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We are all always trying to figure out how to use Facebook to get the word out about our music in the way that you could on Myspace. I can say with a great deal of excitement I think I figured out the way to do it! Yesterday, I wanted to show off a recording I recently finished by a band called Twilight City Fracture. They had just posted all of their music to a Nimbit Facebook store and I wanted to encourage my friends to go check it out. They had also been being smart and posting their audio on Twitter with SoundCloud. I thought to myself that it would be so cool if the SoundCloud links would play right in the Facebook news stream. Sure enough when I did this it did just what I wanted to! This can be an AMAZING way to spread the word about your music if you can get your fans to paste this into their Facebook feed it could help spread the word about your music through friendly endorsements and give people an easy way to hear new music. So awesome!
The pains of syncing social networks are vast and many. Even if you are using a service like Ping.FM it can be a pain. One relief is that most of us only care about syncing your Myspace, Twitter and Facebook. If you get really crazy with things you may want to also introduce your blog into this equation. If this is the case here is a simple way to do this.

1. If you want to just sync you Myspace, Twitter and Facebook band page you can do this very easily. Simply setup your Facebook Page to update your Twitter and do all of your initial post from FB. Once you have this going, go to Myspace's super easy Twitter sync page and have Myspace get updated every time you tweet!

2, If you want to get your Tumblr into this equation it is easy, Just click services and you can get it so that your Facebook and Twitter are updated from your Tumblr.
drugfrontwebsite screen shot.pngIn case you didn't know (which you may not have since we don't really brag about it) Musformation has a whole other part of it called Musformation Services where we do work for bands and labels. We do Publicity, Marketing, Strategy, Campaigns and pretty much anything you could think of for artists. One of the things Musformation web developer Jackie Brennan and I recently did is to come up with a design for good friend Dean Rispler's new label Drug Front Records. After the jump we will discuss the ideas that went into the site and why we choose some of the things we did. We will devote a couple articles to some of the ideas behind why we choose every little element of the site and try to get a good discussion of some of the options out there for designing both artist and band websites.

Why, Axl, Why? You corn rowed little f*cker. First you make us wait 10 years to hear the unlistenable garbage that is Chinese Democracy, now we find out you totally stole a sample on it from poor little, defenseless Ulrich Schnauss. Well, I guess I shouldn't call him defenseless since he totally just sued you. Watch the two videos above and here the obvious proof that Axl and his gang of paid eye rollers copped a sample without asking. 

Oct 23-25 will mark the return of Martin Atkins' Tour:Smart Plus! Music Conference - a fast-paced DIY weekend full of speakers, events and more Martin than you can shake a drum stick at.  This year Jesse and I will be attending the event in Chicago and have been asked to do a brief speech.  We are honored and very excited to be in such good company.  Martin and his ideas embody much of what we strive to do here at Musformation and if you get the opportunity to attend the conference we would certainly encourage you to do so. Sign up using the discount code "musformation" and get $100 off before Oct 9!  
getfresh.pngAlex Burton of the awesome Get Fresh PR (and the awesome band Paulson) has imparted some awesome wisdom to bands about the 10 websites they should be on. This list even had some fresh faces for me who writes about these things all day and Alex gives bands great advice on how and why each site is important. Give it a read and learn how to do what you do better and subscribe to his awesome blog since he is putting out great info everyday. 
convergeleak.pngAs you can see Converge are pretty mad about their new record leaking and have decided to call out the person who leaked it in hopes that they will not get promos in the future. What I wonder is will this inspire thanks from many of the pirates who are downloading it?
In a move that is sure to bolster the profile of crowdfunded site SellABand, Public Enemy will be using the site to fund their next release offering fans a share of the profits and hand numbered copies in exchange for their funding. Seeing as Pe is the largest band to utilize this service it is sue to be a big move for this service that could see more and more acts turning to this form of crowdfunding to get funds for their next release. For more go to MusicAlly.
metallica-iphone-200x300.jpgIn a move we are sure to see repeated by many bands with a good rep for live shows and a die hard fan base, your favorite mooks Metallica have released an iPhone App that will sell MP3s of their live shows around the world. The App will stream their latest concert or allow you to buy from their numerous back catalog of recorded concerts. Something we are sure to see from many artists in the near future. 

Word on the street is rapper Paul Wall filmed the whole video that we see above on an iPhone and it has now seen rotation on MTV! A pretty good boasting point. To read an interview with the director head here.

