Monthly Archives: May 2014

Slyde Launches New Way for Artists to Engage & Monetize Directly with Fans

Music Professionals and Super Fans Combine Talents and Passion for Music to Empower Musicians and Engage Fans

May 20, 2014–New York, NY – Slyde (, in which music artists release singles and content directly to fans, today announces its launch available for both iOS and Android. This unique, immersive music product, inspired by the best of tangible music releases, magazines, and digital sharing, is a break from the crowded space of streaming, radio and playlists, and focuses on rich content experience directly from artists.

A slyde is a mobile magazine built around a new music single where music fans can experience new releases and related exclusive content (articles, liner notes, lyrics, photo galleries and videos) available over a limited time promotional window. Artists can use their slyde as a bottleneck for promotional content during a new music release and can engage and monetize directly to fans before sending singles out to established download and streaming markets. Slyde is completely sidestepping the streaming debate by focusing on limited-time promotional windows, direct-to-artist relationships, and new rapid, diversified monetization methods.

“Slyde is a free scalable platform for releasing singles and rich content that the industry has been in need of for a long time,” notes Jason Peltz, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder. “Artists and management teams are excited at the prospect of Slyde — think of the visibility and success of artist app releases like those from Jay-Z and Lady Gaga. Slyde puts that kind of publishing capability into the hands of even more artists, all within a unified ecosytem.” Along with today’s launch of the company, Slyde debuts with over 50 participating artists, many of whom will release singles and content on day one. Notables include Grammy winners, American Idol contestants and artists featured on the Billboard charts.

“We set out to create a new format. Slyde was designed to recapture a certain kind of discovery experience (physical albums, liner notes, imagery, etc.) that we think is missing from the landscape, and bring that experience forward into current technology,” said Edward Ludvigsen, Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder. “As a promotional tool, Slyde empowers artists to engage fans directly with all sorts of content attached to their newest releases, and to drive a new array of transactions.”

About Slyde

Slyde is a unique mobile app and platform that allows artists to engage with their fans and deliver exclusive music content through a free, mobile magazine format. With Slyde, users can discover new music singles and gain access to exclusive content, including images, liner notes, videos, articles, and promos. Through Slyde’s upcoming toolkit releases, artists will be empowered to monetize their music and live performances in new ways. Founded in 2013, Slyde is curated by a team of innovative professionals whose collective backgrounds represent decades of experience within the music industry, technology, design, content publishing, and finance. For more information, visit

Give a Beat and Notes for Notes Announce The Music For Music Campaign


Give a Beat and Notes for Notes Announce The Music For Music Campaign A Story Sharing Contest & Online Auction Launched in Conjunction with Detroit’s Movement Festival To Raise Funds for the Construction of a Boys & Girls Club Music Studio Running May 14 Through June, 5 2014

In conjunction with Detroit’s Movement Electronic Music Festival, Give a Beat and Notes for Notes®launches Music for Music – an online fundraising campaign featuring an online auction and a SubPac sponsored story sharing contest. Music for Music showcases the transformative power of music and taps into the love and energy booming within the dance music community to raise funds for the construction of a Notes for Notes’ after-school music studio at a Detroit Boys & Girls Club location. The campaign runs from Wednesday, May 14, 2014 through Thursday, June 5, 2014. For more information, please visit

Story Sharing Contest Sponsored by SubPac –

Music for Music’s story sharing contest runs from Wednesday, May 14, 2014 through Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Dance music lovers are asked to share positive and inspiring stories of how music has changed their lives for the opportunity to win a pair of VIP 3-day passes to Movement Festival, a $100 download card to Traxsource, tickets to official Movement after-parties. For each story shared makers of the SubPac portable, silent tactile bass technology being championed by Ritchie Hawtin, will donate $10 toward the effort. The stories will to be judged by a panel of recognized names within the dance music industry, including David Ireland (Wantickets, Magnetic Magazine), Ken Jordan (The Crystal Method), Betty Kang and Lydia Fong (Plexi PR) and FreQ Nasty (SKINT Records UK). Stories must be submitted to by 9:00pm EST on May 21, 2014 to be considered.

