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CMJ ’09 Winners Announced, Perennial Favorite Fails To Recapture Title

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2009 at 7:38 pm

Recently, Indie Music Musings posted a story about the famous College Music Journal’s (CMJ) 2009 music festival in New York City. At CMJ ’09, the storied music journal announced the winners of its awards for American college radio stations.

Seattle’s KEXP, who has captured the ‘Station of the Year’ award from CMJ every year since the awards’ inception(Insert Year), failed to repeat its string of successes this year. The Seattle-based giant fell this year to KSSU, a Sacramento, CA based independent radio station on the campus of Sacramento State University who has never won the award (find their website here). The station awards were nominated and voted on by college/independent radio industry officials, and a variety of awards were presented to various stations, their DJ’s, and musicians featured on this network of broadcast stations.

KSSU

Sacramento State's KSSU takes this year's college radio crown

A complete list of this year’s winners in both the station and industry categories can be found below:

Station Awards:

Station Of The Year: KSSU (Sacramento)
Music Director Of The Year: Susie Kuo (KSSU)
Specialty Music Director Of The Year: Brian Joseph (CJLO)
Biggest Community Resource: KSSU (Sacramento)
Best Use Of Limited Resources: KSSU (Sacramento)
Best Group Effort: CJLO (Montreal)
Best Online-Only Station: WOXY.com (Austin)
Coolest: Omar Husain (CJLO)
Best Website: KEXP (Seattle)
Most Doing Something No One Else Is Doing: WNYU (New York)
Best Student-Run Station: KSSU (Sacramento)
Most Supportive Of The Local Scene: CFUV (Victoria)
Best Taste In Music: Joni Sadler (CHUO)

Industry Awards:

Promoter Of The Year: Karen Moran-Thomas (The Syndicate) and Shil K. Patel (Team Clermont)
Specialty Promoter Of The Year: Jessica Kizer (Terrorbird)
Promo Company Of The Year: Pirate!
Best Use Of The Web: Pirate!
Holy Shit! Their Records Are Awesome!: The Syndicate
Biggest Cojones: Bekah Zietz (Suicide Squeeze)
Biggest Ray Of Sunshine: Doug Blake (Pirate!)
Most Sincere: Shil K. Patel (Team Clermont)
Label Promoter Of The Year: Sasha Morgan (Sub Pop)
Best Mentor: Doug Blake (Pirate!)

Indie Favorites ‘Los Campesinos!’ To Release New Album

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2009 at 6:59 pm

The popular independent music group ‘Los Campesinos!’ announced on October 25th that they have finished recording their new album “Romance is Boring”. This news follows a one year hiatus for the group which left die-hard fans craving LC’s unique post-rock/indie-pop sound since the release of their previous EP “We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed”.

Los Campesinos!

Indie favorites Los Campesinos! gear up for their upcoming February release

The latest offering will include appearances by Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu), Zac Pennington (Parenthetical Girls, Slender Means Society) and Jherek Bischoff (The Dead Science). It is currently slated to contain thirteen original tracks, including their recently released single, “There Are Listed Buildings”. All songs on the upcoming release were both written and composed entirely by Los Campesinos!

The album is currently set to be released on February 1, 2010 under the famous Wichita Recordings. The most recent track list for the album is listed below.

Los Campesinos! 2

With only a few minor changes to their lineup, Los Campesinos! is back!

Track Listing:
We’ve Got Your Back (Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown #2)
Plan A
200-102
Straight In At 101
Who Fell Asleep In
I Warned You: Do Not Make An Enemy Of Me
Heart Swells/100-1
I Just Sighed. I Just Sighed, Just So You Know
A Heat Rash In The Shape Of The Show Me State; or, Letters From Me To Charlotte
The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future
This Is A Flag. There Is No Wind
Coda: A Burn Scar In The Shape Of The Sooner State

As Magazines Perish, Blogs Flourish And Indie Artists Relish

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Amid the string of print media failures in nearly every sector of the magazine industry (see “Blender”, “PC Magazine”), one may begin to question the future of the hard-copy industry-specific medium altogether. With the Web 2.0 movement in full swing, consumers are beginning to demand more and more interactivity with the content they seek, a demand that traditional print sources are hard-pressed to meet. As a result, more and more magazines like those listed above are abandoning their old ways for “online-only” content that is cheaper to produce and is more readily adaptable to their customer’s changing needs. At the same time, independent blog sites and social media networks are growing in popularity as sources for the news and opinions once sought from magazines.

