At The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
Heil was invited into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to put up a
display of his historically significant gear, including the first
modular console (the
Mavis), his custom quadraphonic mixer (for the Quadraphenia
tour) and the very first Heil
Talk Box. "No manufacturer has ever been invited into the
Rock Hall before,"
say Brad Lunde of Trans Audio Group.
The inventor was dressed in his usual --matching sneaker and
jacket at the Heil booth at NAMM and talked enthusiastically to
visitors about the Heil line of toys.
Bobs latest innovation came as a result of his lifelong friendship
with Joe Walsh. Joe asked Bob to build some bigger microphones
for him to use. Tired of the same old dynamic microphone designs,
Bob drew from his passion for amateur radio and set out to make
the clearest, best sounding dynamic mic possible. A new innovation
was born. The
PR 40, with its broad frequency response, is the ideal mic for
bass drums and bass guitar.
Trans Audio now distributing True
Systems products. The U.S.-built line includes the SOLO series,
the P2 Analog and Precision 8 multi-channel microphone preamplifiers.
clear to me that, Brad and his team's dedication, experience, and
professionalism at Trans Audio is who we wanted to represent us.
In addition, they deliver real end-user support and education, not
just the traditional sales and marketing routine. With rapid technology
shifts, and deep-discount Internet stores, these are critical components
that can be "missing links" in our market today."stated
Tim Spencer, president and chief engineer of TRUE systems. "They
focus on quality, value and relationships," stated Tim Spencer,
president and chief engineer of TRUE systems
info on Heil
Systems contact Brad
Lunde at TransAudio
Group (702) 307-2700
TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has
quickly become the premier US importer/distributor and/or US sales
and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges
on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard
of product expertise and support far beyond the norm. TAG product
line includes Accusound,
(USA) AEA ribbon microphones (USA), ADT
Loudspeakers (UK), Brauner
Daking & Co. (USA), Enhanced Audio (Ireland), George
Massenburg Labs (GML) (USA), Heil
Sound (USA); Mercury Audio (USA) Mission Audio (UK) Phoenix
Audio (UK), PAULY
Microphones (UK), Z-Systems (USA), Sonodore
Microphones (Holland), Tonelux,
Systems and Weiss
Engineering (Switzerland) and Z Systems (USA)
LasVegasProAudio.com, a division of TransAudio Group, is the
launch pad for the brands of tomorrow. The goal of LasVegasProAudio.com
is to provide unique equipment, useful information and long-term
support to their clients.
Expresso Cat Walk And Talk...
Holiday Shakedown With Major Layoffs At Geffen
(UMG) home to Gwen Stefani, Fergie, Sheryl Crow, and U2
headed by Jimmy Iovine laid off over 60 employees mid December in
light of lackluster record releases, including will.i.am's unsuccessful
Songs About Girls, and forthcoming albums from Eve and Nicole Scherzinger
that failed to generate substantial buz.
Among those given their pink slips were publicists Jim Merlis and
Jycorri Robinson. The mastermind behind recent successes like the
Pussycat Dolls, Label chairman Ron Fair keeps his job. Elsewhere
in the Universal Music Group, Island DefJam executive VP of promotion
Greg Thompson left the company. The cuts are the latest in a string
of major label layoffs, which included Island Def Jam and Sony BMG.
Earlier Columbia Records, home to artists including Three 6 Mafia,
Bow Wow, Omarion, John Legend, Mariah Carey, Wyclef Jean, Beyonce
and Lil' Flip, underwent a round of layoffs. Several employees in
promotional departments were let go, incuding publicists Maggie
Wang and Tom Muzquiz. Prior
to that, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Columbia's parent company,
dismissed several staffers, including CeCe McClendon, senior VP
of urban and rhythmic promotion. It's just tumbleweeds [at the Santa
Monica offices]," says an insider who works out of the Sony
building. We hear RCA may also see some significant changes. At
least J Records can rest easy: Clive and Co. have a platinum seller
in Alicia Keys, with Whitney Houston on the way.
two-time Dancing with the Stars champion 19-year old Julianne Hough
has inked a deal with Universal Music Groups Mercury
Nashville label headed by country music veteran Luke Lewis and
home to Shania Twain and Sugarland. Hough and producer David Malloy
will be recording her debut album next month in Nashville. The fifth-season
finale of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" drew 24.9 million
viewers when it aired Nov. 27 and became the No. 2 rated non-sports
program of the season
Up International, one of the worlds premier crossover
jazz labels, announced the signing of an exclusive recording agreement
with acoustic bassist, singer and composer Esperanza
Spalding, whose international debut recording for the label
will be released in late spring 2008. According to Ben Ratliff of
The New York Times, Her musicality is all integrated: The
Esperanza Spalding experience is light, melodic, joyful, always
sort of minimalist and airborne. She is the 2005 recipient
of the prestigious Boston Jazz Society scholarship for outstanding
musicianship. Spalding holds a B.M. from Berklee College of Music,
where she also enjoys the status as the youngest faculty member
ever in the history of the College. Spalding
has worked with many notable artists, including pianist Michel Camilo,
vibraphonist Dave Samuels, bassist Stanley Clarke, saxophonist Joe
Lovano, violinist Regina Carter, guitarist Pat Metheny and singer
Ondrasik, the singer-songwriter who goes by the stage name Five
For Fighting, called upon celeb pals including Billy Joel and
Josh Groban to donate songs to an album dedicated to the US Armed
Services. The result - "CD
For The Troops," a free compilation of 13 songs produced
especially, and exclusively, for active duty members and military
veterans around the world. Those with valid military ID numbers
can download the disc on the Army & Air Force Exchange Service
Web site at www.aafes.com. Seriously though, US soldiers need more
than 3 free downloads...too little too late, John!
