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November 28, 2003

Singer Ed Hale opened his space to FTAA protesters, and really connected. Read the article from Street Magazine.

originally printed in Street Magazine

Ed Hale first showed his skill as a musician and songwriter with the Broken Spectacles and has in the new millennium reaffirmed his status as a thoughtful, progressive, top-notch musician fronting culture-blending rock outfit Transcendence. Thanks to him, some FTAA demonstrators enjoyed the use of a media center any politician would be proud to call campaign headquarters.

Unbeknownst to police and media, many groups of protesters set up shop in Transcendence headquarters, a two-story building in the Design District. Phone lines were installed, cubicles erected, and laptops were ported after a local musician who knew a protester told Hale that the demonstrators needed housing space. The media liaisons for the various protest groups, whose main purpose was disseminating info to the mainstream media, had been operating out of a downtown ”convergence center,” where space was at a premium.

After seeing this pathetically bare-bones arrangement — a note on one wall listed pens as a necessity — Hale opened his doors. He met and talked with reps from some of the groups — including steelworkers, ecologists, lawyers, and publicists — who would soon be conducting secret meetings to, among other things, prepare for a Wednesday afternoon press conference at Miami City Hall.

Hale’s biggest contribution to the preparations was probably the hammering he gave the phone company after being told it would take five days for phone lines to be installed in his building. After explaining the purpose of the phones — to create a real media center for people demonstrating — Transcendence HQ had, within a few hours, all the phone lines necessary. And a DSL to boot. (”The lady was so nice. She even gave me her cell number in case I had trouble installing the DSL,” Hale said with a touch of awe.)

Their operation up-and-running, the protesters’ City Hall strategy worked. All sorts of media showed up at the event: English- and Spanish-language, print and TV, mainstream and not so. But there were no cops and no problems, even when protesters went into the City Hall building itself, demanding to see a ghost: The invisible Mayor Manny Diaz had supposedly left his office after meeting with Commissioner Angel Gonzalez. (Side note: Has anyone ever actually seen Manny Diaz?)

Transcendence just released a new CD, Sleep With You, and has been working to make it a success. ”Fourteen hour days,” Hale said, describing his recent schedule. ‘Talking to station people, sending out press kits. On Tuesday [November 18] I got an e-mail telling me that we’d [begun receiving airplay] on 100 stations. But I was so absorbed by `The Matrix’ — people putting their lives on the line for what they believe in, people taking action, the way the [demonstrators] worked together, like one person working the phones while another goes to buy food for everyone else, while someone else takes the phone — that I hardly had time to notice.”

‘Spending time with these people and listening to them really opened my eyes. The AFL-CIO guys were so cool, and they were thanking me for letting them use the space, and I’m saying, `No, no, thanks for coming and talking with me.’ Long after the demonstrations, the indie media guys were still here disseminating info. The cops try to spin the media, so it becomes necessary to defend the truth.”

If all the protest groups in the Matrix combined forces — as many did here — the organization would be too much for cops, too much for cities, too much maybe even for George W. If The Matrix were real (and who’s to say it isn’t?), America could become a nation of high moral standards and beneficent behavior.

Adam Hurter, a demonstrator who traveled from Massachusetts specifically to denounce the FTAA, said, “The key thing is people coming together and working co-operatively for a world not run by corporations; people who come together with a spirit of hope that we can change the corporate system and who try to build communities to replace the corporate power structure. And we were really interested in connecting with the people of Miami.”

Ed Hale made the connection. In more ways than one. And The Matrix grows.

November 25, 2003

Sleep with you tops 100 stations and counting!

It was announced today that the new CD Sleep with you (official release set for December 2nd to stores) has just crossed the 100 stations threshold on college radio. It is now in regular rotation on 115 college radio stations across the country and climbing! It is also gaining more and more airplay on many commercial rock stations as well, especially on what is known as “specialty shows” or “new music hours.” Top Cities so far include KQAL in Winona, Minnesota where the album is coming in at #9, and KRTQ in Tulsa, Oklahoma—sub-modern rock DJ Buddy Wiley says he LOVES IT and “cannot stop playing the hell out of that CD!” Thanks guys!!!! To see all stations playing tracks from Sleep with you, click here: on the radio page. And keep those calls coming in to your local stations!

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November 19, 2003

Transcendence donates their TMG Records headquarters to be used as the “stop the FTAA” International Media Convergence Center.

Too many details to go into but the FTAA is meeting in Miami this week, 34 countries in all. Protestors and demonstrators from all over the world are flying, driving, hiking, and bussing in to converge on Miami to protest the meetings in a mass effort to stop this free trade agreement to go through. This will be the WTO/Seattle on overdrive as the thousands of protestors try to stop the leaders of the 34 countries from their planned meetings on Thursday and Friday. Ed met with a group known as the ‘stop the FTAA media alert coalition’ who were working out of a small cramped back office in the official convergence center for direct action. They are a compendium of different international groups such as the peoples united for peace and justice, the citizens trade council, public citizen, action for social and ecological justice, and many others from around the globe. Their job is to stay in constant contact with the world media to raise awareness of the cause and to alert the media on a minute by minute basis as to the goings on of the day to day events and demonstrations. They needed phones, Internet, and a large and clean space. The boys in Transcendence decided to donate the TMG Records HQ to the groups to use as the new Media Convergence Center for the week. Doyle Cannon, a member of the Center from Vermont told Ed, “We are here to make sure people understand what is really going on because the corporations’ spin is so strong that its hard for normal people out there to even know why NAFTA and other Free Trade agreements have been so bad for people. We can’t win in the street, because they have guns and tanks and smoke bombs. But we can win the argument because we just have to tell the truth. We are winning in the ideas arena because of how corrupt and debilitating free trade has been so far. We just have to continue to get the word out.”

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November 8, 2003

Sleep With You Hits Stores Dec. 2nd!

The official release date for the new Transcendence CD Sleep with you to book and record retail stores nationwide will be Tuesday, December 2nd. , just in time for Christmas, says Synergy Distribution. The album is already available at select online stores including and The new album is already charting on over 75 college radio stations and is receiving a strong buzz on Modern Rock stations. Early favs are I’m Not the Only One, Minnie Driver, and Superhero Girl.

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November 7, 2003

Ed Hale and the Transcendence on WVCG!

Ed Hale and the Transcendence is being interviewed on a radio show entitled Inside the Music Business: The Weekly Radio Show this Sunday (November 9). They will play tracks from the new CD Sleep with you. The show which broadcasts live 2 – 4pm ET from Miami (1080 am WVCG) also streams live (courtesy of and is archived on

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