Category Archives: Music

The 50 Best Band Logos of All Time

Paste Magazine celebrates that lovely intersection of visual art and music—the band logo—with 50 of their favorites. You can scroll through the gallery to count down to the greatest band logo of all time.

Check them out HERE.

 

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How Rock & Roll Legends Would Look If They Were Still Alive Today

Have you ever wondered what Jim Morrison would look like had he not died at an early age? Would John Lennon still have all of his hair? Would Elvis still have his signature sneer?

Almost in answer to these very questions, Sachs Media in partnership with Phojoe, a photo manipulation company, have visually imagined what rock stars of yesteryear would look like today if they were still alive today.

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Jimi Hendrix

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Janis Joplin

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Jim Morrison

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‘Mama’ Cass Elliot

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Elvis Presley

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Keith Moon

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Kurt Cobain

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Karen Carpenter

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Bob Marley

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John Lennon

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Adding Your Music To TV & Movie Soundtracks: Sync Licensing vs Other Method

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Soundtracks play an important role in setting the tone in movies and TV shows. When done right, the music enhances the scene and helps the audience make an emotional connection with the characters.

There was a time when TV and movie soundtracks were composed on-demand, and usually by established artists. Today, music directors and producers use music from a variety of artists, depending on their needs. As a result, soundtracks can revive the careers of older artists, and launch the careers of newer artists. Take the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, a group of songs by artists from the late 70s that have all seen a major resurgence thanks to the popularity of that movie. The Garden State soundtrack is another example of music from less well-known artists getting wider exposure, thanks to its inclusion in a movie. Even television shows are getting into the act with shows like The Vampire Diaries using music from new, independent, and up-and-coming artists.

If you are a musician who is interested in getting your music onto a TV or Movie soundtrack, here are some tips on how to make that happen.

The Easy Way

If you’re going to have the slightest chance of someone using your music in a movie, you have to actually get the music in front of them – which is not such an easy task if you’re in Athens, GA and they’re in Vancouver, BC and have never heard of you.

However, if you join a synchronization, or sync, licensing program through a major music publisher, your music will become part of a library that is available to movie producers and music supervisors all over the world. Even if there are movie producers and supervisors in your area, that doesn’t mean they’ll be exposed to your work.

A lot of movie professionals use sync licensing catalogs and databases, like TuneCore sync licensing, to find music for their projects. With a database they can search by genre to find the music they need, and all of the licensing is taken care of so that it’s one less thing that they have to worry about. Artists who license their music with these companies have a better chance getting their music in front of the right people.

Another advantage to the artist is that these types of services reach a broad range of people, because anyone who needs licensed music will go to the catalog. This means that your music could be used in any visual presentation, from movies and TV to commercials and documentaries.

The Not-So-Easy Way

The not-so-easy way involves a lot of research and legwork on your part. Instead of putting your work in a central library where produces and music supervisors can find you, you have to go out and find them.

You can find listings of music supervisor at the Film & Television Music Guide or at The Guild of Music Supervisors. You can also run into them at industry conventions and panel discussions at events like South by Southwest. It’s important to cultivate strong professional relationships with these people because, if a music supervisor knows who you are, he might be more likely to consider your work when he’s looking for music, or even refer other people to you. He is also more likely to take your calls, or read your emails, when it’s time for you to pitch your music to.

In addition to cultivating strong industry relationships, you also need to stay on top of which projects are in production, by checking trade journals, and websites like IMDB Pro. Keep in mind that there could be hundreds of movies and TV shows in production at any given time.

If a music supervisor expresses interest in your music, you need to make sure you get a copy to him by overnight delivery, and that it’s a broadcast-quality finished master. You also need to send two or three tracks, with your best piece first.

Conclusion

If you have already had some of your music appear on movie or TV soundtracks, going the not-so-easy way could work out very well for you, because you already have an established track record with some music supervisors.

However, if you are just starting out, adding your work to a sync licensing database is a great way to get your foot in the door.

Regardless of which method you use, you should also make sure that any music you submit is registered with the U.S. Electronic Copyright Office, to ensure that no one else can claim it as theirs. Do not try mailing a CD to yourself as a poor man’s copyright, that method is no longer considered valid.

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The Danny Elfman Batman Collection Limited Edition 4 CD Set

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Released by La-La Land Records, Warner Bros. and WEA in honor of Batman’s 75th Anniversary and the 25th Anniversary of Tim Burton’s Batman, The Danny Elfman Batman Collection ($50) is a limited edition 4-CD set that offers the most complete collection of the legendary composer’s Batman scores ever assembled. Featuring the previously out-of-print deluxe editions of the scores to both 1989’s Batman and 1992’s Batman Returns, the collection features remastered sound, redesigned packaging and a detail-packed 48-page booklet. The Danny Elfman Batman Collection is available now and is sure to be on the Christmas list of any Batman or Danny Elfman fan. It offers the perfect music with which to close out Batman’s 75th year.

Only 3,000 units of this collection were made!

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The Firewatcher’s Daughter by Brandi Carlile To Be Released On March 3, 2015.

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ATO Records will release The Firewatcher’s Daughter by Brandi Carlile on March 3, 2015.

You can watch Brandi and the Twins’ live, one-take performance video of “The Eye” below:

You can pre-order The Firewatcher’s Daughter today! For pre-order bundles including exclusive lyric beads, a songbook, T-shirt and more visit Brandi’s official store where the first 1,000 CDs will be autographed and all pre-orders will be entered to win a personalized, autographed guitar from Brandi! All music pre-orders will received an instant download of “The Eye”! All pre-order items will ship late February/early March.

