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Method Man & Redman Live at City Hall, Denver,CO [Photos]

Method Man and Redman Live at City Hall, Denver, CO

 

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Method Man & Redman – “Mrs. International” (Feat. Erick Sermon)

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We Are Augustines [MUSIC][ALBUM][VIDEO]

In a modern age of electro poppy auto-tuned imperfection (or perfection sadly) in music I find it hard to see where the artists are drawing their inspiration from.  Actually I take that back.  I know exactly where they are drawing from.  They are drawing from bullsh*t easy street topics like partying, college, fashion and more recently days of the week such as Friday.  Seriously if I have to hear crap like that any more you might as well end me.  I understand why crap like that is popular but popular does not necessarily mean good.  I know this is just my opinion, but I’m right so deal with it.  Check out the awesome artists on this very blog.  They are good and we don’t chew over produced bubble gum on this site.  This little rant brings me to We Are Augustines.  You want to hear emotion?  You want to hear pain?  You want to feel the songs and the lyrics as you listen?  This band is the real deal and they have the real life strife to back up raw emotion on their debut record “Rise Ye Sunken Ships.”

Chapel Song – We Are Augustines

Billy McCarthy and Eric Sanderson are one half of the now defunct band Pela.  With a good size following and opening spots for bands like Sonic Youth, Sleater Kinney, Feist, and the Flaming Lips you would think this band is on the fast track to success.  Marry that success with booze and carelessness and then there is no more band, but there is We Are Augustines, which McCarthy and Sanderson call their own.  Their debut record “Rise Ye Sunken Ships” is an open example of how much pain someone can go through in a life time and still persevere.  With family issues such as addiction and multiple suicides Bill McCarthy used his music to express emotion and let go of family members who were beyond help.  The main themes of this music are rooted in pain, suffering and mourning in honor of McCarthy’s now deceased brother Jim who suffered from many unimaginable issues.

In many ways Rise Ye Sunken Ships is also about reclaiming agency in one’s own life. From beleaguered family histories, from systems that ignore and shut down the individual, be it a record label, the foster care system, the prison system or a psychiatric hospital. The song “Book of James” is, specifically, testament to that struggle. —weareaugustines.com

Book of James – We Are Augustines

There is no sugarcoating or auto tune anywhere near this amazing music.  On top of that these guys have chosen to completely avoid a label to promote these songs.

The record industry had made it clear that there were little incentives for signing with a label other than upfront cash and marketing assistance.  Instead of relying on industry insiders who couldn’t care less about the music, they could work with people from the music community who demonstrated a real appreciation for their work.  —weareaugustines.com

Teaming up with local radio people and local promoters they are choosing the grass roots “stick it to the man” record to get their music out and it’s working.  Having recorded in LA, New York and Canada they draw from these very different cities/ country without forgetting and being true to their heavy folk rock sound.  Here’s a little documentary about the making of “Rise Ye Sunken Ships.”

I know this is heavy stuff.  There’s no getting around it, but besides the adult themes and the pain involved in this record it really does rock.  Over all this record is an awesome listen because it is loud and in your face rock and roll.  Who doesn’t like that?

This band is making noise not because they know how to write a catchy hook/ chorus or tell us what day comes after Saturday, but because they are honest musicians with honest lyrics and raw uncut emotion out there for you to relate.  This is the type of music worth the respect of the masses because the band had respect for the music as they were making it.

They are currently touring with The Boxer Rebellion and dates can be found HERE. They have a free download of Chapel Song on their home page HERE.  As far as I can tell the record isn’t available yet in stores or on iTunes.  To hold you over here’s a video from “Rise Ye Sunken Ships.”

East Los Angeles – We Are Augustines

Long live and music with depth and emotion that people can not only relate to but respect, which I’m pretty sure is the reason music exists in the first place.

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

Fang Island [MUSIC][ALBUM][VIDEO]

Fang Island.  I guess the name says it all.  One part crazy electric guitar that bites the crap out of you and one part complete and utter fun which I guess you would have if you were on an island?  Crappy analogy aside Fang Island is a f*cking party.  They hail from Brooklyn, New York but I can hear them all the way down in Los Angeles.  In their bio they describe there own sound as “everyone high-fiving each other.”  I wish I could have written that.  Here’s the fifth track off their 2010 self titled release.
Sideswiper – Fang Island
With a three guitar wall of rock Fang Island will melt your face.  They are loud, fast and promise a great listening experience.  Opening track “Dream of Dreams” starts the crescendo of pace and volume and they never look back.  “Davey Crockett” offers a brief chance to catch your breath mid disc before it takes off into a massive guitar laden trance of awesomeness.  Clocking in at just under six minutes, this song will kill your ear drums.  Turn it to eleven and be patient.
Davey Crockett – Fang Island
Their bio states that Fang Island started as an art school project.  My second favorite band, Talking Heads, came together in the same fashion.  Get me into that school immediately because I want to try some of what they’re having.
Fang Island is guitarist Jason Bartell, bassist Michael Jacober, guitarist Chris Georges, guitarist Nicholas Andrew Sadler, and drummer Marc St. Sauveur. They all share collective group vocal harmonies and the occasional hand claps…  The goal was to “make music for people who like music.”  That is, music without irony that harnesses its uplifting qualities. Just like a classic rock song or classical symphony can stir us emotionally, Fang Island exists to unlock that spirit. — Fang Island
My favorite track on this record is an instrumental with emphasis on the “mental”.  It’s called “Welcome Wagon.”  The layers upon layers of guitar mixed with all kinds of loud is kind of making me want to get out of my chair and trash my apartment immediately as I sit here and write this blog.
Welcome Wagon – Fang Island
As I listen to this record from beginning to end as I write this post it is literally making me tired.  I just want to see them live so I can see if the record holds up.  It has to right?  With that said they just came off performances at SXSW and I’m sure they destroyed the place.  Having listened to this band for a little while (their record came out about a year ago) I think it’s time to give the three guitar rock onslaught their do and buy their record.  Here’s the info and, oh yea, one more tune and video.
Daisy – Fang Island
Buy “Fang Island” HERE.
By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Odd Future Get’s Signed Skit [VIDEO]

For a second there we thought that Tyler the Creator and Odd Future were about to take the sell-out route and sign to a major label. Turns out that it was only Tyler that signed with Independent label XL Recordings. So to clear any of the rumors up this young hiphop crew teamed up with FunnyOrDie and created a little video skit of their own to give the world some insight on how Odd Future feels about the mainstream labels as a group. This is absolutely hilarious.

The Relief of Chic Raw

In 2003, Chic Raw’s first mixtape, Shots For The Streets debuted, and gained great success on the streets of Philadelphia for his firm rap sound regarding to his struggles and pain. Raised in “The City of Brotherly Love,” Chic submitted to the materialistic fast life of money and respect, and so began selling hardcore drugs from weed to crack at the age of 15. Eventually, the fast life caught up to him and in 2005, he got into a drug related altercation and was shot, and by 2007, Chic was sentenced to prison for three years on federal chargers for distributing narcotics. Suddenly, the popular underground rapper found himself in a deep hole, almost ruining his chances to enter the music industry, however his determination, passion, and team behind him, he stayed motivated and focused.

Before incarceration, Chic Raw caught the attention of one of Rap’s powerhouse, 50 Cent, who still remained interested in the Philly rapper during and after his prison stint. During imprisonment, Chic had what he calls a “machine” behind him supporting him and updating him on what was going on in the music industry. In March 2010, Chic was released from prison and placed in a half way house where he would serve the remainder of his term, however, 50 Cent, was able to write a letter of employment for his lawyer to present to the Judge to get Chic out and back on his grind. Even though, unable to leave the State, money was put behind him, “They helped me put everything out and get back on the internet and the scene, as far as the underground scene for my city.”  The Philly rap game had changed, but Chic’s lyrical content still remains harder than the next song, and doesn’t think he should alter his style of rap to acclimatize to the current trend, “(Meek Mill) really tries to cater to people on what’s going on right now. I write from my heart, the majority of my music.” One of the Machines supporting and managing Chic is Dwayne McKenzie, A &R of G-Unit, has supported Chic while he was in prison and now helps him select what he releases guiding him to a successful direction.

Recently, Chic had collaborated with one of Philly’s finest, Jazmine Sullivan for a song called Fame (Got To Have It), “They sent me some beats through my email and one of the beats they sent me is the joint with her already on the hook. I said damn, I’m gonna go and do it.”  Shortly after releasing the song, Eminem released the same song with Jazmine Sullivan, called Cocaine, which has the same hook as Fame (Got To Have It), “I was like damn, I didn’t even realize he was watching, but see when people like that take your shit, there’s nothing you can do about it, cuz they in a better position than you.”

Chic Raw is now pushing his album, The Relief that’s being hosted by Mr. Peter Parker from Eminem’s Sirius Satellite radio show, SHADE 45.  The album contains 11 songs with two bonus songs and is receiving rave reviews on the underground scene in Philadelphia. Chic promotes his music videos on YouTube to give visual detail that brings his songs to life. In the next year, Chic Raw expects to change his sound, “I got a fan base just from being aggressive and loud on tracks, that when I came home from jail, I matured, like I calmed myself down.”  Now, Chic is working on a new project while perfecting his craft, determined to be on top one day, “Hopefully, you know, one day I get on. I ain’t gonna stop working hard until I get on.”

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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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What’s the music scene like in India? – Q & A w/ Dammit

Awesome indie punk band Dammit, from India, recently opened up a pretty sweet Fan Questions page linking to their Facebook. Not knowing much about the music scene in India, this post’s title was my question. This was their response:

Q: What’s the music scene like in India?

A: oh wow! big question! lol. well its pretty messed up. there’s very little support for independent music since the whole nation has been brainwashed to think that the only source of music in the universe is Bollywood movies. Even if some band gets a good fan base on their own, its tough to play gigs coz there are very few good venues and they overcharge the fans and many dont pay the bands either. All the gigs happen in like 4 or 5 cities in the entire country and all the other towns don’t have any venues for playing live music and people just don’t have much of the culture of going to gigs so touring isn’t really a great option.

There are very few independent labels that help musicians but we are not very experienced in dealing with them so we don’t know much about them.

All the major gigs happen at college festivals where bands do get paid to perform. earlier, all people wanted was covers but the scene is very slowly changing and people are becoming receptive to original music now.

Answered on 12/08/2010 by Dammit

Wow..so it’s not so different from here! (US)

It will get better..the thing to remember is that the web is the new structural base, or platform, for the music industry, and the web, by nature, is capable of spanning the globe. This will mean that if the web can make the music industry better, it will do so for the whole world, and trust me, the web can make the music industry better. Give it time, and just keep making great music!

If you want to ask Dammit a question, go here.

Check out one of Dammit’s newest songs “State of My Nation.”  These guys rock!

Download their new EP Confused for Free Here Now


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Conduct Your Own Orchestra of Balls – BallDroppings.com + Piano Stairs

BallDroppings instructions: Turn your sound up. Draw lines on the black screen to bounce the balls. Enjoy the music.

This is way too annoying to be this addicting..but it’s a lot of fun. The picture above, when I took it, kinda sounded like some carnival music from an old episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark. Taking the screenshot slowed it down just enough to where you could make some sense of it..pretty creepy sense..anyway I always love to see weird software music experiments like this. It makes you even more certain that there are endless possibilities out there, especially when it comes to music…and little balls.

Here’s some more fun with music:

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The Original Apple [Video]

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How Much Eminem Would Make on Beat-Play (Hint: there’s a “b” in there)

First of all, if you’re not familiar with Beat-Play or how artists will make money, I’ll give you a real quick run-down. Beat-Play will be a Social Radio App launching on Facebook in several months. On Beat-Play, you’ll follow people who you share a taste in music with(friends & favorite artists). The songs those people like enough to actually save to their own playlists, automatically get sent to your radio. If you like a song enough to save it, it get’s sent to anyone following you. So if the music is good, it will spread throughout people’s social networks like wildfire.

Now for the money part. Artists give away full quality streams of their music for free to the fans, and then artists are able to set their own prices for their ad space. There is a small “postage stamp” sized ad affiliated with each stream of a song (shown below). The artists will set their price/1000 plays, that the advertiser will have to agree to. Negotiations between the artists and advertisers will occur until an amount can be settled on. The more plays an artist gets, the more leverage they have to get more money for their ad space. Eminem gets a LOT of plays, so his price/1000 will be pretty high.

The immediately following calculations represent ONLY Youtube and Vevo plays. This includes mostly official music videos for Eminem’s singles. The thing to remember is that Beat-Play will not only include an artist’s videos, but it will also track each time an artist’s songs are played without videos. So this includes an artists whole catalog of music, plus any additional audio/video content that they generate.

According to Eminem’s “EminemVEVO” channel only, he has accumulated approximately 680,588,260 plays from May 11th 2009 to Nov 7th 2010 (about an 18 month time period). That’s approximately 37,810,488 plays a month and about 453,725,496 in one year. Again, this is only in official music videos and things like behind the scenes footage of the making of his videos.

Of course, this also doesn’t even begin to count the views on videos that were not uploaded by the EminemVEVO account. I tried to get an estimate on how many plays Em has gotten from other people’s uploads, and I got up to 216,670,668 only getting to page 5 of the search results for the search term “Eminem.” In actuality, that number is probably more the the 680+ million plays he’s recorded on his Vevo account, though it would be over a longer time span.

Based on the EminemVEVO account numbers, if Eminem were to have this content on Beat-Play, let’s say for a range of $17 – $21/1000 plays (considerably high, but it is Eminem), he would have made anywhere from approximately $7.7 million – $9.5 million in one year, off of videos alone.

Of course since Beat-Play will accommodate more than just his videos, let’s try to figure out how much Eminem would make with all of his content on Beat-Play. We’ll use simple logic to get an estimate.

