RIAA, NMPA, DiMA, and TMT agree on new digital music rates, pizza toppings

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Good news, everyone! It was announced yesterday by a bunch of organizations you didn’t know existed that the music publishers, songwriters, record labels, and digital music services whose livelihood you never consider have agreed on how to divvy up the money you’re hardly ever spending! At least for the next five years, which, as David Bowie already knows, is all we’ve got left on this backwater shitrock anyway.

According to the solid dudes from Billboard and Hypebot that I just shared a cab with, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), and Digital Media Association (DiMA) filed the joint agreement yesterday with the US Copyright Royalty Board (yes, okay, the CRB). The new deal, which only covers 2013-2017 — because who knows how music will be disseminated after Moore’s Law breaks — spins a fantastical tale of a 9.1 cents-per-song rate for old-fashioned things like downloads, CDs, and other physical formats; 24 cents for ringtones; and a whole mess of new models for the breeds of ‘roided-out interactive streaming services out there. “Tell me more about those new categories, Nobodaddy!” Oh, no, I couldn’t… “Aw, come on, do it, man! You ROCK!” Well, if you you insist. Take it away, Billboard dot biz:

— For the paid locker services like the one iTunes offers consumers, music publishers will get a mechanical rate of 12% of revenue or 20.65% of total content cost or 17 cents per subscriber, whichever is greater.

— For digital lockers that provide free cloud storage with a download purchase, music publishers will get 12% of revenue or 22% of the total cost of content, whichever is greater.

— For the third category, called a mixed bundle (such as when your cell phone service’s subscription rate comes with a music service), music publishers get 11.35% of revenue or 21% of total content cost, whichever is greater.

— The fourth new category, called limited interactive service (such as when a subscription service can offer limited amounts of music to, say, one genre or playlists that the user can access at a lower price), music publishers will get 10.5% of revenue or 21% of total cost or 18 cents per subscriber, whichever is greater.

— Finally, for the fifth category, called a music bundle (such as when a CD album comes with a download), music publishers will get 11.35% of revenue or 21% of total content cost.

“Today’s agreement paves the way for our members to continue developing exciting new business models that satisfy consumers,” said DiMA executive Lee Knife. Golly, I don’t know how much more exciting they can get than this one! HA. No, seriously though, this is good news for us consumers, because it means that we don’t really have to do anything for all those hardworking artists-pricks, publishing-dweebs, and techno-nerds to get paid. And that’s always great. If I could “Like” not having to do anything on Facebook, I totally might.

• RIAA: http://www.riaa.com
• NMPA: http://www.nmpa.org
• DiMA: http://www.digmedia.org
• TMNT: http://www.ninjaturtles.com

Sony CEO announces restructuring alongside 10,000 job cuts — none of which, unfortunately, include Chris Brown

Oh yeah, you remember Sony? Their music division is the second largest of the “big four,” and back during the 90s, they were basically the chosen company if you wanted to purchase entertainment hardware backed by a well-known, reputable brand. How the mighty have fallen — well, to some degree. According to the Associated Press, and reiterated by Billboard, Sony Corporation has announced that it will cut 10,000 jobs, or about 6% of its global workforce, in order to restructure its “money-losing TV business over the next two years.” The company recently doubled its projected annual net loss in revenue to $6.4 billion — its worse loss ever, and the fourth straight year of “red ink.”

To be sure, Sony still has an appreciable reputation in the television business, but competitors like Samsung and Panasonic appear to have overtaken it in the hierarchy of go-to brands among consumers. As Sony’s new CEO and president Kazuo Hirai remarked to apparently hundreds of journalists, “As CEO, I take this very seriously. But at the same time, it strengthened my resolve to transform Sony. […] Employees too want to restore Sony to its former glory and go beyond.” Their television business has lost money for eight straight years, and Hirai intends to make things profitable again by the fiscal year through March 2014. And if he doesn’t, well… I’ve always thought that a genuine Panaphonics was superior anyway, with Magnetbox being right behind.

