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Forbes has announced this year's list of the highest paid DJs. Looks like Calvin Harris pulled in $66 million. Damn. You can check out the top ten in the replies.
Jason Tate on 08/19/14 - 01:53 PM
Bush have started a PledgeMusic campaign for a new album.
Hello and welcome, everyone -- Gavin here. This site is where you can pre-order Bush’s brand new record (and a lot of other things). Your support has always meant everything to us, and we’re incredibly excited to bring you this music in a direct and unique way here on PledgeMusic. By ordering anything here, you’ll get the new album digitally the moment it’s released – in fact, you’ll be the first to know all about it. And by joining us here, you’ll also have access to videos, previously unreleased music, exclusive photos, and the chance to have some amazing experiences and interactions with Chris, Robin, Corey and me. It’s an...
Jason Tate on 08/18/14 - 09:28 PM
Derek Archambault's PledgeMusic campaign to fund his hip operation is 99% funded on its final day of raising -- just a little reminder.

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Jason Tate on 08/18/14 - 11:57 AM
Falling Up are back and have started a Kickstarter to help fund their new album.

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Keagan Ilvonen on 08/17/14 - 04:41 PM
House of Heroes have added a stretch goal to their IndieGoGo to press The End is Not the End on vinyl.
If we make it to $41,000, we are OFFICIALLY printing The End is Not the End on vinyl for the FIRST TIME EVER!!! It will be offered at a discounted price to all contributors first, and then to the world at large. Let's get to it!!!

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Jason Tate on 08/12/14 - 10:57 AM
It looks like a bunch of guitars once owned by the late producer Jerry Finn are for sale on eBay. This includes the guitar used to record Blink-182's Enema of the State.
Even though he loved the sound of this guitar, Tom refused to be photographed playing it because it was 'TOO PRETTY' according to Him.

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Jason Tate on 08/07/14 - 10:13 AM
Remember the famous potato salad? Well, the creator ended up making over $55,000. He says he'll use roughly $25k to pay all the stretch goals on his project and then use the rest of the money for PotatoStock 2014.
We have a giant outdoor space reserved (The Columbus Commons) for September 27th, 2014, from noon to 8pm. The show is free and all proceeds from selling concessions will go to a permanent fund to end hunger and homelessness in Central Ohio. We are currently working to sign bands and will continue to post updates as we get them!
Jason Tate on 08/02/14 - 11:02 AM
The Economist breaks down your career chances if you have tattoos. The video feature can be found here, the article here:
In a forthcoming study, Mr Timming and colleagues asked participants to assess job candidates based on their pictures, some of which were altered to add a neck tattoo. Inked candidates consistently ranked lower, despite being equally qualified. In a separate study Mr Timming found that many service-sector managers were squeamish about conspicuous ink, particularly when filling jobs that involve dealing with customers.

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Jason Tate on 08/02/14 - 10:54 AM
House of Heroes have started and IndieGoGo for their next full-length album.
We want to make a true concept album. A story.
Often times we'd discuss how fun it would be to do this, but we never followed through for several reasons. Fear of total commercial failure, the grandiose scope of the whole thing, the fact that it's not the 70's anymore and it's hard enough to hold someones attention for one song, let alone an entire album. But we believe that we've found a group of fans that are craving this very thing from us, and we are now inviting you to join us as we move forward into the next chapter of House of Heroes.
Jason Tate on 07/30/14 - 03:05 PM
Glamour Kills have announced their new denim line. Hit the replies to see the launch video and read the press release.
Jason Tate on 07/29/14 - 10:31 AM
Producer Marc McClusky (William Beckett, Weezer) has launched a Kickstarter for his app "Ghost Trax," an app that will enhance and make live performances easy for those using live tracks.
Christian Wagner on 07/25/14 - 10:57 AM
Just saw this awesome Kickstarter to fill up and tie 100 water balloons in less than a minute.
It is time to bring your water balloon fights to the next level with Bunch O Balloons - the hose attachment with 37 pre-connected balloons that automatically fill and tie themselves! This system makes it easy for kids of all ages to prepare 100 water balloons in just ONE minute, giving you enough water balloon ammo for any battle.
Jason Tate on 07/22/14 - 02:13 PM
In the market for a new watch? Travis Alexander, of Ghost Thrower, and friends have launched a Kickstarter to help fund the major release of their line -- Throne Watches.
Keagan Ilvonen on 07/19/14 - 11:31 AM
Screeching Weasel have launched an Indiegogo campaign for their next album.
Baby Fat: Act 1 is the first act of a two-act rock opera I've been working on for the past few years. It’s not a rock opera in the traditional sense - the ones done by bands in the 70s seem to me to be concept records – but an actual opera with a linear narrative, featuring different singers portraying different characters. Baby Fat is the logical next step for Screeching Weasel after years of making themed and concept records like My Brain Hurts, Anthem For A New Tomorrow, Emo and These Ones Are Bitter.
Jason Tate on 07/14/14 - 01:53 PM
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.

Submitted by mr_raccoon
Jason Tate on 04/04/14 - 10:26 AM
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