Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Tom Waits Teams Up with David Lynch. Wait What?!
This is in fact very true. The haunting masters of music and film are helping to make change in the world through The David Lynch Foundation’s (DLF) promotion of their Transcendental Meditation (TM) program for different groups of people. DLF’s TM program helps veterans with PTSD, homeless, prisoners, kids struggling in school, American Indians, and children growing up in violent environments. Tom Waits has contributed his song "Briar and the Rose" to The David Lynch Foundation Music (DLFM). DLFM acts as a record label, and has received new, unreleased, or remixed tracks from 34 star-studded artists (including Tom Waits) that want to “Download For Good”. Wait, so this is only available on iTunes? Wouldn’t it be better if this were released on vinyl? Yes, that is why The David Lynch Foundation Music has partnered with Altavoz Distribution to produce not just the album on vinyl, but an entire DELUXE BOX SET!
Inside this exclusive and VERY LIMITED EDITION box set (1,000 in the USA) will be:
* (4) 180 Gram Vinyl Discs with 33 tracks from different artists (including Tom Waits)
* Unique art by Romio Shrestha and the artists (Romio’s art is featured in prestigious museums)
* An AliveDrive with a bonus track (gives you premier content from the artists on your computer)
* David Lynch wooden sticker
Contact your local record store, and tell them you want the David Lynch: Download for Good, Music that Changes the World Box Set from Altavoz Distribution.
A large portion of the sales made from this box set benefit two different charities. The DLFM’s portion of the sales benefits the DLF. Altavoz Distribution gives a percentage of its revenue to their majority shareholder, the Help Earth Foundation.
Here is the link about the project on the Official Tom Waits website: http://www.tomwaits.com/news/article/132/Tom_Waits_Teams_With_David_Lynch_Foundation/
Tom Waits Facebook page; scroll down to see the actual post on March 7th: http://www.facebook.com/#!/tomwaits
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
DAVID LYNCH FOUNDATION:
OZOMATLI’s NEW SINGLE “MONSTER”
HITS #10 AT RADIO ON THE AC TOP 200
‘DOWNLOAD FOR GOOD: MUSIC THAT CHANGES THE WORLD’
STAR-STUDDED PREMIERE COMPILATION AVAILABLE NOW ON iTUNES
Pictured above OZOMATLI.
This week, Latin rockers OZOMATLI’s new single “Monster” hits the Top 10 (#10) position at radio on the Adult Contemporary Top 200 chart. The vibrant track--which shares the Top Ten this week with Adele, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Bruno Mars--is exclusively available now on the recently released star-studded premiere compilation CD from the David Lynch Foundation, DOWNLOAD FOR GOOD: Music That Changes The World.
"It’s exciting to have the lead single from DOWLOAD FOR GOOD meet with success at radio," said Tom MazzettaPresident at South Beach Marketing & Radio Promotion. "We’re thrilled to notify David Lynch Foundation Music creative director Jason Rothberg and his staff about the song’s quick ascent at the legendary music industry trade publicationFMQB,” Mazzetta says. “We’d like to thank FMQB's Hot AC Editor Mark LaSpina and magazine general manager Fred Deane, for helping us get the song into radio's hand's and their overall support of the charitable efforts surrounding David Lynch Foundation Music."
“Monster” producer Tony Berg (Aimee Mann, Pete Yorn) added, "That Ozomatli should see radio success with ‘Monster’--a reflective song with a groove--under the aegis of the David Lynch Foundation--a reflective organization with a groove--is a wonderful thing. And makes perfect sense."
