WAMA News - April 18, 2014

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WAMA News - April 18, 2014

Postby askmike » Sat Apr 26, 2014 4:24 pm

National & International Music News

Spotify Releases Study on Music Listening Habits at Work
April 14, 2014
By Harley Brown
Listening Habits

"...Overall, they found that about two-thirds (61%) of the people they surveyed listened to something at their desks, and that it made them happier and more productive. Of those surveyed, 36% said music helped them through the day, specifically the hours of 9 to 11am, 11am to 1pm, and 2-4pm..."

Golden Gods to Air in May on VH1 Classic;
Axl Rose and Joan Jett Lead Honorees
April 16, 2014
By Andrew Hampp
VH1 Honors

"...Topping this year's star-studded talent lineup will be Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose, who will be presented with 2014's Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award, and Joan Jett, the first-ever female recipient of the Golden God Award..."
(Editor's Note - Joan Jett, WAMA Hall of Fame)

Rock Hall Fame Ceremony Wraps with Worthy Performances,
Hatchets Buried
April 11, 2014
By Caryn Rose
Hall of Fame

"The 2014 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held Thursday night at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, honored Cat Stevens (now known as Yusuf Islam), Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, KISS and Hall and Oates. It would be an evening of debts repaid, honor restored, tributes paid and stories told, accompanied by worthy performances of the music that landed the honorees in the Hall in the first place."
(Editor's note - Inductees included two WAMA Hall of Famers: Dave Grohl, and Nils Lofgren with the E Street Band. One of the performers was WAMA Hall of Fame Emmylou Harris.)

Why Rock Hall Inductees Are Not Getting The Royalties
They Deserve
April 10, 2014
by Michael Huppe, SoundExchange
Royalty payments

"...As we honor those whose music helped shape rock and roll, it is difficult for me to reconcile the fact that some digital radio services have cut off royalty payments to artists' pre-1972 work – which includes work by half of this year’s inductees. Based on satellite radio giant SiriusXM and Pandora’s interpretation of copyright law, which they say allows them to use music recorded prior to 1972 for free, three of the six performers being inducted into the Hall of Fame are not getting the digital royalty payments they rightfully deserve."

The 10 Most Controversial Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Moments
(Plus Two)
April 10, 2014
By Dan Reilly
Most Controversial

"With its lack of transparent voting and occasionally odd subjective induction criteria, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has seen its fair share of controversy in its 31 years of existence...On top of lineup issues, the Hall has previously had ceremonies marred by ongoing feuds, snubs, genre snobbery, vote-tampering accusations, and the refusal of big-name artists to take part in the pomp and circumstance...read on for the 10 biggest controversies in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame history."

84% of Content Consumed in Spain is Pirated
April 10, 2014
By Judy Cantor-Navas
Pirate Problem

"84% of content consumed in Spain is illegal, according to new report that adds more fuel to fiery debate in piracy-plagued country."

Survey says one in 10 young people buy cassette tapes
16 April 2014

"One in 10 young people has bought a music cassette tape in the last month, a new survey done to coincide with Record Store Day suggests. The research suggests that physical formats are still more popular than digital downloads. In the last year, 57% of the people surveyed had bought a CD, while 39% had purchased an MP3 download."

How can music make your ears bleed?
16 April 2014
By David Keller
Bleeding ears

"A concert by reggae veterans UB40 in Cambridge has hit the headlines after fans walked out, complaining it was too loud. One woman even claimed the volume made her ear bleed. So how dangerous are noisy gigs?"

Why does music evoke memories?
17 April 2014
By Tiffany Jenkins

"...This is an experience shared by everyone: hear a piece of music from decades later and you are transported back to that particular moment, like stepping into a time machine. You can feel everything as if you were actually there. The relationship between music and memory is powerful, and new research is hoping to discover how these memories work for therapeutic effect. It is already used to help dementia patients, the elderly, and for those suffering from depression."