what UCLA is calling the largest single gift to music education
in the western United States, the Herb Alpert Foundation has given
the university a $30-million endowment pledge to establish the cross-disciplinary
UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, officials announced today. The
endowment will bring the universitys departments of ethnomusicology,
music and musicology under a single umbrella for the study and performance
of world, popular and classical music, jazz and other genres.
Backed By Grammy Nominated Musicians
TV and film
production losses could exceed $3 billion if the strike continues
for another few months, Daily Variety reported.
The WGA have been on strike since November in a dispute over royalties
for work distributed online or on DVD. Writers and producers resumed
talks this week aimed at ending a nearly three month strike that
has stopped most primetime television production. 50
Cent: The G-Unit head and Eminem protege has sold over 16 million
albums and launched countless other successful franchises, but has
yet to be honored by the Grammy community. Eminem, on the other
hand, has won nine times.
Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, 50 Cent and Jon Bon Jovi are considering
boycotting this year's Grammy Awards ceremony in support of the
writers strike. Prince, Alicia Keys, Fantasia, Nelly Furtado,
Tim McGraw, Kelly Clarkson, the White Stripes, Fergie and Usher
are also threatening to boycott the event, scheduled to take place
in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, reports the New York Daily News. A source
tells us, "The writers are especially interested in artists
who might perform on the show. If they pull out, the show comes
apart." But a spokesman for the WGA says, "As of now,
the Guild has not taken a position on the Grammys." The strike
also forced the Golden Globe film and TV awards to be scaled back
to a news conference after actors said they would not cross the
WGA picket line. Orgnaisers of the Oscars ceremony taking place
on 24 February have insisted that the show will go ahead. Talk show
host David Letterman's firm, United Artists and The Weinstein Company
have already struck deals. Lionsgate and Marvel studios have signed
interim deals with the striking Writers Guild of America (WGA).
Young Artists In The Spotlight With The New West Symphony
Anne, Andrew, Lindsay, Sean Featured Soloists in Jan and Feb
A music fan
of Anne Akiko Meyers writes: "Watching you perform is like
witnessing the rebirth of classical music."
classical music evokes yesterday's sound -- serious, somber and
somewhat elitist. Take a look again.
The new face of classical music is vibrant and accessible! With
the help of many good regional orchestras like the New
West Symphony, this late resurgence of young classical talent
offers hope to introduce the works of the classical masters to a
new generation who can appreciate fresh interpretation of their
Meyers Plays Mendelssohn -- Jan 25, 26, 27 (Oxnard, Thousand
Oaks and Santa Monica)
Akiko Meyers, violin
The New York Times hailed Anne Akiko Meyers' artistry as "playing
that flows from the heart" and music that was "unspooled
with impressive refinement, emotional freedom and tonal depth."
Ms. Meyers' dynamic and compelling music making has catapulted her
to the top of her generation. At the age of 11, she was featured,
twice, on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson. At 23,
she was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, the only
artist to be the sole recipient of this annual award. Today she
performs around the globe as a featured soloist with the most recognized
names in classical music. She recently recorded works by Debussy,
Messiaen, Ravel, Satoh and Takemitsu for the AVIE label. bio
Janss; Lindsay Deutsch, Sean Chen
Beethoven's "Triple Concerto" for Piano, Violin, Cello
-- Feb 15, 16 (Oxnard and TO)
Andrew Janss, cello; Lindsay
Deutsch, violin and Sean Chen, piano.
