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December 4, 2013
Treefort Music Festival will return for its third annual year in 2014 from March 20-23 across various venues in Downtown Boise, ID. The initial lineup was just announced and it includes Run the Jewels (who also just announced a free NYC show), Built to Spill, Breton, Saintseneca, SubRosa, Uzala, Warm Soda, The Joy Formidable, Boyfrndz and more. 4-day passes (and a few other ticket options) are on sale now.
In other Built to Spill news, someone listed "Built To Spill Perfect From Now On Studio Master Tapes 10" x 1/2" Metal Reels 15 IPS RARE" on, of all places, Etsy! The description reads:
Incredibly rare. It's not everyday you come across a piece of real music history. These are the only master tapes for this album. One of a kind, these are not recorded from album to tape. These are the original master recordings for Built To Spill's 1997 LP Perfect From Now On. These are recorded to 4 count 1/2" Ampex Gold Studio Masters. However not every track on the album appears here and vice versa. They contain the initial studio recordings without remaster, mixing, and overdubs. Pre-engineered and mixed by Warner Brothers. This is the raw studio recording. Highest grade tape and reels. These are breathtaking! If you're a fan of BTS or Northwest music, consider this, it's like finding the the "Velvet Underground" of Idaho's unreleased acetate. Thanks for looking. Check back often, we add new stock daily to our shop.Unfortunately though, this item is now sold.
I'm selling these as a document to the making of an album, I do not claim to own the rights to the music contained on these reels and am selling the reels as found objects.
Full initial Treefort lineup below...
Well that was fast. We pondered yesterday, with the announcement of two NYC shows from The War on Drugs, if there might be official word on a new album, and today we get the details. The Philadelphia band will release Lost in the Dream on March 14 via Secretly Canadian. That's the cover art above and the track list is below. Recorded over two years in four states, the new album was produced by frontman Adam Granduciel. Check out a stream of the first released song from the album, "Red Eyes," below.
Those NYC dates -- Bowery Ballroom on March 20 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 21 (tickets on sale now) -- are part of a full North American tour and all dates are listed below...
As discussed, A$AP Ferg is bringing his tour with Joey Fatts, Aston Matthews, Overdoz, and 100s to his hometown of NYC this Friday (12/6) at Irving Plaza. Tickets to that show were offered without fees as part of the venue's Black Friday-Cyber Monday deal, but now if you'd like to go and not pay anything at all, we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details on how to enter to win are below.
In related news, another A$AP Mob member, A$AP Ant is playing a show later this month at Santos Party House on December 18 with Chicago rapper Fredo Santana headlining (and making his NYC debut at the show) and Young Gleesh. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Updated A$AP Ferg dates are listed, along with the new video and contest details, below...
Big Ears Festival, a three-day event that joins modern classical music and adventurous rock acts in venues around Knoxville, TN, will host its first festival since 2010 on March 28-30. Composer Steve Reich acts as the artist-in-resident, with Ensemble Signal, Jonny Greenwood and So Percussion performing his music. Also on the lineup are John Cale, Television, Nazoranai (Keiji Haino, Stephen O'Malley, and Oren Ambarchi) and Marc Ribot (playing solo as well as with Ceramic Dog and Los Cubanos Postizos), Laraaji, Tim Hecker, Julia Holter, Oneohtrix Point Never, Colin Stetson, Vatican Shadow, Nils Frahm, Mark McGuire, Bill Orcutt, Dean & Britta, Glenn Kotche, Susanna, Dawn of Midi and Son Lux.
Passes for the fest go on sale Friday, December 6 at noon and are $150.
The festival's return is a good thing as its future was in question after a three year hiatus (its organizers stay busy running Bonnaroo). Big Ears 2010 was a huge undertaking--and from a listeners stand-point, a hugely successful one--with a lineup that featured the National, Dirty Projectors, Vampire Weekend, the Calder Quartet, Joanna Newsom, St. Vincent, Andrew WK, The Ex, Gang Gang Dance, Clogs, the xx, Ben Frost and Tim Hecker and artist-in-residence Terry Riley. You can see BrooklynVegan's coverage of that fest here.
UK music weekly NME has just published its end-of-year issue, with their Top 50 LPs and Tracks of 2013. As for the albums list, we'll let you read on to find out what their #1 pick is, but it might just be the one NME called "absolutely and unarguably the most incredible album of [said band's] career" and "the greatest record of the last decade." It's not Palma Violets, who were last year's Track of the Year, as their debut LP came in at #32 on the list.
As for tracks, their single of the year is a pretty obvious (certainly ubiquitous) choice. Check out the full lists of NME's Top 50 LPs and Tracks below...
The Hold Steady at Pier 26 in July (more by Tracy Allison)
Fans of The Hold Steady may be familiar with their fan club, The Unified Scene. One of the best-known members of The Unified Scene was Mike Van Jura (aka Jersey Mike), who passed away last year, and in honor of him, The Hold Steady have launched a PledgeMusic campaign to help better The Unified Scene and offer fans a 5-song covers EP. I'll let the band take it from here...
Hey everyone,There's a number of rewards for different pledge amounts, and every pledge includes a digital download of the new EP. More details here.
A few years back, some of our biggest and most dedicated fans created an organization called The Unified Scene. We have seen members of The Unified Scene at our shows all over the world and it's flattering and exciting to see the community that they created.
One of the best known, most motivated and most vocal members of The Unified Scene was Mike Van Jura, or as he's better known, "Jersey Mike". Mike was the unofficial leader of The Unified Scene and handled a lot of internet and message board duties for us just as a function of his fandom.
Unfortunately, Jersey Mike passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in November 2012. Like many members of our audience, Mike had crossed from being a fan of the band to a real friend. All the members of the Hold Steady and The Unified Scene felt the loss immensely. We miss him.
