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April 24, 2008

All Time Low on 'TRL'

All Time Low, the pop punk band from Baltimore County, will be interviewed on TRL at 3:30 p.m. today.

Apparently they have some sort of promotion going with MTV, and a few 15-foot promotional posters are hanging in Times Square for a week.

And, they have more than 14 million plays on MySpace.


Congrats, guys.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 1:49 PM | | Comments (12)
Categories: Local music


Sam you should moonlight with Anna Ditkoff. Forget the murda count. Find out what happened to the music.

Its sad such a terrible band is representing our area in the music scene, The type of music they play is todays version of"boy band music" Its sad that they get so famous while other local bands who are original , are never recognized


"Its sad such a terrible band is representing our area in the music scene..."

Says you, and maybe you are right, but I have been told that's what high school age and older people said about The Beatles when they first broke through with "I Want To Hold Your Hand".
So, you never know.


Bottom line is this apparently is kind of music is what people want. With 14 million hits, this type of music is being supported and is going to influence what record companies are going to release and promote.

If you believe in an artist and band support them* and a little word of mouth on their behalf can go a long way if you share with people of similar interest. You may in the long run make a difference.

*like actually buying their recordings and not bootlegging your collection off of other peoples CDs or mp3s and attending their performances.

End of rant.

For once me and GDA agree.

14 million hits is nothing to scoff at, and neither are 15 foot posters of yourself. I would KILL to have a 15 foot poster of myself giving the thumbs up.

Regardless of if you approve of the way they do it, selling records is no easy task. I've got 3 self produced records under my belt, that've gone no where. Truthfully, I didn't try, but hey, thats the difference. So hats off to you All Time Low, you've done something I have not.

I will however pirate anything and everything you make (sorry GDA, it couldn't last), just for kicks.

Allan get your kicks with another band you don't have a (somewhat tenuous, I admit) connection with. Don't steal I'll give you a CD.

14 million and growing. You go ATL.


Their song "Weightless" is on constant repeat on my iPod right now. Love it. I downloaded it (legally!) after seeing Sam mention them here earlier this year. Haven't been back on iTunes lately, but I'm buying the whole CD when I get around to it.

Also, Allan, I know it's not 15 feet, but apparently there's a company in Brooklyn that will make a lifesize cardboard cut out of you from a photo that you pose for in their studio. Saw it on Real World. I'm going to look into it and get one done next time I'm in NYC. My apt definitely needs one, and plus, it could be a burglar-deterrent like in Home Alone!

God, I just realized this comment makes me sound about 13 years old. OUT.


Waaaay back in college I interviewed actress Diane Lane for the movie "Under the Tuscan Sun." When we walked into the hotel room to do the interview, we passed a life-size cardboard cutout of Lane -- a promo for the movie.

I asked her: Diane, what's it like to walk into a room and be greeted by a giant cardboard cutout of yourself?

She said it was kind of freaky -- something like calling your home phone line and hearing your own voice answer it.

For some reason I still remember that exchange so clearly, even though it's been six or seven years.

Sam, I'm a big Diane Lane fan. She's cougar-ific. I loved seeing (all of) her in "Unfaithful".

Cardwell, that was a really memorable interview. She was warm and friendly. I haven't seen many of her movies besides Unfaithful and Tuscan Sun, but I think both of those are good.

I recorded my old boss's outgoing voicemail for her cell phone/"side hustle" catering company, and once out of every 3 times I called her and got voicemail, I would hangup the phone thinking I mistakenly called myself. It is definitely a weird feeling.

Diane Lane does seem cool and down to earth. Under the Tuscan Sun looked like an utterly terrible movie, though.

Sam, who's your favorite interview that you've done?

CantonKate, "Under the Tuscan Sun" was a cheesy, feel-good chick flick. Compared to other cheesy, feel-good chick flicks, I thought it was good.

My favorite interview? Hard to say. I think one of the coolest actors I ever interviewed in person was Benicio del Toro. I talked to him for the movie "20 Grams" (which is really intense). I remembered that, when making "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," del Toro, a method actor, had really burned himself with a cigarette butt.

In the movie "20 Grams," del Toro's character cuts his arms with razor blades.

When I interviewed him, del Toro had these black armbands covering his wrists. So I asked him if he'd really sliced up his arms with razor blades.

He told me he'd show me later.

After the interview, as we were walking to the elevator, he stopped me and said, "Here, look" as he slowly peeled back the armbands. There were no scars.

"Nothin' there," he said. "Makin' movies, kid. Just makin' movies."

How awesome is that?

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