DIY Currency: Solid Gold
SXSW is 6 weeks away and if you’re starting your ‘must-see’ list, be sure to add Minneapolis’ Solid Gold. The indie-electro trio has been building one of the more impressive DIY stories of late. They’ve sold close to 10,000 albums, received press nods in Billboard, NME, Pitchfork and Filter among others and their new video is premiering on MTV2 and mtvU this month. We hear labels are circling in on this one with some offers already in. The band has two upcoming hometown shows if you want to beat the SXSW rush.
Labels and pubcos are taking notice of Oren Lavie, as the buzz continues to build around the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter. Lavie, who has now garnered over 10.5 million views of his “Her Morning Elegance” video on YouTube, played a string of recent dates at the Hotel Cafe that brought out majors and indie A&R folks (with no record or pub deal in place, and an a new album’s worth of material, it’s no surprise). Attorney Ben Laski is handling legal duties…
The story keeps building on Matthew Mayfield. His new EP Breathe Out in Black was sitting at #1 on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart this morning, just two days after being independently released. In fact the entire EP was recorded, mixed, mastered and up for sale digitally in the span of a week. Check out www.matthewmayfield.com for more… Keep an eye on L.A. locals The Sequel. The band has been popping up on label radars of late and has more than a few showcases already on the horizon. EMI Music Pub players Dan MacCarroll and Declan Morrell snapped up the band early for publishing. Get on it…
Young gun Ben Adelson settles in at a new A&R gig at Epic Records. Adelson was previously at Universal Republic and brought in Flobots and Owl City. He also co-manages recent Roadrunner signing Young the Giant (formerly The Jakes)… Meanwhile, we hear there is an established big-rock act who is currently a free-agent and is being courted by multiple labels on both coasts. Inquiring minds want to know? Here’s a hint, they didn’t play the Super Bowl Halftime Show…
IN THE MIX: K Sera, Moonlight Bride and Tyrone Wells…
Adrian Younge Signs to Notable Music
Los Angeles-based independent music publisher Notable Music Company has signed singer-songwriter Sam Phillips and multi-instrumentalist Adrian Younge.
Sam Phillips joins Notable on the heels of launching Long Play, her unique web-based subscription installation that features new music, short films, original essays, candid footage of her at work in the studio, photographs by and of her and other exclusive material. Phillips’ track “Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us” appeared on the Robert Plant and Allison Krauss Grammy-winning album Raising Sand, while her new song ”Reflecting Light” is featured in the film Crazy Heart. Find out more about Phillips and Long Play at www.samphillips.com.
The signing of composer and multi-instrumentalist Adrian Younge is the first in a new joint-venture between Notable and Wax Poetics, a Brooklyn-based media group that focuses on joining classic and contemporary artists via print, recordings, radio and film. Younge, a self-taught musician and film editor, composed the original score to the 2009 comedy Black Dynamite. The movie, inspired by classic blaxploitation films of the 1970′s, was a sensation at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, with the score receiving critical acclaim for capturing the true cinematic soul of the period. The album is currently available from Wax Poetics Records.
Find out more about Notable Music Company at www.notablemusic.net and read our Q&A with the pubco HERE.
**UPDATE: Amazon is giving away a FREE download of Sam Phillip’s new song “Don’t Do Anything” until Feb. 15th. Get it HERE
Rick Shoemaker & Jeff Maxwell host "Breaking In" on KFWB
Those with their sights set on making it in the entertainment business have a new place to get advice and expertise to help navigate the often murky industry waters.
“We had an idea, and they said let’s do it,” says legendary music publisher Rick Shoemaker of his new talk show Breaking In, which he co-hosts on CBS radio’s KFWB 980. Shoemaker is an icon in the publishing business, most recently holding the position of President at Warner/Chappell Music for 20 years. He was responsible for signing and mentoring many of the pubco’s most successful artists including Green Day, Nickelback, Missy Elliott and many others. Along with actor, writer and producer Jeff Maxwell, the two host a weekly show offering information, recommendations and anecdotes in an effort to help guide those seeking a career in music, film or television. The show features a special guest each week as well as a segment called Critique of the Week in which Shoemaker and Taxi founder Michael Laskow evaluate a listener-submitted song.
Breaking In airs on Saturdays from 6:00-7:00PM on KFWB 980. You can also stream or download the show online from the show’s website. This week’s special guest will be cougar-crooner Mark McGrath.
For possible critique of your song, submit it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lindsey Ray @ Hotel Cafe Tonight
With names perfect for the makings of a Zeppelin song, a new group of bands come off the heels of CMJ causing a bustle of label action. Leading the pack are Seattle’s Lonely Forest and Brooklyn’s Freelance Whales who both have majors and big indies prime to make a move… More pubco’s join the hunt for Texas’ Scorpion Child, whose brand of blues-riffed rock ala the aforementioned ZOSO gods has had labels taking aim as well. And a name you won’t forget and will be hearing a lot more of soon is Portland’s Baby Monster. The electronic-edged duo received recent nods in NME and just released their new single “Ultra Violence and Beethoven” on London’s rapidly rising 50 Bones label (Little Boots, We Have Band, Rogues)… Finally, tonight in L.A. catch Lindsey Ray, who you’ll recognize as the voice behind “Brand New Day,” the Tim Myers-penned tune used in the recent massive Target campaign. Lindsey performs tonight at the Hotel Café at 9:00PM.
