An additional $275.00 fee has been added by the Canadian Government to the application for international artists to enter and perform within Canada….
Sign the petition! This will likely turn smaller bands off from touring in Canada, but it will also likely hurt the smaller music venues that cater to certain genres that have international artists stop by on a fairly regular basis.
If you know of a similar story regarding the industry in another country, and want it covered, feel free to submit it to us!
On the 29th the guys released the album art for their upcoming album, Monsters In The Closet. Some fans were confused about the faceless umbrella man who has been a theme on all of their previous album covers. If you look at the reflection in the doorknob, you can see the faceless guy. The other thing is that some people claim to see an umbrella as well, while others can’t. I’ll let you make up your mind for yourself:
The other news is that they will be headlining the Glamour Kills tour this fall. You can check out the tour dates here. Some dates are already allowing pre-orders for the VIP bundles. The final tour line up will be announced August 5th, but Alex let it slip on Twitter that they are looking forward to hanging out with the guys from Cartel this fall. So I’m guessing Cartel will be a part of the lineup in some way.
As for the final news (also regarding the faceless dude from their album covers and the “Oh Well, Oh Well” music video), Mayday Parade will be releasing an app available for Android and Apple devices on August 8th.
June 4th marked the release of Anarbor’s 6th album (if you include EPs and Mixtape), which is entitled: Burnout. These guys definitely have their own sound, and they have stuck to it with this new release in a lot of the tracks…
Ian Watkins, the frontman of UK band Lostprophets, was charged with 6 counts of child sex, including conspiring to engage in sexual acts with a female under age 13, as well as distribution/possession of indecent images of children.
He was denied bail and will remain in prison until his hearing on 12/31.
Hey Everyone, This is Dustin, I play guitar in With The Punches, and tomorrow (November 21st) I will be participating in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s “Be Type-1 Diabetic For A Day” campaign, and would like to invite you all to join me by texting T1D4ADAY to 63566 or by clicking here . While this is not going to be anything close to know what it is actually like to be living with diabetes, this is an opportunity to get some idea of what a person with Type-1 Diabetes goes through every day to keep themselves alive. I will be live tweeting throughout the day the status of my blood sugar and the scenarios that a person living with diabetes always has to be thinking about and preparing for.
As some of you know, my girlfriend Sara is a Type-1 diabetic and when we started dating it terrified me a little bit, I knew almost nothing about diabetes outside of what I had picked up from TV or movies (which, as it turns out are not always the most accurate souces of information…who knew). Over the last year I have learned from living with Sara that managing diabetes is an art, not really a science. How the body reacts to the food that gets put in it is not a universal thing, and sometimes how the body reacts makes almost no sense at all. Sara lives with two tools: her meter (you prick your finger, put some blood on a test strip, and it tells you what your blood sugar is at) and her insulin pump. Before and after every meal, any physical activity, and several times throughout the day she has to check herself to make sure she is within safe levels, too high and things get dangerous, too low and the result is the same. The pump helps and certainly makes life a little easier because it is capable of delivering a steady stream of insulin into her body, but that has to be set manually and closely monitored as well. She has to be careful of what her blood sugar is before bed and how much insulin she is getting from her pump because if she goes too low or too high but she’s asleep, she may not wake up. The above is about 1/1000th of what it is like to have diabetes, and it doesn’t keep Sara from doing anything, she works, goes to the gym, goes to shows, eats junk food, tries to make me eat vegetables, moshes harder than you, and is basically just awesome all the time. Diabetes is just part of her life, and now it is part of mine.
That being the case, I was thrilled that when I told the rest of WTP about “Be Type-1 Diabetic For A Day” everyone offered to participate in the hopes of drawing more attention to diabetes awareness, it rules to know that my friends are so supportive. Also With The Punches (with help from our amazing family at American Icon Merch) have put together a special benefit shirt for the Harrisburg Diabetic Youth Camp where Sara volunteers every summer designed by our friend Justin Graziano of tinthreads.com based on the insulin pump Sara wears 24/7. All proceeds from the sale of the shirt below will go towards helping a young person(s) with diabetes attend a week-long camp where they will be surrounded by other kids living with the same challenges that they face, while learning better ways to manage their diabetes, and enjoying themselves in an environment where everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency.
or through our merch store americaniconmerch.com/withthepunches.html
The shirt is already available for pre-order and will begin shipping December 20th. Please help us spread awareness by blogging, tweeting, facebooking, and otherwise posting about this anywhere you can.
