According to a Bandcamp news blog released late yesterday
We’re offering a first glimpse of an initiative from Bandcamp that aims to address these challenges. Our new Vinyl Pressing Services streamlines the financing, production, and fulfillment of vinyl records. With no up-front investment, an artist or label can create a vinyl campaign and start taking orders almost immediately. Once they reach their minimum goal, we press their records and ship them to their fans.
The new service eliminates risk, since fans’ orders finance the pressing, rather than the artist or label. It eliminates hassle, since we press the records, print the packaging, and ship to fans (and fulfill digital too). It offers complete control, with the design and pricing up to the artist, and Bandcamp taking no ownership of the record. And it produces a quality result: our manufacturing partner has over 60 years experience pressing vinyl, so the records look, and sound, great.
The Bandcamp vinyl service will open to all artists and labels later this year, but today we’re launching four pilot campaigns that provide an idea of what’s possible:
This a great concept and we believe this will benefit many artists looking for a way to satisfy fans needs in an ever-changing music environment.
About Bandcamp Bandcamp is an American online music company founded in 2008 by former Oddpost co-founder Ethan Diamond and programmers Shawn Grunberger, Joe Holt and Neal Tucker, headquartered in Oakland, California.
Bandcamp’s mission is to create the best possible service for artists and labels to share and earn money from their music, and for fans to discover and enjoy it.
Artists and labels upload music to Bandcamp and control how they sell it, setting their own prices, offering fans the option to pay more (which they do 40% of the time and selling merchandise.
According to Wikipedia Fans can download their purchases or stream their music on the Bandcamp app. They can also send purchased music as a gift, view lyrics, and save individual songs or albums to a wish list. Uploading music to Bandcamp is free, and the company takes a 15% cut of sales made from their website (in addition to payment processing fees), which drops to 10% after an artist’s sales surpass $5000.
Downloads are offered both in lossy formats as MP3 (320k or V0), AAC and Ogg Vorbis and in lossless formats as FLAC, ALAC, WAV, and AIFF. In addition to digital downloads, artists may offer the purchase of their music on physical media such as CD or vinyl.
We first heard of other start-ups going back some years offering this same type of service, such Qrates, and French startup Diggers.
Fortune Magazine Vinyl sales grew by just shy of 12% from 8.6 to 9.7 million sales, while cassette sales grew by almost 19% from 99,400 to 118,200 copies sold in the US, The Verge reported.
The Bandcamp blog Create Vinyl with Bandcamp. reported that sales of vinyl records on Bandcamp have grown 600% in the last five years, and every month another 3,500 unique vinyl albums are added to the site.
I am more than happy to strongly recommend this great festival of adventurous progressive music – SEAPROG. The Festival’s 6th edition will be held in the great city of Seattle on June 7-9, 2019. If You are local in the state of Washington, or in neighboring Oregon or British Columbia, You should consider coming, and if You are more adventurous and live anywhere in the USA, Canada, or elsewhere in the world, please consider coming to the great city of Seattle for great food, celebrated microbreweries, world-famous coffee roasters, the great company of similarly minded old and new friends in music, and above all, for some excellent new music.
And two moonjunista artists will be taking the stage at the festival: MARBIN(from Chicago)and Stick Men’s MARKUS REUTER (from Berlin, Germany who is performing in the avant prog duo with former King Crimson member, TREY GUNN. Not to miss the 70’s Swedish prog legends TRETTIOARIGA KRIGET, the very talented JULIE SLICK of Adrian Belew Trio and her band ECHOTEST, another Chicago’s heavy weight DISTRICT 97, FARMHOUSE from Northern California, as well local Washington state bands THE SHEEN, DUST MICE, TROOT, MOON LETTERS, YESOD and IMMENSITY CRUMB.
SEAPROG is run by twomoonjunistas from Seattle, Dennis ReaandJon Davis, as well as John Reagan, Joe Fischer, Dave McLelland, and Tom Prather, all longtime enthusiasts and ambassadors of the local progressive music cause. My old friend Dennis Rea has appeared on 6 albums on MoonJune Records: 3 albums with his band Moraine – Manifest Density, Metamorphic Rock, and Groundswell; the self-titled album from collective improv combo Iron Kim Style; and Dennis‘ solo album Views From Chicheng Precipice. He also guested on Seattle-based Zhongyu‘s self-titled album, and MJR is planning two other releases featuring Dennis: Moraine‘s next album, as well as Dennis‘ sophomore solo release on MoonJune, Giant Steppes. Jon Davis‘ band Zhongyu’s self-titled album was also released on MoonJune Records.
SEAPROG provides a public showcase for adventurous progressive musicians from the Pacific Northwest and beyond that honors the seriousness of their art. As the region’s only annual festival devoted to progressive rock music, SEAPROG serves an audience of keen enthusiasts whose tastes have been largely ignored by both the mainstream and alternative music industries and media alike.