Online Auction –

The online auction component of Music for Music will run from Friday, May 16, 2014 through Thursday, June 5, 2014, with special Movement items closing on May 22, 2014. The auction presents an opportunity for dance music lovers to bid on tickets to some of the year’s hottest parties and festivals, unique VIP experiences, cutting edge gear, musically-inspired clothing and gift certificates, while supporting a worthwhile cause. Generous donors to the auction include: Roland, Soundcloud, Miguel Migs, React Presents (Skrillex, A-Trak) , Wantickets, The Groove Cruise, Sonos, Sennheiser, SubPac, The303 at LOUIE and CHAN, Mi Casa Holiday, Electric Forest Festival, Forecastle Festival, North Coast Music Festival, Kai Alce, Cyberoptix TieLab, As You Like It, Country Club Disco, Sampled Recordings Detroit, Portland Maine Soul Summit, The REDness, Starlily Creations, CAYA Smokehouse,and more!  Promotional partners include Media Services NYC, Electronic Music Alliance, Fusicology, Lovevol, Creative Visions Foundation, and more. To view the auction and bid on items, please visit

Boys & Girls Club Music Studio –

The funds raised from Music for Music will go towards the build out of a free music studio at the Diehl Club at the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan in Detroit serving youth, ages 6 and up. The studio will be a hub where youth in the community who are passionate about music can come together, regardless of their lives outside of those studio walls, with the resources and tools they need to thrive. The studio will be comprised of three rooms, jam, mix, and record, packed with guitars, drums, keys/synths, DJ and production equipment, digital music workstations, a vocal booth, and more. Notes for Notes is currently working to raise $40,000 needed to match funds already contributed by the Knight Foundation to construct and fully equip the studio. Music for Music is one of the collaborative community efforts being undertaken to help Notes for Notes raise these funds.

Movement Electronic Music Festival –

The Movement Electronic Music Festival takes place every Memorial Day weekend inside Hart Plaza – Detroit’s legendary riverfront destination. The festival features: five technologically-rich outdoor stages; more than 100 artists; a posh VIP setting located behind the main stage; dozens of official afterparties; an interactive technology center featuring the hottest gear in the industry; and several art displays to stimulate the senses. Over 107,000 people from around the globe attended the 2013 festival.


Notes for Notes –

Notes for Notes was founded on the core belief that music is the universal language of humankind, and has the power to transcend virtually any cultural, racial, or socioeconomic barrier. Notes for Notes is dedicated to providing youth with FREE access to musical instruments, instruction and recording studio environments so that music may become a profoundly positive influence in their lives. Notes for Notes builds, equips and staffs after-school recording studios at Boys and Girls Clubs in Nashville, TN, Santa Barbara, CA and Santa Monica, CA. Music created by youth in these studios can be heard at: Learn more about Notes for Notes and their music studios at:

Give a Beat –  

Give a Beat serves as a catalyst to transform the positive energy of global dance music culture into meaningful interactions that build community and generate social good. Through active collaborations with music producers, promoters, artists, and socially conscious companies, Give a Beat raises awareness of pressing issues and injustices through live music events and online platforms, while providing dance and world music lovers with a unique channel for activism and philanthropy. Learn more about Give a Beat at

Additional donations are being accepted for the auction now through May 21, 2014.

Contact auction[at]giveabeat[dot]org to contribute.


BLENDED “Family Adventure Pack” Sweepstakes


BLENDED “Family Adventure Pack” Sweepstakes

Please run an exclusive giveaway offering site visitors the opportunity to enter for the chance to win a family adventure pack including a t-shirt, tank top, safari hat, fanny pack, movies passes and more on behalf of the film by watching thetrailer and answering the following movie question: Blended marks the third comedy collaboration between stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, following their successful onscreen pairings in these two hit romantic comedies. Name the romantic comedies.  Email the correct answer to contact[at]fusicology[dot]com along with full name and mailing address.

