From now until December 2nd, the city of Boston is calling on local talent to submit music to be its hold music for the city's 24-hour hotline.
Musicians are encouraged to send in links to their original music to city officials at the DoIT Twitter and Facebook pages with the #BOStunes hashtag, allowing Boston city hall to create a new "transfer music playlist." So far, Bostonians seem happy to oblige: a handful of musicians have already taken to Twitter to submit their Soundcloud and Bandcamp tracks.
Backtrack have premiered the title track from their forthcoming full-length, Lost In Life, due out January 14th, 2014. It'll also be on the Can't Escape teaser EP, out December 17th, which can be pre-ordered here.
Kristin Thomson's article "Value Added Streaming" is a really well thought out piece on the future of streaming services.
As an advocate for musicians and songwriters, I’d like to see an increase in (a) audience size, (b) number of streams and (c) the payment per stream. But I also know that the per-play rate for on-demand streaming services was set through private negotiations between the platforms and the biggest record labels in the world, and that individual musicians (unless you are as powerful as Metallica or Pink Floyd) have almost no leverage over that (c) per-play rate.
On-demand subscription is still a crowded marketplace, currently represented in the US by Spotify,...