We stand with Bandcamp in support of the Transgender Law Center

Posted by: mark on August 4, 2017 @ 11:52 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Donny McCaslin, Events, Greg Ward, Linda Oh, Matt Ulery, Music Business News, Rudy Royston, Ryan Keberle

Bandcamp is donating their profits from today’s sales to the Transgender Law Center in support of transgender rights. Here’s their mission statement:

Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. We envision a future where gender self-determination and authentic expression are seen as basic rights and matters of common human dignity.

We stand with Bandcamp and the many labels and artists who are supporting the Transgender Law Center. We are donating 100% of the proceeds from today’s Bandcamp sales to this worthy cause.

Visit our Bandcamp store here to check out music from Dave Douglas, Ryan Keberle, Donny McCaslin, Linda Oh, Rudy Royston, Matt Ulery, Greg Ward and more!

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Vote in the Downbeat Readers Poll

Posted by: mark on August 3, 2017 @ 2:19 pm
Filed under: Music Business News

Vote in the 82nd Annual Downbeat Readers Poll now!

Presented by Downbeat Magazine, this is your chance to vote for your favorite artists, albums and record labels. (Hint!)

The poll will end in a few days, so do it now! And check the December 2017 issue for complete results.

We appreciate your support!

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Bandcamp interviews Jason Moran

Posted by: mark on August 2, 2017 @ 3:15 pm
Filed under: Music Business News, Music Technology

We’re big fans of Bandcamp because they offer a great product that enables us to present our entire catalogue to you in a very convenient way.

And we appreciate pianist Jason Moran‘s insights in his interview on the Bandcamp daily blog.

Check out this thoughts on album pricing and whether CDs are necessary in these times.

Check out his three releases on his Bandcamp page and let us know how you feel about on Bandcamp on our Facebook page.

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Music Morphing

Posted by: Dave Douglas on February 27, 2013 @ 5:20 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts), Music Business News, Music Technology

Looking forward to Cheltenham Festival in May. Aside from playing a set with the Quintet plus vocalist Heather Masse, I’ll be part of a panel with Dave Stapleton and others called “Setting Up Your Own Record Label”. I’m sure I will learn a lot, and it will be a great opportunity to talk about Greenleaf Music. I had that opportunity as part of panels at two major conferences in New York in the past months.

The thing about both events that stood out to me the most was that everyone I met, young musicians, presenters, panelists, was fired up — excited to be there, excited to take part in the conversation and in the larger world of music. And for the right reasons — it seemed to me that the enthusiasm was around creating music and facilitating music. So while yes there was schmoozing, it always felt genuine and urgently personal.

At the APAP World Music Pre-Conference, I took part in a set of case studies focused on world music and technology. Led by Dmitri Vietze and Ryan Dawes of Rock Paper Scissors, there were fascinating responses from Natalia Linares of Conrazón, composer and string player Ljova, and Mark Roberts of Evergreene Music and Stars & Letters.

Technology in all sorts of music is an exploding sector. I wonder if things always felt this way. It was the highest “new-app-per-paragraph” quotient discussion I’ve ever heard. And it truly gave the lie to the idea that the music industry is dying. The music industry is morphing.

At CMA I was invited by Mid Atlantic Arts to speak about the Jazz.NEXT program Using Technology to Build a Healthy, Sustainable Jazz Environment. This is the one Greenleaf Music took part in thanks to them and The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. It’s the project that allowed us to put a lot of what you see here into place. It’s also allowed for the creation of an open source WordPress template that we’ve made available to other artists. Linda Oh also came by to talk about how she’s using it at her site.

If you are reading this, let me thank you again for following us and being part of this DIY story. We’re still growing, but real listeners are the people who populate it and make it expand.

Lots more music coming this year both live and memorex. Inspired by everyone I met at these gabfests. Thanks.

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New Music Strategies

Posted by: Dave Douglas on July 9, 2012 @ 4:44 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts), Greenleaf Cloud Player, Music Business News

Very nice mention of Greenleaf Music over at the New Music Strategies podcast.


Thanks, guys. I have been meaning to write down some of my own thoughts and experiences for some time. Hopefully by the time this tour is over I will have had time to get on the boards!


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Search and Restore: Funding successful

Posted by: admin on December 7, 2010 @ 1:16 pm
Filed under: Events, Music, Music Business News

Yesterday, we were happy to hear that Search and Restore met and surpassed their funding goal of $75k. A big CONGRATS to Adam and all the others. It’s folks like S&R that are helping bring jazz and experimental music into new millennium, gaining exposure for really great artists.

We’re all looking forward to the killer content that they are sure to deliver with the added cameras, equipment, man-power, and new site.

