Good things in Life: Learn how to successfully market yourself in three easy, doom-laden steps

We continue our lazy summer reporting with more stellar tidings from the Kimi Kärki camp. “The artist formerly known as Peter Vicar” (more on that later) has recently moved, again, from one country where he did not approve of the political leadership, to another country where he does not approve of the political leadership. Pff, cultural historians are so hard to please, politically… Why doesn’t he move to sunny Chile?

In between packing and unpacking (“Unsold copies of “The Bone of my Bones”, check. Unsold copies of Lord Vicar’s “The Gates of Flesh”, check. Where are my Looney Tunes socks, Myharit?”), Kimi has managed to re-establish himself as a master of marketing, while letting potential buyers know about his upcoming plinkety plonk, “Eye for an eye”…

Rule 1 of the Kimi Kärki marketing plan: Ensure all former fans are aware that you don’t need a mask anymore:

 

Subrule 1.2 of the Kimi Kärki marketing plan: Post on your former band’s page, the one where you needed the mask, to ensure higher visibility. Let’s face it, none of your other pages have as many likes or followers.

Rule 2 of the Kimi Kärki marketing plan: Even though your promo blurb already includes the info, post a comment to your own post, to highlight the fact that you have managed to cajole someone with a good voice, singing ability and who actually sells records, to appear on your meagre offering:

 

Rule 3 of the Kimi Kärki marketing plan: Open pre-orders. This way, if your album turns out to be faulty like the last one, idiots will have already bought it by the time they know about it. Be cunning, shift units!

 

A few days later, The artist formerly known as Tamara’s best bud published a promo video for the album:

In addition to Kimi’s squinting face, you’ll notice that the video track is slightly out of sync from the audio on the several instances when The artist formerly known as Alpha Male of the Internets recites the lyrics to the camera.

You would have thought that a cultural historian with a PhD., who managed to get funding to go abroad for six months on someone else’s dime, would somehow realize that, if you add a 3-second title card to the video, you should move the audio track for the same interval, but, of course, Kimi is not your average educated fella. If he was, and he had the brains to match his ambition, this blog would probably have no reason to exist.

An extra shout-out to his label, Svart Records, who also exhibited vast amounts of professionalism in this instance. There’s a post forthcoming on them, too, but one thing at a time.

Enjoy the video, and don’t mind the sun in Kimi’s eyes. At least he’s facing it for a moment, instead of digging his bloated head in the sand as he’s more known for.

Good things in Life: Learn how to successfully market yourself in three easy, doom-laden steps

Kimi Kärki fails to make the “20 Best Finnish Prog Bands”

Another grand failure for much maligned Kim, whose life goes from bad to worse recently, as Prog Sphere published their list of the Best Finnish Prog Bands, and none of his “projects” get a mention in it:

http://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/20-best-finnish-prog-bands/

While the list appears well-researched, and features both established artists and some lesser-known bands, there’s no whiff of King Crimson rip-off Orne, or that other one where he’s noodling with his guitar pedals, with the bizarre name, what was it? Emo Sick Group Lax Ative? or something like that… Who cares anyway? Not in. As in NOT IN.

On the other hand, if Fail Sphere did a piece on the “20 Best Finnish Bozos”, we’re confident at least two of the Reverend Bizarre bizarros would get good positions.

Kimi Kärki fails to make the “20 Best Finnish Prog Bands”

renowned cultural historian Kimi Kärki makes it big on Youtube!

While looking for footage from last week’s “acoustic evening”, we stumbled upon this gem where versatile cultural historian Kimi Kärki recites Bob Dylan and urges us to consider the commercialization of protest songs, in a video that captivates, delights and attempts to reconstruct your cerebral cortex… That manic madman’s stare! Ooh-hoo.

As a cultural and emotional counterpoint, here’s one of Kimi’s protest songs:

Some people believe it’s about his pr**k…

renowned cultural historian Kimi Kärki makes it big on Youtube!

Young Goodman Brown-nosing Kimi

Life has been hard for Kimi Kärki, aka Peter Vicar, lately…

The latest opus from his main band, Lord Vicar, originally planned to feature “shorter, punchier songs”, came out on CD as one, long, 41-minute song.

The European tour scheduled for November last year, to support the release, never happened.

The vinyl version of the album, intended to coincide with the tour, has not been seen by anyone anywhere.

His second solo album, “Eye for an eye”, initially listed for release on April 21st, has been “pushed back” to August.

Perhaps worst of all, his ex-bandmate Sami Albert Hynninen, with whom Kimi founded the legendary and prestigious C.O.T.D. / Circle of True Doom, and who claimed that “Reverend Bizarre is the most mainstream thing he will ever do!” (fur realz!), now does the monkey dance live on stage with some Psychedelic Disco troupe.

On a more personal level, poor Kim now plays the stranger in a strange land, living all alone in a small flat in Cleveland, Ohio. Without his family and friends, Kimi spends way too much time on the internet, spamming his facebook “friends” with an interminable array of links and articles, informing everyone and anyone with an internet connection of what he approves and what he does not condone. Apparently, he’s severely unhappy with the political situation in the country that welcomed him. Could someone report this to the appropriate authorities, to end Kimi’s plight?

