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

The Kills release flexi disc for Record Store Day Black Friday, chart winter tour

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a decade since The Kills first unleashed a fuzzy little tornado of psychotic rock ‘n’ roll onto that first unsuspecting audience. In the intervening years, the duo have toured the globe, received numerous critical accolades, started hit side projects (The Dead Weather, duh) and married supermodels (Kate Moss, duh.) Their songs have featured on myriad film and TV projects, including Gossip Girl and that one show about the unconventional doctor. (Yes, I know it’s called House.) In the immortal words of Virginia Slims, “You’ve come a long way baby.”

So what’s next for these übercool rock ‘n’ roll banshees? If I said opening a Communist Russia-themed waterpark in rural Scranton, would you believe me? No, of course not: that’s stupid. Okay, so how about if I said “going on tour”? Yes, because obviously they’re going on tour. After the past few months playing Lollapalooza, David Lynch’s new Paris-based, Mulholland Drive-influenced Club Silencio, and a string of South American dates, Mr. Hince and Ms. Mosshart will be packing up the ol’ Airstream trailer once more and heading through Europe this month in support of their latest album Blood Pressures on Domino. Then in the new year, to celebrate one truly rockin’ decade, they’ll be swinging back stateside for a bunch of shows, including a special birthday party for the band at New York’s Terminal 5. Also in the works: a special “Limited Edition Postcard Flexi Disc of “The Last Goodbye”” available exclusively on Record Store Day Black Friday, November 25. What the hell is a postcard flexi disc? I don’t know, but it sounds super rad, doesn’t it? Scientists refer to this as The Kills effect.

Dates:

11.11.11 - Ameins, France - Zenith **
11.12.11 - Paris, France - L’Olympia **
11.13.11 - Paris, France - L’Olympia **
11.15.11 - Lyon, France - Le Transbordeur **
11.16.11 - Toulouse, France - Le Bikini **
11.17.11 - Nantes, France - La Carriere **
11.18.11 - Nancy, France - L’Autre Canal **
11.20.11 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Docks **
11.21.11 - Zurich, Switzerland - X-Tra **
11.25.11 - Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso **
11.26.11 - Brussells, Belgium - Cirque Royal **
11.27.11 - Koln, Germany - E-Werk **
11.29.11 - Muchen, Germany - Tonhalle **
11.30.11 - Berlin, Germany - Columbiahalle **
12.03.11 - London, UK - Brixton Academy **
01.20.12 - Chicago, IL - Rivera *
01.21.12 - Kansas City, KS - Midland Theatre *
01.23.12 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater *
01.24.12 - Houston, TX - House of Blues *
01.25.12 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre *
01.26.12 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues *
01.28.12 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution *
01.29.12 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues *
01.30.12 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz Theatre *
02.01.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade *
02.02.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
02.03.12 - Boston, MA - Royale Boston *
02.05.12 - Montreal, QC - L’Olympia *
02.07.12 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus *
02.11.12 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 *

** Gang of Four
* Jeff. The Brotherhood

• The Kills: http://www.thekills.tv
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us

[Photo: Kenneth Capello]

Radiohead announce US tour to support their Oxford quintet-edness

Radiohead, purveyors of something or another, have confirmed the first several dates of a US tour in support of, yes, The King of Limbs (TMT Review). But the group is planning to record new material in December and January, so who knows? Maybe we’ll be hearing some new songs come February and March 2012, when the band hits the old forums-arenas-bank-centers circuit. And maybe they’ll be all hypnagogic or something.

Opening the shows will be TBD labelmates Other Lives, who are most famous for being the openers of Radiohead’s upcoming US tour. W.A.S.T.E. will provide some tickets on Wednesday, with general tickets going on sale this Saturday.

02.27.12 - Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena
02.29.12 - Tampa, FL - St. Pete Times Forum
03.01.12 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
03.05.12 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
03.07.12 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
03.09.12 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
03.11.12 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
03.13.12 - Broomfield, CO - 1st Bank Center
03.15.12 - Glendale, AZ - Jobing.com Arena

And hey, don’t forget to bid on Ed O’Brien’s Kid A guitar. The eBay listing says the condition is “very good,” but the picture shows the guitar obviously tarnished by these scribbled signatures on the pick guard. And surely the cheesy riff in “Optimistic” should lower the price, too. But eh, it’s for the Billie Butterfly Fund, so that’s cool. You can read more about the Billie Butterfly Fund here.

• Radiohead: http://www.radiohead.com
• Other Lives: http://otherlives.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

  

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