SEAPROG tilts decidedly toward the more adventurous reaches of the genre rather than long-established historical precedents – a bracing contrast to the ‘Golden Age’ nostalgia that’s overtaken the music in some quarters. This is not a value judgment; SEAPROG‘s organizers revere many of the ‘old school’ progressive bands as much as anyone, it’s just that there are already plenty of festivals devoted to that sort of thing, but very few focusing on exploratory progressive music of the here and now. SEAPROG is also unusual in its inclusivity, both musical (in terms of freely mingling influences) and social (in terms of gender and cultural representation among Seaprog performers). Operated as a nonprofit organization, Seaprog is and will remain a labor of love rather than a typical business venture.
June 7, 2019 7:00pm – Columbia City Theater Main Stage: THE SHEEN 8:00pm – Columbia City Theater Front Room: DUST MICE 9:00pm – Columbia City Theater Main Stage: TROOT 11:00pm – Columbia City Theater Main Stage: TRETTIOARIGA KRIGET
June 8, 2019 7:00pm – Columbia City Theater Main Stage: MOON LETTERS 8:00pm – Columbia City Theater Front Room: YESOD 9:00pm – Columbia City Theater Main Stage: MARKUS REUTER & TREY GUNN 11:00pm – Columbia City Theater Main Stage: MARBIN
June 9, 2019 6:00pm – Columbia City Theater Main Stage: FARMHOUSE ODYSSEY 8:00pm- Columbia City Theater Front Room: ECHOTEST 9:00pm – Columbia City Theater Main Stage: IMMENSITY CRUMB 11:00pm – Columbia City Theater Main Stage: DISTRICT 97
If You are unable to attend, your donations are more than welcome, any donation no matter how small, helps.
SEAPROG has never been a for-profit enterprise, and our fiscal sponsorship with Shunpike cements our commitment to present the best music possible without consideration of commercial appeal. SEAPROG provides a prominent showcase for musicians working in a non-mainstream musical genre that has long been underrepresented in the Pacific Northwest. The festival’s focus is on the resurgent Northwest progressive-music community, augmented by some of the more adventurous national and international artists active in the genre today. Over five annual editions, Seaprog has presented more than 75 acts (comprising roughly 290 musicians) whose diverse approaches illustrate just how far progressive rock has evolved since its origins in the 1960s.
SEAPROG is supported by a core committee of roughly a dozen organizers and volunteers and achieved a significant milestone in 2018 when the festival gaining federal 501(c)(3) nonprofit status under the aegis of Shunpike. This allows us to accept tax-exempt donations from individuals, matching grants from area employers, and grants from arts-funding organizations, and to synergize with other regional arts entities.
SEAPROG benefits a regional audience of enthusiasts at an affordable price. The festival also benefits numerous regional musicians. SEAPROG is especially proud of the fact that SEAPROG’s roster of artists has shown significant representation from gender and ethnic communities; for example, fully 70% of main-stage acts presented by SEAPROG to date have been led by or featured female performers, in a genre that’s long been heavily tilted toward men.
SEAPROG has no paid employees; 90% of our income from ticket and merchandise sales and donations goes directly to the festival, including paying for the bands and the venue, travel expenses, refreshments, and advertising and promotion. The other 10% goes to SEAPROG’s financial partner Shunpike.
In 2018, 61% of SEAPROG’s operating funds came from ticket and merchandise sales, and 39% from tax-deductible donations. No donation is too small! Use the link below to make a donation of any amount – even $5, $10 or $25 will make a big difference in keeping the festival going for years to come. SEAPROG thanks you!
Los Angeles, CA – On May 10th, 2019, Cleopatra Entertainment – in association with Cleopatra Blues – will release a brand new concert film Viva Las Vegas Live from Grammy Award-nominated Blues legend Joe Louis Walker. Directed by Brent Backhus, this stunning 85-minute concert was captured in all its glory at the infamous Boulder Station Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada last summer during Walker’s 2018 U.S. tour.
Joe Louis Walker’s career has spanned nearly six decades – and 24 studio albums – since first picking up the guitar at his childhood home in San Francisco at the young age of eight. Joining the local musicians’ union in his early teens enabled young Joe to perform publicly with the likes of John Lee Hooker, Buddy Miles, Thelonious Monk, Willie Dixon, Nick Lowe, John Mayall, Muddy Waters and even Jimi Hendrix. By the late 1980s and into the 1990s, Walker had already collaborated with and performed with multi-Grammy Award winning artists such as B.B. King (on King’s Blues Summit album) and James Cotton (on Cotton’s Deep In The Blues album) as well as enjoying the rare honor to perform at the Presidential Inauguration of President George H. Bush. In 2013, Walker was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, later being nominated in four categories for a Blues Music Award. In 2015, his album Everybody Wants A Piece was nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Best Contemporary Blues Album” category.
