• Who Is Webcasting Legal Music And Who Is Not?

    Set 25 2011, 17:57

    There seems to be some confusion, as to which webcast radio, music hosting and on demand radio services are actually legal on the web. Many listeners may not realize, these services must ascribe to specific broadcast and performance licenses. Much of these licenses require individual aquisitions of said licenses for each and every country on Earth. Some music licenses are very relaxed, while others are bogged down in multiple restrictions and costly aquisition fees. After much research, this is what I have discovered to be the facts, concerning ten of our presently available music services, thrice in the USA, Canada and in Europe.

    Grooveshark: Legal or illegal? 90% illegal and currently dealing with lawsuits from EMI records and many others. Grooveshark is in complete violation in all European countries, as well as Canada. They have some legal permissions in the USA, but this is very little and only covers two major record labels, out of the dozens that are somehow available on Grooveshark. Grooveshark calls itself a radio streaming service, of course, it's not. It's an on-demand service, which makes it more like Spotify than Pandora.

    Spotify: Legal or illegal? Spotify are 100% legal and have been so, since their very beginnings. Spotify carry an "On Demand" streaming license. This is a costly venture and is the main reason for so much advertising support on Spotify - they must have it, or otherwise would go bankrupt. Although Spotify kept costs down, by limiting legal service to the United Kingdom, they have recently became available legally, in the USA.

    Pandora: Legal or illegal? Again 100% legal, but only available in the USA, as this is the cheapest licensing and royalty percentage on Earth, for random streaming radio services like Pandora. Pandora allows us to create up to 100 unique radio stations, that will randomly play our selected favorite tunes. Pandora is not an On Demand service and also put limits on track skipping monthly, to keep licensing costs down. Pandora has been forced to limit users’ free streaming capabilities to 40 hours per month, after which users have to pay $0.99 monthly for unlimited access to song streaming.

    Jango: Legal or illegal? 100% legal random radio streaming service. Jango is completely advertising supported and have a global blanket license. This means anyone on Earth should be able to use Jango Radio, barring dictatorial government intrusions in some countries. We can skip tracks as much as we like with Jango, while every so many skips will cause some advertising to interupt your listening experience. Jango recently stated in an e-mail to me, they have no plans for offering an ad free streaming service at the present time.

    Playofday: Legal or illegal? Hosting our playlists, this site is new and may be legal, as they are only part responsible for users hosting content. They are protected in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"). Not only can the site itself be sued or taken down indefinitely, if they do not comply with the DMCA and police their own site regularly, performance rights groups and the RIAA can come after them, as well as the sites users in kind.

    Jampri: Legal or illegal? Jampri is exactly the same as Playofday site(immediately above), so be careful with using these type hosting sites.

    Jamendo: Legal or illegal? Jamendo is 100% legal. We can build playlists of the sites avialable music artist and tracks. You won't find mainstream or major artists on Jamendo, as this site hosts tracks/albums from mostly DIY and independant artists who choose to offer their material for free streaming and even free downloading on Jamendo. Jamendo is a great site for discovering new and obscure music artists from around the world.

    Lastfm: Legal or illegal? 100% legal and one of the cheapest subscription radio streaming services in the world. Lastfm is an excellent music discovery engine, offering a wide variety of free downloads, full stream sampling, direct from the artists, major music acts and unsigned artists alike, plus so much more. Lastfm is the largest music catalog on Earth for free or for a very small monthly subscription, of only $3.00 USD. They are licensed globally in all countries. Lastfm are also a music data collection service and music wikipedia, where listeners can help build the site, adding artists images, videos, biographies and their own personal listening statistics. Lastfm is also open source, so members can develop their own aps and offer those to other members of Lastfm. The various ways to stream personal radios on Lastfm, are quite vast and more varacious than any other music site on the web.

    Reverb Nation: Legal or illegal? 100% legal, Reverb Nation hosts content, biographies and track streams, that are uploaded strictly by the music artists themselves. RN also offers helpful tools for the musicians to publicize themselves in the music market and to help find new fans, such as press kits, fan club and street team registrations.