Trances Arc plays Molly Malone's Wed, Nov 4th
Hope everyone still has their candy-buzz going, cause you’re going to need it to catch all the great music happening this week. First up, the next 48 hours… Tonight A&R Knights, which has a new home at On the Rox (that’s above The Roxy), features Austin Gibbs and Samuel Stewart. Same recession-proof rules apply, $5 or FREE with biz card. Those in-the-know will know why you need to be at this show… S1 Songs (NYC) artist Trances Arc plays Molly Malone’s tomorrow night (11/04) at 8:00PM. Trances Arc hails from Athens, GA and is another impressive band to emerge from this region so seemingly fertile with quality indie/alt-rock. They recently toured with fellow peach-staters The Whigs and Dead Confederate, and just released their new EP Radians last week. Check it out: www.myspace.com/trancesarc
For Trances Arc list hook-up email: email@example.com
Up next the Rumble L.A. party and Revival Tour, stay tuned…
Picture Me Broken
If you want the rainbow, you’ve got to put up with a little rain – D. Parton
Amen Dolly. As we keep those words in mind on this wet day in LA, we congratulate Nashville player Steve Markland on his new gig as Vice President of A&R for Warner/Chappell Music Nashville. Markland was previously a senior creative executive at Windswept Publishing. He was responsible for discovering and cultivating emerging songwriters. His roster of songwriters have won numerous BMI, ASCAP and NSAI awards. Whoa… Back at W/C headquarters on the left coast, the pubco’s resident A&R preppy Marc Wilson has signed producer/writer Ian Kirkpatrick to a worldwide co-pub deal. Kirkpatrick has worked with Plain White T’s, Neon Trees and Call the Cops, among others… Finally, we hear major labels and major-indies will be in attendance to checkout Picture Me Broken at their Swinghouse showcase this Thursday (10/15). MTV recently awarded the group a VMA for Best Breakout Bay Area Band this year. And did we mention that the band’s lead singer happens to be the daughter of Gregg Allman? Great pedigree! For showcase info, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
VMS 2010 will feature Pedro the singing monkey...
The Vegas Music Summit 2009 is in the books. We’d like to thank all the industry folks who attended and all the artists who performed. It was a fun and wild ride in Downtown LV. Big thanks to event sponsors: Miller Lite, Smash Magazine, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and our host hotel the El Cortez Casino and Cabana Suites. The conference’s formula of mixing headlining acts with local Las Vegas talent and a select group of artists from out of town allowed for LV music fans to see new talent and for artists with no LV following playing to a packed house of music fans. For those who didn’t attend, here’s a list of the selected acts on the bill: Imagine Dragons, One Pin Short, Links, Saint Motel, Love It or Leave It, the Study Band, Air Raid Anthem and Cursive. We hear some of the acts above have already been getting calls from industry folks as well as invites to play SXSW. Meanwhile, planning for VMS 2010 is in the works for September next year. Hope to see you again in Sin City next year…
Rock the Space Winners, Call the Cops
Long Beach-based Call The Cops have emerged as the grand-prize winners of the MySpace and Toyota-sponsored Rock the Space contest. As part of the prize, the winning act gets a recording contract with MySpace Records and the band’s single “Room 410” will be featured and made available for download on the MySpace Music homepage. Meanwhile, CTC band members are asking…where’s our Prius?
L.A. local natives, the Local Natives have signed with Korda Marshall’s relaunched Infectious Records after much speculation as to when and where the SXSW ’09 buzz-band would land. We previously reported the band’s signing with Universal Music Publishing back in July. The band is the 1,025,561st featured RM 64 act to get signed! Haha…
Both major labels and indies appear to be sniffing around Nashville act The Rust. They are currently on tour with Secondhand Serenade and getting some hometown radio love for their song “Missing You.” The band performs tonight (Wed, Sept. 23) at Gramercy Theatre in NYC and on Oct. 15th at The Roxy in L.A.
MeTalkPretty @ Viper Room Tomorrow Night
Before RM 64 hightails it to the desert for the Vegas Music Summit this week, we’ll be hitting up the Viper Room tomorrow night (9/22) at 9:00PM to see MeTalkPretty. Fresh off the heels of winning MTV’s VMA for Best Breakout Artist in NYC, the band continues their North American tour with dates up the west-coast through the rest of September. Expect to see publishers and agents on the scene… To get on the list send your RSVP to: Muzikmgmt@gmail.com