Black Tape for a Blue Girl 2-Day $2-Download Celebration

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Black Tape Sale

There is a sale going on at Black Tape for a Blue Girl’s Bandcamp page. All albums are are only $2 until December 2nd.

Whew, finally! I’ve concluded my task of uploading all our releases to Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s Bandcamp store! And to celebrate, I’ve switched all the prices to $2. Yes! Just $2 a download — of course, you can give more if you think the album is worth it. It’s our 2-day $2 download celebration. Many of the albums are deluxe, with extra material (for example, Halo Star includes a second disc of live tracks). The $2 price includes all studio albums and eps (plus my solo work and most collaborations). The celebration runs through midnight-ish, Tuesday December 2nd.

Bandcamp allows you to gift albums to your friends. Instructions here.

Thanks for your interest! Sam

I’m most interested in Sam’s early solo work which I was unaware of until now.

Tanzmusik (1985)

The album continues in the “electronic mood-music” tradition established by Sam on the PROJEKT ELECTRONIC AMERIKA cassettes, with the added intriques of the drum-computer, exploring the realms of electronic music that the critics have compared to Tangerine Dream, O.M.D. and Brian Eno.

A Strange Play – An Alfa Matrix Tribute To The Cure released today

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33 tracks of electro/ebm/synthpop covers of The Cure. I’m excited to see that Zombie Girl is still making music.

From the bandcamp page for this album:

Everyone born between 1970 and 1980 has undergone a THE CURE brainwashing, voluntary or not, filled with genius songwriting pearls by Robert Smith & co. Whereas other bands that grew up alongside with them ended up with albums that no longer stand the test of fandom, THE CURE has been able to maintain an overall quality throughout the years, constantly offering unforgettable extended live shows made of nostalgic classic mixed with newer songs, and always reminding us that the unique “THE CURE magic” has remained intact!
Today the Alfa Matrix label roster is paying homage to this great and unique band: THE CURE, choosing classic radio hits but also songs that are less known to the public-at-large but which deserve even more to be heard again, showing that the songs written by Robert Smith and current/ex-members also lend themselves to different music style treatments… All electronic music genres have their very own ambassadors on this 31-track double CD compilation from electro dance to pop rock through dark elektro and modern EBM. Compiled by and for THE CURE fans, “A Strange Play – a tribute to The Cure” will offer you astounding interpretations of classic hits like “A Forest” (MARI CHROME), “Just Like Heaven” (LOVELORN DOLLS), “Charlotte Sometimes” (KANT KINO), “Lullaby” (CYNICAL EXISTENCE), “The Walk” (STAR INDUSTRY), “The Lovecats” (JUNKSISTA), “Fascination Street” (ZOMBIE GIRL), “Lovesong” (SEBASTIAN KOMOR), “Close To Me” (METROLAND), “Pictures Of You” (DIFFUZION), “Why Can’t I Be You” (PLASTIC NOISE EXPERIENCE), etc. But some Alfa Matrix bands also dug deeper within THE CURE’s huge discography and vast repertoire of songs, covering tracks like “In Your House” (ALIEN VAMPIRES), “Jumping Someone Else’s Train” (KANT KINO), “Cold” (TOTEM OBSCURA), “The Drowning Man” (TECHNOIR), “A Strange Day” (AIBOFORCEN), Lament (MONDTRÄUME), “The Figurehead” (SCHWARTZBLUT), “A Night Like This” (XMH), “The Baby Screams” (ARMAGEDDON DILDOS), “Fight” (I:SCINTILLA), “Anniversary” (AESTHETISCHE), “Burn” (HELALYN FLOWERS & ESSENCE OF MIND), “Friday I’m In Love” (COSMIC ARMCHAIR), “Prayers For Rain” (HALO IN REVERSE & REGENERATOR), “Disintegration” (AVARICE IN AUDIO), “Trust” (ACYLUM), “All Cats Are Grey” (AIBOFORCEN), or yet “Sleep When I’m Dead” (NEIKKA RPM).
THE CURE was, is, and will continue to be a major influence and reference, conscious or not, for many underground artists and music lovers. We hope that together with us you will rediscover THE CURE in a way you didn’t expect, cruising through their vast catalogue in different soundscapes but always remaining faithful to the band’s darker sound.
released 07 November 2014

Musicians! Raw Rock Militia is seeking Submissions for Raw Rock Christmas V

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I received an email this afternoon from Raw Rock Militia. For the last few years they’ve been putting out Christmas music compilations and they’re now accepting submissions for this year’s album. If you’re a musician, you’ve got 3 weeks to get your submissions in. The deadline is November 22, 2014. The full email is pasted at the bottom of this post.

  • Music has to be Christmassy / winter / holiday related. Doesn’t have to be religious of any sort. It can be a cover, a re-imagining of some other song, or your own original piece. You can put as much or as little work into it as you want.
  • It’s okay if you think your music is weird! Send it to me anyways. This is not limited to a certain genre or style. There has been a crazy diversity in music on this album the last 4 years, so let’s do it again!