At 22, Lindsay Deutsch plays with a passion and energy
that has thrilled audiences throughout the US and Canada. She currently
studies with Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Conservatory and plays
on a 1742 Sanctus Seraphin on generous loan from the Mandell Collection
of Southern California. She made her debut at the Walt Disney Concert
Hall in summer 2004 performing John Coriglianos Red
Violin Chaconne with the California Philharmonicthe and played
on the solo soundtrack in the movie "The Good Shepherd"
starring Robert DeNiro and Angelina Jolie. bio
now 19, attends Juilliard School of Music and was the youngest of
16 US participants in the International Chopin Piano Competition.
received a Chopin Foundation scholarship for four years and has
been a guest of Christopher
O'Riley's radio show, Sunday mornings on KDFC (102.1 FM) "From
The Top" Mr Chen will be featured as soloist in the coming
New West Symphony Masterpiece series next year. bio
At 23, cellist Andrew Janss is a member of the Escher
String Quartet, a chamber ensemble he co-founded in 2005 with
fellow students at the Manhattan School of Music. The quartet is
managed by New York's Kirshbaum Demler and is gearing up for a summer
tour, including stops at the La Jolla SummerFest and Ventura Music
Festival (through May 13) and plays with the New West Symphony in
Oxnard on Feb 15 and Thousand Oaks on Feb 16. The program: Concerto
in C Major for Piano, Violin, Cello & Orchestra, Opus 56, "Triple
Concerto" features Janss, Cello, Lindsay Deutsch, violin and
Sean Chen, piano.
Boris Brott, director of the New West Symphony, worked with Janss
when the young cellist soloed with the orchestra at age 16 as a
Discovery Artist. Escher made its Washington, DC debut, representing
the Manhattan School of Music for the Kennedy Center's Conservatory
quartet joins an eclectic lineup of festival musicians from around
the world including Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Diane Schurr, pianist
Guiseppe Albanase, violinist Corey Cerovsek. They have been tapped
by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for their Chamber
Music Society. bio
Artists -- Anne, Andrew, Lindsay, and Sean get up close and
personal in an interview by the conductor Boris Brott which will
be televised on TOTV -- visit the site
here to hear past soloist interviewed and perform.
am -Thursday, January 24, 2008 Scheer Forum Thousand Oaks Civic
Arts Plaza (preceding NWS Concert)
11an Friday, January 25, 2008 Borders Books & Music Esplanade
Plaza, Oxnard (101 Freeway to Vineyard Exit)
These Artists Live in Concert
Friday, January 25, 2008 8:00 pm Oxnard Performing Arts Center
Saturday, January 26, 2008 8:00 PM Countrywide Performing Arts Center
at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts PlazaSunday, January 27, 2008 4:00
PM Barnum Hall, Santa Monica
Oxnard on Friday, February 15, 2008
Thousand Oaks at the Civic on Saturday, February 16, 2008
or tix available at www.newwestsymphony.org
the pre-concert Informances by Charles Prior to each Masterpiece
Series performance, ticket holders for that performance can enhance
their musical experience by attending the lively and scintillating
discussions about the evening's music and guest artists. Informants
are led by inimitable music raconteur, Charles McDermott and are
frequently joined by members of the orchestra. The FREE, thirty-minute
discussions take place in the concert halls one hour prior to the
In its thirteenth
season, the New West Symphony is the 8th largest symphony orchestra
operation in California. New West is composed of 70 professional
musicians from the greater Los Angeles area, including many who
are active in the entertainment industry and perform as soloists.
In addition to Santa Monica, New West performs in Thousand Oaks
and Oxnard. More information or tix available at www.newwestsymphony.org
Guitar Center Gently Weeps
In Second Quarter 200 7Guitar Center, Inc reported an increase of
13.3% to $518.9 Million in consolidated Net Sales.
The company also announced the completion of of a $2.1 Billion Merger
with Affiliates, Bain Capital. As a result of this transaction,
Guitar Center's common stock ceased to trade on Nasdaq at market
close on October 9, 2007, and will thereafter be delisted. According
to company source, Mellon Investor Services, LLC, the paying agent
appointed for the transaction, will send information to all Guitar
Center stockholders, explaining how they can surrender their shares
of Guitar Center common stock in exchange for $63.00 per share in
cash, without interest." We understand this represents a 26%
premium over the closing price of Guitar Centers shares on
June 26, 2007 and believe this transaction delivers outstanding
value for our stockholders, and is a strong validation of the Companys
accomplishments over the years as well as our future growth prospects,"
says Marty Albertson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Guitar
retailer of guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments, keyboards
and pro-audio and recording equipment in US, . sports 210 Guitar
Center stores across the United States, 95 stores specializing in
band instruments for sale and rental (serving teachers, band directors,
college professors and students), and is the largest direct response
retailer of musical instruments in the United States through their
wholly owned subsidiary, Musician's Friend, Inc. (its catalogs and
websites, including www.musiciansfriend.com,
www.wwbw.com and www.music123.com).
It's noted on the corporate giant's web site: "Transaction
could disrupt current plans and operations and cause potential difficulties
in employee retention..." Sound like a code phrase for expect
cuts? Most have already heard of changes at GC's pro audio division,
GcPro with Tom Menrath leaving after setting up the department and
being responsible for its growth since inception.
(NASDAQ: KAMN) closed the $120 million sale of its music division
to electric guitar manufacturer Fender
Musical Instruments Corp. Kaman, which distributes aerospace
and industrial parts, agreed to sell Kaman Music Corp. in October.
