Monday, August 25, 2014

Prince to release new album in September

From the Detroit News -
"Prince is releasing a new album on Sept. 30.

The pop icon announced Monday that he would release “Art Official Age” on Warner Bros. Records, the label Prince was signed to from 1978 to the mid-1990s, but later battled for the rights to his music.

He reached a deal with Warner in April, earning the rights to the music he recorded on the label.

Prince will also release the album “PlectrumElectrum” with his all-female band 3RDEYEGIRL on Sept. 30. Both albums are available for pre-order."

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Build Your Own Clone

Sara Bareilles, Sony Music And Epic Records Sued For Copyright Infringment

At Hypebot -
"Hayuk's lawsuit alleges that Bareilles profited through unapproved use of the artwork and is seeking $150,000 in money damages from the defendants. Hayuk has also filed a lawsuit against clothing manufacturer Coach, who allegedly used images of the mural in its own ad copy."

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Blues guitarist Johnny Winter dies at 70

Reported at CNN -
"Winter first gained national attention when Rolling Stone magazine featured the the Texas music scene in a December 1968 cover story. It captioned his photo: "Johnny Winter, Albino Bluesman." The article said guitarist Mike Bloomfield considered the young Winter the "best white blues guitarist he had ever heard."

Rolling Stone now ranks Winter 63rd on its list of 100 greatest guitarists.

Winter's family moved from Mississippi to Beaumont, Texas, when he was an infant. Johnny and brother Edgar, who was nearly three years younger, both were born with albinism, a melanin production deficiency that left them with little color in their hair, skin and eyes."

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Advertising Tips For DIY Musicians

From HypeBot -
"DIY musicians using advertising to promote their work is rarely discussed on Hypebot though we do cover a wide range of marketing approaches including other forms of advertising. But given the ability to target specific populations with low-cost online ads, it's something DIY musicians should certainly consider. Jon Ostrow recently addressed the issue of advertising from which I've gathered a few tips for DIY musicians."

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Lou Reed gear up for auction

From Classic Rock -
"Three decades' worth of equipment amassed during Lou Reed's career is to be auctioned on eBay, with funds used to help pay for the securing of the late icon's archive.

Reed passed away in October last year after a series of health setbacks following a liver transplant. He was 71.

The first batch of items includes three keyboards, rack effects, two pre-amplifiers and more."

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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

How to find, land, and work a music publishing deal

At DiscMakers -
"For any indie artist, there are tried and true ways to earn a few bucks: sell albums, downloads, concert tickets, and merchandise. But what about the more elusive streams of income open to those who can craft addictive beats and melodies? Many independent artists may have heard the term “publishing deal” thrown around before, but the process of understanding, finding, solidifying, and earning money under the right sort of music publishing deal can be a mystifying one.

To help lift the shroud, read on for some hard-earned wisdom from Natalie Nicole Gilbert, a Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter who has worked in music publishing, broadcasting, and licensing for over fifteen years."

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Premier Guitar - Psychology Of Tone

NAMM - Science Shows How Drummers' Brains Are Actually Different From Everybody Elses'

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Today In Music History - May 14

From This Day In Music -
1960, The Silver Beats (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore) performed at Lathom Hall, Seaforth, Liverpool. They played a few songs during the "interval" to audition for promoter Brian Kelly. Also appearing are Cliff Roberts & the Rockers, The Deltones, and Kingsize Taylor & the Dominoes. This is the only occasion on which the group uses the name "Silver Beats", quickly changing it back to "Silver Beetles".

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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Reverend Guitars - 10 Commandments of Bass

5 Steps to an Amazing Band Website

From Music Think Tank -
"Building a website can be overwhelming - especially if it's your first build - but websites are becoming a necessary entity in today's music industry. When planning to build or update your sight it's important to stay focuses. Clean designs, clear calls to action, and concise messaging are critical factors to consider when creating your page.

You want your audience to have the ability to engage with your content - an updated, engaging, user friendly website makes that easy. Not only will your current fans be engaged, they'll be more inclined to share your content because they find it intriguing. Pull up your website and take notes as Dave Kusek discusses the most important parts of building your online presence. Join the conversation on"

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Boogie Street Guitars at 2014 KISS Indy Expo on May 17.