    Fizy: Legal or illegal? 50% illegal. Similar to the now defunct Seeqpod, Fizy is an extremely bare bones approach to streaming music with a simple search bar. Like Seeqpod, the site offers speedy music video results and audio results, and unfortunately, legally questionable content, so beware!

    Top Five Legal Music Download Sites:

    #1 - SuperPass
    #2 - eMusic
    #3 - Napster
    #4 - Amazon MP3
    #5 - iTunes
  • Similar Artist Radio vs. Custom Tag Artist Radios

    Lug 6 2011, 20:43

    The music artists and myself are creating Custom Artist Tag Radios and then getting their fans to listen to those, instead of the not very similar, Similar Artist Radios on their music profiles. It does take alot of work and more than one person must use the same tag, in order to make it a Global tag and streamable within the website.

    If you click one of these custom artist titled tags and stream that instead of Similar Artist Radio buttons, this will actually propagate the correct similar artists to the music artists profiles. This is mainly a priority for new music artists and not very well known yet.

    I have a few more to create and wait for them to go global, which can take up to two weeks on LastFM, ugh! However, the artists are liking this creative work around, because it does work fairly well. I thought of doing it several months back and have been spreading the word around.

    If you're a musician and think your Similar Artists on your LFM music profile are completely wrong, send me a PM and we will create a custom artist tag radio to fix that =)

    What you need to do?

    First, you want to tag your own artist page with the title of your band/artist and then tag each individual track with exactly the same tag. An example would be tag on the band Metallica. You will want to tag your artist and every one of your tracks with genre tags - as many as are appropriate and possible. So a band named Metallica would be tagged everywhere possible with <--(Insert your band name here), , , and , at the very least.

    Next, you will need to decide what other music artists, you feel are very similar to your artist. Go to their profile page and tag them with <--(Insert your band name here), , , and , at the very least. You should do this to at least 3 of these music artists tracks that are available for streaming on LastFM and also do this on/at the very least, 30 other similar music artists in total. This will give your new Artist Title Tag around 90 streamable tracks in it, plus all of yours you have available.

    Third, you must find at least one other person, who can tag every single one of these same artists and their streamable tracks with <--(Insert your band name here), , , and , at the very least.

    Finally, you can wait one to two weeks for this your new Artist Title Tag to go Global and be playable as a radio through the LastFM web page, Flash radio. However, you can play this immediately, if you install the LastFM Scrobbler Desktop Client and play tags directly through that from your desktop.

    The more you, your friends and fans play this Artist Title Tag Radio, the faster your Similar Artists Radio will fill in with the music artists you really want to be there. This will also aid in adding your music artist to those other artists Similar artist radios and over time, this will get your music artist more and more royalty streams on radios at LastFM.

    Here are some examples, that will take you to playable custom built Artist Title Tag Radio pages, which include some very nice artist stats as well:

    Please click on these name tags and browse around ;-)

    @ Lastfm (industrial, electronic rock, piano rock),

    @ Lastfm (gothic metal, metal)

    @ Lastfm (gothic, darkwave)

    @ Lastfm (rapcore, crossover)

    @ Lastfm (folk, acoustic, singer-songwriter)

    @ Lastfm (techno, electronic)

  • Ellsbeth Are #1 In Gothic Metal

    Mag 1 2011, 11:19

    Ellsbeth are female fronted gothic metal, with a slightly Evanescence similarity, but a heavier metal sound. Ellsbeth have 20,000,000 tracks played on My Space and many millions more all over the web. My Space Records chose Ellsbeth as #1 gothic metal band on My Space, 3 years in a row! They have also been in the top 10 listeners favorites on California FM radio and in rotation at radio stations in Canada and all over the USA, from Huntington, West Virginia to New York and Ohio.

    For some reason, Ellsbeth have not caught on as well at LastFM. Most likely due to limited ability to promote through this website.

