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

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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 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
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. We’re 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
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