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  • 1 – BLENDED One Sheet
  • 1 – BLENDED Men’s Tank Top T-shirt
  • 1 – BLENDED Woman’s Tank Top T-shirt
  • 1 – BLENDED Fanny Pack
  • 1 – BLENDED Safari Hat
  • 1 (Admit Two) – BLENDED Hollywood Movie Money

o   Hollywood Movie Money is a free admission voucher to see a predetermined film (BLENDED) redeemable nationwide starting 05/23/14 and valid for a limited time for use in any theater excluding AMC Theaters.


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In theaters on May 23

(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Director: Frank Coraci

Screenplay By: Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera

Producers: Mike Karz, Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo

Executive Producers: Barry Bernardi, Josie Rosen, Tim Herlihy, Allen Covert and Steven Koren

Cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Joel McHale, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kevin Nealon, Jessica Lowe, Terry Crews, Shaquille O’Neal, Bella Thorne, Emma Fuhrmann, Alyvia Alyn Lynd, Kyle Red Silverstein, Braxton Beckham

“Blended” marks the third comedy collaboration between stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, following their successful onscreen pairings in the hit romantic comedies “50 First Dates” and “The Wedding Singer.”

After a disastrous blind date, single parents Lauren (Barrymore) and Jim (Sandler) agree on only one thing: they never want to see each other again. But when they each sign up separately for a fabulous family vacation with their kids, they are all stuck sharing a suite at a luxurious African safari resort for a week.





The Reintroduction of Mumu Fresh Mixtape Advance Copy

Brand New Music by Maimouna Youssef available now

The Reintroduction of Mumu Fresh follows the traditional mixtape format by recycling pre-released popular beats originally released by notable artists with a similar flow often times, but new lyrics.  What sets Mumu and this mixtape apart in this vast and influential mixtape generation is Mumu’s ability to maintain her commitment to providing a balanced perspective on current social, racial, political, gender and class issues that plague the human race while keeping it fresh, exciting, and rockable through her superior vocal performance, wit, humor and good old fashioned rhyming skills.

Download Mixtape Link

The official mixtape release concert will be held tomorrow in DC:

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Howard Theatre
620 T St. NW
Washington, DC  20011
with a special opening DJ set by DJ Dummy, J. Cole’s tour DJ and host DJ of the mixtape. 
Doors open at 6 pm and the show starts at 8pm. 
Tickets are $13 in advanced and $17.50 the day of the show.

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New Release: Congotronics Series Returns! Kasai Allstars “Beware The Fetish”


Crammed Discs Set To Release New Album from Kasai Allstars on June 24, 2014 
Beware The Fetish’ Is 5th Album In Acclaimed Congotronics Series - African Collective’s First Album in Six Years

2 CD Set is 100 Minutes of Wild, Trance-Inducing Raw Intensity


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‘Beware The Fetish’ is the long-awaited second album by the mindblowing, Kinshasa-based musicians’ collective, whose debut album “In The 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into A Swimming Fish And Ate The Head Of His Enemy By Magic” made a lasting impact on the imagination of artists and music lovers worldwide


This double-CD contains 12 tracks, clocking in at over 100 minutes: Kasai Allstars otherworldly music requires no less than complete and lengthy immersion! It is not advised to try and listen to this record as background music (especially on tiny computer speakers).


As the band’s aficionados already know, the core of Kasai Allstars consists of fifteen musicians from five bands, all from the Kasai region, but originating from five different ethnic groups, whose relationships have often been conflictual in the past. They each have their own culture, language and musical traditions, which were always thought to be incompatible until these musicians decide to transcend their differences and work together. Kasai Allstars draw their songs from festive/ritual music which used to be played in the bush before being banned, because of the allegedly scandalous aspects of the erotic dances and the re-enacted pagan trance rituals, which were viewed as being unholy, even satanic.