Blender is just another successful magazine whose print version has fallen by the wayside in Web 2.0

Blender is just another successful magazine whose print version has fallen by the wayside in Web 2.0

So what does it mean? Information sources are becoming far less centralized. Instead of a few industry leaders controlling what content people have access to, the Web 2.0 revolution is putting power into the hands of individuals and letting the quality of the content, not the name in the URL, determine what sources people will use to get information. Blogs and the like allow for more specialized media sources that can cater specifically to a desired audience, producing smaller, tighter-knit communities of online users with similar interests. This is not to say that blogs cannot have mass appeal. Sites like perezhilton.com started off as small, independent blog sites, but now have HUGE popular followings worldwide. This shift in how people get their information is taking power from the traditional news outlets of the world, and is creating a new journalistic hierarchy based on merit of content rather than economic clout.

For the independent artist or fan, this is great news. Musicians benefit from not having to prove their worth to Corporate America before they can reach their fans, and fans benefit by not having someone else filtering what music they have access to. Artists can now connect directly with their fans through numerous music-networking sites that allow them to upload their songs and receive immediate feedback from listeners. In essence, the internet fan base is the the 21st century’s global A&R.

Social media networks are beginning to de-throne traditional print sources of the past

Social media networks are beginning to de-throne traditional print sources of the past

So what? So take advantage! Not only can artists now talk directly to their fans, but their fans can talk right back! Use the blogosphere, social media sites and forums to communicate directly with your audience and get a better understanding of their preferences, and of music trends in general. New technology puts the power in the hands of the artists. No longer will “deaf A&R’s” be an acceptable excuse for musicians not being heard, take control of your communication with fans and let it help you reach your musical goals (whatever those may be).

As one media source begins to die out, another is flourishing. Seize the opportunity to connect with the world in a way that was previously unimaginable. Suit up, get your game face on, and get to typing!

CMJ Music Marathon Kicks Off In The Big Apple

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2009 at 6:56 pm

College Music Journal’s annual “CMJ Music Marathon” festival kicks off today in New York City on and around the campus of NYU. This festival will offer attendees an effective double-whammy with performances by independent artists from across the country, and an accompanying film competition for directors to showcase their music-related features.

artwork from CMJ Music Marathon 2009!

artwork from CMJ Music Marathon 2009!

The College Music Journal is a respected independent music entity who performs a number of services for independent musicians. These services include, but are not limited to: submission of songs to college and independent radio stations across the country, publishing of CMJ New Music Monthly (a print recap of new, promising independent musicians and their work which includes a compilation CD), and the hosting of the renowned CMJ Music Marathon.
The CMJ Music Marathon began in 1980 as a smaller set of concerts geared towards introducing good, indie artists to industry professionals, but has since grown in recognition and size. Notable past performers at the Music Marathon include such acts as U2, Nirvana, Modest Mouse, Clap Your Hand Say Yeah, the Counting Crows and others.

The festival will run through October 24, 2009 and will feature many concerts, film viewings, parties and panels for participants to take part in. More information on the acts and events at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon can be found here .

Noteborn Music licensing

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2009 at 3:57 pm

In collaboration with Sonicbids the Noteborn Music licensing company is setting up an licensing opportunites wiht Boston-based indie music bands. More than 200,000 registered bands and any new member can take adavntage. I wonder if they’ll show any results? Or, will these bands enter and never hear a things?

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For what it’s worth, Noteborn says it values both independent and signed artists butthey only select well-produced music. If a song is selected, it will be entered into their music library for submissions to television shows, advertising campaigns, movies and more. I guess in the highly competitive world of indie music, artists have to look at every possible angle to promote their music.

A quick first post

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2009 at 8:54 pm

This is a quick first post about the new blog. As the title indicates, this blog will be about indie music and its artists.  So anything close to that realm is a go.

Okay, so a few nights ago I saw an old school indie rock band, Dinosaur Jr. I think dinosaur is the key word there but they were decent. If you are a hardcore fan, it was probably great. I’m not.

Look for more posts on indie music, the business of music, and anything revolving around those themes!