When you map it, be sure to input the zip code.

See you all tonight - I gotta board the flight...

Tom - Indie Night School

Monday, June 19, 2006

INS in Los Angeles (July 12 at Little Radio)

On July 12, INS is celebrating its one-year anniversary in style with its first ever panel in Los Angeles! Scheduled for Wednesday, July 12, 7-9pm, at Little Radio (1218 Long Beach Ave.), the conference will bring together a group of dynamic music professionals to field questions from the L.A. independent music community. Speakers include:

· Jennifer Knoepfle, Director, Membership Group, Pop/Rock - ASCAP
· Kevin Bronson, Los Angeles Times (Kevin will address music journalism and reviews.)
· Laurel Stearns, Capitol Records (Laurel will address A&R/scouting.)
· Jeri Yoshizu, Manager of Sales Promotions, Scion (Jeri engineered Scion's boomingly successful lifestyle campaign. She'll address the opportunities and risks presented to artists by the convergence of big business and independent music.)
· Jax, Rock Insider

* More panelists to come, panel subject to change

Regular admission is $8 and tix are available here.

ASCAP members receive free admission to the event by RSVPing tom@theblackspoons.com with the subject line: "ASCAP"

Wednesday, June 07, 2006


I'm proud to light a single solitary candle for INS today, which was founded one year ago this month. When the idea came about, I never dreamed it would be this much fun, involve so many great cities, or that it would bring together so many fantastic panelists, musicians, and supporters.

I'd like to thank all the speakers I've worked with so far, as well as the people who have supported the series. I'm really excited, as well, for our first INS in LA on July 12.

Above all, I want to thank the folks at ASCAP (www.ascap.com) and Pianos (www.pianosnyc.com) who have been sponsoring INS right from the start. And thank you to Michelle McDevitt and Gavin Rhodes at Iconocastic.com for bringing INS podcasts to the world. Very very special thanks to Harry Poloner, Marc Hutner, Margaret Spoddig, Jennifer Knoepfle, and Jin Moon.

Without further ado, INS would like to thank the following sponsors and panelists. I hope I'm not forgetting anyone - if so, please email at tom@theblackspoons.com to remind me.

-Plug Awards
-The Deli Magazine
-Little Radio

-Adam Shore, Vice Records
-Alec Bemis, Brassland Records
-Alex Coletti, Producer of MTV Unplugged
-Amaechi Uzoigwe, Dex Jux, World's Fair, Plug Awards
-Amylu, Shaw Promotion
-Andy Shaw, Shaw Promotion
-Aspen, Suicide Girls
-Audrey Levy, Melody Nelson
-Ben Morgan, Talent Buyer, Millcreek Tavern (Philly)
-Billy, Talent Buyer, Sin-E
-Brandon Schmidt, Manager, Interpol
-Brian Brophy, Managing Editor, Mesh SF
-Brian Long, Manager, VHS or Beta (also founder of Astralwerks)
-Bronques, Last Night's Party
-Chris White, Talent Buyer, Livenation (Avalon/Warsaw)
-Christian Bernhardt, Kork Agency (SF)
-Dan Koplowitz, Friendly Fire, formerly Fanatic Promotion
-Dave Stein, Attorney to Taking Back Sunday...
-Deb Zeller, The Make Out Room (SF)
-Deirdre Corley, Verbose Coma
-Doug DeFalco, Assistant Talent Buyer, Southpaw
-DJ Mojo, Promoter, NYC
-Eddie Applebaum, Manager of Local H, Morningwood
-Elliot Aronow, The Simple Mission
-Emily Silman, Astralwerks
-Eric Morse, Brooklyn Responds, Trampoline House
-Fred Navarette, Matador/Beggars
-Geoff Sherr, Manager, Robbers on High Street
-Isaac Green, Founder, StarTime Records
-Jaan Uhelszski, San Francisco Chronicle, Founder of Creem
-Jake Dobkin, Co-Founder, Gothamist
-Jasper Coolidge, Head Talent Buyer, Pianos
-Jay Ruttenberg, Time Out NY
-Jeff Price, spinArt
-Jen Carlson, Gothamist
-Jenny Francois, Aeki Tuesday
-Jeralyn Gerba, Associate Editor, Daily Candy
-John Moore, Talent Buyer, Bowery Ballroom
-Johnny Beach, Head Talent Buyer, Mercury Lounge
-Jonny Kaps, Manager, stellarstarr*
-Justine D, Motherfucker
-Ken Anderson, Attorney to The Beastie Boys, Radiohead
-Kevin Collinsworth, Founder, Music For America
-Kimberly Chun, Senior Arts and Entertainment Editor, San Francisco Bay Guardian
-Kjersti Egerdahl, West Coast Editor, Performer Magazine
-Laura Young, The Modern Age
-Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
-Leigh Lust, VP, Atlantic Records
-Lio Cerezo, Founder, Kanine Records
-Lisa Hix, Managing Editor, Flavorpill SF
-Louise Zervas, A&R, Kill Rock Stars
-Maria T Sciarrino, Booking Agent, Plain Parade (Philly)
-Marni Wandner, Brooklyn Responds, Double Blind Music
-Martin Bisi, Producer, Sonic Youth
-Matt Hickey, High Road Touring (SF)
-Matthew Fritch, Editor of Magnet
-Matthew Perpetua, Fluxblog
-Michael T, Motherfucker
-Michelle McDevitt, Audible Treats, Iconocastic
-Michelle Panache, Panache Booking/Magazine
-Mike Blaxill, Music For America, Bands Against Bush
-Mike McKee, Editor of Rockpile
-Patrick McNamara, Oh My Rockness
-Paul Mahajan, Producer, The National, YYYs, The Liars...
-Polsia Ryder, Gigantic Music
-Richard Grabel, Attorney to Sonic Youth, Interpol, Modest Mouse
-Rosie McNeel, Underground Fairy
-Sam Kinken, Talent Buyer, Livenation (Irving Plaza)
-Sarah Lewitinn, Ultragrrrl
-Sascha Lewis, Founder, Flavorpill
-Sean Agnew, R5 Productions (Philly)
-Sean Roberts, former Senior Director of A&R, TVT Records
-Stacie, Heyday Entertainment (Philly)
-Steve Lillywhite, Producer, U2
-Syd Butler, Founder, French Kiss Records
-Todd Cote, Leafy Green (SF)
-Todd P, NYC Indie Promoter Extraordinaire
-Tom Sarig, Manager, Blonde Redhead/Le Tigre/Against Me!
-Will Langolf, formerly Senior A&R, Warner Brothers, currently managing Matisyahu, Counting Crows, and others
-Yalan Papillons, Talent Buyer, Knitting Factory
-Zach Mexico, Talent Buyer, Pianos