cults brag about how giving away their music helped them blow up, get signed

vice mag‘s noisey venture has captured internet/blog sensations, cults, during a recent stop in san fran.

in the video, the band brags about how their “free” music model really helped propel them into the blogosphere and subsequently onto a major label signing despite not “understanding” the internet. good for them i guess.

check out the interview and catch performances of new songs “abducted,” “never heal myself,” and “you know what i mean” over at noisey:!/view/meet-cults

record store day flops, many leftovers still available

it seems that the much ballyhooed record store day turned out to be a huge bust. many record stores have been reporting massive amounts of leftover stock.

heres a sampling of tweets revealing the bleak outcome of record store day…

@stinkweeds: “We still have a ton of Record Store Day titles left. Jimmy Eat World, Television, Ray Lamontagne, Damien Jurado,…

@lovemusicglasgo: “We still have a lot of Record Store Day titles left over if you want to have a browse. There are 2 dedicated racks in the back of the shop.”

@origamivinyl: “Record Store Day Leftovers! Check out what we have left…

@notablemusicco: “@jillsobule quite a few Record Store Day items left at Silver platters DT Seattle, including 5 of these:

this is clearly a sign that artists who participated did not release anything worthy. and that digital music is clearly the future. and that the music industry still aint got a clue. and that there probably wont be anymore record store days…

†‡† officially changes name to ritualz, releases free “ghetto ass witch” remix album

the witch house artist formerly known as †‡† will henceforth be known as ritualz.

the twitter-happy artist fired off a tweet last night declaring that “ritualz” is the band name and †‡† is the logo. then he proceeded to poop on his fans saying “get with the times” (re: band name vs logo confusion).

whatever. changing the name was probably a good idea considering most keyboards and iphones lack the † and ‡ keys.

this well-timed public backtracking coincides with the release of a new remix album that featuring seven interpretations of the title track from the recently released album “ghetto ass witch” album.

download it free or throw ritualz a few bones via the “name your price” plan…

mom ‘n pop record stores invent “record store day” to encourage music fans to live in the past

sometime in 2007, a psuedo holiday was invented called “record store day”. it was a delayed knee jerk reaction to the evolution away from physical media and general truth denial that people no longer buy stuff from music stores.

so this fake unholiday has actually gained traction over the years. with artists gathering leftover tracks, reissues, remixes, and other such throwaway low-effort goodies which probably were never intended to be released to be “exclusive” and “limited edition” record store day items, theres now a seemingly infinite new crop of musics for fans to get their hands and hard drives on. still a pretty cool deal yo.

but this idea of buying music is both costly and takes up actual space. i thought we had moved on from that? are we gonna let old ppl continue to uphold inefficient and outdated ways of consuming musics just for the sake of a nostalgia us kids have never experienced?

the “limited edition” concept never made much sense. yes, it creates the perception of value and ownership desirability. but if an artist poured his heart, soul, and livelihood into his art, why would he want only a select few to be able to enjoy it? #scratcheshead

if record store day continues to grow, maybe online retails will instate their own “legal digital music download day” holiday.

this year record store day falls on april 16, 2011. what are you buying on record store day? or are u gonna stay modern and wait for these treats to end up on the rapidshares and megauploads??

visit the official record store day site to see which brick and mortar shops are participating and for a full list of the RSD goodies: