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Tara Busch Shows Off Her New Box Set

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A few days ago we told you about Tara Busch's very cool box set on Tummy Touch Records. Tara has taken synth-geekery to a new level here and in the above video she gives you the nitty gritty on what's involved in her amazing set.
Todd would never like to be this self-promotional so I am taking it upon myself to do this. His band Sensual Harassment just put up their two new singles yesterday and you should check them out. They are filled with hooks, grooves and guitar and synth goodness. They are awesome tracks and you should check them out to get to know who is giving you advice everyday. I have had em in my head for months as Todd has sent me roughs. Check it out so you can have them in your head too.
kazaa.jpgRemember Kazaa?  Yeah, you probably downloaded a few thousand dollars worth of songs from them back in the day.  Previously, it appeared that they had been busy trying to figure out how to pay back $100 million dollars to rights holders and apparently now they're making their return.  At one time in a huge name in the music download world, Kazaa plans on adopting the subscription model for music and ringtones, pricing out at around $20 a month.  According to their press release, where they describe themselves as "the future of digital music", it sounds as though the company thinks that their "brand" will keep them afloat despite not being an online music presence for years.   Someone should tell them they've been beaten to the subscription model a long time ago because we think they're trying to sell yesterday's papers to people who already read the Kindle.   
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Ok here it is! They have saved pop radio! Every song is going to be under 2 minutes and they will just be trailers for the song! After all songs are too long these days anyway. One moron who isn't getting enough oxygen to his brain by the name of Larry Rosin has proposed the previously stated idea. He is just missing one (or nine) tidbit of information in his painfully dumb plan. People already hate radio and it is dying! Everyday another person is spoiled by the genius function on their iPod, online radio stations that find things the user would like and a general distaste for the stupid crap radio stations play since they ignore the populace.

However this guy has found a way to save the music industry by driving up sales - since you know? People would then want to buy the whole song or something. This is the type of idea born in a boardroom, where emotion is totally neglected.

Do you know how people feel when they don't hear the last note of their favorite song? ROBBED! Do you know how they feel when they don't hear the bridge or even the second chorus. Like grabbing their radio and finding the nitwit who had this idea and pelting them with it, since it will soon be useless when they trade it in for an iPod. I don't know the last time you hung out with a teenager but they aren't like you as a kid. They don't huddle around a radio listening to Orson Welles talk about aliens landing. They already don't care about the radio, there's this thing called the Internet! Teens and tweens buy the records on pop radio and they heard them on this thing called YouTube, a couple of people visit it each day, you may even be one of them. Good luck spreading your genius idea that you "have been saying for years." You're just ahead of your time - like Ishtar was or um something. There's a keyboard cat waiting for you and your big idea after the jump it's from that thing the kids listen to music on... The YouTube.
A great idea! Whoever makes these into good designs for their band is going to be selling a lot of shirts.
Do you have some wiz-kid nerd friend who is always helping you when your computer problems come up? Do you get stuck not knowing what in the hell is going on with your DAW and have to call a friend who then tells you he could help if he could see your screen. Well, Skype has just made this totally easy for you. They just released their newest version which now enables screen sharing so that your nerd friend can now see your screen and see which totally retarded setting you have clicked, that has stressed you into a panic. Computer troubleshooting just got a lot easier! For more details check out ReadWriteWeb.

We save you the trouble of going to a million websites and just tell you what garbage is worth skimming over.

If you are spending your nights following people and making friends on Twitter you are probably thinking what we are. Does anyone even realize who I am? Did they even care to read my bio? Probably not, but you can improve their chances of them knowing what is special about your band by sending them a direct message after they follow you. TweetLater will allow you to not only do this but follow back anyone who follows you. This will increase your chances of actually getting someone to look at your Twitter feed instead of filing it under the ignore bin on their Twitter App and maybe if you write a compelling enough message they may check out your band. After the jump we will teach you how to navigate their oddly designed site.
It usually takes the RIAA and their major label clown buddies about half a decade to get a memo, this time it only took a couple of years. While anyone with a mind knows this happened the day iTunes dropped DRM, the mouth breathers over at the stalled think tanks of the RIAA need time to admit their failures. TorrentFreak is reporting that the declaration has been made by the RIAA's spokesperson.

