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Tuesday, September 23, 2014Apologies For the David Thomas Broughton Delay

spiral-clock This week was technically the release for Sliding the Same Way, the awesome new album by David Thomas Broughton and the Juice Vocal Ensemble, but unfortunately the manufacturing has seen a bit of a delay, so we’re actually a wee while away from getting the physical products in our pudgy little hands I’m afraid.

Basically, this is because of me trying to do something a bit special and clever, and I completely underestimated how long it would take to iron out the wrinkles with the manufacturer unfortunately, so everything has taken forever to get finalised in a way they were happy they could actually print properly.

On the plus side, the reason it took so long is because they’re pretty picky about things and the quality is always top notch, so I would rather we were a bit late and the quality stayed high, than that they cowboyed something through because I was pushing them with deadlines and the end result ended up being a bit shit.

They have a few remaining tour dates, so you should go and see them if you can. They’re all listed here, if you’re interested.

So apologies to yourselves, and most of all to David and Juice of course, but we are on it and it will be here soon.  In the meantime, here’s Yorkshire Fog, which is bloody ace.

Thursday, September 18, 2014Jonnie Common – Shark

This is the first single from the new Jonnie Common album, and it’s fucking ace. The album, Trapped in Amber, is out on Halloween of this year, on vinyl or CD, and you can pre-order a copy here.

Shark is a tune which also appears on our last Split 12″, but this version is a totally different beast. It’s been described as chilled-out Kraftwerk or Glasgae Beck, and erm, well I am not going to critique those two descriptions, but they did make me laugh.

Friday, September 12, 2014“Lifers” – Mini Documentary

This is a really nice wee documentary about professionalism within the music industry which I was interviewed for a while back. There’s lots of good stuff in there, and it’s pretty brief too, so you’ve no excuse not to watch the whole lot. Made by the excellent Alex Watson – thanks Alex!

I’ve not really expressed this thought before, but one of the points I make in the video doesn’t get discussed that often.  I was asked about the continuing importance of labels and I had this to say, more or less:

Labels are still hugely important. They have experience releasing records, an audience of their own, and they have contacts and a reputation within the industry which is crucial. Where labels’ role is changing is that they no longer control the relationships and processes which make the most money.

As labels have less cash, bands are increasingly recording their own albums or funding the recording themselves and that means they control all their own copyrights. As publishing becomes an increasingly important revenue stream, that means that the money flows between the band and their publisher and the label often has little to do with it. Most labels have no way of involving themselves in live revenues either, and if a band can afford to do it, they generally (and should) control their own merch too, and the profit margins there can be decent as well. 

Consequently if you’re just licensing someone else’s intellectual property, manufacturing it and announcing its release, it’s actually a relatively limited financial model you have to operate within as a modern independent label.

And there you go, that’s today’s wee thought to chew on, if you’re of a mind to ponder the inner rumblings of the music industry in the 21st Century.