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November 27, 2009

Quick Thoughts on TuneCore
by David Harrell
While this blog receives a fair number of hits from web searches for "CD Baby vs. TuneCore," until recently my direct experience has been one-sided. We used CD Baby for the digital distribution of our first three albums but we're using TuneCore for the first time to distribute our new holiday release.

Look for post next week about the relative strengths of each service, but before then, I'll just say that I'm very impressed with how quickly TuneCore-distributed material makes it into digital stores.

I uploaded the WAV files and cover art for "Maybe Next Year," by the Layaways, late Wednesday afternoon. It was available for sale at Amazon MP3 on Thursday evening (Thanksgiving day!). And it was also available within 48 hours at Napster and Lala.com. Still waiting on iTunes and eMusic (where we've sold the most downloads for our previous releases), but I'm amazed at the quick turnaround for those first few stores.



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November 16, 2009

Sorry, I Couldn't Come Up With A Duran Duran Song Title Pun...
by David Harrell
While I don't agree with his conclusion that the Internet has stunted artistic growth, I liked many of the observations that Duran Duran's John Taylor made in his recent presentation at UCLA's 40th Anniversary of the Internet conference.

In particular, an idea that I've been coming back to for the past few years: that the digital distribution of music means new artists aren't just competing with each other for listen attention, but with ALL recorded music:
I became a teenager in 1972. In 1972, I was listening to music that was almost exclusively made in 1972. Some of it had been made in 1971, but that was about it, with few exceptions.

Something the internet has most definitely done is bring more music from more places and more eras into the hearts and minds of us all, but young people in particular, which is great.

Most students I know have an extremely broad appreciation of music. Far broader than I did. Obviously classic rock is very popular, but so too are all sorts of vintage and world music.
You can read an edited version of his presentation here, the video is below:


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    THE LAYAWAYS

    Out Now -- "Maybe Next Year" -- The New Holiday Album:

    <a href="http://thelayaways.bandcamp.com/album/maybe-next-year">Joy To The World by The Layaways</a>

    "This is a sweet treat, deliciously musical without being overbaked for mass media consumption." -- Hyperbolium

    "Perfect listening to accompany whatever holiday preparations you may be making today." -- Bag of Songs


    O Christmas Tree - free mp3 lyrics and song details
    Away In A Manger - free mp3

    Download from eMusic, iTunes, Amazon MP3, or Bandcamp. Listen to free streams at Last.fm.



    album cover art from The Space Between

    <a href="http://thelayaways.bandcamp.com/album/the-space-between">Keep It To Yourself by The Layaways</a>

    "...about as melodic and hooky as indie pop can get." -- Absolute Powerpop

    "Their laid-back, '60s era sounds are absolutely delightening." -- 3hive

    "...melodic, garage-influenced shoegaze." -- RCRD LBL

    Where The Conversation Ends - free mp3
    January - free mp3
    Keep It To Yourself - free mp3

    Download from eMusic, iTunes, Amazon MP3, or CD Baby, stream it at Last.fm or Napster.



    album cover art from We've Been Lost

    <a href="http://thelayaways.bandcamp.com/album/weve-been-lost">Silence by The Layaways</a>

    "The Layaways make fine indie pop. Hushed vocals interweave with understated buzzing guitars. The whole LP is a revelation from the start." -- Lost Music

    "Catchy Guided by Voices-like rockers who lay it on sweetly and sincerely, just like Lionel Richie." -- WRUV Radio

    Silence - free mp3 lyrics and song details
    The Long Night - free mp3

    Download from eMusic, Amazon MP3, or iTunes, stream it at Last.fm, Napster, or Rhapsody.



    album cover art from More Than Happy

    "These are songs that you want to take home with you, curl up with, hold them close -- and pray that they are still with you when you wake up." -- The Big Takeover

    Let Me In - free mp3
    Ocean Blue - free mp3

    Download from eMusic, Amazon MP3, or iTunes, stream it at Last.fm, Napster, or Rhapsody.

    More Layaways downloads:

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