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Double Grave Announce New EP

Minneapolis punk outfit Double Grave have announced their new ep, Empty Hands. That ep will be out on April 27th via Sad Cactus and Forged Artifacts Records. Sad Cactus will handle the vinyl release with Forged Artifacts releasing the cassette. You can pre-order that record now at http://www.sadcact.us/products/614454-double-grave-empty-hands-7-ep and https://ggrraavvee.bandcamp.com/album/empty-hands-2. The band also released a video for the first single from the record called Laetitia. You can watch that video below.

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Mxpx Announces Live LP!

Mxpx has just announced that they’ll be releasing Left Coast Live as a double picture disc LP. You can order the album starting July 6th and it will ship on July 12th. Only 1,00 copies were pressed, so don’t miss out!

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SNST Premieres Video, Announces Tour

SNST, the new electronic rock project that features Chris Broach of Braid, just released a video for their song Remember How It Ends. You can check it out below. The band also announced that it will be hitting the road this fall. Tour dates are below. You can pre-order the band’s new record, Turn Out The Lights, at https://cityatnight.net/merch

Friday, Sept 22 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Saturday, Sept 23 – Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob’s
Sunday, Sept 24 – Columbus, OH @ Big Room Bar
Monday, Sept 25 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Howler’s
Tuesday, Sept 26 – TBA
Wednesday, Sept 27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Gold Sounds
Thursday, Sept 28 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
Friday, Sept 29 – Baltimore, MD @ Reverb Collective
Saturday, Sept 30 – Carrboro, NC @ The Station
Sunday, Oct 1 – Greenville, SC @ The Radio Room

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Hands Release New 7″

It was announced that Hands would reunite for this year’s 20th Anniversary Facedown Fest. The band also just announced that they would be playing New Direction Fest on February 25th in Fargo, ND. But this morning the band surprised everyone with a brand new 7″ release. New Heaven/New Earth is available digitally today with vinyl pre-orders available at http://facedown.merchnow.com/products/preorders. You can listen to New Heaven below!

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East Ghost’s If I Sleep Pre-Orders Go Live

East Ghost released their killer record If I Sleep late last year. A record most of the world sadly missed. But we have been given a second chance to re-live the greatness that is If I Sleep. Something Beautiful Records is bringing If I Sleep to vinyl for the label’s first release. That record will officially be out on September 27th. Pre-orders are live today! You can pre-order If I Sleep at http://sbrecords.storenvy.com/products/17196021-east-ghost-if-i-sleep

If you have not heard East Ghost or If I Sleep we are also streaming the album’s opener and title track, If I Sleep. You can give that song a spin below.

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Spartan Records To Release “Living Outside” Vinyl

Spartan Records have announced that they are releasing Sense Field’s last full-length album Living Outside on vinyl available April 16th. The album will be available at select independent record stores for Record Store Day and several exclusive variants are available for pre-order now at the Spartan store and Bandcamp. The pressing includes the Ken Andrews (Failure) produced bonus track, “The Horse Is Alive.”

Living Outside was the 2003 follow up to the band’s 2001 breakthrough album Tonight and Forever. Sense Field disbanded shortly after its release, at the culmination of a world tour in support of the album. With the recent passing of Jon Bunch, we are honored to play a small role in helping his voice and legacy live on for years to come.

Track Listing
Running Behind
On Your Own
You Own Me
I Refuse
No Medicine
Feel What You Feel
Take What You Want
A Letter To Elise
The Horse Is Alive (Bonus Track)

You can pre-order the record at http://spartanrecords.limitedrun.com/products/559517-sense-field-living-outside-lp

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Why Bother With Streaming?

As of December 27th, 2015, Adele’s 25 had sold 7.13 million copies. Taylor Swift’s 1989 has sold well over 5 millions copies. Physical copies. As in cd or vinyl. I understand that we’re talking about the 2 biggest names in music right now, but those are numbers that no one thought could exist in 2015.