“Beware The Fetish” presents a broader scope of Kasai Allstars’ music, probing deeper into the musicians’ repertoires and styles, with the help of a large array of guests. The band use their trademark mixture of traditional instruments (slit & buzz drums, xylophones), electric guitars, and distorted thumb pianos with DIY amplification (such as the giant bass likembe which adorns the cover). Some songs showcase rocking & intertwining guitars, some others include a higher proportion of acoustic percussion or likembes, and they all feature arresting vocal performances by a cast of charismatic singers including Kabongo, Muambuyi, Tshimanga, Mi Amor, Tandjolo, Grand Prêtre, and the late, lamented Mbuyamba Nyunyi. The lyrics of the songs tackle matters such as sorcery, social commentary and traditional wisdom.


Admiration for Kasai Allstars and Konono No.1 has been widespread among Western indie rock and electronic musicians (not forgetting hip hop figures such as Saul Williams and ?uestlove). This led to the Congotronics tribute album “Tradi-Mods vs Rockers” (2010), in which the likes of Animal Collective, Juana Molina, Shackleton, Deerhoof, Aksak Maboul and others presented covers and reworks of Kasai Allstars’ music.


Just like all other albums in the Congotronics series, Beware The Fetish was produced, recorded & mixed by Vincent Kenis.


The album also comes out as a limited–edition, single vinyl LP, comprising 6 of the CD/digital tracks, plus one vinyl-only exclusive track, and a download code for the full 12-track version

This album is dedicated to the memory of Mbuyamba Nyunyi Elias.


Singer and dancer extraordinaire, poet, composer, Mbuyamba Nyunyi (“the Bird”) (1948-2011) moved from his native Kasai to Kinshasa in the late 60s to lead Orchestre Sankayi, which later merged with Kabongo’s Orchestre Masanka to create Masanka Sankayi, which was to become the most famous exponent of tradi-modern music from Eastern Kasai. He also conceived and built many electric thumb pianos of all sizes, each new model being for him the occasion to re-invent his music. On track B1, recorded  shortly before his unexpected death, Mbuyamba plays a bass likembe he built himself, which is seen on the album cover. Mbuyamba was one of the key figures in the Kasai Allstars collective. His presence is deeply missed.




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6. THE PLOUGHMAN (Le Laboureur)



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Side B:

1. SINGING IS CRYING (exclusive vinyl-only bonus)


3. THE PLOUGHMAN (Le Laboureur)


Movement Detroit 2014 Announces Stages and Full Schedule

3-Day Weekend Passes & 3-Day VIP Weekend Passes Now on Sale at 
DetroitMay 7, 2014 - Movement Electronic Music Festival is excited to finally reveal the stage lineups for this year and absolutely thrilled to welcome our newest addition to the festival, the Silent Disco stage, powered by Ford and Sennheiser.
Movement Electronic Music Festival has long been the secret playground for savvy festival fans and underground music lovers from across the globe for one very outstanding reason – the music!  This is the foundation of Movement and why, after thirteen years, the festival continues to be the hero of many a dance music fan and artist.
“Fans of Movement have high expectations because we’ve conditioned them to demand it from us. We want them to want more. It’s our passion to bring Movement to life each year and to showcase the artists and people that make it great.” –Jason Huvaere, Paxahau President.
Movement has become widely recognized for their exceptional ability to perfect the art of talent curation in the festival space, allowing for that greatest of experiences, a synergic exchange between people and music. It’s not about hit-makers and hype and it’s not something you can quantify- it just is.
“I absolutely love playing Movement, it has a pulse and an energy that I can always feel. It’s something very special.”– Carl Cox
Over 115 acts will descend on Detroit this Memorial Weekend- each one bringing their brilliantly original style and energy to bear on the city. It’s going to be one crazy good party.