• Sony Corporation: http://www.sony.net

Can celebrate The Lost Tapes release with a DJ set in LA tonight and a discussion in NY on April 17

Sorry, El Dorado, missing “Confederate gold,” and Ark of the Covenant. You too, Lost City of Z. A bona fide REAL missing treasure has been unearthed, and Krautrock fans are gonna want to lay down their metal detectors and Gemm.com log-ins for this one. For, in a storied land far far away (Germany. Obviously), unsuspecting historians unearthed a wealth of musical gold, what has now been dubbed Can’s Lost Tapes. Head here for more info (or just read the next few paragraphs), but the important thing now is that fans in LA and New York become aware of a couple special events to celebrate its release! Tonight, Los Angeles residents can partake in the wonders of Irmin Schmidt and Kumo’s Podmore doing the DJ set thang, meeting fans, and previewing tracks from the box set at Amoeba Music in Hollywood at 6 PM. New York fans can check out an April 17 event at Le Poisson Rouge entitled “The Music of Can: An Evening of Unreleased Music and Discussion,” during which the pair will talk music and answer fan questions about topics ranging from recording to Renaissance Festivals.

A little background on these lost tapes: a while back, Germany’s Rock ‘n’ Pop Museum bought Can’s studio in Weilerswist and everything in it. Even the army mattresses leaning against the walls for sound protection — they bought those. And it seems they bought a trove of master tapes with illegible labels and a whole lot of mystery. Those tapes would soon become a legend.

After sifting through 30 hours of rediscovered tunes, Can founder Irmin Schmidt, along with Jono Podmore and Mute Records boss Daniel Miller, found a vast quantity of top-notch archived material, including soundtracks to unreleased films, tracks that didn’t fit onto albums, and live material. So together, the group worked to arrange a 3-CD box set of the unheard works, which fans can discover as part of The Lost Tapes once it hits stores on June 19. The material dates from 1968-1977 and includes studio recordings from Schloss Nörvenich and Can’s Weilerswist studio. The lineup features Holger Czukay on bass, guitarist Michael Karoli, dummer Jaki Liebezeit, Irmin Schmidt on keyboards, and vocals from Malcolm Mooney or Damo Suzuki on the majority of tracks.

“Obviously the tapes weren’t really lost, but were left in the cupboards of the studio archives for so long everybody just forgot about them,” Schmidt said. “Everybody except Hildegard, who watches over Can and its work like the dragon over the gold of the Nibelungen and doesn’t allow forgetting.”

And here’s that awesome preview track again for good measure:

• Can: http://www.spoonrecords.com
• Mute: http://mute.com

Ed Schrader’s Music Beat release debut album on LOAD, tour from the bowels of Wham City

Did you read my headline? I said BOWELS! Hahahah! For realsies, though. One could only imagine what the bowels of Baltimore arts and music collective Wham City might look like. My guess? Lots of bright neon colors, remnants of chewed-up Crayola crayons, and bits of organic corn and gummy worms. Want more scatological humor? There’s more in the next paragraph!

Ed Schrader’s Music Beat represents what those bowels sound like. Schrader, a partner of Dan Deacon’s (bowel master) Wham City collective, sings and bangs on the floor-tom with punk enthusiasm and abrasive vocals. Along with bassist Devlin Rice (Nuclear Power Pants), the duo isn’t afraid to insert melodies in the midst of noise. Truly, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat is the poopy poop at its best. The debut album, Jazz Mind, is available on LOAD, and a tour with Future Islands will help to spread the Nutella-like feces of Wham City around the US.

Listen to album track “Sermon” here:

Tourdates:

04.14.12 - Baltimore, MD - Floristree
04.25.12 - York, PA - The Depot*
04.26.12 - Middletown, CT - Eclectic House (Wesleyan)*
04.27.12 - Providence, RI - AS220*
04.28.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise*
04.29.12 - Portland, ME @ Space *
04.30.12 - Quebec City, QC - Le Cercle *
05.01.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore *
05.02.12 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks *
05.03.12 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern *
05.04.12 - Rochester, NY - Bug Jar *
05.05.12 - Albany, NY - Valentine’s *
05.06.12 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *

* with Future Islands

• Ed Schrader’s Music Beat: http://edschradersmusicbeat.blogspot.com
• LOAD: http://www.loadrecords.com

Sigur Rós plan first North American tourdates in four years. WOW have you gotten balder since then!

In response to Lil B’s inspiring NYU lecture last night, Sigur Rós have looked inside their rainbow hearts and found even more positivity to share with North Americans after four long years of climax denial. The band recently announced their new album Valtari (translation: steamroller) for imminent release on May 29 via XL Recordings, and thus it was time to ride that steamroller across the land. Just like that G-rated David Lynch movie!

