Mike Masnick, writing for TechDirt, on where most of the money from streaming services is going:
And, it appears, there's a decent reason why those labels haven't been eager to be transparent: because they're keeping most of the money. The Music Business Worldwide site has the details on a new report put together by Ernst & Young with the French record label trade group SNEP, concerning where the money from streaming services Deezer and Spotify ends up. Spoiler alert: it's not with the artists.
I was like, "What the fuck are you talking about? You can't revive something tha's never been dead." I've been working real hard for a long time; I haven't stopped. Yeah, so all of that is to say, I don't really have much of an opinion about it. I mean if people are listening to our music because of it I guess that's cool. Whatever it's going to take for people to give us a chance, I don't give a shit.
Pierce The Veil recently talked with Yahoo about their upcoming album - tentatively out in summer - and touring. The band played 280 shows last year.
We’ve always admired bands that have progressed naturally from one album to the next. So we aim to do that ourselves. We try to become better in every aspect — songwriting, playing, lyrics without changing too much — so this record is going to have all the elements we like in our music. There’ll the fast stuff, the punk stuff, the heavy stuff, the midtempo songs. Hopefully it will come out this year and we’ll hit the ground running.
Two years ago, Time Will Tell recorded Moving On with Rob Freeman. It will be their final album as a band and was just released. You can download it on Bandcamp - it'll be up on iTunes and other digital outlets this next week.
Bobby Meader Music's new EP, Breakfast After Noon, will release on March 3rd via Antique Records. The 7" pressing will be limited to 300 copies, which will be split between two variants (150 black/150 red). You can now pre-order it. The new video for "Patti Mayonnaise" is in the replies.
If you drag and drop an MP3 onto this website, it'll play while you fly over a 3D rendered landscape that moves in time with the music. Not a bad way to pass the time on Friday. Hope everyone has a great weekend.
Hot Chip have set up a cryptic, strange, robotic-voice filled website featuring the line, "Why Make Sense?". This is probably the beginning of an album announcement. Head to the replies to see a few festival dates the band has lined up.
I also wanted to say, as far as Saosin goes, nothing’s changing. We will still be writing new music and working towards a great future. Saosin is a group of brothers that all have different things, projects and schedules going on. This will just be one more schedule to work around. Luckily, quite a bit of The Used schedule is parallel with Circa Survive. So possibly, you can see Anthony play with Circa Survive and me with The Used in the same month. I hope to see a lot of you!
And based on the new songs he played for Rolling Stone, he's realized that ambition isn't a bad thing. His still-untitled solo album (tentatively due out this summer) is brimming both with stadium-sized anthems – "Nothing Without Love," which he says will be the first single, is a worthy successor to "We Are Young's" stomp and scope, and "Great Big Storm" follows the same ELO-illuminated path as Some Nights' "Why Am I the One" – and quiet ruminations like "Take It Back," a somber ballad punctuated by a guitar solo courtesy of Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.
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Woman Driver, a short film starring Laura Marling and featuring new music from the artist won "Best In Genre", "Best Soundtrack" and "Best Actress (Laura Marling herself) at the 2013 National Film Challenge. You can now see the 7 minute film, which was directed by Chris Perkel, in the replies.
The Story So Far and The Movielife are the first two bands announced for Spring Fling 3, an annual festival that takes place in Cleveland, OH. This year it will take place on May 15 at the Agora Theatre and Ballroom, and tickets are available here.
A live video of Elder Abuse performing "Worst Case Ontario" can be seen in the replies. The band is also participating in the Brandon Polar Plunge to raise money for the Manitoba Special Olympics and is looking for donations.
TV On The Radio have had to cancel the European leg of their upcoming tour, which was set to start today in Milan, Italy. Their drummer, Jahpet Landis, has been hostpitalized. See a note from the band below. The American dates of the tour, in the replies, will not be affected.
