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July 29, 2015


Rumored yesterday. Now 100% confirmed this morning via Billboard:

Financial details were not disclosed. Asked to clarify the deal, Windish tells Billboard, "It's a partnership." As a proven success in artist development with a robust roster of acts active at festivals and hard ticket shows, Windish Agency has long been believed to be ripe for acquisition, but, "it really has nothing to do about money with me," Windish says. "I don't have big plans to go on vacation or something. It's more about who do I want to pair up with that can help my clients and the people that work at my company get to places they've never been before and they want to be."

A force in the electronic and indie rock spaces, the Windish Agency was founded by Tom Windish, 42, in 2004, and boasts a roster of about 750 acts booked by about 30 agents, all of whom are expected to continue with Paradigm.

PREVIOUSLY: Paradigm bought Windish Agency

July 28, 2015

Pardigm Windish

Two huge companies that book many of our favorite bands may now be one bigger company. If you don't book shows, you may barely known these companies exist, but most touring bands who play festivals and popular venues have an agent booking their shows for them, and many of those agents work at Paradigm and Windish (others work at WME, CAA, Agency Group, Billions, Ground Control, High Road Touring, etc). Hit Daily Double first posted this rumor on 7/13:

In addition to an eclectic, 800-strong roster that includes superstar Lorde, Modern Rockers Alt-J, hip-hop player Killer Mike, multimedia rocker Andrew W.K., and a selection of buzzing/critically acclaimed acts such as Gallant, Wolf Alice, First Aid Kit, AlunaGeorge, BØRNS, CHVRCHES and In the Valley Below, the acquisition of the award-winning Windish would extend the reach of Sam Gores' Paradigm in the EDM world. Windish's EDM/DJ clients, overseen by Steve Goodgold, include Diplo, Aphex Twin, Jamie xx, Cut Chemist, A-Trak, Peanut Butter Wolf, Duke Dumont, Hot Chip, Cut Copy, J Rocc, Dimitri From Paris and dozens more.

Paradigm purchased EDM-focused AM Only, featuring Skrillex, David Guetta, Tiësto and other huge names, in 2012.

Stay tuned...

UPDATE: The "partnership" is officially announced.

July 16, 2015

Polaris Music Prize Shortlist

Canada's Polaris Prize has just announced it's 2015 Shortlist and these are the 10 records vying for it this year:

Viet Cong - S/T
Buffy Sainte-Marie - Power in the Blood
The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers
Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon
Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late
Jennifer Castle - Pink City
Caribou - Our Love
Braids - Deep in the Iris
BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul
Alvvays - S/T
The winner will be announced on September 21 at a gala in Toronto. Who do you think will take home the $50,000 Prize?

July 6, 2015

the cover of this week's 'NME'...
NME goes free

In the face of decline print sales/subsciptions, long-running UK music weekly New Musical Express is entering a new era, becoming a free publication after 63 years. Editor Mike Williams announced the change on today, saying:

So what we're giving to you is a major brand transformation that will deliver on all of these things. A brilliant new free weekly magazine that will reach more than 300,000 people each week, a new look that will bring you closer to the stories that you care most about, some shiny new digital products which I'll be able to tell you more about very soon, plus more live events, new video series and more interaction with you guys on new social platforms...

...As I type this, some of the NME team are locked away in a dark basement in NME Towers working on even more ideas to make sure it's not only a brilliant magazine, but that it gives you everything you asked us for. I'm confident that it will.

The new free NME launches on September 18 in the UK.

June 22, 2015

Apple Music

Apple Music, the computer giant's new streaming service, is set to launch on June 30, beginning with a three-month free trail. That savings was originally being passed on to the artists/labels who would not get paid royalties for that 90-day period. This had folks up in arms -- from the Beggars Group to the Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe -- but when Taylor Swift announced over the weekend that she wouldn't be putting 1989 on Apple music, saying she found it to be "shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company" Apple finally changed their tune. Apple exec Eddy Cue tweeted late last night that "#AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer's free trial period...We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple."

Some are arguing that Taylor Swift's letter and Apple Music's turnaround are all part of a well-timed PR campaign.

April 28, 2015

Live NAtion

Live Nation recently bought a piece of C3 which added U.S. festivals Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits to their portfolio. Now Live Nation got themselves Bonnaroo too!

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) and Bonnaroo's founding partners, Superfly and AC Entertainment, announced today the completion of a new partnership, through which Live Nation assumes a controlling interest in the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

"The addition of Bonnaroo builds on Live Nation Entertainment's world leading festival portfolio of over 60 marquee festivals such as: Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Reading, Leeds, T in the Park, Electric Daisy Carnival, Rock Werchter, and Watershed Music Festival to name a few," said Michael Rapino, Live Nation CEO and president. "We continue to expand the industry's most unparalleled and scalable festival platform all while driving strong revenue and growth for Live Nation on a global basis. Bonnaroo is another crown jewel in this festival channel strategy, one that appeals to both fans and artists in uniqueness and experience."