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The Beatles On iTunes

Posted by: admin on November 16, 2010 @ 8:38 am
Filed under: Culture, Events, Listening, Music Business News, Music Technology

I was looking around the Apple site for a refurbished iMac yesterday and found the iTunes announcement page. I was curious as to the “Big News.” But this morning, I’m a little let down.

First, I’m a huge Beatles fan. I think most of us are to varying degrees anyway, even if we refuse to acknowledge it. But a relaunch of their catalog isn’t much in the way of “Big News.” It’s like those 30 times a year when I receive an email about yet another Bitches Brew reissue (not to mention the Miles Davis signature headphones, or Mingus-themed underwear). I get excited for a second, then realize I already have all that music.
Beatles On iTunes
But maybe this will turn a new generation onto the Beatles. Here’s hoping anyway. Say what you want about the Beatles beginnings, but from Rubber Soul on, they pretty much made flawless albums. And the pop market today would be hard-pressed to find any artist making albums with such depth, not to mention singles. Yes, yes, the Beatles are great, and hearing it so much might make it mean less and less. But it’s the truth.

I’ve seen some comments on blogs like, “What’s the big deal? No one even listens to those old guys anymore.” Obviously you’ve never heard Revolver, buddy. So for that kid, I hope the iTunes launch teaches him a thing or two. For me, I’ll drop the needle on Abbey Road this morning, and hold out for the chance to hear the unissued Carnival of Light noise pieces from 1967 that Paul refuses to release.

So Apple, what’s next?

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Record Store Day 2010

Posted by: admin on April 29, 2010 @ 7:18 am
Filed under: Culture, Events, Music Business News

I was out of town last weekend camping, so I missed most of Record Store Day. But I did manage to get home for the Liam Hayes performance at Reckless Records here in Chicago which was great. Unfortunately, though, I missed out on most of the sweet RSD exclusives. I was able to pick up the Heart Of Gold/Sugar Mountain 7″, but missed out on the John Fahey LP reissue (only 500 copies pressed! c’mon guys!) But it seemed like there are more and more people combing through the racks of LPs, even on non-RSD weekends.

On Twitter yesterday, there were a bunch of folks pointing to numbers that emerged regarding sales per format and how well this RSD did.

From Billboard:

According to Street Pulse, comparing Record Store Day 2010 to RSD 2009 showed an increase of overall sales by 135.4%.

Here was their breakdown:
All Music + 135.4%
Vinyl + 376.7%
CD + 40.4%
Video – 38.6%
Merch + 28.5%

Also, and this is an interesting fact, according to Nielsen Soundscan, Record Store Day 2010 was the biggest day of sales for vinyl in Soundscan’s history. This is definitely good news for vinyl record, and turntable, manufacturers.

Couldn’t be happier about the bolded text. Maybe with more buyers, new LP costs will start coming down a bit. And maybe GLM might even jump into that marketplace.

So congrats to everyone who was involved for delivering on what should be, in my view, a major national holiday… or simply an everyday holiday.


Read, Music Biz Handbook; Listen, New Music

Posted by: admin on March 24, 2010 @ 10:48 am
Filed under: Listening, Music, Music Business News

A good read at BerkleeMusic.com. The Music Business Handbook is a downloadable PDF you can get by giving them your email — which I believe is part of the second chapter, Direct To Fan. It’s a good overview of what kind of marketplace up-and-coming artists find themselves.

Some new music hit the web this month that I’ve been listening to — as I take a short break from my Alphabetical Listening Project. Definitely worth your time.

Brad Mehldau’s Highway Rider through Nonesuch. One of my favorite producers, Jon Brion, who did Largo, did a bang up job throughout.

Dave Holland’s newest, Pathways, for Octet sounds great. I’ll be picking that one up shortly. Check it out here.

Last, some reissued, remastered boxed sets from Black Saint / Soul Note are available now. I’m specifically excited about picking up the Charlie Haden box, but the others are on my To-Buy list as well. All are available here.

Anything I’ve missed? Pass on what’s found it’s way to your ears in the comments if you’d like.


For Sale: Abbey Road

Posted by: admin on February 16, 2010 @ 8:57 am
Filed under: Music Business News

A prime piece of studio real estate is for sale. EMI — who apparently is in need of some extra cash — put the famed Abbey Road Studios up on the market.

From Pitchfork

…according to the Financial Times, the studios are becoming prohibitively expensive to use, and EMI is in desperate need of cash. It’s not clear yet whether EMI is selling the Abbey Road brand name along with the studio itself. The Financial Times quotes a media lawyer as saying, “the brand is worth more that the building.” So if you’re planning to buy Abbey Road, you might have to rename it Rabbey Oad or something.

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