Buzzmedia, owner of Absolutepunk.net, is now expanding its repertoire of punk rock sites with the acquisition of the following: Under the Gun Review, Alter the Press!, PropertyOfZack, and Punknews.org. The company, one of the 40 most visited online destinations in the US, according to comScore, will be consolidating the four sites to form a new branch, AbsoluteVoices Publishing Group. The news comes on heels of Buzzmedia's acquisition of SPIN Magazine. Other Buzzmedia entitites include StereoGum, Hype Machine, and Just Jared, amongst many others.
On the publishing front, BMG Chrysalis has just signed a worldwide exclusive deal with psychedelic rockers The Flaming Lips. And Reservoir Media has picked up rapper 2 Chainz, who's enjoying the chart-topping success of his debut, Based on a T.R.U. Story.
Amanda Palmer is killing it. Seemingly moments after breaking Kickstarter records, the former Dresden Doll is now selling a t-shirt every thirty seconds via Twitter in-stream commerce platform Chirpify. According to Chirpify, it was only Sunday night that Palmer designed the shirt, and she tweeted about it for the first time on Monday.
A research and experimentation studio called Realitat recently utilized 3D printing technology to transform music into sculpture. The project, called Microsonic Soundscapes, analyzes the sonic data of various acclaimed albums and creates three-dimensional representations of the music. "Each album's soundwave proposes a new spatial and unique journey by transforming sound into matter/space: the hidden into something visible,” describes the studio. And which physical attributes reflect which sonic qualities? According to Flavorwire, "Albums dominated by sweeping sounds maintain a concentric shape, while layered, complex noises take on the form of spikes and towers." Some of the music that Realitat has dimensionalized includes Another World by Antony and the Johnsons, Pink Moon by Nick Drake, and Third by Portishead, among others. Check out the full gallery here.
In another experimental audio-visual project, Indaba Music and BookTrack have teamed up to release the first ever crowdsourced e-book soundtrack. Over 700,000 artists and musicians in the Indaba community were challenged to create a score to accompany the reading of H.G. Wells' science fiction novella, The Time Machine, and they delivered. One contributor, Graham Plowman of Ireland, commented, "The Booktrack contest was a wonderful opportunity. I approached composing… the same way I would if it was a film." The soundtrack even synchronizes to the pace of the reader, picking up on cues at various points in the story. The Booktrack edition of The Time Machine can be purchased for $1.99 from iTunes.
Also, the Spotify app for iOS has been updated to version 0.5.5, with new features including the ability to sort playlists (on iPad) and redesigned settings.
The Americana Music Awards has just inked a multi-year television deal with Axs TV. The show will broadcast on September 12th from Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Guest performers and presenters this year include Bonnie Raitt, Booker T. Jones, Richard Thompson, and many others.
Apparently, I've been living under a rock. It wasn’t until today that I'd heard of YouTube sensation PSY, a Korean singer/producer/choreographer whose song, Gangnam Style, has absolutely exploded with over 64 million views in little over a month. The song's title is a reference to the young trendsetters of Seoul's affluent Gangnam district, which the video parodies. Check it out for a good laugh.
Motown: The Musical will open on Broadway April 14th. The show will trace the life of Motown founder Berry Gordy and his rise to success. The show will feature material from Motown’s catalogue, reports the New York Times, and Brandon Victor Dixon will be performing the lead role.
Can't take these fans anywhere! Finally, 101 concertgoers were arrested – and 466 others placed in protective custody – over two nights at the New England Country Music Festival this past weekend. Suspects were charged with various crimes from assault and battery to underage drinking to drug abuse.
musicservices4less Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Re Amanda Palmer
OMG, can you believe that - a popular recording/live performance artist selling tee shirts! Who would have believed that!! That is definitely due to the internet not her popularity, right? And almost 3,000 every 24 hours. Why in 5 days she would have sold 15,000 tee shirts. I am positive that is a world record.
Glenn Galen - Minneapolis Tuesday, August 28, 2012
So...when does her perfume brand arrive? Maybe a line of Amanda Palmer cosmetics with that special AP "flair" and attitude?
A breakfast cereal, too, maybe?
likeumeanit Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Tasteless, Talent-free, over-hyped, WAY overexposed.
Amanda Palmer is the Snooki of Social media.