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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

New Music Video


I'm quite tickled - I've got a new music video out! My brother shot it, I wrote it, acted in it, played the music, edited it, and now, here it is...I'm walking through the woods, and my mind/fears/life, represented by myself as a troll, calls me, and freaks me OUT.

Feel free to pass it around, and have it take over the worrrrld! Join in the fun over on Twitter using the hashtag #Trollboy

The question is: Why aren't you making a music video, too? Hit me up if you have any questions!

- Josh
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Monday, January 23, 2012

Cooking up the Manifesto

Greetings, comrades of the Revolution!

I hope your week is off to a snazzy good start. It's foggy over here in Maryland, but I've got the fireplace going, and the classical radio station on. It's quite cozy.

I've been wandering the winter woods and fields, walking down along the Potomac river, watching the eagles, all the while plotting, plotting, and plotting some more. This is what I've got so far.

I made a big announcement on the radio recently. In case you missed it, it's this:

I'm building a million-person army of the Revolution to Overthrow Bad Music!And I want you to be part of it. Actually, I want it to beyourarmy, too. Will you be oneofa million, Comrade?

Here's the details:

We all agree that Bad Music is a gathering storm, and the darkness has been creeping up so fast that it's all but choked the life out of the places to hear tunes. Flip on the radio, and BAM, there it is! Go to the grocery store, and it rappels out of the speakers, hides behind the canned green beans, and assassinates our ears.

We must fight this menace! That's the first part.

The second part is this:

The "interwebs", as I fondly call the net, has/have made it super easy to network with people who listen to music. "In this business, we call 'em fans, son", my inner Texan might drawl. However, it's a fine line to walk betweentalkingwithpeople and talkingatthem. It's far too easy to fall into the promotion trap, and start spamming folks with an endless barrage of show invites, merchandise, and information.

As a fan, Iliketo be included in the creative process -ifit is sincere. I always feel bad when I go to see a musician I like, and I can't talk to them, or feel insignificant. While of course I'm just a drop in the bucket, each person is important to an artist's success.I think everyone hates feeling like they don't matter, and this is the dangerous part of the online experience. Us musicians can sometimes start to put on airs rather quickly to the detriment of our supporters, when, in fact, they're really our bosses!We're working for each and every person who listens to our music, after all.

Here's what my idea is: Building this army should be more than just a gimmick for getting likes on a facebook page. It should literally be arevolution,an-all inclusive movement where everyone is a VIP, each person is fighting bad music even if they can't sing "Happy Birthday" (I can't), and every single soldier is a true Comrade of the Revolution.

What if: Instead of me signing autographs at a show, you gave meyours?I need to get a guitar for everyone to sign!

What if: There was a wall in my studio where any comrade could send a photo of them overthrowing bad music? What if there was an online site with the photos, complete with a map, so we could see just how close we were to taking over the world?

What if: There was merch you could get at cost?

What if: I recorded a song incorporating samples from everyone in the army?

What if: We all wrote that song together?

What if: I helpedyouget the word out aboutyourmusic?

What if: We really took over the world?

For too long, I've been too competitive. I thought guitar was some sort ofHighlanderor something, where there could be only one. Baloney! Well, hey, maybe that's the case, but today, I'm letting that go. Steve Vai, you win. Local musicians who are more popular than me - you win. I'm putting down the hatchet, and picking up a party hat. A COMRADE Party hat! Bad Music - consider this fair warning. I'm cooking up an offical manifesto in the Komrade Kitchen. It'll be done shortly.

This Revolution is all about the fun. Let's get a million people with us.

Can I hear a "Sup, COMRADE?"

Saluting you!
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Monday, January 16, 2012

Join the Revolution!

Hey Ultimate Guitar Comrades!

Boy, I always feel cool looking at my friends page on here, and saying "wow, huh, I know a lot of cool guitar players!"

But THEN...We don't really talk, now, do we? Are any of you guys 'n gals on Facebook, Twitter, or Google +?

Definitely let me know, because we're the guitar army, and the army needs to communicate!

Here's my stats:

Facebook: Personal page:
Music page (PLEASE add!)

Twitter @dontjoshme

Hop on there, say hello, and I'll say hello back! Did I tell you? I'm building a million person army, and I want YOU to be a part of it! Here's the funny video to explain it:

See you on the interwebs!

- Josh
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Hotshot Interview!


WOW! I'm super duper excited! This cool dude named Mario with a cool website calledIdeaMensch.comwas cool enough to feature an interview with...ME!!!!!

