And The Grand Prize Goes To….


MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS!!

Congratulations to the ever-so-talented, Miranda Lee Richards for winning Record Pressing’s grand prize of $1600 off an entire package of 1,000 180g records!!

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2010 Mission Creek Music & Arts Festival


Join Record Pressing and the folks of the San Francisco Mission Creek Music & Arts Festival this evening at 6pm as they kick off their 14th annual event with a free opening party at The Makeout Room!

For the last 13 years, Mission Creek has worked with musicians and artists to unify Bay Area talent from the very independent to those who have acquired international success. This year is no different. The next five days will be comprised of film screenings, art presentations, a vinyl record panel discussion, and live music at your favorite music venues, including a free whole-day festival at McLaren Park!

Keep an eye out for the Record Pressing staff who will be giving away t-shirts and conducting a raffle for a grand prize to receive $1600 DOLLARS OFF a package of 1,000 180g vinyl records!!

For the full week long schedule, visit the Mission Creek website.

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Summer Music Festivals: Newsletter cont.


Rock The Bells
August 21 – 29
Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Washington D.C.

General Admission: $55-$130
VIP: $155-$281
High Roller VIP: $409
Limited Private Cabana Package: $5,000

Lineup includes:
SNOOP DOGG, A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, WU-TANG, RAKIM & KRS-ONE, STREET SWEEPER SOCIAL CLUB, IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE, JEDI MIND TRICKS, BROTHER ALI, AND MANY MORE.

Why:
Oh, I don’t know. Maybe because all major headliners will be performing an album each – in their entirety! With the help of Warren G, Snoop Dogg will be carrying out tunes from his Doggystyle record, alongside A Tribe Called Quest who will together be showcasing Midnight Mauraders, and Enter the 36 Chambers by the Wu-Tang Clan. Not to mention, a very special appearance by Lauryn Hill!

Sunset Strip Music Festival
August 26 – 28
Los Angeles

General Admission: $49.50
VIP Street Fest: $100

Lineup includes:
SLASH, SMASHING PUMPKINS, FERGIE, COMMON, BIG B, STEEL PANTHER, P.O.D. AND MORE FROM 40+ BANDS!

Why:
Slash and Fergie together on stage? Probably the only time you’ll see that happening. Plus, for the second time in the history of the festival, Sunset’s streets will be closed off to make way for the Smashing Pumpkins’ grand finale show!

Hullabalou Music Festival
July 23 – 25
Louisville, KY

Single Day General Admission: $75
Single Day VIP: $295
3 Day VIP: Sold Out

Lineup includes:
BON JOVI, B-52’S, DOOBIE BROTHERS, HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS, ZAC BROWN BAND, BLACK CROWES, LORETTA LYNN, BEN FOLDS, MUSIQ SOULCHILD, THE O’JAYS AND PLENTY MORE

Why:
Hullabalou really caters to their people. Not only are band contest winners given the chance to perform in front of thousands, but the “Retweet and Win” contest allows the winner a backstage tour; plus it benefits the economy! The festival is expected to generate $37.7 million for the Greater Louisville market area.

Mile High Music Festival
August 14 – 15
Commerce City, CO

Single Day General Admission: $99.50
Single Day VIP: $225
Full Price 2 Day Pass: $200
Mile High Club 2 Day VIP: $399

Lineup includes:
JACK JOHNSON, DAVE MATTHEWS, ATMOSPHERE, SLIGHTLY STOOPID, NAS & DAMIAN MARLEY, CYPRESS HILL, MY MORNING JACKET, PHOENIX, WEEZER, JIMMY CLIFF, KELLER WILLIAMS, RUSTED ROOT, OZOMATLI, AND MANY MORE

Why:
There’s no camping onsite (boo!), but hotel packages are available pertaining of shuttle rides, tickets and hotel rooms. Totally worth it for some of the biggest artists in the variety of genres that the Mile High fest is featuring.

Music Fest NW
September 8 -12
Portland, OR

General Admission: $65
VIP: $175

Lineup includes:
THE DECEMBERISTS, MENOMENA, BARONESS, RA RA RIOT, JAPANDROIDS, PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS, THEE OH SEES, BOAT, DEATH BY STEREO, MAN MAN, AND DAYS’ WORTH MORE

Why:
Taking the award for the most bands to play at a festival is the Music Fest NW with roughly 158 bands taking various stages. Think you’ll need a babysitter to be able to watch it all? Fear not parentals, provided will be a Children’s Rock Variety Show. Truly a festival for all ages.

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Local Artists on the Come Up: Awkward Janitor


I was never a fan of “In the Cold Cold Night” by The White Stripes, but after listening to Awkward Janitor’s rendition of the song I couldn’t help but play it over and over again in my head. Explosive punk-toned drumming comes from the hammering of Morgan Liggera who also fingers the bass and sometimes switches instruments in between songs with Nick Washburn, the heavy blues guitarist of the group. Together they support a range of vocals sung by Aimee Belden who, like a switch, can turn soft melodies into malicious screams; and the combination of multiple personalities making up the San Francisco trio produces a show that pulls you into what feels like an Andy Warhol painting. Seriously. So if you’d like to be a part of the far-out experience, put these dates on your calendar!