"We are strengthening our commitment to create the best possible experience at Bonnaroo," said Rick Farman, co-founder, Superfly. "Through this partnership with Live Nation, we're even more empowered to enhance the festival while preserving the integrity of the event that we've thoughtfully built over the past 14 years."

"Partnering with Live Nation is a milestone for Bonnaroo. It opens up tremendous opportunities for us to continue to evolve the Bonnaroo experience in an exciting, powerful way," said Ashley Capps, founder, AC Entertainment.

Additionally, Live Nation now also owns a share of the Bonnaroo property, Great Stage Park, also known as "the Farm." With Live Nation on board, significant investment in the site and enhancements to the festival experience are planned. Superfly and AC Entertainment will continue to plan and execute the day-to-day operations of the festival and signature Bonnaroo initiatives, such as sustainability efforts and involvement with the Manchester community. Bonnaroo's non-profit arm, the Bonnaroo Works Fund, will continue to be a priority.

Founded in 2002 in Manchester, Tennessee, Bonnaroo is globally recognized as an iconic cultural landmark of the festival scene, heralded for its peaceful vibes, flawless operations and once-in-a-lifetime musical collaborations.

Bonnaroo happens in June and recently announced the 2015 schedule.

Live Nation also recently announced some new Philly venues.

March 27, 2015

photo: Mortuary Drape at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Mortuary Drape

Returning for its fourth year, Signature Riff and Metal Kingdom's Martyrdoom festival is set to go down November 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 at Saint Vitus.

The lineup includes Necrophobic, Lvcifyre, Kommandant, Paroxsihzem and Vorde on night 1; Ride For Revenge, Nightbringer, Gonkulator, Blood Incantation, Sabbath Assembly and Spectral Voice on night 2; Mortuary Drape, Demonomancy, Black Anvil, Phobocosm and Sangus on night 3; Mortuary Drape (again), Omnizide, Kill, the Howling Wind and Discordia on night 4; and finally Bombers, Malthusian, Bell Witch and Luminous Vault on night 5. Tickets for all five nights are on sale now.

After Stardust, this is the second multi-night metal festival happening at Saint Vitus to be announced this week.

March 25, 2015

Haim waiting on a plane (via @Haimtheband)

Elevators don't really use "elevator music" anymore but you can still hear bland, instrumental muzak when you board or deplane on various airlines. Not so now on American Airlines who, in October 2014, switched to a "surprisingly edgy mix of indie music" like Real Estate, Bon Iver, The xx, and, uh, Haim. It appears to be a welcome change, according to an article in one of American Airlines' employee newsletters:

The decision to change to the lesser-known indie music was a reaction to customers' complaints, which included boredom. Since the switch, complaints about our cabin music have decreased, and compliments have increased, according to a social media analysis.
Still, AA's criteria for the edgy mix they play is songs that are "upbeat yet not distracting" and "helps American stand out from the competition and appeals to younger generations." Other artists on their playlist include Lykke Li, Washed Out, Future Islands, Foster the People, Hozier, and Moby.

In related news, Nick Cave wrote his new book on the backs of airline barf bags while flying on tour.

March 19, 2015


The American market for recorded music was flat in 2014, but income from streaming services like Spotify and Pandora has quickly grown to become a major part of the business, eclipsing CD sales for the first time, according to a report released Wednesday by the Recording Industry Association of America.

The association, a trade group that represents the major record companies, said that recorded music generated $6.97 billion in 2014, down less than 0.5 percent from the year before, when revenue was slightly more than $7 billion. - [NY Times]

Vinyl sales, by the way, are up 50%. This report comes one day after news that online record store Insound is reportedly closing shop.

February 23, 2015


A six second drum break from The Winstons' "Amen, Brother" (the b-side to their 1969 hit "Color Him Father") is arguably the most famous "break" ever. The "Amen Break" has been sampled on countless hip hop records (famously on NWA's "Straight Outa Compton") and, sped up and chopped up, basically became the backbone of every jungle/drum and bass record ever. If you're still scratching your head, or are just curious to know more, Nate Harrison's terrific 2004 short documentary on the "amen break" is required viewing. Watch it below.

Despite the sample's place in the pop culture lexicon, neither Winstrons drummer G. C. Coleman (who died in 2006), nor frontman Richard L. Spencer (who wrote and arranged the song and owns the copyright) have ever received royalties for the sample. (The Statute of limitations has run out to pursue it legally now.) However, a UK DJ has started a crowdfunding campaign to give money to Richard Spencer and Coleman's family:

if you have ever written or sold any music with the amen break, or even just enjoyed one of the countless hundreds and hundreds of tunes that contain it over various genres and styles of music, please donate towards the good cause of the worldwide music community giving something back to the man behind the legendary breakbeat.
The campaign began five days ago with hopes of raising £1,000 and it's already had £11,000 pledged.

Check out the documentary and a few famous uses of the "amen break," below...

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