Friday, December 19, 2008

Grab a free Christmas song, it's a blast!

The folks over ta surprised fans (and me!) today with a free Christmas reworkz of their song "Summer Party" now entitled... "Christmas Party."

Puts you in the mood!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Qubiq on super sale at iTunes, 2 hours of music for $4

Well, I don't set the prices at iTunes, but I am not mad at em. I want peple to hear the wonderful mixes Qubiq has done for Ninthwave, so I m hoping for $4 people will check out the 16 mixes on the newly expanded "Qubiq Vol 1" set. Here's a track list-

01. Impossible (Qubiq Long Mix) - The Garland Cult 8:54
02. Hands UP to Heaven (Qubiq's Hands Up Tribal Vocal Mix) - Heaven 17 11:05
03. Dreams in the Mirror (Qubiq Mix) - Empire State Human 9:00
04. I'm Gonna Make You Fall in Love With Me (Qubiq Dub) - Heaven 17 8:53
05. All Good Things (Qubiq Mix) - The Garland Cult 9:33
06. Hands Up to Heaven (Qubiq Hands Up Dub) - Heaven 17 10:50
07. New Man (feat. Martin Fry) (Qubiq Mix) - Sonic Hub, Martin Fry 6:55
08. Style (Qubiq Mix) - The Garland Cult 8:26
09. Apollo (Qubiq Mix) - Empire State Human 7:30
10. Monomania (Qubiq Mix) - The Garland Cult 7:06
11. New Man (feat. Martin Fry) (Qubiq Tribal Mix) - Sonic Hub, Martin Fry 8:38
12. I'm Gonna Make You Fall in Love With Me (Qubiq Tribal back to the 5&6 Mix) -Heaven 17 8:10
13. All Good Things (Qubiq Edit) - The Garland Cult 4:10
14. I'm Gonna Make You Fall in Love With Me (Qubiq Edit) - Heaven 17 4:47
15. New Man (Qubiq Edit) - Sonic Hub fea. Martin Fry 4:20
16. Style (Qubiq Edit) - The Garland Cult 2:15

Here's the iTunes link: Qubiq Vol. 1.

...and here's a freebie... (as if!)

Qubiz Remix Vol. 1 - Expanded EditionEmpire State Human
"Apollo" (mp3)
from "Qubiz Remix Vol. 1 - Expanded Edition"
(Ninthwave Media)

Stream from Rhapsody
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Or Happy Holidays if so inclined. Winter Solstice is Dec. 21 folks!)
Ninthwave and some of our favorite people have joined up to offer a humble little Christmas EP of fun electronic music. Best of all it is free! Our gift to you as a way of thanking you for helping us stay barely afloat this year.

The EP features Empire State Human (by themselves and help from the always wonder Mr. Wave In Head), The Garland Cult, Hyperbubble and a track we nabbed (with permission!) from Cosmicity.

If so moved (and you have any money left these days) after listening to these pleasant tunes, please consider donating to your favorite charity.

Thanks for all the bands and to Bobby Clark for his help.

PS- Please forward this to as many people as you care to.

This includes allthe songs, liner notes and a jpeg of the cover yo ucan print out.

Friday, December 12, 2008

What would you call this release?

Item in question:

track list:

1. Doki Doki (Radio Edit) 3:06
2. Doki Doki (Panik Mix) 4:13
3. Doki Doki (Extended Mix) 4:57
4. Doki Doki (Disko Warp Lockdown Mix) 3:27
5. Doki Doki (Cyber Systers Euro Mix) 5:06
6. Doki Doki (Dancecore Inc. Remix)

I know! Let's call it "Party Around the World"

Sigh, godambit.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

past 12 months, in a nut shell

Ninthwave Oct 07 – Oct 08 Report

(does not really match up date wise, I am still waiting for some September sales, and even though I have “October” sales, that’s really August and September due to the delay in reporting. )


Digital sales.

First off, as a way of comparing – from Oct to Oct I shipped 1457 CDs. Most of those sold or will sell.


552 digital albums were sold.

44,169 tracks.

Now before we get all excited –
33,601 of those were streams, for which we get often a penny or less for.

10,568 were downloads, which we get 50 cents on up for.

Yeah, do the math. Just know , as a frame of reference – the deal we did for Heaven 17 that got them on HBO’s True Blood was for more than all our Digital and CDs sales for the past 12 months combined. Perspective huh?

If one does the “industry standard” thing and divide the tracks by 10 (as in 10 songs to an album, not sure if ANY CD we’ve released has just 10 songs on it) you get about 1050.

So basically I “sold” about 1600 digital albums worth of stuff. Or just a little bit more than actual Cds I sold. So say a 50/50 split.

This isn’t revenue, I haven’t figured that out yet. But still interesting.

