Best Policy News
February 19, 2021
Best Policy's latest release, Munro III, is out now. We didn't get around to a January update here, but his second album, It Comes and Goes, did come out on January 18. The next album, You're In Our World Now, will be out March 20, kicking off the spring of 2021. Set your clocks ahead and download You're In Our World Now from any major music outlet.
December 6, 2020
The studio is up and running with new equipment and software, with a newly-skilled engineering staff. We're happy to announce the scheduled release of Munro's first solo album this Christmas eve. Look for it wherever you buy your digital music. 2020 Out!
September 15, 2020
The studio is bound to be reassembled soon, as we're taking a class in music recording and production. We'll also likely have that new material we talked about, since we're taking classes in music theory AND performance. We've got a specific "guitar teacher" for the first time since 1983. It'll all come together with fresh inspiration really soon, I'm sure.
August 26, 2020
I know, this is getting ridiculous, but Broccoli has died again. He has demised by popular demand. We'll see how long it lasts this time. We're back in school, and there's going to be little chance of hiding from criticism this time. May we only improve with scrutiny. Lessons are being offered via Google Meet, heavy on the theory. We'll get back into the recording scene very soon, probably in the next few months. Expect all new material, and possibly some collaborations. Don't forget to get out and vote this November.
July 2, 2020
We've undergone some minor changes over here at BPM. We got a pool. We still haven't put the studio back together (there is underlying work that needs to be done, and the contractor hasn't had time), our #1 Artist in Residence has switched his studies from piano to guitar and will be back "in" school for Fall, we've switched a lot of our focus to supporting the progressive equal rights movement, including making donations to the NAACP LDF and pledging profits from online sales to the fund, and, coincidentally, getting out of "the red" financially. That is, the place where it costs money to have money.
So, we're still locked down, as is all of our county and most of the state, we're not actively protesting out in the streets, either against the lockdown or against the inequality. Just sitting around, going with the flow. Sure, we're making minor ripples in online communities, spouting self-righteous progressive messages, and even attacking religion (?!?) but not putting ourselves in danger. There's no need for that. Frankly, if we saw Black people being mistreated we would stand with those defending them, but the demographic in our town just doesn't lend itself to that.
June 2, 2020
I used to say "all lives matter". It's not that I don't believe it, but nobody is questioning that right now. There is no news or police behavior bringing into question the fact that "white lives matter." There is question about whether the lives of other non-whites matter in this country, but they are not suffering the same level and frequency of disrespect and disregard for their safety that the Black men, women and children of this country are. So, yes, all lives matter, but right now that's not something we need to draw attention to. That's why we're not saying it. Police lives matter, but not more than the lives of other citizens. Police are not the authority. Police work for us and for our communities. It is not their job to punish citizens. It is not their job to judge or sentence us. We need laws that require police to have their body cams on throughout their operations. If the body cam doesn't work, the guns don't work, or some similar precaution. Police need to be held accountable for their actions. They should not have free reign to kill anyone they choose due to their proclaimed cowardice of "fear for their life". If you shoot every time you "might" get hurt, you should not be a cop.
May 26, 2020
The 0603526 playlists are growing. More ALL NEW tracks are being added almost daily. Our current favorite is "Damn, G". An all-new punk rock piece is in the works now, awaiting some lyrics and melody. Check back soon for more info on that.
May 20, 2020
We've got a fun new group of songs up on Soundclick by 0603526. They're instrumental tracks that include studies of musical concepts discussed in Music Appreciation class, such as polyrhythm, scale modes, canon, phase, as well as some less-scholarly ideas. We're highlighting the track "I'm Not Worried" as a good relaxation number. Also, a personal favorite is the study in harmony called "Phase 2". Munro is writing about getting his recording studio running again, and he introduces a 5-string bass in a few of his new songs (check out Too Old to Die Young). With Soundclick being what it is (a site nobody's seemed to have heard of, and apparently not that easy to access ???) we're going to be doing more on Soundcloud (a site that everyone seems to have heard of and can access). Soundclick will continue to be our main repository for archiving the works of our artists, but new and interesting releases will be introduced on our Soundcloud page.
May 10, 2020
Happy Mother Effin' Day. Let's discontinue posting these videos here when we can just link to where they are. 2020 Lockdown Livestream is on MunroMusicLand.com. It's also on Best Policy Music's YouTube channel.
April 23, 2020
Two weeks of home office performances from Munro to help us all get through this crazy lockdown.
BPM and MunroMusic present Munro Live from the Office Day 2 (quarantine therapy). View Munro's second day of working through his catalog of original music during the Los Angeles lockdown.
In a time when artists of all levels of fame and notoriety are performing from their homes on camera, Munro recaps much of his songwriting history on this special night.
