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Monday, November 24, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Get your tickets today!
Loretta Hagen will be doing a live webshow on Concert Window, which starts at 7:00pm EST on December 7. Wherever you are in the world, you can tune in! She’ll be taking requests and answering your questions. You can purchase online tickets on a pay-what-you-want basis starting now at
*The webshow will not be available after the live broadcast.*
Reviewers describe Loretta Hagen as ‘heart driven, soul filling, award winning, Folk Americana.‘ Her rich alto voice and strong songwriting skills have led her to win many awards, including a 2013 JAM Awards’ (Jersey Acoustic Music Awards) “Top Female Songwriter of the Year,” JAM nomination for “Album of the Year,” winner of the NJ Folk Festival Songwriter Competition and designation as a CT Folk Festival finalist.
Hagen’s third CD, “Mud and Stone,” features uplifting folk ballads, up-tempo country swing, and cool, bluesy grooves. “Mud and Stone” debuted at #10 on Folk DJ Charts, consistently #1 on the Roots Music Report for NJ, #5 Top 50 Folk Albums RMR, and continues to receive airplay throughout the US, Canada and Europe. She has performed at premiere venues across the Northeast and Nashville, sharing the stage with Pete Seeger, Roger McGuinn, Sloan Wainwright, Steve Forbert, Richie Havens, Kim Richey and Marshall Crenshaw among others.
Following her critically acclaimed CD Something More, co-produced by Pat McInerney (Nanci Griffith), Hagen released Sundown Till Dawn, a CD that garnered rave reviews and radio play across the country. Sundown Till Dawn is extremely personal, with the title track written about her mother who suffered with Alzheimer’s Disease. Loretta’s Mom passed away peacefully this summer at her home. The emotionally charged ballad is included on the soundtrack of a film called “10 Mountains 10 Years” chronicling the journey of a group of mountain climbers who are raising awareness about the disease. Loretta performs primarily with her trio consisting of husband/guitarist Gary Hagen and djembe players Linda Lambiase or Curtis Kretz.
“This effort [Mud and Stone] is first class, top tier. Loretta Hagen is a true contender as an artist to reckon with.”
John Apice ~ No Depression
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
New Irish band The Dyatonics describe themselves in their own words:
So we are The Dyatonics (it's the opposite of chromatic but spelt with a "y" because we're cool like that). Variations include "The Dynatonics" "The Deeyatonics" and "The Gin and Tonics"....classic. We're from Dublin, the only county in Ireland as far as we know! Our music is based around ballsy riffs and punchy ass chords, but we consider it to be indie/alternative regardless ;)
Let me introduce the band: We have Daniel Hoff (Lead Vocals), George Ryan (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Daniel Malone (Rhythm Guitar), Emmet White (Bass Guitar/Vocals) and Brendan Bolger (Drums). I suppose the best thing about the band is that we’re playing with our best friends, people who we’ve grown up with and been through everything with. Having the ability to know your band mates inside and out really contributes to your performance on stage. In a recent review written by Pure M Magazine the author talked about how we gelled well together on stage and how our presence was electrifying. This is our gospel, you will not come to one of our shows to be bored, you will be dancing and so will we.
I'm sitting here thinking about what influences to write, but we listen to a serious amount of bollocks: Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Future Islands, Metronomy, Blur, TDCC, Biffy Clyro, I guess they'd be the best shout!
2014 has been a hectic year for us. We recorded our 2nd studio E.P which we launched on November 10th. We played a heap of gigs, festivals, parties everything....great craic! We've bigger and better things planned for 2015! We’re looking forward into the future, big plans, big ideas. We plan to release 2 new singles between now and within the 1st half of next year, we plan to shoot our debut music video down in Galway over December and of course we will continue to gig across Ireland. Hopefully we’ll land more festivals this year because you honestly can’t beat the buzz of a festival. The idea of a tour has always been on our minds but I think we will wait until the time is right to start organising that, perhaps once we increase our exposure. Obviously milestones such as management, record labels and albums are what every band aims for but we will see what happens as we are here for the long run! I believe that we are still very new to the scene and there is much we can do to make our live experience better which we are working on constantly. Expect many gigs from us over the Christmas holidays across Dublin!
So how did this thing we have going on here come about? Well in the early months of 2012 a few lads who could half play their instruments (some of which didn't own their own instruments) got together and played some tunes. Funnily enough the 1st song we EVER wrote is still in our set from time to time today! But yeah when it comes to starting from the bottom we're the prime example, no money, no mates, just the ability to string together some banging tunes together and the ability to have the craic whilst doing it!
The great thing is that despite all the craic etc. that we've had, we've also been able to do great things with our music. To date we've organised/played two charity gigs, both of which were sold out in The Academy/UCD and this has allowed us to raise money for great causes. We've met some great people along the way and we hope we can continue to do this for the foreseeable future!
Our proudest moment to date would have to be this 2nd studio E.P. We worked so so hard on it and the launch show was incredible! The response was amazing and now we have a good buzz around our material which is exactly what we aim for! The E.p came out very well and we are really happy with how the tracks sound!
You can find us on Facebook (The Dyatonics), Twitter (@thedyatonics), Bandcamp (dyatonics)
Friday, November 7, 2014
Sharing via Tom Oswald:
The world’s first video and audio platform
Videscape is a new platform with a new revenue sharing system. It is housed on Amazons AWS server system, meaning it has virtually unlimited server and bandwidth capabilities. Pinterest, dropbox, Flappy birds and many others were all launched through the AWS server system.
So, Why Videscape?
1. Unique revenue sharing scheme, not only do we share 3rd party advertising revenue but we share revenue from all 6 of our income streams in a 50/50 split resulting in much higher pay outs per stream (potentially up to 8 cents a stream at 10 million users a month)
2. AWS server capabilities, meaning virtually unlimited computing and bandwidth resources
3. It’s a new platform, meaning a lot less content, your videos are far more likely to be found
4. Full video promotion capabilities, at 3 cents a view it is 70% cheaper than YouTube to promote your videos to audiences outside of your local network
5. A multi format platform, not just music videos but every other type of video excluding pornography or illegal content
6. The world’s first platform that combines MP3 uploads with videos, 100 audio streams can be supplied at the cost of 1 video stream resulting in effectively 100 times the revenue for 1 upload.
7. The site will host podcasts, MP3’s and video meaning no more jumping site to site to find relevant content (Soundcloud, Youtube, Mixcloud etc)
8. With MP3 uploads content growth will increase dramatically, with podcasts included we will have an even more diverse amount of content thus more organic hits from search engines
9. The site is 11 weeks old and already appears 3,000 times a day in google search results. If your content is on Videscape and nowhere else your content will still appear top ranked on the first page of Google
10. Full ecommerce systems, sell your content on the site right underneath the video promoting it
11. Constant research and development into cost cutting and enhancing revenue. Costs have already been cut by over 200% since platform launch and we anticipate further cost cutting thus resulting in revenue stream increases therefore more pay to the content creators. This is one of our core ethos.
12. Content ID system being created to protect and enforce piracy concerns
13. First adopters will be able to grow with the platform and provide feedback to shape the platform.
14. Share holdings are available, Spotify is largely owned by the Major labels. This could be shaped and owned by the independents creating a new wholly independent platform
Rize Records recording artists I-10 Connect are nominated for 'HipHop Group of the Year' in the 2014 Queen City Awards.
Voting is open to the public until December 15 so please support today!