    As just one of their publicists, through Adrock Media and Selective Image inc., I have copy distribution rights for their music. I give away free downloads to top listeners on LastFM, so if you honestly like Ellsbeths sound, keep listening and I may send you a surprise gift, or even one month gift subscription to LastFM.

    Cheers and hears,
  • 'Reality' Doesn't Bite After All

    Nov 10 2010, 23:07

    Just got my advance copy of Woolgather bands second CD, titled Programmes ll - The Reality Principle.

    Casey and the guys have went with a little different sound on some of the new songs. Don't let that worry you though; the songs simply have more energy, with a clear and recognizable Woolgather sound. It's immediately obvious, the guys have grown musically and spiritually, giving Woolgather a more mature and even more enjoyable sound. The new album will be available to the public on November 30, 2010, so save your dollars and euros Woolgather fans, because this one is essential, a must have CD in any progressive rock, music collection.

    Programmes ll contains 7 tracks in total, ranging from 3 minutes to 9 minutes in length. I will be reviewing just a few here, so as not to spoil the whole experience for everyone reading this. Want you to be pleasantly surprised, as I am sure you will be.

    The Kite, has a slightly faster rhythm than what we fans are used to on Programmes l, with hauntingly beautiful vocals, thoughtful lyrics and sensational keyboards. Uh-hm, these guys know how to arrange music, with cymbals at the correct spots and something I haven't heard from Woolgather before - accompanying, growling vox, but they have done a superb job with this, keeping it subtle and well placed, heard but not overpowering. Over all, I would rate The Kite a near perfect track, giving it a 9.6 of 10. This one is pre-released as a single. You can hear it in full on My Space, at this link.

    The King's Ransom, will take you back somewhat, to that signature Woolgather sound we all know and love, but with a slightly heavier rhythm guitar and some really cool backing vox, in my opinion. This track is another gem out of the jewelry box everyone. I will be playing this one until my hard drive melts! 9.3 of 10.

    Pre-Flight Candidacy is an intro to The Kite and an instrumental song on Programmes ll and it's a perfect mood for a perfect album. It leaves me wanting more and already waiting in anticipation for a Fourth CD from Woolgather. This starts with a nice intro, that may remind you ever so slightly, of Ghost Riders In The Sky, by Marty Robbins, covered later, by Johnny Cash and also The Outlaws. However, Pre-Flight smoothly morphs into something very new and unique, with some really clever instrumental work going on, with chimes, walking cymbals, prancing piano and a familair rhythm and bass. 9.1 of 10.

    Over all album rating - 9 of 10. A must have CD!

    Woolgather are:
    Smooth Operator, Casey Tipton - lead vocals/guitar
    Good Vibrations, Eric Stephens - Bass
    The Diamond Cutter, Matthew Eads - Drums

    Read more about Programmes l & ll in Woolgathers My Space Blog.
    Get yourself a nifty T-shirt from Woolgathers official website.WoolgatherWoolgather
  • LastFM Powerplay Campaign VS Jango Airplay Campaign

    Set 5 2010, 23:52

    Lastfm staff and CBSi may not like what I am about to write, but the facts are here and the record is clear. I am writing this, as an appeal to Lastfm staff to make the Powerplay Campaign fair and reasonable. As it stands currently, it does not seem fair at all, since Jango offers better for less. Read on...

    At lastfm, we have diverse radio options where in, if someone Scrobbles/listens to your music, this will automatically add your band/artist in their library. Once a music artist is in those music libraries and listeners play their music library, there is a good chance you will get repeat Scrobbles, which is cool....as long as they do play their music libraries, of course.

    So, I took a look at the Lastfm Powerplay Promotions vehicle and the cost for what you get. I was shocked to find, it is not only expensive, it doens't really do anything special for the artists, that we cannot do for ourselves! I then looked at the Jango campaign, which is not only similar, it offers more features, more statistics and all for much less money!

    Lastfm's Powerplay campaign, boasts this claim: Use our unique Powerplay campaigns to promote your artist on Last.fm. I am not so sure, that is true.

