Rachel Grace Almeida, writing for Broadly:
This can't exist in a space that is dominated by men. Music needs women whether it wants it or not. If this abuse continues, it will drive women even further away from an already-exclusive industry. You have to protect yourself and your career by protecting the man, and I'm fucking sick of doing that.
Charlie Joseph on 10/05/15 - 09:31 AM
Dan Buckley, writing on his blog, about how he sent one email to get his unsigned band on tour with Emery, This Wild Life, and The Classic Crime (I wonder what that starred out .net URL is).
So we waited for a couple days without hearing anything back. I was beginning to get nervous, but then, two days later I received a phone call. It was Matt Carter. He said he’d read my email. He made it very clear that sending my email was a total long shot, but it would probably work out to have us out on tour with Emery. He went on to say the email had addressed everything they needed to complete the tour and it didn’t make sense to say “No”.

Finally after all my failing, we had a huge...
Jason Tate on 10/01/15 - 12:05 PM
Razor and Tie have partnered with Concord Bicycle Music.
Under the new venture, Concord Bicycle, which includes Concord Music Group and publishing company Bicycle Music Company, will administer Razor & Tie Music Publishing, support the expansion of the Kidz Bop franchise, and provide other strategic resources.
Jason Tate on 10/01/15 - 11:04 AM
NASA believes it has found signs of water on Mars.
“This is tremendously exciting,” James L. Green, the director of NASA’s planetary science division, said during a news conference on Monday. “We haven’t been able to answer the question, ‘Does life exist beyond Earth?’ But following the water is a critical element of that. We now have, I think, great opportunities in the right locations on Mars to thoroughly investigate that.”
Jason Tate on 09/28/15 - 02:02 PM
Kim Kelly, writing for Noisey:
The idea of a rich person giving money to a creative person in exchange for status and cool points is nothing new—it started back in ancient Rome and feudal Japan, and the most enduring image of the patron surfaced during the Renaissance. Florence’s famed Medici clan financially supported some of the most gifted artisans of the age, including Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo, as a way to launder money and burnish the family's blood-splattered reputation (they also secured immortality in the process, judging by how many music industry thinkpieces have name-dropped them over the past decade when discussing the modern concept of patronage). Sound familiar?...
Jason Tate on 09/25/15 - 02:40 PM
Geoff Rickly tells the New York Times that his decision to cut ties with Martin Shkreli may end the label. I feel like if there was ever a time to crowdfund some money to get the label back on their feet ... this would be the time. I'd be in.
Mr. Rickly said losing Mr. Shkreli’s financial support might result in the label’s closing. “This is going to end the career of the record label, no doubt,” he said. “If I were a band on the label I would be having a serious crisis of faith right now. The amount of money I have in the bank doesn’t cover my outstanding invoices. It’s devastating
Jason Tate on 09/23/15 - 04:58 PM
A judge has ruled that the companies collecting royalties on the song "Happy Birthday" do not hold a valid copyright.
In a stunning reversal of decades of copyright claims, the judge ruled that Warner/Chappell never had the right to charge for the use of the "Happy Birthday To You" song. Warner had been enforcing a copyright since 1988, when it bought Birch Tree Group, the successor to Clayton F. Summy Co., which claimed the original disputed copyright.
Jason Tate on 09/23/15 - 10:32 AM
Luke O'Neil, writing for Bullett Media:
I don’t want to speak for Brand New here, an almost universally loved band among a certain age of punk fans, but it’s probably safe to say capitalist drug speculators weren’t their intended target demo when they were writing The Devil and God are Raging Inside of Me. Elsewhere he shared a photo of himself in possession of what he says is Kurt Cobain’s credit card, because when you’re a millionaire music fan what else are you going to waste your stupid money on besides the literal emblem of dead celebrity’s credit rating?
Jason Tate on 09/21/15 - 08:51 PM
A settlement has been reached between Riot Fest and the St. Anthony Hospital.
The hospital had filed suit Friday to halt the popular event because of concerns that the "extreme noise" and congestion surrounding the music festival would compromise patient safety. In response, event organizers claimed the hospital had threatened to sue unless it was paid $158,000, prompting the hospital's chief spokeswoman to call the organizers liars.

