Like Herding Cats

by chris on March 5, 2014

likeherdingcats Like Herding CatsLike Herding Cats released a self-titled debut EP on December 13th, 2013. The record was edited and mixed by Mod at Mod Alien Music Studios (guitarist and songwriter for Elefant, Ape Fight, DMT Frequencies) and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Studios (Sufjan Stevens, Beach House, Kurt Vile).

The five-song EP, running 17 minutes, is reminiscent of the New Wave era and contemporary Chillwave pop, and is often compared to artists such as Phantogram, Washed Out and MGMT. Like Herding Cats was released through Tune Core and is available for download on digital music stores and online radio (iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Spotify). CDs will soon be available in select stores.

Like Herding Cats was created by Dom P. October 2010 in New York City. While performing with Brooklyn bands such as The Rowboats, The Hong Kong and touring members of St. Vincent and Dean & Britta, Dom began writing and producing songs for his solo EP. A collection of songs were finally chosen for Like Herding Cats in April 2013.

Official Site
Sound Cloud
Band Camp (full EP)

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aux.tv has an article displaying just how much little musicians are making from streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora.

Musicians have posted pictures of checks they are receiving for as little as .01¢.

Cracker’s 1993 alternative hit “Low” has been streamed over 1.1 million times. Their payment: $16.89.

.01¢ is quite ridiculous. I could send you to Amazon to buy a recommended album, such as Cracker’s 1993 album Kerosene Hat and I’d make around .40¢ just for the referral. Or send you to Amazon to peruse the nice vinyl specific page or the “free Alternative Rock albums page” and probably make a nickel if you bought something as small as a .99¢ mp3.

The music industry is indeed broken. With the huge majority of musicians making nothing, and with streaming services like Spotify bleeding money, who is doing well? Spotify’s founder Daniel Ek?

Artists need a much better and automated way of reaching their fans, and reaching potential fans, without being overwhelming and annoying. This would increase album sales, increase concert attendance, and just their general fanbase. I have a pretty good idea how this can be done and no one is currently doing it.

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How much do live gigs pay bands?

by chris on February 14, 2014

SFWeekly has an article on how much bands make these days.

“Perhaps, while standing inside a club, sipping a beer, and staring up at the stage, you’ve wondered: What is that band making for this show? You know you paid $15 (or $25, or $40) to get in, but how much will the band see at the end of the night? Here in San Francisco, where a decent burrito costs $8, and a month of rent for a decent apartment runs at least 200 times that, how much does a live gig pay?

The answer: It depends.”

“Robbie Kowal, who runs Sunset Promotions and has been putting on big and small shows in San Francisco for 20 years, has a rule of thumb for figuring out what a headlining act’s gross pay should be: Ticket price times venue size divided in half. For a sold-out show, that’s a rough but consistent way of calculating what an act will make regardless of where it’s playing.”

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Music streaming service updates (Spotify, Rdio, Beats)

January 20, 2014

Beats Music has gone live: The iPhone app for Beats Music went live in Apple’s iTunes app store ahead of its official launch on Tuesday morning. Beats will also be available on Android. There is a 7-day free trial, which is nowhere near long enough to hook someone who is already knee deep in another […]

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Favorite Albums and Songs of 2013

January 15, 2014

I didn’t seem to find many albums in 2013 that I loved enough to warrant adding to a Top 10 list. I feel like I need to really like/love at least three songs, and like a few more songs in the least, to even be considered. Many years my favorite albums are ones that I […]

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Jagwar Ma debut album Howlin

June 3, 2013
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Cold War Kids – “Dear Miss Lonely Hearts”

May 24, 2013

Cold War Kids have released their 4th studio album, “Dear Miss Lonely Hearts”. (April 2, 2013) I don’t seem to have the same immediate attraction to it, as say their 2006 debut “Robbers & Cowards”, and some comparisons of it to The Killers may hint at why. (Not that I necessarily agree with those comparisons) […]

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Jagwar Ma releases new single “Man I Need”

May 3, 2013

Jagwar Ma, who is producer Jono Ma & singer Gabriel Winterfield, along with Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint and producer Ewan Pearson, have released a new track called, “Man I Need”. Some have compared them to The Stone Roses, which I don’t disagree with, but they also remind me of Tame Impala and The Charlatans UK.

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2012 listening stats – favorite albums and songs of the year

April 28, 2013

These are my music listening statistics for albums and songs released in 2012. Pulling from various sources and rating most played, highly rated, starred, loved, etc, depending on the source. 2012 music stats: 145 songs rated 4 or 5 stars from 107 different bands most played song: Beach House – Myth Albums with 3 or […]

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Slowness

March 18, 2013

Slowness released their debut LP For Those Who Wish to See the Glass Half Full on March 12, 2013 with Blue Aurora Audio. The record was produced by Monte Vallier (Weekend, The Soft Moon, Tommy Guerrero) and mastered by Kramer (Low, Galaxie 500, Bongwater). The eight-song LP is reminiscent of IRS era REM, early Stereolab […]

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