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The guy who has repeatedly fucked over backers of his other crowd-funded projects is doing another one. My advice: Don't give him your money.
Jason Tate on 07/11/14 - 04:35 PM
Derek from Defeater has started a PledgeMusic campaign to raise money for a hip replacement.
Without insurance, the cost for the surgery amounts to $50,000, including different programs helping to lower the cost. And even after cost of the surgery, anesesthia, hospital bills, etc, there is rehabilitation and physical therapy as well. Before I go ahead and ask for a handout, I want to make it known that you will be given the opportunity to gain something as well. We have worked together to come up with a few different packages in return for your financial help. After speaking with the hospital, I am certain that this can be taken care of fairly quickly, thus leading to more time spent on...
Jason Tate on 07/11/14 - 02:39 PM
The Che Cafe has started a $125,000 Go Fund Me to help pay for repairs deemed required by UCSD. More information on what's happening with the venue can be found here.

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Jason Tate on 07/10/14 - 10:21 AM
Nilay Patel, writing for Vox, looks at the economic missteps in Taylor Swift's recent Wall Street Journal op-ed.
Taylor makes a nice little argument in favor of paying for music. "Music is art," she says, "and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It's my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album's price point is." This is an impressively-constructed syllogism. It is also deeply, deeply wrong.

The single hardest economic problem posed by the internet is the end of scarcity.
Jason Tate on 07/09/14 - 09:40 AM
Rdio has announced their acquisition of TastemakerX.
Today, we’re thrilled to announce that we are growing our team with the acquisition of TastemakerX, a leading music discovery and curation service. Based in San Francisco, TastemakerX was founded in 2011 to help artists connect with fans. TastemakerX enables listeners to discover new music, build and listen to virtual collections, and view artists based on social discovery.
Jason Tate on 06/30/14 - 02:02 PM
Hidden Hospitals are looking to fund their first full-length on Kickstarter.
Our next goal is to produce our first full length record. We've spent the past year holed up in Chicago, writing, crafting and whittling down a collection of songs that we feel is the first full realization of why we started this band. As you might assume, our biggest endeavor to date also comes with the biggest financial constraint. We refuse to sacrifice this dream because of budget, so we are turning to you - our supporters - to help us get to the finish line. Importantly, we aren't looking for donations, we want to give you exclusive access and rewards so you can own a piece of this process and be a...
Jason Tate on 06/27/14 - 03:06 PM
Recently, Derrick from Sainthood Reps lost his father Gary to lung cancer. For the next week, Youth Conspiracy Records has announced that 100% of the proceeds from all sales of their Monoculture LP will go to the American Cancer Society in their ongoing fight to cure this life-stealing disease. In addition, YCR is auctioning off a test pressing of Monoculture on eBay. Limited to just five copies, this is the rarest Sainthood Reps record in existence -- all proceeds after eBay fees will go directly to the American Cancer Society.
Jason Tate on 06/26/14 - 09:37 PM
The creator of Minecraft was the mystery buyer of Aphex Twin's unreleased LP.
Notch paid $46,300 for the LP — a test pressing that's believed to be one of only four in existence. As Joyrex says, a portion of the auction will go to charity, as voted on by his website's community. Current leaders include Doctors Without Borders and the World Wildlife Fund. The remaining money is supposed to be split between the artist himself and his record label.
Jason Tate on 06/24/14 - 02:38 PM
From Indian Lakes has teamed up with Carved Cases to offer an assortment of real wood, made in USA, phone cases.
Jason Tate on 06/24/14 - 10:59 AM
So far the guy who wants to raise money to destroy the only copy of Wu-Tang Clan's upcoming album has only raised $10,400. That didn't stop him from talking with WuTangClan.com about why he wants to do this.
This is a work in progress. Unfortunately, at this time the answer to this question is, “it depends.” Suppose that the purchase of the album takes my full money goal. That leaves little for my performance piece. If I have some left to tool around with, it will have some more gusto to say the least. To throw you a bone here, though, I am currently considering liquefaction and/or returning the work to the earth. There will be no five second bra burning here.

