TuneCore: “We’re launching a new music publishing service!” Major labels: “Why didn’t WE think of that?”

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TuneCore, the leading digital distributor for independent artists, has launched a complementary service for administering music publishing rights. Not intended to replace music publishers themselves, the new service will simply aid artists in working with publishers to help them collect royalties from the use of their work.

The new division is being led by Jamie Purpora, former EVP of Bug Music, and already has the support of one high-profile TuneCore artist, noted trendsetter Trent Reznor (from the Facebook movie), who signed up for the publishing assistance service during the beta trial. The service is currently only available to artists who use TuneCore’s distribution services, but is expected to be made available to all rights holders in the future. The cost for the service is a flat, one time fee of $49.99, plus 10% of any royalties collected.

TuneCore isn’t the first provider of independent publishing services, though. SongTrust, which launched in March 2011, offers similar services and returns all royalties to artists after they pay an upfront fee. While the lack of a commission is an appealing draw, TuneCore’s integrated distribution services may prove to be a better package deal for artists looking to increase their revenues. Regardless, Tunecore’s expanding services are a boon for independent artists looking for help in managing their careers and is another example of why major labels just aren’t important anymore.

• TuneCore: http://www.tunecore.com
• SongTrust: https://www.songtrust.com

U.S. Girls signs to FatCat Records, demystifying stereotypes about American cats and obesity

When you hear the words “U.S. Girls,” it often conjures adult themes and situations in the minds of many men, women, and all other types of people. However, according to great American myth, there is legend that the “granny continent” breeds intelligent and creative female specimen.

Perhaps ironically (or un-ironically — I’m not really sure what either word means!), U.S. Girls, the solo project of Megan Remy, proves that pretty girls can make sweet lo-fi music without giving into the corporate music fat cats. Which is why U.S. Girls is now signed to FatCat Records — not to be confused with Jesse Katsopolis’ label, Fat Fish Records, on Full House.

Under the moniker, Remy has released albums on Siltbreeze, Palmist, and most recently KRAAK Records, to name but a few. Just watch the video for “Island Song” and try not to feel swooned by feminine nationality.

Yep, ‘merica couldn’t be prouder, and until the new FatCat release is announced we can catch U.S. Girls on tour. And I don’t mean catching Chlamydia! I mean hearing good live tunes. Go America!

Tourdates:

11.08.11 -Eskilstuna, Sweden - Eskilstuna teater
11.09.11 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Esco /CPH DOX
11.10.11 - Stockholm, Sweden - Strand
11.11.11 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Koloni/Gårdaskolan
11.12.11 - Berlin, Germany - Madame Claude
11.14.11 - Mainz, Germany - Phantom Limbo
11.15.11 - Prague, Czech Republic - Final Club
11.18.11 - Stuttgart, Germany - Komma
11.19.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Golem
11.20.11 - Bremen, Germany - Zakk
11.21.11 - Amsterdam, Holland - Occi
11.23.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Magasin 4
11.25.11 - Paris, France - Espace B
11.26.11 - Rennes, France - La Route du Rock

• U.S. Girls: http://yousgirls.blogspot.com
• FatCat: http://fat-cat.co.uk

Dan Deacon signs to Domino and programs a 2012 release date sequence for his next album

Having just finished recording the score for the new Coppola flick, Twixt, experimental songwriter Dan Deacon has announced that he now plans to return to the studio to record his next proper LP, and Domino Records has also announced today that they will subsequently release it.

The follow-up to 2009’s Bromst (TMT Review) is yet to be titled, but Domino expects the record next year — “or else,” they tell poor, pressured Dan.

Catch Dan Deacon on tour before the end of 2011, be it for the music or the laughs:

Solo dates:

11.05.11 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.30.11 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish
12.01.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
12.02.11 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw
12.03.11 - Portland, OR - Brax
12.04.11 - Seattle, WA - Neptune

Wham City Comedy Tour 2011 dates:

11.05.11 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.06.11 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.07.11 - Denton, TX - Dan’s Silverleaf
11.08.11 - Norman, OK - Opolis
11.09.11 - Kansas City, KS - Paragraph Gallery
11.10.11 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill
11.11.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
11.12.11 - Detroit, MI - TBA
11.13.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks
11.14.11 - Annandale-on-Hudson, NY - Bard College
11.15.11 - Troy, NY - 51 3rd St.
11.16.11 - Purchase, NY - Purchase College
11.17.11 - Poughkeepsie, NY - Vassar College
11.18.11 - New York, NY - 285 Kent St
11.19.11 - Baltimore, MD - Courier Theater

• Dan Deacon: http://www.dandeacon.com
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.com

Baths ends 2011 with touring, sideburns

Will Wiesenfeld, known to many as Baths, has a very good pair of sideburns. This is a fact about Baths. He also tours quite a bit. That is another fact about Baths. If you knew nothing about Baths before reading this story, you now know exactly two facts about Baths. Here’s the rest you need to know: he makes jittery hip-hop beats not entirely dissimilar to Flying Lotus or Prefuse 73 but with a fuzzy pop-song bent entirely dissimilar to Flying Lotus or Prefuse 73 (see last year’s Cerulean on anticon.) and he is also going on tour near the year’s end.