Here are some other highlights-

254 tracks were sold as ring tones. Many in Canada. Hmmm…

Top ten selling Digital albums (just album sales, not track)

1. Melody & Mezzo “Nightshade” remix EP
2. Matinee Club – the Modern LP
3. Melody & Mezzo “ I Wanna Be Your Star” Remix EP
[After here sales drop off pretty stteply]
4. –Party Around the World (this reflects only a few of their sales so far)
5. Spray – Children of a Laser God
6. Heaven 17 “Hands up To Heaven – Qubiq Mixes” (You have to buy the “album” to get either of these two mixes).
7. -9. Tie
a. Heaven 17 “Hands up to Heaven DJ Mixes”
b. Spray - Living In Neon
c. NASA –Remembering the Future
10. -12 Tie
a. Various – Electricity 3
b. Sonic Hub “New Man” single
c. Spray “I Am Gothic Remix Project”
btw- the last three sold 11 copies each, so we’re not talking huge sales.

Here are the top selling tracks (digital, all types of downloads, including all those many streams. One day I might sort them out but I am going cross-eyed already. The count is simply all versions of the song, so those with lots of remixes (Heaven 17! Melidy & Mezzo) have all remixes just counted as the song selling. Clear?

1 Hands Up To Heaven (twice as many as the next song)
2 Don’t Fear The Reaper
3 I'm gonna Make You Fall In Love With Me
4 I Am Gothic
5 Run With Us
6 I Want To Be Your Star
7 Night shade
8 Whenever I say Hello
9 Woah Song
10 Persuaders
11 Duct Tape My Heart
12 a new surprise
13 Tracy gold
14 Deeper and Deeper
15 Industry
16 The Way It Is
17 Into the Blue
18 Marbelized
19 Sleepless
20 The Dreamer
21 Freedom From Love
22 Something For Real
23 What Would It Take
24 He Came With the Frame
25 Nexterday
26 Alan cumming
27 Love Is a Stranger
28 Guardian
29 Panoptican
30 Baba O'Rielly
31 Leap of Faith
32 All Good Things
33 We Are Industry
34 Back to Square One
35 Halloween
36 Jane Falls Down
37 Uncontrolable Love
38 Sometimes
39 Stranded in Manchester
40 Descending
41 Commmute
42 Impossible
43 Hand on the Gun
44 Modern Love
45 Apollo
46 I Am Taking Photographs
47 Cat Fight!
48 Suburban Culture
49 Homewrecker
50 Pretend Girlfriend
51 We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us About
52 Child of the 80s
53 City Dweller
54 Kiss Like in the Movies
55 Irreverisble
56 Green
57 He Came With the Sleigh
58 It's All In The Drums
59 Don't You Know Who I Am?
60 Happy
61 Little Alfie
62 Extraordinary
63 Avarice
64 Anthem for the Modern Artist
65 Neon Rain
66 Beep Beep
67 Gale Winds
68 Are You Falling In Love Again?
69 Before You Go

After that all songs sold less than 100 downloads/streams.
Some notes – “Hand on the Gun” included both the Figaro and ESH versions.
Had all the sales of Spray’s “He Came with the Frame/Sleigh” been combined it would have been top twenty.

Tracks from well known artists on our various artists sets sell well (no surprise)

Top selling artists based on # of tracks (again, this is all kinds of tracks)

1 Heaven 17 (just over 26% of all track sales)
2 Spray (about 17% of all sales)
3 Aidan Casserly*
4 Empire State Human
5 Melody & Mezzo
6 White Town
7 Alan Replica
8 Matinee club(The Modern)
9 Freezepop
11 DJ Daz
12 Xero G
13 Astromill
14 Mark Nicholas*
15 The Garland Cult
16 Macondo
17 Space March
18 Soviet
19 Ganymede
20 Electroluvs
21 Synthetik FM
22 Fr/action
23 Raindancer

Yeah, 43% of all track sales come from two bands.

About Mark Nicholas – I combined the stuff from him, Cosmicity and uh, Turd Furguson. Because.
Aidan Casserly –He’s the thread between ESH, The Garland Cult and Figaro. He accounts for 10% of all sales.

I think it is great to see how well Alan Replica does here despite the fact he does not have a single song that sells really well – he sells across the board. Cool.

Well, ok, my head is spinning. I need to get out that Spray CD stat! And seriously try to get out the Alan Replica CD…

new Burial, sort of

My own personal Record of the Year, Burial's Untrue, is stuck on my ipod repeat list. You MUST find a way to listen to this. It is probably the first record since DJ shadow's debut or even PRetty Hate MAchine that has really opened my mind up in a new way.
Meanwhile Mr. Burial has released (or will soon) a DJ Kicks set. These are a mixed bag, the series asks DJs to pick out songs, do a mix set. Sometimes you get good stuff, often it seems people pick stuff to impress the critics. I have a good feeling about Mr. Burial.


