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  • Country Music Association To Launch Music Business Incubator

    Sep 10

    The Country Music Association is teaming up with The Nashville Entrepreneur Center to create what they are billing as the first music business accelerator. The music business accelerator is a 14-week program that will develop six to eight startups into investable businesses for the music industry ecosystem in Nashville. Each startup will receive a $20,000 investment in exchange for equity. Startups from all over the world are invited to apply by submitting proposals for their new music...

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  • Deerhoof Share "Paradise Girls", Announce Tour

    Sep 10

    Deerhoof's new album La Isla Bonita is out November 4 on Polyvinyl. Following the lead-off single "Exit Only", they've shared another new one called "Paradise Girls". They've also announced a tour, which includes dates with Lightning Bolt, Cibo Matto, Priests, Busdriver, and others.  In a press release, drummer Greg Saunier described the inspiration for "Paradise Girls": "Our heroes on this song are Joan Jett, Janet Jackson, Kim Gordon, Kathleen Hanna. It's about how girls are and have always...

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  • EXCLUSIVE: Onesheet / ArtistData Founder Is Secretly Building A New Service For Musicians

    Sep 10

    Serial entrepreneur Brenden Mulligan, best known for founding ArtistData (acquired in 2010 by Sonicbids) and Onesheet (acquired in 2013 by Bandzoogle), is working on a new service aimed at giving musicians a new way to interact with their fans.  Mulligan has been largely out of music-tech over the past year, focusing instead of private photos sharing app Cluster, which he and a small team raised $1.6 million for last August. Although the project is still in stealth, Mulligan shared the...

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  • Trash Talk and Flatbush Zombies Team Up Again for "Modern Mayhem"

    Sep 10

    Earlier this year, Trash Talk teamed up with Flatbush Zombies for the track "97.92". It appeared on the Converse compilation CONS EP VOL. 1. The second volume of that compilation series has arrived, and it's got another collaboration between those two groups. This one's called "Modern Mayhem"; it was produced by Trash Talk's Garrett Stevenson. The EP, which is streaming here, also features Vince Staples, the Dillinger Escape Plan, Black Milk, and others.  Watch Pitchfork.tv's Trash Talk...

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  • Can Famous Musicians Giving Their New Album Away For Free Really Be Called Innovative?

    Sep 10

    The free release of U2's new album "Songs of Innocence" on iTunes for free may be dubbed innovative in some camps but, except for the potential reach, it's difficult to call a free giveaway of something lots of people will want innovative. But, though I don't see the free release as an innovative move for music, I do think U2's appearance, the theme of their album and the connection to their earlier release on the iPod made their participation in Apple's event a nice older but wiser, back for a...

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  • Thundercat and Peanut Butter Wolf to Play Final Pitchfork Nightcap in New Orleans

    Sep 10

    Earlier this summer, Pitchfork launched Nightcap, a series of late night shows across the United States. Following successful performances at Webster Hall in NYC (with Majical Cloudz and Dutch E Germ), Lincoln Hall in Chicago (with Real Estate and the Walkmen's Peter Matthew Bauer), Doug Fir Lounge in Portland (with Future Islands and Dan Boeckner's Operators), and the Crocodile in Seattle (with Metz and Posse), and with one coming up at Holy Mountain in Austin (with Cults and Radioactivity),...

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  • How to make money from your music on SoundCloud

    Sep 10

    Introducing SoundCloud’s new revenue sharing platform: On SoundCloud SoundCloud has always been a distinct outlier in the online streaming music industry. What has set them apart is how they allow anyone to upload and stream music without any annoying ads or monthly fees. For the past six years, SoundCloud has continued to thrive, even in […] The post How to make money from your music on SoundCloud appeared first on DIY Musician Blog.

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  • Twin Peaks Perform "Strawberry Smoothie", "Flavor", and "Baby Blue" at Pitchfork Music Festival

    Sep 10

    Photo by Matt Lief Anderson Twin Peaks were one of the many artists at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival, which took place at Union Park in Chicago July 18-20. Below, watch video of the band performing Wild Onion cuts "Strawberry Smoothie" and "Flavor", plus "Baby Blue" from Sunken. Check out photos from the fest here. Watch more videos from Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 here. "Baby Blue": "Strawberry Smoothie": "Flavor":

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  • A Musician's Guide To Best Use Of Hashtags

    Sep 10

    By Hugh McIntyre from the SonicBids Blog. Hashtags may seem like a silly bit of social media (and sometimes that’s exactly what they are), but they do serve an important purpose. They help people see what’s going on and what some of the big topics of discussion are. They can also be useful in finding out who's interested in a certain topic or event. If you’re lucky enough to get your hashtag trending, it can quickly snowball until even those who have never heard of whatever the hashtag...

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  • Spotify Launches Insights Data Blog, Eliot Van Buskirk Appointed 'Data Storyteller'

    Sep 10

    Spotify has launched a blog to parse the mountains of music data it and its Echo Nest subsidiary collect, and hired veteran tech and music journalist  Eliot Van Buskirk as "in-house Data Storyteller".  Van Buskirk is a former CNet and Wire writer, who Hypebot readers know from the many insightful pieces we re-published from his Echo Nest sponsored Evolver.fm blog. In his new role, Van Buskirk will be writing data-driven stories about music, musicians, and music fans. "Every post you read on...

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