Kaman Music will now become a unit of Fender. The
purchase price includes $117 million in cash and certain working
capital and cash adjustments. Also, the final price "is subject
to additional specified post closing purchase price adjustments,"
the company said in a statement. Shares
of Kaman rose $1.04, or 2.8 percent, to $37.85 in morning trading
Racks Up $1Billion In Sales
video game publisher Activision
reported this week that its Guitar Hero franchise has racked up
more than $1B in North American retail sales, over the last 26 months.
Activision cited figures from NPD Group, and also said that Guitar
Hero III: Legends of Rock, the latest in the franchise, was number
one in both units and dollars for 2007. Guitar Hero(R) III: Legends
of Rock(TM) was the #1 title in units and dollars for calendar year
2007, making it the #1 best-selling video game of all time in a
single calendar year.
Founded in 1979, Activision is a developer, publisher, and distributor
of computer games and maintains operations in the US, Canada, the
United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain,
the Netherlands, Australia, Japan and South Korea. More information
about Activision and its products can be found on the company's
World Wide Web site, which is located at www.activision.com.
For Trump, Newman and Nelson
Group (UMG) leads the music industry in global sales with an estimated
worldwide market share in 2005 of 25.6%. Its global operations encompass
the development, marketing, sales and distribution of recorded music
through a network of subsidiaries, joint ventures and licensees
in 77 countries. UMG is the #1 company in countries which together
represent more than 50% of the global music market sales, including
the US and the U.K. UMG's business also includes music publishing.
For information, please visit www.umusic.com.
Mid 2007 Drinks
Americas Holdings Ltd., the company behind a Donald Trump vodka,
Willie Nelsons Old Whiskey River bourbon and a
line of Paul Newman-branded juice drinks, announced an agreement
with Universal Music Groups (owned by French media conglomerate
Vivendi) Interscope to Develop and Market Icon-Branded Alcoholic
and Non-Alcoholic Beverages With Interscope Artists Worldwide. J.
Patrick Kenny, President & Chief Executive Officer of Drinks
Americas, stated earlier, "Our new partnership with Interscope
Geffen A&M is very exciting and a major milestone for both companies
and industries, as we leverage this marketing innovation with the
multi-billion dollar music industry. It has already been an extraordinary
experience working with Jimmy Iovine, Steve Berman, and David Cohen,
the senior management team of Interscope.
1000s of Kids From LA and Ventura School Districts Got Educational
DVDs and Interacted With The New West Symphony
enjoy New West Symphony's Symphonic Adventures at Barnum Hall in
Hall, the new home of the New West Symphony in Santa Monica was
filled with buzzing energy and excitement in Jan when Maestro Boris
Brott called several eager volunteers from the audience to interact
with the orchestra. The program concluded with a rousing rendition
of John Phillips Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever,"
conducted by one of the students.
Yes, and the boy got to keep the baton as a reward. One
of the more delightful moments of the concert was when Brott and
the orchestra members led the children through the four families
of orchestral instruments: strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion.
Brott told the children that several members of the orchestra had
performed the music for many of their favorite movies, which was
evident in the selections they chose to demonstrate their instruments.
Theme music to "Star Wars" and "The Simpsons"
were big hits.
More information or tix available at www.newwestsymphony.org
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the world as the O.C.Anaheim has something for
everyone. And as 106th
NAMM Show got underway Jan 17-20, once again the trade association
of the international music products industry, operated the industrys
largest annual trade-only event in the world. This years group
of 1,559 exhibiting companies set an all-time record for the four-day
The NAMM Show: Define Your Future theme set the tone
for the event, which showcased meetings, activities and thousands
of new products, including pianos, music accessories, pro audio,
lighting and computer-based music making equipment, string, percussion
and band instruments displayed by manufacturers from around the
As the industrys association, an important part of NAMMs
mission is to create more active music makers through initiatives
like the recently launched nationwide campaign called Wanna Play
Also new this year -- you can keep up with new product launches,
industry trends, celebrity sightings and other exciting happenings
at the show. Visit the NAMM Show Channel at www.YouTube.com/theNAMMShowChannel
For Composers From East West
Goliath made its debut at NAMM by expanding upon its popular Quantum
Leap Colossus collection. Ideal for composers and songwriters, Quantum
Leap Goliath is a complete collection of quality instruments and
sounds from the multi-award winning EASTWEST/QUANTUM
LEAP production team, spanning various genres and musical styles
all with the companys new PLAY sample engine. "Goliath
was created to provide users with a comprehensive composing toolkit
along with the added power and speed of the PLAY sample engine,"
says Quantum Leap Producer Nick Phoenix. "Colossus' versatility
and ease of use has made it an industry favorite and winner of "Virtual
Instrument of the Year." Goliath expands upon Colossus' reputation
while incorporating the future of computer music creation by providing
access to 64-bit support, enabling users to utilize all of the system
RAM they have installed, and to load many more instruments than
was previously possible."
