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Indie News Beat

August 18, 2004 Edition

* Blow Up Hollywood's Plays Echoes Living Room Concert Series
* UK Publishes First Intellectual Property Crime Strategy
* Yohany's CD Is Ready For Impact
* International Acoustic Music Awards Kicks Off
* Rachael Lampa Release Self-Titled Album
* Perform On Stage At Call To Arts! Summit IV
* CMT/NSAI Contest Offers Publishing Contract
* Justice Through Music's DVD Empowers Youth To Vote
* BPI Welcomes Patent Office's Crackdown On IP Theft
* Offers One Year FREE Membership
* Winners Of The August 2004 Golden Mic Award
* WCH Radio's CEO Joins Urscene Records

Echoes, A Nightly Radio Soundscape Airing On Over 150 Stations, Welcomes Blow Up Hollywood In Support Of Their Current Release Fake

New York City's Blow Up Hollywood, whose name is a backlash to the excesses of glitter marketing in media, will play a set for the renowned Echoes radio program which reaches across the US on over 150 radio stations. The band will perform a customized set for Echoes out of Indre Studios in Philadelphia on August 27 to be broadcast during the week of September 15. Information on where the show airs can be found at The band is planning on recording the set for later release.

Blow Up Hollywood's self-released second album, Fake, features songs hosting a spectacle of highly accomplished musicians, including musical visionary, Steve Messina and Julliard Scholar Dave Eggar. The band creates a huge orchestral wall of sound with blissful string arrangements and poignant vocals making each track a requiem. Blow Up Hollywood is best taken as a whole as the band's song concepts overwhelmingly replete their albums.

Sidestepping the ordinary, the band's live show is a mixed media event with the staging of a self-produced film being run on a screen while the band score it live, almost secretly in the dark.

Blow Up Hollywood
Wednesday, Sept.1 New York City Sin-e
Saturday, Sept. 18 New York City Tribeca Rock Club


Pirates And Bootleggers Beware - First Intellectual Property Crime Strategy Published

The MCPS Anti-Piracy Unit is supporting a new Government initiative to crackdown on the trade in fake goods. Industry Minister, Jacqui Smith unveiled the UK's first intellectual property (IP) crime strategy in London on 10 August.

The national strategy, developed by the Patent Office, brings together brand owners, police, trading standards and customs to:
* increase the sharing of intelligence between different agencies;
* improve training for those working at the front-line;
* better co-ordinate the agencies involved in the fight against intellectual property crime; and
* monitor progress and success by publishing an annual national enforcement report.

Jacqui Smith, Industry Minister, said: "Pirates and bootleggers cheat consumers and place a drain on our economy. We cannot and we will not simply turn a blind eye to copyright and trade mark crime."

"Intellectual property crime is not victimless. As well as cheating consumers, the trade in counterfeit goods costs UK companies billions of pounds and thousands of jobs every year. That is why we are working together with industry and law enforcement agencies to clamp down on this illegal trade."


Alliance Against Counterfeiting & Piracy Welcomes National IP Crime Strategy

The Alliance welcomes the National IP Crime Strategy launched today by the Government and Patent Office. It is vitally important that Government, industry and enforcement bodies work together to ensure consumers and business are properly protected and not exploited by organised crime. Counterfeiting and piracy is growing and the measures outlined today will go a long way in combating this criminal activity. By sharing information and intelligence it will become more difficult for counterfeiters and pirates to operate - meaning consumers will be better protected, organised crime will be disrupted, and industry will stop losing billions of pounds a year.


Yohany's CD Is Ready For Impact

Beginning August 16, Yohany will begin touring various Florida radio stations accompanied by her radio promoter James "Hurricane" Heathfield. "Hurricane" was involved in promoting such mega stars as Britney Spears, Insync, and The Backstreet Boyz.

CD Release Party
August 4th at The Lounge in Minneapolis, MN, Yohany held her CD Release Party hosted by Covert Entertainment with Tone E. Fly of B96. The response to Yohany was electrifying.

"Last night in Minneapolis a star was born! Special thanks to: Yohany for being the most down to earth artist that I've ever met! The sky is the limit babee!" says Big Entertainment, promoter James Walker of Yohany's performance.

"I really enjoyed seeing Yohany live (classy). I think that she is talented and definitely has that star quality." Zannie K. APD/MD KTTB (B96 Minneapolis)


IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) Kicks Off

IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) promotes excellence in Acoustic Music Performance and Artistry. Acoustic artists in various genres can gain exciting radio and web exposure through this competition.

