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829 Records announces first release by other artist

829 Records was originally started in 2008 with the mission of being a label primarily for Skafish releases. Since then, the label released two albums: What’s This? 1976-79 and Bootleg 21-35.  We have done a lot of work behind the scenes, such as buying and securing rights back to various Skafish projects, including finally regaining the rights to the first Skafish Album, originally released by IRS Records in 1980.

Now, we are so pleased to announce that we are releasing the first record of another artist on the label, our son, Jamie M. Harrison.

Jamie has been a musician since the age of 3 when he began classical piano studies with his father, Skafish. He has become an accomplished pianist/keyboardist, guitarist, vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, performer and producer. He has played with such musical greats as bassist Nathan East (Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Barbara Streisand), country artist/songwriter George Ducas, who not only scored 2 top ten solo hits, but has also written numerous smashes for other artists (Sara Evans, Randy Rogers, Garth Brooks, George Jones), and Grammy Award-winning guitarist/producer Larry Mitchell.

Jamie’s first record, Maybe I’ll Write That Down, is a renewed take on the classic singer/songwriter ballad vein with a modern lyrical and vocal approach. Harrison wrote, produced and performed the track at Shepherd Studios in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Maybe I’ll Write That Down is now available on iTunes, Amazon, You Tube and other music retailers.

The track is also available to stream on Spotify and other streaming services.

Jamie is scheduled to perform with 13 time Grammy Award winner T Bone Burnett and Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges on Saturday, June 10, 2017 as part of the Albuquerque Film and Music Experience.

Metallica, One Direction, Eminem, Among New Adds to Guinness World Records

guinnessThere is a new edition of the Guinness World Records coming out next week and some well-know musicians are having their names added to the list.

Metallica was the biggest surprise for me.  According to the article:

Metallica’s achievement comes for being the first and only band to ever perform a concert on all seven of Earth’s continents, and did so in a single year, following its its “Freeze ‘Em All” show show in Antarctica last December.

“Seven continents in one year with Antarctica being the gig of a lifetime,” said singer James Hetfield in a press release statement. “Yes, 120 scientists and competition winners. Not to mention the 300 very curious penguins!”

I have to say, I would have loved to see that show!

Other artists recognized are Eminem, One  Direction, Shakira, Katy Perry and MileyCyrus.

Can you guess why Katy Perry or Miley Cyrus are being nominated?

Link to the rest at  Billboard


Should we have a standard, global release day for music?

recordThere’s an interesting piece in Billboard that says that the recording industry is considering Friday as a worldwide release day for albums. Currently, Australia releases on Friday and the UK street date is Monday. In the US, albums, software, books and home video are all released on Tuesday.

The reason for the consolidation? Combating global piracy, of course. 🙂

According to Billboard, not everyone agrees with the idea of a Friday street date:

While sources say that digital music service providers like the Friday street date, not all physical merchants have given the change their blessing; some indie labels and indie merchants are opposed to having the global street date on Friday. They say they like the concept of having street dates early in the week because they feel it helps sell more CDs — devout customers of an artist will come in on Tuesday while others will come in on payday, which is usually at the end of the week. Yet, in the end, brick-and-mortar stores and indie labels may not have much say in picking which day of the week functions as the global street date.

If adopted, the new street date would probably begin in 2015.

While I am not sure about the plan that the labels are proposing, it is encouraging to see things moving in a more universal direction. We live in a global economy now, and it would be nice to see new releases available to all fans at the same time, no matter where they are in the world. What do you think?


Image via Morguefile:

Your car is a music pirate

carradioWatch out! The major labels are coming after your cars for copyright infringement! Well, they are if you have one of the new Fords or General Motors cars that rip CDs onto an internal hard drive.

The Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies (AARC) has filed a class action lawsuit demanding millions of dollars.

According to Torrent Freak:

TorrentFreak obtained a copy of the complaint (pdf) which states that Ford’s “Jukebox” device and General Motor’s “Hard Drive Device” allow consumers to rip CDs onto an internal hard drive. According to the music group these devices fall under the Audio Home Recording Act and the car companies are therefore required to pay royalties.

Thus far, neither Ford nor General Motors has complied with any requirements of the Act. Both companies have sold cars with these devices for several years on a variety of models including the Lincoln MKS, Ford Taurus, Ford Explorer, Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac SRX, Chevrolet Volt, and GMC Terrain.

In addition to the two car companies, the lawsuit also targets their technology partners Denso and Clarion. Commenting on the dispute the AARC notes that a class action lawsuit was unavoidable.

[Link to the rest at Torrent Freak]

What’s next? Grounding the cars for bad behavior? What do you think?


(Classic car radio image via Morguefile: )


What happened to the old stuff?

Once upon a time, there were articles and other interesting bits of information here on this site. You ask, “What happened?”

Well, the long story involves mysterious things like servers, directory changes, alternate versions of PHP and strange database corruptions. And, yeah, the backup was corrupted, too. Ultimately, the old stuff was pretty much unrecoverable.

So….  Here we are. We have now revamped, updated and are beginning, again, from scratch. It is a brand new website. We are going to comment about a lot of what is going on in the music industry today as well as where it’s been and where it is going in the future.

Stay tuned. We have lots of stuff to talk about!


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