I’ve been using Mog.com for a while now (ever since I joined their affiliate ad network that granted me free use of their streaming service) and the one biggest gripes I have with the service is its lack of music discovery tools. I plan on fleshing out this post into something longer with suggestions for improvements, but for now I’d like to just propose the simple use of of #hashtags for listening suggestions on Twitter.
#MOG #RIYL and either some similar artists or a short description of the music sound. If anyone else has any other ideas of how to share listening suggestions on Mog.com, please chime in.
If you haven’t noticed things have gotten a little stale here on IFAN without any explanation, and that is because for the past few weeks I have been hard at work launching the website for the new project I am involved with with a couple of the guys from LA Record, called White Noise. White Noise is a new LA-based record label working with mostly LA and Orange County-based bands (Blue Jungle, Audacity, Jail Weddings, The Blank Tapes, Gangi and Tweak Bird) and focusing on just digital and vinyl releases.
That being said, in the time that I have taken off from IFAN I’ve come to two realizations; 1) I don’t have enough in my life for this blog in it’s current state, White Noise, my day job and a personal life. Something has to give, and that something will be IFAN and it’s current state, which brings me to reason 2) This blog has become a hassle, I have thought of abandoning it before, but really it wasn’t until I read about what Steve Rubel has done, that I decided that I need to reevaluate what I want to do with this space. Innovate or die, this blog needs a jump start.
So moving forward, there will be new design coming soon to IFAN that will turn it into kind of a central hub for what I want to share with anyone who visits. But not a lifestream. Mostly it will be information and thoughts delivered in nuggets as I come across and think about them, still focusing on the Los Angeles music landscape, but also adding my perspective on the digital shift in the music industry and the news surrounding it. I was never a good writer and the time I spent editing myself needs to be spent on other things, ie; White Noise and our artists, the woman I call almost already my wife and my day job that will soon see me putting in some heavy duty time learning Drupal, and not necessarily in that order.
So bands, publicists, people who have duped bands into thinking they are publicists and digital marketing firm lackeys, you can continue to send me emails, just don’t be offended when I don’t respond, if I like it, I will probably write about it or link to it. I just don’t have time or the patience for the back and forth. Oh, and one more thing, if you have sent me 100 or something emails about a band and I have never written about them or expressed any interest at all, stop sending me press releases about them, you are just a spammer… I am looking in your direction people who work Manchester Orchestra.
Division Day 'Visitation' out August 18th
Dangerbird Records announced this morning that they will be releasing Division Day‘s new full length album, Visitation, on August 18th. You can listen to two new songs from the album, “Visitation” and “Devil Light”, on Division Day’s MySpace page and read a more in-depth write up on this morning’s announcement over at Buzzbands.la.
VoicesVoices photo by Jesse Plume
LA’s VoicesVoices played their first show back in Los Angeles last night at Spaceland since returning from New York City where they spent two weeks recording with Guillermo Scott Herren a.k.a Prefuse 73.
When I read that VoicesVoices recorded with Prefuse 73 in NYC, I got pretty excited, I can’t think of a better combo. So to fulfill my own personal curiosity of how the recording went, I pushed the band for a comment.
Recording was amazing! For two weeks Guillermo slept on the couch, and he gave us his bed. WeÂ laid down some new vocals and reworkedÂ some of the songs onÂ from our Sounds Outside EP. They are pretty much all new songs now, along with a couple brand new songs we recently wrote.Â Guillermo worked like a mad-man mixing and recording, andÂ he’s just the coolest, most down-to-earth, making-it-happen kinda guy. The songs sound great, and we can’t wait for it to be released on Manimal Vinyl around late August – or September. We fell in love with NY and can’t wait to go back on work on the full length. ButÂ we just can’t affordÂ $10 packs of cigarettes in NY, soÂ we’ll probably be smuggling them across the american-canadian border.
VoicesVoices recording in NYC May'09 w/Prefuse 73
Also, Guillermo posted a quick update on his blog shortly after VoicesVoices announced via tweet that they were in NYC with him, where he explained why he decided to work with Nico and Jenean.
1. I have a hard time understanding how a band that sound so sick on just a raw live recording can still be selling e.p.s out of their trunk.
2. I want them to not have to sell e.p.s out of the back of their car, so I said Iâ€™m down to help them
produce their music and take it wherever they want to take it as far as my studio is capable.
3. I like the way they do business. There is no business. No money involved allows me not to be on the phone with a label dude.
4. They sang â€œHappy Birthdayâ€ to me the other day. That pretty much ruled in itself.
5. They kill it live. I canâ€™t even categorize their music based on how they make it. It can be listened to in so many different ways.
O.K. – I donâ€™t what else to say besides the fact that Iâ€™d never produce someoneâ€™s record when Iâ€™m in the middle of my own shit storm if I didnâ€™t think it was already amazing as it is
I can’t wait to hear what Nico, Jenean and Guillermo have cooked up in NYC, I still listen to the totally hypnotic Sounds Outside EP all the time.
Eagle Rock, CA’s Princeton have announced that they have signed with the NYC based label, Kanine Records, run by the husband-and-wife team, Kay Quartararo and Lio Cerezo. Kanine will release Princeton’s debut full-length album, Cocoon of Love, later this fall.
Catch Princeton opening for Au Revoir Simone this Thursday, June 11th, at the El Rey Theatre and check out their current EP, Bloomsbury, that Scott reviewed last year.