Posted in music on May 9, 2008

Don't let this happen to your favorite touring band. Shop at Insound.
Homeless

The "Give More" part of our new digital sales project is called "Show Support." It's really simple. Every time you buy an MP3 album from Insound (not EPs or singles), Insound will donate $.25 of our take to a touring band. We choose 6 lucky bands that we like, but you get to select the actual artist to earmark your quarter to. Furthermore, should you wish to "tip" additional funds to these great artists, you can add your own tip during checkout. 100% of these funds will go to the band you choose. If you do not choose a specific band, we will distribute the funds equally to all of the bands. We will add new bands 2-4 times each year. All funds are to be used by bands to support the next national tour. In short, their tours will be made possible by you - Insound customers!

Currently, the awesome bands that will benefit from our donations are:

The Big Sleep on the streets
Russian Circles
The Twilight Sad about the price of gas
Headlights are keeping me up at night
Epsilons
Videohippos

Please note: You do not have to buy an album by one of the Show Support bands above to donate money. The $.25 per MP3 album and your tips will be donated whether you buy their albums or you buy an album by any other artist. Additionally, tips will only be earmarked to one of the 6 bands above. For example, if you buy a Pinback MP3, that does not mean that Pinback will get an extra $.25 from that order. Their label and distributor will receive the same amount they always do, but another lucky Show Support band will get some extra help. Any questions email us: CassieHelp@insound.com.

Videohippos are on tour and playing Death By Audio in Brooklyn TONIGHT (May 9).

Other good causes (ways to help the homeless) (no offense touring bands) can be found here.

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Comments (35)

way to exploit the homeless.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2008 4:39 PM

that guy from bloc party sure has fallen low...

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2008 4:45 PM

Classy photo

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2008 4:45 PM

why doesn't insound, or their owner warner bros., just give more profit to their artists?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2008 4:47 PM

How does that work again? I mean Warner Brothers owning Insound.

Posted by Eric | May 9, 2008 4:48 PM

how about, "don't let this happen to your fellow human being"???

jesus mel gibson christ, man.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2008 5:04 PM

ok. this is not working :-)

Insound started a program (charity) to raise money for touring bands. I was trying to point out that there are people with bigger problems than touring bands that could probably use the money a bit more. My goal was to let people know that Insound was doing this, while also pointing out that I think it is a little silly.

"Don't let this happen to your favorite touring band. Shop at Insound" was supposed to be sarcasm.

Bad idea?

Posted by brooklynvegan | May 9, 2008 5:16 PM

oh, ok. we get it now. sorry. you were just being too esoteric for us. :p

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2008 5:24 PM

lame. please.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2008 5:27 PM

so what if a homeless person is also a musician? wouldnt that person qualify as a touring musician, cause technically he's always on the road.

or would he be disqualified if he didnt have a myspace page?

discuss

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2008 5:33 PM

"should you wish to "tip" additional funds to these great artists, you can add your own tip during checkout. "

going to their shows isn' enough?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2008 5:39 PM

i was on tour. i ate canned corn and chili from omaha to portland. i was bleeding and we couldn't afford band-aids. this is a true story.

Posted by b | May 9, 2008 5:45 PM

so what they're saying is that I spend my money on bands that I think are awesome and they give some of that money to bands who they are friends with?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2008 5:51 PM

"We choose 6 lucky bands that we like"

AKA our friends

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2008 5:57 PM

hates everyone. fuck this!

Posted by tim duncan... | May 9, 2008 6:37 PM

"i was on tour. i ate canned corn and chili from omaha to portland. i was bleeding and we couldn't afford band-aids. this is a true story."