I had a long call with people I work with, and I had ideas about finding my way to new listeners. Having this excellent second-act career, as a middle-aged artist, making singer-songwriter music that some Soul Coughing fans don’t like—and, pointedly, vice-versa—I want to get in front of the audiences of other artists with listeners in their late 30s, 40s, early 50s; to generally find older people that would like the songs. I’d like to widen my audience.
They were all ears—as was I, to their ideas. My agents (at High Road) and my management (Hornblow) are samurais. Unfortunately, our business is utterly focused on strategies to get music in front of people in their teens and 20s. Other than pushing what worked on younger people, and complaining that those avenues are ineffective with those same fans as adults, the bulk of our business isn’t TRYING to reach older listeners. However skilled, there’s only so much rain my peeps can make, without a wider culture built to help.
You get told that adults aren’t interested in music. That’s bunk. People who like art don’t stop liking art. They go to movies. The film industry makes a lot of money on blockbusters that young people love, but they also make money on subtler, artier stuff, that adults like, in a way that the music business hasn’t figured out.
Right now, a big artist like Bon Iver breaks through to older listeners because it gets big with younger listeners first—they can’t miss it. This means that if there’s a middle-aged artist that adults would love, but young people can’t identify with, they won’t get to their audience. If you put an awesome rock record, singer/songwriter record, 80s/90s-style hip-hop record on, they will dig it.
There’s great radio for adults out there. WXPN, the Current, WFUV, KCRW, WXRT—that’s just a few, off the top of my sleepy head. Dang, there really are a lot of stations doing it right. They can’t carry the entire over-35 world. Artists need to work town-to-town, get in front of audiences. If adults went to see music, those stations would be a bigger cultural force in their towns.
If shows were at 7:30 pm sharp, adults might go.
If everybody got chairs, adults might go.
If drunk talkers got shut up, and the story wasn’t “I went to see ______, but some asshole was jabbering away, ruined the music, why go back?”, adults might go.
The talking people in the bar are 5 out of 50. Bars, there’s more money in the 50 than the 5. Do you want those 50 to come back to your bar?
If everybody got treated with unceasing respect, and didn’t have to feel like they were uncooler than some snooty-kid hand-stamper, they might go.
If seated music clubs had a drink minimum , they’d make money off an adult audience, and it’d be worth their while. (I hate saying this, because I hate spending obligatory money)
If shows were shorter—two hours, from sit-down to paying the check, adults might go. (I hate saying this, because I love to play song after song after song)
If the headliner’s ACTUAL stage time were posted, more people might not feel going out was a dice-roll on how long they’d have to sit there waiting. I think, if opening acts were three songs long, people might actually become interested in opening acts, but it’s a terrible that people adjust to the fact that they’re usually being conned into sitting in a bar longer.
Dear music industry: there are amazing middle-aged artists. There’s loads of genuinely NEW artists who are in their 40s, not necessarily, ahem, some dude who used to be in a different band! They would be loved by people with money to spend, and, oh, ps, you guys really, really need money right now. Doubtless, there’s a cannier strategy, to be discovered, for getting the music in front of adults, via media, but I don’t work in that department.
I can absolutely tell you, there’s a sit-down comedy club—or two, or three—in every town. Go there. It’s filled with adults.
You know who still might buy physical copies of albums? People who grew up buying them.
Seriously, who out there is trying to crack this nut? Nobody wants this money?
Hey guys. Last night I had an incredibly long conversation/debate with my friend Curran about the state of the music scene that we call home, make our livings from, and try to leave better than we found it. We talked about everything from the bands that don’t actually play live on stage, to the…
Please read this whole thing! Some great points about the music scene are made. And I completely agree.
People (women especially) seemed to so easily forgive Chris Brown and gobble up his new music after the incident with Rhianna. It’s sad to think women in the rock scene are put down so easily for coming forward about abuse.
There’s something that happens to an older Italian woman’s voice when she’s upset. It’s hard to describe but you know it when you hear it because it almost frightens you. Last week while watching the news of Hurricane Sandy’s decimation of Staten Island, I heard such a voice from a woman who was…