Released in mid July, DOWNLOAD FOR GOOD: Music That Changes The World is a star-studded digital music compilation which benefits the David Lynch Foundation--a non-profit educational organization founded by iconic filmmakerDAVID LYNCH. The music is only available via the iTunes Store http://itunes.apple.com/us/
DOWNLOAD FOR GOOD features 33 renowned artists from around the world spanning Pop, Latin, Electronic, Rock,World, Indie, Hip-hop and Classical who have come together to express their support for the foundation and its visionary director. Artists include Alanis Morissette, Amanda Palmer, Andy Summers (of The Police) with Geeta Novotny,Arrested Development, Au Revoir Simone, Band from TV, Ben Folds, Ben Lee, Carmen Rizzo with Grant-Lee Phillips, Dave Stewart (of The Eurythmics), Donovan, Iggy Pop, Maroon 5, Moby, Nancy Sinatra, Neon Trees,Ozomatli, Peter Gabriel, Pink Jaffee with Jakob Dylan & Daryl Hannah, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Slightly Stoopid with Don Carlos, The Charlatans and Tom Waits and more. For more information on DOWNLOAD FOR GOOD visit: http://
All artists and label proceeds from DOWNLOAD FOR GOOD support the David Lynch Foundation (see about paragraph below).
Cover artwork for DOWNLOAD FOR GOOD. Download the image here: http://www.msopr.com/files/
About the David Lynch Foundation:
The David Lynch Foundation was launched six years ago to bring the stress-reducing, health-promoting benefits ofTranscendental Meditation® to underserved populations, including at-risk inner-city youth and U.S. veterans returning home from combat with post traumatic stress disorder, as well as Native Americans, the homeless and prisoners. To date, the David Lynch Foundation has provided scholarships for nearly 150,000 adults and youth to learn to meditate, eliminating the traumatic stress that undermines academic achievement and fuels substance abuse and violent behavior. Independent published scientific research shows that meditating individuals have better overall mental health and students have dramatically better test scores, grades and graduation rates, while dropout rates, suspensions, and expulsions greatly decrease. For more information, visit: http://www.
To request an artist interview and/or receive a digital or physical copy of DOWNLOAD FOR GOOD for review, contact:
Libby Coffey/MSO (818) 380-0400, ext. 224/LCoffey@msopr.com
Monday, September 12, 2011
There is just not enough of them to go around; So we're trying to make sure that everyone gets a chance to get a hold of one of them.
So we've stated a PunchTab.com campaign that will allow fans and supporters of the David Lynch Foundation Music to win one of the boxsets
So the how~ is really simple.
Get registered with Punchtab.com and like the DavidLynchFoundationMusic page on FB.
We're working on this like crazy so stay tunned.
What was your first concert? Tell Rolling Stone and find out which artists, fans and editors shared your experience: http://bit.ly/ps0Fzt
We'll we asked everyone @altavozdistroco what there's was so here it goes.
Nelson's I got the lady staying with my sister and I to drop me off at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, the year was 1979 and the event was the Texas Music Festival or Jam as it was known. The line up was pretty amazing. 1979
My plan included me somehow hooking up with my sister who was already there and I would somehow get a ride back with her. Let's just say that the plans of a 14 year old don't always make sense. Needness to say I had a blast.
Alex's is pretty sure it's Weird Al in 2000 which explains a whole bunch about him
James of course saw Judas Priest's & Queensryche in 2005.
We'll update this when we get the rest of the crew.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
So here is the part for the fans of GOOD music and projects, We're giving away a pair of thickets to this VIP party and alls you have to do is be part of our PunchTab, campaign. Pretty simple stuff will allow you to come to the only party in DC that is all about Download for Good.
So visit Altavoz.com to find out how to get in on this experience of a lifetime.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
So if you have a hankering for some VINYL then we have a great plan to help you help the David Lynch Foundation Music with it's DOWN LOAD FOR GOOD.
Altavoz will be releasing the whole project as a Deluxe Box Set with a 4 Volume 180 Gram Vinyl compilation feathering some of the most amazing artists in the world, a 42 page color book and the DLFM Alive Drive
And all you have to do is just be part of the Altavoz Family as one of our Social Media Citizens.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Many folks have already enjoyed the "Download for Good" music that the David Lynch Foundation Music has assembled as a way for fans to have great music and help fund important charity undertaking.
