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Bits & Pieces: A Very Indie X-mas

The Lonely Forest finds a home

For those grinding it out to the bitter middle of the month, we have a few signing and artist stocking stuffers for you… CMJ buzz act Freelance Whales have signed to the Q Prime-backed Mom & Pop Records, though it appears there’s another East Coast indie label who will be involved as well. Exact details on the label collaboration are still unclear… Seattle’s The Lonely Forest will be recording with Death Cab For Cutie’s Chris Walla in the new year and it appears the band is signing with Walla’s Atlantic Records-imprint label as well.  Indie 2-piece Awesome New Republic are feeling the heat from both labels and publishers, but does one label already have the edge? We hear the Miami-based duo has been making the reverse snowbird flight north to showcase repeatedly.  ANR recently released their full-length album Hearts via Honor Roll Music, a newcomer to keep an eye on. You may remember them from the New York Times article on the burgeoning Miami indie scene who said the production house/studio/label “…is like the Brill Building meets Sub Pop.”
In the Mix: Minus the Bear, Randy Sabiston, Joe Purdy

Wednesday’s Whipping Post…

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:

Q&A Leftovers: A User’s Guide to the Bidding Derby

RM 64 on deadline...

After Myspace Records’ Jason Reynolds stopped by the RM 64 offices for our interview with him, we uncovered an interesting tidbit left on tape during the post-interview banter. The off-the-record discussions and gossip from our interview sessions have been quite eye-opening. It makes for good industry fodder to post when our editorial staff is feeling lazy or in this case, are nursing a hangover. So we hope you enjoy a little inside story concerning the signing of a certain Australian rock act that went on to sell millions of records. We start with Mr. Reynolds and RM 64 poser-journalist Rodel Delfin reminiscing about their shenanigans and what started out as a bet.

RM64: Jason, a friend asked me the other day about Jet signing to Elektra Records several years ago. He had heard that you and I were somewhat involved with stirring that up. It was definitely a fierce bidding derby. I recall the band was starting to garner a lot of industry attention in Australia, where the band is from. I was the A&R Editor at Hits Magazine at the time, and you and I would talk about new music and bands coming across your scene. And I remember you handing me the Jet demo. How did you come across them and what was happening at the time?

JR: My friend David Vodicka, who was running Rubber Records, also ran a company called Media Arts Lawyers in Melbourne, Australia. Basically, he had found Jet and told me that I need to know about this band. It was one of those things, when I was listening to the demo –like ‘oh holy shit.’

RM64: It’s funny because I pulled the demo from my old archives, and it had “Are You Going to Be My Girl?” and “Cold Hard Bitch” along with four other tracks.

JR: Yeah, it was basically half of the album and actually all of the songs that ended up being singles. It was definitely one of those no-brainer situations.

RM64: So you had it. What was happening in Australia at the time?

JR: All of the majors in Australia had heard about it and approached it. And I know through a couple of those labels it had filtered out a little bit overseas. Then David had contacted me to talk to people over here. He and I had that kind of relationship where I would help him connect the dots with A&R people in the states. And that was it. Then you became my conduit because most of the A&R people weren’t taking my calls.

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Call the Cops Rock the Space, Local Natives get Infectious…

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.

We Don’t Need No 9/9/09: Wolfmother’s New Pubco, Kids of 88, Rumble L.A. & More…

Rumble L.A. Tonight @ 3 of Clubs

In our last update on the Wolfmother pub derby, we reported that the field had seemingly narrowed to two majors (Universal Music Publishing and Sony/ATV) and that the numbers were ratcheting up. However, in classic bidding derby form, one contender leaves the race only to be replaced by a dark horse who most had counted out. As Sony /ATV exited the derby, Cherry Lane Music appears to have made a last minute play with a huge offer topping all others on the table. But it didn’t end there, not to be outdone UMPG pulled out all the stops putting up an even bigger number and switching lead executives on the deal to keep this one in the family. Wolfmother’s new album Cosmic Egg will be released in the U.S. on October 13th via Interscope Records.