What I like about these albums is that the styles are varied and the songs aren’t just covers of the usual standards. On their Christmas With Strangers album, I discovered the song The Man Who Ate Christmas by Robot Zombie Attack which very quickly became one of my all time favorite holiday songs.

Our Newest Christmas Ever!

Happy Holidays to all of you beautiful people.

You’re receiving an email from me because at some point you have contributed, downloaded, or expressed some form of interest in A Raw Rock Christmas. Cool! Thanks for keeping this project alive. If you don’t remember, you can take a look athttp://music.rawrockmilitia.com for free downloads of the last 4 albums. If you’d like to never hear from me again, that’s okay, just respond and let me know – I’ll remove you from the email list with haste. Onto the good stuff:

I’m very pleased to announce to you A Raw Rock Christmas V: Our Newest Christmas Ever! The process is a little bit different this year. As much as I love the artwork contest and getting to see all of your designs, I’ve decided to do away with this portion to allow the album itself to come together a bit more smoothly. I hope this is okay with everybody. My good friend Seth Thompson (http://sethprintthompson.tumblr.com/) is going to be taking care of the cover art and CD packaging this year. Keep checking out or Facebook or Twitter for updates on that!

Rad. What I do need help with, however, is music! Of course. I’ve already got a few really cool artists lined up, but there’s still plenty of room left and I know lots of you musically talented people have got some great ideas. I love hearing all of your music and I’m really looking forward to hearing what you’ve got for me this year. The working deadline I think is going to be November 22nd – 3 weeks from now. There may be a few days of wiggle room if you’re late, but because of the CD orders I need to be relatively strict about it – if you need some extra time, you will need to communicate this with me as closely as you can. Just message me, we’ll figure it out.

To expand a bit on that: A Raw Rock Christmas V will once again be available on limited edition, hand numbered CD’s (out of 100), and I’m offering a free copy of this to every artist who appears on the album. I will cover the cost of the CD and shipping it to you. If you’d like additional copies, you can buy them at a discount as well.

Here’s the technical stuff:

  • Music has to be Christmassy / winter / holiday related. Doesn’t have to be religious of any sort. It can be a cover, a re-imagining of some other song, or your own original piece. You can put as much or as little work into it as you want.
  • It’s okay if you think your music is weird! Send it to me anyways. This is not limited to a certain genre or style. There has been a crazy diversity in music on this album the last 4 years, so let’s do it again!
  • Make sure you provide me with all necessary infos – band/artist name, song name, website, location, and even band member names would be helpful.
  • I will need the original, uncompressed audio of your music, not an mp3. This means that when you export your song, make sure you save a copy as either .wav, .aif, or .flac. If you are having any trouble at all, just shoot me an email and I’ll be more than happy to help you. I can use an mp3 as a very last resort, but we will suffer some quality loss so if we can I’d love to avoid it.
  • It’s possible that not every song submitted will be included on the album. This will be decided later on in the submission process, and I’ll try as hard as I can to keep this fair.

All music submissions, questions, digital high-fives, etc can be sent to me atjeremy@rawrockmilitia.com. If you’re interested in contributing, please let me know, and feel free to forward this email to anybody you know who may want to be involved. We also really appreciate any exposure you may want to give us through your social medias, and if you want to use the hashtag #newestchristmaseverwhen you’re talking about it, I wouldn’t complain.

Thanks friends. Looking forward to hearing from you all.

Jeremy Waterman
Raw Rock Christmas

Bandcamp and the Birthday Massacre

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I’m trying to rebuild my primary computer after the C drive died.  (Thank the Maker that I keep most of my files on external drives and back them all up.)  I still don’t have my music library up and running on it yet, so while restoring files, I went over to Bandcamp to find something to listen to.  I saw The Birthday Massacre have a new album, Superstition, coming out on 11/11/14.  You can pre-order it now on the Metropolis Records Bandcamp page.

If you’re not familiar with Bandcamp and you’re lover of the less than mainstream music, you should go check them out.  I’ve found it to be a great place to discover bands I didn’t know I was missing out on.  It offers free streaming of the full tracks on most songs so you can try before you buy.  When you do buy, you have your choice of file format.  They offer MP3 VBR & MP3 320 on the low end up to FLAC & ALAC on the high end.  All files are DRM free.  And if streaming is your thing, once purchased, they offer unlimited streaming to your device through their app.  But what I especially like is that the musicians get 90% of the sale.  From what I’ve read, that’s well above what they get from Amazon, Google & iTunes sales.  I’ve also read that musicians get practically nothing from streaming services like Spotify & Pandora.

I also saw that they’re re-releasing Mythmaker by Skinny Puppy in a Deluxe Edition that adds a few remixes.  Mythmaker also come out on 11/11/14.