Win prizes in 8 different categories: Folk, Americana/Roots/AAA, Instrumental, Open (any Acoustic style), Bluegrass/Country, Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group/Duo. There will also be an Overall Grand Prize awarded to the overall Grand Prize winner.

This awards is all about exposure. Winning songs will be heard on Acoustic Café radio show, which has over 1 million listeners. Winners and runner-ups will be featured on a compilation CD. In addition, entrants have a chance to get featured and promoted on IAMA website every month under "Featured Artists of the Month", which features 10 different artists each month, providing reviews, ratings, CD information, touring information and more. The featured artists are not necessary the winners or finalists of the competition. Therefore, there are ample opportunities for exposure whether an artist wins or not.


Rachael Lampa Release Self-Titled Album

Now nineteen years old and with several years of recording and touring experience under her belt, Rachael Lampa is coming into her own as an artist. Performing with her band and interacting with her fans has helped shape her musical direction and has inspired her songwriting.

For the first time in her career, Rachael has co-written every song on this self-titled project, her third studio album. Life experiences over the past few years have left Rachael wanting to communicate something from her heart to her generation. Both musically and lyrically, she accomplishes that on this album in a fresh and innovative way. In the song "Rubber House," Rachael admonishes us to 'accept others and love them as ourselves,' while the message of "You Never Know" is 'give God the control to lead your life because he has a plan for each one of us.' "No Other One" is essentially a worship song, 'worship goes beyond big words and music; it is an intimate encounter with God.'

Produced by Grammy award-winning music legend Tommy Sims, this album features a variety of styles from pop to rock to funk to modern adult contemporary, while continually showcasing Rachael's incredible vocal abilities.


Perform On Stage At Call To Arts! Summit IV

Artists Helping Artists (AHA!) Call to Arts! Summit IV occurs ALL DAY on Sunday, November 7, 2004 at Beverly Garland's Holiday Inn Universal Studios/Hollywood. The summit includes international juried art display, music and arts exhibition, two performance stages, youth arts exhibition and marketing workshops for musicians, fine artists, actors and writers. Freedohm Entertainment http// is producing the Main Performance Showcase which is to take place in the Beverly Garland theatre.

Performance Submission Process Open
Artists Helping Artists (AHA!) and Freedohm Entertainment have just announced the submission process for the Main Performance Showcases at the Nov 7 Call to Arts! Summit IV. Submissions are now being accepted for the following four (4) showcases which are occurring on Nov 7. These showcases are offered as part of the Summit as FREE concerts to the public and also fans of the performing acts.


CMT/NSAI Song Contest Offers Publishing Contract Grand Prize

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) has announced the launch of the 5th Annual CMT/NSAI Song Contest. Co-sponsored by BMI, the song contest provides the best avenue for emerging songwriters to open doors to industry contacts and have their song pitched to record labels and publishers. Last year's Grand Prize Winner, Jesse Terry, has been offered a publishing deal as a staff songwriter on Music Row and 2002 winner Tracey Naples signed a development deal with DreamWorks Records.

The 2004 song contest grand prize winner, along with five finalists, will automatically be offered a single-song publishing contract from one of six publishers, including BMG, Sony, Curb, EMI, Warner/Chappell and Cal IV Music.

Along with the single-song contract offer, the grand prize winner will also receive entrance into the NSAI Songwriter Protege program, which includes one full year of mentoring, educational sessions and career path development with members of the NSAI staff; a series of one-on-one mentoring sessions with award-winning professional songwriters, major publishers and teachers; a full course on how a songwriter can generate income; and appointments with music publishers and record label A&R representatives.


Justice Through Music's Rock Your Rights DVD Empowers Youth To Vote

On August 2, 2004, Justice Through Music launched its ROCK YOUR RIGHTS DVD to inspire young people to vote in the upcoming election. The DVD features 20 bands (Indigo Girls, Violent Femmes, OAR, Sleater-Kinney, Yellowcard, Smile Empty Soul, Cypress Hill, Lamb of God, Dilated Peoples, STUN, Boy Sets Fire, Epoxy, Vendetta Red, Mike Park, Living End, Roman Candle, Strike Anywhere, Darkest Hour, Anti-Flag, and the Lunachicks) discussing important issues such as voting, the war, the death penalty, the drug war, freedom of expression, women's issues, due process and privacy. These are interspersed with live concert footage, student interviews, and facts about the issues in a very fast moving and hard hitting style. The DVD includes three get-out-the-vote PSAs, a trailer, and a Fact section with hundreds of facts from a dozen org! anizations such as Amnesty International, ACLU, NORML, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, New Voters Project, Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the Marijuana Policy Project. The DVD connects directly to youth without any of the ubiquitous adult speak so often ignored by the GENEXT voters.


