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Coachella 2010 Lineup Announced!

-I’m pretty happy with this lineup! Some of my recent favorites are going to be playing, as well as some foundational early influences for me. The lineup may not have quite the big-name pop and kapow that it’s carried in past years, but I’m much more excited about this roster in a real-world way.

-MANY acts that I’m actually excited to elbow my way to the front for…

As Tall As Lions
Sly and the motherfuckin’ Family Stone
Sunny Day motherfuckin’ Real Estate
Thom Yorke
Porcupine Tree
White Rabbits
Mayer Hawthorne
Dillinger Escape Plan
Faith No More
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Them Crooked Vultures

-As always, I’ll be working at the official Coachella Merchandise tent again this year. Come see me and let’s take in some TUNES together!

Love and lineups,

January 19, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blue Christmas!

-Sometimes I screw around with a crappy baritone acoustic guitar when I miss my friends. This is dedicated to everyone I WON’T get to see this holiday break… =)

-Love you guys! Happy Holidays!

Love and floppy hats,

December 25, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“These Arms of Mine” Otis Redding Cover

One of my favorite Otis Redding songs. Thanks for listening!

December 7, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Early Mad at Gravity Set on YouTube!

Mad at Gravity LIVE May 22, 2002 – Santa Barbara, CA.

November 15, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Vlog: 4 notes of Mad at Gravity – Reign of Fire Credits on AMC

Seven years out, THIS is what having two songs over the end title credits of a big Hollywood movie looks like. HILARIOUS! =)

November 10, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Satisfied” Acoustic – for Steve and Anneliese


Hold onto me
And you’ll never be lost
I have wrapped myself around you
Pour into me
And you’ll always be full
I will overflow into you

I reach out for you in the dark
And find my own heartbeat
My tall drink of water on a warm summer night
I’m satisfied.

Lean into me
And I’ll never fall
I have rooted myself in you

I reach out for you in the dark
And find my own heartbeat
My tall drink of water on a warm summer night
I’m satisfied.
I’m satisfied.

Congratulations again, friends! I love you guys.

Love and tributes to it,

November 7, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

A Reaction to RELEVANT Magazine’s “Why Music ‘Should’ be Free.”

from RELEVANTmagazine.com

from RELEVANTmagazine.com

This is my reaction to THIS ARTICLE, taken from Relevant Magazine online. If you feel like reading on, please read the original article first…

I started with a comment on the article, which grew a bit too long. Things grew, and I wound up here… BLOGGING. 2003-style. Soo… Enjoy my brainpuke?


The article is all just a bit short-sighted in my opinion. It feels like our author is just naively trying to justify his Limewire library. Very few of his sources really apply to the specific realities of the music industry; Only an idealized notion of something that would be great if it actually worked.

Radiohead has the luxury of giving their music away for free only because the OLD system already made them famous. Plain and simple. There would be no “Weird Fishes” without “Creep.”

The fact of the matter is that we have yet to see any new, emerging artists make any sort of acceptable living while giving away the fruits of their labor for free.

Arguing that record labels should embrace “sideloading” as great promotion is a bit self-defeating. Labels exist to sell recordings. If they give everything away in the hopes of generating a buzz, then all they’ve done is make a band famous at their own expense. And they close up shop.

Granted, it can be said that the age of the record label is gone anyhow. Their function is essentially to help make artists known through their promotional budgets in exchange for the profits from the sale of their recordings. Musicians then actually make their living via live performances and merchandise sales. Or by licensing their intellectual property for use in import car commercials and/or silly dragon movies.

Unless you’re Creed (what a reunion, eh?), these merchandising/licensing revenues are nowhere near enough for an emerging artist to make rent with. I’d love to believe that fans care enough to support the arts that move them of their own “free-will” (nyuk nyuk), but I have yet to see it. All the talented artisans I know are scraping gas and ramen money together from city to city while touring on their vacation time away from “normal” jobs.

I understand the point that an actual digital recording could potentially serve as the “loss-leader” that hopefully motivates fans to see an artist live (maybe even buying a t-shirt while they’re there), but this is also a bit of a stretch. How many concerts have you been to in the past year? How much of those artists’ merchandise did you purchase? Now compare that with how many songs you have in your Limewire library, and it becomes evident that the average person is gonna have to make a LOT more trips out to see live shows before the math adds up.

Five years from now, smug articles will be written about why feature films “should” be free. Ten years from now, why attending professional sports games “should” be free. And everyone who watches said “free” films and games will whine about the amount of ads and product placement in them.

We’ve somehow become convinced that we’re ENTITLED to be moved, intellectually stimulated, and othewise entertained. “Here we are now, entertain us!” I blame Kurt Cobain. Then again, I also blame Al Gore whenever my A/C goes out…

Love and the global warming that chokes out art,

October 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Awesome Kid Sings Mad at Gravity’s “Burn”

Seriously the awesomest…

October 1, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

J.Lynn’s Expanding YouTube Video Collection!

Oh hey hi!

J.Lynn’s on YouTube, too!

-More performances and footage will be added to this playlist very soon, folks. Just getting things started and collecting all my various musical video footage in one handy-dandy player for now…

Love and thumbnail views,

September 19, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Vintage” J.Lynn Johnston Blog Entries

My People…

-So here’s the deal… I’ve been bloggin’ since before people knew what a BLOG was. I had to call it a “Journal” on my old official site just so normal people would know what the crap I was talking about. Then I used MySpace for a bit before I realized how bad THEIR blog system is…

-So here we go again. I’m going WordPress, with its glorious Viddler integration, and I intend for this to be the last jump I make! Eventually, I may repost some older stuff and back-date it, just to get it all here and congruent within the same web space. In the meantime, here are links to the older stuff, in case you feel like catching up. I’ll try to keep it interesting for you!

The Official J.Lynn Johnston Dot Com Vintage ‘Journal’

The J.Lynn Johnston MySpace Blog

Love and WordPressin’,


May 8, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment