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  • Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, Memphis Soul Innovator and Al Green/Cat Power Collaborator, Has Died

    Jun 23

    Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, the Memphis soul songwriter and guitarist, has died, as The Commercial Appeal reports. He was 68. The cause of death was complications from emphysema, according to The Commercial Appeal. Hodges joined the Memphis band Hi Rhythm, lead by Willie Mitchell, in 1965, playing on many 1960s and 70s albums for soul/rockabilly label Hi Records, including those of Al Green. He wrote or co-wrote a number of Green's R&B hits, like "Here I Am", "Full of Fire", and "Take Me to the...

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  • Merlin's Member Research Reveals Indie Music's Strength In Streaming Music

    Jun 23

    Merlin, a global rights agency for indie labels, released a bunch of news late last week. In addition to information about member revenue and the results of a member survey, they released findings about indie music's role in the streaming market based on their extensive member data. They found that streaming music revenue was an increasingly important piece of the pie and that indie music outperforms on streaming services. Interestingly enough, indie music does even better on paid subscription...

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  • Google Search Adds Direct Links To Music Apps

    Jun 23

    Google Search has added direct links to select music apps. When users ask Google Search about a musician, the results now include a link to play their music within an installed apps. Rdio, Spoify, iHeartRadio, TuneIn and of course Google's YouTube and Google Play are app launch partners. Notably missing are Pandora and Rhapsody. For now, the feature only works on Android devices in the US, but expect more apps and platforms to be added soon.   "We’re working to expand this feature to users...

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  • Owen Pallett Remixed by DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn, Announces Tour

    Jun 23

    Owen Pallett has shared a collection of remixes of his song "Song for Five & Six" from his latest album In Conflict. They come from the late DJ Rashad and his collaborator DJ Spinn, Ada, and the Cyclist. It's digitally available today via Beatport, Bleep, Boomkat, Juno and What People Play. You can stream the remixes below, along with the original. He's also announced a tour. Check out the list of dates below. Read our recent interview with Pallett.  Owen Pallett: 07-03  London,...

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  • How To Create A Great Band Photo That Delights Press and Fans

    Jun 23

    By Jason Baxter, the in-house publicist for Seattle's Hardly Art Records, and performer in the electronic duo USF, for the Sonicbids Blog. Band photos can be tricky, but even if you’re camera-shy, they’re an absolute necessity for your press kit.  If you’re working with a label, they may subsidize a photo shoot with a professional photographer, which is the best way to guarantee you’ll end up with well-composed and useful band photographs. For some artists this isn’t an option though, and...

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  • Zola Jesus Details New Album Taiga, Shares "Dangerous Days"

    Jun 23

    Photo by Jeff Elstone Nika Roza Danilova, aka Zola Jesus, has shared more details on her forthcoming album Taiga, the follow-up to 2011's excellent Conatus. The new LP will be released on October 7 in the U.S. and October 6 in the UK via Mute. Listen to "Dangerous Days" above. The album was written on Vashon Island, Washington, and mixed in Los Angeles by Dean Hurley (David Lynch, Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse). Danilova explained the album's title in a press release: "It represents a...

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  • Breaking Into The Music Industry: Free Creative Live Online Class with Incubus Manager Steve Rennie

    Jun 23

    Incubus manager Steve Rennie is holding his second Creative Live class. The format is pretty interesting with a one-day livestream July 2nd that's free. The full day's course is then packaged for "anytime access" for $29. According to the promo video below, Renman will be sharing "12 big ideas" including "how to be a manager while you're looking for one." With an overall theme of transforming yourself from dreamer to doer, Steve Rennie's upcoming Creative Live course, Dream it, Do it:...

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  • Radiohead Drummer Philip Selway Announces New Solo Album Weatherhouse

    Jun 23

    Philip Selway, drummer of Radiohead, has announced a new solo record. As Consequence of Sound points out and the label confirms, the album is called Weatherhouse and is out October 7 on Bella Union. It follows the 2011 Running Blind EP and his 2010 debut Familial.  Recently, Jonny Greenwood said that Radiohead took a year off from working together. Weatherhouse: 01 Coming Up for Air 02 Around Again 03 Let It Go 04 Miles Away 05 Ghosts 06 It Will End in Tears 07 Don’t Go Now 08 Drawn to the...

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  • Rustie Details New Album Green Language

    Jun 23

    After unveiling the new track "Raptor" last Friday, Scottish producer Rustie has detailed his hotly anticipated follow-up LP to 2011's Glass Swords. Green Language is out August 26 via Warp. It features Danny Brown, D Double E, Redinho, and Gorgeous Children. That's the cover up there; find the tracklist, plus a string of tour dates, below, as well as a visual stream of "Raptor". The press release explains that the album's title comes from "medieval literature, Renaissance magic, and ancient...

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  • Patreon Announces $15 Million Series A Round Led By Index Ventures' Danny Rimer

    Jun 23

    Big news today from Patreon, the arts patronage platform, and founder Jack Conte with the announcement of a $15 million Series A round of investment. Patreon has an impressive list of investors, shared below, as well as some "fun" metrics that also impress. In addition, from noon to 3 pm EDT today Patreon is holding a community discussion which should include more about the news. Patreon, the patronage crowdfunding platform founded by musician and videomaker Jack Conte, with co-founder Sam...

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