Feds.jpgThe Federal Trade Commission has ruled that us bloggers now have to disclose when we receive free things like CDs, concert tickets, gear etc. when we receive them. This could lead to some degree of lack of credibility in reviews in the short term as some people won't realize why we have to now disclose this stuff. In the long term people who read reviews will start to see as this becomes par for the course. That said, this could become one of the laws that is only enforced in some of the parts of the blogging world like pay per link (yes we actually get offered $6 to write about other websites from time to time, as flattering as the lunch money is Musformation always passes). We will see how this turns out in time and see if every music blog needs to put a disclaimer at the bottom of their blog, since all of us at least gets a guest list spot here and there. 
vevo-thumb-web.jpgAd Age asks this question. Read the rest if you want to pay:

The venture has quite a bit riding on it. The sale of physical CDs is in decline, and the sale of digital music through stores such as Apple's iTunes is flattening out. There are those who believe music itself is moving from the sale of a product -- such as a CD or digital file -- to a service -- such as Pandora, or Imeem -- but subscription services remain a niche phenomenon.

So if the future of the music business is brand advertising, then that means video, and Vevo is the labels' biggest attempt to make the music videos on the web a premium experience, worthy of ad rates of $20 or even $40 per thousand.

As a blogger who writes about music I am always glad to see when an artist has up pictures in high resolution on Flickr. As we have told you in the past, this will increase your chances of getting written up if this pic is of good quality and has avoided the usual cliches. One thing some artists overlook is that they should set their pictures to be assigned a Creative Commons license. Even if you are one of those people who isn't fond of CC for your music, this allows us blogger/press types to download your pics and know we can use them when we want to give you free publicity. Otherwise, we have to go through the pains of screen shotting the picture cropping it and diminishing the quality. Weak! To do this simply click the copyright symbol below one of your pictures and it will take you to a screen which will give you instructions on how to assign a Creative Commons license. Wasn't that easy?
Future Of Music.jpg(video moved to after the jump since it has auto play on)Have you ever wondered who looks out for musician's interests in D.C.? Well one of the organizations is The Future Of Music Coalition and right now is the middle of their 3 day conference on musicians issues and their policy summit in which they will discuss and figure out how to represent our community. If you are interested in what they are doing watch the above feed.

How Led Zeppelin Changed The Rock Business

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Fast Company has up a awesome article/slide show on one of those things we knew happened but not necessarily how: How Led Zeppelin changed the music business. Check out a cool and interesting read.
cb-a.jpgCommunication in music can be hellish. One of the worst things about is the struggle of when an artist says words like warmth, tinny, big, crisp or any of the million other descriptive terms used to describe a tone you would like. Despite the fact that these terms are tossed around everyday they are the worst thing you can possibly do to communicate what you want in the studio. Unfortunately, the word warm means mud to another person, the word shrill is bright to another person and so on and so forth. We have all been conditioned in different music listening educations and the terms we associate with sounds are never the same. Once you realize this fact your life gets a lot easier, but how do we go about communicating if these word mean nothing?

The best thing I have found is to communicate by example. I try to get bands to bring in as many examples of good sounds on each instrument as possible, if I can hear guitar sounds they like it is much more helpful than them telling me they want a record that sparkles. When getting a tone and being able to have a musician put on a track and say "more like this" can help me make them more happy with their recording and both of us much happier working together. 
I know we have kinda said this before, but I feel it bears repeating after seeing it in two friends Facebook streams this weekend. I know we all got in the habit of debuting our new material on Myspace over the years and that was part of the great hype of driving up your Myspace hits and making new fans. I regret to inform you though that this is the wrong way to do things in late 2009.

HINT is a part of The Future Of Music Coalition and will offer you great advice on one of the big questions of our day on where to go to get health insurance in your state. Obviously, this is one of the most discussed issues of our day as we try to take on the debate of what to do about health insurance reform. Regardless of where you stand on this issue we can all agree that insurance companies have been very tricky and HINT will give you advice on how to navigate this landscape so you don't become one of the sob stories we hear everyday on this subject. watch the above interview to learn more or go here. Oh and for some great info on how the health care reform debate affects musicians take a look at this. 

Weekend Watching: Dig!

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Dig! is one of the best rock n roll movies of all time in my opinion. Though I would never  listen to The Dandy Warhols or The Brian Jonestown Massacre by my own choice, this move is still a great look at two bands retarded music industry moves and a very entertaining watch. Pitchfork has it up for one week only this week, so go there and get it while you can.
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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.