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

Q-Tip signs to Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music label, releases limited line of exquisite drapes!!

While he’s not combing through pictures of luxurious drapes and then buying those luxurious drapes with his piles of money, Kanye West occasionally does music-related things. You know, like put out records and singles and sign people to his record label G.O.O.D. Music. Before we continue, may I ask, what does G.O.O.D. stand for? What’s that? Google it? Fine, it stands for Getting Out Our Dreams. You are unbearable, invisible internet populace.

Back to Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music and all it entails. Mr. West (Mr. West! Mr. West! Mr. West!) has signed a few legendary MCs (Mos Def, Common, Pusha T), along with some slightly less legendary MCs (Kid Cudi, Cyhi the Prynce). Chalk up one more for the legendary column, as Consequence of Sound reports that Q-Tip has signed to G.O.O.D. If you didn’t know, Q-Tip was a member of the vastly important hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest and you probably already know this information. If you were not aware, well, hey, go listen to The Low End Theory. It is rather good.

Though details are pretty scarce, Q-Tip does plan on putting out his fourth solo record next year through the label. Tentatively, that album will be called The Last Zulu. But by the time it comes out, it could be called anything! It could be… The First Zulu. Really? That’s all I could come up with? Jeez.

• Q-Tip: http://www.qtiponline.com
• G.O.O.D. Music: http://www.goodmusic-blog.com

London’s illustrious Rough Trade record shops to open NYC location; if you loiter outside maybe you’ll get in a press photo

Ever since America borned its way out of the eight years of deadly warfare, powdered wigs, and throwin’ tea around that marked the Revolutionary War, it seems like we just can’t do enough to get the British to come back. (1812, you say? Whatever, 98% of us went to public school. Who remembers that shit? Was it even covered?) Seriously, come baaaaaack! We want Royal Weddings! We (seemingly, sometimes) want a class divide! We want our very own Rough Trade store! We want — WHAT? We can have that? America is getting a Rough Trade store? Okay, screw what I just said. You can keep the rest, just give us a beautiful, prestigious, new indie record shop in Brooklyn.

And so, America, you shall have your Rough Trade NYC, which will be bigger than the first Rough Trade in London’s Notting Hill area, and even bigger than the massive Rough Trade East that was built in a former Stella Artois brewery on hip/wonderful Brick Lane. This isn’t the first time Rough Trade shops have gone international; in the past, satellites have been launched in Tokyo, Paris, and San Francisco. Those outlets have been closed for a while though, so “in these tough economic times,” what makes NYC likely to shine? Well, the Brits are partnering on this one with The Bowery Presents to craft a live in-store performance area, as well as to operate a small live music venue at night. (The Bowery Presents knows what’s up; they also run the very successful Music Hall of Williamsburg in the same area as the future Rough Trade NYC.) Rough Trade co-owner Stephen Godfroy (the shop and the label are separate entities, for those who were wondering) says, “We’re extremely excited at the prospect of handing over the ‘blank canvas’, that is a Rough Trade store, to the music lovers of New York, allowing them make it their own culture agora, just as the people of London have so successfully achieved, with downturn-defying results.”

Take that, economy! You’re getting a new record store, and you’re gonna like it! The Williamsburg-based shop is scheduled to make its debut this coming autumn, and with it will come a brand new, US version of the roughtrade.com online store. The online store will allow users to shop for CDs, vinyl, downloads, and also enroll in subscription services. The masterminds behind Rough Trade promise that the NY store and the London shops will be linked, with customers and artists in each country encouraged to interact. Pen pals, anyone?

• Rough Trade: http://www.roughtrade.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:


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