Archive for December, 2008

Wired.com and Tone Box Digital : A Big Thanks!

// December 30th, 2008 // Comments Off // Music & Entertainment

We are just over 24 hours before the small biz competition is over on Wired.com. Doesn’t look like we’ll catch the top biz (unless you media mavens can works some social media magic!)

I just wanted to say thanks for all the support and nice things you guys have said about Tone Box Digital. I know we are on the right track and believe we have created a new business model for the music business… one that allows bands to make a living doing what they love, making great music!

It’s not over yet- so vote here! But I just wanted to say Thanks for all the support!

Tone Box Digital Vote-A-Thon

// December 23rd, 2008 // Comments Off // Uncategorized

Are you looking for the vote-a-thon? It’s here–> Vote For Tone Box

Come join the party! If we aren’t live, feel free to vote and leave a comment letting us know you voted so we can enter you to win the stuff!!!

Thanks!!!

Free Music Friday : "It's Friday" Edition

// December 19th, 2008 // Comments Off // Totally Free Music!

Nope.  No snazzy titles this week… just “It’s Friday”.  It’s been a crazy few weeks and I haven’t had a chance to really scope out new music as much as I would like.  Even more so, find good free music to give you guys.  I do apologize and most likely will miss next Friday..  Not sure yet, maybe I’ll surprise you with an end of the year wrap up!  We’ll See.

This week is a mixed bag.  Not saying these are all great, but knowing we all have different tastes in music I wanted to put up some options!  Enjoy.

First up is a band that walks the Shoegazer style of Pavement & Sonic Youth… The band is called Light Sleepers and I do dig this track!

We Are Gathering DustLight Sleepers
“Sandrine’s Paris” (mp3)
from “We Are Gathering Dust”
(Smalltown America)

Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Rhapsody
Stream from Rhapsody
Buy at Puretracks
More On This Album

Another cool pop/alt track… notice the Pop is first. Mellow but good.

Tape & ScissorsKiss Me At The Gate
“The Very Thought of You” (mp3)
from “Tape & Scissors”
(Superphonic Records)

More On This Album

A little Canada action, eh? In the sort of emo/punk rock style… good track.

Acoustic BlueprintsPassenger Action
“This Position” (mp3)
from “Acoustic Blueprints”
(Smallman)

More On This Album

Amazing Tribute To John Williams

// December 15th, 2008 // Comments Off // Music & Entertainment

There aren’t many words for this video except amazing.  Please enjoy and take a few seconds to Vote for this in the upcoming People’s Choice Awards @  pcavote.com

Enjoy!

Top 10 Albums Of 2008 That Didn't Come Out In 2008

// December 9th, 2008 // 4 Comments » // Music & Entertainment

Yeah, it’s weird. I know. Since it’s typical to do a top 10 list for each year I decided to change it up a bit… Here’s the deal- none of these albums came out in 2008 but are on my top 10 list of the ones I listened to in 2008. Confused yet?

10.  Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV

9.   U2 – Joshua Tree

8.   Bob Marley & The Wailers – Legend

7.   The Beatles – The White Album

6.   Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction

5.   Beastie Boys – License To Ill

4.   Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace

3.   Pixies – Surfer Rosa & Come On Pilgrim (duel set)

2.   Michael Jackson – Thriller

Michael wouldn’t let me embed his video- but here’s a link to Youtube.

1.   Nirvana – Nevermind

There you have it.  That’s my every day list I’d say.  Yes, go ahead and judge me– it’s ok, I probably don’t like everything that you do! But that is the joy of it, right? Those artists are in my playlists all the time- usually mixed up with some new artists.  Maybe I’ll compile my favorite tracks of 2008 at some point… maybe.

What about you?  What are your favorite albums that didn’t come out in 2008?

Wired.com and Tone Box Digital

// December 7th, 2008 // Comments Off // Music & Entertainment, Technology

We are a few days into this competition and Tone Box is getting some great exposure and I’ve had some great inquiries from artists and labels. The voting? Well, we are still way behind. The others have taken way off from us. I learned from Wired last week that there was a little “glitch” in the voting system and they are very aware of it.

