WAMA News - April 23 2015

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WAMA News - April 23 2015

Postby askmike » Wed May 06, 2015 5:59 pm

National & International Music News

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inducts Ringo Starr, Green Day,
Joan Jett at Star-Studded Ceremony
April 19, 2015
By Chris Parker

"...(WAMA Hall of Famer) Jett joined the Blackhearts and Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl (another WAMA Hall of Famer) for a mini-set that include such classics as "Bad Reputation," the Runaways' "Cherry Bomb" and "Crimson and Clover," the Tommy James & the Shondelles cover that Jett took to No. 1."

U.S. Vinyl Album Sales Up by 53% in Q1
April 17, 2015
By Lars Brandle
Vinyl Sales

"The vinyl comeback story just keeps on spinning. New research published just in time for Record Store Day drives home the point: vinyl has been on a real tear over the past half-decade, and the purple patch isn't fading just yet."

Record Store Day Sets Twelve-Year Sales High for Indies
April 23, 2015
By Ed Christman
Record for Vinyl

"...For the week ended April 19 -- Record Store Day was held on April 18 -- the independent sector counted for 532,000 album scans, or 21.5 percent of total physical album sales, and 11.9 percent of overall sales. In both instances, it represented the highest weekly sales percentages total for the indie sector since 2003..."

Study: North American Electronic Music Industry
Worth Nearly $2 Billion
April 16, 2015
By Matt Medved

"...The report also found that dance music represents the fourth most popular genre for North American streams after R&B/hip-hop, rock and pop, accounting for 7 percent of all US streaming and 10 percent of Canadian."

Norway to Be First Country to Shut Down FM Radio
April 20, 2015
By Scott Roxborough
First Domino

"...In what will likely be the first of a global transition to digital radio, Norway has announced it will switch off its FM band, becoming the first country to do so. Norway will start turning off FM radio on January 11, 2017, and plans to stop transmission of the last FM signal to the country's northernmost regions by Dec. 13 of that year."

Local Notes

Margo MacDonald has been accepted as an Artist in Residence for Iceland's Saga Festival. For one week leading up to the fesitival, she'll join 11 other artists from six different countries on the Stokkseyrarsel farm outside of Reykjavik. As Artists-in-Residence, they will create original works of art around the themes of vulnerability, sustainability, community and transformation, and hold workshops with high school students and local artists from the Árborg region. www.sagafest.is

Jeff Place, Smithsonian Folkways producer and archivist, was featured in a Washington Post article.

Jonny Grave and a group of DC musicians put together a project called the Clara Barton Sessions. They have a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for CDs and music videos. The project was the subject of a DCist article.

"Cantate, Afro Blue singers premiere cantata on race in the U.S." and were reviewed in the Washington Post.

D.C. Punk Label Sister Polygon had an article about their 10th release at WAMU 88.5. bandwidth.wamu.org

"Songbyrd Record Cafe is what happens when you combine a sandwich shop and a record store...Or, you could pay $15 to record your own vinyl record in the Voice-O-Graph, a mini recording studio booth in the front window." www.washingtonpost.com/blogs

O.A.R.'s summer tour is called "Back To Rockville," and will honor the band's 2014 release, "The Rockville LP."

Bob Marley Bio-Musical Sets Baltimore Premiere News The godfather of reggae will live again when Marley has its world premiere at Center Stage in Baltimore next month.


Film & Video Views

Burn The Ballroom

A new video released this month from Burn the Ballroom.

New super-fast MRI technique shows
"what it looks like when someone sings"

"...researchers use a new technique that is 10 times faster than standard MRI scanners to illustrate how the hundreds of muscles in our neck, jaw, tongue, and lips work together to produce sound."

Ten years of YouTube videos
22 April 2015
"Ten years ago Jawed Karim uploaded the very first video to YouTube...Today, 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute."


3 Innovative Revenue Streams For Musicians
By Adam Bernard

"With album sales nowhere near what they used to be (unless your name is Taylor Swift, who probably doesn't frequent indie artist advice columns), and streaming not yet a truly viable source of income for musicians, a lot of artists are looking for new ways to distribute their work that will both reach their fans and result in some remuneration."