Goliath comes equipped with EASTWEST's PLAY sample engine as a standard
feature. In addition to purchasing the entire Goliath collection,
current Colossus owners have the option to purchase an upgrade (customers
will need to submit Colossus serial number at the time of purchase
in order to receive the upgrade). This gives current users the access
to the new content of Goliath along with the added power of PLAY
at a discounted rate. The full version of Quantum Leap Goliath carries
an MSRP of $495.00 and the upgrade an MSRP of $149.00.
Announces Pro Partners at Winter NAMM
METAlliance founders at Winter NAMM 2008 (L-R
rear): Elliot Scheiner, Ed Cherney, Al Schmitt, Frank Filipetti,
George Massenburg, and Chuck Ainlay. In the foreground are inaugural
Pro Partners (L-R) Bill Putnam, Jr., Universal Audio; Joel Silverman,
Millennia Media; Jeff Phillips, Lexicon; Peter Chaikin, JBL Pro;
Mike Edwards, Audio-Technica; EveAnna Manley, Manley Labs; John
Jennings, Royer; Carl Jacobson, Cakewalk Photo by Leah Lee.
At NAMM this year, METAlliance announced the first group of Pro
Partner manufacturers in a new program of professional audio and
video companies working with the Alliance to recognize the call
for quality in the recording arts. Pro Partners include Audio-Technica,
Cakewalk, GML, JBL Pro, Lexicon, Manley Labs, Millennia Media, Royer
Labs, Sanken Microphones, and Universal Audio. METAlliance Board
of Directors include the seven founding members, Chuck Ainlay, Ed
Cherney, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, Phil Ramone, Elliot
Scheiner and Al
Schmitt. These award-winning audio engineers and producers indeed
have been deeply involved in establishing techniques and technical
standards that are the foundation of modern music recording. "The
METAlliance is all about recognizing the benefit of quality workmanship,
not to mention quality listening. We qualify tools knowing that
in our everyday work we're using what we're testing," says
"We're honored JBL studio monitors have received the METAlliance
certification and we're thrilled to become a METAlliance Pro Partner,"
says Peter Chaikin, JBL Director, Recording and Broadcast Marketing.
Elliot Scheiner explained: "Somebody needs to step up to the
plate and show people that you can make recordings that still have
quality. We're a group they can trust who speak the truth."
Jim Pace, METAlliance Dir. of Business Affairs, added: "It's
not a question of bandwidth or delivery anymore. We speak to the
consumers that realize it's worth it to get the full sonic experience
at home or wherever they play music. It doesn't have to be 'almost
good enough,' it can be a truly fulfilling experience." Pro
Partner membership is limited to companies which have shown a capacity
and proclivity to manufacture and distribute products that meet
the organization's professional audio qualifications. For more info
contact Jim Pace or visit
Turns 5 & Introduces Game Audio Course
Online School Now the World's Largest
student Michael Nielsen at his game audio recording and production
studio.Photo by David Goggin. Berkleemusic.com scholarship winner
Philip Pendleton and award-winning producer/engineer Ed Cherney.
the continuing education division of Boston's renowned Berklee College
of Music, celebrated at Winter NAMM its fifth anniversary of teaching
music online, as well as its current rank as the world's largest
online music school. "Since our inaugural announcement at NAMM
in 2002 we have seen tremendous growth with the online school,"
said Dave Kusek, VP of Berklee Media. In five short years Berkleemusic
has developed over 130 instructor-led online courses and programs,
has taught 22,000 students in 70 countries.
Recently Berkleemusic introduced Game Audio, a new course designed
to address the phenomenal job opportunities in today's $14 billion
game industry. By the end of this course, students will be well
prepared to create videogame soundtracks incorporating dialogue,
sound design, and their own original music. According to Berkleemusic
student and composer Michael Nielsen, it takes an open mind, a collaborative
spirit, and audacity to succeed in the game audio business. Nielsen
was asked to score Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell V: Conviction, the
highly anticipated Xbox 360 game produced by award-winning game
developer Ubisoft Montreal. "I always thought my first video
game would be like Pac-man Jr. MIDI blips and beeps with a simple
melody counterpoint thing," says the 33-year-old who took the
online courses. "As it turned out, my first video game was
one of the top franchises out there. "The flexibility and breadth
of course offerings at Berkleemusic fit the bill perfectly. "It
was a lot like getting a personal trainer.
of Music, has announced the winners of the winter term Ed Cherney
Celebrity Online Scholarship Program. Producer/engineer Ed Cherney
(Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton) joins a growing list of
celebrities who are helping to support Berkleemusic's promising
online students to achieve their goals of a life in music. The scholarship
program is designed to reward and assist outstanding students who
demonstrate superior academic performance studying at Berkleemusic.
