Swedish firm Pause Ljud & Bild has announced their CataCombo (I see what you did there) Sound System coffins, which come equipped with two-way speakers and a Spotify account to stream music into the grave. The two-way speakers will play music inside the coffin and will also play music through the headstone next to a display that feature the current track. The entire setup costs a paltry $30,000.
Hey, if you’re gonna lay there all dead and stuff, why not blast some tunes for your gravemates? And think of all the hilarious songs you could use just because their title is so appropriate for the situation? “Living Dead Girl”, “Children Of The Grave”, “Take This To Your Grave”, etc… The possibilities are almost endless! (unlike your life)
Head on down for a product demo video and make sure to check out the official website for more information. READ MORE
Want to find new metal bands on Spotify? Looking to get into the world of metal but don’t know where to start? Billy Mays here to tell you about Earache Records brand new app called Earache Metalizer! This easy-to-use app works like a charm to help you find those thrashing, banging, demonic new tunes you’ve been after! All you do is use the four simple sliders marked “Metal”, “Thrash”, “Death”, or “Grind” in whatever combination you like and BOOM! Spotify puts together a new playlist just for you!
But don’t go thinking that this only applies to Earache Records bands, oh no! This app brings you music from every metal band that Spotify has to offer, from the biggies like Metallica and Pantera to the underground slammers like Pig Destroyer and Bring Me The Horizon! Once you’ve found that perfect playlist, save it and share it with your friends like you normally would, then go mixing those sliders all over again for even more tunage!
Now, you’re probably asking yourself, “How much does this amazing app cost?” Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s FREE! That’s right! You can download this app right now AT NO CHARGE! We don’t even charge you for shipping! So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Spotify and download it right away! READ MORE
It’s no big secret that the amount of money a musician makes from their songs being streamed is pretty much next to nil (check out this graph from 2010 that illustrates how many times a song had to be streamed on Spotify for a musician to make the US minimum wage). However, artists like Pandora and Spotify are trying to get Congress to introduce the Internet Radio Fairness Act, which will mean that these streaming services will pay artists even less per stream. The idea here is that cable and satellite radio services pay far less in terms of royalties and internet radio outlets want the same treatment.
According to Variety, musicians such as Common, the Dead Kennedys, Maroon 5, and more have signed an open letter that will be published this weekend. In it, they ask, “Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon? That’s not fair and that’s not how partners work together.”
In a post written on Oct. 9th, 2012, Pandora founder Tim Westergreen lauds his service for the amount that it pays to each artist, claiming that they are helping create a “…musicians middle class”. However, in the same post, Westergreen advocates for lower royalty rates. It’s a very uncertain piece, one that says, “…we’re proud to pay performance fees” yet asks people to understand why they do not want to pay those exact same fees.
Damon Krukowski (Galaxie 500, Damon & Naomi) wrote a fantastic piece on Pitchfork in which he explains the royalty rates from the perspective of a working musician. The amount of sneaky fine print that is involved in payment to musicians is astounding. For example, he writes that his band Galaxie 500 has a song entitled “Tugboat” that was played 7,800 times in one Pandora quarter. Know how much the band made from this? $.21. Each musician got seven cents. That’s it.
All three of the above linked articles are well worth reading so as to inform yourself over how music streaming is “helping” the everyday musician. But what do you think about all of this? What’s your position? READ MORE
Update: There is a really cool graph after the jump that shows just how much Spotify “helps” an artist.
Century Media Records and its associated labels are no longer participating in Spotify
, the music streaming website. This means that artists such as Lacuna Coil
, In Flames
, and others are no longer available for your listening pleasure (at least on Spotify). The label has released a statement which I feel tells the story pretty well.
“Century Media and its associated labels “InsideOutMusic”, “Superballmusic”, “Ain’t no Grave Records”, “Hollywood Waste” and “People Like You” have decided to pull their repertoire from Spotify in an attempt to protect the interests of their artists.”
You can read the rest of the message after the jump.