The 3 Step No B.S. Guide To Marketing Your Music
April 23, 2015
By William Tait
3 Step

"...Sticking only to social media is like building a house without a foundation. You should spend all of your efforts outside of social media and instead, use social media as an automatic system that holds your viral plant like a vase."

What every musician should do before releasing an album
April 22, 2015
By Brian Hazard

"The definitive album release checklist"

Is Your Music Website Prepared To Survive
Next Week's Google Mobile Penalty?
By Demian Farnworth

"From Google: 'Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results'...But before we jump to what you need to do, let’s talk about consequences. Like what kind of consequences you can expect if you don’t fix the problem...The truth is, it all depends on how much of your traffic comes from mobile devices (including tablets)."

The strangest sounds in the world
21 April 2015
By David Robson

"...Meekings’ first example, the “tritone paradox”, may seem deceptively simple, but it demonstrates the principle beautifully...You can hear four pairs of notes. Within each pair, is the second note higher or lower? Playing the track in the dark cellar of the North London pub, Meekings asked us to raise our hands if we hear the pitches rising, or falling. The audience was divided 50:50. Musicians, in particular, were adamant that they knew which way the pitches were moving. And, like the reactions to “the dress”, it was deeply disconcerting to find that the person next to you was not hearing the same thing."



“A Bourgeois Town”: Lead Belly in Washington, D.C., presented by
Terika Dean, Lead Belly Estate and Alvin Singh, Lead Belly Archive.
April 24
noon - 1 pm
at the Library of Congress Mumford Room, 6rd Floor, James Madison Building, WDC

To celebrate the 125th birthday of the legendary folk singer Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter, American Folklife Center archivist Todd Harvey welcomes Lead Belly family members Terika Dean and Alvin Singh for a discussion about their famous relative, his contributions to American culture and world music, and an overview of the significant Lead Belly materials in the Center’s archive.

Striking Chords: A Ukulele Workshop for Everyone
Fri. April 24
7 pm
at the Mansion, Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD
$40, $35 Stars
Uke Workshop

Join the Strathmore ukulele community for a workshop and a strum-along with tunes that will be performed by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain on April 26. Led by Strathmore Artist in Residence alumna Victoria Vox. All skill levels welcome.

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Info Sessions
Sat. April 25
1-4 pm

Discuss any arts-related legal topic with an attorney whose services are provided free of charge from the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (MdVLA). First come first serve, adv. registration required, one session per person only. Call 410-276-1651 to register.

Crafting a Long Shelf Life Song
with Archie Fisher, James Keelaghan & Jez Lowe
Tues. April 28
7:30 pm
at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD
$30, and $25 for WAMA & SAW members or if you attend the 4/27 concert

Any one of these fine gents could conduct this workshop by himself, but here is a chance to listen to Archie, James and Jez collaborate and offer their ideas on what makes some songs stick and some to just ooze down the wall. Never before has this trio assembled to share their secrets and it is not likely to ever happen again. Bring a voice recorder if you like.

Pan Workshop With Pan Lara: Caribbean Steel Drum
Tues. April 28
7 - 9 pm
at One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD

SSTCI presents on the Plaza a special pan workshop with Pan Lara. Learn how to play the steel drum in this fun hands-on activity. Great for all ages. Free PARKING at 801 Ellsworth Dr. Silver Spring, MD. For info about Pan Lara contact: Debbie Lara at 301.237.3531or panlara1@gmail.com

Rhythm and Flow: A Songwriting Workshop
with Mary Alouette
Sat. May 2
noon - 2 pm
at 7DrumLessons, 2008 8th St NW, WDC
Free, but you must RSVP at www.washingtonperformingarts.org

Have you ever had a tune in your head and wanted to know how to turn it into a song? Perhaps you have written songs before but want to make them even better than they already are. In this workshop hosted by Washington Performing Arts, participants will study musical form, melody, and style, looking particularly at pop and contemporary songwriting to discover what makes a song a hit. There will be feedback on each others' tunes. You don't need to be an experienced songwriter to join - all you need is an idea and a desire to write music. However, if you are already a songwriter with a solid grasp on the craft of songwriting and the music industry, there is certainly opportunity to hone your skills. Bring your own instrument. There will also be a guitar available for your use. It is recommended that you bring a notepad and pen and a portable audio recording device. www.facebook.com/events/819774568077266/