DLF Music brings together exclusive tracks from the world’s top recording artists to support the David Lynch Foundation’s educational outreach programs.
Now they will be able to enjoy this amazing project in the physical form as a DELUXE BOX SET that will be manufactured on 180 Gram Vinyl, with an 30+ page color book, with art work from Romeo, Buddhist Monk that the Dali Lama has said is a reincarnation of a 14th Century Monk, and something we're all really excited about called the Alive Drive which will allow fans of David Lynch, the amazing artists on the project and socialprenurship to be part of an on going community.
Stay tunned for more information including news about a bouns track that will only be available on the Alive Drive..
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Merlin is a non-profit organisation charged with representing independent music companies in enhancing the commercial exploitation of their copyrights on a global basis.
With members in over 25 countries, Merlin is the first rights body focusing purely on the interests of the global independent music sector, which collectively represents 30% of all music sales.
|Altavoz is looking forward to participating with the international community on matters of interest for the artists, bands, games, labels, producers and suppliers that make up the Altavoz Family. We encourge others to join and lets work on the concerns, issues and promotion of entertainment world wide.|
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
In 1995, Pittman, a producer and singer-songwriter, moved to Atlanta, GA and started his career at Noontime Productions. A monumental period in Pittman’s career occurred when he had his first commercial release while working with Columbia Records/So So Def artist, Da Brat. Pittman’s musical compositions have been featured in productions including the Lions Gate Film, “Civil Brand” and the FOX television series, “Dark Angel”. He also produced and engineered multi-platinum artists Usher, Keri Hilson, Ashanti, and The Dream.
After spending 15 years in the production and creative sides of the industry, Pittman made the decision to start his own entertainment company, Vara Entertainment Group. His goal was to assist independent artists and be a translator within the complex entertainment industry.
Pittman went to the NARM Convention in May 2011 in hopes of finding a distribution deal but after speaking with Altavoz co-CEO Nelson Jacobsen, it was evident that Pittman’s knowledge and experience could greatly help the growth and vision of Altavoz. “After initially meeting with Nelson and learning more about the mission of Altavoz,” recalls Pittman, “we realized there was a missing link in the artist/distributor relationship. I’m looking forward to being a major player in this company and bridging that gap to fulfill the goals of Altavoz.”
“Bringing on Aaron will ensure that we build a catalog of quality artists, both established and up and comers, that fans will love,” said Jessamyn Sarmiento, co-CEO. “His creative sensibility will be a major driver in our consulting services for labels, bands and artists who have what it takes, but need a little extra push. We are excited to have Aaron on board.”
Last month, Altavoz announced the addition of Bill Daly, owner of Crooked Beat Records in Washington, DC, to its Board of Directors. Daly‘s legendary path in the industry includes his years as founding member, bass player, singer and lead songwriter for the punk-influenced band Insurgence and as a key figure in the success of Schoolkids Records, the first and only independent music store in Raleigh, NC. Daly was also a key figure in the creation of the original Altavoz Distribution back in 1995.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Looking back 20 years ago, U.S. exports of entertainment related goods were 40 percent of our exports, and for many years it was our number one export. Take the case of music: our exports of these entertainment products totaled $36 billion in 1996, more than any other U.S. industry, according to Commerce Department data.
Today, according to that same data, our entertainment product exports are a small percentage of what they used to be. How could we allow them to decline so much? It used to be that 80 percent of the world’s entertainment was conceived here, recorded here, manufactured here, and then exported. Importantly, all the profits from this activity stayed here in the U.S. This is the way it was until 1997. That year, the consolidation of the major labels and the near extinction of domestic independent entertainment distribution began.
Every time a U.S. consumer buys entertainment product from a multinational corporation, product from artists on labels like Bertelsmann AG, Sony, Universal or WEA, the U.S. loses both the domestic income and the ability to export finished product, accounting for billions in lost opportunities. Between 1996 and 2004 multinational corporations, saw their foreign profits nearly double -- while domestic profit margins declined by more then three percent.
