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Places To Hide Cash Around The House

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We all know musicians are constantly paid in cash for things. One of the biggest questions becomes where do you hide all of this cash? Consumerist has a few great ideas for you on their incredible blog. We would also like to add vitamin containers and the hollow shafts of things like desks and curtain rods can be amazing covert spots! Check out what they got!
gangwar.jpg has the lowdown on notorious hardcore/punk gang FSU shaking down members of a touring band for $5K. Check Punknews for the full story here is an excerpt:

"Accused of extortion is Elgin Nathan James of Righteous Jams who appeared in the
Boston Beatdown DVD series, National Geographic's documentary on Straight Edge and also shot a film Goodnight Moon with Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy . Authorities allege James started the FSU street gang in Boston the 1990s to establish control over the punk rock scene there.

The alleged extortion took place when an undisclosed band was on tour in 2005 and 2006, prosecutors say. The victim was attacked in Boston and was told he could stop further attacks by making a $5,000 "donation" to FSU, according to the court."

If anyone else has ever been shook down by these guys now may be a good time to come forward!

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Today Metric was on It's On With Alexa Chung, MTV's afternoon talk show aimed at the kids of today. The band who we have been celebrating as a band that is being very successful without a label. Today they penetrated the walls of a major station and actually played live music during prime MTV viewing hours (who knew they still did that?). Great exposure for a band with no major entity behind them! What was even more exciting though was after the performance Emily Haines said "We've sold more copies of this record in four weeks than four years with a record label." Very exciting news as the doors open up for independent bands to get the same access and better results than bands with major label muscle! 
We have discussed Nimbit briefly in the past but we felt today that we should tell you a little bit more about their awesome service. Artists like Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Rounder Records, Guster and Al Kooper.
  • Their Online Merch Table Widget enables artists to sell CDs, individual or full album MP3s, or other merch. It is embeddable on websites and major social networks.
  • The NimbitSkin is a skin you can put on an online store to make it look like the rest of your designs and sell any of the above mentioned merch and music. It features a smooth interface and a shopping cart that gives a pro looking advanced interface. 
  • They also offer online music distribution that aggregates to stores like iTunes, Rhapsody, Napster, eMusic, CDFreedom, LiveWire, and Groupie Tunes. They offer two models, one with a $15/album setup charge 20% commission. You can also become a member and pay $9.95 per month and get 100% of your own royalties. A steal for artists concerned about getting the most profit!
  • They offer full website designs for $199. These sites include an online store, calendars, blog, video and photo galleries!

10 Odds Way To Distribute Your Music

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mogwai.jpgWired has a great collection of some of the odd ways people have distributed their music over the past few years. Whether it is Mogawai's crazy music box or flash drives they have an interesting list that can give you some great ideas for your next project.

I know, I know we seem more like a The Dead Weather, NIN, Metric, etc fan page everyday, but some bands just get it... Anyway, The Dead Weather have put out a video that answers all the dumb questions that bands get asked by inexperienced interviewers so that they can hopefully point to the video and avoid the thing that bands hate doing on tour - answering dumb questions. Making a mockery of the interviews they do and getting all of the info out there for anyone who would actually wants to know this mind numbing garbage. Hopefully this video will save them and other from the torture of answering what flavor of ice cream is their favorite. 
tarabusch bkg.pngWe do a lot of talking about promoting your Twitter from other sites, but today we are going to show you how to easily have your Twitter promote all your other sites.

As you can see on the left Tara Busch has shown you all a fine example of how to do this right by promoting all of her other social networks, email and websites. You can also write in links to buy your music bios, promo shots etc. If this is so easy why doesn't everyone do it? Well it takes some graphic design trickery.

Unfortunately every Twitter page looks different depending on the size of the browser screen. So it takes some experimenting and optimization as well as knowing your way around a graphic program. After the jump we will discuss some generally agreed upon graphic specs.

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Suggestion Box: Let Us Know

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We're gearing up for some more changes and add-ons to the site soon! Before we do it we want to make sure we aren't neglecting what really matters. So we are asking you, that if you see us doing something dumb or would like to see something new with the site to please let us know in the comments. You don't need to register or anything all you have to do is type and hit submit. Thanks for the help!

Atlantic Records Looking For Interns

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Atlantic_Records_fan_logo.pngFrom their PR. More after the jump!

