A couple of weeks ago, Digital covered the crowdfunding aspect of music when UK band Scars on Broadway were mentioned for the way they raised money from fans through slicethepie.com. So it’s good to see that our own Duke Special is the latest example of an artist who has received funding direct from fans.
Using Pledgemusic.com, the eyeliner-wearing dreadlocked one is hoping to release three albums and put on some “unusual and elaborate theatrical experiences” with the money raised. 15% of the total will also go towards the charity DePaul.
The three albums include a studio version of songs written for a recent production of Mother Courage & Her Children, an EP of songs based on Huckleberry Finn and a collection of songs inspired by Paul Auster’s book The Book of Illusions recorded by Steve Albini featuring Neil Hannon, Ed Harcourt and others.
To encourage pledges, Duke offered exclusive items including signed albums, a private concert, a sightseeing tour, dinner, a write a song session and a phone call all with Duke himself. It appears to have worked as those items are gone and in total he has received 573 pledges or 118% of the funds he originally asked for.
Last week, I featured (with a question mark) what was claimed to be a new Daft Punk song from the movie soundtrack to Tron Legacy. As reported by Pitchfork, it turns out the track is a fake but it’s not the only French dance music-related skullduggery happening on the net. (more…)
Wu Tang vs The Beatles mashup album
Enter The Magical Mystery Chambers is a remix/mashup album incorporating Wu Tang Clan acapellas with songs and covers of The Beatles. Get at Tea Set records
Hear new Joanna Newsom material
Have One On Me is the new triple album from the indie-harpist singer to be released later this month. Sample ’81′ a gorgeous, chiming little ditty from it on her label’s site. http://www.dragcity.com
Gil Scott Heron returns to music
16 years since his last album, the spoken word poet returns with a remarkable vitality on new album I’m New Here. Get a free download and watch the video for Me And The Devil. Watch and listen at Nialler9
Ellie Goulding gets NYC remix treatment
New York’s Penguin Prison and rapper Theophilus London give Goulding’s Starry Eyed a suitable disco workover. Listen at Neon Gold
New to Youtube, Disco is a music discovery feature that allows you to create mixes and playlists of similar artists. http://www.youtube.com/disco
The Sixty One
The Sixty One says it is “nurturing a growing ecosystem where talented folks can sell songs and merchandise directly to their fans”. It does this with a uniquely minimal interface, full-screen photos and streaming songs from these talented folks. http://www.thesixtyone.com
Radiotuna’s search engine uses real-time “what’s playing” station data to help you find global radio stations that are in line with your taste. http://www.radiotuna.com
An epically long 70 minute well-produced fan review of the first Star Wars prequel pointing out the many inconsistencies and stupidities inherent in Lucas’ film. Sounds horrible but trust me, it’s amazing. Watch all 7 parts here:
Behold Matt Morris. He’s Justin Timberlake’s protege. Well, as much as one can protect someone who’s older than you. In fact, he’s less of a protege, more the man who’s behind some of JT’s better tunes. Anyway, he too is an ex-Mouseketeer and JT’s first signing on his new record label.