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Boxee TV Sees No Streaming Boundaries

Boxee TVWith a myriad of streaming services at our disposal, film and TV are seeing a massive reduction in the consumption of DVD’s. The truth is, streaming services are changing the way consumers watch movies, listen to their favorite songs and even enjoy television. It’s no wonder Boxee, the makers of open-source streaming software, are looking to get rid of DVD players once and for all.

Last week, Boxee formally announced their latest product to hit the market: Boxee TV. This device serves as the one-stop for all your streaming needs. Literally. With the help of your cable provider, Boxee TV allows users to watch live TV from the five major networks. This means you will now be able to watch ABC, CBS and FOX all in HD.

Boxee comes with great third party apps like Netflix, Pandora and YouTube pre-installed, ensuring that all your favorite movies, music and viral videos are at your fingertips. What appears to be Boxee TV’s greatest technological feat is the first ever no-limits DVR powered by the cloud. What this means is that now you can record your favorite shows virtually anywhere on any device without any data cap. Of course, Boxee does come with a fee. To enjoy the benefits of Boxee TV, you’ll need to dish out $99 for the box and $14.99/month to subscribe to DVR.

This product truly allows Boxee to stand apart from other streaming services and puts pressure on cable providers to answer the challenge. And as for DVD’s, it’s been nice knowing you.

Wait, What Were We Talking About?

October 18, 2012 Industry Trends No Comments

KadavarAvid readers of The Daily Rind may recall a recent post on the virtues of Psychedelic Rock in which the author hinted at a future exploration of the Stoner Rock genre. And those readers would be forgiven if they assumed that this exploration would be endlessly procrastinated. But that is not the case, and the day is now at hand.

Stoner Rock and its related cousins like Doom Metal and Desert Rock have its origins in the music your weird uncle used to listen to back in the 1970’s. Bands like Blue Cheer, Mountain and Black Sabbath created a sludgy, heavy sound that ruled the rec rooms and muscle car sound systems of the day. But that sound fell out of favor in the 80’s. One of the few bands keeping the torch lit during this period was Saint Vitus, the only metal band on the seminal punk label SST Records. I don’t think I was alone in thinking at the time that perhaps this particular band was stuck in some sort of space-time loop, and that otherwise the sound I loved was dead. That was not to be the case however.

In the early 90’s, a strange wind was blowing across Palm Desert in Southern California carrying the sounds of a new generation of rockers. Kyuss, arguably the first true stoner rock band, sprang from this scene as did other acts that would later go on to wider success such as Fu Manchu, Nebula and Queens of the Stone Age. Those bands and others like them created a genre that, while rooted in the retro sounds of a past era, has gone on to influence countless bands around the world and continues to be active and interesting today. And many of those folks have found a home at The Orchard.

One label that is killing it right now is Tee Pee Records, whose bands hail from all parts of the globe (and maybe even some from parts of Middle-Earth). These include Germany’s Kadavar, whose self-titled debut is available now, or Sweden’s Truckfighters, whose most recent album is Mania. Speaking of Sweden, there are two new releases from the Doom Metal scene there that can’t go unmentioned. Available on Nuclear Blast, they are Witchcraft’s Legend and the upcoming Graveyard album Lights Out. Even indie rocker J Mascis from Dinosaur Jr. has gotten in on the fun with his two side projects Heavy Blanket and Sweet Apple, both on Outer Battery Records.

Whatever happened to that band Saint Vitus you may ask? Are they still trapped in time? Well, fret not because chrononaut, guitarist, and singer Scott “Wino” Weinrich continues to put out releases under various guises to this day. These include Premonition 13 and a couple of solo projects on Volcom Entertainment, as well as a limited edition colored vinyl release from his band The Obsessed (available on October 23rd at your local independent record store).

Hey, CMJ! We Got You.

It’s HERE! CMJ is happening all over the fine city of New York and we’re ready for it. This year, The Orchard is kicking off their very first Stairwell Series CMJ Edition tomorrow, live from our NYC office. We are hosting the lovely Sophie Auster, the party-inducing Duologue, electro studs Solid Gold, and poptastic Pretty & NiceWatch this space here for pictures and links to videos! Speaking of great Orchard music, here is our CMJ 2012 mix for your enjoyment in case you missed it.

While the night is left for showcasing and parties, let’s not forget the daytime conference. This year we have loads of Orchard representation. Below are panels you can check out to catch some of our staff chatting about what they do best. And there is something for everyone here.