BPI Welcomes Government Crackdown On IP Theft

The UK recorded music industry's association the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) today welcomed the Patent Office's increasing commitment to fighting the escalating problem of intellectual property (IP) theft - piracy and counterfeiting - in unveiling the UK's first IP crime strategy.

"Counterfeiting is a massive problems for the recorded music industry" says BPI Director of Anti-Piracy David Martin "a huge amount of investment goes into developing new acts and piracy makes that investment that much harder to make" "It's not the established acts that suffer the most at the hands of music pirates - it's the new artists who rely on that investment to kick-start their careers"

The chairman of EMI Group, Eric Nicoli, is the music industry representative on the Government's recently founded Creative Industries IP Forum. He said: "We are very encouraged that the Government is taking steps to help Britain's creative industries tackle the theft of intellectual property and we welcome this latest enforcement initiative from the Patent Office."

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Winners Of The August 2004 Golden Mic Award

BLUISH: Bluish is a rock band with a flute. In a musical world overloaded with bands that imitate other bands, Bluish is a breath of fresh air. Their music first gets in your face and then gets stuck in your head. A powerful rhythm section combining driving guitars, melodic bass, and aggressive drumming force the listener to feel good and get moving. Contagious flute hooks round out the Bluish sound making it something you truly have never heard before. By the time the male/female harmony vocals kick in, you begin to wonder why no other band has ever done this before. The answer is... because no one else can.

JOHNNY NEEL: Johnny was Grammy nominated for his keyboard work as an Allman Brothers Band member on the instrumental cut, 'True Gravity" from the "Seven Turns" LP. A man with boundless energy, Johnny still manages to juggle studio work, local club gigs, road work and hit song writing, and somehow maintains his sanity. Referring to his hectic life, Johnny says, " They say you can't do it all; Hell, I'm trying to prove 'em wrong!"

LARRY EDOFF: Larry Edoff is an introspective and dynamic musician whose dedication to music has brought him originality and success as an accomplished bandleader, singer/songwriter, composer, and pianist. Larry has performed with great artists such as Tony Bennett, The Count Basie Orchestra, Vinny Valentino, Matt Garrison, John Benitez, Jarrod Cagwin, Adam Rogers, Jeff Andrews, Bill Moring, Steve Wilson, Richard Bona and many others.


WCH Radio's CEO Joins Urscene Records

WCH Radio's John O'Day has joined the staff of Urscene Records as one of their A&R consultants. "This has been a whirlwind year for WCH Radio, coming on the heels of our successful launch of our new station The Wave". O'Day said.

Urscene Records, based in Washington, D.C., is the Internet's only record label, and has recently signed Grammy award winner Sir Mix-A-Lot to the label. One thing I like about Urscene records O'Day continues, is they have decided to open the label to all styles of music, which of course has been WCH Radio's mainstay.

O'Day will remain as head of WCH Radio, The Wave, and Next Step Promotions. "I'm really looking forward to working with Urscene Records and all of the talented indie artists both in the U.S. and abroad. I am hoping that this new position will further our mission to assist indie artists as WCH Radio and Next Step Promotions has over the years". O'Day said.


Provided by the MusicDish Network. Copyright © Tag It 2004 - Republished with Permission


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MusicDish Network Promotes 60's Love Child Astrella-Celeste

MusicDish, an Internet music magazine publisher and artist marketing/development firm, is proud to announce the addition of Pop/Jazz singer Astrella Celeste to the MusicDish Network roster. Combining a variety of online viral marketing strategies, the MusicDish Network will be coordinating a broad campaign in support of her debut album "Blue Star" (the Spanish translation of Astrella Celeste).


MusicDish At MIDEM: J-Music Distribution, France

J-Music Distribution describes itself as "the very first European distributor of Japanese music whose activities link Japanese artists and their management, Japanese record companies, and European distributors together to provide a stable framework of distribution from artists to music retail store."

Formed in December 2005, J-Music Distribution representatives brought their business vision to "MIDEM, The World Music Market's 40th Edition" conference in Cannes, France.


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