DJ Kicks

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Just saying

totally off topic, but this is kinda scary...
(love the show btw, watch all the seasosn, but wow, now with eyes wide open)

The top shot (Yellow bandana) is a screen shot from Episode 9, the bottom shot is supposed to be from episode 12, a few days later....


Heaven 17's "I'm gonna Make You Fall In Love With Me" The great single that never was (but was, really).
I lucked out with "Hands Up To Heaven" - the first single from Before/After- I got some super remixes and got a NYC club promoter to push the record. We made #6 on billboard. So I got very excited about what I considered to be a sure fire follow up, IGMYFILWM. I go some UK remixers, got Qubiq back, pressed up full color sleeve singles... and...
Well, the NYC club promoter wanted some more mixes, but I had already spent about $3000 on remixes and pressing, Ihad no more money (plus his fee would have just been even more $$$). So it kinda sat there.
Sold well as a single on Amazon for a while (the band has a lot of fans!)

But over the past four weeks sales have steadily climed on iTunes. Nothing huge, just from say 5 a week to 40 in the past week.

And now Qubiq fantasic Radio Mix is #8 on iTunes ' Heaven 17 list.

So somewhere, someone is spinning the mixes, finally! Maybe people have moved on from "Don't Fear the Reaper" (still the biggest choice for people at iTunes). I haveno idea.

This is what can be very frustrating - I would love to say it was some master stroke of marketing, but it is more from meglect. And even if I figured it out, there is no way to know if it really would work- sales might fall off a cliff next week. Christmas tends to change people's spending habits, from themselves to others. (Funny how that works).

Thursday, December 4, 2008

ESH plan a remix comp - Kraftwerk alert!

Aidan and Sean from ESH asked about doing a remix conest-
"a remix competition for our track with Wolfgang" That would be Wolfgang Flur/YAMO of KRaftwerk fame. The song is on their new album Audio Gothic out in Feb.

Stay tuned for more details.
Meanwhile here is a golden oldie from ESH

PopularityEmpire State Human
"Hand On The Gun" (mp3)
from "Popularity"
(Ninthwave Media)

Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at eMusic
Buy at Rhapsody
Buy at Napster
Stream from Rhapsody
Buy at Puretracks
Buy at Amazon MP3
Buy at GroupieTunes
Buy at mTraks
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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Attery Squash is not Spray, no sir!

Santa's Laughter Mocks the Poor?

Devo was right about everything?

Hmm, wonder who these buggers ARE? offers Ninthwave MP3s now

Just in Today (or maybe yesterday) is the new MP3 store, which has the full line of Ninthwave releases (well most of them, not all are available from us in the UK)
click here to see.

More news today about another ninthwave band about possible tour plans that I can't talk about yet, but it would be a biggie.

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Super Tuesday

When I started this blog I wanted tobe pretty transperant with what was going on at the label. But,... sometimes I just can't tell everything even though I am bursting at the seams today. Here's what is in the rumour mill - possibly licensing one and maybe two ninthwave releases in some Asian countries, outisde chance that there will be a tour there too for at least one band, maybe a UK deal for another on a major UK indie (but no names yet because chances are it might not happen), word that a major US magazine was asking about profiling one of the bands...
Ugh! All this from 9 am to 12 noon today. It's almost too much for my little pea head to take in!
What I can tell you is that IODA took in a new remix single from and we should get that processed today or tomorrow and then they will zip it to the digital services.
Oh, and I got in the "Hard Times" promo Cd and will ship them today to Todd at A different Drum....

Monday, December 1, 2008

Matinee Club is dead, long live The Modern!

Got an unexpected (but very exciting!) email today from Chi of the Modern-

We are now with an indie label over here, Pie and Mash Recordings, and have decided to go back to being called The Modern.
We were never comfortable being Matinee Club.
Also we have got Rees back in the band drumming.
He used to be in the band with us, we grew up together, but his other band Dirty Vegas did a world tour and we lost him for a couple of years.
Now he's back for good.

Anyway we have had a great response to The Modern returning and sold out our first gig and we play the Astoria with I AM X on saturday which I also believe has sold out.

The second album is sounding great"

Wow. :-)

Out Today - new Heaven 17

I downloaded this from emusic today and wow, very nice! I love the new version of Beng Boiled. And the new stuff is very nice, especially "Party Fears Two" . Glen's voice is great and it sounds like his wonderful stuff from the first BEF collection (his "Witchita Lineman" is a all time classic reading of the song).

All in all a nice little Christmas gift from the band. Not going to change the world but it makes me happy.

wonderful macy's day float

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