Weekend Music – New BNL

Barenaked Ladies have a new album coming out September 12th – Barenaked Ladies Are Me.  It is being released under their Desperation Records label and that is going to make it interesting.  They are working with their  management group Nettwerk Music Group to change how music is released and money is made. Others have done things like this, but I think this is going to be the most comprehensive effort.

This Wired article titled No Suit Required explains well what they are up to:

The freedom from major-label constraints that BNL now enjoys was at first "nerve-racking," Page says. The feeling passed. For the new album, Barenaked Ladies Are Me (read: army), McBride and BNL have reinvented the release campaign, starting with the music itself. The band wrote 29 new songs, which will be packaged and sold in a variety of formats, including a CD, four different digital versions, a 14-track collection for Starbucks in Canada, and a second full-length disc, Barenaked Ladies Are Men, due early next year.

And that’s just the beginning. Between ringtones, acoustic versions, and concert recordings, those 29 songs have been multiplied into more than 200 "assets" – song versions – that can be used individually or in conjunction with others to create a product. "Because the copyrights are in one place [in BNL’s hands], we can be really creative," McBride says. Hardcore fans can buy 45 of those assets on a USB drive; others can download the special Sims versions (recorded in Simlish, no less). "For decades, people in music have used the number of albums sold as a measuring stick for success," McBride says. "We’re trying to get people to see beyond that. It’s about revenue from music, however you make it – selling concert tickets, licensing to TV, or selling packed USB drives."

You can see some of the effects of their campaign already.  You could buy the standard CD off Amazon.  On iTunes, you can buy a normal version or a version that can only be pre-ordered with special songs. If you order it through the BNL site, you get the first 13 songs and a bonus acoustic CD.  Their blog indicates these are the two options available right now.

You might be interested in the deluxe verson with all 29 songs up on iTunes.  The Wikipedia entry on the album reports that the standard album appeared on-sale in iTunes for 12 hours before changing back to pre-order back in August.  The same entry also says this full version became available yesterday. Hard to tell how long it is going to be there.  It still appears as of the writing of this post. Seems like a benefit for the truly passionate BNL fan who is paying attention; seems odd they would make the same mistake twice.

Here are the free tracks you can find right now scattered around the internet:

  • Easy (Studio Version) – I found this link in an ad in Dwell Magazine.  It is on the last page of the October 2006 issue.  I subscribe to Dwell, but I have to say it is odd that I made it all the way to the end and happened to find it.
  • Wind It Up (Video Edit) – This track is the only one you can download off their MySpace page.  You can also listen to Bank Job, Sound Of Your Voice, and Easy.
  • Easy (Live) – This track is hiding on the DeviantArt site.  BNL is working with them and hosting a T-shirt design contest for the upcoming tour.
  • Running Out Of Ink (Live) – This is where it gets a little crazy. I played with the link for Easy above and wanted to see if I could find other tracks. This was the only other one I could find.
  • Home (Studio Version) – This track was on the Paste Magazine Sampler this month.  I am going to post it here.  If someone gets upset, I will take it down.

Subdudes at WI State Fair tonight

If I knew sooner than this morning, I probably would have gone to see The Subdudes tonight.  They are opening for The Neville Brothers at The Wisconsin State Fair.

I saw them open for Huey Lewis and the News about 15 years ago and fell in love.  They have this great southern bluesy rock sound, accordian and all.  My favorite albums are Lucky and Miracle Mule. They have a new album called Behind The Levee, which is more of them doing their thing.

Weekend Music – Christmas Album 2005

It is that time of year again. Every year, I put together a holiday CD for family and friends. I have found the job much easier and alot more fun with iTunes. I am going to recommend again getting off the holiday page on iTunes. Do a search on “Jingle Bells”or “Snowman” and you’ll find hundreds of albums that won’t ever appear on iTunes Top 100 lists. It requires a little digging, because alot of it is crap. Here are the gems I found this year:

Christmas Is… | Percy Faith and His Orchestra | Christmas Is… (2:59)
Shake Hands With Santa Claus | Louis Prima | Martha Stewart Living Music: Jazz For The Holidays (2:26)
Hard Candy Christmas | Dolly Parton | Once upon a Christmas (3:37)
Angels We Have Heard On High | Relient K | Relient Christmas (1:52)
A Scottish Christmas | The Wiggles | Yule Be Wiggling (1:43)
Christmas Time Is Here |Vince Guaraldi Trio | A Charlie Brown Christmas (2:46
Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of The Sugar Plum) | Duke Ellington & His Orchestra | Martha Stewart Living Music: Jazz For The Holidays (3:05)
Goyim Friends | The LeeVees | Hanukkah Rocks (3:16)
Merry Christmas Baby | B.B. King | Contemporary Jazz Christmas (3:57)
An Old Fashioned Christmas Polka | Riders in the Sky| Christmas the Cowboy Way (2:26)
Gagliarda | Mannheim Steamroller | Christmas Live (3:17)
Fum, Fum, Fum | Inner Voices | Christmas Harmony (1:19)
Do You Hear What I Hear? | Whitney Houston | A Very Special Christmas, Vol. 1 (3:33)
You’re All I Want For Christmas | The Persuasions | You’re All I Want For Christmas (3:08)
Good King Wenceslas | Peter Briener & Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra| Christmas Goes Baroque (3:35)
Greensleeves | Mason Williams | Rhino Hi-Five: Mason Williams (2:42)
Pretty Paper | Willie Nelson | Pretty Paper (2:24)
Luke 2:7-14 As Told By Shaoey | Steven Curtis Chapman | All I Really Want For Christmas (1:30)
God Rest | Gary Hoey | Ho! Ho! Hoey: The Complete Collection (3:58)
Frosty The Snowman | The Dixieland Ramblers | Gumbo Christmas (2:45)
The New Year | Death Cab For Cutie | Studio X Sessions (3:44)
Happy New Year | ABBA | Super Trouper (4:24)
Auld Lang Syne | Barenaked Ladies | Barenaked For The Holidays (3:04)