Yet, the entertainment business is still profitable according to the National Association of Recording Merchandisers. The worldwide entertainment market grew by 2.3 percent in 2009. Yet, according to Census data we exported less than $3 million dollars worth of music product in that same year, down about a half a million from the year before. In less then a decade we when from billions in entertainment product exports to millions, without a blink of an eye.
Micheal E. Porter eloquently pointed out in “The Competitive Advantage of Nations,” that 'a nation's prosperity is created and not inherited, states must recognize that a nation's competitiveness depends on the capacity of its industries to innovate and upgrade.’ We have failed to heed these words and worse is that we are entertaining our economy to death.
We hear President Obama claim that we will win the future. I ask, does he or any 2012 candidate or government official have a clue as to the economic impact of entertainment product exports on the domestic economy -- let alone on the content or lack of it, that we export to the rest of the world? I am pretty sure the bean counters at the major labels do.
Major label entertainers may conceive their music here and even produce it here. However, it is very clear that the majors, as multinational corporations, love to shift intangibles created in the U.S. to foreign subsidies with less of a tax burden. These “intangibles” are further shielded by the elimination of the check-the-box rule, which now allows multinationals to avoid rules which trigger payment of interest or royalty payments to IP holders. We are losing billions of dollars on our intellectual property and we can stop it with a check box.
We call on the Administration, Congress, state and local officials to understand that Buy Indie Support Locals means billions of dollars to our local economy. During this next election cycle politicians need to think hard about the choice of music and artists that perform for your campaigns. It better be locally produced, manufactured and supported in the U.S.A. If our agencies, politicians, and trade groups claim to represent the interest of American citizens, they must take Buy Indie Support Locals as gospel.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Washington, DC -- Altavoz is pleased to announce the addition of Bill Daly, owner of Crooked Beat Records in Washington, DC, to its Board of Directors. Daly‘s legendary path in the industry includes his years as founding member, bass player, singer and lead songwriter for the punk-influenced band Insurgence and was a key figure in the success of Schoolkids Records, the first and only independent music store in Raleigh, NC.
Daly was also a key figure in the creation of the original Altavoz Distribution back in 1995. “It is very satisfying to know that an idea I had almost 20 years ago is still pertinent and continues to move forward in today’s world of independent music,” said Daly. “I am confident that I can help Altavoz grow and am excited to be a part of the team.”
A Washington, DC native, Daly gave up a basketball scholarship to go to college in North Carolina. “ I went there not only for school,” Daly recalls. “I already knew there was a strong music community in NC and wanted to be involved in it.” While there he formed Insurgence who put several releases and played over 400 shows from 1987-2000. The band has been on hiatus since 2000. But initial plans are being made to record a new album and play shows later this year.
At Daly’s suggestion a group of his friends met with him at his house one afternoon in the winter of 1995. It was there where he expressed his idea and suggested they form a distribution network that would assist independents artists with their releases. Daly’s vision planted the seeds for an independent music distribution company that today is the entertainment distributor Altavoz.
In 1997, he left Schoolkids and opened up Crooked Beat Records in Raleigh, NC. He relocated the store in 2004 to the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC. Today, Crooked Beat Records is one of the prominent record stores on the eastern seaboard thus serving as a magnet for fans of hard to find punk, indie, reggae and other hard to find titles in the vinyl format.
Daly joins Altavoz co-CEOs Nelson Jacobsen and Jessamyn Sarmiento in building on the ideals that started the company -- providing the distribution platform and channels that have traditionally eluded the independent artist so that their content/product can be accessed by their fans. “We are so happy to be reunited with Bill. His insight, contacts and enthusiasm for our company and the state of independent music and entertainment is going to help drive us to be very successful,” said Sarmiento. “We are honored to have Bill on board and look forward to his counsel as we launch our new website and other platforms this summer,” added Jacobsen.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
"Near field communication, or NFC, is a set of short-range wireless technologies, typically requiring a distance of 4 cm or less. NFC operates at 13.56 MHz and at rates ranging from 106 kbit/s to 848 kbit/s. NFC always involves an initiator and a target; the initiator actively generates an RF field that can power a passive target. This enables NFC targets to take very simple form factors such as tags, stickers, key fobs, or cards that do not require batteries. NFC peer-to-peer communication is also possible, where both devices are powered."
