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Record Store Day 2015 Releases: The Spotify Playlist

by Lucy Briggs April 16, 2015

RSD_Spotify_bannerRecord Store Day is almost upon us! The full list of releases has been published, and there are three categories: Record Store Day Exclusive Release, Record Store Day Limited Run, and “Record Store Day First” Release. We’ve created a Spotify playlist to get you in the mood for some crate digging. Read more.

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9 groovy facts about vinyl records

by Disc Makers April 9, 2015

The Golden LP recordPerhaps the most famous records in the universe are the two copies of the Golden Record aboard the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecrafts. The records feature musical selections and spoken greetings in fifty-five languages. Instructions, in symbolic language, explain the origin of the spacecraft and how the record is to be played. Read more.

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Why we love independent record stores and Record Store Day

by Lucy Briggs April 3, 2015

record store day collageRecord Store Day is on April 18th, and we’re joining in to help celebrate the enduring importance and coolness of the independent record store. Five Disc Makers employees share favorite albums and why vinyl records have a particular place in their hearts when it comes to their love of and relationship to music. Read more.

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Top 10 CD Baby Albums: March 2015

by Disc Makers April 1, 2015

george donaldson/>Farmikos Here are the 10 best-selling albums in March: See all 10…

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How to do children’s music right

by Michael Gallant March 26, 2015

Children's music done rightThe 2015 Grammy nominees give a lesson on how to create children’s music that treats kids with respect, doesn’t dumb down the music, and keeps things fun. We’ve got videos and a breakdown of some of this year’s nominees. Read more.

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How to release a live album by accident

by Michael Gallant March 17, 2015

Dave Weckl mixing what would become a live albumAlbums often come to life after great amounts of planning, practice, budgeting, and coordination. On the other hand, sometimes great albums are made without the artists even realizing they’re doing it. We study Oz Noy and Scott Healy – two cases where an unintended live tracking session turned into a live album release Read more.

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How to gig more without overexposing yourself

by Bobby Borg March 4, 2015

marquee perform liveIf you want to perform live more than just once a month, there are plenty of ways to fill up your performance schedule without saturating a particular market. Four basic strategies you should consider include: 1) A club residency, 2) Alternate format performances, 3) Dual territory performances, 4) A tour. Read more.

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Top 10 CD Baby Albums: February 2015

by Disc Makers March 2, 2015

george donaldsonFarmikosbanded salutations Here are the 10 best-selling albums in February: See all 10…

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Band rehearsal tips: Can you be over-rehearsed?

by Andre Calilhanna and Tom Jackson February 28, 2015

Band Rehearsal tipsWhen people come to me for band practice tips, one of the questions I get asked a lot is, “What’s too much rehearsal? We want to keep it spontaneous.” Well, spontaneous is one thing, and winging it is another. And most people wing it. When you’re making it up as you go onstage, instead of in rehearsal, you’ll never be great, consistently. Read more.

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Rehearsing with a purpose

by Andre Calilhanna and Tom Jackson February 10, 2015

band rehearsalMost bands, when they rehearse, even for a big show, will rehearse for a couple of days, run through the songs to make sure they’re “tight,” work out the musical parts, and then go out onstage and hope something good will happen. They have no idea what they’re trying to accomplish. Read more.

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Another awful music gig

by Michael Gallant February 5, 2015

More tales from the worst gigsIn “Tales of the worst music gigs ever,” we shared a handful of on-the-gig horror stories and lessons learned from them. While those stories were all wrenching in their own rights, here is one from New York bassist Dmitry Ishenko that stands in a category of its own. Read more.

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Top 10 CD Baby Albums: January 2015

by Disc Makers February 2, 2015

star bombrichie kotzenThomas Here are the 10 best-selling albums in January: See all 10…

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The Super Bowl halftime show is the weirdest gig on earth

by Andre Calilhanna January 30, 2015

Justin and Janet during the Super Bowl halftime show in 2004It’s worth marveling at the scope of the production. The mechanics of constructing a stage, setting up the sound system, flooding the field with an audience, carrying out a performance, and breaking down – all in 20-minutes – is pretty fantastic. But the question is, “Why exactly do we need a concert in the middle of a football game?” Read more.

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Get exclusive deals and discounts from Backstage

by Disc Makers January 28, 2015

Backstage music gear dealsBackstage is a new program from Disc Makers that offers exclusive deals on music gear and provides member-only access to discounts on services such as gig booking and post-production mastering, plus plenty of other special offers created for the independent musician. Read more.

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Tales of the worst music gigs ever

by Michael Gallant January 22, 2015

Tales of the worst music gigsEvery musician has stories of the best gig ever, that performances where the music, the crowd, and the stars aligned. Then there’s those other times when nothing goes right. Gear explodes, drunks attack, people vanish… But even the worst gigs can be valuable learning experiences. Read more.

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