Monthly Archives: September 2011

Vibe Deck (beta)… Something New

Mark Fowler brought this one to my attention recently…so I checked it out. 

Vibe Deck (beta) is an online service that allows you to sell your music downloads direct to your fans through your own website, Facebook, You Tube, Sound Cloud and on Vibe Deck itself.  As the “beta” implies… it’s super new, in the final stages of development (kind of like the “human testing” phase) and there may be changes once it actually is finalized.  Their main selling point right now is that it’s free for you to use AND…you keep 100% of what you sell.  They want to keep that last feature even after they are out of beta, so it’s possible that you might have to pay for a subscription when that happens…but who the heck knows?  They are still trying to figure all that out.

For the time being it’s completely free and it’s one more way to get your music out there and increase your revenue stream.  Participating in the beta phase will also help the developers make the service as useful and bug-free as possible.  It’s worth a look, at least, to see if it might be right for you and/or your band.

Jim O’ And The Sporadic Fanatics

Jim O' and the Sporadic Fanatics

Who’s that, you say?

Well, there’s Jim O’Donell, Chris Owen, Mark LaMaire and Josh Wexler…together they are Jim O’ and the Sporadic Fanaticsa great band here in NOLA.  They’re fairly new…that is, they’ve been around for about three or four years, playing gigs and making original music.  I can best describe it as demented 50’s surfer music and it’s SO much fun…

…and they need your help.

They started a campaign on Kickstarter to help get their first full-length CD made…there’s 16 days left and I want y’all to spread the word and, if you can, contribute.  They have some pretty cool perks and like I said, the music is fantastic and fun.

Check out the music on their My Space page, then check out their Kickstarter page…then share it with all your friends and neighbors!  Let’s get this puppy funded!

In the spirit of full disclosure…Jim is a friend of mine (but I really DO love the music) and he DID NOT ask me to write this post…but he did seem very happy when I made the suggestion.  Just spreading the love, you dig?

Threadhead Records Announces New Grant Cycle

Threadhead Records logo

Not your mama's record company!

The Threadhead Records Foundation has just announced it’s 2011 grant cycle!  Grants are available for music, documentaries, books and performances.  So, you don’t have to be a musician to apply…imagine that…a record company foundation that funds more than just records.  Yep, that’s what New Orleans is all about!

Applications close October 10, 2011…Grants will be announced November 14, 2011




For more information about applying for a grant from the Foundation:

email Tanya Younger,

call Amy Potter at (208) 270-1729

visit the Threadhead Foundation Grants page.