In the meantime, however, there is something YOU, dear readers, could do, to help cheer sad and lonely Kimi up… For he has an intimate concert scheduled for tonight:

This is Kimi’s only gig that we know of, despite him hoping that a US promoter would book Lord Vicar while he’s there…

Please, dear readers, go spend tonight with Kimi! Help him show the US promoters that he can pull a crowd, and put bums on seats. Put a smile on a long-suffering man’s face.

You don’t really need to listen to whatever he’s going to play (judging by what we’ve heard, neither his voice nor guitar playing are of any value, without the aid of studio trickery). Feel free to take your iPods with you, put your earphones in, and play something to your liking. Just nod along whenever he appears to be addressing you, explaining his “craft”. Shake his hand on your way out, and let him know how you enjoyed it. Commend his “versatile playing”. Assure him you’ll buy the album when it’s out (not a legally binding agreement, rest assured). Pat him on the back and tell him he’s an honest and honourable man. Feign interest in his side-career as a “cultural historian”. Smile wide, and make Kimi feel like a King for a Day. He has the Fool for a Lifetime part sorted.

Young Goodman Brown-nosing Kimi

A giant dump of greatness this way comes!

The entire recorded output of Kimi Kärki, aka Peter Vicar, aka Red-Rooster-holder, was released today on a single disc, as a single track.

Momentous leaps in technology achieved by Turku-based IT giant CoproTech made it possible to fit each and every song Kimi every recorded on a single disc, with no index numbers, which went on sale today as part of Sfart Records’ The Easter Bunny Presents budget-priced music collection.

Fans will be able to stick the CD in their player, lie back and enjoy Peter’s evolution as composer, singer and guitar player in an endless mind-bending journey…

According to the artist’s own press release, “What this means is that these albums have to be listened as a continuous journey, not album here, album there. This is at least the way I prefer it to be experienced, and as the discography takes only a bit more than a few days to listen, it’s not a huge test in patience, even in today’s world. Just close your eyes and try not to doze off!!!”

This special release is sadly not available on itunes.

EDIT, April 3rd 2017: This post was our feeble attempt at an April Fools. Obviously, if such technology existed, it would have been adopted by artists who actually shift units, not an ex-member of Reverend Bizarre. Our apologies to those who manifestly got excited in the comments section.

A giant dump of greatness this way comes!

“you have reached the Lord Vicar customer services, how can I be of assistance?”

A blog visitor linked us to this exchange which happened on the Lord Vicar facebook page:

Surely, such customer service skills are putting several multinational corporations to shame.

However, we cannot help but think that Lardy is getting softer with age… What happened to the stern, strong man, The Spartan, who, just a few months ago, unashamedly told unsuspecting, trusting buyers that “there is absolutely nothing that can be done”? Why didn’t Lardy casually inform this infidel that “this is the way they prefer it to be experienced”? Why didn’t he stress the importance of being “listened as a continuous journey, not track here, track there”? Surely, if he wanted to play Lord Vicar’s tunes as a dj, he could play the whole thing, no? “It’s not a huge test in patience” or anything!

Those youngsters cannot be relied upon to be C.O.T.D., but if we cannot depend on a C.O.T.D. veteran to show them the way, then what is left? Accidents, a Green-Loving Man who is becoming a shadow of himself?

Sad, really.

“you have reached the Lord Vicar customer services, how can I be of assistance?”

An open letter to Lord Vicar and The Church Within Records / Doom Dealer.

First of all, here’s a timeline of the delayed release of Lord Vicar’s “The Gates of Flesh”, on The Church Within Records, and available via the label’s distro, Doom Dealer (DE):

quality first

patience

celebrate you fools!

as ye give ye shall receiveth

absolutely no spine

cult item

So, upon receiving the CDs, Oliver Richling opened one on the spot, “as always […] to check everything with his pressing plants”, thus he spotted the booklets, but he did not put an actual CD in a CD player? Neither right then, nor at any time from the 27th of May until the 17th of June? The actual music is not part of the “everything” he needs to check?

That’s not just hard to believe, it’s impossible to fathom. Reverend Bizarre had a well-documented history of checking and re-checking their releases before they’re actually released (and at least a few instances when this was not applied, to their -and their fans’- detriment), and a similar ethic has been evident on all post-RB releases that involved either Kimi or Sami.

But we guess, it was easier just to deceive the fans who had bought the album on pre-sales, send the packages out with no notice or option given, and then say “the packets are on their way, there is absolutely nothing that can be done”…

Going on, the band’s press release includes some more damage control, in the form of  “This is at least the way we prefer it to be experienced, and […] it’s not a huge test in patience, even in today’s world. Just close your eyes and play on eleven!!!”.

What was the point in making the songs “deliberately shorter and punchier” then? Who are you trying to fool this time, Kimi Kärki ?

While  shortchanging his fans is nothing new for Peter Vicar, who allowed thieves to rip off his fans and then sat back and did “absolutely nothing” (sound familiar?), we expected a bit more professionalism from you, Oli. You seemed like a genuine person, whenever we chatted over your merch table… Why could you not inform those who purchased the album on pre-orders, instead of sending them the CD and hiding behind Kimi’s “there’s absolutely nothing that can be done”?

Boo, hiss, etc, etc.

An open letter to Lord Vicar and The Church Within Records / Doom Dealer.