So of the uses of this is in entertainment:
- Mobile ticketing in concerts.
- Mobile payment: of retail goods.
- Smart Promotions: read RFID tags on merchandise.
Friday, April 8, 2011
"In Maverick Entertainment cases, Judge Howell orders (pdf) the copyright holders to dismiss all the cases for which they indicated they would not name the defendants. This means that it will result in a dismissal “for all John Doe defendants for which the plaintiff has received identifying information as of February 1st, 2011.”This is a particular ruling since this John Doe strategy was allowing the RIAA goons to gang pillage logfiles of the various ISPs and just go trolling for victims. We are not in favor of you stealing music and we hope you buy ours. However! 1 thing we'll not do is sue the consumer for Copyright infringements.
Now the moment one Cloud Streaming services places 1 Altavoz song inside on their "Cloud": 1st) we'll know 2nd) We'll publicly bust them, 3rd) we can hire lawyers. In fact our IP lawyer is one of the very bes59t in DC.The Altavoz Family feels that if you are offered the music in the ways that you want it at a reasonable price. We everyone knows that the artists are getting paid and you get to Help Earth. Who's not for all of that and then some. We now are ready to offer the world all of it. Bricks to Clicks is not some dream of a you internet pioneers some 17 years ago.........
It's the Future of Music Today.........
BTW Here is the link to Cashman Law Firm's blog. They have been representing some of the victims of the RIAA GraySuit hitman http://www.cashmanlawfirm.com/home/cashman-law-firm-blogs. So if you have been served papers regarding such matter you now have a link to a law firm.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
The fans’ love of music remains strong. Music will never go away – yes, the channels we use to get music might transition over time, but as a whole – people will always want/need access to it. The biggest issue as Portnow sees it – and I definitely agree – is how do we make the industry profitable for the artist AND for entrepreneurs on the business side? Our business’s foundation is based on finding new and lucrative distribution channels that are good for the artist and the distributor. One way we seek to do that is to connect artists with charities – opening up more opportunities to sell music, to connect the music with good and broaden the visibility of the artists and their art. This is a win/win on all sides, particularly because more music is being produced by the indie sector than ever before. This means all of these independent artists need the right channel to get to their fans and charitable causes have more potential to make a difference because of the support by indie musicians.
One last but very important point Portnow makes that needs to be highlighted: don’t kill off the CD business prematurely, he says. And he is absolutely right. It might be a shocker, but it is true -- more than 70% of all music sold is sold as a physical product in a RETAIL STORE. Crazy, right? In the end, the consumer will decide how they want their music. At Altavoz our mission is to provide music in all the ways and in all the places fans demand it. We will keep on putting music in stores – CD and Vinyl – and will make it available through streaming and download, mobile – you name it. As Portnow rightly says, we are entering a period of time where multiple formats will exist side-by-side. It is the company that can leverage all of these formats and channels for good that will succeed.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Distribution, too, has been changed substantially by the Internet. Caves (2000) emphasizes a number of factors favoring large scale enterprises in physical distribution during the physical era, including a need to get a large quantity of physical product into many stores before popularity wanes Page 25
The Supply of New Recorded Music since Napster
The Carlson School and Department of Economics
University of Minnesota and NBER
Name me one investment that the VC or any us financial institution has made in 15 years to support the distribution aspect of entertainment goods.
The whole media fell over themselves to ape the words of the founder of MP3 who claims CD will go to Zero. So all the fools in the investment community lap it up like cool aide and keep the hegemony of the majors alive (est earning 99 percent of the profits in entertainment while only supplying 20 percent of the products) and killing the non major aka U.S. based Distribution companies.