It's a Mad, Mad World:
New Book Celebrates Stars and Sounds of the New Wave 80s
April 15, 2014
By Michele Amabile Angermiller
New Wave

"...The new book "Mad World: An Oral History of the New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s" (Abrams Image), written by Lori Majewski with THR contributor Jonathan Bernstein, celebrates this post-punk period in all of its fluorescent glory. Making the argument that this was also “the last golden age of pop,”whose musicians were weaned on David Bowie and were inspired by the twin explosions of disco and punk, the book tells the tale of some of the decade’s most unforgettable songs..."

Bandsintown Reaches 10 Million Members
April 15, 2014
By Harley Brown

"Concert listing site Bandsintown announced on their blog that the number of registered concertgoers has grown to 10 million -- the equivalent of the 13th largest city or the 87th largest country in the world."

10 artists who used tech to make better music
April 14, 2014
By Erin Carson
Better music

"From some of the great musical pioneers, to modern day innovators, here are 10 musicians who have tapped technology to make better music."

Local Notes

The International Bluegrass Music Association's Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2014 included three localss: Chris Luquette of Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Patrick McAvinue of Audie Blaylock & Redline, and DCBU board member Matt Slocum. ibma.org

Steven Garrison was the subject of a Washington City Paper blog.

Michael M. Kaiser, "who steps down as president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Sept. 1, will become co-chairman of IMG Artists, the performing arts management agency..." Kaiser

DJ Flexx & WPGC will be at The Howard Theater on Monday April 21 for the official “Polo & Chuck” music video shoot. Show up at 6 p.m. to be part of the video shoot with other go-go fans. Only the first 500 people will be able to get in. Video shoot

Ken and Brad Kolodner had their CD, "Skipping Rocks," reviewed in Bluegrass Unlimited.

Elijah Balbed will debut his latest quartet on Thursday 4/16/14 at Sankofa Cafe. The band includes vocalist Integriti Reeves, bassist Nicole Saphos and drummer Savannah Grace Harris.

Braxton Cook has toured with trumpeter Christian Scott and was a semi-finalist in the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. He'll lead a band on Friday and Saturday at Bohemian Caverns.

Sean Combs—aka Puff Daddy, aka P. Diddy, aka Diddy—will deliver the commencement address at Howard University's graduation ceremony this spring, according to dcist.

For Record Store Day, check out this WAMU article on "Why Silver Spring is A Destination for Lovers of Vinyl." Vinyl

"How Critics Keep Shortchanging D.C. Bands," an article by Dean Essner. Shortchange

Film & Video Views

Good Vibrations

The AFI Silver screens the film this weekend in honor of Record Store Day 2014.

Online Resources

13 Topics That Musicians Can Easily Blog About
Easy Blogs

"There are plenty of reasons for musicians to blog on a regular basis. First and foremost, blogging is one of the best ways to drive people to your website. Every time you create a new blog post, it’s an excuse for you to invite fans to check out your website... Here’s a quick brainstorm of 13 things you can blog about that might help trigger even more ideas..."

Self Publishing on YouTube
April 16, 2014
By Chelsea Ira

"... there is another aspect of YouTube that is vastly underutilized by the musician community on the platform - publishing. You don’t need a publisher to get your music placed in YouTube videos. You just need to be proactive with social media and reach out to YouTubers you think would be interested in using your music with their creative content."

How (and why) to write a brief music music bio for live event promotion
March 26, 2014
By Bruce Kaplan
Bios help

"As a concert presenter, I’ve found that many artists are lacking an easy-to-use bio. By that, I mean a bio that is ready for cutting and pasting. The key to putting together a good event-oriented bio is to understand what it is most often used for. Typically, it will be used by presenters to create a press release, a web site listing and perhaps a Facebook event for your show. So it’s important that your bio is not too long, or too short, and that it presents you in the way you want to be presented. Keep in mind that what you write is often exactly what will appear in print or on a web site."


