So as you may know, I released my latest "KNova" album, Nucleoacoustics, through CDBaby (as well as Bandcamp). It seems like I may not make that choice in the future considering they screwed up possibly the most important part of my release: the artist name. Now, it may seem insignificant, but I am not "K-Nova". That name belongs to a rapper who I am frankly unfamiliar with. I'm sure his music is great. But he is not me.
When I released my album almost a month ago, I triple checked every detail before pushing it out. CDBaby did not do the same. If I am paying them money for a service, I would expect some level of quality, and unfortunately in this case it is low. I'm not quite sure how they messed up my artist name which I input correctly. Years as a web developer tell me that if data is input into a form, it is not hard to send it exactly as it to the database, and it is not hard to retrieve that data exactly as-is from the database.
So now my release is screwed up on multiple digital distribution outlets. After a few emails were exchanged, I managed to get iTunes corrected (hasn't happened yet, though), but that still won't fix the mistake on other websites like MOG and Simfy. One CDBaby rep even told me the problem could not be fixed because I had already assigned a barcode to the release name. Yes, I realize that - but its not my fault you screwed up my name! Why should my bar code be wasted because of your mistake?!
So if you are reading this, be very wary of CD Baby. They did a great job with my MiTiDo release, and screwed up a simple, glaring detail in my latest release. Draw your own conclusions. CDBaby, if you are reading this, you have my email, and you still have the chance to correct your mistake.
After flirting with the idea for quite a while, I've decided to release some electronic music. Again, after long heated discussions with myself (and a few close friends), I also decided to get some CDs printed for this album. I give you: Nucleoacoustics
Currently, there is a $5 version available through Bandcamp.com. However, if you'd like the physical, CD edition, you're going to have to wait til around September 4th. The CD edition contains 5 bonus tracks, and its a sexy piece of 1980's engineering. However, if you hate CDs for some reason, the bonus tracks will also be available for purchase on iTunes / Rhapsody / Amazon / eMusic / Google Play / etc. This "extended" version (as well as the CD) cost $10. My opinion? Since its the same price, just buy the CD!
Here is the mix I made for the "Lower Lobby" mix series. It's available for streaming on Mixcloud, and I'm going to throw it up for download in a few days (it will also be available for download through my podcast). Until then, stream it and support my fellow DJs on the L.L. mix series.
So, I entered an Ableton Live competition today.
Basically, the premise was that you downloaded a sample pack, and that triggered a 24 hour countdown clock. I needed to submit the track before that clock ran out. I think the end result was pretty dope for only spending a few hours on it (I had to balance my time watching Deep Space Nine and playing the Day Z mod for Arma 2).
You can vote for my track through that link above (Need it again? here: http://contest.ableton.com/tracks/1662), and what's cool is you can vote as many times as you like. So if you like mine but love someone else's track too, you need not fear.
My goal is to rank in the top 25 in votes - that will move me on to the "second round" where my track will be judged by the artists M83, Nosaj Thing, and Ableton. So help me out here.... Mr. Plow, that's my name, that name again is Mr. Plow -- http://contest.ableton.com/tracks/1662
Oh also, a new mix is going to be put up later in the week. I'm being featured this week in the "Lower Level" mix series, so I'll post a link to that and throw it up on my own podcast at some point.
Update:: You can vote until June 15th!
You may be wondering why I released my fifth mix without releasing my fourth one. Well, there is a reason. That reason being that I grew tired of working on #4. And I had to rush to get this one done in time for Friday (tonight) when it will be ... used. So mix #4 will be unleashed eventually, once I have the patience to work on it again. Anyway, enjoy, and be safe.
KNova power hour <- right click, save as, its like 150 mb