Archive for January, 2009

Helping Boost The Indie Music Revolution!

Boston, MA — If you’re riding the wave of the indie music revolution you’re about to get a huge boost. Music career coach Peter Spellman has just released the second edition of Indie Marketing Power: THE Resource Guide for Maximizing Your Music Marketing – a 388-page resource-rich handbook designed to help all music entrepreneurs navigate through the hundreds of marketing and promotional opportunities available today.

“This is a guide you can refer to again and again because it is full of easy-to-apply best marketing practices any music company can benefit from,” says Spellman. “Just put this Indie Marketing Power on your desktop and you’ll have a reliable marketing tool kit to refer to for all your promo and marketing needs.”

Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby has this to say about this new book: “INDIE MARKETING POWER is the most helpful book for musicians promoting their music that I have ever seen. I’m considering this not just essential reading, but REQUIRED reading for every musician I know!”

Indie Marketing Power delivers market intelligence, smart strategies and fresh perspectives on essential music marketing ideas and practices. It covers everything from discovering your unique market niche and assessing your current marketing practices, to tapping the power of your audience, securing profitable license deals and expanding your music overseas. In between you’ll discover the best promotional practices for live performance, selling merchandise, working the media, using ecommerce, building your mailing lists, securing radio airplay, finding the right distributors, attracting sponsors, and much, much more. The final chapter walks you through the process of writing a results-driven marketing plan, and three glossaries and a 38-page Further Resource Guide top it off.

Indie Marketing Power sells for $24.95 (eBook) and $34.95 (print) respectively and is available exclusively from Music Business Solutions (mbsolutions.com/books).

Additional MBS Guides include “Plan Your Band!,” “Your Successful CD Release” and “Indie Power: A Business-Building Guide for Record Labels, Music Production Houses, and Merchant Musicians.”

Author Peter Spellman is Director of Career Development at Berklee College of Music, Boston, and a recognized expert on music business development and grass roots music marketing. He is featured in the documentary film, “What is Indie?” and his Guides are used in universities across the country and in over twenty-five countries around the world.

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Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne

Our very own gulf coast rapper from New Orleans, Lil Wayne will release his rock album debut, Rebirth, on April 7th. First single, “Prom Queen“, will be released January 27th on the Internet right after a live stream of his concert in San Diego. The show will be available for stream on MySpace.com.

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Black Kids

Black Kids

If you have been a reader of this site for awhile, then you may just remember these guys.  I introduced them to you when they were an unsigned band.  I decided to review some old articles when these one popped up so I decided to see how they were doing, and it looks like it’s been pretty good for the Black Kids.  They have been featured in many media outlets to include, Pitchfork, The New York Times, and USA Today.  They have also been signed to Columbia Records since we last mentioned them.  Good job.


This band from Jacksonville, Flordia consists of Owen Holmes (bass), Kevin Snow (drums), Dawn Watley (keys+vocals), Ali Youngblood (keys+vocals) and Reggie Youngblood (vocals+guitar). The music of Black Kids is often compared with Arcade Fire, Go! Team, and The Cure. 


Black Kids toured the United Kingdom in early 2008, including the Vice Live Tour with Friendly Fires and Ipso Facto, a Sons and Daughters tour, and a Kate Nash tour.  In April and May, Black Kids toured the United States as an opening act for Cut Copy. The band played the summer festival circuit in the U.S. and the UK, including the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April, Radio 1′s Big Weekend in May, Glastonbury Festival in June, and T in the Park and Camp Bestival in July. Black Kids then headlined an international tour in the U.S. and Europe from June to November.


While in the UK in early 2008 the band recorded their debut album, Partie Traumatic, with producer Bernard Butler, former guitarist of Suede. Their first single, “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You”, was released in the UK on April 7 and debuted at #11 on the UK Singles Chart. “Hurricane Jane”, the followup single, was released in the UK on June 23, where it charted at #36. The album Partie Traumatic was released on July 7 in the UK on Almost Gold Recordings, debuting at #5, and was released two weeks later in the US on Columbia Records, debuting at #127.


Official Black Kids website


Black Kids at Myspace


Check out this video:


I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance with You
 

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Last night was the reunion show of Split 6 at Thunders Tavern. It looks like these guys are going to be playing more shows in the future. If you are a Split 6 fan, be sure to check some of these future shows out. That wasn’t the only party going on, Tim Black and Chris Fayard were celebrating their birthdays while Special K was partying to his recent engagement.

You can check out the pictures from last night here.

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Want to play Bamboozle? Voting for The Break Contest Online 2009 has officially kicked off on Showpopr.com. The Break Contest Online is your band’s chance to battle for a slot on Bamboozle 2009 determined soley by the online vote. It’s free to register. Preliminary voting rounds run thru March 8th, with a rolling registration until February 15th.

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Over 400 gb of high-definition live Nine Inch Nails footage is on the Internet, and Trent Reznor wants you to take it.


The internet is full of surprises these days.
I was contacted by a mysterious, shadowy group of subversives who SOMEHOW managed to film a substantial amount (over 400 GB!) of raw, unedited HD footage from three separate complete shows of our Lights in the Sky tour. Security must have been lacking at these shows because the quality of the footage is excellent.

If any of you could find a LINK to that footage I’ll bet some enterprising fans could assemble something pretty cool.

Oh yeah, you didn’t hear this from me.

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Amazon MP3 has the title track to The Gaslight Anthem’s The ’59 Sound up for free download.

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Company of Thieves song “Oscar Wilde” can be downloaded for free on iTunes. Yay! More free stuff.

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This month the Discovery Channel will be featuring the House of Shock in New Orleans on Januaru 9th. House of Shock offers what no other haunted house does—an over-the-top theatrical horror show complete with an evil master of ceremonies, a 40-foot stage with electrifying pyrotechnics to rival any mega rock show, special effects, multimedia, live bands and extreme performances, all before you even enter the haunted house. Visitors are ushered through an elaborate 20,000-square-foot labyrinth containing a life-size cemetery and a variety of hair-raising, themed rooms like a morgue, voodoo shop and the infamous Church of Sadness. Each is staged with a multitude of creeping fiends lurking in shadow, waiting for the moment to pounce on an unsuspecting visitor who has foolishly let his guard down.

You can check out more info about the House of Shock online right here.

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