Speaking of Interscope, the label that brought you Beats by Dr. Dre headphones (available here) is in search of a singer to front a new Americana/Country/Rock & Pop band. Auditions are being held in Nashville on October 6th, for more info head to:

Kiwi duo Kids of 88 are causing quite a stir with their 80′s influenced electro-pop, as labels here in the states and in the UK have the band making the long flight over. Their song “My House” was featured in a recent promotion for New Zealand’s C4 television network, which quickly propelled the song up the country’s Top 40 singles chart. Stay tuned…

Finally, join us tonight (9/10) for the Rumble L.A. party at 3 of Clubs. Tonight’s show is a big one featuring The Library, United States of Electronica and The Dance Party, who incidentally we hear will become the first signing to the new Hell Ya! Records imprint through Elektra/Atlantic. Congrats to everyone involved (you know who you are)…

Bits & Pieces: Tuesday Catch-Up

Mumford & Sons to Island Records UK

Mumford & Sons to Island Records UK

Sounds like the management derby that had everyone clamoring for Hollywood Records artist Breaking Benjamin is winding down.  Expect an announcement soon… Take notice artist Burn Down the Mission recently took a trip up PCH to play for Rick Rubin and we hear the three other majors are lining up to get the band in front of them next… Recent Rolling Stone darling and RM64 favorite, April Smith, kicked off a wet and sticky Lollapalooza last weekend with a great set and also went on camera to tour the festival grounds and sample the food for… Lastly from the  ‘in case you missed it’ department, London’s Mumford & Sons (one of the artists featured on the Future Sounds 33 comp) have recently signed with Island Records UK. And as first reported here L.A.’s Jonneine Zapata has been chosen to support Mark Lanegans’ Soulsavers on their upcoming national tour in September. Stay tuned…

In the mix: dude & Charlie Walk?, The Union Line

Nods, Odds & Sods

2nd Annual Sunset Strip Music Festivlal to Bring Chaos to the Order

Lots of buzz building around the 2nd annual Sunset Strip Music Festival taking place on September 10-12. The event will enclose a section of the Sunset Strip to feature two outdoor stages and six venues: the Roxy, Viper Room, Key Club, Whiskey A Go-Go, Cat Club and House of Blues. Event promoters recently added Korn to the eclectic line-up, which also includes Chris Cornell, Pepper, Unwritten Law and Shiny Toy Guns, to name a few. We give props to the Roxy’s Nic Adler and event producers for what is shaping up to be a must-see music festival. For the full line-up and more info:

On the Film/TV front, congrats goes to Bob Thiele Jr. on his Primetime Emmy nomination for the theme to FX’s Sons of Anarchy.  Thiele also held music supervision duties for the show, which featured a number of emerging artists such as Audra Mae, Lions and Year Long Disaster, helping to distinguish the show as a new tastemaker outlet…

We mentioned how much we liked the new Wolfmother album, Cosmic Egg, and it looks like we’re not the only ones.  We hear a hefty pub derby (in the 7-figure range) is brewing with both majors and boutique pubcos who are trying to ink the Brisbane-based trio led by Andrew Stockdale.  Publishers in the mix are Universal Music Publishing, Sony/ATV, Chrysalis Music, Cherry Lane and Warner/Chappell. Stay tuned…

Meanwhile, after releasing 2008’s Elephant Shell via Saddle Creek Records, it appears that Tokyo Police Club has found a new label home with Mom & Pop Records, which is a division of Q-Prime and run by well-respected industry vet Michael Goldstone

Finally, SoCal locals Call the Cops have made it into the final 5 in the MySpace/Toyota-sponsored Rock the Space contest. The winner of  which receives a deal with MySpace Records.

Never Say Never Again

NeverShoutNever lands wopping deal from Warners

NSN gets big deal from Warners

When we featured an article last year on music’s apparent return to the 90’s, we didn’t realize that meant the industry too. Let’s take a look; in recent months a number of major label bidding derby’s have been highly wound-up, the latest being NeverShoutNever! going to Warner Bros. for what we hear is in the seven-figure range (!), multiple majors are competing to land creator of the online music tip sheet Crazed Hits in an A&R position and Elektra Records has reformed under Atlantic.

Hey, can’t complain, we look great in flannel…

Deal or No Deal, the Rest Comes later…

Australia's Temper Trap Go With Glassnote

Australia's Temper Trap Go With Glassnote

Bidding derby wild card Glassnote Music nabbing the highly sought after Temper Trap may be yesterday’s news already, but one still can’t help but ponder the expectations for a signing like that.  From what we hear, the deal likely included no 360 component, reversions on all albums and some serious money upfront (upwards of $500K on the first album), and for a license.  A definite departure from most deals du jour, especially for a new artist, it’s more proof of the current unpredictable industry terrain.

Speaking of new artists, Long Beach’s Avi Buffalo, who just finished their all-ages residency at The Echo (a first for the venue), appears to be feeling the love from a number indies, most notably a (not so) little outfit out of Seattle, WA.  And Michigan’s producer turned hipster hip-hop artist Mike Posner (and The Brain Trust) are fielding offers from both labels and publishers. Stay tuned…

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