April 21, 2020
Let's do it again. Almost a third of the way through the songs he's prepared to recreate, Munro will perform his second set for the Live from the Office series. If you haven't heard Munro's songs, they're not like what you get from the average self-publishing independent songwriter. He doesn't tick all the boxes for singing ability and marketable tone. He doesn't keep to consonant chord structures and harmony. He wouldn't get past round 1 on a singing competition show (in fact, he auditioned for The Voice and didn't even get a callback). Sporting his own sound and style, Munro is a man ahead of his time playing music that doesn't sound like everything else. With a wide variety of influences, while emulating none of them, he brandishes his own brand of singing, playing and composition featuring advanced guitar playing and underdeveloped vocal style. You won't hear vocal pentatonics or showy guitar solos in these solo acoustic performances. You also won't hear pre-recorded backing tracks or auto-tune. It's raw, unadorned, unaffected (& un-effected) performance by a man and his guitar(s). If you give it a chance to grow on you, you'll find yourself humming his songs when you least expect it, thinking, "what was that song again? Who sings that?" And you may very well never remember. But these tunes will stay with you. "We're gonna stay with them long after they've gone home." - "Up From Here" from Up From Here.
April 18, 2020
How does one measure success? It's relative, I suppose. Last night's Live Stream of Munro's quarantine special was a success in the sense that it did happen, that the technology was able to capture the performance, that the songs were played, and that everything went pretty much to plan. Was it a commercial success? No. It was never meant to be commercial. So, again, in that respect you could say it was a success. Was the streaming or the performance flawless? No. But yet again, we wouldn't say those were goals either. Not that flaws were goals, but we weren't worried about them happening. So yes, Munro Live from the Office was, by our account, a success. We want to thank the people who made the effort to watch it, and our friend Tim for his interaction. The video of the event is now posted on YouTube (as embedded on our homepage), so you can watch and share it as you like. If this is your first exposure to Munro's music, you might like to peruse the "Listen & Download" link at the left, where you can stream and download as much Munro material as we could find, including his bands Orange Cones, Chocolate Zulu, Irreplaceable Specimen, and Corduroy Lifejacket. If you haven't seen or heard any of these groups, it's possible you've seen him perform with other groups, groups for whom he was not the songwriter, such as 13 Knots, Gitane Demone, Tx/Rx, Bis Ende, or Mother Earth & Sun. You won't find the music of these groups here, because we do not have the rights to them. You might have seen him at open mics from L.A. to Atlanta. You might also have seen him and his stuffed rabbit busking in Hollywood in the '90s, or you might have come across him playing around Whittier.
April 15, 2020
The Plant Rights Awareness Group and Best Policy Music present Munro Live from the Office. He will play selections of his songs from past bands, including Orange Cones, Chocolate Zulu, Corduroy Lifejacket, Broccoli & the Purple Sky, and more on Best Policy Music's Facebook page this Friday, April 17 at 7 p.m.
While many artists are doing performances from home, this is a prime opportunity for those with a song to sing or a tale to tell to get that out there. While he prefers to play with a group when possible, that's just not happening these days, as we all know.
Here's what he had to say about the upcoming event:
"This is the moment I've been preparing for my whole life: playing my songs alone in a bedroom for any of the world to see. Everyone else is finally on my level!"
Tune in to see and hear this live performance, and interact with the artist as it's happening, if you have any requests ("just stop" requests will be honored with a "just leave" response, as nobody's making you be here).
While there is no charge for attending this event, we won't say "no" to donations. PayPal.me/bestpolicymusic will ensure that all donations make it to the artist.
April 6, 2020
Munro's "Less" has shown up on ReverbNation's Top 40. Funny thing is, we don't remember putting it on ReverbNation. Maybe he did it without telling us. In any case, congrats to Munro for breaking into the Top 40 of their charts (presumably without paying for the spot). Munro has also joined (okay, created) a Facebook group for sharing cover songs during this pandemic lockdown. Lockdown with Leonard is his (currently one-man) group for sharing covers of Leonard Cohen songs.
March 24, 2020
You may have noticed that we've changed the tempo on the homepage. Everything is slowing down. Laying low, staying home, going live, seeking out more music. If you have an abundance of cash and you need to unload, feel free to drop some at paypal.me/bestpolicymusic. We'll give you a shout-out (if you want it) and send you a CD of the BPM album of your choice. The Orange Cones "Masterpieces" looks real good! As always, thanks for not coming here and judging us. We'll keep doing what we're doing if you keep doing what you're doing!
March 19, 2020
March 17, 2020
There's been a lot of activity at the BPM SoundClick page (see link on left). A small stash of old recordings was unearthed during a recent cleaning, and something like twenty tracks have been added since last Friday. We have also started a very limited run of physical CDs for a few of the playlists. We still have copies of Orange Cones' Masterpieces of Entertainment available from the original run, and we are doing a limited edition of the Songs From a Cat Room collection. Munro will have his Demos 2006-2018 committed to disc, and Broccoli & the Purple Sky's Anyone Can Be a Fan sees its first printing this century. See our blog at SoundClick, which is updated at least as much as this site ATM.
