Friday, January 30, 2009 royaties

Alright, the following may be either depressing or inspiring for our fellow recording artists. We, as in Boutique Empire, just received our royalties for the 4th quarter of radio play on the site. There were something like 2700 radio plays accumulated over the past few months and the royalties came in at $1.70. So while this represents a payout of approximately $0.0005 per play, you can see how it might add up if the acts were to attain widespread popularity.

Consider that is a free site: free to the user, and free to artists to upload their songs onto. Now consider it's revenue is mainly gained through advertising and you never Hear an add, you only have to avert your eyes from the one's displayed on the page. There are no announcers pressing their false sense of enthusiasm on you, there are no insipid commercials to drain your consciousness, and thankfully there isn't any music you have to endure if you don't like it. (that skip ahead button is quite handy!) While we may consider $1.70 quite paltry compared to commercial radio play, it still represents a minuscule revenue for the indie artists and labels out there. Nobody's paying their rent, but these are the early days, and perhaps we're starting to see models appear on the Internet that offer solutions for the modern musician. I know is offering something similar on their site as well.

Saying all this, please check out Feel free to start at the Boutique Empire page and wander from there. It is a wonderful resource for finding new and old music. Just imagine it as a radio station rather than a site like myspace. Enter a group or artist that you enjoy into the player and then allow the software to start choosing other "like" music for you to enjoy. At first it may seem a bit obvious or weird, but the software learns your tastes and starts making more informed decisions of what to send you as you listen longer. Try it out, you may really enjoy it.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Sex With Strangers review in Exclaim!

Wednesday Jan 28th-2009:

Canada's Exclaim! magazine has just reviewed Sex With Strangers The Modern Seduction album: proud to say it seems a very favourable article!

It reads:


Sex With Strangers
The Modern Seduction
by Romina Wendell

A full-length follow-up to their debut EP, A Future Tragedy, The Modern Seduction is another dose of Sex With Strangers' raw new wave sound. Their effects-soaked kick drums and vocals further their tale of a dystopian future where partiers are forced underground by a totalitarian regime. Lead vocalist and keyboardist Hatch Benedict and bassist Magus Magnum are joined by guitarist Cory Price and vocalist Isabelle Dunlop, and the anthemic push of most of their tracks and Benedict's punk-edged delivery set the mark for a vigorous live show. Impressively, their lyric-less electronica numbers, such as "The Turning Point," offer the same rhythmic push as the group's thrashier rock outs, illuminating a wider breadth of potential beyond the robot rock niche the group have currently carved out for themselves. (Boutique Empire)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Disagreements Review: The Vancouver Province

Tuesday January 2009: The Vancouver Province newspaper.

Combine the Victorious
(Boutique Empire)

Combine the Victorious released one of the better locally made CDs on the past two years, being at once epic-scaled in a '70s vein and forward-thinking. The success of that album on iTunes has prompted the band to make this EP available only in the digital format. Disagreements might be an accidentally insightful title in that the record seems to be pulling in two different directions where the conventionally melodic butts heads with the darker, more provocative. As such, Disagreements isn't so much a progression as a sidestep. B - T.H.