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Jason Tate on 09/09/15 - 01:12 PM
This week is "National Suicide Prevention Week" and there's a bunch of resources I hope you'll read and share. As always, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is always open if you need to talk to anyone. I've used music most of my life to cope and get out of my own head, and if you're reading this site the chances are you do too. But I also know that sometimes talking to others, while hard, is what's needed.
Jason Tate on 09/07/15 - 12:55 PM
Jordan Walsh, writing for Safer Scene:
But Warped Tour 2015 finished its run nearly a month ago. Why are we still talking about it? The fact of the matter is that Warped Tour has significance in the alternative rock scene. For the past two decades, the traveling festival has provided a way for fans to catch a sizable portion of the subculture’s most popular acts in one chaotic swoop. While a visit to a single stop will reveal a diverse group of people, the significance of the tour is perhaps most weighty for the youngest of its attendees.

For these fans, this event is a cultural epicenter: a place where a community normally accessed via the Internet suddenly takes tangible form. It’s...
Jason Tate on 09/02/15 - 11:24 AM
Poly-Graph.co has pulled the data out of Spotify to search for the most timeless songs from the 90's.
Out of the entire catalog of music from the 90s, these are the tracks on the trajectory to survive. Some of my friends were deeply disturbed by what's been lost in time (e.g., Pearl Jam). And No Diggity isn’t just anecdotally timeless, it’s the fifth most-played song from the 90s. Note the tracks that hardly charted on Billboard, in their day. "Smells Like Teen Spirit," a track that never reached the Billboard Top 5 when it was released in 1992, is now the most-played song from the 90s.
Jason Tate on 09/02/15 - 10:48 AM
Tracey Wise, writing for Huffington Post:
In response to this event, I shared my story, The response I got from other women saying they had experienced similar illustrated I am not alone. From this, I established a Twitter account in order for women to share their stories, and highlight that what happened to me was not an isolated incident (it was also, sadly, not the first incident like this). My current hope is that directed measures will be coming to Camden soon, to try make gigs safer for women. Please contact me via Twitter for more information.
Jason Tate on 08/26/15 - 10:55 AM
Maryam Hassan, writing for Punktastic:
It’s also complicated because of the band/fan dynamic. If you read a lot of these stories, the women in them trust the band members. We are talking about teenage girls here, and I don’t want to generalise teenagers at all, but do you remember idolising a band when you were a kid? I know that if any of the bands I loved when I was 14/15 had been texting me I would have been super excited and knowing me, done most things they would have asked. You’re young, a little naive and you don’t expect people to use you for things. So to shout at them for going along with sending nudes, or having sex with men in bands isn’t right.
Jason Tate on 08/25/15 - 10:32 AM
Peter Robinson, writing for Noisey, about ghostwriting:
But pop’s move towards a more rockist interpretation of credibility isn’t open for debate: it’s already happened, and you can understand why some artists are keen not to credit writers, or to insist that they are credited even if their sole contribution was managing to record their vocal while not falling over.
Jason Tate on 08/20/15 - 04:03 PM
Sharky Laguana, writing for Medium:
The reality is only some of your money is paid to the artists you listen to. The rest of your money (and it’s probably most of your money) goes somewhere else. That “somewhere else” is decided by a small group of subscribers who have gained control over your money thanks to a mathematical flaw in how artist royalties are calculated. This flaw cheats real artists with real fans, rewards fake artists with no fans, and perhaps worst of all communicates to most streaming music subscribers a simple, awful, message: Your choices don’t count, and you don’t matter.
Jason Tate on 08/18/15 - 04:05 PM
Claire Groden, writing for Fortune:
While Spotify will probably keep offering a free version of music streaming, non-paying users should expect big limitations starting next year. For example, non-paying users might only be able to access one or two songs from a popular album. And new albums could be delayed until after a launch period, or free users might only have a specific amount of time to stream music.

