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I pirate music – Will bands hate me?

Ok, on the face of it the answer will be yes. I download music illegally, and thus the band doesn’t receive the royalty. Technically, I’m a criminal.

Now let’s look into it a bit deeper. In my case, I go to a LOT of gigs. Gigs not only cost a lot more than an album, but a bigger percentage of income from gigs go to the bands rather than albums which goes to record labels.

A lot of these bands I see are quite small in England, such as Escape the Fate for example who I’m seeing for the second time in a few weeks. Without downloading their music illegally, I would never have heard of them. Without hearing their music, I would never be going to their gig, thus bands are getting more money from me because I download their music illegally…

In fact, the ONLY bands losing out, are ones where I download their music illegally and don’t like it so I don’t go see them – But for me, that’s what life is about. You don’t like something so you’re not going to pay for it! No one buys clothes that don’t fit right? Why should music be any different?

There are a lot of people that download music and don’t see gigs – I’m not justifying what they do, but to be honest I’m a bit tired of an older generation looking badly at me personally because I download music illegally. Do some maths, work it out – Here are the gigs I’ve been to see below:

Shinedown (times 3)
Papa Roach (times 3)
The Crave (times 2)
Stone Sour
Avenged Sevenfold
Alter Bridge
The Veer Union
Puddle of Mud
Foo Fighters
Theory Of A Deadman
Escape The Fate
Hollywood Undead
Drowning Pool
Digital Summer
The Subways
The Strokes
System Of A Down
Marilyn Manson
Eminem & D-12 (A loooong time ago!)


Papa Roach
Escape The Fate

I’d average each gig at about $40 to $50… You do the maths 🙂

Just to finish on a good note, a vid of my most recent gig below. Stone Sour (singing through the glass!)

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Mid-Vegas Update

Hi All!

Though I wasn’t planning to do a poker update till the end of the vacation, I had a long crazy session today and wanted to note down some hands for reference. In summary it’s been a really fantastic 2 days! Not only did I get on the guest list to a police cover band at the hard rock, but I made a load of cash as well as losing some huge pots. Whys that great you may ask yourself? Well, poker players will lose hands. Its as simple as that. We’ll get great all in as a huge favourite and lose.. a lot. The important thing is to make money from the times you can and make sure that’s ahead of your losses. Rather than the past 2 days being a load of “luck”, I’ve lost some big hands but minimised damage and really value betted weak hands against weak opponents where I could exploit them. This is where the money comes from in Vegas cash games, so I’m pretty darn happy so far. To summarise, I’m $530 up so far after about 14 hours of poker in 2 days.

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I’ve saved the deep poker analysis for the end of this blog so all you none poker readers can see what I’m up to 🙂

Tomorrow (or Today as it’s 4:44am) brings a lot of fun. Will be seeing HIM again (but not taking any phones…) as well as an evening of poker, then on Monday I’m spending the day at the pool in Hard Rock with a friend who lives in town, before playing more in the evening. Happy to be meeting people around here as I’m going to be back a whole load more… The dealers are getting to know my name too which is pretty fun, though I’m not sure about Jen thinking I was gay due to my lack of flirting..! Pfft – I was working damnit!

Also got the news I’m having to cut my holiday short a day to fly to LA to visit some clients. I was a bit meh at first, but it’s cool. A week is enough for now and I want to get out and see clients as much as possible while I’m here so looking forward to it. Hopefully it won’t rain this time…

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Anyway back to the poker!

So a couple of the bad hands included a weak top pair with on a flop. I’m first to act on the flop after he called my $12 raise pre flop from the blinds, so I do a standard bet of $20 which he thinks about and raises to $50. Now I know he’s capable of doing this with nothing and we’d run into each other a few times. His range included nearly all weaker aces and even most tens here! I’m either all in or folding but he has $120 behind so I figure I’ll let him make another play on the turn. I call and the turn is – I check, he goes all in.. thus I call knowing I was ahead on the flop. Unfortunately he had to make 2 pair – The only thing I could have done differently is 1) fold the flop or 2) push the flop. I’m not sure I like the fold as his range for the raise is very big, which leaves pushing the only other option… Saying that if it was any other turn card, I figure he still would have pushed so I’m happy with the play.

Against the same guy several hands earlier though there was a pretty standard cooler with his against my .. It’s always a tough one to see but it’s easy to play and easy to get over. These 2 hands cost me $350 alone.

On the good side of life, one of my best ever plays came from a stone cold bluff with – UTG who hardly ever plays a hand straddles to $4. 4 callers so I figure I have some value! I call, he makes it $15, and everyone also calls that! So the flop comes – UTG bets out a straight $35 which is the worst bet I’ve seen. He’s left himself with $100 but the pot was already $60, and with 5 people in the hand and as a player I respected and thought was very good, $35 is just so weak! I mean what could he have? A strong ace bets more and if he had a weak pair he’s just giving it away! It’s folded round to me on the button and with T high I just can’t fold… I can’t put him on a strong ace so figure him to be on a really bad hand… So I push in the $135 casually, he thinks for about 2.5 seconds and mucks.

Re-looking at the above I took a $100 pot there on a flop with ten high… No pair, no draws, NO showdown equity at all. This is where the difference is between the luck players and the skill ones, so I was pretty happy with my read!

The whole night was like that really… I was reading people spot on, but I took another huge hit when my on a ran into !!! My stack was going from between $200 and $700 way too much, but finished this particular session on $600 which I thought was pretty fair.

Anyway, guess I better get some sleep. Less than 3 weeks till I’m back in England and REALLY looking forward to seeing everyone 🙂 I expect to be hungover most days while I’m in England though if I do see everyone in the few weeks I’m there 😉

Chow and remember to follow me on twitter! 🙂

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