If you ever dreamed of being able to purchase a kale salad with a side of Arcade Fire, then today's your lucky day. Select Whole Foods stores will now be selling vinyl records along side all the organic, gluten-free food you can handle.
Whole Foods has good reason to get into the music game: Starbucks, of course, has been selling music for white people and those who love them for years. And concerning vinyl, 2012 saw a 19% upswing in wax sales, a trend that has been consistent for the last half decade. Urban Outfitters, a master of disseminating and commodifying alternative culture, has had success with vinyl as well.
Jeremy Bolm (Touché Amoré) is releasing a new zine titled Down Time. Within its 55 pages are various poems, tour stories, advice, and more. It's the sixth release under his Secret Voice label and is currently available for purchase.
creativeLIVE are about to launch a series of free, live online workshops with influential music industry figures. There will be 3 - one with Incubus manager, Steve Rennie; one with metal guitarist/producer Eyal Levi; and one with DJ/producer Big Chocolate (Cameron Argon). Dates and details are in the replies.
FastCoLabs has a cool piece on touring musicians' favorite apps - find out what Anberlin, Good Old War, Sleeping At Last, and more use to stay connected, write music, and do all their daily musician tasks. What are your essential apps, music or otherwise?
Bands, are you in need of quality design work? Sean Chamilian (Betrayal) is offering 10% off any quote when you email him with "Absolutepunk" in the subject line. Past clients include artists such as Bury Your Dead, The Ghost Inside, and Walls of Jericho. Hit the replies for more information.
While we don't believe someone expressing their sexuality to be newsworthy, it's always nice to show support for those in the community who are brave enough to do so. Today, Jenny Owen Youngs has come out of the closet and written a lengthy blog about her sexuality. All of us at AP.net couldn't be more proud and happier for Jenny and we hope that her act of courage inspires others.
I’m writing to tell you, among other things, that I am super gay. This may or may not come as a surprise to you. If it does: Surprise! If it does not: You were right all along! Either way: Hooray! I didn’t want to come out. I don’t want coming out to be a thing that anyone has to do. A short list of things...
This year marks the ten year anniversary for XtraMile Recordings. Throughout the rest of the year the label will be creating special anniversary releases and brand new merchandise; announcing exclusive competitions and XM10 gigs featuring acts from their ever-increasing roster. We’re also taking-over a stage for an evening at the 2000trees UK Festival in July hosting Xtra Mile acts playing intimate, one-off acoustic sets. More information to be announced.
Daniel Rinaldi (Bedlight For Blue Eyes) is seeking help from the music community who has always lent their support. Just a few days ago, a friend's family was in a major car crash, resulting in the death of their child and serious injuries. Everyone is currently undergoing surgery which is a huge expense. Please donate what you can.