GUESS WHAT!! Some of you may remember this amazing thing I got to be a part of working with a couple years ago (twice, in 2010 and then also 2011): it’s happening again!!! Comedian/actor/filmmaker/writer/overall Best Dude DC PIERSON just released his second novel, CRAP KINGDOM. It’s a YA novel that everybody with a heart who remembers high school will love. And to celebrate he’s gotten all the best musicians (like TED LEO, JEAN GRAE, ADVANCE BASE, FREE ENERGY, SEAN NELSON of Harvey Danger, and more!!) to write songs inspired by the novel. And here I am to get you, college radio, to play those songs!! Lots more info about DC, the book, the songs, and a bunch of other related stuff coming up below!!
SONGS FOR “CRAP KINGDOM”
Fifty People’s Favorite Thing
You may know DC Pierson from the sketch comedy group DERRICK, their movie “Mystery Team,” his first novel The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep And Never Had To, or the Allstate commercial in which he rear-ends an older gentleman and then speaks in the voice of 24’s Dennis Haysbert. Or as the guy who plays the recorder and blathers “Like, what even is music, you know?” in the new Tom Scharpling-directed “The Postal Service Auditions” Funny or Die video.
His new novel Crap Kingdom came out Thursday, March 7th. It’s a young adult novel about a high school kid who finds out he’s the Chosen One in a magical fantasy realm, then discovers the magical fantasy realm in which he’s the Chosen One is really, really crappy.
He’s releasing Songs For Crap Kingdom, a collection of songs inspired by the novel, by some of indie rock and hip hop’s favorite artists (Ted Leo, Free Energy, Jean Grae, The Rosebuds, Advance Base, The Ettes, Sean Nelson, and more!), to celebrate the book coming out.
He worked hard to get as many pre-orders as possible before the book came out in hopes of making the NY Times Bestseller List. If you pre-ordered the book Before Thursday Mar. 7th by following the simple directions on http://crapkingdom.com, DC wrote your name into a Custom Rap he then performed on YouTube, as he did for hundreds of readers. (I’m in #4!!)
Here’s Custom Rap #3, “Names 101-150 (ROWLING!)” in which he sort of puts JK Rowling on blast but not really: http://youtu.be/6YnenWt0Omc
In an effort to drive sales, DC also put out years worth of his work in various fields for free online.
He released his first rap mixtape, “Something Has Survived,” after 50 more people pre-ordered the book: http://dcpierson.tumblr.com/post/43690262970/i-said-if-50-more-people-pre-ordered-my-book-id
He also released a 30 minute stand-up special for free on YouTube: http://youtu.be/VXsLG–lUOg
Release week also saw the release of his one-person storytelling show “DC Pierson Is Bad At Girls”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoNfjR2eGVY
Here’s the AV Club premiere of the Ted Leo track “Return to Crap Kingdom”: http://www.avclub.com/articles/free-download-an-exclusive-ted-leo-track-about-dc,93249/
And here’s the Stereogum premiere of the Free Energy track “Get Ready”, a “a typically fun-as-hell contribution”: http://www.stereogum.com/1280581/free-energy-get-ready-stereogum-premiere/mp3s/
RIYL: Ted Leo, Free Energy, Jean Grae, The Rosebuds, Advance Base/Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, The Ettes, Sean Nelson/Harvey Danger (each has a track!!)
Start With: 3, 6, 1, 4 FCC CLEAN
The last few times I did this sort of thing, the book was awesome, DC was amazing, and the tracks on the comps I promoted were really cool and great, which is all 100% very much again still the case, but this time I don’t even need to really work to convince you of those things to get you to pay attention because LOOK AT THAT LIST OF BANDS!!!
DC is available for interviews and other promotional opportunities (he’d love to call yr station!).
Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep! This project is DOWNLOAD-ONLY so don’t wait for a hard copy!!