MTV To Launch New Track Upload Program For ‘Rock Band’

Read about it here from Billboard.

That’s about to change. Later this year, MTV plans to launch a groundbreaking initiative called the Rock Band Network that will enable any artist-unsigned emerging act, indie cult fave or major-label superstar-to submit songs for possible inclusion in the game.

The Rock Band Network recently started a closed beta trial, which MTV expects to expand to a public beta test in August. The company hopes to open the Rock Band Network store before year’s end. Songs available through the new store, which will remain separate from the existing “Rock Band” store, will be initially available for download to users of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game console. MTV expects to eventually make the popular tracks available for use on the Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii game systems.

“We’ve figured out how to make it so anybody who owns and controls masters and publishing can put music into [“Rock Band”] at their own pace,” says MTV Games senior VP of electronic games and music Paul DeGooyer. “We’re talking about a set of serious professional tools to allow people on the front line of writing and recording songs to completely control their destiny with respect to interactive products and then giving them direct access to the download store.”

Wow, maybe we will get some awesome tracks from the plethora of amazing bands that we have on the gulf coast. I hope to rock out to Aura aka Joshua Sun with a little 13th Hour in the near future.

In Flames announce date in New Orleans


Swedish metallers In Flames will embark on a U.S. headlining tour in September. Support on the trek will come from Between the Buried and Me, 3 Inches of Blood, and The Faceless. They will be playing the Hose of Blues on Sept 27th.

6/17 – Falls From Grace CD Release party tonight at Nate’s Sports Bar and Grill


Falls From Grace will be hosting their release party for Pleasure and Pain tonight at Nate’s Sports Bar and Grill on Hwy 49 in Gulfport. If for some reason you can’t make this show, be sure to pick up their cd from CD Baby. Also playing tonight are Jane Doe’s Dead and Pandemic. It’s three great bands for only $5 bucks, so check it out. It’s nice to see a local band have their CD release party locally.

Falls From Grace Myspace
Pandemic Mysapce
Jane Doe’s Dead Myspace

New Reality TV Series Seeks Hip-Hop Artists

Aspiring music artists interested in becoming a part of the new reality series, The Kings of Rap, starring hip hop legend and 2009 Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darryl “DMC” McDaniels can now submit their demo via the show’s website Demos may also be sent directly to the following address: IME Entertainment, 3940 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Suite 342, Studio City, CA 91604. The series, which is in development, is a positive-themed hip hop competition, and will offer aspiring musicians the chance to earn a record deal. Young hip hop artists must create music that anyone can listen to without being offended. Their music cannot glorify violence, degrade women or include the use of profanity. The show will be shot at various locations in and around New York City.

Nashville Ad Campaign Needs Artists

Vietti Vinyl has launched its 2009 campaign to promote emerging and established musical talent through collectible product labels and other grassroots marketing initiatives. In 2007/2008, the Vietti brand featured musical entertainers such as The Grascals, the Warren Brothers, Heartland, Restless Heart, and Nashville Star winner Chris Young. Vietti produces 150,000 to 200,000 cans of chili per label run and with distribution in more than 30 states. All artists and bands wishing to be considered for this campaign should submit a press kit and music sample to: Vietti Vinyl Music Program, P.O. Box 23015, Nashville, TN 37202 or phone 615-777-6995 ext. 30 for more information.

Soilent Green Records ‘Squidbillies’ Theme Song


New Orleans, Louisiana’s sons of Southern grindcore Soilent Green have recorded the opening theme song to “Squidbillies”, an animated television series about a family of anthropomorphic hillbilly squids — the Cuyler family — that lives in indigence in the Appalachian region of North Georgia’s mountains. The show’s fourth season kicked off on May 17 on Adult Swim.

Vocalist Ben Falgoust comments: “‘Squidbillies’ is the best cartoon…excuse me…show on TV/Internet/cable around! I felt that way before we did the theme tracks, and I feel even stronger about it since I’ve seen the new episodes, despite our involvement with the program, of course.

“It was an awesome and strange experience to track these theme songs for the ‘Squidbillies’. It was pretty shocking when were contacted by them to be involved with this project. I give credit to the rest of the guys in the band for pulling it off from a strange but fun perspective in incorporating Soilent Green’s style into the theme song for the show.”

New episodes of “Squidbillies” air Sunday nights at midnight.