The four winners of the Ed Cherney scholarship are William Martin
of Quebec City, Canada ; Adeline Brewer of Fort Worth, TX; Carlos
Rodriguez of Bogota, Columbia; and Philip Pendleton of Columbus,
Shilling for iPod,
for VW, Stephin
Merritt for Volvo -- it beats "like a Rock," but so
much for street cred.
When platinum-selling acts appear in ads for Pepsi or Microsoft,
they bring their image with them. But image costs: Microsoft reportedly
gave the Rolling Stones $8 million US to use Start Me Up in a commercial
launching its Windows 95 operating system. While indie rockers cant
offer that kind of star power, theyre cheaper and usually
an extremely good chance that those who dont recognize Jim
Guthrie by name will have heard his song Hands
in My Pocket. The tune appears in a TV commercial for the multinational
financial institution Capital One. The clip shows men in business
suits with their hands in the pockets of regular people. The suggestion:
while most credit-card companies impose onerous fees on their customers,
Capital One is more hands-off. Much of the songs appeal is
due to the fact that its not a traditional jingle. Instead
of name-dropping the product (e.g. Oh, I wish I was an Oscar
Mayer wiener), its a catchy snippet of original music.
Guthries song is the latest example of the continuing relationship
between popular music and advertising. Frank Sinatra plugged Old
Gold cigarettes on the radio in the 40s; Elvis Presley appeared
in a commercial for Southern Maid Doughnuts in 1954; in 1964, the
Rolling Stones rocked out for Rice Krispies. In Canada, album tracks
by the Golden
Dogs and the Deadly
Snakes have recently appeared in commercials for Zellers and
Toyota, respectively. In the United States, an album track by freak-folk
Banhart was used to shill for Belgian beer. Hands in My Pocket,
however, is part of a growing trend of indie musicians writing songs
for advertisers. The
White Stripes, who have indie roots and now do arena tours,
wrote a jingle for Coca Cola in Britain; Yo La Tengo and Cat Power
have also recorded original music for ads.
The question for an indie musician isnt whether you sell your
song, but rather to whom you sell it. Some object to licensing a
song to a company thats linked with sweatshops or weapons
manufacturing, or thats generally deemed uncool. Conversely,
artists would be pleased to endorse a product they admire. Indie
crooner Leslie Feist reportedly declined to license her song Mushaboom
to McDonalds, but did allow LaCoste
to use it to promote its new fragrance for men. In addition to Feist
herself being named SPIN's Breakout Artist of the Year and New York
Magazine's Art Rock Diva in their "Year in Culture" awards,
like Guthrie, she's putting cash in her pocket. She sport 4 Grammy
noms -- Best Female Pop Vocal for "1234" ; Best New Artist
; Best Pop Vocal Album for The Reminder and Best Short Form Music
video for "1234." Feisty Ms Feist! (Contributed
byKevin Chong -- also author of the book Neil Young Nation, published
by Douglas & McIntyre)
Music At Sundance
Each year the
Sundance Film Festival selects 200 films for exhibition from more
than 8000 submissions. More than 50,000 people attend screenings
in twelve theatres in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance,
Utah. In addition to discovering filmmaking's newest talent through
the Festiva20l's program of documentary, dramatic, and short film,
Festivalgoers also get to experience live music shows. This year
you can hear Butch Walker, Adam Levy and Tim Finn performing at
the Music Cafe
Star Bar on 268 Main Street in January. New artists featured include:
l-r: Gold Street,
Haha Tonka, Meridian West
Gold Street -- http://goldstreetsnyc.com/sounds/
-- Fast garnering a place in NYCs musical landscape most certainly
unoccupied by others, Gold Streets is fast-paced with occasional
moments of dreaminess, familiar and new all at the same time.
Haha Tonka --
http://www.myspace.com/hahatonka -- The Springfield, Missouri
natives dubbed their new album Buckle in the Bible Belt in homage
to their hometown, so named for its position on the dividing line
of the Ozark states. Their dark view of the realities of socio-economic
hardship, backwoods prejudices and drug abuse is leavened by wry
humor and a deep appreciation for regional storytelling traditions.
-- With Mark Gibson on vocals/guitars, Ryan Magnani on bass guitar,
and David Kittredge on the drums have successfully combined the
rawness and simplicity of the great rock bands from the 60's and
70's, with large atmospheric landscapes created by the artists of
Of The Conchords
Premieres Sunday, Jan 17 10:30pm on HBO.com
of the Conchords follows the trials and tribulations of a two
man, digi-folk band from New Zealand as they try to make a name
for themselves in their adopted home of New York City. The band
is made up of Bret McKenzie on guitar and vocals, and Jemaine Clement
on guitar and vocals. Bret and Jemaine have moved to New York in
the hope of forging a successful music career. So far they've managed
to find a manager (whose "other" job is at the New Zealand
Consulate), one fan (a married obsessive) and one friend (who owns
the local pawn shop) -- but not much else.
