Ben Thompson, writing for Stratechery, about Tidal and the future of music.
This is why, by the way, I’m generally quite unsympathetic to artists belly-aching about how unfair their labels are. Is it unfair that all of the artists who don’t break through are not compelled to repay the labels the money that was invested in them? No one begrudges venture capitalists for profiting when a startup IPOs, because that return pays for all the other startups in the portfolio that failed.
Mike Campbell writes for Noisey about how independent labels are being squeezed out by the "vinyl revival."
The result we are seeing in most recent years is that independent releases are being pushed aside, becoming less of a priority due to the fact that vinyl orders from indies are usually a fraction of the size of most major label artist orders. To give an example, the first pressing of Philadelphia indie-punk band Cayetana’s debut LP, Nervous Like Me, released in 2014 on independent label Tiny Engines was limited to 1525 copies. The band was only able to get 400 copies to sustain their merch sales on their six-week tour supporting the album’s release, as the rest of copies were...
Hit the replies to check out a video in which Davey Havok (AFI), Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy), and more discuss what vegan straight-edge hardcore band Earth Crisis mean to them, particularly their album Destroy the Machines, which is approaching its 20th anniversary in May.
A variety of record labels in and around Indiana have penned an open letter against the IRFRA law. The full letter is in the replies.
We join the chorus of Indiana residents and businesses calling on Governor Mike Pence and the Indiana General Assembly to repeal the IRFRA. Additionally, we appeal to our state government leaders to enact legislation clearly protecting the civil liberties of LGBT individuals to assure that none of our employees or neighbors may be discriminated against due to sexual orientation or gender identity.
Testament, Exodus, and Shattered Sun are heading out on the 'Dark Roots of Thrash II' tour, one of the biggest thrash metal tours of the Spring. If you're into loud guitar solos, this is the tour to be at. To get everyone excited for this tour, we're giving away a ton of merch from all three bands, which you can check out in the replies, as well as all tour dates and VIP options.
Lithuania have signed to Lame-O Records and will release their debut LP Hardcore Friends via the label this summer. The first track from the album, "Pieces," can be streamed in the replies (via Spin). The band will also be touring with Hop Along; those dates are in the replies. RIYL Superheaven, Basement, other fuzzy grunge.
Anti-Flag are now ten albums into their career, but there's no shortage of ire from the current social and political climate to fuel the punk iconoclasts. This is made a evident by the first single, "Fabled World," for which you can watch the new lyric video in the replies. The aggressive political punk anthem appears on American Spring, which drops on May 26th via Spinefarm Records.
Are we writing new music? Yes! But it's going to be a very slow process so please be patient with us. We'll be taking our time and doing our best, otherwise what's the point? In the meantime you can hear new songs at our shows. Stay tuned for details!
“What this record represents is four guys, 15 years, a few defeats, and a ton of tiny victories,” says Dezen. “What this record means to me is more than what you hear carved into the wax. This is about coming together. It's about brotherhood. It's about making music together. We have never been more excited to share anything with the fans.” The band plans to tour in support of the forthcoming album
Here are the albums that are in stores today. Pick up anything good? What do you recommend? If we missed anything, please add it to our calendar. We recommend Rdio or Spotify for album streams of new releases and check out our review section to see what our staff thought of the albums.