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We all want to know how to get covered by blogs more efficiently. Thankfully, Digipendant has up a great article on how to get this done. They did a fantastic interview with publicity head for The Beggars Group, a label that definitely knows how to get written up. Learn more here.
sobule.jpgJill Sobule, an early proponent of fan-sourcing techniques, is now selling tickets to fans so that they can attend the recording sessions of her new album.  Their are even different tiers ($200 for a full day and $125 for a half day) that fans can choose from, or if you can't attend but want to support, there is also a place to make donations.  The sessions are in LA and will be overseen by Dave Way, a Grammy-winning producer/engineer/mixer.  The event is  also limited to 40 people so it should be a somewhat intimate experience.   A good idea for everyone?  Perhaps not.  A brilliant idea for small artists with rabid fans?  Absolutely.  You can see more details and order yourself a ticket to the Sobule session here.  
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Part of selling music today is offering your fans something special and unique for them to hold on to. This can be tough as the importance shifts from physical releases to digital and you often want to put out a digital only release yet still give your fans something. If your music's lyrics have a great importance to fans one of the cool things you can do is make personalized lyrics sheets for your fans that can be sold separately and shipped with the purchase of your release. Recently, the group Man Overboard did just this for their new digital-only Acoustic EP. A great move that gives fans something special and improves your bond and importance to fans. A win-win situation.
Thumbnail image for bandcamp.pngBandcamp has been touting the power of their Name Your Own Price abilities for quite a while. In the past few months they enabled the sale of physical merch through their service and we have all been waiting for the day they would enable the awesome facility to NYOP on these items. It appears that day has come! Check out their blog on the subject and start letting your fans know they can show you how much they value your music!

Moog Unveils Auto-Detuner

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Moog has yet again answered the music world's wishes and has the solution for you luddites who just can't take the sound of Auto-Tune all over your favorite tracks. Their Auto-Detuner will restore all your imperfections and intonation with just the twist of a dial. For more info go here or to the jump.

Headliner.FM is a new and unique way to spread the word about your band by exchanging recommendations from other bands! By sharing your music with similar groups you can exchange these recommendations over various social networks. Watch the above video and get the hang of an interesting concept. This could be the start of something interesting!

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Cinder Block Merch has long been one of the heavy-hitters of the merch world, dealing with many of the bigger acts in the industry. The awesome blog Musician Coaching has up a great interview that gives out priceless knowledge on how you could be doing your merch even better. Check it here.


My TK Audio compressor is one of my favorite recording tools and it looks like their new blender is going to be just as great!

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We often discuss the limitless power to gain fans for your music by using Twitter, FanPush is a service that allows easy integration of music uploads and Twitter in order to gain fans. Enabling a tweet for a track type function as well as easy following abilities, this looks like another great marketing tool.

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Dave Kusek always has wise words for the music industry and today on The Music Think Tank is no different. He dishes out his opinions on the industry that aren't the usual obvious chatter and it is a great quick read for all!

I'm Your Daddy

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soundcloud logoredo.jpgIf you missed the big news, Hype Machine now supports SoundCloud files and this makes it all the more appealing for bloggers to use SoundCloud streams on their blogs. If that weren't cool enough, SoundCloud also has the unique ability to send bloggers a way to preview the music, download hi-res artwork, information like release dates and catalogue numbers, even video and buy links if you have them. One of the cooler features as well is that if you are trying to not let the track leak you can keep the link a secret and private. Learn more here.
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In many of our Twitter tutorials we talk about the idea of unfollowing people to clear up your twitter feed and to follow more people. Just Unfollow is a site that will do this very simply. Check it out and make your twitter life a bit cleaner (via Refe Tuma).
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We all know in the wars of publicity, some of getting written about is just having a good story. One of the ways to get your foot in the door to getting on blogs and newspapers is to run a ridiculous contest so that there is a interesting story to be written up. Case in point, the amazing band Manchester Orchestra is running a contest for their current tour where you submit pictures of your bitch (aka your dog) and whoever has the most awesome bitch gets free admission to a show. Get more info here to get you inspired to do something just as cool and get your band noticed.

A More Perfect Union

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Popular and awesome blog The Recommender has the above recommendation for you on how to contact bloggers. This is a blog many people would die to get on, so take their advice!