The Los Angeles Chapter of SCORE
is sponsoring a workshop and panel presentation, New Music
Industry Opportunities, as part of its ongoing Business Success
Forum Series. Chris
Stone, David Goggin and Kamran V, highly successful leaders in the
music recording industry, will discuss the history and current status
of the industry and provide information on how to start and build
a successful business in todays volatile music industry environment.
Saturday, January 26, 2008 -- 10AM - NOON
Glendale Library, 222 E. Harvard St., Glendale, CA? 91205
COST: $15.00 online from: www.scorela.org $20.00 at the door.or
call (818) 552-3206
PARKING: Free with validation Parking lot is directly across street
offered its latest album as free downloads in October of last year,
has seen 1.2 million downloads of In Rainbows. The band
gave up its music for free and asked for donations, whatever fans
deemed reasonable, in return. What they got was an average of $8
per album sold, bringing estimates of profit to about $10 million.
Not too shabby for one week.
"We plan to tour next year, starting in May through to probably
the end of the year," says Bryce Edge of Courtyard Management,
the firm that manages Radiohead whose
contract with EMI/Capitol had expired after its last record, Hail
to the Thief, was released in 2003; shortly before the band started
writing new songs, singer Thom Yorke says, "I like the people
at our record company, but the time is at hand when you have to
ask why anyone needs one." EMI spokesman claims that the band
had demanded £10 million (roughly $20 million) upfront and
been offered £3 million by EMI and new chief Guy Hands. Plus
the label would not give up control over the band's previous six
albums, a major point of contention for the band. Looks like the
band got what they asked for and more.
This year In Rainbows was finally released the "traditional"
way by independent label TBD
Records. Emulating the original gimmick of "pay-what-you-want",
the CD release features a cardboard case with stickers so listeners
can "make their own case." XL Recordings will distribute
the physical edition of Radiohead's new album, "In Rainbows,"
outside the United States.
albums are released in an average year. Industry figures
indicate that overall sales of albums are down 14%: from last year
at 337.3 million albums sold. Of that total, 300.6 million were
CD's. The number of digitally downloaded tracks has risen 46% from
the same period in 2006 to 612.2 million. Consumers believe sales
are down because: A CD with 2 good songs and 12 pieces of crap does
not constitute an album. Meantime, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Target
plan to make significant cuts in the amount of floorspace they devote
to CDs: Predictions of cuts that range from 20% to 40%, with Wal-Mart
making the most aggressive pullbacks. Lesson learned. Majors are
still relevant when it comes to effective distribution and marketing
if your game is global sales. As for the imploding music universe,
it's all relative and depends on who's the artist. The fact that
Radiohead debuted In Rainbows online and Madonna defected from Warner
Bros. to Live Nation are just two examples of how musicians are
increasingly able to work outside of the traditional label relationship.
IN RAINBOWS debuted at #1 in North America. Released in the United
States by fully independent tbd records/ATO Records Group (distributed
through RED), IN RAINBOWS has morphed from the most talked-about
record to the most purchased and marks Radiohead's first number
one album in the US since Kid A. IN RAINBOWS is one of the most
critically acclaimed albums of the year, eliciting rave reviews
from outlets including The New York Times, New York magazine, MOJO,
Filter, Time, NME, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly,
Spin, Harp and Q. Go figure. As long as we remember... as a general
rule, as the cash comes in, creative control goes out.
Homes With Studios On The Market
studio in Silverlake 1419 N. Coronado Street, LA
a family or person(s) coming to LA for a short term project or for
rent as of January 1st, 2008. An unfurnished, 3 bedroom 1.75 bathroom
house. Includes appliances. Utilities to be paid by renter. Private
backyard and Studio in the back (ideal for artists, dancers, musicians,
etc.) One car parking in driveway and others on the street. Great
neighborhood and great neighbors.
Rent is $2750/month with a $4000 security deposit down. Terms are
month to month or short term lease.
Scott Cort with Prudential (310) 612-2939 cell or Mathew 323.356.951
ranch (above), 3 bedroom + 3 bath home good neighborhood in Burbank
with a separate sound-proofed recording studio. 2,250 sq.ft. backyard
has deck and spa. Upstairs master suite with bathroom. The studio
is a 2-car converted garage with an addition (about another 1-car).
. A Large acoustically designed live room with good ceiling height.
Nice-sized mix room that has acoustical treatments. Mix and live
room each have their own central AC. Vocal booth and a small ISO/amp
booth. Separate sub-panel. just reduced to $1,049,000
Rozz says: Serious inquires please. Showings for pre-approved buyers
only.Office (818) 432-1554 or e
& Recording Studio with Panoramic Ocean Views
20110 Rockport Way, Malibu, CA 90265
5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4000 sqft of living area, 2 Acres sqft
lot size w/ separate recording studio or guest house
$16,000 per month long term lease or $22,000 per month short term
swimming pool and hot tub, large sunken living room, five bedrooms
plus a bonus room, open formal dining room and a modern kitchen.
