States (ex- Lydia, Copeland) recorded a second Christmas cover (the first was “All I Want for Christmas Is You”) and are giving it away as a free download. Visit their page here to get their version of “Oh Holy Night."
Conrad Murray, the doctor who was being charged for involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson has been found guilty.
That means the jury has found that Murray “committed a crime that posed a high risk of death or great bodily injury because of the way the act was committed or the defendant committed a lawful act, but with criminal negligence; and the defendant’s acts unlawfully cause another person’s death.”
Murray will face up to four years in prison and a loss of his medical license.
The composer of the classic song, “Eye of the Tiger,” is suing Newt Gingrich for using the track during his campaign. This sort of thing seems to happen every time an election season comes around; politicians should know better by now. Read the full story here.
A statement by Odd Future Records announced that TRASH TALK will now be a part of their label. The hardcore band will release a new album, 119, this fall. The label’s quote is ridiculous, so you can go ahead and find it here.
Nate Young (Anberlin), Tim McTague (Underoath) and Reed Murray (Marksmen) recently launched a new side project called Carrollhood. The first song from the group is now available. Listen to “Afraid” now.
Joseph Milligan, guitarist of Anberlin, has a new solo project that caught us by surprise (in a very good way). Sins is the name of the project and the music was written, performed, produced, engineered and mixed by Joseph himself. He will be releasing a record sometime in the near future, but in the meantime two tracks can be heard here.
The Concise Oxford English Dictionaryannounced that “Cassette Tape” will no longer be an included word. Instead, it makes way for terms like “retweet.” While the term is still obviously a real word and will be in the complete dictionary, its lack of use doesn’t require a definition as often.
[editor’s note: “Goodbye Cassette Tape” sounds like a good indie band name. You have my permission to use it]
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Into It. Over It. shared another new song from the upcoming album, Proper, with Filter Magazine. You can stream “Where Your Nights Often End” here. Proper will be released on September 27 via No Sleep Records.
Dance Gavin Dance cancelled their upcoming US tour. Originally, this was supposed to include isetmyfriendsonfire, The Bunny The Bear and others. Their statement is below.
“We regret to inform everyone that due to circumstances beyond our control, we have been forced to cancel our upcoming tour. We apologize to everyone that bought tickets and was looking forward to coming out and seeing us and the rest of the bands.”
We had a band once, in Umeå. We would pile in a van, like every other punkband, and thunder off in pursuit of friends and glory in some basement in front of 20 people, 50 people, in towns 4-5 hours away. Sometimes there would be more than a hundred people and we would later in the week refer to that as a “big show”. We were ambitious, but we didn’t think of it as a career. We never made any fiscal sense whatsoever during 7 years of touring. Like most punkbands, it never occured to us to even try. We had a scene, we had some politics and we had just a hint of artistic ambition. True to our swedish roots we got very serious very fast. And then suddenly we got good. It’s a delicate path to tread for precocious twentysomethings anywhere on the planet, but this particular bunch didn’t make it. And that was fine. Most enterprises in life are unrelated to incredibly violent rock music. It’s been a motley 14 years since our band came apart. We’ve all kept busy in our respective endeavors but we’ve all remained friends and kept in touch. There have been offers, and lots of jokes about these offers. We’ve sort of looked down from our high horses and made fun of people who’ve just wanted to share the psychopathic intensity that we would deliver on a nightly basis in our post-pubescent prime. A reunion has just seemed irrelevant to us. Too much other shit to do. But then Kristofer got his degree from the Swedish opera academy, Jons medical studies began drawing to a close and Dennis and David started a new hardcore band together. Finally, after a decade and a half hiatus, Kristofer picked up the guitar again. Which made David want to play the drums again. Which in turn led to all four of us suddenly making new music in assorted constellations. As all this was brewing, Coachella got in touch. There were a couple of phone-calls, lots of skepticism, some hesitant enthusiasm before one of us basically said: “– This is ridiculous. There are friends of ours who would murder close relatives just to go see bands there. Let’s just do it, one last time.” And with that, socialist fag-loving pc scumbags were on the road again. We never did “The shape of punk to come” justice back when it came out, too tangled up in petty internal bickering to really focus on the job. And suddenly there’s this possibility to do it like it was intended. We wanna do it over, do it right. For the people who’ve kept the music alive through the years, but also for our own sakes. We feel that you deserve it and we hope the feeling is mutual.
Having been in bands and recorded music with an assortment of producers and engineers, I’ve learned a few things about the recording process. Sure, I’ve had positive results, but I have also experienced less-than-ideal final products and so have other musical acquaintances of mine. Use these tips to increase the odds of not just a great recording, but a great overall experience too.
-Plenty of bands jump at the opportunity to work with a well-known (or semi well-known) producer. Now, at first glance, this could be the chance of a lifetime. Don’t immediately get dollar signs in your eyes though. There’s much more to finding success than that first step.
-Choose the right producer for your project. If the two parties don’t click and have different opinions and different tastes in music, you’re missing the point. Clashing on basic direction and ideas is a complete waste of everyone’s time.
-Don’t rely on a producer to make your music better. Create solid songs on your own before you consider stepping in to the studio.
-Don’t pay too much money for the recording. With the current advances in technology, it’s not necessary to sell your car to pay for a record. If you’re starting out, the quality doesn’t need to be perfect for a demo- just start getting your music out there to anyone who might like it. If you’re ready to release and sell a product, it’s ok to pay more, but be aware of your options and costs and find one that makes sense.
-Know the difference between a producer and an engineer. A producer should help take your songs and shape them in a way to make them better. This can be something as simple as cutting or extending part of a song or knowing what harmonies the singer should be hitting. Sometimes an engineer will offer their advice, but overall they are there to simply record your music correctly.
-Be aware of additional costs for mixing and mastering as well. These two tasks (especially mastering) are often done by a third party who has their own fees. Check on these charges ahead of time so it doesn’t come as a shock later.
-If a producer promises to show your new music to their important industry contacts, ask for more details. This could be an empty promise or it could be something that does happen, but either way, know their general gameplan. This could quickly tell you if they actually do have connections in the first place. If they do have strong connections, use this to your advantage. While they contact their people, get your music to anyone else who doesn’t already know your producer.
-Another perk of working with the right person is that you’ll find someone who stands behind your music. Make sure you’re not just a paycheck. It’s an incredible feeling to have a producer, who hears thousands of bands all the time, stick their neck out and give their open support.
-Learn from each recording experience. No one is a pro at it right away. Stick around while the other members record their parts and absorb as much knowledge as you can. You’ll be better prepared for the next demo or album you make.
-More than anything, don’t think that finding the right producer is a fast pass to the major labels and easy times. This is just another step toward your goal. Keep working hard at this- You’ll see benefits in the short term, but more importantly in the long run.
Keep these in mind for your next recording session. If you have any additional advice that you’d like to share, feel free to let us know. The more knowledge, the better.