Major Label Seeks Pop/Rock Christian A&R Scouts

If you are a college student who enjoys Christian pop/rock music and are interested in an unpaid internship with a major label, please contact Jay or Andrew at Those interested in this position should have their ear to the ground in the Christian music scene, be available for a weekly conference call, have the ability to upload music to an FTP server (set up by the label), and free time to see shows. The internship can be performed from anywhere in the United States.

Fear Not Festival at The Shed June 6th


The guys and gals at The Shed have done it again. They are brining us yet another great concert packed with bbq, cold beer, and more importantly good times. On Saturday June 6th, they are once again hosting the Fear Not Festival featuring Anders Osborne, Grayson Capps, George Mcconnell, Rooster Blues, Rochelle Harper, T Bird and The Breaks. You get to see all of these bands for $15 day of the show.

For more information: Check out the Shed here.

Myspace and Toyota Launch “ROCK THE SPACE” Competition For Unsigned Artists To Win A Record Deal


MySpace the world’s premiere social portal, in partnership with MySpace Records and Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA, Inc., today announced the official launch of Rock the Space, an exclusive competition encouraging unsigned bands or solo artists to submit an original song for the opportunity to score a recording contract with MySpace Records, the company’s full-service independent label. Beginning today through July 1, 2009, aspiring artists across the country can enter to win the chance of a lifetime by visiting Toyota’s MySpace Music profile for submission details and contest rules

“MySpace’s origins are in connecting new and emerging artists with music fans. We designed the Rock the Space competition to take that idea to new heights,” said Kim McCullough, Corporate Manager, Marketing Communications, TMS. “Toyota is thrilled to bring unsigned musicians and the MySpace community this unprecedented opportunity.”

To enter the Rock the Space competition artists must submit an original mp3 demo. All entrants will have the opportunity to create a viral music widget with an easy embed code to help them spread their music across MySpace and the web. MySpace users can share in the experience by adding the music widgets to their profiles and posting comments on the Toyota Music profile.

In July, MySpace Records will select five finalists who will be featured prominently on the Toyota Music profile and the MySpace community will vote to select the winner. The five finalists will receive a media allocation to promote themselves with My Ads targeted advertising throughout MySpace.

“Rock the Space allows the MySpace Music platform to do what it does best – enable new music and new artists to be discovered,” said Jeff Berman, President of Sales and Marketing for MySpace. “MySpace is excited to offer these artists a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and to take part in their journey from the very first step.”

The Rock the Space winner will be announced in September and will receive a recording contract as well as a $10,000 musical instrument prize package provided by Fender, the world’s leading guitar manufacturer. The winner’s song will also be available for download on the MySpace Music Home Page. The four runners-up win a MySpace Records Development Deal friends package.

“Rock the Space will create an organic and loyal fan base with a vested interest in these artists and their careers by allowing users to participate in the process from the beginning,” said J. Scavo, GM of MySpace Records. “This interactivity between artist and fan has always been a fundamental and differentiating factor for the MySpace Music platform and has led to the success of many of today’s most popular artists.”

For more information or to submit and original song for consideration please visit

Before Nine Signs Management Deal With Show Media Group

Before 9
Before 9

Seattle, Washington & Gulf Coast, Mississippi and Alabama

May 22, 2009. – The Mississippi band BEFORE NINE signs a management deal with Show Media Group and the world famous Joe Gingerella as the band gears up to showcase for multiple major record Labels. Joe Gingerella was named as one of the top 100 most influential people in the music industry , having worked with such bands as Sevendust, Korn, Slayer, Alien Ant Farm, Travis Barker Manntis, Jet Black Stare, Divide The Day, Atomic Outlaws , just to name a few. The Show Media plans to begin showcasing Before Nine to major record labels & to have the band begin touring just in time for summer. Joe Gingerella says The Band ‘Before Nine’ is one of the most powerful new groups I have ever heard, with amazing lead vocals and three part harmonies that cut like a razor blade the bands songs are ready to take active rock radio stations by storm.

SMG & Joe Gingerella have been promoting, producing and managing bands since 1979 all over the country with a track record of success stories spanning decades. In 1996 Joe Gingerella moved from Southern California to Seattle Washington and started the award winning music television show called SQUEEZE TV that was seen in over 5 million homes weekly & featured national bands and extreme sports. In 2009 Joe Gingerella made history as the first manager to have twelve of his artists to perform during SXSW in Austin, Texas and getting four of them major record deals.

SMG is proud to announce that “Before Nine” is now managed by Joe Gingerella and we look forward to getting the band’s music heard on radio stations everywhere & to bring their live show to every city in the country.

For more information on the band, go to or to schedule an interview call Joe Gingerella at (253) 678-3593