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Graveyard Orbit Walks Us Through Preparations For The Austin Cassette Festival 

[Editor’s note – this article was originally published at http://www.unrecorded.mu/features/cassette-club-june-edition. It has been republished here with permission of the author.]   How do you bring a subculture off of the Internet and into real life? That’s the question that gave birth to this year’s first annual Austin Cassette Fest. Since starting a record label last […]Read More »

The UK Perspective on the Current Cassette Revival

Why On Earth Did I Start a Tape Label? Running a Cassette Tape Label in 2015 is like going to the school prom in a wheelchair. It’s nice that you went, people smile and pat your head, but nobody wants a photo with you. I am writing this while I sit at the Hackney Record […]Read More »

What It Takes To Operate a Cassette-Based Record Label in 2015

Curious Possibilities: The Ins and Outs of Running a Tape Label in 2015 WHY ON EARTH WOULD I DO THIS? When I consider the decisions I’ve made in my life, I often think of that playful hypothetical question: “What would you do if you had X amount of dollars?” A few years ago, the online […]Read More »

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Pledge Music Interview: Funding Advice

  Performer recently had an opportunity to chat with Pledge Music founder Benji Rogers, to discuss his company’s efforts assisting independent musicians in reaching their funding goals.   How did Pledge Music get started? I’m CEO and also the first musician to use it. In fact we tried the system on my own EP.  I […]Read More »

Legal Pad: Creativity For Sale

For better or worse, a record deal consists of a handful of certainties.  One such certainty is that your label, whether major or indie, will own the sound recordings created under your deal.  But can a label own your music’s copyright?  In most instances, the answer is “no,” but this is not always the case.  […]Read More »

The Rebirth of the Cassette

  Upon first hearing buzz about mixtapes and The Walkman, many would grow nostalgic with images of something central to their youth, although some of those images may involve twirling a pen around the inner spool of the cassette to realign the tape. The more desired memories involve recording “tape letters” and splicing together clips […]Read More »

Confessions From the Diary of a Road Musician

NASA requires their astronauts to undergo intensive psychological testing before shooting them into space. After all, they’ll be stuffed in a cramped vessel with no way off, and co-workers they can’t escape. Road bands, however, do not require such testing. I have been advocating psych evaluations for road musicians for years, but I’m not holding […]Read More »

Legal Pad: Guide to Selling Your Music Online

Digital Down Low WITH PHYSICAL ALBUM SALES DECLINING in 2009 for the eighth time in nine years, the writing has been on the wall for nearly a decade.  And if the future of music lies in digital downloads, iTunes and its behemoth 70 percent digital music market is clearly the place to be.  For indie […]Read More »

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