    Jango lets you choose your own demographics. Jango lets you choose 24 targeted music artists radio, that your music will come up on for airplay. Jangos statistics and listeners data is much more detailed - you will know right away who your new fans are and if they just listened, or loved your track. Jango sends constant and accurate e-mail alerts weekly, so you know which new fans to write and say, "thank you for listening!". After purchasing your Airplay Campaign, you can modify all your targets, in case one track is more well recieved than another.

    The images tell all - Something is very wrong with Lastfm : (

    Link to Jango Airplay Campaign for music artists to sign up:

    Here is what we have gotten for our $30.00 USD after just 36 hours on Jango! Please also take into account, at Jango, we can set our similar artists and add 24 of them if we wish, we can allocate the plays to an unlimited number of songs and move those plays around at any time! Jango radio is just as good as Lastfm radio and we have already recieved 23 new fans, who loved(hearted) our tracks at Jango! Only 36 hours and wow!

    Look at the rich and informative statistics at Jango Airplay campaign? Keeping in mind, these can be clicked and hovered and show even MORE detailed data!

  • Diablo Swing Orchestra - Now for Something Completely Different

    Set 3 2010, 2:22

    Diablo Swing Orchestra
    The Butcher's Ballroom

    Fantastical, energy packed and epic music, is about the only way to describe 'Diablo Swing Orchestra', as there is no genre or previous musical act to compare them with. They will certainly amaze and surprise you!

    Let's give a description a go, shall we?

    'Diablo Swing Orchestra' are melodic heavy metal, with a horn section and operatic vocals, combined with spanish guitar and ballroom dance. Yet, this actually all fits together perfectly and pleasingly, like a completed 1000 piece puzzle, depicting the River Rhine on a stormy afternoon - the big picture is complete. I know, that sounds cheesy, but it is spot on accurate for a band such as Diablo Swing Orchestra and nothing else would suffice, for such a unique and trend setting band.

    Fill your musical sails with Diablo Swing and I can assure you, it won't be a disappointing trip.
  • What Is Last.fm Free Music Player?

    Ago 23 2010, 16:39

    Full tracks are back and this is one way to play the mainstream music artists, that you may have been missing. The below statements are from this Last.fm group and you may definitely want to join: http://www.last.fm/group/Last.fm+free+music+player+users The link to install this sparkling gem, is posted in the group, so hurry up and get yours!

    What is Last.fm free music player?
    Last.fm free music player is a free music player for Google Chrome with Last.fm integration.

    How does it work?
    There's a little site called vkontakte.ru, or vk.com. That's where the tracks are coming from.

    That's a Russian site, right?
    Yes, in Soviet Russia, track scrobbles you. Actually, it's like Facebook, with a dash of YouTube. It's not one of those "Psst - hey, Buddy. Wanna download some MP3's?" sites. 84 million people and counting use this site. Wikipedia

    But Last.fm says "We think the site you're about to visit is untrustworthy or spam..."
    Well, McAfee SiteAdvisor seems to think it's OK. There have been phishing scams aimed at users of that site, but the site itself is as legitimate as the above mentioned sites.

    OK, so far, so good. Now this Chrome extension is telling me that it needs to access my private data on all websites. What's that about?
    It does not access your private data. Chrome shows the warning for all extensions that access browser tabs even if they do not access any private data. See this discussion that explains it.

    Works Best If...
    It works best if you get an account with vkontakte.ru or vk.com.

    Here is the direct link for installing this GC extension for LFM: https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/bbncpldmanoknoahidbgmkgobgmhnafh

    Source: http://www.last.fm/group/Last.fm+free+music+player+users
  • Tutorial: How to Play the Songs in Full Demand

    Lug 26 2010, 2:54

    It seems, many friends are still not finding the link to play [Full Tracks] on-demand, so thought I would make a quick tutorial, on how to do this. I will also give us a link to a very nifty alternative for this, using a Google Chrome Extension. LOOK here : http://www.last.fm/user/CrybKeeper/journal/2010/08/23/3v4jyf_what_is_last.fm_free_music_player%3F

    First, let's look at the artists main profile:

    figure 1.1

    Many friends are clicking that little black play icon, next to where it says, "Play Direct from Shaolin Temple of BooM" (figure 1.2) If you do that, you still only get a thirty second clip. Don't click these on the track page.