March 9, 2020
Here at BPM, we don't want a lot of attention. I know, that seems weird. Someone who bothers to put up an entertainment website doesn't actually want people to know about it? Someone puts up music, reviews, interviews, and doesn't drive people to the site to check it out? In the interest of honesty, I'll give you full disclosure on this; The internet is a scary, horrible place. If anything gets attention online, the haters come out and trash it. As much as we enjoy the music of Wavebreaker and Xanthan and many other artists who may or may not be mentioned on this site, their exposure happens elsewhere. People aren't coming here to hear them or read about them. If they did, they would see things like Munro and Broccoli & the Purple Sky and Adry 5 and Chocolate Zulu and so forth, and they would hate it. They would say horrible things about it. Sure, it's bad. The production is bad, the performances are often bad, the singing is bad. We probably couldn't handle the brutal honesty (not to mention unfounded hatefulness for cruelty's sake) of the wide public audience. For that reason we like to stay hidden. It's like an Easter egg for later, after I'm dead, when people become interesting. They'll find all this stuff and they'll be like, "wow, how did we not know all of this was going on?" It's like a dance on the edge of a canyon. We want to keep dancing, while we're hoping we don't fall in. We get close to the edge for the thrill of it, but do our best to keep our footing. We would like it if someone came and found us and liked us, but experience has shown that if anything they might like a certain tiny aspect of what's here, and the rest of it is just embarrassing. So why do we do it? Why do we put up stuff that we don't want people to find? One day it'll possibly make for an interesting movie. The story of the guy who had this entire history of unknown, unwanted stuff. Sad and pathetic? Yes. Deluded and naive? Yes. Ridiculous and feeble? Yes. Are you waiting for a "no"? No. It's just bad and humiliating and pitiful and should be stopped. Will we stop? NO! Well, unless we're found and exposed. That would be really embarrassing. Pretend. That's what it all is. It's just pretending. These are all just demos. Demos pretending to be albums. Bands pretending they had careers. I'm pretending people read this. Besides, if this were real, I would have to answer to others: other interest-holders in my investors and employees; customers who would expect certain things and ask for things WAY outside what we're set up to do; advertisers who pay to appear on these pages. That's another thing! If we were really doing this, we would have to make money in every way possible, including posting advertising and charging for our music. And that would lead to expectations of quality that we're just not set up for: we're not a recording studio or production company. We're simply putting out old stuff from mostly-inactive groups. We have all the rights, and we can use them as we see fit, and we see fit to let you have it. That is not to say that we are giving up our rights to the material. As much as we would love to hear from any fans about tracks they like, or covers they've done, we retain the copyrights and ownership of all BPM-sponsored "products" (songs).
March 2, 2020
Munro recently made an appearance with a foursome operating out of West Covina called No Drama. Munro says this one-off performance may lead to a steadier gig. "The singer is moving away - this gig was his going-away party - but the others in the band decided we would try to keep it going with a different singer." Featuring Munro on bass, Frank on guitar, John on drums, and Dave as the singer/leader, the group played only cover songs. The resulting group may do a combination of cover and original songs under a new name. We will post details as they emerge.
January 21, 2020
Coming soon: Best Policy Design - for graphics, photo retouching, logo and website design. BPD will join with BPM to form the new BPS (Best Policy Services) brand.
January 9, 2020
In our continuing effort to assemble a comprehensive collection of BPM recordings, Munro's Demos 2007-2013 is now up. We're just giving this stuff away, folks. Believe me, it's worth every penny.
January 7, 2020
As promised, the recordings of Munro Live at Eddie's Attic are now available for streaming or downloading on SoundClick.com. Also, we've completed the painstaking process of performing noise reduction on the Broccoli & the Purple Sky album, Anyone Can Be a Fan.
December 31, 2019
We don't need to repeat the line everyone else is spouting today about "last post of the year/decade". You know what time it is. That said, now is as good a time as any to check out the wide variety of available listens at the Best Policy SoundClick page. If you have questions, requests, or other inquiries, you can email Ichabod today. Or tomorrow. Next year, next decade, all that. We promised you some live Munro performances from Eddie's Attic in Atlanta in the coming year, and those will be up very soon.
December 25, 2019
Best Policy Music has launched a rich collection of classic BPM recordings on SoundClick.com. Available for free streaming or download, full albums from Broccoli & the Purple Sky, Adry 5, Life Like Orange Cones, The SCUZ, and more. Check it out when you get the chance. We've also posted additional recordings from Orange Cones and Chocolate Zulu. Download today! Merry Christmas!
November 20, 2019
"Reviews" page just added! Our latest review, for Sheol by Shrine of Malice, is now up. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a review you'd like posted, or an album or band you'd like reviewed/profiled.
October 30, 2019
Coming soon: interview with Duarte rap artist Big Blu Raggg. His new single "Hot As Me" is out now on ReverbNation.
UPDATE 12/9/2019: It seems Mr. Raggg is not interested in doing the profile. Look for another artist profile to come.
October 28, 2019
We've reached out to some writers in search of new original content.
Here's hoping we can soon bring you a new perspective on independent music.
Check back soon to find out about our developing talent pool!