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Jason Tate on 06/13/14 - 12:19 PM
Honda is putting over $50 million dollars into their advertising strategy centered around music.
Peyton also reports a direct impact on car sales from the Civic Tour over the years, but declined to share specifics. Instead, he points to a 34% lift in purchase-consideration as measured from ticket-buyers when compared to prospective auto-buyers who didn’t attend the tour. “It helps us know that we’re fishing exactly where the fish are,” Peyton says. [...] Honda's amped-up investment immediately places the brand among the most active spenders in music, let alone automotives, which for years have been led by Chevrolet.
Jason Tate on 06/12/14 - 12:34 PM
David Carr, writing for the New York Times:
Late last Thursday, I stopped at the fruit stand and some big, vivid red grapes caught my eye. The vendor said a two-pound bunch would be $6, which seemed steep. I was about to tell him as much, and then came to my senses and gave him the money. I wondered why I hesitated when it came time to pony up and realized that, as just one more participant in the Something for Nothing economy, I’d grown accustomed to getting all sorts of lusciousness for the price of zero.
Jason Tate on 06/11/14 - 02:24 PM
Queen Crescent has started an IndieGogo fundraising campaign to record their first album. View a video of their recent TV performance in Mexico in the replies.
Dre Okorley on 06/09/14 - 02:23 PM
Hidden Hospitals, featuring former Damiera members, has started a Kickstarter for their first album.

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Jason Tate on 06/03/14 - 02:09 PM
Kickstarter has made a variety of changes to their rules and policies.
Kickstarter said a new feature called “Launch Now” would be available to 60 percent of projects and expanded soon. That’s a formal way of saying that most creators will now be allowed to post what they’re working on without getting feedback and approval from Kickstarter.
Jason Tate on 06/03/14 - 11:30 AM
Beginning today and ending June 15th, Spotify is offering customers three months of its premium service for $9.99 -- that's a price cut of two-thirds.
Jason Tate on 06/03/14 - 11:27 AM
Glamour Kills has launched its brand-new UK/Europe webstore, which expands the company's reach to over 40 new countries. They will now be shipping to all of Europe and they've got a 10% off coupon if you use the code GKUK14.
Thomas Nassiff on 05/27/14 - 09:53 AM
There's a new IndieGoGo campaign up to fund a documentary on Siberia's improbable punk scene in the 80's.
Directed by Vladimir Kozlov, this first-of-its-kind documentary uses rare footage of Siberian punk legends including the punk poet and songwriter Yanka Dyagileva and the controversial godfather of Russian punk Yegor Letov, along with contemporary interviews, to recount the story of Siberia's improbable punk scene. Arguably the very embodiment of underground, Siberian punk existed not only thousands of miles away from the movement's epicenters in New York and London but also at the height of the Cold War – a time when playing punk music might literally have landed you in… well,...
Jason Tate on 05/21/14 - 02:21 PM
Billboard is reporting that Spotify now has 10 million paid subscribers, and 3 million of those are in the US.
The news of Spotify’s growth comes as speculation mounts about the company going public later this year. The anticipation has grown as Spotify has advertised for SEC regulatory staff, agreed a $200 million credit line with several Wall Street banks, inked a partnership with Sprint wireless partnership, expanded in Latin America and acquired EchoNest, a data service.
Jason Tate on 05/21/14 - 11:35 AM
Priceonomics has posted a list estimating what it would cost to book your favorite band.
Before you read these lists, a few things should be clarified. First of all, they aren't perfect: a few acts are out of place, or suspiciously off -- we'll try to address these below. You'll also notice that there are a few anomalies, and acts that aren't music-related (ie. Myth Busters, who you can rent for a mere $100k); Degy books speakers and corporate entertainment acts too, and a few slipped into these listings. Lastly, keep in mind that these lists aren't comprehensive and only contain artists booked through Degy.
Jason Tate on 05/20/14 - 10:07 AM
On My Honor have launched an Indiegogo campaign to aid in several band-related expenses. The band will be supporting Hawthorne Heights for a short run celebrating the ten year anniversary of The Silence In Black And White. They will then be recording new songs for a future release and doing a full US tour in the summer. In addition to the causes of its financial hardships, the band has outlined what it will be doing with the money raised.
Ryan Gardner on 05/15/14 - 03:01 PM
Guys ... we're getting old. A new merch store has opened up featuring band shirts for babies, toddlers, and kids.