June 23 @ the Retox Lounge
&
July 23 @ the Blue Six

Also, no dates have been confirmed as of yet, but Awkward Janitor plans to perform at Dolores Park in San Francisco this summer, in addition to what they call a “moving van project” where the group will be playing from the back of a van as they’re driven throughout the city. An album is currently being worked on with producer Elijah Collins, and all dates will be kept up on the band’s Facebook and Myspace pages, so keep your eyes and ears peeled as they make their way through the Bay Area!

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Label Profile: Coming Home Records



Name: Coming Home Records
Age: 5 and a half years
Location: Woodland Hills, CA
Bands: Radio FreQ
Mellowdrone
Skyscape Frontier
Deadbirds
The Transfatal Express
Captain Popovich

Last week, Record Pressing’s marketing coordinator, Monique Dolan, was able to have a chat with Coming Home Records owner Erik Andrews. Let’s take a looksey at what they talked about:

Monique Dolan: During a tough economic time, what is keeping your record label thriving?

Erik Andrews: I don’t think the term thriving fits the situation, maybe more like surviving. What I had to do was evolve with what was going on with the music industry and to this day I’m still adjusting to these changes. One of the most unexpected changes and something I never had in my game plan was to take on distribution for artists that weren’t directly part of my label. This has financially helped me continue on with my operation.

MD: Why did you decide to start a record label?

EA: It was a process early on from discovering Slayer in the late 80s and my friend’s sister pulling out Fugazi’s first EP to place it on the turntable. Once we were introduced to this we all started doing research and discovering punk music. Eventually that’s what led me into the early 90s hardcore scene. This is when I first started getting into collecting vinyl albums and it exposed me to the DIY ethics. So initially during this period it was the first time I started to think about doing a record label. Unfortunately being so young and lacking funds things didn’t get going until 2005. I had been kicking the idea around for such a long time and I finally had an opportunity to work with the person who’s sister introduced me to all this amazing music. I think the delay of doing the label was beneficial to me since I had seen so many friends deal with the industry on the Indie level up to hassling with majors.

MD: What does vinyl mean to you?

EA: Vinyl to me is when you first open up a new album and you pull the vinyl out with the sleeve. The first thing I notice is the weight and you can tell immediately if it was done at a legit pressing plant before even looking at the album itself. From there it’s how the album visually looks, from a great color, split color, marble or to just a nice solid black 180 gram. Once you’re done dorking out to that, it’s the experience of actually listening to the music and vinyl doesn’t allow for the listener to disengage with that moment.

MD: The sales in vinyl have increased, while CDs sales are decreasing, how is this affecting the labels?

EA: Well a lot of labels rely on CD sales, as the profit margin is better in comparison to vinyl and digital sales. So I think there is more of a hesitation in the industry to release CDs and the focus has switched to marketing vinyl. I don’t see any reason anymore to doing CDs unless you know you can unload 5k plus. Personally I’m looking to stay with creative packaging, limited vinyl pressings and digital distribution.

MD: What has kept you in the music industry?

EA: I think the thing that keeps me in the music industry is having interaction with musicians, artists and people that relate to me. All of my closest friends are connected in some way to the industry, so if I wasn’t a part of that I’m not sure we’d stay as connected.

MD: Do you have any tips for newcomers into the music industry?

EA: Whether you’re an artist or label the major thing is to stay connected to the fan. These are the people that let you know what you’re doing right or wrong. Also, remember that all people in the music industry are just like you and me, they all feed their pets the same way.

MD: Do you have a favorite band or release that you’ve done?

EA: By far my favorite release and the one I’m most proud of is Mellowdrone’s Angry Bear. Besides the music being amazing, and the pressing turning out as I envisioned, it was the people that worked hard to make the album happen. Besides the band itself we had the very talented artist Caspar Newbolt (www.versionindustries.com) who tied the artwork into the music. I think everyone involved with this release really put in everything they had effort-wise to make it successful project.

MD: With music piracy on the rise, how do you expect to keep people spending money on tangible music and on the artists/bands themselves? What do you think is the incentive for fans to buy?

EA: Bottom line is you need to create something unique and very creative that people will be interested in purchasing. A lot of times artists/labels just focus in on the music, which essentially is important, but don’t overlook artwork. No one is looking to buy a jewel case with a two-panel insert. You still need to understand giving away music is now a part of the formula, but there are still people willing to buy the right item. So produce limited pressings, include unconventional items with these albums, and include free download material and innovative artwork. I think these simple features will keep fans interested and as a fan myself these are things I look for in new releases.

MD: What do you see for the future of record labels?