Atlantic Records is looking for a few bright, motivated, and creative college students who want hands-on experience producing online and mobile content for artists like Paramore, T.I., Flo Rida, Simple Plan, Lupe Fiasco, Plies, Death Cab For Cutie and many more. We're looking for people who love music and have a great feel for what's "next" in the online world. We are the first to work with new products and technologies as they relate to marketing and are consistently on the cutting edge of the music industry.

7/13/09 Round Up Of Music News - Edition

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OurStage Is On The Move

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Perhaps you have heard of OurStage a site that allows artist to upload their music and then music listeners judge their songs and make choices as to which songs they like best between 2-4 songs at a time. They tout the site as place where you can help choose the best up and coming music. They offer prizes such as concert and festival passes for users who participate in the site. OurStage is nearing 1 million users and 100,000 artists which we find to be pretty impressive and they are holding many national competitions where bands battle out for spots playing with big national artists. They have many promotions for bands and fans of music and is definitely a site to check out if you are into competing in crowdsourced situations with your music. Watch the above video for more! 
Over the weekend ReverbNation tweeted some great news:

"ReverbNation: ReverbNation just passed the 400k Artist mark and the 25k mark for Labels, Managers, Venues and Other Industry Pros! Thank you all."
Pretty exciting and we imagine with all the awesome features they have that it is still just the beginning. As well today saw blogger GarageSpin post some details about his involvement in the Sponsored Songs program from ReverbNation.

"I get $0.50 per download, up to a $50 cap, and bragging rights."
Interesting model that the articles notes has been somewhat controversial. Judging by how much promotion the artists have received from this partnership it seems like the money is a bonus payment. Obviously it is up to each artist to decide where they stand on interesting new experiment in ad supported music.
chrisander.gifThe seemingly always wrong brain of Wired editor Chris Anderson is at it again! This time he blesses us with another ignorant, neglectful of the big picture statement in hopes of no one checking up on his always wrong opinions. From Times Online:

"If you look at the rest of the industry now, from the bands to the fans from Apple to tour promoters, everyone's doing OK, except for the labels. So there's really nothing wrong with the music industry; we're just redefining what it is. And I wonder whether we're going to see a similar fragmentation and reformation of media."
Yes Chris the fact that one of the biggest music listening engines, YouTube, pays artists pennies for millions of plays, an impending merger that could spell doom via monopoly for indie artists and concertgoers and a handful of other things that you can easily look through this blog and find mean that everyone else is doing OK. Great job guy! Another well thought out idea like that whole The Long Tail thing. While Musformation has a general optimistic view of how great the New Music Model will be, to say everyone is doing OK except for the labels is neglectful of every band in a van in America trying to figure out new income streams and pay for inflated gas prices.

I have news for you, when you say, "And I wonder whether we're going to see a similar fragmentation and reformation of media." Don't wonder because you are the media and your fate is sealed if you keep saying stupid crap like this, we the blogosphere are obsoleting you and your dead ideas daily. Climb down from the ivory tower and take a look down here sometime, its a real interesting place but there are some flaws to be worked out.
downarrow.jpgAccording to the folks at Guardian UK, new research indicates that fewer teenagers are downloading and sharing music illegally.  Apparently, streaming music through avenues such as YouTube and Spotify is also on the rise.  The survey of 1,000 kids indicates less than 1/3 of them are downloading music illegally (naturally, the music industry's hype machine had everyone thinking it was much more than that).   While just because kids are streaming music doesn't mean they are buying more music, much can be learned about their tastes and listening habits from this data alone.  While sales of legit digital downloads are on the rise, they have not yet made up for the lost revenue of physical CDs.  More on this interesting story here.  

The idiosyncratic author and iconoclastic speaker Martin Atkins is starting a crash course music school called R3 (Revolution Number 3).  What kinds of things will you do at Martin's school?  As you can guess, it's a little unorthodox.  This video gives a quick overview of what you might expect to find there.  More on his school R3 here.

When you take two years to record a record have some explaining to do. Even artists like Imogen Heap - who has a great cult following - has to show some velocity and show they aren't sitting around doing nothing. Your fans want to be kept up to date since we don't want them to be imagining that you are counting your money (that you probably aren't even making) and hanging poolside with strippers, when they want more new music from you. Imogen Heap has made tons of entertaining and fun videos that show her in action making her new record and catches you up on where she has been since she made the world swoon over her awesome vocoder use. Look at the awesome album trailer she made below at the conclusion of her thirty some odd blog entries on it. More at Music Marketing.
Everyday we get some incarnation of the question of "Do Facebook ads work for bands and musicians pages?" A hard question to answer. Like Google Ads it is really hard to track their total effectiveness and if they are really the best marketing tools for you to be devoting your time and money to.

