Geoff Geis

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“This Must Be the Place” by Talking Heads

One of the public radio stations in town – I can’t remember if it’s KPCC or KCRW – uses the opening of this song to ask listeners to donate their cars to the station. Or is it “text to give?” I try not to actually pay attention when they’re asking for money, so I’m a little hazy on the details.

But it drives me crazy. NPR and PRI should maintain blacklists of amazing, classic songs that affiliates cannot under any circumstances use to solicit donations. They’re creating a negative Pavlovian responses to a wonderful piece of music and they should be stopped.

This is an important issue, dear readers.

I propose that, from now on, annoying commercials only use music that is already annoying — like the music made by that band Smashmouth.

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About


I'm a musician and writer from Los Angeles. When I feel motivated, I use this website to share my creative output and give my thoughts on the world around me.

Vanity Projects

I release cassettes and zines under the Vanity Projects label; I've done things by myself and also things by friends. Visit Vanity Projects on Tumblr.

@GeoffGeis on Twitter

Music

This is Soft Sailors! We're a new band from Los Angeles. We don't have any upcoming shows scheduled, but you can hear us online:

Also, here are some solo songs I've uploaded recently to Soundcloud. I'm playing solo July 19th at the Pickle Factory at 647 Lamar Street in Los Angeles and September 1st at Los Globos in LA for a KCHUNG benefit.

In 2011, I released my first solo album, Princess. You can listen to it and download it on Bandcamp:

From 2005 until 2011, I was in the band Pizza! This is our album We Come From the Swamp:

From 2008-2010, I was in the band Big Whup. Here's one of our songs that I sang, called "Cover My Eyes:"

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