We can show rejection letter after letter from the investment community for geo-centric distribution and legal streaming and downloading of entertainment.. And, if you consider the nature of technology they have by investment choices put more people to work in India then domestically and here's the shocker they helped to undermine the US Economy.
“I’ve heard a million cool bands at complacent and smug festivals, but the music I hear is continental navel-gazing. Don’t do it – look up. Address the world with confidence. Don’t turn inward. Don’t be scared of the future: look at it cold-eyed and try to create a new world with your values.The reason that this music is not being heard in public is that today the pain or rock against which art bangs forth our values is in direct opposition to the oppressors of our time aka - The Major Entertainment Company's. We have a whole blog now to support our campaign Buy Indie Support Locals.
Right now they are still suing the fans and they earned another first recently by suing a consumer in court over a copyright violation. No one ever tried that and in industry that depends upon fans jumps the legal shark yet again. They are sick, disparate and have no model for the future heck they make some of the dictators look like philanthropic hero's
Friday, March 25, 2011
Hello, this is the first time a consumer(2) has been dragged to federal court over a copy right violation. Want to get a great lesson our the US's history with regards to IP theft.
Hot Property: The Stealing of Ideas in an Age of Globalization [Hardcover]
If folks stop buying the Major's releases and supporting their artist they won't have the money or will to sue the consumers.
Buy Indie Support locals.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
The fact that this company got 800k and their plan is in no way directly connected to artist is a total joke. Here's the funny part. Altavoz launched 3 streams for Microsoft's windows media and had 74 thousand individuals on it daily in 2000 and we couldn't get 10K. We did it with scrapes. Mind you this music was also legal.
The part of this plan that I highly question is the fact that this company is going to stream this music and they think that somehow, someway they don't have to comply with the same rules that others that stream music have. Like having to pay sound exShaITge.
How to you stream music for free.
We also pointed out that folks down more the 3 bucks a day on designer coffer and scoff at the idea of payin artist for their work. Maybe this company would like it if we took all their workers and had them come over and do some role for us without compensations. Oh wait. the promise of paying a company that will pay another company and it claims that they will pay the artists is good enough for 800k and mention in the press these days.
Oh well, you get what you pay for right..........
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Which by our reckonin' are stealing American jobs, and taking Profits overseas and now they want to fill our prisions with folks that do what radio users do every day~ hear music without the artist being compensated.
Espinel is asking Congress to expand federal wiretapping laws to pursue those accused of infringing on copyrighted material, and to ensure that illegally streaming movies, once considered only civil infractions, be treated as felonies".
Thursday, March 17, 2011
They have done the same thing that every multi-national company has done. Take all the jobs and money out of the US economy and laugh all the way to the off shore bank.
Now lets' look at the difference between Indie & Major record companies.
- Majors- think Halitburtonization of whole business model.
- Indies- think mom & pop, local owned business.
The continued attention to all things Major Record label related and for their financial gain has actually hurt the US. Now! if we lift up the covers and take a look at who they are in bed with - There is a reason why the main stream media covers them relentlessly. They are part of the same eco system and it is used to to reinforce their business model. Rest assured they are still making loads of money the Entertainment Business grew by 2.3% in 2009. Yep during a recession.
Now! over here in the Independent community we are all operation daily in our local markets, our suppliers are often local design, manufacturing, and packaging firms. All of these checking accounts are often serviced by local banks and the artists, bands, and labels all live in these communities. So we are hosting our whole eco system in the US Economy. Where are the Majors? Where ever the best Tax policy for them and their profits exist.
The sad truth in light of this is that the US Government, Congress and So called trade groups are actively undermining the Independent market ever day they show up to work -if you call it that- Because Indie's are not in Washington with lobbyist lining their pockets with drugs, sex parties and wild boozed filled nights there is no heed paid to the local music business. And, Politician have the nerve to point at music as some bad influence.
So it begs to ask....who's business is better for the US Economy.