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Introducing… Kendrick Lamar [NEW MUSIC]

In his neighborhood of Compton, Kendrick Lamar is as known as K. Dot . I don’t need to explain how much of a struggle it is growing up in an environment that is built to fight social and individual progress. With such suppression Lamar has harnessed this emotion to be recognized as one of  West Coasts’ top lyrical geniuses. He dedicates much of his success to his upbringing and being surrounded by his father and the rest of his small family that consists of around 13 aunts/uncles, baring at at least 6 kids apiece. Lamar grew up around it all as a youngster; the good, the bad, the drinking, the smoking, the gangs and the violence, all of which seems to be portrayed in his music.

His music has been acknowledged by the best of the west. I saw footage a couple weeks ago of a concert where Snoop Dogg, The Game, Dr. Dre and The Dogg Pound all publicly showed their full support of the young rapper and his style of music. Have a look at the footage below:

Let me throw some examples your way,

The Heart.1

A.D.H.D.

In the song A.D.H.D. Kendrick makes continuous drug references, attributing this to experiences that he has come across along the west coast streets. This song is not about him, but rather the generation that he sees beside him being too often brought down the wrong path of drugs and violence. Lamar speaks openly on not even smoking weed (a very rare thing coming from the coast that brought you such green-leaf endorsing rappers such as snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, game, Cypress Hill, Nipsey Hussel)

Now Kendrick does not look highly on featuring big names in his music, for he doesn’t look for such quick exposure, or fake press. Another +1 in my respect book, ya, I keep tally. What are some artists that Kendrick would love to include on some of his upcoming music you might ask? Well the list includes such names as Erika Badu, Andre 3k, Bilal, and Floetry. When I heard those names come out of this dudes mouth I about dropped my glass. These are all artists that put out music with a message, not just a club hit. You can instantly tell by listening to just a couple of songs of his that he is different. Then you listen to a couple more songs, and realize that Kendrick Lamar is the truth. He is every hip-hop fans great hope, lyrically he can only grow. Having such a rich west coast background look for a couple exclusive Dr. Dre beats to be thrown his way to be used as canvas for Lamar’s lyrical masterpieces.

After reviewing his thoughts on the music industry you can’t help but get excited for lies ahead for Kendrick Lamar.  He seems to fully understand the way the industry works and is taking advantage of the benefits of owning your music.  His music is art and, seeing how great music spreads, I can’t wait to see where he is this time next year.

Lamar’s newest mixtape, Section.80 grabbed much attention and is now on itunes.

Hiiipower

Kian Bardikalaie | San Diego, CA| @KianwithMWL

Beat-Play and Music Without Labels, LLC

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Sublime with Rome “Yours Truly” [NEW MUSIC]

This weekend is being deemed “Car-Ma-Geddon” in LA.  Kinda like Armageddon, but even shittier than that movie.  They are shutting down one of our main freeways and basically telling the rest of the city to eff off and find another route.  Greaaaaaaaaaaatttttttt.  They expect traffic to be backed up 50 miles north and south.  If you go 45-50 miles south of LA you reach the fine city of Long Beach CA.  Now just pretend your sitting in terrible traffic in Long Beach.  What music comes to mind?  You probably have heard of a little band from Long Beach called Sublime.  “Santeria,” “What I Got,” Date Rape,” “Wrong Way,” just to name a couple are some of the tunes that have defined this section of the country and the reggae rock movement on So Cal not to mention propelled this band to uber success.  I went to a concert one time and “Sublime” was playing over the PA before the Dave Matthew’s Band took the stage. The crowd sang the lyrics so loud when the band took the stage they were so astonished by what they were hearing they sang a long and let the last tune play out, unreal.  The new in carnation of the band is called Sublime with Rome (The new lead singer) and today they have just released “Yours Truly”.  Check it out, then we’ll discuss…

Panic – Sublime with Rome

It sounds similar.  It sounds good.  They look similar because the rythm section of Eric Wilson on bass and Bud Gaugh on drums is still in tact.  The big difference is the lead singer Rome who replaces the deceased Bradley Nowell.  He has an amazingly similar voice to Nowell.