The Hold Steady has always been about community and inclusiveness. As we often say at the end of our shows, "We are all The Hold Steady". We believe that.
With a new record coming out in 2014, we want to work with our fans to create a new and improved version of The Unified Scene. We want you to join us. By pledging, you will join The Unified Scene fan club, where you will get insider access, exclusive music, members-only content, pre-sale ticket opportunities and more.
For starters, we are recording a 5 song covers EP.....right now! This will be released on 12" vinyl (with download code) sometime in 2014. This will only be available to members of The Unified Scene. By pledging, you will also unlock access to updates and clues to what songs we are covering and scenes from the sessions.
Furthermore, we are offering some other exclusive incentives such as hand written lyrics, pep talks, private interactions with The Hold Steady, and much more. With the holidays coming up, these could also be great gifts for a THS fan in your life.
And don't worry.....we'll be adding even more packages in the coming days and weeks.
A portion of every pledge will be donated to the K+L Guardian Foundation to remember a great fan and friend, and to help the two young children he left behind.
We are looking forward to sharing our new record with you early next year and hope you will pledge to join The Unified Scene and become a part of something we are very excited about. And remember, we are ALL The Hold Steady.
You may have heard by now that there's a ton of artists bashing Spotify, like Beck, Thom Yorke, David Byrne, and more. Spotify might not be able to answer every problem these artists have, but on the often brought up topic of how they're paid, Spotify just shed some light on how that works. They just uploaded a long post titled Spotify Explained, which they go into detail about the service. Here's how the royalties work:
1. Spotify Monthly RevenueGot it? Head over to Spotify Explained to read the rest of it.
The total revenue Spotify makes in a given month from advertising and subscriptions as explained above. This varies from country to country depending on a range of factors including how many users we have in that country, how many of them are premium subscribers and how much advertising we sell in that country.
2. Artist's Spotify streams divided by total Spotify streams
This calculates an artist's popularity on the service, their "market share." Dividing an artist's streams by the total streams on Spotify determines the percentage of our total pay-outs that should be paid for that artist's rights.
3. Royalties paid to master and publishing owners
Spotify negotiates our royalty economics with labels and publishers in each territory where we operate. Our current payment agreements lead us to distribute (~)approximately 70% of our gross revenues to master recording and publishing rights (both mechanical reproduction and performance) holders. The precise division between these types of rights holders varies by territory in accordance with local laws and negotiated agreements. In the United States, for example, statutes dictate that publishers receive ~21% the amount that master recording owners receive.
4. Artist's royalty rate
Once Spotify has paid a rights owner the total royalties due for their accumulated streams, that label or publisher pays each artist according to that artist's contractual royalty rates. This will likely also take into account other factors including recoupment status, which is one reason that different artists in different deals might ultimately receive different royalties from their respective labels and publishers.
Independent artists can retain up to 100% of their royalty payouts from Spotify by using one of our aggregator partners such as Tunecore (a small fee may apply).
5. Artist Pay Out
The end royalty paid out to the artist after the rights holder royalty split and any other deductions have been applied.
Jay Z at Yankee Stadium in July (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Psychologists have said it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. On the 22nd day, you've found the way.What would Grimes think? They began yesterday (12/3) -- good luck to both of them, and happy birthday Brooklyn vegan Jay!
On December 3rd, one day before my 44th birthday I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!! This all began a few months back when a good friend and vegan challenged me to embrace a "plant-based breakfast" everyday. It was surprisingly easier on me than I thought...
Why now? There's something spiritual to me about it being my 44th birthday and the serendipity behind the number of days in this challenge; 22 (2+2=4) coupled with the fact that the challenge ends on Christmas day...It just feels right!
So you can call it a spiritual and physical cleanse. I will post my progress... Any professional vegans out there that have any great food spots please help out! Please ha. I don't know what happens after Christmas. A semi-vegan, a full plant-based diet? Or just a spiritual and physical challenge? We'll see...
Best of luck and health!
P.S. B is also joining me.
Arcade Fire in Brooklyn in October (more)
As discussed, Arcade Fire are going on a massive tour in 2014 that comes to NYC on August 22 and 23 at Barclays Center. Since we last spoke, they've expanded the tour, and it now includes a third date happening at Barclays Center on August 24. Tickets for the first two nights are still available, and the third one is not on sale yet but you can check back at that same link for updates. Updated dates are listed below.
by Doug Moore
Deafheaven at Saint Vitus (more by Lukas Hodge)
As Deafheaven bask in the first wave of the year-end accolades that everyone knew they'd be getting, they've made a simultaneously odd and totally logical career decision: they've announced a North American tour with Between the Buried and Me, Intronaut, and The Kindred for early 2014. BTBAM are headlining, but it looks like Deafheaven will provide direct support.
BTBAM and Intronaut are both quite popular, so it makes sense for Deafheaven to ride their current wave of hype onto a bigger-budget tour. But Deafheaven's core fanbase is quite different -- BTBAM and Intronaut are both fairly noodly prog-metal bands who, despite their considerable crossover successes, have younger fanbases and have never been the subjects of the same type of mainstream-media adulation that Deafheaven are currently enjoying. By the same token, parts of the BTBAM/Intronaut fanbase may not have paid much attention to Deafheaven yet. Even though it's kind of a strange aesthetic match, it's an opportunity for them to access another sizeable and lucrative market. When you're basically living off your touring band, it's hard to pass opportunities like that up.
The tour isn't currently scheduled to hit NYC, but it comes close on February 21 at The Paramount in Huntington, and also includes a couple upstate stops in Clifton Park on 2/22, and Syracuse on 3/2. Tickets for the Paramount show go on sale 12/17 at noon.
All dates are listed below...