So what do we do? Nothing. We are going to keep voting and doing this thing with integrity. Tone Box Digital and myself are unwilling to find a way to “beat the system”. We’ve received over a 1000 votes from fans and friends and we are super excited to know we have support in all we do.

What can you do? Keep voting. Spread the word and let’s find a way to win by true votes by the people. Over the next two weeks we have two newsletters going out and a possible feature on a very large music site- This will be more great exposure- it doesn’t mean votes and it doesn’t mean winning but it does mean we are spreading the Tone Box model.

If you are spreading the word, I appreciate all you are doing.  Please make sure you join our Facebook group: “I Voted For Tone Box Digital @ Wired.com“.  Share on the wall how you are spreading the word and you could get a $30 gift card to iTunes, Amazon.com or Starbucks.

Thanks again for all you guys are doing!!!

VOTE FOR TONE BOX DIGITAL HERE!!!

Tone Box Digital

Free Music Friday : The “Thank You” Edition

// December 5th, 2008 // Comments Off // Totally Free Music!

What a crazy week!  My indie label/music company has been selected as a finalist in a small biz program by Wired.com – This is my thank you to all those that have voted and are going to vote!!!  right?!  :)  Thanks guys!

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This Could Be A PossibilityValencia
“The Space Between” (mp3)
from “This Could Be A Possibility”
(I Surrender Records)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Rhapsody
Buy at Napster
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album



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Can someone please tell me why I love this track??? It’s pretty addicting and keeps showing up on the playlist!

L.E.S ArtistesSantogold
“L.E.S Artistes” (mp3)
from “L.E.S Artistes”
(Lizard King)

Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Napster
More On This Album

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Target Heart EPBlue Giant
“Blue Sunshine” (mp3)
from “Target Heart EP”
(Amore!Phonics)
Buy at Amore!Phonics – buy direct from the artist!
Buy at Blue Giant CDs and Vinyl!
Buy at eMusic Selects Blue Giant!
More On This Album

Free Music Friday : The "Thank You" Edition

// December 5th, 2008 // Comments Off // Totally Free Music!

What a crazy week!  My indie label/music company has been selected as a finalist in a small biz program by Wired.com – This is my thank you to all those that have voted and are going to vote!!!  right?!  :)  Thanks guys!

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This Could Be A PossibilityValencia
“The Space Between” (mp3)
from “This Could Be A Possibility”
(I Surrender Records)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Rhapsody
Buy at Napster
Buy at Amazon MP3
More On This Album



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Can someone please tell me why I love this track??? It’s pretty addicting and keeps showing up on the playlist!

L.E.S ArtistesSantogold
“L.E.S Artistes” (mp3)
from “L.E.S Artistes”
(Lizard King)

Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at Napster
More On This Album

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Target Heart EPBlue Giant
“Blue Sunshine” (mp3)
from “Target Heart EP”
(Amore!Phonics)
Buy at Amore!Phonics – buy direct from the artist!
Buy at Blue Giant CDs and Vinyl!
Buy at eMusic Selects Blue Giant!
More On This Album

Tone Box Digital and Wired.com : The Story

// December 2nd, 2008 // Comments Off // Music & Entertainment, Technology

Wired and Tone Box

As many of you know Tone Box Digital was chosen as one of the five finalist in Wired.com’s small business program.  The program launched today and I wanted to get the word out.

Tone Box Digital is an indie label and distribution service for the arts.  We currently distribute and market over 25 artists and are working on digital distribution for independent films and shorts.  Unlike the other competitors, Tone Box Digital is funded by one individual.  No backers.  No investors. No deep pockets.  Just one individual, me. That’s not me complaining, I am 100% proud that Tone Box has survived this long and has been making a profit (small as is) since it was launched in late 2003.  What’s the coolest thing about Tone Box?  The best part is that the artists make more money than anyone in the chain.  This gives them the opportunity to make a living at what they do best.

I’d like to ask you to take a minute or two and go vote for Tone Box and all that I am trying to accomplish.

It’s real simple.  Go to this Link.  Check out the video… have a giggle or two at my chattering and then vote!

To vote hit the red button with the arrow above it.  It’s right beside my video to the left.

Thanks for all the support and help over the years.  I couldn’t have done any of this without my friends, family and most importantly the artists that have let me be a part of their music.