Now before you start thinking I’m going in the direction you think I am I will have you know I’m not.  I have to make the initial comparison, a little background.  This is a new band playing the great style music that made them famous and people like me love them in the first place.  Quite frankly im excited Sublime is back in any state making great So Cal roots rock.  This tune should get you in the mood for some new Sublime music.

Only – Sublime with Rome

Enough of that serious stuff from before.  This band since I have known about them and beyond has been all about fun upbeat music and nothing has changed at all.  In “Yours Truly” we get to hear Sublime’s slightly different take on what the have been doing.  There are your standard Sublime-y songs throughout the record.  Great tunes  like “My World,” “Murdera,” and “Only,” are definitely in the same vein as the good ole days.  The best part about this record however is the new sounding stuff.  Tunes like “PCH” and “Paper Cuts” have the lighter and slightly harder sounds respectively that we haven’t heard recently from Sublime.

PCH – Sublime With Rome

Paper Cuts – Sublime with Rome

I’m not entirely sure I can get behind that tune PCH.  I think it has to much bubbles to it… To much Jason Mraz-y, Jack Johnson-y vibey “hey lets go to the beach”-ness to it.  Did that make sense?  Prolly not, but hey they can’t all be gems?  Am I right?  “Paper Cuts” however is a hard, fast and in your face awesome song.   Any way as you can see this record has a lot of different flavors in it… even a little something for the Jason Mraz fan in you, I know it’s there.

Thats what the band sounds like playing one of my all time favorite Sublime songs.  They sound awesome playing the old stuff and I’m sure the new stuff sounds equally great.  For those who are nostalgic “Yours Truly” hits all the right notes and for those who love Jason Mraz this record hits one very brief note.  Had to…

Sublime is touring with 311 (ummm… awesome?) and although they don’t have a home town show booked as of yet I think the So Cal area is always on their radar.   You can buy their new record literally everywhere.

Here’s the last tune from Sublime with Rome’s “Yours Truly” and a bonus track feat. everyone’s favorite pot head Wiz Khalifa.

Spun – Sublime with Rome

Can You Feel It (Feat. Wiz Khalifa) – Sublime with Rome

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Tyler The Creator – She (feat. Frank Ocean) [MUSIC VIDEO]

Narrative:  Tyler falls in love with the girl next door and tries to woo her away from her boyfriend. Performance: Tyler raps as he moves through the video – on a bike, at a creek, sniffing his paramour’s panties. Frank Ocean hovers in the backyard.

Song: One of the less brutal tracks from Bastard. Ostensibly a love song.

Why You Should Watch It: Tyler’s made it known that he wants to be known for directing more than he wants to be known for his music, and the kid’s off to a good start.  Though it’s difficult to draw a consistent stylistic line between this and “Yonkers,” it’s clear he has an eye for visuals that compliment the music he and the rest of the collective produce. It’s especially obvious when you take into account the Golf Wang videos, the promotional spots for Bastard, and even the “Sandwiches” performance on Fallon – with its wandering hospital-gown zombie girl, garden gnomes and green ski masks.

While I can’t say for sure, I’d suspect the hand-drawn upside-down crosses and rounded, jaunty font used consistently across anything Odd Future is Tyler’s version of branding as well. If this is all the product of the same mind, it’s hard to argue against a consistent vision.

It’s impossible to say if Tyler’s developed a cinematic style to go with this content, but the sure-footed use of a tilt-shift lens in  “Yonkers,” and “She”s use of Steadicam in the bedroom sequences display an understanding of visual grammar. In terms of their pacing, the Golf Wang videos and promotional piece below seem to borrow liberally from an unlikely source.

I couldn’t place it at first, but after a couple views it clicked: they look like early millenia MTV promos. The cutting, the canned sound effects, the sketch-like content – an MTV tag could’ve come up on the end of any of those clips and I wouldn’t have been surprised.