Analyzing Digital and Physical Sales in a Global Market [Cat Kreidich]
With unprecedented mainstream success around the globe, independent labels are proving that the freedoms of the digital world can be far more empowering than the shrinking physical market. Here we delve into what drivers are behind the long-term success of digital music services and, the importance of the independent repertoire and catalogues to their consumers.      
October 18th, 2012
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Sifting Through Transnational Licensing Complexities [Miki Tunis]
While the world gets closer from digital opportunities, the complexities of international music licensing grows. This panel of experts will depict, define and try to conquer the current issues at hand while also exposing where good fortune may exist.       
October 18th, 2012
2:00 PM to  3:00 PM

Silver Boardroom Meeting:  Social Media Movements [Jaclyn Ranere and Tierney Stout]
An opportunity for aspiring executives to engage in a boardroom meeting environment. Each meeting will have two well established industry professionals running an agenda. Attendees will be challenged to think, share and generate ideas pertaining to the topic at hand.        
PANEL ROOM: “Silver Boardroom”
October 18th, 2012
3:30 PM to  4:30 PM

Seasoned Experience Implemented in a New Music Industry [Richard Gottehrer]
While a shrunken music industry still prevails, the physical and technological boundaries of the world music market have been exploding. Many artists, labels and managers from the US are now also focusing on efforts abroad, and vice versa. These now-modern pioneers will delve deep into the changes of modern music business in both the domestic and international spaces.
October 19th, 2012
3:30 PM to  4:30 PM

Xbox Music Saves People from Playing Games in Silence

October 16, 2012 Industry Trends 2 Comments

Xbox Music LogoWe know. When you see streaming, your eyes scan to the right of the screen expecting to see green or blue… which you are trained to understand means either Spotify or Rdio. This time however, you can expect a sleek grey visually stimulating streaming service that doesn’t start with an S or an R. We’ll give you a hint… it’s no longer pink and you are probably already playing video games on it.

Xbox Music will start breaking onto the scene today on Xbox 360 consoles, and October 26th on tablets and PCs. Mobile phones will have to wait until October 29. No longer toting the name Zune or the bright desktop app, this sleek updated service loses the spreadsheet look and will be available to a pretty massive audience.

Below are some of the reasons Xbox Music could surpass expectations we have for a new service moving into a saturated market:

  • A free, ad-supported version of Xbox Music will come with every Windows 8 desktop and laptop… every time a Windows 8 owner (fill in massive number of people here) opens an MP3, Xbox Music will fulfill that request. Oh, and there are 18 million other tracks available here as well.
  • Forty MILLION people already have Xbox Live accounts and Xbox Music is launching its free service in 15 countries and its paid service in 22 countries. These people can use the credit cards they already have on file. That’s a lot of people. I’ll let you do the math.
  • Microsoft is BIG and can afford to support a free music service as a loss-leader.
  • The same ad sales team selling ad space for Bing will sell ad space for Xbox Music’s ad supported version. You might say they have some experience.
  • People already use an Xbox for more than games — something like half of Xbox usage is for non- gaming. Again, take out your calculators — time for more math.
  • You get just about everything you could possibly need with this service — radio (although not free on your mobile just yet), on-demand streaming, à la carte track downloads, a visually stimulating interface (no more spreadsheets!), a cloud, and a free pony. Ok, maybe you don’t get a pony, but you get a cloud and all that other stuff; let’s not be greedy.

Check out this video to get a peek at the platform and click here for the full press release.

Board the CMJ “Pirate!” Ship

October 11, 2012 Industry Trends No Comments

Pirate!It’s Fall and we know what that means for the industry: the CMJ Music Marathon.  CMJ will host a series of events from October 16th to 20th in NYC. These events will bring everyone from music reps and artists to college radios, college students, and professional radio (basically everyone) together.

Amid all this excitement, Pirate! will be broadcasting LIVE from Fontana’s on October 17th, starting at 12PM all the way through to 6PM. What is Pirate! you ask? Pirate! (I really like saying that) is an independent marketing and management agency from Boston that promotes music to radio stations, college students and websites in North America. Pirate! has promoted artists such as Matt & Kim, The Temper Trap, Wilco, Silversun Pickups, Tegan & Sara, Tom Waits, The Black Keys, The White Stripes and Mates of State. They work with labels such as Barsuk, RCA, Atlantic Records, Epic Records, Roadrunner, TKO, Warner Brothers and TVT [cough The Orchard]. Pirate! has also marketed products and events to tastemakers such as HBO, Target, Levi’s and provides the service to alert radio stations about ongoing tours while promoting ticket giveaways, interviews for emerging artists.

Next week, Pirate! will be broadcasting live music from the likes of Conveyor, Sean Rowe, Pretty & Nice, Mean Creek, Generationals, and Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes. In between artists, various speakers from CMJ, students from colleges and other radio professionals will be promoting music, talking about music, and radio and interviewing the featured artists live on the airwaves. It’s a great way for people to get together and talk about what everyone seems to have in common: their passion for the music industry.

See ya there!

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