SAW Songwriter's Toolbox
with Kevin Dudley
Sat. April 26
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
at the Lab at Convergence, 1819 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA

As a songwriter, you have approximately three minutes to communicate your idea, engage your audience, make ‘em put away their cell phones, hold ‘em and keep their attention and leave ‘em wanting more. This month’s Toolbox will explore some essential elements of songwriting with a focus on “say what you need to... nothing more.” We’ll discuss some of the “practices” I’ve compiled from hanging out and performing with some fine Texas songwriters. We’ll also conduct some exercises to reinforce the concepts so bring a pad of paper and pen. The second half of the session we’ll conduct a critique session so bring a song you’re working on or one that’s finished. Make sure you bring at least 20 lyric sheets and your instrument of choice. There’s a piano available in the Lab for those who are so inclined.

Techniques for Deconstructing and Restructuring a Song for Your Repertoire
Blues Workshop W Miles Spicer
Sunday, April 27
To register send an email to info@acousticblues.com

The blues form allows for subtle and not-so-subtle variations on playing the songs that form the tradition with a mixture of respect and individual self expression. Although we begin by copying, we can truly emulate the artists we revere only by finding, as they did, our own voices in the music. This workshop will help musicians break down blues songs, identify the essential elements, and rebuild them according to taste, ability, and style. Although he approachs songs primarily as a guitarist, the lessons may be applicable to other instrumentalists at a variety of levels. Audio and video recording is encouraged.

Intermediate Bodhran Group Classes
with Scott Morrison
Saturdays, April 26, May 3 & May 17
2:00-4:00 pm
at HMT's lessons studio, Takoma Park, MD
$140 for 3-part series, or $50/session drop-in rate
Contact HMT to register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090

Continuation of Scott's introductory bodhran class. Some previous bodhran experience required.

Steel Drum Workshop with the PanTones
Sun. April 27
2 - 4 pm
at Electric Maid: 268 Carroll St. NW, Washington DC
Contact HMT to register at workshops@hmtrad.com or 301-270-9090

The PanTones (the Cultural Academy For Excellence's adult steel band, based in Mt. Rainier, MD) will be leading a beginning steel drum workshop under the direction of Adam Grisé. Instruments will be provided. Participants will learn about the different types of instruments in a steel band, some of the historical & cultural background from Trinidad & Tobago, and get to try some rudimentary techniques and tunes. Open to ages 16 and up; no prior musical experience is required.


2014 FreshGrass Award Open for Submissions
Submissions open on April 15 and close on August 5

The FreshGrass Award, a highlight of the eponymous three-day bluegrass and roots music festival held each fall at MASS MoCA, crowns up-and-coming musicians who offer a fresh take on the genre. Now in its second year, the Award expands from one category to three – giving unsigned bands, duos, and banjo players a chance to compete for cash prizes totaling $15,000, recording time at Compass Records’ studio in Nashville, and a main stage slot at FreshGrass 2015. The competition, judged by a panel of industry professionals, is held concurrently with the festival on September 19-21, 2014, and contest performances are open to the festival audience. To enter, contestants submit two videos via the festival’s website freshgrass.com – one live performance of an original composition and one live performance of a bluegrass traditional. - See more at: freshgrass.com

Lomax Fellowship Deadline Extended to May 15

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress invites qualified scholars to apply for a post-doctoral fellowship for advanced research based on the Alan Lomax Collection. The Lomax Collection is a major collection of ethnographic field audio recordings, motion pictures, photographs, manuscripts, correspondence and other materials from the United States, England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the Caribbean. Lomax (1915-2002) was one of the greatest documenters of traditional culture during the twentieth century.

Selected Events

10th Annual Big Band Jam
April 18-30

The theme will be the "Count Basie Legacy" and the featured artist/clinician will be internationally renowned saxophonist Bob Mintzer of The Yellowjackets. Mr. Mintzer will be conducting a free midday master class daily on Pershing Park plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue next to The White House. School ensembles will receive instruction daily from April 22nd-25th from 12:00-1:00 pm. In addition to these classes there will be clinics, workshops and adjudication for all participating ensembles.

DC Blues Society’s Raise the Roof Dance Party
April 19
8 pm
at American Legion Post 268, 11225 Fern St., Wheaton, MD
$12 advance ($10 DCBS members)/$15 door ($12 members)

Performing are 3 DCBS Battle of the Band Winners: the Stacy Brooks Band, the Clarence “The Bluesman” Turner Band, and Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark and The Blues Allstars

This is a fundraiser to help The Blues Foundation build the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis TN. Construction of the new building will start in June 2014, with the Grand Opening planned in time for the Blues Music Awards in May 2015.