Viva Las Vegas Live will be available on global digital platforms along with the home entertainment version that will be packaged in a gorgeous, four-panel, 2 Disc Digipack containing a DVD and audio CD of the concert. The all-region DVD’s bonus features include an exclusive interview with Walker that was filmed backstage at the venue plus a rare, behind the scenes slideshow of Joe and his band as they prepare to storm through ten, smoking tracks in front of their adoring live audience. A stand-alone, limited-edition colored 12” Vinyl LP version of the concert will be released separately this summer on the Cleopatra Blues Label imprint.
Viva Las Vegas Live Track Listing: I’m Not Messin’ Around Young Girls Blues Sugar Mama Do You Love Me? In The Morning Soldier for Jesus You Don’t Love Me Girl Black & Blue Too Drunk To Drive Drunk Like It This Way
The Official release date for Storm Warning will be April 26th, 2019 however the is now available for pre-order in America via Andrew’s Bandcamp Store and in Europe via his own website.
Storm Warning is Andrew Roussak’s new solo album and his first release since the highly acclaimed 2010 release of Blue Intermezzo.
Album Track Listing
1. Enter Code 2. Bringing Peace And Progress 3. Left Alone Outside 4. Regata Storica 5. Chasing Shadows 6. Storm Warning 7. Can She Excuse My Wrongs 8. Malta Sketches a. Hola Beach Boogie b. 1565 c. Sunset in Valetta
All compositions except “Can She Excuse My Wrongs” written, recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Andrew Roussak.
“Can She Excuse My Wrongs” composed by John Dowland (1563 – 1626) lyricists unknown.
All instruments played or programmed by Andrew Roussak Backing Vocals Andrew Roussak
Nadia Ayche – Lead Vocals on Chasing Shadows Max Kottler – Lead Vocals on Left Alone Outside Selina Waidmann – Lead Vocals on Malta Sketches (Sunset in Valetta) Oli Weislogel – Guitar solos on Left Alone Outside, Chasing Shadows, Sunset in Valetta
Keegan / Meros / Leonard / Boegehold, join forces in new band
PATTERN-SEEKING ANIMALS is the brand new quartet featuring the talents of current & former Spock’s Beard members Ted Leonard, Jimmy Keegan & Dave Meros as well as long-time contributing songwriter-producer John Boegehold. The band has signed to InsideOutMusic for the release of their self-titled debut album on July 5th, 2019.
Of the musical direction, Boegehold comments: “My goal was to produce music that’s progressive and intricate while keeping things immediate and melodic. Whether a song is four minutes or ten minutes long, I didn’t want more than a few bars go by without some kind of instrumental or vocal hook.”
Originally a vehicle for a few tracks John had been working on in early 2018, he quickly came up with enough music to work towards producing an album. With that in mind, he enlisted the talents of Jimmy Keegan (drums & vocals), Ted Leonard (vocals & guitar) & Dave Meros (bass), with Boegehold handling all the synths. He adds: “Besides live strings on a few songs and a female backing vocalist on another, it was all done between the four of us with Dave and Ted ending up as co-writers on some of the material.”
With the band obviously being closely associated with Spock’s Beard, John was conscious of exploring different avenues with Pattern-Seeking Animals, whether it was song structures, vocal arrangements, synth sounds or emotional textures. “Pattern-Seeking Animals was a clean slate so I found myself drawing on a few different musical influences and using some contemporary production ideas and sounds that I probably wouldn’t use with SB for various reasons.”
The album will be released on limited CD digipak, gatefold 2LP + CD & as digital album.
As John notes, as the project came together it quickly became apparent that they would want to take this material out live: “Originally it was intended to be a recording project but as it was coming together we started talking seriously about doing it as a live band. Because of the complexity of a lot of the material, it’ll require an additional musician or two to pull it off live. The plan is to tour as much as possible and to come out with a new album at least once a year. In fact, work on the second album is already well under way.”
Stay tuned for a first taste of music from Pattern-Seeking Animals in the coming weeks!
Sharon: “When we wrote the song, it felt as if we were in a rollercoaster. There was another terrorist attack in the world and at the same time there was a lot of things happening in our personal lives. Sometimes all these things happen at the same time and you are like: I don’t understand this world anymore! That’s what’s ‘Mad World’ all about”.
From the albumRESISTa new record on vinyl is coming soon!
2 LP – Vinyl Album
Vinyl 1  01 | The Reckoning 02 | Endless War 03 | Raise Your Banner  01 | Supernova 02 | Holy Ground
Vinyl 2  01 | In Vain 02 | Firelight 03 | Mad World  01 | Mercy Mirror 02 | Trophy Hunter