Specialty Radio Promotion Takes Common Sense and Hard Work

Hipgnosis' faceless promotion man from Pink Floyd/Wish You Were Here.

To do promotion well takes common sense, good taste in music, ability to communicate about it honestly and a strong work ethic. I was recently approached for “advice” on how to work a specialty format, and the opportunity to work as a sub-contractor […]

Concord Music Group Buys Rounder Records

Yesterday, Concord Music Group made the surprise announcement that they had purchased Rounder Records, the Massachusetts-based folk and roots label now in its fortieth year. The two labels will combine to create the “the world’s preeminent independent music company” (see press release below). Both labels have historically focused on adult listeners. Jazz/r&b and classic rock […]

Natalie Merchant Returns with "Leave Your Sleep" on 4/13

"Leave Your Sleep" (Nonesuch Records)

“This new collection of songs, Leave Your Sleep, is my first studio album since 2003. It is the most elaborate project I have ever completed or imagined” – Natalie Merchant

Amazingly, one of the first bios for her old band 10,000 Maniacs includes dub and reggae as influences. Reggae […]

WRIU Reggae Showcase: Earbender Playlist of the Week

Tarrus Riley – Contagious (VP) V/A – Biggest One Drop Anthems 2009 (Greensleeves) Chuck Fenda – Fulfillment (VP) Kiddus I – Green Fa Life (Naya Records) V/A – Grass Yard Productions Vol. 1 (Naya Records) Queen Ifrica – Montego Bay (VP) V/A – Reggae Gold 2009 (VP) Norris Man – Know the Road (Lustre Kings) […]

World Music @ SXSW: David Kirton of Barbados

David Kirton is poised for a great SXSW!

South by Southwest (like most of the US music business) is not that focused on World Music, but every year, there are a few showcases worth checking out. The purpose of this post is strictly to let those who might be searching the net for these […]