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  • Amazon Prime Music Adds Lots Of Songs. Let's Hope They Stop There!

    Jul 23

    Today Amazon announced the addition of "hundreds of thousands of songs and hundreds of new, expert-programmed Prime Playlists to the Prime Music catalog." Obviously this isn't the same as licensing current hits from the major labels but you can already see it turning the tide in some of today's press coverage. But even with major label licensing Amazon won't win by building a superior product. In fact, I don't see them ever being the top music streaming service. Yet I do expect them to create a...

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  • Comedians: How to Properly Use a Landing Page on Your Website

    Jul 23

    This week the Just for Laughs comedy festival takes over our hometown of Montreal. We’ll be attending the COMEDYPRO conference Thursday through Saturday, as well as lots of comedy shows. So we’re featuring some posts on the blog this week for our comedian members and friends. Also be sure to check out the 5 Reasons Why Bandzoogle Works for Comedian Websites! Bandzoogle makes it easy to add an intro or “splash” page to your website. When used properly as a landing page for your visitors,...

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  • Hyperdub Announces Anniversary Tour Featuring Kode9, DJ Spinn, Ikonika, More

    Jul 23

    Influential London label Hyperdub has shared more details about the next leg of its ongoing 10th anniversary celebration. After releasing two compilations (with two more on the way), several of the label's acts, including label founder Kode9, DJ Spinn, Ikonika, and DJ Earl, will be embarking on a North American tour this fall. You can check out the full schedule below, along with which acts will be participating at which dates. (One constant is Kode9, who will play all but one show.)...

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  • Open Labs Releases Stagelight 2.0, Downloads Near 1 Million, Dell and Lenovo Preload Deals

    Jul 23

    Yesterday Open Labs released Stagelight 2.0, their music creation app for Windows that costs $9.99. It comes with a variety of new features, including an in-app store, and will also be preloaded on hardware from Lenovo and Dell. Additional distributions agreements have been made with Intel, Microsoft and Guitar Center. A solid step forward for Stagelight  with the additional news that, according to CEO Cliff Mountain, they're close to a million downloads of the full app. Stagelight 2.0 is a...

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  • Finding the right publicist for your band

    Jul 23

    Like many aspects of the music industry, effective publicity is about teamwork and good communication. There are many great music publicists out there (and many more not-so-great ones) who’ll work independent releases, but that doesn’t mean just any publicist will do. You’ve got to find the one that feels like the right fit for your goals, […] The post Finding the right publicist for your band appeared first on DIY Musician Blog.

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  • Action Bronson Cooks "White Trash Bruschetta" in New Episode of His Food Show "Fuck, That's Delicious"

    Jul 23

    Action Bronson has released a new episode of "Fuck, That's Delicious", his food show in which he probably racks up an unconscionable bill for heartburn medicine. This episode finds him in London, where he tours Chinatown and hits up a savory kebab restaurant. ("It's like... Barry Bonds fucking filling, it's ridiculous," he says of one particularly savory BBQ pork bun.) He also shows how to make "white trash bruschetta," and at one point attempts to purchase chicken from a restaurant despite...

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  • New On Our Music Industry Jobs Board: Nielsen, Babygrande & More

    Jul 23

    New on the Hypebot Jobs Board is a music analyst at Nielsen. You'll also find a paid intership at Babygrande Records and an opening for a Senior Publicist at the Cashmere Agency. House Cult is looking for one or more co-founders including a designer/front-end developer. Details on these opportunities and more are on Hypebot's Music Industry Jobs Board. HIRING?  How To Post Your Job: You can also post a job here for just $29 for 30 days.  That small fee includes exposure on Hypebot.com,...

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  • Bloc Party's Kele Announces New LP Trick

    Jul 23

    Bloc Party's last album Four came out in 2012, but frontman Kele is ready to re-focus as a solo artist and follow up his 2010 solo LP The Boxer. The new one is called Trick, and it's out October 13 in the UK and October 14 in the U.S. on Lilac Records (via Kobalt Label Services). Find the album's tracklist and a teaser below. Trick: 01 First Impressions 02 Coasting 03 Doubt 04 Closer 05 Like We Used To 06 Humour Me 07 Year Zero 08 My Hotel Room 09 Silver and Gold 10 Stay the Night 

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  • Ex-Google, SoundExchange Execs Launch Startup To Bring Gaming Revenue Model To Music

    Jul 23

    Two respected digtal music veterans, Tim Quirk and Brian Calhoun, are joining forces to launch Freeform Development, a new music tech startup. Quirk recently left Google Play and before that was an executive at Rhapsody. Calhoun held a high level position at SoundExchange and more recently as a digital strategist for artist managers The Blueprint Group. Exactly what the pair is planning, however, is a bit of a mystery. Lessons From Mobile Gaming Citing competitive reasons, Quirk and...

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  • Elizabeth Olsen Sings Rilo Kiley's "Go Ahead" in Clip From Jenny Lewis-Scored Film Very Good Girls

    Jul 23

    Very Good Girls is a new film, in theaters on July 25, that features a score by Jenny Lewis. The film stars Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen, who play two friends pining over the same guy (Boyd Holbrook). Below, find a clip from the film, which features Olsen singing Lewis' old band Rilo Kiley's Take Offs and Landings track "Go Ahead".  The film is the directorial debut of Lewis' friend, screenwriter Naomi Foner, the mother of actors Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Richard Dreyfuss, Demi Moore,...

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