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Jason Tate on 08/13/15 - 11:08 AM
Kate Lloyd, writing for Broadly:
Gardiner explains that the council started off solely raising awareness about consent at the festival, but changed its strategy as more and more people came forward to talk to them about their experiences of sexual assault. Its festival staff now includes an independent sexual violence adviser, domestic abuse experts, and sexual health nurses.

"In an ideal world, all festivals would support approaches such as ours, but that's not the case," says Gardiner. "It's a fact that when you raise awareness and offer support, victims will seek it out--which is what we want, but it can make it look like assaults have increased. I guess events are concerned about...
Jason Tate on 08/11/15 - 12:34 PM
Dan Buckley, formerly of the band Peace Mercutio, details how the band spent over 50k dollars trying to make it in the music industry.
$51,573.42?! As I was writing this it was difficult for me to look at these numbers now 5 years later and see how irresponsible and ignorant I was. All of the band expenses were on top of my living expenses including school debt and personal loan payments totalling around $48,000. During the course of three years, I’d spent more money on the band than on my own living expenses. I could write an entire post breaking down the mistakes in my spending, and I will comment on it more in a later post, but for now, I’m going to focus on a lesson that was very...
Jason Tate on 08/06/15 - 12:49 PM
After a music manager turned down a request for one of her artists to collaborate with another, she got lambasted by the requester because she's a woman. The Huffington Post has the story:
The email from a man called 'Terry' read: "Emma, shame you're female, maybe you'd make a decent manager. It's a male industry so maybe you need to take note of that, and cut your losses. If I need a cleaner - I'll holla at you. Thanks you piece of shit. Terry."
Jason Tate on 08/06/15 - 11:39 AM
Penny Marchand, Davey Havok's mother, writes about the early days of AFI:
I really don’t know. I can tell you what I do know though… He started in on rock and roll early. He was five years old when he asked for the AC/DC album Back in Black. At the time I was pretty naive about hard rock or punk rock and when I heard the record I was shocked. Why would my sweet child want to listen to this kind of music… the lyrics clearly suggested killing your mother. Of course they didn’t suggest that… but that’s what it sounded like to me. What happened to those days of Mr. Moon? I didn’t get it… and that was pretty much the beginning of not getting it for quite a long time.

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Jason Tate on 07/31/15 - 11:42 AM
Billboard has written a lengthy piece on the Front Porch Step situation. He talks with the publication about not wanting to be known as a pedophile, but god damn does the word "predator" sure seem to fit.
Talking with Billboard, McElfresh claims he didn’t ever knowingly exchange nude photos with anyone younger than 16, and in Ohio, where he was living, that’s the age of consent. That distinction wouldn’t matter in federal court, explains Los Angeles-based criminal defense attorney Jerod Gunsberg. “Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone to persuade, entice or coerce anyone under the age of 18 into sending sexually explicit photos over the Internet or cellular networks. It doesn’t...
Jason Tate on 07/30/15 - 09:38 AM
Ross Barber, writing for ElectricKiwi:
Well, for a start – BUY their music. Find out which method gives them the highest % of the profit. I will often send a message to an artist and ask them how they would prefer me to purchase their music. Some prefer Bandcamp as it gives them a higher % than iTunes. Some prefer iTunes as the chart visibility means more sales. Some prefer you buy their physical CDs directly from their website as they don’t need to pay a % to anybody.
Jason Tate on 07/20/15 - 02:38 PM
Jamie Ludwig, writing for Noisey, on the bystander effect at live music events.
Jackie’s call to hold predators and bullies accountable for their actions—and to not place blame on passive bystanders—is important, compelling, and admirable. However, there’s also something to be said for people empowering themselves so that they have more tools at their disposal to get involved should they ever come across a person in the midst of threatening situation. In the music community, we owe it to ourselves to walk the walk and be proactive in watching out for one another.
Jason Tate on 07/20/15 - 11:34 AM
Maria Sherman, writing for Flavorwire:
This kind of behavior is heightened in the pop-punk and emo scenes — a world that’s typically uninviting to female musicians. Men are on stage, and young women are off it, in this realm created by boys for girls — to impress or seduce them. When you have one of the scene’s most widely accessible institutions, Warped Tour, encouraging sympathy for men who take advantage of their young, emotional female fans, it speaks volumes about where the power lies. Because of the genre’s history of guys on stage/girls in the crowd, aspirations of groupiedom remain intact for these historically disrespected female fans. This is especially sad when you consider...
Jason Tate on 07/17/15 - 01:12 PM
Pollstar has released their mid-year concert tickets sales data.
The Top 50 Global Tours did a combined $1.73 billion, which is up nearly 5% over 2014 but still short of the 2013 record of $1.85 billion. The total tickets sold was 19.9 million, which was well up on last year’s 18 million but still short of the 2013 record of 21 million. The average ticket price of $87.13 declined by $4.58 or 5% from last year’s record $91.71. Top Tours The two biggest tours of North America grossed nearly the same amount of money but used wildly different approaches to touring.