This is part of what works so well in “She” – how it takes elements of music videos almost everyone of a certain age will recognize and puts them into an otherwise bat-shit crazy narrative. Of course the boyfriend character is a shirtless, Uzi-wielding punk, of course the adults are played by members in wigs, of course the object of Tyler’s affection meets him at the lake (even though whoever left her that instruction was clearly a creep). These things are all foregone conclusions drawn from dozens of gangster rap, Beastie Boys and cheesy pop videos, the way Tarantino knows from years of obscure Seventies films that dirty cops are named Scagnetti. It’s a reflection of the music: “here’s what I’ve been fed, isn’t it awful?” Is it a stretch to point out that his Twitter profile picture was one of him displaying a mouthful of chewed up food? It’s like he’s showing us the deranged, evil kid all these influences should have made him, but didn’t. Instead, he’s content to just rub our faces in it.

Of course, compiling references does not make a good video:

– but Tyler and crew just use the references as dressing, not the content. The content is all black-eyed obsession and suggested murder. Instead of casting himself as a hero (which, given the lyrics would be unlikely), Tyler is a grade-A creeper. Everything around him seems to be operating at various Lynchian levels of insanity and surreality.

No one here is redeemable, and considering the video ends with Tyler about to kill a girl watching the video on TV, it would seem that goes for the audience too.

By: Chris Cullari | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @ChriswithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Guillemots “Walk The River” [NEW MUSIC]

When I first took interest in recording music in college, there were a few bands initially I had a chance to work with and Guillemots was one of them.  A British band making small waves in the US, but they were at least making waves none the less, which was good enough for a young aspiring music producer/ engineer.  They taught me two things.  One was there’s WAY better music out there than top 40 and jam bands (which I was VERY into at the time…I know) and the second was that you could put a pickup in a typewriter and use it as an instrument.  My mind was blown.  This is what we came up with.

Who Left The Lights Off Baby – Guillemots (Live At WERS 88.9fm Boston)

Fyfe Dangerfield formed Guillemots in 2004.  That last track was from the EP “From The Cliffs” released in 2006.  They released a great record called “Red” in 2008 and three years later I am so stoked they are releasing new music.  Their new record is called “Walk The River,” and I think will probably splash a little louder than they did years ago.

The Basket – Guillemots

There is only one way to describe Guillemot’s sound… BIG.  Huge vocals, massive guitars/ drums, vast effects that create a completely huge listening spectrum.  From a recording standpoint this band is just plain fun to listen to and from a music fans perspective, what’s not to love?

Vermillion – Guillemots

With “Walk the River” I think we are listening to a matured Guillemots.  This record has a very specific sound fixated on the melodies not just the driving drums and ethereal effects that are integral in past recordings.  For those who have listened to this band before or after reading this plan to look into them further I’ll think you’ll see those elements as a distinct link throughout all the music, but I also think you’ll hear their best work yet as all the songs on this record form a cohesive listening experience.

Walk The River – Guillemots

Yes this band can rock but as I saw many years ago there is a very thoughtful and beautiful side to the music as well.  Gorgeous ballads such as “Dancing in the Devil’s Shoes” have such vivid imagery of someone fighting inner demons.  With heavy industrial rhythms set back in the mix Fyfe Dangerfield’s voice soars above all.  Backed by Aristazabal Hawkes on bass and percussion, Greig Stewart on Drums and MC Lord Magrão on just about everything else (guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, accordion, xylophone, theremin, synth, bass, typewriter, musical saw, electric drill,melodica, melodeon) Guillemots is bound for a comeback although in my opinion they have never left.  Recently anticipating the release of “Walk the River” Guillemots played a pair of local sold out secret shows in the UK.  Since its release in April it has been well received and they are currently touring making appearances all over the UK.  Their tour page is HERE.

Dancing in the Devil’s Shoes – Guillemots

Do yourself a favor and grab “Walk The River.” It’s available through the bands website HERE.

This band was one of the best bands I have had the pleasure to work with and thankfully they continue to experiment and release great new music for my (and your) ear drums.  Hopefully with the success of their most recent release we’ll see a state side tour, which I’m sure will destroy every single club it stops at.  As usual here’s the last track from Guillemots “Walk The River”.

