Ed Christman, writing for Billboard, looks at how Blink-182’s new label, BMG, and their distribution deal with the Alternative Distribution Alliance will be challenging RED as the largest indie distributor in the U.S.:
According to sources, BMG’s record label operations is already generating about $100 million globally, and about one-third of that is in the U.S. While BMG began its revival in 2008 by first pursuing music publishing opportunities, after it completed the sale of its music assets to Sony Corp., it actually held back about 200 album master recordings from the Sony deal. But it wasn’t until 2013 when it acquired Sanctuary and Mute as part of the divestiture’s the Universal Music Group made in order to keep the EU Commission’s regulatory agency happy about its EMI Recorded Music acquisition, that it began aggressively pursuing a recorded music strategy too. Since then, it has also acquired Union Square, Infectious, S-Curve, Vagrant, and Rise.
All these labels and deals and acronyms sure gets messy fast.
Alto’s Adventure: A great iOS game on sale for 99 cents.
Calvin Harris and Rihanna will be releasing a new single called “This is What You Came For” on Friday.
Birds in the Airport (Tom Breyfogle of Relient K) have released a new comic book themed music video for a song called “Dozing Off.” According to the YouTube description, it was co-written by Matthew Thiessen.
Into It. Over It.’s UK b-side from Standards, “Twenty/Twenty,” can be streamed below via DIY.
Emarosa have signed with Hopeless Records and will release their new album, 131, on July 8th. You can watch the video for the new single “Cloud 9” on YouTube or by hitting read more.
Deftones’ Chino Moreno, Bad Brains’ guitarist Dr. Know, former Bad Brains’ drummer Mackie Jayson, Chuck Doom of Crosses, and keyboardist John Medeski have all gotten together to form: Saudade. The first single, by the same name, can be found below via BitTorrent.
Moose Blood have announced some new US headlining tour dates.
A live video of Julien Baker performing “Good News” with Sharon Van Etten during the encore of her show last night in New York City has been posted to YouTube.
Sturgill Simpson’s performance of “Oh Sarah” on Conan is now up.
Young the Giant have posted up the track listing for their new album, Home of the Strange. The album will be out August 12th via Fueled by Ramen.
Glenn Peoples, writing for TechCrunch, on Spotify’s aquistion of CrowdAlbum:
Spotify announced Wednesday it has acquired CrowdAlbum, a service that creates albums of events based on the location and time of photos and videos people share on social media sites. It can index content for any kind of event — sports, Earth Day festivals, political rallies — but mostly aggregates photos from music concerts and festivals.
Alex from All Time Low has tweeted out that they wish they could be on the whole Blink-182 tour, but that this year is really about “making the best new music that we can.” So, I’ll take that as confirmation the band is working on new music this year!
It’s exciting to be posting about Blink-182 again. It’s even more fun when the music coming out is undeniably catchy and there seems to be this buzz hovering around the band again in a way I haven’t felt in years. Hell, I even had to give myself a Blink-182 avatar in the forums. So, today the band will be visiting KROQ once again to announce some news and probably talk a little more about their upcoming album, California.
We’re expecting pre-order information and probably the announcement of their massive tour as well. I’ll be listening live and then updating this post with news as it comes in, that way there will be one central location for everything you need to know about what happened today. If you’d like to join in on the conversation you can click the little quote bubble on this post to jump to the comments section or, as always, join our large official thread in the forums.
I have become jaded by the sheer amount of reunion tours we have seen in the punk, emo, and hardcore communities over the past few years. When I see a new reunion tour announced, I pretty much instantly assume the band is doing it as a cash grab, or as a nostalgia-driven ego stroke, or more often than not: a combination of both. With the exception of At The Drive In, who openly declared that their recent reunion was about the money, my cynicism refuses to let me believe that there is anything more at play in these tours.
That is, I felt that way, until I saw Underoath on their Rebirth tour.
Architects (UK) have announced their upcoming tour dates. You’ll find those below.
Photographer Levon Biss produces stunningly detailed photographs of tiny insects — I kept zooming in on this retina screen thinking they’d get all blurry and pixelated, they do not. An exhibition of these photos will be on display at Oxford University Museum of Natural History and a video detailing how the photos are made can be found below.
Holy Fuck have released their new video for “Tom Tom.” The new album, Congrats, is out May 27th via Innovative Leisure.
It’s real, it’s happening: Blink-182 will be releasing California on July 1st — pre-orders will be up on their website tomorrow. The new single “Bored to Death” is back up for stream. Go hit play and then come join us in the official thread to talk about it. More news, maybe some tour dates?, will be coming tomorrow according to the official YouTube description.
Update: At one point the album was going to be called No Future, but it was changed to not be so negative. Also Mark tossed the name OBGYN Kenobi around as a possibility, because of course. The album is out July 1st, which is the 182nd day of the year.
Update #2: The tour dates have shown up online and can be found below. A Day to Remember, All Time Low, and The All-American Rejects are opening select dates.
Update #3: The track listing for the album (holy yes: 16 songs!) has been added below and pre-orders are showing up on different services.
The new Nintendo console is set for a March 2017 release.
Nintendo has been saying that the NX is a brand new thing. And rumor has it that the NX is going to replace both the Wii U and the 3DS. The console would come with a gamepad that you could use as a portable console when you’re not in front of your TV.