Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Switching Servers Soon?

I'm going to almost certainly switch web hosts soon. While CDBaby has been extremely reliable, it is nonetheless also extremely expensive...though, of course, they have also given me the opportunity to upload BOK/F+W/Karl Rove albums to Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, etc. for a nominal price quarterly. Still, WIX seems to be quite reliable itself and just as dedicated to musicians as CDBaby at a considerably lower yearly rate. I'm not sure exactly when a change will happen and all that a change in hosts will entail and whether or not there'll be a temporary halt in the web site's availability. It takes months, if not years, to build up a site like this (some of you still affectionately recall the original absolutely monstrous site on Geocities and later GoDaddy), so this isn't a step lightly taken. I'm trying to preserve everything I can on CDBaby.

On this day back in 2001, Book of Kills played a lengthy show at Grafton-Stovall Theater on the James Madison University campus. Then-manager Andrew Neckowitz and I had spent the earlier part of the day driving around Harrisonburg (Virginia) filming whatever sites struck our fancy. Andrew then took the results home and quickly edited them into a video suitable for projecting behind the band while we played our set. Three other bands also played that night. It cost me something like $300 to rent the theater and I'm sure I lost money (we forgot that JMU would be on Spring Break!), but it was a fun night for all. The set list: Accidentally Naked, Cave In, Why Won't You, Money, Just An Average Day, Gemini, Rain, Because Because, Inconvenient Space, Fade, Fat Woman Lying in the Street, If I Asked You, Caroline, If You Want It Take It, I Was Wrong, To Dream a New Dream, Killing Time Again, Running, I Hang Heavy-->Up In Flames-->Can't Stand It Anymore, Don't Stop the Scream.

On this day in 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their famous eight day Bed-In at a hotel in Montreal. They, of course, recorded "Give Peace a Chance" in their room during the (what can only be described as a) event which drew newspaper, radio and television reporters and crews from around the world. It was a different time, kids. 

"Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance." -- Yoko Ono