It is with much regret that due to a health emergency, TV On The Radio have been forced to cancel their upcoming Europe/UK tour which is due to start this Friday. Drummer, Jahphet is in the hospital; he will be ok but is not able to travel at this time. TV On The Radio would like to apologize to their European & UK fans and appreciate everyone’s understanding and well wishes for Jahphet at this time.
According to the band's latest press release, Vendetta Red plan to record new music this year to release this summer.
After a premature breakup of 4 years, the band was oddly brought back to life by a cell phone prank. It seems that a collection of mystery fans set it upon themselves to book a fake gig in Seattle for the band. Some members were even living out of state at the time. After a series of confusing texts, a fury of social media interest and massive pre-sale tickets, the members eventually agreed to play. After the sold out show, there was renewed energy and an idea to record together again. The result were two earth shattering, bowel cracking concept EPs entitled "Scripture"...
Motion City Soundtrack are playing the House of Blues in Dallas this Sunday (2/8), and before the show they're doing a cool fan event at the local brewery, Deep Ellum Brewery. Matt and Jesse will be at the brewery from 1pm to 3pm and if you're 21 and over you can meet up with them and maybe have a few beers. If you live in Dallas and want to go to the show (and don't have tickets yet), I've got a pair to give away. Let me know your favorite beer and what MCS song it goes best with in the replies and I'll pick a winner.
And I know that people noticed on the last record (2012's Handwritten). I didn't notice this, but I said "radio" a ton of times in all our records, and I was like, "Whoa! And this is a true story we went onstage one night in Germany, and there were a couple of fans there that have come to a lot of shows, and they're really cool people. But they actually had number cards, and every time that I said "radio" in the set, they would hold up a number. And I think I got up to about 12, and I was like, "Oh, my God! Wow, man you need to read a book, dude! I never realized that I used words so often, you know? So now I'm reading anything...
Biggie from Good Fight Management recently appeared on the Adventures In Design podcast, in which he talked about some of the bands he helps manage, including: Every Time I Die, Terror, and The Acacia Strain. You can listen to the episode directly here.
Makari is an incredibly talented unsigned band from South Florida that I think are going to do some great things. Right now, they're currently offering their single "Paper Ghosts" for free via their Bandcamp page. You can also head to the replies to check out the song's music video.
Luke Holland (The Word Alive) has posted another awesome drum cover, this time for the Animals As Leaders track "Kascade". You can check that out in the replies. You can also check out his other AAL cover for "Physical Education" here.
The AbsolutePunk Podcast returns this week with a look at all of the follow-up from last week's Blink-182 extravaganza. From there we dive into other topics like: How do we feel about combining two records to make one record? Can you swap out a song in a tracklisting to make the album better? We discuss Cartel's upcoming 10-year tour and vinyl pressing for Chroma and reminisce about the "band in the bubble." We also look at the one band we missed when we were talking about lasting legacies from this scene: Paramore. And then we close on talking a little about The Wonder Years' 10-year shows and how that band does not feel like they've been around that long. The episode can be streamed...
Philadelphia, PA, hardcore bands Disinterest and Skin Graft will be releasing a split on Inorganic Records. Disinterest plays noisy, effect-laden hardcore, and Skin Graft focuses on a drum and bass hardcore sound, de-emphasizing guitars. Today we're not just bringing you a song from the split, we're bringing you one song by each band. Hit the replies to check out each band's effort - Disinterest has "Identity Will Ruin You," while Skin Graft's song is titled "Devalue." If you enjoy Disinterest's track, they'll be playing their side of the split in full as part of a live session on Drexel's radio station, WKDU, on the seventeenth at 11PM. You can preorder the split at Organic Records'...
Motion City Soundtrack is currently in the middle of its Commit This To Memory 10-year tour, and I was lucky enough to catch last week's show in New York City. In the replies you can read my review of the show, as well as some thoughts on how valuable it is to be able to view these old albums in a new light. Feel free to discuss the band's performance if you've already been to the tour as well!