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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, youíve 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 itís 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 Iíd try it, even though it was something out of my comfort zone. It wasnít 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 didnít 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 isnít 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 ó to happily shill for Doritos, then deliver a lecture on the importance of independent thought ó 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 Pandoraís 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

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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 wonít 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
Glamour Kills has released their spring 2014 clothing line. You can check it out on their site.
Keagan Ilvonen on 02/18/14 - 07:26 AM
Worcester, MA's historic Palladium has launched an Indiegogo campaign to restore and renovate the venue.
Alex DiVincenzo on 01/31/14 - 05:24 AM
Before Their Eyes has launched an IndieGoGo campaign for their new album.
Christian Wagner on 01/27/14 - 09:25 PM
Alex Reed (Go Radio) has joined Downwrite, a website that allows songwriters to collaborate with fans and other musicians on songs. He joins a roster that includes Mark Rose, Bob Nanna, Shane Henderson, and more.
Christian Wagner on 01/27/14 - 09:17 PM
Self Defense Family got into a van accident.
So, our shit crashed on black ice. Everyone is ok, gear is ok, but van is janky and shitted on. Weíre considering all options for the next few days. Van rental for a week? Rideshare to the next three shows until we get our van back? Bullet train? Living in Seattle?

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Jason Tate on 01/27/14 - 11:01 AM
Mogwai are releasing their own whisky.

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Jason Tate on 01/22/14 - 10:55 AM
The Damnwells have started a PledgeMusic campaign to fund their next album.
Jason Tate on 01/09/14 - 12:22 PM
Last year Kickstarter saw 3 million people pledge $480 million dollars.
About 89 percent of that money was given to successful projects, and there were also more of those than ever too, with 19,911 projects getting funded. But while the numbers show growth for Kickstarter, that growth has dramatically slowed from its previous year. Between 2011 and 2012, pledges rose by over $200 million, while last year, they rose just $160 million.
Jason Tate on 01/08/14 - 10:47 AM
Britney Spears' fans are pretty pissed over the fact they payed $2,500 for a meet and greet with her ... and it lasted less than 3 seconds.

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Jason Tate on 01/06/14 - 11:00 AM
Lady Gaga has posted a blog addressing the reports that her latest album lost her record label over $25 million dollars.
It is late because, just like with the Applause video unfortunately, I was given a week to plan and execute it. It is very devastating for someone like me, I devote every moment of my life to creating fantasies for you. All my my most successful videos were planned over a period of time when I was rested and my creativity was honored. Those who have betrayed me gravely mismanaged my time and health and left me on my own to damage control any problems that ensued as a result.

Millions of dollars are not enough for some people. They want billions. Then they need...
Jason Tate on 01/06/14 - 10:43 AM
Children 18:3 have launched a Kickstarter to fund their final album.

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Jason Tate on 01/04/14 - 12:31 PM
Jason Lancaster has started an indiegogo campaign to fund his new solo album.

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Jason Tate on 12/17/13 - 01:28 PM
Gryffin Media has compiled an infographic for Digital Music News showing what each of the digital streaming websites are paying out to bands and labels.
Jason Tate on 12/16/13 - 04:55 PM
A recent study found that people are less likely to buy a product if an advertisement features someone with tattoos or is a person of color.
A study recently published in the Economic Journal of the Royal Economic Society discovered that online shoppers are less likely to purchase a product if a black person or someone with a tattoo is selling it. [...] The experiment found that black sellers did worse than white sellers on a variety of metrics. Specifically, black sellers received 13% fewer responses, 18% fewer offers, and offers that were 11% to 12% lower. The results were similar in magnitude to those associated with a white seller's display of a tattoo.

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Jason Tate on 12/16/13 - 09:56 AM
One of the details that came out during Jack White's divorce is that he makes $62,000 a month. Damn.

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Jason Tate on 12/13/13 - 11:21 PM
Looking for a different way to display your records, but still be able to access them to play? Check out this Kickstarter from the aptly named "Records On Walls."
In 2010, I came up with the idea for Records On Walls. My educational background wasn't in design or manufacturing, but I wouldn't let that stop me. I was obsessed with producing this invention, convinced that it solved the problems I was having with displaying my record collection.

After several design iterations and prototypes, I developed the first version of Records On Walls, and started shipping them from my basement to North American customers. Although feedback for the product was great, there was still room for...
Jason Tate on 12/09/13 - 03:29 PM
The Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan played at his famous 1965 Newport Folk Festival performance -- widely hailed as the first time he "went electric," forever changing the face of folk music -- has sold at auction for $965,000, the highest price ever paid for a guitar in an auction.
Chris Collum on 12/07/13 - 11:31 PM
Jezebel pulls out virtually every reason why I won't buy a Mars Hill record. Next time someone asks -- this is why. Sorry Dustin.
First, masturbation can be a form of homosexuality because it is a sexual act that does not involve a woman. If a man were to masturbate while engaged in other forms of sexual intimacy with his wife then he would not be doing so in a homosexual way. However, any man who does so without his wife in the room is bordering on homosexuality activity, particularly if he's watching himself in a mirror and being turned on by his own male body. [...]

A husband should be the firm and responsible head of his household, the leader of a "little flock called home and...
Jason Tate on 12/06/13 - 08:35 PM
Downwrite has added some more artists to their roster. Bob Morris (The Hush Sound), Chris Broach (Braid / Firebird Band), JT Woodruff (Hawthorne Heights), Carmen Cirignano (Young Statues), Daniel Castady (The Fold), and William Beckett (The Academy Is...) are all now signed up.
Jason Tate on 12/03/13 - 12:53 PM
Descendents coffee is up for pre-order. All is right in the world.
We sought out a small, local coffee roaster in Fort Collins, sampled coffees from around the world, then roasted, cupped, and re-roasted until we felt it epitomized what we have been singing about for all of these years. Ultra dark, robust, and of course, eccentric. Sourced from a family farm, Finca Candelaria, located in the Candelaria region of Guatemala made famous in 1974 for its expansive underground cave system that spans over 80km. As far as the coffee goes, the high altitude and rich volcanic soil create the environment to grow very dense coffee beans- meaning that they are chocked full of complex flavors but...
Jason Tate on 12/02/13 - 09:17 PM
Capture the Crown have started a campaign to fund an EP.
We recorded our EP back in April of this year. We experimented and wrote this EP for you guys. We listened to what you guys wanted and we tried our best to give you that in five very different songs. The issue we encountered with this EP was it lacked a promised deadline, sort of like our debut album, which took three years to release. We were supposed to release this EP twice, before two different tours. Once in the middle of the year and another in September. Then the real shit storm hit, our RV died in the middle of the Scream It Like You Mean It tour and our label told us they would no longer release our music. There was...
Jason Tate on 12/02/13 - 01:51 PM
Lyle McKeany, formerly of Pressure 4-5, has written a blog post about how expensive it can be to tour. The break-down of expenses is definitely on the high-end -- so it's not exactly your average band, but you get the idea.
Tenacious D sings the truth, touring is fuckiní hard. Itís incredibly fun and gave me a lifetime of stories. But itís not easy. Not only is it physically draining due to long hours and not enough sleep, but it is financially draining, as well.
Jason Tate on 12/02/13 - 01:19 PM
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