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Jason Tate on 07/14/15 - 12:43 PM
Marc Hogan, writing for NPR on transparency (or the lack thereof) in the music industry:
Transparency is "the next big fight," says Casey Rae, CEO of the artists' advocacy nonprofit Future of Music Coalition, in an email. "The current environment has too many 'black boxes,'" he explains. "It's simply too easy for big companies to sit on money because they can't find out who to pay, or don't care to know. It's time to demand more accountability and transparency, and artists can play a crucial role in that push."

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Jason Tate on 07/14/15 - 12:41 PM
Kayla St. Onge (sorry we got your name wrong on this week's podcast!) and Jonathan Diener continue their 'Pop-Punk and Feminism' series over at The Runout. This week's article focuses on accountability.
The most important thing to remember is the base definition of accountability: taking responsibility for your own actions. If you mess up, apologize sincerely. If you say something that isn’t right, make amends with the correct people. Don’t apologize “if anyone was offended”, don’t ignore it and hope everyone just forgets. Step up and take action to better yourself as a person and make the world a little more accepting. Small steps are better than none, and if we all hold ourselves to a...
Jason Tate on 07/10/15 - 10:17 AM
HypeBot has a good rundown on the current state of the music industry. Vinyl continues to do really well.
If you add in the new ways of looking at albums in the digital domain (track equivalent albums = 10 and stream equivalent albums = 1500), total album sales are actually up 14% over last year at this time.
Jason Tate on 07/09/15 - 10:35 AM
The BBC, reporting on how in Finland you can now get some money back for shitty live performances:
A landmark decision by the country's Consumer Disputes Board means music fans can ask for their money back if an artist's performance is well below what they reasonably expected, the national broadcaster Yle reports. It follows a complaint by a Chuck Berry fan, who saw the rock and roll pioneer perform in Helsinki in 2013. Berry, who is now 88 years old, seemed unwell during the concert, and apologised to fans while on stage. The consumer body decided that the event's organiser should refund 50% of the ticket price.
Jason Tate on 07/08/15 - 10:26 AM
Ethan Kaplan, writing for TechCrunch, on how the music industry could move toward a service model.
The problem? The music industry is still organized to support the traditional retail and digital sales cycle. As subscription services become the dominant source of revenue for recorded music, the entire business will have to shift gears to survive.

It’s no longer about pre-sales and Week 1, it’s about nurturing an audience month-over-month to drive loyalty and increase returns on a streaming service platform. All of the promotion dollars and methods to support Week 1 have to be retooled for a longer cycle, up to 6 months in many cases.
Jason Tate on 07/07/15 - 01:42 PM
Jonathan Ford, writing for the Financial Times, on how Taylor Swift is fighting the wrong part of the music industry.
Rather than agonise about Spotify’s model, artists might do better to direct some pointed questions closer to home if they really want to understand why their royalty cheques are so small. The economics of the music business have changed vastly in recent years. The deals they have with the music labels have not.