Weekend Watching: The Blank Generation

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xen2-09puzzle1.jpgIn this series, I will explain my perspective on how bands can make better records by learning the right reasons to choose a record producer, rather than many of the flawed ways of the past. As a record producer with over a decade of experience and hundreds of record under my belt, I have witnessed bands choose me and my fellow producers for both smart and stupid reasons. Seeing as this is one of the most crucial decisions in a bands career, this is some of the most important information you can learn.

In the first part of this series we discussed the ways people go wrong when choosing a producer. One of the biggest ways they go wrong is the assumption that because a producer/studio made records you love, they will be the right studio for you. Unfortunately, it is not this easy. After the jump we will discuss why those records worked and yours may not.

There Are No Excuses In Live Shows!

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The competition is stiff out there, as we all know and the fact of the matter is no one cares how hard you have to work, all they want is to see a good live set. This past week I went and saw the movie The Runaways, seeing as their debut record was one of my favorite records growing up, I couldn't resist the temptation to see it turned into a Hollywood story.

In the movie there is an amazing scene where producer Kim Fowley hires some teenage boys from the neighborhood to throw bottles and dog crap at the girls while they play, saying this is what they need to be prepared for. While your group may never have to deal with this level of abuse, you will probably have to deal with crappy monitors and equipment failures on a regular basis. Part of being an amazing live band is ensuring that no matter what the circumstances are, you make it work. If you use a lot of MIDI in your set, part of your practice should be taking this apart and putting it back together. Playing a lot of VFW halls on tour? Practice without being able to hear the vocals and your amp turned down too low. If you get good at playing great in the worst case scenario, you will blow everyone away in the best case scenario.


Everyone is always looking to license their music to a company that gets what they do. Affix Music specializes in Urban Music and seems like a great service for all of you who make music in that market. Find out more here.
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It is no secret that online radio is one of the best ways to promote your music. With services like Pandora, Last.FM, Jango, Blip.FM and other services not only can you get your music before the ears of listeners who like the type of music you make, but you can also get paid for your plays as you begin to dominate the online radio airwaves.






It all comes down to this. As you come down to entering the studio and then recording your songs you are now tasked with one of the most difficult balancing acts ever known to man (ok... well maybe to musicians). We have written countless articles on how to avoid many of the pitfalls many musicians fall into when they go to capture their material. Read on and make something great for us all to hear.









With everyday, as the gatekeepers die and the major labels lose power it becomes more and more about just having a great song. This being the case you better start brushing up on your skills! We have assembled a lot of advice and tools for you to use to write better songs on the other side of this link.






When trying to break your music out of your circle of friends and out to the whole world, you are inevitably going to have to take on the hat of doing some publicity for your own music. As you begin to take on this large task there is numerous bits of advice that you may have overlooked on how to do this effectively. We have assembled numerous articles on how to take over the world of music and get it out there.






Now that you actually have songs recorded you need to get them out to the world to be heard. With every day that passes more and more amazing tools become available for artists to do this without the help of a label. We keep an up to date guide of everything you could ever want to know about what you should do in order to make the right choice on how to get your music out to the world.






Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Tumblr, YouTube all become more and more important everyday (well maybe not Myspace, but contrary to much chatter it is still important to know the most up to date ways to make Myspace feed your other pages). We keep musicians up to date with the most current ways to use all of these social networks to promote your music. If you are not reading our guides to social networks you are missing out on the crucial knowledge of how to promote your music with the most up to date techniques.






What separates the winners and losers is how well you handle playing live and then getting your show on the road. Playing live and touring may seem easy but there are countless pitfalls that one can encounted over time. We show you all the new tricks of the trade as well as wise advice that has been passed down over the years.






Managing a group of people and keeping everyone on the same page and motivated is one of the biggest make or break factors of any sucessful group. There are many emerging tools that can make this easier and we sort through them, all the while dispensing valuable advice on how to deal with your members with minimal chaos.






Getting covered by blogs is fast becoming one of the things that everyone wants to figure out. Sadly, there is not a lot of information out there on how to do just this. We have quite a few articles with the techniques we use to get the bands we work with on to some of the top blogs out there.