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Myspace Music Shuns Indie Labels: Although Myspace Music has yet to launch, the indie labels are starting to cry. Myspace Music which is backed by the three biggest major music labels will offer downloads, ringtones, and concert tickets. Some say it will be the MTV of the internet. Indie labels are claiming that they are being shunned by the new myspace music venture. As of today, no indie music label has struck a deal with myspace and they’ve been blocked from uploading their music.

New Stream: Chicago band Rise Against seemed to escape the famine that has wiped the punk bands off the map. The band posted 2 tracks titled ‘Collapse‘ and ‘Re-Education Through The Labor‘ on their myspace that will come off the new CD ‘Appeal To Reason’.

Pink’s new single ‘So What’ flew to number 1 on the iTunes pop charts. It also shot straight to number 1 on the official Australian iTunes single downloads chart. Her new record titled ‘Funhouse’ will be released October 28th.

In an effort to revive CD sales major music labels and Scandisk will experiment with a new format for the upcoming releases by Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Robin Thicke, New Kids on the Block, Weezer, Usher, Chris Brown, Akon and Leona Lewis. The new format called ‘SlotMusic’ will contain an album, plus extras, on a compact memory card that can be played on mobile phones, PCs and some portable MP3 players. Does this marketing strategy ad value to the listening experience?

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Blessing in Disguise? New York based Singer/songwriter Ryan Star was one of the standout contestants on 2006’s “Rock Star: Supernova”, but was booted earlier than many expected after a few solid performances, including an excellent rendition of R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion”. Two years later, Star’s album will be released via Atlantic Records later this year called “11:59” where he worked with Howard Benson among a few others. Check out the first song that’s been released from the album called “Last Train Home” that was featured on last year’s “P.S. I Love You” soundtrack.

On the singer/songwriter note…
Interscope signing Tamar has a potential hit ready with her song “New Day”

Chart Success: Spending his 3rd week on top of the Christian pop chart is Houston based Brandon Heath with his single “Give Me Your Eyes”. After seeing the success of Christian artist Mat Kearney in 2007, Heath has some notable mainstream crossover potential.

Unsigned Bay Area up and comer My Jeremiah has some new tracks up from his upcoming album, “Where You Are” that are worth a listen.

Boston, MA’s Jon Robert also has some radio ready tracks for listening. Check out “Meant To Be”.

Signing: Universal/Motown has reportedly signed Southern Californian rock band After Midnight Project who will be heading into the studio with producer John Feldman (Story Of The Year, The Used) to record a full-length. Do you think these guys will break out?

Quick Picks:

Astronautalis – “Two Years Before The Mast”  for fans of Atmosphere &a mp; Beck. New album, “Pomegranate” drops 9/23 on Eyeball Records.

Liam and Me – “Say it Out Loud” – Unsigned Philadelphia band that has toured nationally with The Sounds and The Spill Canvas.

Soundcheck is written by Dallas Osborn who currently attends San Francisco State University and works on the Live 105 (KITS) Action Team.

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Mastering engineer Ian Shepherd says Metallica’s new Death Magnetic has been compressed just about as much as it’s possible to compress audio.

This is nothing new. In 2007, producer David Bendeth says over the past decade and a half, a revolution in recording technology has changed the way albums are produced, mixed and mastered — almost always for the worse. “They make it loud to get [listeners’] attention,” Bendeth says. Like many of his peers, Bendeth believes that relying too much on this effect can obscure sonic detail, rob music of its emotional power and leave listeners with what engineers call ear fatigue. “I think most everything is mastered a little too loud,” Bendeth says. “The industry decided that it’s a volume contest.”

According to Shepherd, the problem goes beyond compression. He says some parts are actually distorted from digital clipping. “As you can easily see,” he writes, “the CD version on the bottom has been heavily compressed, limited and/or clipped, and sounds massively distorted as a result.” Later analysis showed that the CD is 10 dB louder than the Guitar Hero version, which sounds about twice as loud to the ear, according to one description. That’s some wicked compression”.

“According to this analysis, audiophiles would be better off recording the songs from the videogame than buying the album because the Guitar Hero version has far more dynamic range than the hyper-compressed CD version”.

Ted Jenson who mastered Death Magnetic, whose comments can be supposably found on the ‘Metallica Forum‘  says he is not to blame. “I get to slam my head against that brick wall every day. In this case, the mixes were already brick-walled before they arrived at my place. Suffice to say I would never be pushed to overdrive things as far as they are here. “Believe me I’m not proud to be associated with this one, and we can only hope that some good will come from this in some form of backlash against volume above all else.”

In this case, the engineers, Greg Fidelman and Andrew Scheps, put their hands in mastering/brick walling the mixes before it was even sent to Ted Jenson.

When will engineers and mastering engineers end this loudness war?  When it comes to making records, Metallica is known to  sweat every last drop of blood.  Do they deserve an album with a sound comparable to a tv commercial? Absolutely not!  Please remaster and remix this incredible record and give the band and the fans a record with soul.

Sign the Petition here.

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If  music doesn’t affect your emotional state of being it’s questionable whether one should call it music. Let’s welcome Dawm Lanten originally from UK now residing in NYC. Lanten is hugely inspired by T.Rex, Hall and Oats, Lennon, and Jess Roden. The track On High is about Lanten seeking spiritual truth, while the dark and gloomy Blow Me Down refers to the long walk of a holy man. Lanten is less serious on Hell Is A Tomb Mind as he speaks of over indulgence and the rock and roll lifestyle. The fact is, true songwring still exists and few are able to channel thoughts above and beyond this world filled with distractions.  ‘Email info

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Q Prime, an old school management firm that handles Metallica and The Red Hot Chili Peppers will launch a record label called Mom & Pop music company. “Our ambition is not to be ‘indie’ or ‘major.” Instead, we are striving toward what would now be considered a boutique label, taking our inspiration from great historical music companies like A&M, Chrysalis, Sire, and Island – labels that maintained the best balance of cultural importance and commercial appeal, ” says Q Prime’s Cliff Burnstein.

Myspace Music, originally set to launch yesterday has been delayed until next week. Myspace Music has yet to find a CEO to helm the ship.

Warner Music: FOX columnist Roger Friedman is taking stabs at the Warner leadership. Edgar Bronfman Jr. promoted Lyor Cohen from head bounder to chief bounder. “Believe it or not, the reward for doing nothing but selling out your company is a promotion at Warner M. Group,” says Friedman. Cohen’s most decisive move in the last year? Selling off more than $6 million in stock to buy a tear-down house in the Hamptons. “WMG stock finished at $7.97 Tuesday. A year ago it was over $10. That was before Madonna and Nickelback left. This week, the company released what most people expect to be the final album by Metallica before that group moves on. …

This Week Sales:

Metallica ‘Death Magnetic’- 489,889
Kid Rock ‘Rock N Roll Jesus’ – 74,947
Slipknot ‘All Hope Is Gone’ – 51,773
Staind ‘Illusion of Progress’ – 18,308
Journety ‘Revelation’ – 12,919
3 Doors Down – Self Titled – 10,620
Hollywood Undead ‘ Swan Songs’ – 8,446
Shinedown ‘Sound Of Madness’ – 6,859
Rehab ‘ Graffiti The World’ – 5,374
Secondhand Serenade ‘Twist My Story’ – 5,302
Death Cab For Cutie  ‘Narros Stairs’ – 4,908

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