Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Aaron Robinson Drops New EP, Inadvertently Gets Song Placed in Porno

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 1:52 PM

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Fans of former Imaginary Baseball League frontman and My So-Called Band's Rich Little-worthy Adam Duritz impersonator, Aaron Robinson, will be stoked to learn that the local singer-songwriter has just released a new EP. Fans of porn will be stoked to know — or pretend not to know, if you catch my drift — that there's a site, presumably modeled after YouTube, called YouJizz. And fans of both Aaron Robinson and porn, of which there is apparently a growing number, will be stoked to learn that, somewhere on the site, you can hear his 2008 cut "The Elephant" complement the hardcore sights and sounds of stag cinema. More on that in a minute.

First, let's talk about Robinson's new EP. Titled A Dying Art, the release — which was culled from sessions the singer did dating back as far as 2008 — features five new tracks. He tells the Scene via email that they touch on stories and subjects such as the mistrust of political and religious leaders, and the plight of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's offspring. It's rife with "almost unintended references to God," says the singer. You can share, stream and download the EP at Robinson's Bandcamp.

Now for the money shot. While Robinson's lyrical references to God are "almost" unintended, he says a recent musical foray into the world of pornography — by way of a song placement — is wholly unintended. Confused? I'll just let the man the man himself tell the tale. Now, pull up a chair and venture after the jizz-ump to read what's easily the funniest anecdotal email to hit my inbox in a while.

As for the song that made it into porn, well, that was an accident. At some point last year, I started getting weird comments on my YouTube page asking me to make a video for my song "the Elephant" or to make it available because it was "hard to find" (even though it's on iTunes and practically every other digital music site). After a few weird comments, someone told me they heard the song on a pay-to-play porn site called X-Art[dot]com. Naturally, I searched this out and found a little 1-minute clip of the video/song and proceeded to wig out. After a little more digging, I learned that the lady in the video was a really big porn star. I was kinda pissed because SURELY the song was being used without permission. Surely.

Anyway, I remembered that I had submitted songs from my 2008 release to Pump Audio, an online song-placement service that some friends of mine use. That company is owned by Getty Images, and they file my tunes in this database of songs used by various companies for soundtracking of TV, films, corporate videos, etc. So, I reached out to them to find out if that's what was up, and it was. This X-Art[dot]com website obtained a license for $99 (of which I earn 35%) and made the video. I received random emails from people who liked the song for a couple of months. Even with the nice comments from young lovers of porn, I went through the company to have my name edited out of the video. I just couldn't really handle anyone thinking I had anything to do with the making of the video.

Then, a few weeks later, the emails and YouTube subscriptions suddenly ramped up one day, seemingly out of nowhere. Another kind commenter told me that the video in question had made it over to a free site (whose name is YouJizz[dot]com, ugh). I tracked down the video, now under a different name as the original, and watched as it piled up nearly a million views over a 3-4 day period. Somewhere in this process, I decided to upload a hastily-made YouTube clip of the song just to have it out there, with the lyrics in the description. Because, you see, once the video went free, the free site had chopped my name off of it (which sounds like a blessing, until it gets ONE MILLION PLAYS). So, the only way people would find my video or the song or anything about the artist was to google certain lyrics in the song. And that's what a surprising amount of people did.

The video I uploaded has over 2,500 views over the last 25 days, pretty much JUST from people googling the lyrics, which makes me wonder just how many it would have if my name or the song title had been right there on it. Just read the comments here, they'll entertain you.

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Video for "The Elephant." (Clean version.)

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