You would think that those type of numbers would be an indicator for the other superstars of the world. You can promote your album, delay it’s release to streaming services and make money selling physical copies. In an age where full albums stream on Youtube, when artists are choosing to team up with a specific streaming site, the idea of keeping your music out of the digital world seems crazy. But those numbers don’t lie. It works!

So I’m not surprised to read that Kayne West’s new record, The Life of Pablo, is has been pirated by at least half a million people. And that number is just from torrents. I was able to do a quick google search and find an illegal download of the record and 10 minutes later, it was unzipped and on my desktop. The Life of Pablo is a Tidal exclusive and West has tweeted that the record will never be on Apple Music and will probably only be available as a Tidal stream. Which makes no sense from a business standpoint. Sure Tidal had a “success” with Rhianna’s Anti, an album that a million people got for free with a code, making it a Platinum selling record in one day, but that release was botched and the idea that the record went Platinum is up for debate.

And remember when Drake released Hotline Bling, exclusively on Apple Music? Drake was hoping to break sales records, but the track got lost in the shuffle being released only on Apple Music (plus Adele released Hello). The problem with picking a streaming service to team with is you can only reach so many people while alienating a set of fans.

The record industry is a free for all. The new release day is Friday, but artists can put their album whenever they feel like it. Say Anything recently put their record up for streaming on a Wednesday and announced it would be available for downloads that Friday. Beyonce always seems to just drop something new without a word of warning. If you follow independent music, you know bands will let you know via social media that their new album is on Bandcamp the day of its release. The art of the build up seems to be waning in popularity. Of course the above mentioned Adele and Taylor Swift both but out singles and gave a release day and sold more records than anyone in the recording industry thinks is possible. And with crowd funding, you could be contributing to a record that hasn’t been written or recorded and might take 1-2 years before you hear it, or you could be giving money to something that’s done and have a copy in a month. Vinyl is back and even cassettes are a popular way to release physical media in the indie/punk scene. People want something tangible to hold.

So what’s my point? Is that for mainstream artists, there seems to be blueprint, a blueprint that works for years and appears to be coming back into fashion. Are Adele and Taylor Swift fans that different from Beyonce or Kanye fans that withholding your music from streaming services for the first month would kill their status? Would it be worth the risk? I mean, everyone was waiting to hear this Kanye record, but how many people are being reached with a Tidal exclusive release where you can only stream the album? Maybe I don’t understand the genius of Kanye West.

Digital music lost it’s luster for me in 2001. I had downloaded most of Zao’s self-titled record on Napster and when I went to the store and bought the record, that love of getting and listening to a record for the first time was gone. I had already heard the songs a dozen times and I just didn’t really care anymore. I didn’t even buy The Juliana Theory’s Love when it was released because I had listened to those songs to death way before the album finally dropped. (I did eventually buy the record many years later). At that point I gave up pre-downloading albums I wanted to buy. Because I love having the physical copy and didn’t want to ruin that first listening experience. Sure, the way I listen to music now is different, especially running this site and getting records to review, but if there’s a band I love, I will try to wait until a get a physical copy (usually vinyl) before giving the record a spin.

Is there a new generation wanting to experience an album again? Or is it those of us who are older driving vinyl sales? Is pirating music the only constant in this shifting and changing music industry? I think the last statement is true. But there’s no option right now to pay for a copy of The Life of Pablo. I said a couple of years ago that I thought recording and selling albums in mainstream music was a waste of time and I thought record labels could save money on studio time and production cost by having artists just record about 4 songs a year that are released quarterly on digital services. But maybe I was wrong. Adele and T Swift’s numbers are incredible and proof that you can release physical albums and sell a lot of them. Maybe it’s time for record industry and re-evaluate their current structure and maybe go back to something that looks more like 90’s. Is streaming music really the future? The currents number suggest that streaming music is now and the industry is still figuring it out, but the blunders and oddities of the last few years, plus the huge success of Adele and Swift show that maybe the future ain’t what it used to be.


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