    What you should click:
    Click directly on the light blue text that says, "Play Direct from Shaolin Temple of BooM" and it should play the [Full Song] as many times as you wish, any time you wish.

    figure 1.2
  • The Duel Has Begun! Taking On Shaolin Temple of BooM

    Lug 25 2010, 13:24

    Being a proud owner of all the music, it is easy to say, their latest album, titled Duel, is most likely the greatest work from them to date.

    Ranging from mellow to full on energetic power rock and lyrics that connect with an eternal message, this album is straight from the heart, to the heart. Duel also includes a more symphonic backing, that helps convey the music in such a way, as to make it truly epic and unforgettable.

    Third track on Duel, is the song Transference and all we can say is, 'wow'! This song is definitely a hit at The Cryb, as five of five of us, voted this song the best progressive rock tune, we have ever recieved. That being said, all the songs are fantastic and all the hard work that went into this release, is clearly heard and felt in all of Davids compositions.

    It's a rare thing to really enjoy every track on one release, but that is the case with . This entire album is quite good and well worth the purchase, so be sure and get your copy, because you won't want to miss having this one in your favorite rock collection. You can get that here: http://stob.bandcamp.com/album/duel or http://www.shaolintempleofboom.com


    Here is the video that David is speaking of, in his note to us below:

    Here are some latest words, from David Alvarez of Shaolin Temple of BooM:

    Hello my fellow BooMFighters,

    It has been a tumultuous roller coaster ride these last 2 months, but I suppose that is the beauty of doing everything I do from self managing to self releasing my own music. There are several things in play right now that will break SToB's music into the mainstream as I have signed several contracts and have more on the horizon that will shock a lot of long time fans of Shaolin Temple of BooM. All of this done while still remaining an entirely independent, self-produced, self-managed, self- released artist.... all will be told in due time.... but definitely prepare for major radio play across the nation as well as hearing SToB on TV, major movies and video games in the very near future

    Till then check out this video I just uploaded that has some behind the scenes action on me recording the album "Duel"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuquRhsDFWY or on facebook here http://www.facebook.com/shaolintempleofboom?v=app_2392950137#!/video/video.php?v=1489091540644 (while at facebook, if you have a profile join me there yea? http://www.facebook.com/shaolintempleofboom

    First shipment of stickers will be mailed out next week followed by first shipment of CDs in about 2 weeks from today. I will include a free sticker for those that have purchased the CD and for those that purchased combo deals, I will add extra stickers in the mix.

    For those of you that haven't picked up your SToB merch you can find it here http://stob.bandcamp.com/album/duel or http://www.shaolintempleofboom.com/

    That's it for now till the next time,

    Shaolin Temple of BooM

    Shaolin Temple of BooM @ Lastfm

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  • Warriors Of Metal Fest lll Review

    Giu 26 2010, 9:01

    Fri 25 Jun – Warriors Of Metal Fest

    More video footage to come(hopefully)

    An awesome first day out at Warriors Of Metal Festival 3 and the most die hard fans turned out for this one. It's currently 5:00 am, but had to take a break to write this real quick.

    Check out this artist, called Imagika on Lastfm. They know what the hell they are doing at a live event - Kick ass, professional, in your face, speed and thrash metal, at it's finest! Every member of the band gives it 100% and exudes metal energy, from every sweat soaked pore.

    Band Website: http://www.imagikametal.com
    Band Members Steven Rice (Guitar)
    Norman Skinner (Vocals)
    Jim Pegram (Bass)
    Robert Kolowitz (Guitar)
    Wayne De Vecchi (Drums)

    More details and artists to come, as the show must go on.


    Alas, the show must always come to a close, but it was one awesome party for the past two days, at Warriors Of Metal fest 3! We tripled our attendance this year, over last years event and WomFest organizers and staff, would all like to thank everyone who attended. We love you and hope you will be back for more, when we roll out Womfest lV, next year.

