Music from a Parallel Universe: Block35

First thought: Shouldn't Christian Slater be riding a skateboard to this music in someone's empty swimming pool somewhere in the 80s? "Funky Cola" could definitely stand its ground alongside the entire Gleaming the Cube soundtrack or any number of teensploitation films of the era. (No surprise, of course, as their artist bio reads, "Through an…Read more Music from a Parallel Universe: Block35

Chasing Dreams with Laini Colman

Listening to Laini Colman’s self-titled debut album for the first time is like stumbling upon a cache of lost Nico recordings. Like the music of the former Velvet Underground collaborator, Colman’s voice has an exotic, haunting feel, and the album’s production is sweeping and cinematic in scope. Early on, wobbly piano chords and LoFi electronic…Read more Chasing Dreams with Laini Colman

Spotify Per Stream Rates Keep Dropping

I’ve been following The Trichordist for a while now. Their articles on recording artists’ rights are always interesting. If you ever wondered how much money artists make from streaming services like Spotify, this short piece is a good place to start!

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We hate to say we told ya so, but… Below is our post from September 2015. Two years ago we predicted the inevitable truth of the all you can eat Spotify subcription model. Like many of our predictionsand proposals (example; windowing titles) we’ve had to wait for the industry to catch up to us. Today, two years later, Digital Music News confirms our prediction.

Read the report from Digital Music News by clicking the headline link here.

Exclusive Report: Spotify Artist Payments Are Declining In 2017, Data Shows | Digital Music News

Our original post from 2015 is below…


Spotify Per Play Rates Continue to Drop (.00408) … More Free Users = Less Money Per Stream #gettherateright

Down, down, down it goes, where it stops nobody knows… The monthly average rate per play on Spotify is currently .00408 for master rights holders.

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48 Months of Spotify Streaming Rates…

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A Soft-Rock Gem: Lovers and Poets II

Does it help that the first song I heard from the new Lovers and Poets album is a cover of one of my all-time favorite David Bowie songs? Yes, it most definitely does. Their cover of "Ashes to Ashes" is slow and moody with a lush, trippy backing track, and it captures the chill mood…Read more A Soft-Rock Gem: Lovers and Poets II

Pop Smarts and Bittersweet Melodies: An Interview with From Apes to Angels

Consisting of Millie Gaum on vocals and producer Andrew Brassleay on synths, From Apes to Angels is a retrowave synthpop act from London and Sheffield. Their debut EP, New Skin, drops in July, and it’s overflowing with gorgeous, shimmering synths and angelic vocals. The songs are reminiscent of 80s synth pop like Nenah’s “99 Luftbalons”…Read more Pop Smarts and Bittersweet Melodies: An Interview with From Apes to Angels