Full artist lineup here 


Red Bull Music Academy once again delivers a mind-blowing showcase of acts for their Main Stage offering with headliners; Underground Resistance presents: Timeline (live), Richie Hawtin, and Carl Cox -all of whom are primed and ready to take Movement fans to the next level of sight and sound.

Beatport returns with a hybridized stage that is chock full of electronic music’s most upfront producers. Boundaries will be pushed and minds opened when headliners Claude VonStroke, Maceo Plex, Tiga, Pete Tong and Boys Noizetake to the stage.

New to Movement this year is the addition of a brand new stage, Silent Disco, which is powered exclusively by Ford and Sennheiser. One lucky fan will get to experience this stage as a performer by way of an open competition through Movement media partners Earmilk and Wavo. The Silent Disco stage continues the musical evolution that has become synonymous with the festival, offering up new talents that await discovery.
Both the Made in Detroit and the Underground stages will bring together icons and rising stars for what many are expecting to be history-making performances. The Made in Detroit stage is solely dedicated to local artists – both up and coming and world-renowned – and certainly features the largest concentration of Detroit talent at a globally recognized festival. The Underground stage brings full-circle every techno lovers dream, the most massive assembly of pure Techno in North America.
Moog Music will be the epicenter Detroit’s earthquakes over Memorial weekend when headliners Action Bronson, Ed Rush & Optical, Just Blaze, Baauer and DJ Snake bring the noise, and the drop, to Hart Plaza!
Tickets for Movement are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting The cost for a three-day weekend pass is currently $130 and grants fans general admission access to the festival grounds with in-and-out privileges. The cost for a three-day VIP pass is currently $260 and includes many extras that can be found on the website. Check out the official Movement 2014 trailer online,
The Movement Electronic Music Festival takes place every Memorial Day weekend inside Hart Plaza – Detroit’s legendary riverfront destination. The festival features: five technologically-rich outdoor stages; more than 100 artists; a posh VIP setting located behind the main stage; dozens of official afterparties; an interactive technology center featuring the hottest gear in the industry; and several art displays to stimulate the senses. Over 107,000 people from around the globe attended the 2013 festival.
Awards and accolades received by the festival and producer include: 
·      #8 on Rolling Stone list of “Summer 2014’s Must-See Music Festivals”
·      #5 on inthemix list of “12 Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss in 2014”
·      Resident Advisor’s “Festival of the Month” for May 2014,2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008 and 2007
·      #2 on Details “Hottest Summer Music Festivals of 2013”
·      #18 on inthemix list of “25 Festivals to Discover Before You Die” 2013
·      “Best Niche Festival” 2011 Rolling Stone
·      #1 on the 2010 New York Post list of “10 Outstanding Music Fests”
·      “Best Annual Event” by the Real Detroit Weekly reader’s survey in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010
·      “Best Festival” by Metrotimes reader’s survey in 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2009.
About Red Bull Music Academy 
The Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) is a world-traveling series of music workshops and festivals, founded in 1998. The main five-week event is held in a different city each year. 60 up and coming producers, singers, sound artists, DJs and musicians from around the world learn from and collaborate with top industry professionals. The public portion of its program is a festival of concerts, art installations, club nights and lectures by influential figures in contemporary music. This year’s main workshop will take place in Tokyo.  Year-round, the Red Bull Music Academy maintains an online magazine, radio station (RBMA Radio) and lecture video archive. The Academy hosts additional music workshops and club nights and curates stages at festivals in around 60 countries worldwide.