The search for the number of albums Eminem has sold world-wide returns conflicting answers online, but let’s say 80 million just to be safe (the most commonly agreed upon answer), even though it is probably more since his newest releases. Remember, this ONLY counts the albums that Eminem has sold. This doesn’t account at all for any pirated copies of Eminem’s CDs floating around out there.

So, not including Infinite or the Slim Shady EP, Eminem has had 10 commercially released albums (also not including any mixtapes, leaked underground tracks or freestyles). For the sake of being easy, let’s say that’s about 200 tracks – 20/album (this is a low estimate for all of Eminem’s trackable songs).

If each one of these 20 tracks has been listened to only 5 times for each of the 80 million copies, at $18/1000 plays, that would mean Eminem, by himself, would have made approx. $144 million dollars since 1999 (11 years). If each of those 200 tracks were listened to only 5 times by 80 million people on a radio platform like Beat-Play where they can save songs into playlists to listen to anytime for free, he would have made $1.44 billion dollars, based on an ad price of $18/1000 plays. Of course, Eminem’s songs have probably been listened to more than 5 times by each person who has bought a copy of his CD’s, AND, the number of actual copies of his CD’s around out there has to be over 80 million, so there has to be more plays, which means more money.

Let’s go for a more accurate estimation of how much Eminem should be worth. According to MTV’s Discography of Eminem, including verified audio biographies, mixtapes, greatest hits and other works, Eminem has 50 albums available for purchase. If there was approximately 200 tracks on 10 albums, there might be close to 1,000 tracks on 50 albums, however, let’s be conservative and say 650. That would be an average of 13 tracks on each of the 50 albums.

If each of those 50 albums were FREE, and available in one place (the conditions on Beat-Play), and each one of the 650 tracks were listened to an average of 3 times by say…150 million people (a conservative estimate of Eminem’s word-wide fanbase considering he has sold over 80 million records, and p2p file sharing is now way more common than sales). At $18/1000 plays, Eminem would have made $5.265 billion dollars over his entire career so far, if he owned all of his masters (without a record label), and before recording and production costs. That’s only each of his songs being listened to 3 times, by 150 million people.

Also remember, with Beat-Play there would be no real need to market the music, being that the music spreads by itself throughout people’s social networks (as long as it’s good), and the music is free for everyone.

This also doesn’t include ANY of his music videos, interviews, freestyles, stupid videos of him playing basketball with Jimmy Kimmel (over 6 million Youtube views), ANY merchandise sales, ANY tour money, or ANY profit from ANY of the movies and TV shows he has starred or appeared in, or any other offers he’s gotten during his career.

According to CelebrityNetWorth.com and a number of other sources online, Eminem is worth approximately $115 million dollars. That estimate probably doesn’t take into account his most current releases, but that $115 million dollars equals about 8% of our first estimate of $1.44 billion dollars. I don’t even want to know what percentage $115 million dollars is compared to our (most likely more accurate) estimate of $5.265 billion, so I’m not even going to do the calculation..go ahead if you want to.

If you look at this commonly accepted chart of the distribution of money within the music industry right now, for an album that costs $9.99 in a store, with a high end royalty deal similar to the one Eminem’s label has with the distributors (who then have deals with the retailers like Walmart), the label would keep approx. $2.00 dollars from this $9.99, and the artists would get $1.00 (after they have paid back the labels for paying to record, promote and package the album). $1.00 is just about 10% of $9.99.

Based on this it’s not hard to imagine that if Eminem has himself made $115 million dollars, the industry(including distributors and retailers) has all together made approx. $1.15 billion dollars off of Eminem sales alone. Also, if $115 million is a low estimate of his actual worth, and that figure is 8% of $1.44 billion, our first estimation of how much Eminem should be worth, then the numbers seem to back themselves up pretty closely.

The fact that 90% of Eminem’s money has already been handed out to other people so that he could make 10%, because of a broken, outdated, and seemingly greedy industry model, is pretty disgusting to me, and it almost borders on crime, had Eminem not signed away all of that money when he signed with Interscope. This also shows that with this model, you don’t need to have 80 million fans world-wide to make a decent living from your music.

Finally, an industry model will exist where artists will independently get paid what they properly deserve, while gaining the exposure they need to gain, even if unknown, without having to borrow millions from record execs who want to charge huge interests in return. This is the beginning of real freedom for musicians and producers; of independence and victory, instead of dependence and misery.

This is an opportunity that has never before existed for independent artists, but with the right tools, the internet now makes this model completely possible. Beat-Play is planning on providing these tools. We’re getting EXTREMELY close now. If you would like to get involved and help us beta test our social radio, by submitting your music to us, please contact me directly at Dante@musicwithoutlabels.com and I will send you more information.

Eminem’s not the only one..at least his career 10% has more than 3 zeroes in it. We’re all in this together. The talent is there. The opportunity is there. It’s time we unite and get it done!

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