It is a point highlighted in a recent report from EY, the professional services firm, and the French record label industry association SNEP, which looked at where streaming revenues end up. What this showed is that while artists and songwriters share about 17...
Jason Tate on 07/07/15 - 01:39 PM
Mary Bonney, writing for the LAMusicBlog, on her experiences in the music industry as a music journalist.
The democracy of the Internet is helping female music journalists gain a more level footing, but we need more women fearlessly writing in the face of sexism, like Lisa Robinson and Jessica Hopper and Lisa Robinson, who was famously told by Mick Jagger, “There really is no reason to have women on tour, unless they’ve got a job to do…the only reason is to fuck. Otherwise they get bored; they just sit around and moan.”
Jason Tate on 07/01/15 - 11:27 AM
Luke Morgan Britton, writing for The Guardian, looks at the psychological dangers of life as a touring musician.
For many, the contrast between the highs of a successful show and the anti-climactic low that often follows can be hard to adjust to, a phenomenon that has been termed “post-performance depression’, or PPD. Mental health professional John C Buckner writes: “When the body experiences major shifts in mood, it is flooded with several different neurotransmitters, resulting in a biochemical release that leads to a feeling of ecstasy. After these moments the nervous system needs time to recalibrate itself to prepare for another release. After an exciting performance the body...
Jason Tate on 06/29/15 - 11:58 AM
Kiel Berry, writing for the Harvard Business Review, looks at the ever shifiting business model of music.
To be clear, we are still in the music business, but creating and selling music now plays more of a supporting role in our overall business mix. As we get ready to headline a five-city stadium tour of China this summer, we are also planning to meet with technology companies, consumer brands, and venture capital firms to discuss opportunities for partnership. Of course we’ll play the shows and meet with fans, as we’ve always done. But along with continuing to make great music, today’s Linkin Park is now better positioned to operate in the ever-evolving cultural and business landscape.
Jason Tate on 06/27/15 - 12:49 PM
I love seeing other publications pick up on this topic: Pitchfork has posted an article on "Why there are so few women on festival bills and why that needs to change now."
Perhaps it’s that women don’t feel their artistic expression welcomed on their own terms; that they fear being patronized, objectified, and treated like a novelty, because music—the industry, the media, not to mention audiences and venues—is still largely a patriarchal domain. You need to posses metric tons of "inspiration" to navigate through that lot. How are women of an impressionable age going to see a female role model at a festival when there aren’t many? How are boys and men going to know that women are on...
Jason Tate on 06/26/15 - 02:40 PM
Part two of Jonathan Diener (The Swellers) and Kayla St Onge's weekly column, "Pop Punk and Feminism," is up on The Runout. This article looks at the issue of consent.
All of this has to do with consent, how it’s defined, and how we understand it. In the past, the most important idea behind consent was “yes means yes and no means no.” In recent years, as the third wave of feminism has evolved, we have come to rest at the pass of “enthusiastic consent.” Simply put, YES means YES, and when I say YES, I mean an enthusiastic and willing given permission to perform sexual acts. A huge, huge problem with the way sexual dynamics work lies in the fact that a yes can be coerced. A yes can be...
Jason Tate on 06/26/15 - 10:53 AM
Jason Snell, writing at iMore, does a good job recapping Apple's history with digital music.
It's easy to pick the launch of the original iMac or iPod as the moment that Apple's fortunes changed forever, but I think a strong argument can be made for April 28, 2003. Without a version of iTunes for Windows and support for USB syncing (rather than just FireWire, which was rarely seen on a PC not made by Sony), the iPod would've never become a breakout product. For Apple to win the day, it needed to go to Windows, and the third-generation iPod did that.
Jason Tate on 06/26/15 - 10:42 AM
The New York Times has published a profile on Zane Lowe and his work with Apple on Beats 1.
To keep Beats 1 sounding fresh around the world, the station will alternate one- and two-hour programming blocks by established broadcasters with those by musicians and celebrities, who will host and plan the shows themselves. Among the names on board: the teen actor Jaden Smith, the alternative singer St. Vincent, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and the British electronic duo Disclosure.
Jason Tate on 06/25/15 - 10:44 AM
Kelly Conaboy, writing for Gawker, on how concerts should end at 11pm.
“All right, we just have a couple more songs for you guys,” announces the singer of a band you like, or a band you are seeing out of obligation, from the stage. You look down at your watch: It is 11:25. Man—come on.

