The Music Biz

Would You Support an Artist This Way?

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It’s time to stop using traditional channels of music and media distribution When you are an independent artist but run your own record label, and you get challenged for copyright infringement from your distributors (not realizing who you are), who in turn only pay you on a consignment basis, and those distributors in turn have […]

What McDonalds, Bud Light, and Taylor Swift Tell us about Human Nature

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The strange balance of familiarity and contempt by Xerxes Praetorius Horde ***This blog article was inspired by a suggestion from our fan community – in fact, it practically wrote itself once I had the right angle to introduce it*** I week ago I got to spend 8 agonizing hours in the West Edmonton Mall (Alberta, […]

A Lifetime Warranty on Music?!

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by Lee Cumberland Canada’s New Jacobin Club, in case you haven’t heard of them, are a theatrical art-rock ensemble with a small but cultish following of fans from all corners of the globe. Their colourful stage show filled with costumes and sideshow stunts attracts members of every subculture imaginable – steampunks, metalheads, goths, burlesque enthusiasts, […]

The New Age of Artistic Sincerity

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by Xerxes Praetorius Horde It’s finally here. For decades now, big business with proven fool-proof recipes for the perfect tasting burger have dominated the economic landscape of the food industry. They have the money to set up shop anywhere, advertise to anyone and sell their product at an astronomical mark up. They control what people […]

The Tale of the Big Fish and the Small Pond

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Commercialism and the Last Refuge of the Fringe Arts Communities Earlier this year I witnessed an arts revolution of sorts unfold live online. It will be remembered at least as a footnote in the history of an international music scene that is rapidly becoming commercialized. To make a long story short, one moderately successful musician […]

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