Yesterday Is Dead – Guillemots

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Dispatch “Melon Bend” [MUSIC]

Well I have good news if you were in college or liked to get stoned about 5-10 or more years ago.  No, Dad I’m not a stoner, but I have been a massive fan of New England (woot! woot!) based Dispatch for what seems like decades and they are BACK.  They are an independant outfit who found success with well written catchy tunes, insanely loyal grassroots fan base and a relentless touing schedule.  Just when they seemed to be on top of the world, much to my dismay, they decided to call it quits… and dispatched with a quickness.  A free show on Boston’s Hatch Shell waterfront with 100,000 of their closest fans was the proper and only way to send this band off.  (side note:  I used to live accross the street from Chad (guitar) in Brighton, MA and I lost count of the drunken party nights where I wanted to knock on his door at 4am and ask him to play me Dispatch songs or just call up the rest of the band wherever they were for a private show.  A punch in the face would have been o.k. too and probably more likely/ deserved.)

The final bow at the Hatch Shell in Boston, MA.

Years later Chad, Braddigan and Pete reunited for three concerts at Madison Square Garden.  Not only did they sell all three nights the (f-bomb) out, but they were the first and ONLY independent act to do so EVER.  That my friends in the live music world is called a “holy shit statistic.”  The proceeds went to Zimbabwe relief and then once again we were left with images and dreams of “The General” and “Bats in the Belfry” without hearing them… until now.

Proof of the “holy shit statistic”.  Dispatch playing on the roof of their retired van “Wimpy” in the middle of MSG.

With a massive summer comeback tour in the works for 2011 and multiple dates on the books with Dave Matthews Caravan tour Dispatch is back with vengeance playing hot music spots across the country including LA’s gem of a venue, The Greek.  So this is all good news.  I’ll once again be able to get my fill  of songs like “Even,” “Bang Bang,” “Mission” and “Melon Bend”?… yes “Melon Bend.”

With this summer tour comes a new EP and a new single just released FOR FREE on the bands website called “Melon Bend.”  This tune is Dispatch’s first new music release in over a decade and it rocks.

Dispatch – Melon Bend

I was excited about the band getting back on the road and playing the hits like they should have ten years ago, but with this new music I’m even more excited.  They still sound great.  It’s a good time to be a Dispatch fan.

You can download “Melon Bend” HERE for FREE.  Dispatch is on tour HERE.

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

The Beat-Play Radio [Update]

Beat-Play is the first social radio app on Facebook - in internal beta now - the picture above shows Beat-Play still in progress

Beat-Play is a Facebook Radio App, launching in a few months, where you will “follow” people who you share a taste in music with (friends, favorite artists, family, etc). The songs that they like enough to actually save into their playlists, automatically get sent to your radio. If you like a song enough to save, it automatically gets sent to anybody following you.

This creates a viral spread of the music unlike anything seen before in music. It will completely level out the playing field, insuring that if the music is good enough to spread, it will. Beat-Play is completely devoted to helping independent artists create sustainable careers with their music.

A couple of other great benefits of Beat-Play:

  • It’s a FREE form of promotion and distribution for artists – and we believe it will be more efficient
  • It’s an incredibly easier way for fans to find and share music
  • It operates using free streams – free music for the fans!
  • Artists can get paid based off of plays, not sales, by generating ad revenue from their popularity. (more info)
  • Beat-Play uses “Piracy,” or music sharing, as a driving force for artist revenue instead of an opposing  force for it
  • Artists maintain full control over their music, their rights, and even the price of their ad space, and they never have to sign away a thing.
  • There’s no risk to try it

We are currently looking for more awesome music and artists to add to our app’s music library so that there can be music on the player when we launch officially, on Jan 31st 2011. If you would  like us to put your music on our radio app, please email our Customer Relations Director at Kian@musicwithoutlabels.com, and please include information about how to obtain your music in mp3 format.

We’re getting really excited about this, and it’s coming along beautifully!  We hope to hear from you!

– The Beat-Play Team

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Fluxus & The Theatre of Eternal Music – “B flat Dorian Blues” 1962 [Video]

The Theatre of Eternal Music, sometimes later known as The Dream Syndicate,[1] was a mid-sixties musical group formed by La Monte Young [2] that focused on experimental drone music. It featured the performances of La Monte YoungJohn CaleAngus MacLiseTerry JenningsMarian ZazeelaTony ConradBilly Name,Jon Hassell, Alex Dea and others. The group is stylistically tied to the Neo-Dada aesthetics of Fluxus and the post-John Cage noise music continuum.   Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theatre_of_Eternal_Music

Fluxus: a name taken from a Latin word meaning “to flow”—is an international network of artists, composers and designers noted for blending different artistic media and disciplines in the 1960s. They have been active in Neo-Dada noise music and visual art as well as literatureurban planningarchitecture, and design. Fluxus is often described as intermedia, a term coined by Fluxus artist Dick Higgins in a famous 1966 essay.

Among its early associates were Joseph Beuys, Dick Higgins, Nam June Paik, Wolf Vostell, La Monte Young, Joseph Byrd, and Yoko Ono who explored media ranging from performance art to poetry to experimental music to film. They took the stance of opposition to the ideas of tradition and professionalism in the arts of their time, the Fluxus group shifted the emphasis from what an artist makes to the artist’s personality, actions, and opinions. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s (their most active period) they staged “action” events, engaged in politics and public speaking, and produced sculptural works featuring unconventional materials.

The Fluxus Manifesto:

Long Live the Fluxus

Music’s Future is Cloudy, But Maybe Not So Different

Same as it ever was:

With talk of the cloud, streams, special proprietary devices that pipe vendor-specific sounds to particular home stereos, intelligent, always-on access to entire music collections, tablets and set-top boxes and … all of that … it can be tough to look into the future of music and audio. I spent the last weekend at Project Bar-B-Q, a mind-bending retreat of audio tech industry sages and engineers, on a team that looked at the issue. It’s not time yet to share those discussions, but as we face the dizzying array of possibilities ahead, this one quote stands out, pointed to me by someone in my BBQ group.

The article is from June, but as “cloud music” talk heats up, it’s worth pasting to your wall. The ever-insightful Sasha Frere-Jones writes for The New Yorker

…the near future of listening to music looks a lot like 1960. People will listen, for free, to music that comes out of a stationary box that sits indoors. They’ll listen to music that comes from an object that fits in the hand, and they’ll listen to music in the car.

Full story: You, the D.J.: Online music moves to the cloud.

I think a corollary is that, even with the big box playing music for free, people will want to own a collection of music and own things they take around with them, alongside the free things. Exactly where that line falls and in what way remains the sticking point.

But why stop at music listening, or even music creation? The idea above could lend perspective to any conversation about design and technology. The dimensions of the virtual, digital universe and its possibilities are indeterminate and difficult to conceive. But the dimensions of human beings are not.

Continue to Full Article from Create Digital Music

A Look at New Artist Revenue Model: The Social Radio – By the Numbers

For those that don’t yet know, Beat-Play will be introducing the first ever social radio to the web in a few short months. It will run off of Facebook and will be fueled by social recommendations. With this radio app, if you like a song, it will automatically get sent to your friend’s radios, if they are following you. If they like it then, they pass it on to their followers.

Not only is this an awesome (free) form of viral promotion and distribution, but it can also be a completely new revenue model for artists as well, and I believe it’s a model worth looking deeper into, and worth doing some comparisons with what else is out there right now.

In this new model, the music is free for the fans. The artists will get paid based on ad revenues generated from their popularity. The artists essentially get paid from their plays. The more average plays/day they get, the more an artist can charge for their ad space (artists set their own prices).

Let’s get right to the numbers. We’ll start with an artist having an average of 20,000 plays/day. This may sound like a lot, but you must remember the environment that this will be in. With this viral automated word-of-mouth system, a steady supply of great music will always be fed right to the users without them having to search, and being filtered through people they trust, so the chances of them liking the music are greater as well.

With this system, the playing field would finally be leveled: If the music isn’t good, it won’t spread very far; if it is good, it will spread like wildfire.