And this makes you different from many non-touring non-musicians... how?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2008 6:44 PM

you don't have to pay a cent more, meaning it doesn't cost you a thing. what's the bitching about? maybe your fave band will be in next...

they take it from their profit. it's about the same thing when some big corp starts a PR campaign.

a couple of years ago, I read an article about how bands get screwed up on the money side that proved very compelling to me. also, remember we are not talking about U2 or Radiohead here, they don't charge 50 bucks per ticket or play at MSG. Some of them do it full time, make little money and have minimum wage jobs during off times.

to sum it up, i don't get all the outrage

and yupe, the picture was a little too much

complete info: http://www.insound.com/givemoregetmore.php

Posted by dee | May 9, 2008 6:59 PM

The difference between touring bands and "the homeless" is that homeless people are lazy drug addicts who choose to live on the streets whereas touring bands are lazy drug addicts who choose to live in their vans. 6 of one, half dozen of the other... Both deserve your hard earned $

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2008 7:51 PM

Whereas anonymous blog poster 7:51 (a poster who, mind you, find the work of "lazy musicians" worthwhile enough to keep tabs on a music blog) is likely a lazy internet addict who chooses to spend their time being snarky on a message board as opposed to "hard-earning" the cash they're paid for sitting in front of a computer all day.

Hmm...

Posted by Dan | May 10, 2008 1:04 AM

yes, brooklyn vegan: bad idea. while i appreciate your intention to point out the larger, more important issue (homelessness), it's still in poor taste. got it now?

Posted by miss manners | May 10, 2008 4:00 AM

Sorry, I have no sympathy for hipsters in their 20's traveling around in vans, making mediocre music (or great music even), and having no money due to either 1. lack of planning/no money saved 2. not having a job when they're not touring.

If you don't have a day job, and just go out on tour with zero money saved or even friggin' a credit card, you're a fucking moron, musician or not. The rule of thumb is the first 1 or 2 tours you do, no matter how long, will be a financial loss unless you have a fanbase. Sorry for the 101 course, but Insound clearly has no fucking clue what the difference is between "poor by ignorance" or "poor by chance".

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2008 8:29 AM

Calm down dude. If you feel that strongly then just don't give them money. Nobody's forcing you to support the arts.

Posted by Dan | May 10, 2008 10:29 AM

You consider those bands art?

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2008 10:38 AM

oh no! BV posted something very politically incorrect! grab your torches and pitchforks! (no pun intended.) we're a bunch of pussies who can't handle sarcasm and un-pc humor! waah! waah!

i was gonna go on about how you self-righteous douchebags should chill the fuck out, but i have to find my Save The Children t-shirt so i can wear it to an obama rally...

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2008 11:59 AM

Yep! Art.

But in my opinion, a book is still a book even if you think it sucks.

If you want to explain to me why those bands aren't art or why they suck, you can....but I don't really care.

Posted by Dan | May 10, 2008 12:28 PM

i have to find my Bomb the Children t-shirt so i can wear it to a McCain rally...

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2008 2:24 PM

"homeless people are lazy drug addicts who choose to live on the streets"

The majority of homeless people have some sort of mental problem... have a fucking heart, will you?

Posted by Mark B. | May 10, 2008 2:35 PM

The majority of bloggers have a mental problem.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2008 5:00 PM

maybe they should throw those quarters at those folks in Myanmar... actually... nevermind the indie rock band PBR fund is probably more important.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2008 7:13 PM

The majority of homeless people have some sort of mental problem... have a fucking heart, will you?

Posted by Mark B. | May 10, 2008 2:35 PM

No. The one good thing Giuliani ever did was sticking all the psycho bums in the gas chambers. While I sympathize with those who may disagree, I do not advocate the same treatment for 20 something indie rockers. They should be sent to reeducation camps and taught a useful trade like pipe fitting or brick laying.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2008 11:02 AM

The funny thing to me is that most of these bands have labels who can offer tour support. How about getting behind unsigned bands who don't?

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2008 12:46 PM

Labels offering tour support? In this time of plummeting record sales, aren't some of the majors gong so far as to try to get a piece of their artists' touring revenues?

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2008 1:24 PM

Touring is environmentally unjustifiable. Just don't do it.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2008 3:40 PM

I like The Big Sleep

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2008 5:30 PM

Dan, that's not supporting the arts...25 cents? Come on man, let's not kid ourselves. Again, dopey hipsters in a van who failed to do pre-tour due-diligence wouldn't qualify as "The Arts" in my opinion.

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2008 11:35 AM

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