EA: I think as long as labels evolve with what the fans want there are still a lot of ways to continue to grow in this market. I think you can sense some desperation from large labels that waited to long to change their format. So now you’re seeing those companies relying on back catalog to sustain their business.

“Major labels didn’t start showing up really until they smelled money, and that’s all they’re ever going to be attracted to is money-that’s the business they’re in- making money.”
– Ian MacKaye

If you’d like to find out more about Coming Home Records and new releases under the label, catch them on Myspace and on cominghomerecords.com!



AND DON’T FORGET:
If YOU would like to be featured on The Audio Philes, send submissions to editor@recordpressing.com.

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LIVE 105 BFD Festival Highlights


Wrestling matches, Raiderette meet-and-greets, and a Marine pull-ups test. What does any of this have to do with a music festival? Absolutely nothing, but they all somehow made it to LIVE105’s BFD event and fulfilled every type of attention span.


The Shoreline Amphitheatre’s grounds thrived with plenty of activities for the thousands of attendees, including a broadcast tent where LIVE105’s staff sat down to chat with headliners for all to watch. Not to mention the four stages that totalled eleven hours worth of performances.

It was great to see all the support crowded around the local stage, where Leopold & His Fiction kicked off with a vigorous set. There was so much energy carried from the three members, that even drummer Jon Sortland’s sunglasses flew off his face from drumming so furiously.

“Dude that was like, heroin rock,” described a crowd member.


Leopold & His Fiction

Next was five-piece band Veil Veil Vanish who got people dancing in the sweltering weather in preparation for I The Mighty who’s songs like “Technicolor” started a mosh in the audience. Even guitarist Ian Pedigo commented. “You guys are the sexiest, most energetic crowd we’ve played for.”


Lead singer Mike Garmany of The Holdup

The Holdup kept blunts going around with solid reggae sounds that deserved them an encore they unfortunately didn’t follow through. But it was interesting enough watching girls’ faces turn red from screaming for the group as they threw shirts and love notes on stage. San Jose alternatives, I Am Empire, also occupied the stage and quickly blew out the sound during the second song of their set. How’d they react? By playing “We Will Rock You” until they were audible over the loudspeakers again – and they recovered like champs.


I Am Empire after sound outage

Cage the Elephant was on first of the main stage headliners, followed by Silversun Pickups; and it was unfortunate to see the vacancy of seats for both performances. That is, until Courtney Love finally showed up with Hole (am I allowed to call them that?).


Courtney Love dodging photographers

An area was cleared backstage for Love to bolt past photographers and the new “Hole” band members opened up with a medley of songs that completed with a cover of “Sympathy for the Devil,” after which Courtney had everybody scream, Fuck you! Trailing along was “Skinny Little Bitch,” the band’s first single in ten years, along with tracks dating back to the first Hole album, Pretty on the Inside.

But they weren’t the only blast from the past gracing the Shoreline with their arrival. The Deftones indefinitely stole the show once band members took their instruments in hand. Chino Moreno played with such energy, jumping off his platform and practically head banging into the ground, that it was hard not to be hypnotized by the screaming 45 minutes charged with skull shaking reverbs and stomach-pitted drums.

Last to showcase was long awaited and rejuvenated Sublime w/ Rome. I was able to catch up to the soon to be 22-year-old who’s responsibility is to keep Bradley Nowell’s legacy alive; and when I asked of outside reactions toward his new role, Rome replied, “Feedback has been great!”


New Sublime addition Rome Ramirez

Now if only I could say the same thing of their performance. Of course, the already popular songs the original band established got everyone in the crowd to sing along, but it was very disappointing to see little movement and the lack of enthusiasm from the trio themselves. Which got me wondering: how did Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh go about recruiting Rome Ramirez to begin with?

“A girl I know, knows this engineer who introduced me to Eric,” Ramirez explained. So I guess it’s just that simple – and the rest is history. The kid can now cross LIVE105’s BFD event off his to-do list.

To check out more pictures of my day at the festival, check out Record Pressing’s Facebook page!


Daniel James of Leopold & His Fiction


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FREE T-SHIRTS!!


At last, LIVE 105’s BFD event is just TWO DAYS AWAY! This Sunday, the Shoreline in Mountain View will be hosting performances by:
CAGE THE ELEPHANT
SILVERSUN PICKUPS
HOLE
DEFTONES
SUBLIME
THE SOFT PACK
DIRTY HEADS
TEMPER TRAP
AGAINST ME!
GASOLINE ANTHEM
SPOON
DAN BLACK
AND MANY, MANY MORE

Plus, the local band area will be featuring VEIL VEIL VANISH, LEOPOLD & HIS FICTION, NORTHERN SON, GEOGRAPHER, and others, including the LOCAL BAND WINNER who will be taking the stage at noon.

So are YOU going? We are! And we’ll be giving away FREE T-SHIRTS!!

All you have to do is find me wearing this Record Pressing t-shirt (see below) and get your own! The secret word phrase is (drum roll please):

GOT VINYL.

Please excuse the shitty camera phone photos
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