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Jason Tate on 05/12/14 - 10:51 AM
Gilligan, an AP.net reader, has created a PledgeMusic campaign to fund a book about the music industry. It will feature contributions from folks at such labels as Sony Music, Polydor, Matador, Kill Rock Stars, Don Giovanni, Fake Chapter and BaDa Bing Records. The campaign ends in a week, so check it out if you're interested.
So Gilligan, you’ve spent 17 years working in the music industry. What have you learned thus far?

1. Your Band Sucks
2. No One Is Honest
3. Clive Davis is a Moron

That about sums it up, but of course it’s no fun to stop there.
Jason Tate on 05/09/14 - 12:00 PM
Rocket Heart Records wants to release Ultimate Fakebook's This Will Be Laughing Week on vinyl. They've started a Kickstarter to do it.
Rocket Heart Records' initial vinyl pressing of This Will Be Laughing Week will be 850 copies; with 500 on black, and 350 Coke bottle clear. In order to fund this pressing, as well as pay for the licensing rights, the goal for this Kickstarter campaign is $13,000. If funded, the record will be available in early Fall 2014.
Jason Tate on 05/05/14 - 01:38 PM
Juliet Simms has launched a PledgeMusic campaign to fund her upcoming solo EP.

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Jason Tate on 05/01/14 - 11:18 AM
A while back we reported on the "Secret Project" clothing line started by Ryan of Mixtapes. After hearing that the project had been shut down via Twitter yesterday, we reached out to find out what was going on. Ryan let us know that he has currently suspended the line as he's got too much other stuff going on. He let us know that he's going to refund everyone's money and send out the shirts that he did have made. If you have any issues at all you can send an email here.
Jason Tate on 04/28/14 - 03:05 PM
A couple Wu-Tang Clan fans have started a Kickstarter to raise five million dollars and try and buy the "one of a kind" album and release it for free.
The risk is some Saudi oil baron's kid spending his dad's money to collect a trophy and then he'll keep the album to himself and fans the world over will suffer.
Jason Tate on 04/17/14 - 01:17 PM
Munchies talked with Mark Trombino about his new life in the donut shop world.
My music career has been in decline for like ten years now. Music as a business is changing. I had to make a decision of whether to try something new. And I had this idea for a donut shop for years, so I thought I’d try it, even though it was something out of my comfort zone. It wasn’t that I love donuts so much or have a passion for donuts. I just had an idea in my mind that I thought was so good that I didn’t want to see anyone else do it. It was the idea of having a donut shop where you can do things to-order, kind of like a yogurt shop. And I just thought that I could do it.
Jason Tate on 04/14/14 - 12:04 PM
Shapes & Colors have launched an Indiegogo to help fund their new EP which they are recording with Aaron Sprinkle (Anberlin, Emery, The Almost).
Keagan Ilvonen on 04/14/14 - 09:16 AM
Boston-based singer/songwriter (and Absolute 100 veteran) Chad Perrone has launched a PledgeMusic campaign to fund his new album. This guy is incredible, so consider kicking a few bucks his way.
Craig Manning on 04/11/14 - 05:56 PM
The Verge looks at how crowdfunding still has a trust problem. The Dangerous Summer fans respond, "no shit."
At the same time, the all-or-nothing absolutism of Kickstarter funding also ensures that you only pay if production can realistically be achieved. In the case of the Healbe GoBe, you could spend $199 expecting to get one for yourself, but if the product isn’t popular enough, the company might take your money without delivering any tangible return. And that's not a rare occurrence, given that only 10 percent of Indiegogo projects are fully funded.
Jason Tate on 04/04/14 - 11:28 AM
Imogen Heap has launched a Kickstarter for a pair of gloves that can control music programs with hand gestures.
We are making the first Mi.Mu gloves available to people who want to work with us to shift the paradigm of how music is made and performed. This Kickstarter campaign has been designed to take us from where we are now, having created a self-funded, elaborate, and wildly successful gestural music system with and for Imogen Heap, to finalising a design that can be open-sourced, allowing everyone access to the power of glove.

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Jason Tate on 04/04/14 - 10:26 AM
Action Item have started an indiegogo to fund their debut full-length.

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Jason Tate on 04/03/14 - 11:05 AM
In an interview with Billboard, RZA claims that Wu-Tang Clan have already been offered five million dollars for their "one of one" album. Ok, so how much would you offer to be the only person in the world to own a copy of an album by your favorite artist?
Jason Tate on 04/02/14 - 01:24 PM
Daft Punk's merch store is awesome.
Jason Tate on 03/27/14 - 04:21 PM
David Carr writing for the NY Times on the current state of the cross section of brands and music:
And in a move that might seem redundant given the irony that she had already coated herself with, Lady Gaga invited the performance artist Millie Brown on stage to drink a bottle of neon green liquid and vomit all over her. Her actions — to happily shill for Doritos, then deliver a lecture on the importance of independent thought — perfectly encapsulate the conflicted state of the industry.
Jason Tate on 03/19/14 - 08:53 PM
David Pakman writes an interesting piece for Re/Code on how much the average consumer paid for music at the height of music buying -- and then compares it to what is going on now.
The data shows that $120 per year is far beyond what the overwhelming majority of consumers will pay for music, and instead shows that a price closer to $48 per year is likely much closer to a sweet spot to attract a large number of subscribers.
Jason Tate on 03/19/14 - 08:40 PM
Run For Cover Records will now let you pay for your vinyls with Bitcoin. Discuss this in the replies.
Thomas Nassiff on 03/19/14 - 01:42 PM
A judge on Friday decided to leave the royalty rate that Pandora pays to songwriters the same.
Ascap, which represents millions of songs, had asked the court to raise Pandora’s royalty gradually from 1.85 percent, its current rate. Pandora sought a rate of 1.7 percent, which is what most commercial radio stations pay Ascap. The difference represents a potential shift of millions of dollars for the whole industry, and the case came to symbolize the economic conflict between technology companies and the traditional music industry.
Jason Tate on 03/17/14 - 10:17 AM
Dustin from With The Punches has partnered with a local NY tattoo parlor to raise money for a camp he helps run. The funds go to families to help send a special camp for children with diabetes.
Christian Wagner on 03/10/14 - 09:32 PM
Rob Dobi has launched new t-shirt designs.
Jason Tate on 02/26/14 - 11:03 AM
The plural of vinyl is...vinyl. Bad Timing Records has released a limited edition 12"x18" poster designed by Paper + Plastick Records creative director Matt Delisle.
Christian Wagner on 02/26/14 - 10:35 AM
Lions Lions have been stranded in Chicago for six days after their van's transmission died. Pick up some merch to help them out.
Hey everyone, last tuesday the transmission in our van went and we have been stuck in Chicago ever since. Today marks day 6 that we have been stranded here. We've missed the last 4 shows on the tour we are currently on. Things are a little rough right now but we will figure it out, we always do! if any of you guys would like to help, the best way for you to do that would be to pick up a shirt from our online store! here is the link. Pick up some Lions Lions merch because although the windy city is quite beautiful, we really would like to continue playing music...
Alex DiVincenzo on 02/24/14 - 01:17 PM
Alex Roy of Sparks The Rescue is raising money for a new solo record.
Only two days left to help fund Alex Roy on his first solo record!! Please check out his indiegogo campaign here! Attention: Sparks will be putting out a new full length very soon as well

Submitted by TDenverFan
Jason Tate on 02/24/14 - 10:03 AM
Ikea is discontinuing their Expedit shelves line -- which are fantastic for vinyl collections.
However, the panic, love, and support for IKEA's Expedit could be misplaced. The Swedish firm is planning to replace Expedit with Kallax, an almost identical grid-like shelving unit with thinner sides and rounded edges. Some record collectors are aware of the replacement, but the fear is that the thinner version won’t be sturdy enough to support the hundreds of vinyl that the various 4 x 4 and 5 x 5 Expedit configurations allow.
Jason Tate on 02/20/14 - 04:45 PM
This Is All Now was robbed while on tour with Hollywood Ending. The band has set up a donation to help recoup lost items.
Christian Wagner on 02/18/14 - 10:12 PM
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