As we described last time around, Valtari will have a focus on electronics and the sounds those electronics make, will have no English lyrics whatsoever, and will make use of a girls’ choir as a way to crank up the ethereal. Will said electronics be brought along on tour, even to Troutdale, Oregon? Of course! Will said non-English lyrics be sung on tour? Yes!! Will they bring along the entire girls’ choir? Not sure!!! But that would be cool, and I hear the band’s stage setup is always impressive. Wouldn’t know personally, as the only concert I’ve ever attended was Edwin McCain at Navy Pier. I was this close to getting his autograph afterward.

Dates:

07.30.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Skyline Stage
07.31.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park Bandshell
08.01.12 - Toronto, ON - Echo Beach @ Molson Ampitheatre
08.03.12 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Festival
08.04-05.12 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.08.12 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theater
08.09.12 - Troutdale, OR - Edgefield Ampitheatre
08.12.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Forever Cemetary
08.18-19.12 - Osaka/Tokyo, Japan - Summer Sonic
08.24.12 - Paris, France - Rock en Seine
08.25.12 - Winterthur, Switzerland - Steinberggasse
08.28-29.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
08.31.12 - Stradbally, Ireland - Electric Picnic
09.02.12 - Verona, Italy - A Perfect Day Festival
09.04.12 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
09.05.12 - Ljublhana, Slovakia - Krizanke
09.07.12 - Berlin, Germany - Berlin Festival
09.09.12 - Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival
09.16-17.12 - Krakow, Poland - Sacrum Profanum

• Sigur Rós: http://www.sigur-ros.co.uk
• XL: http://www.xlrecordings.com

Moonface debuts new video, announces tourdates, streams new album with Siinai, and tells a few ghost stories

My sleep schedule has gone straight to hell. No matter how exhausted I think I am, somehow 3:30 AM rolls around, and I’m still wide awake, usually online, sometimes entering contests to win free records, sometimes looking at photos of charmingly arranged breakfast scenes, sometimes watching music videos.

HEY speaking of videos, Spin just premiered the Marsha Balaeva-directed video for “Teary Eyes and Bloody Lips,” a track off the upcoming Moonface record with backing band Siinai, Heartbreaking Bravery, which The A.V. Club is currently streaming. The album follows up last year’s Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped (TMT Review). In the video, there’s a ghost who skitters through the woods and under a bridge, a couple people who do cartwheels on a hill, and an illuminated wolf head made of paper — images weird enough to give all you lucky sleepers some pretty freaky dreams.

We reported a few weeks ago that the album will see an April 17 release via Jagjaguwar, but now it looks like Spencer Krug has also announced a string of tourdates. Cool. I’m going to nap now. Or at least try to.

Tourdates:

05.11.12 - Helsinki, Finland - Korjaamo
05.14.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Lilla Hotelbaren
05.15.12 - Oslo, Norway - Mono
05.16.12 - Bergen, Norway - Kjott
05.18.12 - Stavanger, Norway - Grottene
05.19.12 - Aarhus, Denmark - Pop Revo Festival
05.20.12 - Goteberg, Sweden - Pustervik
05.21.12 - Malmo, Sweden - Debaser
05.22.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
05.23.12 - Berlin, Germany - Kater Holzig
05.24.12 - Krakow, Poland - Green Zoo Festival
05.25.12 - Leipzig, Germany - NaTo
05.26.12 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who? Festival
05.27.12 - Kortrijk, Belgium - Sinxen Festival
05.29.12 - London, UK - Cargo
06.01.12 - Düdingen, Switzerland - Kilbi Festival
06.15.12 - Pontiac, MI - Pike Room
06.16.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
06.17.12 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill
06.19.12 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
06.20.12 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot
06.21.12 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
06.22.12 - Austin, TX - Red 7
06.24.12 - St. Louis, MO - Luminary Center for the Arts
06.26.12 - Nashville, TN - 12th & Porter
06.27.12 - Atlanta, GA - Earl
06.28.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
06.29.12 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
06.30.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
07.01.12 - Cambridge, MA - TT the Bears

• Moonface: http://moonface.ca
• Jagjaguwar: http://www.jagjaguwar.com

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