Miles Davis "Kind of Blue" Workshop
Sat. May 2
1 - 5:30 pm
at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd,
Rockville, MD
Tuition: $180, $125 Auditors
For details & registration call 443-822-6483, or visit www.indepthjazz.com

An inDepth Jazz Clinics workshop. Faculty members include Thad Wilson (trumpet), Lyle Link (alto sax), Wade Beach (piano), Tom Baldwin (bass), Tony Martucci (drums), and Artistic Director Jeff Antoniuk (tenor sax). They'll guide you through five of the most important songs in jazz history, the entire Kind Of Blue album. And if you think you know these songs, come get a pro-level view of the next steps for you.

Two Days of Career Seminars
May 16 & 15
at the Mansion, Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD
$18 per class (Stars $16.20)
Career Tiickets

Get Funded, with Maureen Andary
How to Avoid Costly Mistakes, with John Simson
Effective Video Marketing, with Gemal Woods
Does Your Website Have What It Takes, with Patty Laing
Getting the Gig & Touring the Band, with Ken Avis
Band Leading 101, with Charlie Barnett

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Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America
Deadline: April 24
For info: Special Olympics

ReverbNation is selecting bands to play nearly 130 events in the lead-up to the Special Olympics World Summer Games. Acts can submit their music now through April 24 for consideration.

Perform at the ASCAP EXPO & Record a Track at 17 Hertz
Deadline: April 22

WorldArts is offering an all expenses paid trip for 2 artists to perform at the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO on April 30 or May 1, 2015 on the Playback Stage in Hollywood California. Additionally, WorldArts is giving each artist the opportunity to record an acoustic version of the song they perform at ASCAP at the state-of-the-art 17 Hertz studio. One of those slots is for a Tunecore Artist. Type in the Affiliate Code tunecore2015 in the profile section of the submission form.

Selected Events

6th Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival
Sat. April 25
noon - 8 pm
at 575 Oklahoma Ave, NE, Washington DC on the Anacostia River
Purchase at www.missiontix.com

Featuring: Cabinet, Larry Keel Experience, Split String Soup, Big Chimney, By & By, Bud's Collective, Furnace Mountain, Walker's Run, Ballad've, Laura Tsaggaris, Jonny Grave, Karen Jonas Band, Lauren Calve Band, Justin Trawick & Common Good, Big Hoax Band, Kingsley Flood, Annabeth McNamara, Basswood, Delafield String Band, The Stick Mob, Griff's Room Band, Hollertown, Notes From The Underground, The Plank Stompers, Elena & Los Fulanos, Tom McBride, Devil In The Deep Blue Sea, Tomas Pagan Motta, Sara Curtin, 19th Street Band, The Hummingbyrds, Gramophonic, Near Northeast, Roof Beams, LuLu's Fate, Sweet Yonder, Dead Professional, The Beanstalk Library, and more.

Music Makes Life Better
Sun. April 26
7:30 pm
at Jammin Java, Vienna, VA
GA $15, Premier $20, VIP $20

Performers: Taylor Carson + Scott Kurt & Memphis 59

Attendees are encouraged to bring any new or lightly used instruments for a donation toward Now I Play Along Too. Music Makes Life Better is an ongoing project by Jammin' Java owners, staff, and friends to give back to the community through music and service. Check out their blog to learn more about this project: www.musicmakeslifebetter.net


New Releases

Sir Alan & the Calypso Ponzi Schemers will have a CD release concert for "Sign Here" on April 26 at Iota Club and Café, Arlington, VA. Ponzi

Brett Isaacoff recorded sets by various musicians and has released the "In It Together Fest" mixtape, a playlist of bands both local and national who played in DC DIY venues between October of 2014 and February of 2015. Learn more at Together

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WAMA News compiled by Mike Schreibman and Loralyn Coles

News presented in this newsletter is for informational purposes only,
and does not necessarily constitute an endorsement.
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