4 Years Ago (2017)
There are a lot of stories of how the recording industry has been transformed since Napster and most of those stories centered around the losses of income to the record labels. They blamed the technology as its never the fault of the record labels.
Then came iTunes and the purchase of mp3’s became legal, putting money into the labels balance sheets. But the labels still complained.
Then YouTube appeared, then streaming came on the scene in Pandora, Grooveshark, Deezer and Spotify and the conversation shifted to the pennies paid per listen. The labels blamed the technology for the low payments because it’s never the labels fault.
In the end if you are signed to a label, creating music which is being listened too and are not getting paid, your issue is with your employer, the record label.
But it’s never the record labels fault.
“We sound like cocaine” said Bjorn Strid, the singer from The Night Flight Orchestra.
If you read this blog, you will know of my appreciation for The Night Flight Orchestra.
It all started in 2012 with the excellent debut. “Internal Affairs” and it continued in 2015, with “Skyline Whispers” and in 2017, we have “Amber Galactic”, which you can read my review here.
If you’ve seen the Metallica “Master Of Puppets” or the Motley Crue “Dr Feelgood” covers, then you’ve seen his work.
The album cover is a forgotten art form, but man, it’s an important one. Once upon a time, the look of an album cover would be the deciding vote if a person outlaid their money.
It carried the brand of the band.
It was the first thing that spoke to the music buyer. And as time has gone on, the artists who created some of the iconic covers are never mentioned.
8 Years Ago (2013)
I was listening to Vaudeville. They merge the styles from Muse, Deftones and Radiohead with Hard Rock. It sounds beautiful and original.
And if you want an entry point into the band, check out the song “Restless Souls”.
Will you stand up
And fight against their wrath
Or will you run
Until there’s nothing left
Their first album “Dismantle The Sky” came out in 2009. The next album “Vendetta” came out in 2012, and this is the album with “Restless Souls”. In March 2013, they released an EP called “House of The Rising Sun”.
And after I wrote this post they released “Masquerade Part 1” in 2014 and “Masquerade Part 2” in 2015.
Which I didn’t know about. So I have some listening to do.
Daft Punk entered the charts this week in 2013 at Number 1, moving 339,000 copies of their “Random Access Memories”.
And streaming/digital was king as 65% of Daft Punk’s sales came from digital sources. And I was thinking, why couldn’t metal and rock artists get these kind of numbers.
And Victory Records were in the news again about shitting on artists.
It first began in August 2006, when Hawthorne Heights filed a lawsuit against Victory Records, accusing the label of creative accounting practices, unpaid royalties and for damaging the band’s reputation and relationship with their fans.
In 2011, A Day To Remember also filed a suit against Victory Records for unpaid royalties.
And in 2013, Streetlight Manifesto is telling their fans to not purchase the album from any physical and online retailers and to only purchase merchandise from the band’s website because of their dispute with Victory.
After this post, in 2017, another band called “Darkest Hour” said that they never received a penny from their Victory contract.
And to slap the artists in the face even more, it sold for more than $30 million in 2019 and the artists didn’t get a cent from the sale.
TesseracT is one band that really got my attention and you can read my review of their excellent “Altered State” album here.
Dream Theater announced a “Live At Luna Park” DVD/CD release in February 2013 for a May 2013 release. May was almost at its end and no news had been forthcoming.
Well the release finally came out in November/December of that year.
And people were getting arrested and locked away for copyright offenses. Their jail terms for non violent crimes were longer than violent crimes.
And Police Departments were not doing any investigation of their own. They simple took the evidence of the movie studios and record labels as being true and correct.
“Draw The Line” from Disciple was doing the rounds.
This is where I draw the line
This is where the old me dies
Light a match, let it burn, kiss it goodbye
Give it up, what I was, this is where I draw the line
I always like to write posts that highlight how certain songs are inspired by other songs. You can read my post called “The Kashmir Effect”.
And I started a new series called “Classic Album Closing Songs”, thinking it will be a monthly post. And I’ve only done one.
Which actually covered a few albums.
Like “Diary Of A Madman” (1981), “Hallowed Be Thy Name” (1982), “Who We Are” (2011), “S.M.F” (1984), “Shogun” (2008), “Aerials” (2001) and “The Count Of Tuscany” (2009)
And “What About Now” disappeared from the charts and the sales.
Bon Jovi (the band) spent over 5 months recording and writing this album, a few more months promoting it, only to have it do a run of 10 weeks before it disappeared.
From Bon Jovi I went to Megadeth and the lyrics of Dave Mustaine.
And my iPod shuffle was on fire with its selection so I wrote about “Chainsaw Charlie (Murders In The New Morgue)”, “California Morning”, “Crazy Train”, “Caught In The Middle”, “Caustic Are The Ties That Bind” and “Cardiff”.
Well that’s another wrap for another week.