After playing this year’s iteration of Fun Fun Fun Fest (which I’ll be at, say hi to me!), Wiesenfeld plans to wrap up the year by playing a string of dates through the month of November. Accompanying him will be a number of groups that make perfect sense to play with Baths, like Dntel and Anamanaguchi. Rumor has it that every member of every group hanging out with Baths will grow sideburns at least as good as Wiesenfeld’s. You should stop believing rumors.

Dates:

11.30.11 - Philadelphia, PA - The Arch
12.01.11 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East (Downstairs)
12.02.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
12.03.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
12.09.11 - Seattle, WA - The Neptune #
12.10.11 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl #
12.15.11 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s ^
12.16.11 - Santa Cruz, CA - Kuumbwa Jazz Center ^
12.17.11 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre ^

# Teen Daze
^ Dntel

• Baths: http://www.bathsmusic.com
• anticon.: http://www.anticon.com

Antony and the Johnsons invite you to meditate at MOMA Swanlights performance

On those cold evenings when you find yourself in need of a meditation — perhaps one that centers around light, nature, and femininity — you probably wish Antony Hegarty was there to hold you close, as orchestral music plays in the background. Well, those midwinter dreams of yours are about to come true, more or less. The Museum of Modern Art has commissioned Antony and his Johnsons to perform a special concert on January 26 at Radio City Music Hall.

Titled after their most recent release on Secretly Canadian, Swanlights (TMT Review) will feature a 60-piece orchestra and include songs from all four of Antony and the Johnson’s albums. Nico Muhly, Rob Moose, and Maxim Moston will provide the symphonic arrangements, while light artist Chris Levine and lighting designer Paul Normandale will enhance the visual aspect. After all, what’s a meditation on light without the light? For darkness is the absence of light, don’tcha know?

Ahead of the Radio City Music Hall performance, a Charles Atlas and Antony Hegarty film called TURNING will see its screening premiere on November 11 at Copenhagen’s Documentary Film Festival CPH:DOX. The footage was captured in 2006 as Atlas toured with Antony and the Johnsons, exploring “themes of identity, transcendence and the revelation of essence.”

Tickets for Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlights go on sale to the public on November 12 at 10 AM. Visit Radio City Music Hall or Ticketmaster to book your one-way ticket to meditation.

Tourdates:

11.11.11 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Teater Bremen (TURNING premiere)
01.26.12 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall

• Antony and the Johnsons: http://www.antonyandthejohnsons.com
• Secretly Canadian: http://www.secretlycanadian.com

Louisville’s ear X-tacy record shop closes its doors

ear X-tacy, the legendary independent record store that served Louisville for 26 years, has gone to that big music festival in the sky. ear X-tacy manager Rebecca Mercer told Kentucky’s WAVE NBC channel that the tough decision to close the store had been in the works for the past several months, but that it had been finalized late last Friday night. Business for the indie stalwart had been on decline for quite some time, and the store had been forced to find cheaper digs. ear X-Tacy’s former home is now a Panera.

“It makes you feel like I’ve lost a friend, not just a place, but sort of a friend,” customer Cory Fusting told WAVE. Kentuckian Jim James of My Morning Jacket posted a eulogy of sorts on the store’s website, saying:

there is a tear in my eye right now as i hear about the closing of one of my favorite places on earth- ear-xtacy… .i send thanks and healing vibes to [owner John D. Timmins] and everyone who has worked so hard at the store over the years…the presence of that sacred place will be sorely missed. people- let this be a big wake up call to us…we need these places to gather as a community and share ideas about music and art and love and life and…. for the love of god…. it cant all take place online…or i fear that one day we will all wake up bleary-eyed and hung over from our technology binge and find the real world long gone.

Owner John D. Timmins posted his own thank-you/goodbye note on the store’s website, saying:

Please keep the music alive. Support the incredible music scene and independent businesses we have here! Until you leave this great city, you cannot realize what a unique treasure we have here. Embrace it, celebrate it, and promote it. Love it.

Thank you all for making my dreams come true. Thank you for making ear X-tacy the wonderful place that it was. I thank all of the staff that made this store THE hub for music in Louisville for the past 26 years. Please take pride in knowing that YOU have been the heart and soul of what this store became. Thank you for sharing my dream and exceeding all of my expectations! To all of the musicians who have graced our store and stage, I cannot tell you what a thrill it’s been. From the local newbies to the incredibly huge national artists…THANK YOU for gracing our store and sharing you incredible musical talents with us all…that’s what I like to call: ‘earX-tacy.’

Wise words, people. Record stores are like cathedrals…big internet retailers are like–come on–big internet retailers. Where’s the soul in all that? In the case of ear X-tacy, it’s drifting up to the heavens where Atlanta’s Criminal and Long Beach, CA’s VIP are now RIPing. Be a good citizen–support your indie neighbors.

• ear X-tacy: http://www.earx-tacy.com

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