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Sharing the Hate, Spreading the Pain: TLP Explained

by on Aug.02, 2007, under Articles, Sharing the Hate

Just Another Venue:

What is TLP? Many people have been asking, and the answers tend to range from one to five minutes of explanations about who we are and what we do. After thinking long and hard, the world deserves an answer.

No, I am not going to tell you what TLP stands for. That telling would ruin the fun. Moreover, David will not tell me what it means either.

I do ponder about what TLP means from time to time. The best thing I can come up with for a name is Tender Luscious Pancakes. It fits perfectly, especially if you have seen me eat.

Who does not like pancakes?

Saying you do not like pancakes means you do not support a wholesome breakfast.
Saying you do not like pancakes means you are against being creative with your food.
Saying you do not like pancakes means you do not care what you eat or how it is prepared.

Saying you do not like TLP means you don’t support unsigned and independent music.
Saying you do not like TLP means you are against the freedom that comes without labels.
Saying you do not like TLP means you do not care why artists write and how music is prepared.

The parallels just take off from there like a squadron of Foxbat Russian Mig 25s in Korea.

There should be more pancakes in life and everyone would be happier. The pancake, like the waffle, is a great compliment to your breakfast. The pancake takes an array of tasty toppings, and just adds them together soaking up all the flavor. Combined, you have a meal, while any of the toppings by themselves are just a snack.

By itself, a pancake is usually moist yet dry, and constantly needs something extra. The TLP needs something too. It needs your music to survive. Without your bands submitting music to the show, and agreeing to our interviews, our show might as well be an hour-long telephone conversation between David and me.

That scenario would be no different from showing up to a gig and playing just for the other bands in an empty hall. Our hall is the size of the internet, which is a bit larger than the 2500 person club your band hopes to put 150 people in one day. Just look at all those tubes in an Ethernet cable, and you will get the picture.

Venues offer your band exposure to an audience. You show up, play your set, sell your merchandise, and then move on. I hope that you have flyered and promoted for the show as well. Some of your band members continue to show up to the venue weeks after the show and help support other artists.

Our show is no different there. Your band shows up, plays a pre-recorded song, perhaps talks about the song for a bit, and we route people to your online merch table. I hope that you have promoted for the show as well. Then some of your band members continue to show up to the TLP station weeks after the show and help support other artists.

In return, like any venue, we ask that you promote the show and the fact that you are on it. We also ask that you sign a royalty waiver form, because we do not have money to pay the RIAA.

Now you are “in the know,” please realize that TLP really does stand for Tender Luscious Pancakes.

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