Beatport, an SFX Entertainment Inc. company, is the world’s leading online provider of music, tools and resources customized for the unique needs and demands of DJs. Available in more than 230 countries, our flagship digital music service features high-definition dance tracks—from the latest exclusives to deep catalogue cuts—by the world’s top and emerging artists. As a result, our sales charts serve as the industry barometer for what tracks are currently jumping in the clubs before crossing over into the mainstream.  The Beatport platform also offers tools to help DJs manage their careers, promote their productions and performances, and connect with the largest community of qualified fans on the planet.  Founded in 2004, Beatport is based in Denver, CO, with offices in Los Angeles, Berlin and Tokyo. In March 2013, Beatport became part of the SFX network of companies focused on Electronic Music Culture.
About Moog Music
Moog synthesizers and other electronic musical instruments are designed and lovingly handcrafted at the Moog Factory in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.  The company and its customers carry on the legacy of Dr. Bob Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer and founder of Moog Music Inc.  Moog Music celebrates the innovative spirit of Dr. Moog in every instrument they produce and also at Moogfest, its annual music festival in Asheville, NC.
About Made In Detroit
It was hatched in 1991 as a spark for a city that’d long been left for dead. It was born of a nod to the backbone that made this place unlike any other. It was built with a forearm, a hammer and a shop hat on a silhouette that stood ready to strike. It’s Made In Detroit and for over 20 years it has been the singular symbol for a city that’s not about to quit. Today, Made In Detroit is more than a t-shirt brand, it’s the official mark of a movement that belongs to all of us. Born to represent, this is MADE IN DETROIT.  Available at
About Paxahau
Paxahau, now in its ninth year as producers of the Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit, first established itself 15 years ago as an online resource to promote both Detroit and electronic music. Paxahau is a name synonymous with excellence and an industry reputation that is second to none. Paxahau is proud of their continued independently owned festival status and is recognized across the world by artists and industry executives as a premier production and promotions organization.  
To learn more, visit

LA Fri 5/16: Dance, sip and party at FUSICOLOGY Fridays at FIGat7th with JEREMY SOLE – FREE! 4 – 8p

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LA: Friday May 16 2014
Dance, sip and party at FUSICOLOGY Fridays at FIGat7th
with JEREMY SOLE – FREE! 4 – 8p
@ FIGat7th, Downtown Los Angeles
Flat $5 parking after 4p


All Ages – free and open to the public!
FUSICOLOGY Fridays at FIGat7th

With Special Guest DJ JEREMY SOLE

Third Fridays May 16 & June 20 4p – 8p 


Join us for an evening under the sky and stars as we usher in the weekend with great food and music at downtown’s premier lifestyle center, FIGat7th.  Park your car for $5 (entering after 4pm) and stay/play all night.  Enjoy delicious food and drink specials, shop, lounge and make a night of it.

Presented by


in partnership with FUSICOLOGY





Beers $5 Micheladas $5 Margaritas $7

Tequila shots $8

Chips y salsa $2
Guacamole y chips $3.50
Quesadilla $5
Taquitos $6
Nachos $5
*Add Chicken, Beef $2.95
Ceviche $4
2 Taco Platter with rice & beans $6

Monday - Friday 4pm to close
Saturday - Sunday All Day!

Happy HourDrinks

6 oz. pour of wine » either house red or white wine … $6

hand crafted cocktails » 5 to chose from … $6 (each)

32 oz. milk jug of any craft brew on draft » (unless marked as n/a) … $10

Farmhouse cheese board » three cheeses, crisps, accompaniments … $11

Fresh-shucked oysters » half-dozen served with charred lemon, red wine vinegar, shallots … $mp

Shrimp cocktail » five jumbo shrimp, horseradish cocktail sauce, charred lemon … $13

Pork rillettes » jar of traditional rillettes, crisps … $5

Deviled eggs » bacon, chicharrón powder and chives … $4.5

Pork belly slider » pickled fennel, spicy aioli, arugula, brioche … $3.5

Grilled cheese » southern-style pimento cheese … $5

French fries » toasted garlic, herbs, sea salt … $3

The best green beans ever » shallots, lemon, walnuts … $5

This Friday, come to @FIGat7th for an eve of music! Mention FUNKY SOLE at Pazzo #DTLA 4-8pm, get $1 off your scoops!

735 S. Figueroa Street Los Angeles, California 90017 213-955-7150


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