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Exclusive New Release: Aqua Vista by Alexa Merrill

859710107017_cover.170x170-75When LA singer/songwriter Alexa Merrill stepped into
Blue House Records studios, we knew we had found a focused young woman with a clear musical vision. Aqua Vista, her latest EP released this Summer, was pre-recorded and produced by Merrill as a demo using GarageBand software. Merrill had composed 5 musically elaborate tracks, complete with string arrangements, intricate percussion patterns, powerful overdubbed guitars and vocal melodies that seemed to move flawlessly across a wide harmonic range. These exploratory compositions ranged in style from American Rock to elements of Indie and Folk Rock, Pop, Soul, and R&B, and carried heavy lyrical power with words surrounding many of the developmental and life changing experiences associated with today’s youth and young adults; transition, loss, relationships, and difficult life choices.

After months of work and many hours spent perfecting each track, we are proud to present Aqua Vista, the second EP from Alexa Merrill and a glimpse at what’s to come from this talented young musician. (Check out “Tracking Vocals” and “Tracking in Westwood, CA” for behind the scenes photos and information on the making of Aqua Vista.)

Stream samples of Aqua Vista at our Audio Samples page , or visit the Alexa Merrill Music Youtube page at: www.youtube.com/user/alexamerrillmusic/featured

Stream Aqua Vista on Spotify here:


Download Aqua Vista on iTunes here:   Click for Aqua Vista

Aqua Vista was recorded, mixed and produced at Blue House Records studios in Los Angeles, CA.

New Music Drop: Nine Inch Nails “Came Back Haunted”

Music news breaking today: Nine Inch Nails have signed with Columbia Records and have completed their first record in 5 years, Hesitation Marks, to be released September 3, 2013. The record was recorded throughout 2012 with the help of acclaimed musician, composer and producer Atticus Ross (The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and talented record producer Alan Moulder (Arctic Monkeys, Foals, The Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters). The first single from the record, “Came Back Haunted”, is available for stream below:

Nine Inch Nails have routed a North American tour supporting the release of Hesitation Marks. Check dates for the Tension 2013 North American Tour below to find a show near you! (Tickets go on sale June 14)

Sep.28   St. Paul, MN          Xcel Energy Center
Sep.30  Kansas City, MO     Sprint Center
Oct. 1   St. Louis, MO          Chaifetz Arena
Oct. 3   Montréal, QC          Centre Bell
Oct. 4   Toronto, ON            Air Canada Centre
Oct. 5   Cleveland, OH         Wolstein Center
Oct. 7   Auburn Hills, MI       The Palace of Auburn Hills
Oct. 8   Pittsburgh, PA          Petersen Events Center
Oct.11   Boston, MA             TD Garden
Oct.14   Brooklyn, NY           Barclays Center
Oct.15   Newark, NJ              Prudential Center
Oct.18   Washington, DC      Verizon Center
Oct.19   University Park, PA   Bryce Jordan Center
Oct.21   Raleigh, NC             PNC Arena
Oct.22   Nashville, TN           Bridgestone Arena
Oct.24   Atlanta, GA              Philips Arena
Oct.30   Sunrise, FL              BB&T Center
Oct.31   Orlando, FL             Amway Center
Nov. 5   San Antonio, TX       AT&T Center
Nov. 8   Los Angeles, CA       Staples Center
Nov. 9   Phoenix, AZ             US Airways Center
Nov.11   El Paso, TX              Don Haskins Center
Nov.13   Broomfield, CO        1st Bank Center
Nov.15   Las Vegas, NV          The Joint
Nov.16   Las Vegas, NV          The Joint
Nov.18   Portland, OR            Rose Garden Arena
Nov.19   Spokane, WA           Spokane Arena
Nov.21   Vancouver, BC          Rogers Arena
Nov.22   Seattle, WA              KeyArena
Nov.24   Edmonton, AB           Rexall Place
Nov.25   Calgary, AB              Scotiabank Saddledome

Keep it funky,
TAT

*Find more information on NIN, Hesitation Marks, and the Tension 2013 North American Tour at Revolver MagUSA Today and the Nine Inch Nails website here.

New Music Drop: Alt-J & Bad Suns

Two bands we’ve been digging lately: Alt-J, a british indie rock quartet, and Bad Suns, an alt rock group out of Los Angeles.  

Alt-J, or simply gained our attention last month when they had an entire Coachella crowd grooving to their hit single “Breezeblocks“, a band that seems to perform as well on stage as they do in the studio, a rarity these days! The band has a massive following in Europe, and are catching fire in the U.S. with a growing social media following and increased radio play. Additionally, Alt-J are making headlines with recent success at London’s Ivor Novellos awards and even developing a new smartphone app, Soundhalo, which enables fans to download live music almost immediately post show. Pretty nifty! More importantly, they have proven that hit indie rock records can be made without cymbals… Thanks, @ThomSonny, guess I’ll just put my uber expensive set of Zildjians up on Ebay now. 🙂

Another solid jam brought to us by Alt-J:

LA band Bad Suns caught the attention of LA’s KROQ 106.7 with their demo track “Transpose“. The song ended up lasting nearly three months in the top five of their Locals Only program. We recently discovered Bad Suns via KROQ with their CRAZY catchy song “Cardiac Arrest“, the first single from their recording sessions with producer Eric Palmquist (Wavves, Aloe Blacc, Trash Talk). Keep an ear out for Bad Suns in the near future, they are currently working on their debut album.

Download “Cardiac Arrest” for free here!