Also see:
The 2004 Holiday Collection
The 2002 Holiday Collection

Weekend Music – Marsalis Jazz

Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition asked Mynton Marsalis what his five favorite jazz recordings are:

WSJ has some clips from these albums on their website.

[Just a reminder all my music links go to iTunes.]

Weekend Music – Cool Tool Called Pandora

Zane deliver me a wonderful new tool this morning.

It is called Pandora. All you have to do is tell it an artist or song and will start playing other songs that matches the musical DNA of your choice. It creates your own personal radio stations.

Once decision.
Simple interface.
Great marketing by using product sampling: you get to listen for 10 hours for free.
Compelling pricing: It is $36 per year.

Long live the Long Tail!

Weekend Music – Amos Lee

Everyone is comparing Amos Lee to Norah Jones and it is hard not to They have the same label, same band, and Norah even sits in on a couple tracks on Lee’s album.

I have to say I like Amos more than Norah. It could be that you get a guitar rather than piano. Norah’s style always seemed whispy and weak to me, where Amos sings with tender strength.

Check it out.

Weekend Music: Backstreet Boys on tour?

OnMilwaukee.com tells me today the Backstreet Boys are on tour and at the Pabst Theatre in Milwaukee tonight.


Let’s say they aren’t getting the press they use to because I had no idea they were on the road. It seems there new single is Incomplete.

In 1995, Amy and I went to Poland and the Czech Republic for two weeks on vacation. I remember being in Gdansk and hearing nothing but Robbie Williams and this other band I had never heard of called the Backstreet Boys. BSB started in Europe to get their act down and six months later burst on to the scene in the U.S.

If you need a hit, here are links to As Long As You Love Me, I Want It That Way, and Larger Than Life.

I promise I won’t tell anyone you clicked through.

Weekend Music – SXSW Favorites

I downloaded the SXSW Bit Torrent File a couple of weeks ago and have slowly been listening through the 750+ songs.

Here is the list of what I like so far with my iTunes rating:

  • 33hz – Digital Lover ****
  • Bio Ritmo – Atrevete ****
  • Clare Burson – Where You Are ***
  • The Heavy Blinkers – Try Telling That To My Baby ***
  • The Honorary Title – Bridge and Tunnel ***
  • Kings of Convenience – I’d Rather Dance With Your *****
  • Tricia Mitchell – Bobby Joe Plays Violin ****
  • Vallejo – 2053 ***
  • Webb Wilder & The Nashvegaans – One Taste of the Bait ***
  • Rex Hobart & the Misery Boys – Every Night I Leave You In My Dreams ***
  • Eluvium – An Accidential Memory in the Ca… ****
  • Jessie and Layla – Move On ***
  • The Redwalls – Universal Blues ***
  • Susan Cowsill – Palm of My Hand ***
  • Julian Coryell – did you see the sun? ***
  • Otis Taylor – Please Come Home Before It Rains ***
  • Andi Hoffman & B-Goes – Riding to New Orleans ****
  • The Resentments – Thirteen ***
  • Visqueen – Blue ***
  • Jane Bond – Idle Hands ***
  • Communique – Perfect Weapon ***
  • Nieminen & Litmanen – Leo Jokela ****
  • Dolorean – Violence in the Snowy Field ***
  • Brent Palmer – Asleep in the Back ***
  • The Brilliant Mistakes – What Will They Write On Your Stone ***
  • Something For Rockets – Look Around ***
  • Cary Brothers – Blue Eyes ***
  • Hot Buttered Rum String Band – Evolution ****
  • Michael Martin Murphy – Wildfire ***
  • Jupiter and Teardrop – Bring Me Down ***
  • Amos Lee – Arms of a Woman ***

SXSW Music

You may have seen the link for this floating around.

SXSW has put together a BitTorrent file containing over 750 songs from bands playing the event.

The file is 2.6GB and I have been downloading it for two days. I am now at 95.7% complete, so we are getting very close.

Looks like I will have alot of new music to listen in the morning. As I find stuff I like, I’ll post something.