Interested in how Facebook sees music for the next few years? This interview with employee Ime Archibong gives a lot of insight.
For music specifically -- I know I'm one of the "music" guys at Facebook, I've been tremendously bullish on it. Music, [as I said], is a form of communication. Facebook is in the business of facilitating communication between two people. There's no reason why this overlap isn't going to continue happening. It's been happening for the last decade on the platform. If anything, the products, the way it shows up, the way it actually happens has continued to grow up and evolve as a business and will continue, to use a business term, "up and to the right." So I'm...
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.
Kevin Devine and singer/songwriter, Stephanie Tolino, have released a new song "It All Could Change." The pairing came together as a result of Stephanie's Kickstarter donation to Kevin back in February of 2013. The song can be heard in the replies.
When I was home, I played on a Rusko song, I played on something for Datsik, I played on a bunch of albums all week long because the end of the day, man, Blink, you gotta have three people that are all willing to record and write music at the same time. If it can’t happen, that can’t be the end of the world for me. I gotta have other stuff to do or I would fucking claw my eyes out. So being with the Transplants, working on my solo album, until the stars align for Blink to be in the studio I gotta just stay busy. We’re supposed to go in before Reading or Leeds sometime so hopefully it happens.
Does anyone remember that band Off By One? I was clearing out my iTunes today and came across that album. I once painted houses all summer (worst job ever by the way) to save up enough money to buy albums like this.
Brendan Kelly of The Lawrence Arms has written a blog about getting old in punk-rock. Or something like that ... my own old age has led to me having to squint to read the text on the screen.
That’s why people were so blown away when a band like the Starting Line made these songs that resonated with so many people. “That kid’s only fucking 17!” motherfuckers were saying, and that’s why when Nomeansno put out the spectacular All Roads Lead To Ausfahrt a few years back, people were like, “DAAAAMN! These old ass men have not lost a SINGLE FUCKING STEP!!! They’re still THE BEST!” (go listen to the song Mr. In Between if you doubt the fury of the mighty, unbreakable power of Nomeansno, and...
The settlement will include an apology from GoldieBlox, to be displayed on the company's website, as well as donation by GoldieBlox to charities selected by the Beastie Boys that encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for girls.
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Sorority Noise will release their debut LP, Forgettable, on May 13th through Broken World Media and Storm Chasers Records. Tracklisting and artwork is in the replies, and a new song called "Rory Shield" can be streamed over at Property of Zack.
Infamous metalcore band Killwhitneydead have returned with a vengeance. Their first album in seven years, Suffer My Wrath, will be released on June 10 via Tribunal Records. Head to the replies to stream a new song titled "Sugartooth (Mundus Vult Decipi - Part I)," which continues to celebrate the lost art of movie samples in songs. The band's pre-order campaign is live until March 31, so act fast.
There are heaps of great pop-rock bands kicking around the UK at the moment. Three of them are heading out on tour together this week, which is handy. Hit the replies for the lowdown on Natives (ex-Not Advised), Bleach Blood (ex-The King Blues) and Arches and to see the schedule for their tour, which begins tonight in Bristol.
Tiny Moving Parts have signed to Triple Crown Records and will be releasing their sophomore record later this year. The band has also announced some new tour dates with Free Throw that you can find in the replies.
There must be something in the water up in the northeast, because the area is absolutely swarming with amazing new talent. The latest to add to the list is Connecticut's Life On The Sideline. Take the aggression and grittiness of Misser and combine with the pop sensibility of The Early November and you have a recipe for success. In the replies, listen to the band's single "Everything I Lost" from its upcoming LP Honesty Is A Dying Breed. You can pre-order it now from Take This To Heart Records before it drops on April 22nd.
If you aren’t a big name pop star or have a really good record label promoting you don’t have much of a chance to get on major stations. It’s not the radio stations fault. To become a successful radio station you have to appeal to a really broad audience, and with satellite radio and services like Spotify and iTunes it has become really easy to find music that like and avoid the radio completely. So if you’re like us, not a pop band, and don’t necessarily have large listener appeal we don’t stand much of a chance.
You can check out our interview with Four Year Stronghere. The band is currently out on Bayside's "Great American Cult" U.S. tour.
We’re going to go back and do some more songs after this tour, doing some more writing and recording. I think we’re going to do something in the summer, that’s going to be in the U.S…people will find out about it in a little while…
Anti-Mortem will release their debut album, New Southern, will be released on April 15th in Europe, April 28th in the U.K., and April 29th in North America via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The album was produced, recorded, and mixed by Bob Marlette (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rob Zombie). The band will be touring with Texas Hippie Coalition. Dates are below and you can now pre-order the album.
01) Words Of Wisdom
02) New Southern
03) 100% Pure American Rage
04) Hate Automatic
05) Black Heartbeat
06) I Get Along With The Devil
07) Path To Pain
08) Wake Up
09) Ride Of Your Life
10) Stagnant Water
11) Truck Stop Special
13) A Little Too Loose (MR. BIG...
The Year Fifteen (Billy Duprey of The Republic of Wolves) will release his new album, As A World Entire, on March 23rd. You can stream "It's Been So Hard", "Sweater, Half Open" and "Colours" here, here and here respectively. Be sure to check back on Thursday as we'll be streaming the album in it's entirety.
03) A Thought
04) Sweater, Half Open
05) Evening Conversations
06) Out Of Sync
07) As A World Entire
09) It’s Been So Hard
10) With An English Smile
Somewhere In Time released the single "Diploma Candidate." You can listen to it in the replies. Email your paypal address to firstname.lastname@example.org to get sent a download link of the EP along with a penny for your thoughts.