As long as the artists pump out a steady supply of great music themselves, with even the smallest pre-established fan base to start with, I think building up to an average of 20,000 plays/day can be pretty achievable in not such a long time, with the right amount of hard work being focused to where it should be: on the music.

An ad appears every time a song plays. The ads themselves are unobtrusive and not interruptive, although they could be quite interactive and engaging if clicked, instead of damaging to the user’s experience. So say an artist has an average of 20,000 plays per day for a whole year, and the average price for their ad space is $6/1000 plays. At this price, the artist, in that one year, would make approx. $43,800.00 before taxes. Of course that also doesn’t include any merchandise or tour money.

That’s not too bad at all! Let’s compare this model now to some other artist revenue models out there.

I’m sure you’ve seen the following chart at some point before. I will use their averages because I feel they’re still pretty accurate.

So in the new social radio model, to make $43,800.00/year, the artist would need 7.3 million plays in that year. (Think about artists that get millions of plays in a day)

For Last.fm, according to the chart, to earn just $13,920 in one year, which is the US minimum wage, an artist would have to have 18.5 million plays in that year. To earn $43,800 on Last.fm, they’d have to have almost 60 million plays in one year!

It’s hard to compare this model with CD Baby or Itunes, because these 2 models are based on sales, not plays, and there will always be more plays than sales, but let’s try to compare anyway:

For an artist to earn approx. $43,800.00 on Itunes, they would have to sell over 450,000 singles; On CDbaby, over 75,000 singles. That’s a lot of credit card transactions no matter which site you choose.

Think about this too, when you make your money off of downloads, your only getting paid to sell a copy. That copy will get listened to hundreds, or thousands of times after the sale, but you only get paid once. Now I hope you can see the potential in the opportunity to monetize the plays of songs, with a proper ad model, instead of just selling copies to fans who love to share.

With this new model, the artists may finally be able to make a decent living off of just making and circulating their music, without having to kill themselves to market and promote their music, without signing away their souls for a distribution deal, and without having to worry about piracy taking all of their money! Maybe, with this new system, artists will be able to make the kind of money they should be making when they factor in shows, merch, music licensing, and any other opportunities that a model like this could potentially present.

I urge all independent artists to consider supporting a model like this, and to think about the kind of effect this model could have on your career. I’m an indie artist myself. It’s about time we start using a model that works for us.

If you would like to help us test this model, right now we need artists and music to be submitted to our social radio so we can continue testing internally. We’re getting really close to our Facebook launch.

Written by: Dante Cullari – Founder & CEO Beat-Play, LLC

Handmade Music – Tips & Inspiration – Awesome Handmade CD Artwork

You hear the repeated chorus: music in the digital age has become meaningless and valueless, like turning on water from a tap in the middle of Rome. But, quietly, a movement is stirring that is reclaiming the value of music. Armed with nothing more sophisticated than markers, paper, collage materials, and imagination, they send mixes of music like grade school Valentines. Heck, they even use the mail. It makes the album more personal than it was even in its golden, mass-produced age.

Many of the practitioners in this case are returning to the cassette and mix tape. But I was also interested in handcrafting cases for demos, for your own music, and for mixes of Creative Commons-licensed and netlabel materials. Instead of just swapping behind our avatars and usernames on SoundCloud, it returns us to the glee of playing with markers and exchanging face-to-face.

If you’re in New York, we’ll be making our own musical packaging and then swapping records, starting with a 4:00 pm workshop on this Sunday 10/10/10 at the Lower East Side’s cozy (and tapas- and drink-stocked) Culturefix NY:

RSVPlocationFacebook; stay for the party, live music, and swap at 7p

But wherever you are, perhaps this Sunday you can make some handmade music.

Full Article, Slide show, & Tips Here

This is a really sweet article from the CreateDigitalMusic blog. Proof that value lies in the people. I think it’d be awesome if you could make a digital version of this, where artists can make their own collages and artwork on a touch screen, similar to an iPad, with a special pen or something. It would leave the custom feel but it would also be mass-producable and scalable. It also wouldn’t be hard for the artist to circulate a bunch of custom designs throughout their fan bases. It’s definitely something worth watching for.

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