    I spent half my time at this event, helping set security fence, running concessions and shuttling artists, to and from airport to hotel, hotel to gig and back again, but still managed to see quite a few of the metal bands perform.

    Here are just some of the fantastic and righteous metal artists, I had the privilege to see. If I miss some of the bands, it's only because I was too busy to see them, so not trying to take anything away from them, because every band was super awesome and deserve a big thanks, for being a part of WomFest. You are all very much appreciated!

    Most outrageous, fun filled artist, would be Lords Of The Trident. I mean to say, how often does a bands front man, don armor and arm himself with a mace and short sword, then proceed to sley the audience, mowing a path of devastation and bloody death, through the middle of the crowd? All that, while setting guitars on fire, waving banner flags, traditional warrior costume and a drummer, dressed as a devil, with menacing eyes and horns.

    Plenty of chances for the fans to be involved and singing along with the band was all a pillaging, marauding, slaughtering, good time!

    Opening artist for the first day, was a somewhat, stoner metal band, called 'Wicked'. Really great for an opener and it sucks, that they haven't a profile on Lastfm, because it would be killer to have them here. Good vocals and solid heavy duty, guitar riffing from these guys, made them truly memorable.

    Have you ever thought it would be cool to see, legendary baritone Pavarotti, singing melodic doom metal? If so, then check this doom metal band, called Dantesco, who came all the way from Puerto Rico, to be a part of Womfest lll, in Ohio, USA. The crowd loved these guys and Dantesco stayed around for the entire weekend, to see the whole show and party with fans. Excellent live performers and we are having them back, for repeat performances in Ohio, so be on the look out for that, Ohioans. You won't want to miss them.

    Another solid performer, hailing from San Diego, California, we have Skeletor, an epic speed metal band, that takes every opportunity, to refine and polish their music to perfection. Don't let the somewhat, cheesy name fool you; Skeletor are some serious metalheads with a vibrant and solid sound, that dishes out the goosebumps, when heard live. After they finished their set, there was a positive buzz for Skeletor, being passed through the crowd. The fans kept mentioning them over and over for the entire two days.

    One particular artist, I was really dying to see perform was Icarus Witch - one of my all time favorite metal bands. Wouldn't you know, I had to run to the airport to drop off a band, catching a plane out in the morning, so I missed their set. Still, check them out, because they are superb musicians, who I have experienced many times before.

    Who could forget Omen, Imagika, ASKA or Cage - the four headliners for our two day fest and every aspect of their sets, was spot on perfect. All four of these artists, had the crowd, crowding the stage, horns up, heads banging and long hair flying in heavy duty rhythm.

    Omen and Cage, have multiple artists with the same name, on Lastfm, so let's not confuse Cage the metal band, with Cage the rapper, or Omen the heavy metal artist with Omen, the defunct hair metal band, or the Polish artists, who are sharing as well.

    A better way to find the correct artists and the right music, is to sample the newly created tag, womfest lll radio and If you do listen to this tag and find a metal band amongst them you really enjoy, please tag them again, with womfest lll radio, so all the fans of these artists, will have an opportunity see the tag and listen in also.

    Here is a copy of the complete two day, set list:

    Day One

    Silent Aggression(no shows)
    Wrecked(not on LFM)
    Resident Shredders: Matthew Mills and Joe Stump
    Beyond Fallen
    Jacobs Dream

    Day Two

    Black Vice(not on LFM)
    Lords Of The Trident
    Van Lade(not on LFM)
    Forgotten Legacy(not on LFM)
    Oblivion Myth
    Zephaniah(not on LFM)
    Icarus Witch
    ASKA(not on LFM)

    All the bands who participated inWOM Fest lll, finished their sets with a Ronnie James Dio tribute. Either doing a DIO tune, Rainbow, or a Black Sabbath tune, so DIO, Rainbow and Sabbath are also included, in the womfest lll radio, for your enjoyment. Rest in peace, Ronnie - May you enjoy eternity in Valhalla.