A weekly update on all things music, advertising and technology coming straight to you from Anthony Vanger at MassiveMusic. #TWIM
ARTIST OF THE WEEK:
Coffee shops can be a great place to discover new music and with Shazam, it only requires just a prod of the index finger to unlock the secret of who you are listening to. My discovery this week is Fly Golden Eagle, a groovy, indie-hippie band from Nashville and the song I heard is Tangible Intangible. I love the jangly guitars, the loose groove of the drums and above all, the slight melancholy timbre of the lead singer, Ben Trimble. The band backs him up perfectly, taking perfectly timed moments to add a solo or an instrumental section. After that, I plugged the band’s name into YouTube and spent a happy hour listening to all of their songs, especially Violet Clown and Take You There.
Visit the band’s website
AD OF THE WEEK:
Quite like this ad, because it delivers its message using imagery. The feeling of being overwhelmed with bills at the end of the month is pretty much exactly as the ad portrays. I have no idea if the brand can actually deliver on its promise, but the ad makes we want to check it out. And that is a win for the client and the agency.
Client: Moneysupermarket. Agency: Engine. Director: Matthijs van Heijningenfor MJZ.
MYSPACE OFFERS ISSUES STATEMENT FOLLOWING MAJOR LOSS OF MUSIC, PHOTOS, VIDEOS.
With the weakest of apologies.
MySpace has admitted to and apologised for a “server migration error” that ultimately led to the loss of 12 years worth of music, photos, and video uploads and memories.
Approximately 50 million songs by 14 million artists were affected, according to initial reports. Now, it’s being reported that countless photos and videos uploaded from 2003 and 2015 were also lost in the shuffle. It’s believed that the files are gone forever, unable to be recovered.
As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from Myspace. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Thats all folks.
BJÖRK IS REISSUING ALL NINE ALBUMS ON MULTICOLOUR CASSETTES
Björk will reissue her nine studio albums on multicolour cassettes.
From 26th April, ‘Debut‘, ‘Post‘, ‘Homogenic‘, ‘Vespertine‘, ‘Medulla‘, ‘Volta‘, ‘Biophilia‘, ‘Vulnicura‘ and ‘Utopia‘ will be available on limited edition cassette.
Each cassette is individually priced at £8.99. They can also be purchased as a bundle for £69.99.
CANADIAN GOVERNMENT INCREASES CANADA MUSIC FUND BUDGET BY $15 MILLION
Increase will allow the Canada Music Fund to offer more opportunities for domestic artists and entrepreneurs.
The Canadian federal government has confirmed major budget increases for several artist-centered organizations.
Canada Arts Presentation Fund’s (CAPF) budget will rise to $16 million Canadian ($12 million in the US). The Canada Music Fund (CMF), which has several recipients, including the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), will receive $20 million ($15 million) over the next two years. In addition, programs including Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage will receive $24 million ($18 million).
Speaking about the budget increases, the Canadian Live Music Association (CLMA) explained CAPF’s budget will positively impact its not-for-profit members. The additional funding will also expand opportunities for artists and audiences..
U.S. MARSHALS READY TO AUCTION OFF FYRE FESTIVAL MERCHANDISE
Grab yourself an authentic piece of failed music festival history.
Last October, U.S. District Court Judge Naomi Buchwald sentenced Fyre Festival co-founder and entrepreneur Billy McFarland to jail. He was convicted of multiple counts of fraud, including wilfully scamming investors into pouring money into his failed luxury music festival.
McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison. He also has to pay $26,182,238 in damages.
To ensure that McFarland pays off his multi-million-dollar debt, federal officers will now sell authentic Fyre Festival merchandise.
A spokesperson added “We have an assortment of the ‘real thing’ Fyre Festival-branded tee-shirts, sweatpants, sweatshirts, hats, wristbands, and medallions.”
Details about the auction are to be revealed soon.
APPLE INTRODUCE REVAMPED AIRPODS
The AirPods will come with either the standard case or the new wireless charging case. Both will still hold a top-up charge for “more than 24 hours of total listening time” and the wireless case is Qi-compatible for any chargers you’re already using with your new iPhone.
The new headphones have a new Apple-designed H1 chip, developed for headphones, and aimed at faster connect times, better battery life and, yes, hands-free “Hey Siri” too. Your new wireless headphones will always be listening for your audio commands. That new chip apparently promises improved synchronisation as well as two-times faster switching between your iOS devices and the Apple Watch. Buy them here.
Written by Anthony Vanger
Additional reporting by Adam “Badger” Woolf
Artwork by Gustav Balderdash