The Firewatcher’s Daughter is also available for pre-order on Amazon  and iTunes now!

Track listing:

1. Wherever Is Your Heart
2. The Eye
3. The Things I Regret
4. Mainstream Kid
5. Beginning To Feel The Years
6. Wilder (We’re Chained)
7. Blood Muscle Skin & Bone
8. I Belong To You
9. Alibi
10. The Stranger At My Door
11. Heroes And Songs
12. Murder In The City

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MONDO To Release A Die-cut Bat Symbol 12-Inch Single of Danny Elfman’s Batman The Animated Series Theme Song On November 28, 2014

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According to a post from Mondo, a die-cut bat symbol 12-inch single of Danny Elfman’s Batman The Animated Series Theme Song will be available on mondotees.com to customers on Black Friday (November 28, 2014).

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Dark Hall Mansion To Release “The Jimi Hendrix Experience” Print By Max Dalton On October 29, 2014

Dark Hall Mansion is so very excited to share one of their absolute favorite releases ever, Max Dalton’s “The Jimi Hendrix Experience.”

Dark Hall Mansion, under license from Authentic Hendrix, will release 3 very special, limited, and select edition prints of Max’s interpretation of Jimi Hendrix within a particularly intimate and quite unusual setting. Max’s vision is informed and shaped not only as artist but as a longtime guitar player himself, his admiration and respect for Jimi’s music and influence, both as guitarist and artist, is also equally undeniable. Max’s vision of Jimi before a wall of guitars, all specifically known to have been owned and played by Jimi, is simply fantastic. From the faded wallpaper and still burning classic axe to Jimi’s gear and stylish hat, it’s soulful, the very essence of Jimi.

“The Jimi Hendrix Experience” limited edition prints go on sale next Wednesday, October 29th on Dark Hall Mansion’s dedicated store page here: http://www.darkhallmansionstore.com/ at a random time between 9:30 AM PST and 12 PM PST.

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“The Jimi Hendrix Experience” Standard Edition of 295 $65

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“The Jimi Hendrix Experience” Variant-Edition of 35 Green  $100

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”The Jimi Hendrix Experience” Variant-Edition of 35 Blue   $100

All editions measure 20″ x 28″

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Guardians of The Galaxy Soundtrack To Be Released On Cassette Tape On November 17, 2014

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Marvel and Hollywood Records announced that a limited edition The Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 Soundtrack will be finally issued on cassette November 17, 2014.

The cassette will be made available only to independent retailers partnered with Record Store Day (get a list of participating stores here). The cassette, which is the first audio cassette Disney has released since 2003, will only be available until December 31, or until supplies last.

The release of ‘Awesome Mix Vol. 1′ on cassette times nicely with the release of the DVD and Blu-ray on December 9, 2014. The cassette will even come with the classic mix tape cover art, with all the song titles written in pen.

Here’s the track listing for the soundtrack:

1. Blue Swede – “Hooked on a Feeling”
2. Raspberries – “Go All the Way”
3. Norman Greenbaum – “Spirit in the Sky”
4. David Bowie – “Moonage Daydream”
5. Elvin Bishop – “Fooled Around and Fell in Love”
6. 10cc – “I’m Not in Love”
7. Jackson 5 – “I Want You Back”
8. Redbone – “Come and Get Your Love”
9. The Runaways – “Cherry Bomb”
10. Rupert Holmes – “Escape (the Pina Colada Song)”
11. The Five Stairsteps – “O-O-H Child”
12. Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell – “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”

Director James Gunn has confirmed he’s already thinking about “Awesome Mix Vol. 2″ which will be included in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2‘ opening on July 27, 2017.

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Annie Lennox To Release New Album, Nostalgia

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Annie Lennox is the latest singer to try her hand at the Great American Songbook.  Her new album of standards, Nostalgia, arrived September 30, on vinyl.

The disc won’t be released on other formats, like CD and digital, until October 21.  The content, however, will be the same: a collection of classic songs such as “Georgia on My Mind,” “Summertime,” “The Nearness of You,” “God Bless the Child” and “Mood Indigo.”  Lennox says she chose the material after spending hours on YouTube researching these types of songs.

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“I was just curious, I thought, ‘I wonder what my voice would be like.  Would these songs suit my voice?’  It was like a little challenge,” the former Eurythmics frontwoman tells Billboard.  “I just sort of got to know them, became friends with them really and had a great deal of joy in the process.”

In 1995, Annie released an album of cover songs called Medusa, but those were relatively modern songs, by the likes of The Temptations, Neil Young, The Clash, Paul Simon and Bob Marley.

Here’s the track listing for Nostalgia:

“Memphis in June”
“Georgia on My Mind”
“I Cover the Waterfront”
“Summertime”
“I Put a Spell on You”
“Strange Fruit”
“God Bless the Child”
“September in the Rain”
“You Belong to Me”
“I Can Dream, Can’t I”
“The Nearness of You”
“Mood Indigo”

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The BBC Unites An All-Star Team of Musicians to Cover ‘God Only Knows’ By The Beach Boys

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The BBC is promoting the launch of its new BBC Music offering with a music video featuring an all-star cast of musicians trading off vocal duties for a cover of “God Only Knows” from the groundbreaking Beach Boys record, Pet Sounds. The track, proceeds from which will go to the UK network’s Children in Need charity, features Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell, Chrissie Hynde and a slew of other notables, including Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson.

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