The 9 Songwriter Series Benefits:
Ted Garber and Family
Mon. April 21
7:30 PM
at Jammin Java, Vienna, VA
Adv VIP $20 / Bar $20 / Premier $20 / GA $20
Day Of VIP $25 / Bar $25 / Premier $25 / GA $25

Performers: Justin Trawick + Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer + Mike Clem + Mary Ann Redmond + Faraway + Victoria Vox

Ted Garber is a former Artist in Residence at Strathmore and this show benefits him and his wife, Rebecca Garber, who is suffering from a serious medical condition. All tickets for the March 3rd are valid for the rescheduled date. Please direct all inquiries to Mei at mei@jamminjava.com only.

1st Annual Winds for Warriors Charity Gala
Sat. Apr. 28
7:30 pm
at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Tickets available at www.strathmore.org

Capital Wind Symphony, the premier non-military professional wind symphony ensemble based in the Washington, DC metro area, will host their first annual Winds for Warriors Charity Gala. The Gala will bring together audiences to celebrate the American band tradition while also benefiting and providing donations to the Wounded Warrior Project.

ABRACE: Brazilian Concert
Sun. April 27
6:30 pm
at Jammin Java, Vienna, VA
$30 GA, Premier $40, Bar $30, VIP $40

Performers: ABADÁ Capoeira DC - Professora Yara, DC Choro, Laura Rizzotto

ABRACE is a 501(c)(3) organization based in VA that has offered educational and cultural programs for children and families in the DC metropolitan area for several years now. The main goal for this event is to raise funds to support those programs while promoting the diversity of the Brazilian culture. The organization’s mission is to preserve and promote the education and cultural and social integration of the Brazilian community in order to strengthen its identity in the United States

New Releases

Typefighter's debut album is now streaming in full at Brooklyn Vegan. the album comes out next week (4/22) via DC label Huge Witch Records. www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2014/04/ ... efigh.html Watch some videos at dcist.com/2014/04/listen_to_typefighters_debut_album.php

Medlow's self-titled album release is on Wednesday April 23 at Jammin Java. www.medlowmusic.com/

Steve Fidyk has released his latest album, "Heads Up!," with Terell Stafford, Tim Warfield, Shawn Purcell and Regan Brough. www.stevefidyk.com

Robbie Schaefer has a new solo album, "Ruby." His CD release show is April 26 at Jammin Java, Vienna, VA robbieschaefer.com

Cristopolis has release a new single "Get Money" featuring Carolyn Rodriguez, recorded at DC Visions. Listen to it at soundcloud.com

Outputmessage has just dropped his latest album, "The Infinite Void." There's an album review in the Washington City Paper www.washingtoncitypaper.com and a video of his Blisspop interview. www.blisspop.com

Reginald Cyntje is releasing his 3rd album, "The Elements of Life." The CD release concert is on Tues. April 22 at Union Arts, 411 New York Avenue NE., WDC. www.reginaldcyntje.com

Melodime is on tour to support their latest album, "Where the Sinners & the Saints Collide," produced by Rick Beato. 100% of the album proceeds are donated to the non-profit charity Now I Play Along Too. They'll be at Jammin' Java on Sat. April 19. jamminjava.com

Dischord Records has released a State of Alert (Henry Rollins' first band) demo from three decades ago, "First Demo 12/29/780." Read more about it in the Washington city Paper review. www.washingtoncitypaper.com

Final Curtain

Akil Nadir
Influenced the Course of D.C. Hip-Hop

"Akil Nadir was the Philosopher King, the straight-ahead MC known for his battle rhymes and sophisticated bravado. To his friends, he was Claude Lumpkin, an educator and father who let his heart speak through the music (and on his funny blog).

The veteran D.C. rapper died this weekend. He was 34." Washington City Paper notice www.washingtoncitypaper.com

WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles


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