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Loïc Gouzer: Particle – Making Fine Art Accessible to All

By Eileen Shapiro | December 1, 2021

Particle is on a mission to revolutionize the fine art industry and every work acquired by the company will be included in the “Particle Foundation,” a nonprofit that will maintain, display, and tour the collection on behalf of the community.

The Heart Strings Project – Bringing Music To Underprivileged Youth In Bali

By Jimmy Star | May 17, 2021

The Heart Strings Project

Transform Any Concert Ticket Stub Into a Beautiful Floor Mat

By Alyson Camus | August 23, 2016

I have a full drawer of these stubs!

‘Its Time To Party Animalz’ Sells Heavy Metal Outfits For Dogs!

By Alyson Camus | May 19, 2015

All the models figured on the blog look like French bulldogs or Chihuahuas but they sure make the same vests and tees for larger dogs. However, I click on one of their items in the store, the not-so-cheap 60 bucks heavy metal dog vest, and wow, it’s already sold out! How didn’t I think about it?

Spotify And Universal No Closer To Deal

By Iman Lababedi | May 16, 2015

I once pitched a Spotify muckety muck on the central importance of upping their paid subscription base and they all but sneered at me. There was nothing more important for Spotify and all they did was fuck around for the past three years. They should have advertised everywhere all the time, if they had 50 million paid subscriptions today, they’d be paying their artists a lot more money

The Facility Charge: Petty Thieves

By Iman Lababedi | April 15, 2015

If I don’t want to buy a ticket to a gig, I am free to pass on it. And I am sure the world at large feels much the same. But even so, racking on a fee for nothing is upsetting, they are like a thieving bartender who short changes you a little because you won’t noice it.It is petty thievery, It degrades us both.

More Than 700 Grateful Dead Items On Sale!

By Alyson Camus | April 12, 2015

“The funny thing is that the Dead has always used money order to sell presale tickets, and they continued to do it. ‘In 2015 it’s beyond obsolete. And yet, $90 million flowed into the Stinson Beach post office for tickets to go to these shows. It’s nuts.’

All Record Store Day Releases Are Here!

By Alyson Camus | March 12, 2015

Honestly there is so much to choose from it’s overwhelming and as expected everything is on vinyl now, does it mean we are really sticking with nostalgia? I wonder how many of these will end up on eBay. Record Store Day 2015 happens on April 18th

Jack White Wants To Reissue Elvis Presley’s First Recording On Record Store Day

By Alyson Camus | March 9, 2015

White told his employees at Third Man Records in Nashville that the label will issue this on vinyl on Record Store Day… This piece is totally historic and unique, it’s the King’s first ever record, which was recorded on July 18th 1953 by a 18-year-old Presley at Sam Phillips’ Memphis Recording Service for only $4.

Starbucks To Stop Selling CDs At The End Of March, But Who Cares?

By Alyson Camus | February 22, 2015

A definite sign of the times, we won’t be able to get your CD with your favorite coffee anymore! Yeap, Starbucks will stop selling CDs at the end of next month. According to Billboard, the corporate chain, which has opened a coffee place at each strategic corner of every city, obviously took this decision based on the…

Irving Azoff Causing Worlds Of Trouble For Youtube

By Iman Lababedi | December 26, 2014

There is no Ertegun or Gordy: whenever you write in support of one of them, a Daniel Ek, you need a shower immediately after. Neil Bogart may have been a scumbag but he was a MUSICAL SCUMBAG, a showman, one of the boys. These bunch of hedge fund thieves in pinstripe suits should be thrown out of the business.

Kevin Breuner, CD Baby VP Of Marketing Talks, Just Not To Us

By Iman Lababedi | December 20, 2014

“In 2014, we’ve seen serious growth in revenues to artists from sources like publishing and YouTube. It’s exciting for us to help artists connect with revenue that previously wasn’t easily accessible to them. In 2015, we expect that trend to continue in a big way.”

U2 Want Fifty Bucks For Their Presale Code At MSG

By Iman Lababedi | December 3, 2014

It is just bad news, it’s just nasty stuff, forcing people who can’t afford it to dig deeper is U2’s MO, they always do it and now they’ve done it again. Hell, even Taylor Swift gave the presale codes free to her fanbase, don’t U2 have enough money where they are forcing us to dig even deeper; U2 have only one thing to tell us: shut up and pay me. Innocence postponed.

Bridgetown Records Fall Releases 2014

By Iman Lababedi | November 28, 2014

For seven years Kevin has managed to keep Bridgetown Records running, quite an achievement in itself, time to support the guy with your hard earned bread. Or you can just stream it on his website here. So now instead of whining, now it’s your turn here to support the arts.

