In February 1964, when the Beatles played the Ed Sullivan Show, record executives in America were faced with the question of how to get a piece of the Beatlemania action. The result was an explosion of knockoff Beatles records, promising things like “The Beetle Beat”, “Beat-A-Mania” and “The Original Liverpool Sound”, credited (often in type far smaller than the famous song titles) to bands with names like The Bearcuts, The Manchesters, The Moptops and the Liverpool Kids, and featuring cover models with varyingly plausible approximations of the Beatles' haircuts, as detailed by WFMU's Gaylord Fields (SLVimeo
In a light-hearted but genuine response
to a number of perception problems in the music industries, Any And All records
will sign you or your band to their label. [more inside]
His Career Is In Your Hands.
Musician / Producer Butch Walker
(formerly of Marvelous 3
) had a rough autumn in 2007. He was renting a home from a Chili Pepper, a home into which he had moved all of his personal and professional belongings. Unfortunately, Flea's Malibu rental property
was directly in the path of California's November batch of wildfires
. Tough break indeed
. So how does an artist recover from such a devastating loss? He gives away his newest live double-album
for free. Or $5.99. The choice is yours. Why? The domain name says it all
David Byrne's Survival Strategies for Emerging Artists — and Megastars
Where there was one, now there are six: Six possible music distribution models, ranging from one in which the artist is pretty much hands-off to one where the artist does nearly everything. [more inside]
Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails
plans to join Radiohead in the self-distribution
game. Reznor's public feud with Interscope records reached its head recently; the musician was forced to finance the alternate reality game promotion of Year Zero
himself and was shocked at the record label's pricing in Australia
. With the release of Year Zero Remixed
, Reznor will be free to go his own way.
We know Magnatune
aren't evil, but as web record labels go, are Beatpick
less evil still? In his response to a post at the Creative Commons blog, Beatpick's David D'Atri sets out their philosophy, and highlights some differences
Best RIAA-vs-mp3 quote
so far? Here's my candidate. I think it'll take five aces to beat it but don't hesitate to try!
As Eben Moglen, professor of law and legal history at Columbia University, puts it, "Is the RIAA and its friends doing some kind of technology surveillance? Yes. Is it going to work? No. It's really dumb. It's another serious mistake by an industry going out of business in the stupidest way, bumping its head on the steps on the way down, because the record industry was always a bunch of thugs and that's what they still are."
Mp3.com to charge artists to get paid.
Though only a handful of artists have made a lot of money from this exposure, it was a good place to start out and the model was intriguing. But this smells like record company tactics, and probably spells the end of an era.
Some kind of file-sharing forum for new artists will spring up I guess. Where the money/remuneration fits in , I don't know.