Thursday, April 17, 2014

Santa Barbara bound for meetings… Could be worse (at Los Angeles Union Station)

Santa Barbara bound for meetings… Could be worse (at Los Angeles Union Station)


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hey Ma + Pa… What the hell is wrong with y’all?! Didn’t see you reppin’ Fishbone out at Coachella last weekend!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Really enjoyed this Solange cover on the Coachella webcast

(Source: Spotify)


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spotify’s recent changes follow in Beats Music’s footsteps

Last week Spotify released a series of updates to their web and mobile apps. So far I like what I see, not because it’s anything new but after seemingly taking cues from (1st) RDIO and (now) Beats Music, Spotify continues to shift their emphasis towards improving and beautifying their user interface. In short: they are moving away from being just another glorified music spreadsheet. Sounds harsh but that’s what most streaming music services have been since the days of Napster and Kazaa: a musical Excel document.


The 1st thing I noticed is that they seem to have borrowed a thing or two from Beats Music, a new sleek dark UI being one of them. Another feature I liked most about Beats Music is that you could save songs and albums to your Library for easy access on and offline. A bothersome point about Spotify was that the service led users down a hole of creating numerous irrelevant playlists. Most users’ playlists would be favorite or “remember to listen” albums saved for quick & easy access. This would make user profiles filled with generic playlists built with no real thought or purpose while simultaneously diluting playlist search results.


Now users are able to save songs and albums to a personalized music Library. This simple feature allows Spotify & Beats users quicker access to favorite songs, albums, and artists without having to search or scroll through all their random playlists. It just makes more sense. Where Beats wins though is the ability to sort your library categories by Date Added, Most Played, Least Played, or A-Z.

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Mobile: Spotify (top) vs. Beats (bottom; sorted by recent adds)

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Below is a screenshot of SocialSoundSystem’s updated public Spotify Playlists after I’d gone through and deleted all the extra album playlists. As you can see, it is now filled with playlists with a little more purpose, substance, meaning, and curation.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ink-n-iron:

Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World explores the artistry of traditional Japanese tattoos along with its rich history and influence on modern tattoo practices in this groundbreaking photographic exhibition. Artists Mike Rubendall & Small Paul are amongst the featured artists and will be tattooing at this year’s #InkNIron. The exhibit will be featured at the Japanese American National Museum until September 14th.
More info at: http://www.janm.org/exhibits/perseverance/

ink-n-iron:

Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World explores the artistry of traditional Japanese tattoos along with its rich history and influence on modern tattoo practices in this groundbreaking photographic exhibition. Artists Mike Rubendall & Small Paul are amongst the featured artists and will be tattooing at this year’s #InkNIron. The exhibit will be featured at the Japanese American National Museum until September 14th.

More info at: http://www.janm.org/exhibits/perseverance/


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Our friends over at @crowdalbum sourced 61k fan photos + videos from @Coachella weekend 1. Check em at http://smarturl.it/CoachellaCrowdalbum #coachella #crowdalbum #sssystem

Our friends over at @crowdalbum sourced 61k fan photos + videos from @Coachella weekend 1. Check em at http://smarturl.it/CoachellaCrowdalbum #coachella #crowdalbum #sssystem


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Here on the West Coast… We got a thing for Lana Del Rey. Like when we used to climb the rope in gym class.

PS what is so smart about this video from a music marketing geek perspective is that it’s the same 3 or 4 shots throughout the entire “official audio” video saving production costs. Instead of posting a static image of the “West Coast” single art, they’ve strung together a few simple clips so that they can run YouTube promoted video campaigns and monetize this as “original content.”


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Congrats to BandsInTown on reaching 10 million users

As the first partner to receive access to their artist platform, SocialSoundSystem has been working with BandsInTown since 2010. Apparently Slightly Stoopid and Iration were the first bands to install their artist tools on their Facebook pages and websites. During that time we helped them work through the beta phase of the program identifying bugs, streamlining processes, and requesting features that our year-round touring artists demanded.

Since then they’ve also developed a number of Promoter tools such as email blasts and mobile app pushes that we’ve used to help bands and venues reach their target audiences for tours, festivals, and releases.

To date, there are over 150,000 artists using their platform to simplify and syndicate their tour dates across their sites. More artists using BandsInTown to power their Facebook events and syndicate them across their websites and other platforms means more fans using BandsInTown to stay connected to the live music experience. And now… They’ve formally reached 10 million users on their platform. Here’s what BandsInTown had to say on their blog:

Today, we’re extremely excited to share that the Bandsintown community has grown to more than 10 MILLION registered concert-goers! Wow — that’s a lot of live music fans. Just how big is 10M? Let’s consider…

* That’s enough records to go 10X platinum.
* That’s enough seats to sell out Madison Square Garden over 500 times.
* That’s enough seats to sell out the largest venue in the world (Indianapolis Motor Speedway) 25 times.
* That’s more people than 43 states, and all but 14 countries in Europe.
* That’s enough miles to go around the Earth over 400 times.

To celebrate, we created the infographic and video below that shows how concert-goers around the world are using Bandsintown to connect with their favorite artists.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sums up the past two weeks…

“If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, then what am I? And if not now, when?” #Hillel


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