A separate building houses a professional quality recording studio
(also with ocean views) that could also be used as very comfortable
guest quarters. Gated driveway and alarmed. Light, bright and peaceful.
Perfect for entertaining. Contact: Ryan
Flegal Direct: 310.890.8111 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Spangler LAs official Rock and Roll Realtor
Theres a vast range of listings to accommodate anyones
budget. write to email@example.com
818-402-1989 cell or visit homes
with studios listed here
Nov. 5, 1931 - December 12, 2007
Born in Clarksdale,
Miss., Turner was an accomplished and flamboyant musician, equally
adept on guitar and piano. One of the architects of rock n
roll in the 1950s, he is credited by rock historians with making
the first true rock n roll record, the 1951 classic
Rocket 88, noted for its pioneering use of distorted
electric guitar. Turner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame in 1991. Turner met husky-voiced 18-year-old singer Anna
Mae Bullock in 1959 and enlisted her as lead singer in his group,
changing her name to Tina Turner in the process. An explosive stage
act, Ike and Tina Turner produced a prolific string of hits that
began with 1959s A Fool In Love and continued
with I Idolize You, (1960) Its Gonna Work
Out Fine (1961), River Deep-Mountain High, (1966),
I Want To Take You Higher, (1970), Proud Mary
(1971) and Nutbush City Limits (1973). The Turner Family
asks that in lieu of flowers that you donate to the music department
of your local school in memory of Ike
August 25 1925 - December 23 2007
Peterson passed away at his home in suburban Toronto at the
age of 82. Peterson had more than 200 recordings to his credit,
along with eight GRAMMY® Awards, the Glenn Gould Prize in 1993,
and, in June of 1999, he received the prestigious Japanese Praemium
Imperiale Award. Despite having suffered a stroke, he continued
to dazzle listeners around the world
One of the first black artists to achieve prominence in the white-dominated
music industry of the 1950s, Peterson spent a great deal of his
life acting as a spokesman for minority rights, drawing on his experiences
growing up in the impoverished St. Antoine district of Montreal.
Peterson played alongside Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Count
Bassie, Duke Ellington and more during a career that spanned seven
decades. His style, somewhere between swing and bop, was considered
technically dazzling, keenly aware of the roots of jazz and fearless
in its improvisational scope. In 2005 Canada Post marked his contribution
to music with a 50-cent stamp. A great Canadian, Mr. Peterson
was a beloved and respected citizen of the world who remained proud
of his heritage, said Josee Verner, the heritage minister.
Diana Krall credits Peterson for prompting her to pursue a musical
career after catching one of his concerts as a young girl. "Age
doesn't seem to enter into my thought to that great an extent,"
he said in 2001. "I just figure that the love I have of the
instrument and my group and the medium itself works as a sort of
a rejuvenating factor for me." Peterson leaves behind his wife,
Kelly, and their daughter Celine. To
have been able to work with Oscar was a life long dream for us,
says Bob Woods, Telarcs President.
tribute to Marthin Luther King
When Summer Comes
Music by Oscar Peterson; Lyrics by Elvis Costello; Originally Performed
by Diana Krall
The land was white
While the winter moon as absent from the night
And the blackness only pierced by far off stars
But as every day still succeeds the darkest moments we have known
When seasons turn
Springtime colours will return
As it arrives in every shade of hope
When Summer Comes
There will be a dream of peace
And a breath that I've held so long that I can barely release...
Georges Church, carved from bedrock, Lalibela, Ethiopian Highlands,
Africa; St Gabriel-Rufael Church, carved from bedrock, Lalibela,
Ethiopian Highlands, Africa; Lake, Langano, Ethiopia, Africa; Medhane
Alem Church, Lalibela, Ethiopia, Africa
A birth And
Wedding Vows Renewed On Jan 12 --Congrats to parents and happy
couple...Christina Aguilera (she turned 27 this month) and Jordan
Bratman on the arrival of their son, Max Liron (means 'my song'
or 'my joy' in Hebrew). It's the first child for the four-time Grammy
winning singer and her husband. She revealed to Marie Claire for
the magazine's December cover story that the pregnancy was a surprise.
Snoop Dogg and wife Shante Broadus who renewed their wedding vows
to mark their 10th anniversary. The hip-hop star (real name Cordozar
Calvin Broadus Jr.) surprised his longtime spouse.
Imbesi sends us these photos from Abu Dabi -Play it again Gio!
"I produced and played at the Opening Gala at the inaugural
Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi, UAE-- we got
to play compositions by Brian Keane/Omar Faruk Tekbelik, Donn Wilkerson
and some of my own with Dimitris Mahlis on oud, Sussan Deyhim (originally
from Tehran) on vocals and DJ Cheb I Sabbah from San Francisco.
It was quite an extraordinary experience, especially working with
timecode transmitted over water to a barge to sync the music to
the programmed fireworks. Mike Jones of UK's Pains
Fireworks programmed all the fireworks The
end result was spectacular," says Gio.
Hear a sample of the music here.
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