"Jonathan Lamy, chief spokesperson for the RIAA declared DRM dead, when he was asked about the RIAA's view on DRM for an upcoming SCMagazine article. "DRM is dead, isn't it?" Lamy said, referring to the DRM-less iTunes store and other online outfits that now offer music without restrictions."
For more check out TorrentFreak.
Topspin site.jpgLast week we told you about TopSpin's awesome new website. We spent the weekend digging through it and rounding up some of the great things you can learn from their ahead of the times ideas. One of the first things that stuck out with us are the things you need to have together to get involved in a campaign with TopSpin. If you are a band that is looking to make a big impression with your next release these are things you should make sure you are setting yourself up for in the future. Head to the jump and we will discuss them and how to get yourself moving in the right direction. 
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In the past we have told you how much a cheap video can help your band, and today we showed you an amazing video made for $12 in Google SketchUp. A great idea for a website to show off a great idea in music video form! $99 Music Videos is exactly what it says - a community that weekly debuts a new video shot on the cheap while still being fresh and interesting. I scrolled through and saw many awesome vids this weekend and this site is a great idea for the next time you want to get some cheap ideas on how to promote your band. Here are the requirements:

  • It must be made for $99 or less.
  • It must be shot in one day.
  • It must be edited in one day.
  • It must be a collaboration between the band and the filmmaker.

We save you the trouble of going to a million websites and just tell you what garbage is worth skimming over.

torrent.pngEarlier today we mentioned that creating torrents for your band and posting them on the torrent sites is a good marketing idea for increased exposure.  Although creating torrents is relatively easy, there might be a few new things you'll have to learn and a couple of hurdles you'll have to get over (like assigning an external tracker).  Luckily, the good folks at Torrent Freak have made it easy with a step by step guide to creating torrents and a listing of the programs you can be using to do this.  For Mac users, we recommend Vuze (formerly known as Azureus), which is fairly easy to use and updated often.  Check out Torrent Freaks guide to how to create torrents.  
excited.jpgRecently my band finished recording a few singles and now we are finally ready to release them digitally.  In an attempt to put the songs everywhere we decided to post them on torrent sites to get exposure.  After posting on the first one on our list, Pirate Bay, we discovered an additional bonus to using torrents: SEO improvement.  Within a few hours of posting on Pirate Bay, my band received a Google Alert that the torrent we had at Pirate Bay was now registered in the behemoth's search engine data base.  In fact, when searching my band's name, Sensual Harassment, the torrent at Pirate Bay came up at number seven, above even our Twitter page.  This is a great (as well as legal) way to get your songs some exposure and the SEO results are certainly something to be excited about. 

Weekend Watching: The Two Tone Story

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The story of this seminal ska label. Go to Best Free Documentaries for the rest! 
barbie.jpgEach week Musformation brings you the The Wiki Chart. The Wiki Chart calculates the majority of the streaming audio charts and figures out what the world is really listening to. The chart is undergoing a huge makeover and they have added a countdown to v3.0 we can't wait to see what they do. Make sure to check out the rest of the Rock and Pop Charts as well as their Indie, Rap, Country and Dance Charts!

