ArtistShare Is Widening Its Brand with Fan Funded

I am a very active patron of the arts. I supported ArtistShare before I participated on Kickstarter, Pledge Music and Indiegogo. My fan funding experience started with Maria Schneider’s Sky Blue project in 2007. I continue to support Maria Schneider’s compositions to this day.

Eight years since I discovered ArtistShare fan funding, crowd funding has firmly established itself as the preferred model for financing projects.

 

It’s great to see artistShare increasing its brand. ArtistShare® – First in Fan Funding ®, Powered by Fan Funded ®. I registered with Fan Funded to learn more about the revised strategy.

I will follow up with more details my attentive readers when Fan Funded updates everyone.

Nels Cline & Julian Lage – room

I have been looking further into the music of Nels Cline. I discovered on TIDAL HiFi today the debut duo Nels Cline & Julian Lage album, “room”.  It is delightful.

I also learned albeit too late that Nels Cline and Julian Lage are playing close by at Firehouse 12 in New Haven, CT. The 8 and 10 pm shows are sold out. I added my name to the wait list in the hopes a couple of seats become available. Firehouse 12 is a lovely venue, intimate with great acoustics. We have seen the Bill Frisell Trio and Anthony Braxton Septet perform there in past years.

TIDAL HiFi, Why I Kicked Spotify To The Curb

Four years ago, I became a Day One subscriber to Spotify for $9.99 a month. I kicked Zune to the curb. I subscribed to Spotify for two main reasons. 1) Spotify promised better audio quality than the MP3 Freemium music distribution model. 2) Spotify promised to pay artists better royalty payments with a “portion” of the $9.99 a month they collected from me and others.

After four years as a Spotify subscriber I have pulled the plug on Spotify Premium. I cancelled the $9.99 a month option. Spotify from my experience failed to meet the “two commitments” I wanted from them as a customer. I witnessed and read how “little” Spotify was paying artists for their content.  I never received more than 320 kbps audio sound from Spotify.

In the four year interim 2011 to 2015 digital audio quality improved. I own and use a high resolution PONO Music Player. I can truly hear the difference with HiRes sound.

I switched my subscription to TIDAL HiFi last week, $19.99 a month. I am finally listening to the high fidelity audio music quality Spotify failed to deliver upon. I am confident TIDAL HiFi will pay artists higher royalties. After all they aren’t “owned” by a record company as an investor. They are an artist owned platform.

The “sweetener” for me is TIDAL HiFi and Sonos. I itch to own a Sonos Play:1 sound cube that allows me to hear hi-def music wirelessly.

So long Spotify, Hello TIDAL HiFi.

#TIDALforALL

 

James Taylor – Before This World

Pleased to learn that James Taylor will be releasing his first studio album in 13 years, Before This World on June 16th, 2015.

You can hear the first track, “Today Today Today” from his forthcoming album, today ;) on TIDAL HiFi. I listened to the song this morning and found it quite tasty.

 

Fire Music – Definitive History of the Free Jazz Revolution

My personal thanks to  Matthew Durston of StompBeast for the heads up last week about a visionary documentary, FIRE Music which encapsulates the history of the free jazz idiom.

FIRE Music is a feature-length documentary film now in production that tells the definitive history of the Free Jazz revolution. Directed by Tom Surgal and produced by Dan Braun with Executive Producers Thurston Moore and Nels Cline.

What a great field of study and exploration to immerse oneself within. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this documentary.

If you believe as strongly as I do that the free jazz story be communicated perhaps you’d like to support this film project. Here is the link for the Kickstarter campaign that is readying to launch soon. I plan to support FIRE Music.

Patti Smith Reads Jack Kerouac’s “The Last Hotel”

Patti Smith  is a poet with a liking for setting literature to song reads Jack Kerouac’s poem “The Last Hotel” to music by Thurston Moore and Lenny Kaye.

I love the cadence of her voice with its ethereal respect for the written word.

*Patti Smith reads Jack Kerouac’s “The Last Hotel” by brainpicker is licensed under a Creative Commons Licence.

Power in the Blood – Buffy Sainte Marie

It’s been decades since I have heard the invigorating songs and voice of Buffy Sainte Marie on the radio. I reflect upon the folk music era when she was a quintessential performer (early 1960s Greenwich Village). A halcyon period in the annals of music.

Buffy Sainte-Marie’s bold new album, Power in the Blood, begins where it all started more than 50 years ago, with a contemporary version of “It’s My Way,” the title track of her 1964 debut. Its message, about the road to self-identity and the conviction to be oneself, still resonates with the Cree singer-songwriter, activist, educator, visual artist, and winner of countless awards (Oscar, Juno, and Golden Globe, among them).

Perhaps you know Sainte-Marie from her 1960s protest anthems (“Universal Soldier”), open-hearted love songs (“Until It’s Time for You to Go”), incendiary powwow rock (“Starwalker”), or the juggernaut pop hit “Up Where We Belong,” which Sainte-Marie co-wrote and Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes sang for the soundtrack to An Officer and a Gentleman.

Power in the Blood is set to release May 12th 2015 on True North Records.

Buffy Sainte-Marie will be appearing at The Highline Ballroom in New York City on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015.

Grateful Dead Meet-Up At The Movies 2015

This is how we do it ;)

grateful dead meet-up

Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment are thrilled to bring legendary rock band, the Grateful Dead, back to the big screen for the fifth annual Meet-Up at the Movies on Monday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m. (local time).

This year’s can’t-miss Meet-Up features the previously unreleased last-ever Grateful Dead show at Alpine Valley on July 19, 1989. Recorded from the analog master multi-camera video from the famous concert venue in East Troy, Wisconsin, this exclusive cinema event captures the peak of the band’s energy and chemistry on stage and features favorites including Sugaree, Box Of Rain, Terrapin Station, Morning Dew, and more!

Join your friends and fellow fans for this Grateful gathering in cinemas Monday, May 4 only.