Introducing: Vinyl Tuesday, A Physical Music Initiative
In the wake of global Friday release dates, another initiative, Vinyl Tuesday, is starting up as a way to offer physical retailers new titles to sell and promote during the week. Launched by the Record Store Day organization, the weekly Tuesday physical street date will encourage artists, labels and distributors to put out several different types of releases:
- New release vinyl that could not be released at the same time as their CD / digital counterparts
- Reissue and catalog vinyl
- New release vinyl in advance of the CD/digital counterparts
- Promotional releases
- Indie-store exclusives
360-Degree Video Brings Virtual Reality to YouTube
YouTube has a growing history of being a platform where new forms of media and content are created and shared to international audiences. Whether it be vlogs for niche hobbies, how-to videos for just about anything, or let’s-play streams for video-games, YouTube has cemented itself as a hub for content creators to create and distribute new genres of entertainment.
Earlier this year, YouTube rolled out support for 360-degree video and more recently announced that the same support for 360-degree video would be available for Google Cardboard. If you are unfamiliar with Google Cardboard (pictured), it is a virtual reality system that has separated itself from other virtual reality headsets like Oculus Rift by utilizing the technology that most who are interested in virtual reality already have: smartphones.
Freeloader Friday: Thy Art is Murder, Gibbz & More
It’s the weekend already, and nobody’s mad about that. In fact, everyone is especially happy on this Friday because it’s #GayPride Weekend! Parades, dancing, rainbows, what’s not to be excited about? No matter if the cloth you’re cut from is rainbow or not, this week’s handpicked tunes will have you jamming out all weekend long. Here we go!
Thy Art is Murder began streaming its gnarly new LP Holy War this week, and it is brutal. This album is thirty-nine captivating minutes of blast beats, breakdowns and amazing guitar work. The Aussie band’s sophomore album is a well done blend of unique musicianship and conceptual depth, making for one intensely refreshing listen. It is certainly a must listen for Metal heads.
The Duplass Brothers Set Up Camp at The Orchard
Any fans out there of The League? Or, if NFL fantasy football clubs aren’t your thing, then how about Togetherness? How about our favorite voodoo midwives on The Mindy Project? Either way, you should be able to pick up the common denominator: the Duplass family name. Mark and Jay Duplass are the two brothers taking Hollywood by storm with their comedic relief. And just this week, we welcomed them into our own family.
In very major #ICYMI news, we announced a new deal we have with the Duplass duo: we’ve got worldwide theatrical, digital rental and sales, cable/satellite VOD, soundtrack, even airline — you name it! — rights to a slate of seven upcoming feature films produced by Hollywood’s favorite dynasty of the moment.
Snap Your Friends, Snap Your Fans
At this point, the only way you don’t know about Snapchat is if you’ve been literally living under a rock. Even the most off-the-grid among us at least know that Snapchat is mobile platform that allows users to share perishable photos and video with their friends and followers.
A lot of the time (most of the time?) people just use the medium to share videos of their dog being cute or to broadcast the temperature to the ever-watchful internet; however, some artists have harnessed the power of Snapchat to engage their fans in a powerfully personal way. While consistent posting is always the number one key to a strong following, there are a few tricks that can help give you an edge.