Keep it funky,
TAT

Coachella 2013 LIVE Stream – Mona to kick off today’s lineup @ 3:30PM PST

Everyone has their own Coachella live stream so we thought why don’t we?  We’re a music entity, it makes sense people.  Complete with a schhhedddule provided by Billboard.com, live stream all 3 channels of Coachella 2013 here!  Not at once though, that would be crazy.

Who is your standout artist this year?  The xx?  Chili Peppers?  Phoenix?  Drop us a line at the bottom of this post! 🙂

FULL ‘COACHELLA LIVE’ STREAM SCHEDULE courtesy of Billboard.com

All times are PT

Saturday, April 13
Channel 1:
3:35pm – Dropkick Murphys
4:25pm – Ben Howard
5:15pm – Café Tacvba
6:05pm – Puscifer
6:55pm – Portugal. The Man
7:45pm – Grizzly Bear
8:35pm – Hot Chip
9:30pm – The Postal Service
10:30pm – The xx
11:35pm – Phoenix
Channel 2:
3:30pm – MONA
4:15pm – Shouting Matches
5:10pm – Bat For Lashes
6:10pm – Allen Stone
7:00pm – Major Lazer
8:00pm – Yeasayer
9:00pm – Spiritualized
10:00pm – Descendents
10:55pm – Two Door Cinema Club
11:45pm – New Order
Channel 3:
3:30pm – Baauer
4:45pm – The Selecter
5:45pm – Biffy Clyro
6:35pm – Violent Femmes
7:45pm – Bassnectar (highlights)
8:20pm – Benny Benassi
9:55pm – Moby
10:45pm – Janelle Monáe
11:35pm – Knife Party
Sunday, April 14
Channel 1:
3:30pm – The Gaslight Anthem
4:30pm – The Airborne Toxic Event
5:15pm – The Lumineers
6:05pm – Social Distortion
7:00pm – Tame Impala
8:00pm – Vampire Weekend
8:50pm – Pretty Lights (Highlights)
9:20pm – Wu-Tang Clan
10:20pm – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Channel 2:
3:30pm – Smith Westerns
4:30pm – Jessie Ware
5:30pm – Tanlines
6:10pm – James Blake
7:40pm – Father John Misty
8:30pm – Franz Ferdinand
9:20pm – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
10:10pm – Dinosaur Jr.
11:00pm – Dead Can Dance
Channel 3:
3:30pm – DIIV
4:20pm – Cloud Nothings
6:20pm – Paul Oakenfold
7:40pm – Simian Mobile Disco
8:50pm – OMD
9:45pm – The Faint
10:40pm – Eric Prydz

Keep it funky,
TAT

*Schedule compliments of Billboard @ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/music-festivals/1557407/coachella-live-stream-watch-the-fest-webcast

Awesome Music Blog — Musically Diversified

ImageInterested to learn what happened to Wolfmother?  How about a review of the latest Tyler, The Creator record?  Need a Jazz or metal fix?  Check out our friends at Musically Diversified for a truly diverse music experience!  We just consumed 3 awesome stories about jazz, hip hop and metal in the span of 5 minutes.  Dig it.

http://musicallydiversified.com/

Cold War Kids New Tunage – Dear Miss Lonelyhearts

New album from Cold War Kids posted on Spotify today.  Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, the band’s first release since their 2010 compilation Mine Is Yours, has a nice mix of rhythmic energy, reverb saturated guitar riffs, and of course the chamber style vocals of Nathan Whillett .  “Miracle Mile” gets the album rolling with punchy drums and driving keys, and “Bottled Affection” combines classic Cold War Kids sounds with a modern pop style beat.  We dig.

We first discovered the Cold War Kids via Robbers & Cowards in 2007, by way of the eclectic guitar and vocal melodies in the hit single “Hang Me Up To Dry“.

Keep it funky,
TAT

Free Internet Services = Little Customer Value?

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This recent billboard article written by Glenn Peoples discusses the status of music streaming services, and internet companies in general, stating that most registered user accounts (in some cases over 70%) go inactive.  Problem – free internet services (even Facebook & Twitter) are having trouble converting consumers into customers.

We love free internet services.  Spotify free is great, comes with all the music we need, is easy to use, operates a satisfactory radio service, and social connectivity with Facebook is a breeze.  Many vouch for the paid service to skip out on ads and listen offline, many do not because they are cheap like us and don’t care about that annoying Spotify jingle.  However, paid subscribers only account for small portion (approx. 20%) of Spotify users, creating a challenge to build revenue, hence the advertising.  The advertising is targeted towards the 80% that are using Spotify free, which is great, because there are gazillions (not actual number) of Spotify free registered users out there.  The problem is that over 70% of these users sign up and never look at the Spotify app again.  Might have something to do with the old analogy that free stuff means no value or too good to be true.  Lessons learned from the free back rub offer on craigslist…

So the question is:  do you focus on growing your advertising revenue or do you focus on growing brand loyalty with your 20%?  Can you effectively do both?

Peoples states that “The paying customer is a far stronger driver of a music service’s revenue than advertisements that target the free customer”.  If this is true, one scenario could be a loyalty rewards program, either by reducing costs of a membership over time for the most active subscribers to hold on to users.  Or maybe a reduced rate for referrals where new subscribers can list those who referred them to the service, allowing the referrer to receive a discount on music downloads, merchandise, donkey rides, what have you.  Referrer. (needed to type it 1 more time)

Just a few ideas.  Feel free to pay us directly once these ideas are implemented.  Cool thanks.

Keep it funky,

TAT