Monthly Archives: February 2006

I Hearlt Renault

Sweet. I just sold a mega license to the French Renault web site (no link yet) for using fourstones’ instrumental “Not Even Alone” (stream here) from “Chronic Dreams“. That cut used samples supplied to me directly from Drop Trio‘s Big Dipper recording session from “Lefty’s Alone” (stream here).

This is more than enough to pay off my debt to my so-called-non-evil label.

Who knows, maybe this open music thing will work out.

Got Samples? Want to be Remixed?

For singer/songwriters who host their own music and read this site (I know that you know that I know who you are) think about this: over 80% of all a cappellas are remixed on ccMixter. That means your music will instantly go out to thousands of musicians and flung, through the miracle of the Internet to podcasters who regularly mine ccMixter. The only reason that number isn’t 100% is because we just haven’t gotten to all them yet. But we will.

Now, here’s a questionaire:

  1. Do you host a cappellas and samples good for remixing?
  2. Are they under CC license?
  3. Would you like to be remixed at ccMixter but don’t want to upload all your material there?
  4. Do you (or could you easily) emit a podcast/RSS feed?
  5. Do you have (or could you easily hook up) a search of your sample-able material to your feed?

If the last one trips you up don’t worry, I’ll be happy to help make that happen because
ccMixter is looking a few good beta testers of a new cross-domain service that we’re implementing and evangelizing called “Sample Pools.” If you impelement the brain dead simple API then remixers that use your vocals and samples will be linking back to your site with full attribution from ccMixter.

If you are interested please contact me and we’ll get you going.

I can’t promise everybody that applies will be accepted for this, we have to keep the site usable for the mainstream cases, but here are some test shots of what remixers and visitors will see if everything works out:

Long Lost Fillmore Concerts Online Radio

Vintage Radio is broadcasting boomerific (the good stuff) concerts taped by Bill Graham at concerts he promoted in the late 60’s/early 70’s at the Fillmores and elsewhere. (I’m currently listening to Clapton scream a ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ solo from October 1968 show at Oakland Coliseum that’s ripping my heart to bits.

Graham taped thousands of live performances and stored the tapes in the basement of the BGP headquarters.

These tapes and the concerts they captured lay dormant until the Bill Graham archive was acquired by Wolfgang’s Vault (Bill Graham’s given first name was Wolfgang) in 2003.

The playlist for the last hour:

Bob Dylan and The Band
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
01/30/1974 Madison Square Garden

Sunshine of Your Love
10/04/1968 Oakland Coliseum Arena

Cold Blood
I Just Want To Make Love To You
06/30/1971 Fillmore West

The Allman Brothers Band
Don’t Keep Me Wondering
01/29/1971 Fillmore West

The Grateful Dead
Uncle John’s Band
04/27/1971 Fillmore East

Delaney & Bonnie
Don’t Know Why
12/29/1970 Fillmore West

I’m A Man
11/21/1968 Fillmore West

Bruce Springsteen
03/02/1973 Berkeley Community Theatre


What Does Magnatune Do Anyway?

John from Magnatune recently reworked sampling royalties. A few days before this was announced John bounced the idea off me in roughly this way in a set of two emails:

JB: I’ve been thinking about redoing the way we do sampling royalties. The new way would give more to the artist being sampled.

VS: I think that’s absolutely the right thing, I always thought it was too heavily weighed toward the sampler and not the samplee.

JB: Glad to hear you say that. I’m making it retro-active.


JB: You owe us $84.

All of sudden I’m in debt to my record company!! Doh! Please won’t you help me pay off my debt. lol.

But if anybody ever wondered what it is that Magnatune does for its artists over and above just hoisting your CDs on a website with a PayPal button, there’s yet another push for the groovy on line licensing that professional music consumers (film makers, etc.) can feel very confident about. I mean it’s all businessy and stuff.

Coming soon: “fill you iPod for $150” which will gives people access to the entire Magnatune catalog in high quality VBR MP3s for that one price ($0.35 per album — if you can handle all 30Gb.)