Back To A Multi-Format Music System

By Iman Lababedi | November 26, 2014

With streaming services, you can play your mp3s on the streaming service but only at the place where you’ve downloaded, you can’t take it with you. You can take it with you on Itunes, you can save your record collection on Itunes, but you can’t play your streaming files

Pricing Kills Buying Music, Not Streaming

By Iman Lababedi | November 22, 2014

The battle over streaming is a battle over prices not distribution. I don’t care what anybody says, the average person does not want to spend $10 a month on a streaming service, it is too expensive, but if songs and albums were cheap enough they would get back in the habit of buying them.

Irving Azoff Threatening To Pull Artists Off Youtube

By Iman Lababedi | November 14, 2014

At the moment, ASCAP and BMI are fighting with Pandora. Every one is fighting with every one and the only thing I think we cann agree upon is that without a shadow of a doubt, whoever wins we will pay.

Album Sales For The week

By Iman Lababedi | October 29, 2014

I still contend that ITunes will not be killed by streaming it will be killed by price. What Lefsetz skips out on is that people who are not music fans will not shell out ten bucks a month. If a CD cost as much as a Mocha Grande, sales would return and fast.

Taylor Swift Is Number One In Canada, But It's Not What You Think

By Alyson Camus | October 23, 2014

Anyway, these people bought an eight-second track of pure static, white noise for 1.29 Canadian dollars, and this track about nothing reached the top of Canada’s iTunes chart… not the real Taylor Swift song! Isn’t it ridiculous and funny at the same time?

Streaming Services Vs Mp3 Sales

By Iman Lababedi | October 15, 2014

The assumption is Spotify and ITunes are fighting for the same piece of the pie while it is blatantly clear that they aren’t at all. It is two different type of consumers. The average listener may buy “It’s All About The Bass” without considering for a second joining a streaming club

U2 Numbers Are in! Not Bad, We Claim

By Iman Lababedi | October 10, 2014

If U2 released the album normally, well, maybe it would have sold 2M copies worldwide, maybe not. But it certainly and under no circumstances would have been downloaded 26M times. That is a huge number. Who cares how many people deleted it? An irrelevant number

Thom Yorke's Mathematics

By Iman Lababedi | October 6, 2014

You know how you can tell Thom isn’t fucking around? He didn’t price it at $5.99. The album, Yorke, found another way to make money and another way to play the game. He knew what he had and he did what he needed to do to make the money he was worth.

Silverstein Sign To Rise Records

By Iman Lababedi | September 12, 2014

Strangers in town Helen Bach and Mary Rudzis were writing about them constantly a coupla years ago . The Canadian Hardcore slash emo band go from a whisper to a scream forever and while it is true their finest moment remains a cover of “Runaway” that is easily the greatest Kanye cover of all time, they can maintain your interest album after album.

How many Downloads For The New U2? And Does It Matter?

By Iman Lababedi | September 11, 2014

Consider the new U2 album the Village Voice of rock. When I used to have to pay a coupla of bucks for VV I would read it cover to cover but once it became free, I treated it with indifference. If it didn’t cost anything, what exactly was its value to me?

$15 Itunes Coupons From Groupon… What does This Tell Us?

By Iman Lababedi | August 30, 2014

ITunes gave away $125,000 for no reason whatsoever. Publicity? I guess you can consider it a kind of advertising, right? I mean, all the people who bought it plus all the people who wrote about it and all the people who are writing about it? It can’t be to drum up interest,

How Messed Up Is Morrissey: He Is Dropped And Everybody Feels Bad For Columbia

By Iman Lababedi | August 12, 2014

if he had said “I was very very sick and I know I’ve cancelled three times in Atlanta now, and I know I’ve let down my fans and my record company and I am very very sorry. Please forgive me.” I would’ve forgiven. There are other people at the end of those tickets you know, who pay handling fees whether or not “No Show” Moz makes it.

Hey, Maybe The MP3 Wars Aren't Over

By Iman Lababedi | July 26, 2014

The pitch to the vast majority of people is simple: it is the difference between owning your own house and renting your own house. Which would you prefer? If you could make the price palatable people would absolutely go back to buying, and a buying music ublic is the best thing possible for musicians.

Sony/BMG Has Already Left, Now Universal to Leave ASCAP For Digital Revenues

By Iman Lababedi | July 12, 2014

ASCAP have to license their music to Pandora, etc, and Pandora can play the music before the deal is cut, this leaves ASCAP at a serious disadvantage and now SONY/BMG and UMG want to see if, released from the ASCAP obligation they can cut a better deal.

Robin Thicke's New Album Tanks Big Time In The UK

By Iman Lababedi | July 10, 2014

Streaming and buying are mirror images of each others. On Spotify, “Blurred Lines” was streamed 174 Million times, Thicke’s latest song “Get her Back” 2 million times. This is eactly mirrors the UK charts break down, Thicke lost over 98% of his audience in a year and the reason is not just because he sucks

Where 12-24 year Olds Find Their Music

By Iman Lababedi | July 9, 2014

It really is tough trying to figure out where to find new music but for all of youtube’s ability to make personal listening playlists, I don’t see how it works as a place to discover music. It seems more like a place to stream music once you have already discovered it.

Stubhub… Cheaper Than Ticketmaster???

By Iman Lababedi | July 7, 2014

Stubhub for sold out gigs we know, but it is also a place where people unload tickets they don’t want or speculators go to dump the excess tickets in their world. Helen Bach is such an expert she will wait till the last minute and pick em up as the prices topple, I got burnt on Fiona Apple that way once so tend not to have the stomach for it but this is really the open market at its best.

Jay Z-Beyonce Tour Breaking Records.

By Iman Lababedi | June 25, 2014

The distribution services are still shaking out and until Apple finds a way to cut the major labels into Beats, it feels like Spotify’s game to lose, but the result is here in a diluted form. Jay Z will not make $2M off Holy Grail but from this tour? Figure once every one is paid, $25M mininum and the same for Bey. It is obvious that the way the Beatles retired from touring to make Sgt Pepper? It could never ever happen now

Marc Weinstein Of Amoeba Talks The Record Store Of Your Dreams… Just Not To Us

By Iman Lababedi | June 22, 2014

“Record shoppers are very acutely aware of whether a store cares or not. Our L.A. store alone has a staff of 250, and they’re all musicians, writers, and interesting people. It always feels like a place to be.”

Chance The Rapper And Music Distribution

By Iman Lababedi | June 10, 2014

In 2014, the recording industry has no center gravity, it seems to be coming from everywhere in every form as well. It isn’t in one place only, it is hiding in the world and in the public everywhere at once. The trouble is (and it is something rock nyc tries to do with very limited success) the music scene has no one place where you can get a quick study in what is out there.

Apple Buys Beats For $3 Billion and They Better Watch Their Step

By admin | June 8, 2014

“Music is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple. That’s why we have kept investing in music and are bringing together these extraordinary teams so we can continue to create the most innovative music products and services in the world.”

Want To Book Your Fav Band? Here Are The Prices

By Alyson Camus | May 21, 2014

Coldplay or Adele around $750K, Rihanna or No Doubt $500-750K, Britney Spears $500K, Keith Urban or Maroon 5 $400-600K, Foo Fighters $500K, , Kings of Leon $400-500K… Are you surprised by these numbers? I am! Dave Matthews and Bon Jovi worth the same than Bieber or Timberlake?

Simon Cowell To Make Movies

By Iman Lababedi | May 10, 2014

We live in the world of the sequel, everything sequels something else and it goes round and round and round and ends up nauseous and with a headache. Is it too soon to say I fucking hate Cowell’s first musical? Oh, I don’t think so.

Presale For McCartney At The Dodger Stadium: A Big Failure!

By Alyson Camus | May 1, 2014

Advertised on Macca Facebook page, I realized that I was not the only one, ‘The link, it does work!’,… ‘Error 503?’,… I’ve been trying for half an hour to get tickets for L.A. The web site is NOT working. ‘Error 503 Service Unavailable’… ‘RIDICULOUS and Shameful. I got into a queue

How To Wear 1,000 Band Shirts In 1,000 Consecutive Days

By Alyson Camus | April 13, 2014

The picture above shows Isaac and the 1000 shirts, but he is pushing the project further, and the last entry (a funny one from The Soft Pack) had the hashtag 1,005… How far can he go?

Apples Big Problem

By Iman Lababedi | March 27, 2014

Now one of two things will happen. Either their clientele will get the message and stop buying music, or they won’t get the message and Spotify will beat ITunes. Either way, Apple is completely and totally fucked

U2 Manager Paul McGuinness Retires… Or Does He?

By Iman Lababedi | March 12, 2014

Money grubbing luddite McGuinness is retiring from managing U2 to manage a company that manages U2 and Madonna. That warm fuzzy feeling is nausea at this bizarre two step by the too smart for his own good plank. Why not just say I’ve sold U2 to Live Nation and will manage them from there?

Ron Pope Has Made A Lot Of Money

By Iman Lababedi | March 5, 2014

Ron is getting $5905 per MILLION STREAMS. If you are being streamed 57 million times that adds up to real money but while it might add up to real money how many indie musicians are reaching anything approaching those number

Spotify's Initial Public Offering? Lose Money Here

By Iman Lababedi | February 26, 2014

The consensus is that there will be one man standing at the end of the day for music streaming, and I would tend to think it is tough to beat Spotify right now, but tough is not impossible and if Apple ever gets its act together and figures someway to introduce streaming without eating their young, Spotify will be toast