Here is the correct time for a concert to end: 11 P.M.
Jason Tate on 06/22/15 - 12:01 PM
Steven Hyden, writing for Grantland on "Lead Singer Disease" and the new album from Nate Ruess:
The cliché about solo albums is that they compel an artist to finally indulge his or her unrequited whims. But eclecticism is already baked into Fun.’s music — what’s left for Ruess to show off on Grand Romantic is the depth of his Rolodex. For “Take It Back,” a gently loping prairie blues that culminates in Ruess’s over-eager theater kid vocal histrionics, Jeff Tweedy makes a surprise appearance to lay down an impressively gnarled guitar solo. It’s both stunning and totally incongruous, like seeing Mark Kozelek suddenly pop up in a Maroon 5 video. But Ruess is angling for a seat at a more...
Jason Tate on 06/22/15 - 11:10 AM
Stephen Heyman, writing for the New York Times, about the possibilities we're in a festival bubble.
An informal survey of headliners at 20 of this summer’s large music festival shows just how few headliners there are to go around. Overlapping is common; 70 percent of the festivals are headlined by either Florence and the Machine, Muse or the Swedish D.J. Avicii. Also noteworthy is just how old many of the headlining artists are. At Glastonbury, top billing goes to Kanye West, 38; the Foo Fighters (fronted by Dave Grohl, 46) and The Who (whose surviving original members are now in their 70s). Aging establishment acts also are appearing at festivals once distinguished by their “alternative”...
Jason Tate on 06/16/15 - 10:36 AM
Kayla St. Onge and Jonathan Diener (The Swellers) teamed up over at The Run Out with a really good piece titled "Pop Punk and Feminism: Intersectionality and Microaggressions":
If you ask anyone at a show if they’re against racism, they will most likely say yes. If you ask them if they’re for LGBT rights, they’ll most likely say yes, but you have to think critically about these things. Any idiot can say they aren’t racist because the picture we have of racism is white men in hoods lynching people. But they forget to examine the social norms we have been bred with. Another large part of racism (and any kind of discrimination) are microaggressions. Microaggressions are small, subtle, and...
Jason Tate on 06/11/15 - 11:38 AM
Steven Hyden, writing for Grantland, floats the idea of artists no longer releasing the traditional album for sale. I think the idea is interesting enough that if I was at a label I'd maybe play around with the idea for a few months leading into a more traditional release cycle and sale.
Here’s a truism that’s been proven time and again for nearly two decades: People can’t be guilted into spending money on music. They’ll spend money only out of a sense of need or want. So, how do you make people need or want something that is everywhere? Charging money for access to music online is like putting part of the sky behind a paywall — even if it’s a really well-tended part of the sky, it’s...
Jason Tate on 06/10/15 - 11:43 AM
Josh Constine writes on TechCrunch about YouTube's new "Music Insights" tool that lets musicians see where they're most popular and may help with planning tour routings.
Top Cities: Shows artists where to plan concerts. They might discover foreign countries where they have a surprisingly large following, or that they have more fans in a smaller city like Oakland than its bigger neighbor San Francisco. It could also help them to convince radio stations in those cities to play them.
Jason Tate on 06/05/15 - 11:33 AM

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