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Boards of Canada Treat ‘Hi Scores’ to Reissue

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Last year, in addition to releasing Tomorrow’s Harvest, Scottish electronic masters Board of Canada treated their LPs to a massive reissue campaign. Now, they’ve announced plans to reissue their classic EP Hi Scores. Before the breakthrough success of their Warp debut, Music Has the Right to Children, the duo issued Hi Scores in 1996 via Skam. To coincide with that label’s 20th anniversary, the six-song EP is receiving a proper reissue. It was already rereleased in 1999, 2002 and 2005, but the latest iteration of Hi Scores is the most deluxe yet….Read More

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Australian Streaming Service Songl Shuts Down…

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Australian on-demand streaming service Songl only launched about a year and a half ago. Now, Songl is shutting down.

Songl was a joint venture between Sony Music, Universal Music, and broadcast media company Southern Cross Austereo. In a statement, SCA said:

“…all stakeholders have moved their focus from this service into other music and content-based commitments that will enable each stakeholder to diversify their offering.”

Current subscribers and trial users will be migrated to the Omny app. SCA has a stake in Omny’s parent company and says the move will be “seamless”.

 

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Get Reviews of the New Pornographers, Cold Specks and Gob in Our New Release Roundup

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If you’re looking for some new releases to refresh your listening library, look no further than today’s New Release Roundup. It’s filled with reviews of today’s brand new records, so you can find out what to expect from the albums everyone’s talking about. Give it a read below; if you don’t find that one special record, check our Recently Reviewed section for even more.

Fans of long-running indie collective the New Pornographers will be interested in our review of Brill Bruisers, the band’s highly anticipated, upbeat return to form. Our reviewer thinks that “the band’s glory days have returned,” but you can decide for yourself by checking out the full review.

Cold Specks‘ Al Spx tried to fill the empty spaces in her unique, spacious sound on her new record Neuroplasticity. Read about the results of her sonic fine-tuning at the link above. On to the punk side of things, our review of Vancouver pop punk mainstays Gob‘s comeback album, Apt. 13, is a must-read for anyone who’s stoked that Gob’s seven-year hiatus is over.

It’s not surprising to hear that Shovels & Rope are a husband-and-wife duo, considering the irresistible chemistry with which they imbue their music. Our review of Swimmin’ Time is packed with praise for the laid-back folksy charm that Shovels & Rope deliver so effortlessly. In our review of Scottish producer Rustie‘s Green Language, our reviewer called highlight track “Velcro” “the audio equivalent of tears of joy.” See if the rest of the album stands up to that high praise by checking out the full review.

Finally, get the party started with our review of Basement Jaxx‘s Junto; it will help you decide whether this record deserves a spot on your end-of-summer playlist.

Find some tracks from the albums reviewed above and lots more on our Rdio Genre Playlists:

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Exploration Raises $5 Million for Royalty Advances…

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Exploration.io is a digital rights and content managment company for YouTube and SoundCloud. The company’s website is pretty bare at the moment, but they say they offer “business class search technology” and YouTube CMS management.

Billboard reports that Exploration has raised $ 5 million from an unnamed source. The money will be used for royalty advances and royalty collection. Yes, Exploration will be giving royalty advances to their clients. They say they are the first company to do this.

Rene Meredith, Exploration’s COO, said:

“While the structure of the advance is quite similar to advances and royalty purchases any in the entertainment industry are familiar with, this is the first time a company has sought to service creators specifically in the digital realm…”

+After Holding Out for Years, SoundCloud Finally Decides to Pay Artists…

 

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Updated: ReverbNation Closes Merch Store…

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Update 1 4:00 pm PT: ReverbNation says MusicWeek has incorrect information, and that there was never a partnership with Dizzyjam at all. “We’ve never partnered with dizzy jam,” an executive emailed DMN.   More updates ahead.

Update 2 11:00 pm PT: ReverbNation says “…we’ve never partnered with [Dizzyjam] and weren’t consulted on their press release. It sounds like they’re trying to let independent musicians know about their offerings and understand that we serve the same market”.   Original article below.