I will answer this in two simple ways. Obviously you are on Facebook if you are wondering this. Click on some friends page and photo albums and look at the ads. Do any of the ads you see on the left hand side strike your interest? The ads next to this writing are what I see all the time when I am online reading about what my friends ate for lunch and reading about ex-girlfriends changing diapers in my newsfeed.

Here is my breakdown of how the ads apply to me; While I am a Fugazi fan I would never go to a event on the punk-folk connection in 2009, I may have gone to anything featuring Fugazi in 1996, but now they are simply something in my interests because it is part of my history. There is no way for Facebook to know I have them listed in the music I like as more of a "part of my past thing." As for the second ad - I love Brian Eno, but there is no way I am buying a shirt of him and wearing it in public, until Facebook gets a algorithim to see if I wear shirts of weird looking rockers this isn't very effective. Lastly, I have absolutely no interest in work out methods so the third ad seems totally off base to me, meaning whoever paid for this ad to be before my eyes failed badly since I would never click on any ad about my abs.

To me that means Facebook isn't targeting my interests very well. This doesn't give me confidence that if I took out an ad on Facebook that they would do a good job of targeting people. Though when you go and look at the ads you may have different results from me and if you feel like they are targeting you, maybe it is worth it?

The other question I would ask you before placing an ad on Facebook would be have you done everything else you can to promote your band that may be more effective? Getting your music on online radio like Pandora, Jango, and Last.FM is a much more effective since people get to hear your music that are interested in your style. Would your money be better spent going out and socializing, meeting people who may like your band, getting a better PA so your band sounds better? Probably! But if you have a large budget and have already done many of the other means of promotion Facebook ads may be up your alley.

cancelled.jpgOne of the worst feelings is to show up to a club and find out that one of the bands on the bill dropped off last-minute. What's even worse is when two bands do it. And what's worse still is when three bands do it, you're from out of town, it's a Tuesday night, and you've never played there before.
Bands hurt everybody when they cancel shows, but most of all they hurt themselves. Yes, emergencies come up, and yes, life gets in the way of rock and roll ambitions. But the smart response is to find a way to make things work while honoring your commitments. Did your drummer have a death in the family? Play an acoustic show. Did you book a show and then find out one of your guys has to work? Get a friend to sit in, or find some other way around it.
Blogger Wayne Rosse has the lowdown on what is another one of those ideas that is only good when inside a boardroom with a bunch of out of touch idiots who run major labels these days. I think some of them may have taken some of Tim Ferriss's Four Hour Work Week idea of only selling to your biggest buyers to be some innovative logic. What these mental athletes neglected is Mom and Pop store workers are the tastemakers and the people who form many of the local music worlds opinions. Have fun when they start encouraging everyone to steal your product on the Internet since they can no longer get it at their favorite record store. Another great way to alienate an increasingly smaller demographic - the few people who still go to stores to get music and make your company money. Retards.From Wayne's blog:

"Here's a really good one for you. Last week EMI sales reps started making calls to many if not all of their small accounts, mostly independent mom & pop stores, to tell them that they would no longer sell them product!!! Were these accounts bad payers? Nope. Would they not stock catalog or new artists? Nope. Then why in God's name, you may ask,  would they simply cut loose paying customers? The answer given by sales reps -- cost cutting."

Wayne has also concluded that EMI did this via phone so there would be no paper trail in hopes it wouldn't become a meme running rapidly through the Internet. Guess what EMI, it's on Digg! Read more here.

Humor Mondays: The Suge Knight Light

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The Hype Machine recently had the great idea to make a Twitter chart in response to the poor job other sites are doing of this task. Unfortunately this awesome site dropped the ball a bit by allowing Tweeters with more followers to have more power.  TechCrunch with their near million followers was able to get Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" and was able to get it right to #1. Since HypeM is so diligent about keeping their charts from being gamed we are sure they will address this. In the mean time start getting your followers to RT your songs ASAP. More at TechCrunch.
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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.