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Bandcamp, Downloads, Streaming, and the Inescapably Bright Future

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In light of a recent report that Apple will soon abandon music downloads (later denied, but undoubtedly containing a certain amount of inevitability), we thought we’d take a moment to update you on the state of Bandcamp’s business and our plans for the future.

Bandcamp grew by 35% last year. Fans pay artists $4.3 million dollars every month using the site, and they buy about 25,000 records a day, which works out to about one every 4 seconds (you can see a real-time feed of those purchases on our desktop home page). Nearly 6 million fans have bought music through Bandcamp (half of whom are younger than 30), and hundreds of thousands of artists have sold music on Bandcamp. Digital album sales on Bandcamp grew 14% in 2015 while dropping 3% industry-wide, track sales grew 11% while dropping 13% industry-wide, vinyl was up 40%, cassettes 49%… even CD sales…

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Third Man hits Gumptown

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Wednesday (a.k.a. tomorrow), the Third Man Rolling Record Store is making a stop in Montgomery at The Record Stop.

It will be there from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at 516 Coliseum Blvd.

If you were unaware, the Nashville-based Third Man Records was founded by Jack White. According to Wikipedia, the rolling record store made its debut at SXSW in 2011.

Update: More details in this Montgomery Advertiser article.

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Not an apologetic catch-up…

Oh, this feels like one of those “I haven’t blogged in a long time” sorta things with this one, but I am going to forge onward in a very free way, and not bother catching up . . . unless the following feels like catching-up.

I have written a few more weird things at The Five Hundred . . . and you can find them there, with a little spelunking, if you are so-inclined. Did that need to be hyphenated? I like it that way . . . so I think so. Am I using too many ellipses? Or is it ellipseses? Smeech? Brandon? Marvin?

I don’t know what I think about the new Interpol. Hell, I didn’t know what I thought about the last Interpol. Is this everyone’s experience who used to or perhaps even now still likes Interpol? Does this matter?

I have been enjoying the latest Opeth quite a bit, and I don’t know why any former fan of them is any more outdone with this one than they were with Heritage. Come on! It’s good! Have you forgotten what good is? Have you not seen this coming? Please!

I like this video by Naam. Maybe it’s old news, but I think it’s pretty awesome.

Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL have a new recording called PLECTRUMELECTRUM that is rockin’.

I’ve finished up a crushing new noisedrone piece called “Thoss” due out on a new split cassette later in the year from my fine friends at GBS Records in Montreal.

I’m also working on a collaborative track of sorts with my friend Dylan Sparrrow in NYC! Check out some of his stuffs on Bandcamp!

I feel like my blogs will have this format/non-format for a while. Maybe it’s stupid, but maybe I haven’t blogged in so long because blog is such a stupid word. And also because I felt like it had to have some kind of format. Maybe all this is stupid. Form is emptiness is form is stupid is emptiness is blog is stupid.

Nothing is as stupid as The Memory Hole, however. Stupidly brilliant. I will leave you with one of their offerings into the nothingness, and let you dig deeper.

‘Death to the World’ Montgomery screening – this Saturday!

Local slasher film debuts this Saturday night at The Capri Theater!

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This Saturday night, the folks behind Foolish Henry Films are screening Death to the World at the historic Capri Theatre in Montgomery, Ala. It starts at 9:15 p.m., and standard Capri ticket prices apply. Click here for the Facebook event. And if you haven’t seen the trailer it’s on YouTube and Vimeo.

Painting by Tracy Tapley based on photos by Missy Gillis. Logo/font and layout by Brandon Marvin.

This project has been over a year in the making.

Director/co-writer Shane Gillis and producer/co-writer Rick Gardner had the script ready by the end of 2012, and a chance encounter with Shane during an after-work trip to the grocery store began my involvement with the film.

A teaser was filmed one weekend in January 2013 to begin fundraising for the full production. Even with the fundraising and generosity from a number of great people, the film was still being produced…

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The ‘I’m Sorry’ response

A nice, thoughtful post by Josh Carples.

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The recent debate between Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’ and the Creation Museum’s Ken Ham has once again brought into public discourse the subjects of science and religion, and with those subjects again in the public discourse, atheism is inevitably brought up.

But this post isn’t about the debate. It’s about people.

Last year, I was walking toward the entrance to a grocery store one evening when I was stopped by a young woman. There was a table in front of the entrance with some anti-bullying literature.

The woman informed me that they were asking for donations to continue a private, anti-bullying campaign in schools, led by a local singer. I asked if there was some literature I could take and read over so I could learn more about them and what they’re doing. As another lady went inside the store to make more copies of their fliers, we continued…

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Here’s What I’m Wearing To The Record Swap…

record swapSo there’s a record swap this Saturday here in Montgomery, AL put on by Rad! Vinyl & Organic Hippie. I wanted to write about it primarily because I think it’s a great thing . . . and secondly because there are some items that I would really like to get my hands on.

What do you think the chances of me running across a nice vinyl copy (containing all the fixings) of Rudimentary Peni’s Death Church are? If you’re the one weirdo here in this city with that . . . . increase my odds . . . bring me one!

Death Church or not, I’m hoping that there’ll be all kinds of oddities coming out of the rotten woodwork of this town. I’m looking for old prog (early Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, Marillion, U.K., Univers Zero), freaky stuff (The Residents, Renaldo & The Loaf, Henry Cow, Art Bears) & noise (from Throbbing Gristle to Wolf Eyes). If you’ve got it, bring it!

I’ll be bringing a small stack of wide-ranging stuff. Boston Pops to Bastro. AC/DC to Zeni Geva. The Golden Age Of Television to Alice Cooper. Color vinyl and a long-lost wood-boxed album from June of ’44. Some regional noise & otherwise. Not a huge mountain of things, but definitely a little something serving all flavors and tastes. I’ve even got an old Zappa Beat The Boots 2 box set, complete with the fancy book, pin and beret. It’s the multi-CD version, but I’m gonna bring it along because I know there’s some freak out there who will want it.

I think, more than anything, I’m just excited to be in one place with so much vinyl and so much different music to look through. You know it’s gonna be fun, so come on out Saturday, Aug. 10 from 1pm to 5pm to Organic Hippie. If you need more info on the swap, get you some here.

And bring your Rudimentary Peni.

Music I think you should hear, vol. 10

Thanks, Josh Carples!

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Montgomery, Ala. may not be known for a flourishing music scene (those designations generally go to Birmingham and Atlanta, Ga.), but in my time here, I have witnessed many incredible bands and musicians.

I enjoy hearing that many of the artists I have long respected have teamed up to create new things.

So with that being said, I would like to present a new album by some very talented musicians in my area: The Hard Gospel.

Featuring Brandon Marvin, Zane Tremontana and Robert Taylor (and guest appearances by Jeff McLeod and Shane Gillis), their debut album “The Commandments of Morality” can be heard below or on their Bandcamp page. (The album art is by an amazing artist and musician in Atlanta named Neal Williams. Check out more of his work here.)

 

And speaking of some of the folks above – Marvin, Taylor, McLeod and Gillis – they…

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