Oh boy!

Check it out! Five Questions with Josh Urban!


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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Be my friend, comrades!

Hey Comrades and especially loyal blog subscribers!

Geeze, sorry I've been so quiet on the UG blog. I've been blogging, BUT often neglect to post 'em over here. Lousy, I know!

I've been really getting into using Google +! It's WAY cool, and it's the new facebook. I'd love to continue the conversation with everyone over there!

It's invite only right now, so if you want on, drop me a PM with your email address, and I'll send you an invite.

You guys 'n gals are cool, and us comrades of the revolution to overthrow bad music need to stick together!

See you online!

- Josh
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Sunday, April 17, 2011

New Radio Show!

Hey Comrades!

Happy Saturday to you. Four announcements to make today.

1. Do not eat at Cracker Barrel restaurants. Ever.

2. "In The Heat of the Night" is a powerful movie. Wow, if you haven't seen it, you've gotta. It's a moving drama that serves as quite a reminder that the disease of racism must, must, must be stamped out. I think I'm gonna write a song called "They call me Mr. Tibbs."

3. I've finally got a name for this revolutionary, community-building, fortified-with-the-power-of-Rock radio station I've been yammering about! It's calledThe Signalman.Huh, seems like I've heard something like that before...Well, I just built aFacebook page for it - please check it out!

I'll be featuring local and touring musicians, both by playing their CD's and conducting interviews. If you'd like to be on my show, please drop me an email and we'll talk. I'm very excited to have the opportunity to build a community, and I so so so hope you'll be part of it! Even if you don't play any music, feel free to call in requests, or just drop a note to say hello. I'm figuring out that The Revolution is built of people like all of us, and the more participation, the better!

4. This just in: John Lennon was a communist. I heard my buddy Lynn Hollyfield play a great cover of "Imagine" yesterday at her show, and sitting there in my comrade shirt, the lyrics really struck me. Commie! Great tune, though...And a great concert by Lynn! It was outside. It was cold. It was windy. But it was rockin'! Good job, Lynn! Check out her great contemporary folk sound

Hope you have a great weekend!

Hey, check out my new friends I made at Lynn's show yesterday. It was good seeing a few old friends as well!

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Friday, December 03, 2010

The Color of Music

Ain't green, yo!

Comrades! I hope y'all had a happy Thanksgiving! Ah yes, that strange American tradition where we are thankful, eat cranberry sauce shaped like a can, and then get up way too early to buy stuff.

Well, call me a comrade, 'cause I didn't do any of those things! OK, OK, so I WAS grateful, and let me tell you, I had a lot to be grateful for! One of those things was all the nice comments I got on my last post. Thank y'all! Very kind. I so appreciate it!

It's that time of year where money is flying through the air, usually at shiny trinkets that sometimes we need, and sometimes we don't. People are shopping for music gear in earnest, which brings me to...the point of this ramble!

What's the color of music? It ain't green, yo!

I was talking to a client of mine, and he's setting up a neat little beat production studio in his basement. He was getting burned out on how much everything cost. I invented a lecture on the spot - actually, to be fair, it's been cooking for a little while....

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New tunes online!

Hey all you UG people!

I just put three tracks from Signalman online! Check 'em out, tell your friends!

Hope you enjoy 'em!

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Making of an EP - Final Chapter - Hello, World


I'm done! I'm finished! The EP is ONLINE! I'm super proud to introduce to the listening audience my latest studio effort! Will you please put your hands together for....Signalman!

This is my first "real" recording, complete with vocals, drums, and even keyboards! I'm responsible for every single sound on it.

It's been quite a journey, and I've had an awesome team to help me through. From my brother Noah putting my website online, graphic design help, and answering endless photoshop questions, to Mike Mori helping me figure out the mixing and recording phase of the project, and acting as assistant producer, to the good folks at the Oasis record plant, Bill Wolf doing the mastering, my Mom for her much appreciated consultation, business and creative advice, and of course, my brother Zakk for his marketing input, and sitting through many conversations and rants about the project! Every single one of these people got dragged into this project, and they were most gracious with their help.

Thank you all!

And, without further ado, please take a listen to Signalman.
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Monday, August 30, 2010

Josh's new single!



The dust has settled, the music has been mastered, and the artwork is in New Jersey...Poor artwork...Waiting to be copied on to a thousand CDs!

In the meantime, check out the first single of my new EP Signalman.

Hope you enjoy! (And please pass it around!)

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