ReverbNation’s Reverb Store isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind when you think of ways to print band t-shirts. No wonder the Reverb Store has been shut down….

MusicWeek reports that the Reverb Store is now closed due to low user numbers. ReverbNation has ended their relationship with Dizzyjam, the company behind Reverb Store’s print on-demand technology.

Dizzyjam’s co-founder Neil Cocker said:

“ReverbNation is a brilliant service, and it’s a shame they’ve had to make this decision, but it just shows how tough the music merch scene is – but this only strengthens our commitment to work hard here at Dizzyjam to serve the independent music sector.’’

Dizzyjam will continue to operate as a free service.

ReverbNation users will now get a discount on bulk print orders from MerchOutfitters.

 

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Ogre You Asshole Unveil ‘Papercraft’ LP

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This spring, Japanese pop explorers Ogre You Asshole returned with their “Rule Invisible” 12-inch, promising at the time that this was only just a taste of an upcoming full-length. Now just a few months later, the band have made good on their word and announced Papercraft. Via the P-Vine imprint, the new album will arrive in Japan on October 15. The new LP marks OYA’s first since 2012′s 100 Years After, completing a trilogy of conceptual albums that began in 2011 with Homely. Utilizing an array of museum-quality analog gear, the band once again teamed up with…Read More

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Executive Shuffles: McDonald’s, Ticketmaster, Live Nation, SpinMedia…

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SpinMedia has named Stephen Blackwell their new CEO. Blackwell is the founder of Death and Taxes, which SpinMedia acquired in July.

Xaxis Director of Product Development  Mike Finnegan has been hired away by Live Nation. Finnegan is now Live Nation’s VP of Programmatic and Product Innovation.

McDonald’s recently hired their first VP of Digital, Julia Vander Ploeg. Prior to McD’s, Vander Ploeg was on the digital team at Ticketmaster. Various job postings hint that McDonald’s is expanding further into the digital and music spaces. Job postings include:

 

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Vladislav Delay Returns with ‘Visa’ Album

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It’s been two years since Finnish electronic performer Sasu Ripatti released his last Vladislav Delay album, Kuopio. Rather than repeat himself with another set of dubbed-out house, the artist has gone ambient for his next album. The album’s called Visa, and for good reason — it was created after Ripatti was denied entry into the United States and forced to cancel a tour. Speaking with Resident Advisor, Ripatti explained that the entire album was recorded in the space where the cancelled tour would have been. “What was remarkable was the newfound…Read More

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Louis Vuitton Invests $80 Million in K-Pop Company YG Entertainment…

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Record label and talent agency YG Entertainment manages the careers of some of the biggest K-pop stars. YG’s roster includes fashion-conscious artists PSY, Big Bang, and 2NE1.  The company has a market value of $ 690 million.

LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) is investing up to $ 80 million in YG Entertainment.  L. Capital Asia (a branch of LVMH) will invest 61 billion won ($ 59.6 million) in preferred YG shares.  LVMH is also negotiating the purchase of $ 20 million in shares from Yang Hyun-suk, YG’s founder and largest shareholder.

Reuters reports that the two companies are also discussing a strategic partnership.

In 2009, Louis Vuitton sponsored Big Bang member G-Dragon.

 

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Ticketfly Acquires Ticket-Selling App WillCall…

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Ticketfly has acquired WillCall, a curated concert listing and ticket selling app. The financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

WillCall does more than just sell tickets.  The app allows users to tip artists and buy merch, drinks, VIP packages, and more.  WillCall currently operates in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles.

Ticketfly has 1,300 venue partnerships and will bring inventory to the WillCall platform. WillCall says we can “expect access to even more great shows, innovative mobile offerings, and beautifully designed products“.

TechCrunch says that for now, Ticketfly will use WillCall to sell tickets in the few weeks before the show happens.  Billboard says the long term plan for WillCall hasn’t been decided yet.

 

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