  1. 21 Guns - Green Day
  2. A Looking In View - Alice In Chains
  3. New Divide - Linkin Park
  4. Heavy Cross - The Gossip
  5. 100 Little Curses - Street Sweeper Social Club
  6. Notion - Kings Of Leon
  7. For What It's Worth - Placebo
  8. Love Drunk - Boys Like Girls
  9. One More Chance - Bloc Party
  10. Treat Me Like Your Mother - The Dead Weather
  1. I Gotta Feelin' - Black Eyed Peas
  2. Here We Go Again - Demi Lovato
  3. I Don't Care (2NE1) - 2NE1
  4. Obsessed - Mariah Carey
  5. Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas
  6. It's Alright, It's OK - Ashley Tisdale
  7. Bulletproof - La Roux
  8. I Know You Want Me - Pitbull
  9. Lovegame - Lady Gaga
  10. Goodbye - Kristina DeBarg

modeltarabusch.jpgIt is no secret that offering your fans some extra cool treats in a deluxe edition can up album sales and get record collectors drooling from the mouthes they breathe from when it is limited to 100. Tara Busch has taken it a pretty awesome place by including the following:

  • CD Copy of Tara Busch's debut solo album, Pilfershire Lane, with deluxe digipack cover.
  • A 7" x 7" stainless steel mini popup stage set. This includes working microphone, speaker and circuit with record and play feature. The set comes with popup Korg MS-20 and Minimoog, but also included are interchangeable stainless steel face plates for the Buchla 200e, MacBeth M5, Analogue Solutions Vostok, ARP Odyssey, Micromoog and Moog Etherwave Theremin. (pictured)
  • A 100th cut strip of a 16MM B&W film created specifically for the box set. This 16mm movie is the only copy that will ever exist and is cut equally between the 100 boxes.
  • An original one-off Polaroid 600 picture of Tara taken at her studio in Los Angeles.
  • Certificate Of Authenticity signed and numbered by the artist
  • All in a beautifully made 7" x 7" x 2" rigid cardboard box.
  • For just 29.99 GBP (currently worth around $50 USD and 35 Euros). You can pay with credit card or Paypal and they will ship worldwide.

134551-RockBand.jpgFrom The Journal Of Dead Music Ideas:
"We've figured out how to make it so anybody who owns and controls masters and publishing can put music into ["Rock Band"] at their own pace," says MTV Games senior VP of electronic games and music Paul DeGooyer. "We're talking about a set of serious professional tools to allow people on the front line of writing and recording songs to completely control their destiny with respect to interactive products and then giving them direct access to the download store."

Rather than deal with Harmonix directly, artists and labels will submit songs to a community of Harmonix-trained freelance game developers and other interested programmers who will prepare the tracks for "Rock Band." Additionally, labels can either hire trained developers or school their existing employees to do the work in-house.

Songs submitted through this process must then be reviewed by other developers to check for playability, inappropriate lyrics, copyright infringement and so on. Harmonix will post approved tracks to an in-game download store separate from its existing "Rock Band" store where creators can set their own price (50 cents to $3 per song) and receive 30% of any resulting sales. Gamers will also be able to demo 30-second samples of each track."
prisongay-10.jpgWe try our best to write as much as we can every week to keep you guys fed with information. So from now on we will do a end of the week dump of all the close but no cigar articles that we wish we could have gotten to that you may be interested in but we just couldn't get to address them in full.

WaTunes Announce Daily iTunes Charting!

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For those of you looking to watch your stats and understand them a little better WaTunes is offering a new service that could be of interest to you!

"As of today, WaTunes is among the first offer iTunes Daily Trending Reports to both Free Users and VIPs for just $1.99 per report. Now you'll be able to see how your sales are doing on a day-to-day basis. No longer do you have to wait a week or even a month to see your sales. "

To learn how to do it head to the jump!
Hiding USB sticks throughout the world is no new thing for artists like The White Stripes and NIN. Muse have now jumped on board with the clever idea that seems to work with the theme of the new song they will be releasing. From the NME:

"Muse have hidden several USB sticks in a worldwide treasure hunt - allowing fans to hear a new song.

Fans can search for the USB sticks in Berlin, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Moscow, Paris and Dubai, where "agents" are looking after them.

Each USB stick contains a code which must be entered at for a puzzle that, when solved, unlocks a part of new song 'United States of Eurasia' from forthcoming album 'The Resistance'."
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