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David vs. Goliath – the Net Radio Version

Thanks to Pitchfork for running a story about the possible demise of net radio. As it stands right now, royalties for internet radio stations in the U.S. are set to rise in mid-July to such an exorbitant rate that only the big companies will be able to afford to pay, putting the little indies, the stations that introduce us all to the great and the unusual and the new, out of business.

This is yet another example of the corporate music industry not understanding that it is slowly killing itself. If small radio stations prosper then people hear records they wouldn’t otherwise hear and they maybe go out and buy them. If these stations die off, then people aren’t going to turn to the big corporate stations, they’re going to start downloading more tracks and once they’ve downloaded them are probably less likely to buy the CDs.

In any case, it’s a travesty because it’s the small indies who set the trends and who turn us on to the best stuff. So, go register your disapproval with Savenetradio.org and help them keep the rates at their current level.

Posted by JustHipper on 21st May 2007 at 8:13 pm | comments (6)
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Shameless Plug: Get Girl, Kill Baddies, Save Planet @ The Night & Day, 3rd February 2007

get girl, kill baddies, save planetWe’re not usually ones for club nights, or for shameless promotion of said nights in the hope of getting a freebie, but this one looks like a winner and comes courtesy of fellow Manc blogger Jon The Beef of Black Country Grammar fame. It promises to be a regular event and the first one takes place at the Night & Day on Saturday 3rd of Feb from 10pm to 2am and will include tunes from the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Bloc Party, Blondie, !!! and Isaac Hayes. Entry is £6 but a quick email to ggkbsp@googlemail.com will get you in for half price. DJs include Jon himself as well as Pasta Paul from Piccadilly Records and Sunta and Sapnarella from XFM, whatever that is. For more details check out their MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/ggkbsp.

Posted by The Ledge on 28th January 2007 at 1:28 am | comments (6)
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News: Hold Steady tickets now available at a reasonable price

Tickets to see The Hold Steady at Jabez Clegg on 13th Feb are now on sale at Ticketline at a cost of £7 inc. booking fee and around £1.75 for delivery. They don’t seem to be up on the website just yet but you can call 0161 832 1111 to book or call in at the box office in St. Anne’s Square.

Thanks to Matt from Club Fandango for getting this sorted out.

Ticketline

Posted by The Ledge on 9th January 2007 at 1:31 pm | comments (15)
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News: Arcade Fire Annouce (and stream) New Single!

I know we’re a few hours behind the mighty Pitchfork with this one, but Win Butler has announced on the Arcade Fire website that the first single from their forthcoming album Neon Bible will be ‘Black Mirror.’ If you click Win’s name in the previous link and go to Win’s Diary you’ll find an MP3 of the new song. Oh, and it’s ace!

If you’re too lazy to follow the link, the album is out on March 5 here in the UK.

Posted by JustHipper on 7th January 2007 at 10:38 pm | comments (1)
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See Tickets, Buy Tickets, Go Bankrupt

Hurrah! The Hold Steady are touring and will be playing at Jabez Clegg on 13th February. The Hold Steady currently hold the title of “Band I Most Want To See Who I Haven’t Seen Already And Haven’t Died Or Split Up Yet” in my own pathetic reality. It’s a Club Fandango promotion and if you go to their website you’ll find a link to buy tickets which will direct you to the See Tickets website. Once you’ve found the gig on See Tickets you’ll first notice the very reasonable price of £6 a ticket plus the obligatory booking fee of 75 pence. But look further to the right and you will notice that See Tickets are charging an unholy £4.85 per transaction for delivery. Blimey. If you want to buy a single ticket then it will cost you a total of £11.60 which, for a £6 ticket, is a massive 93% mark up.

In an attempt to get to the bottom of this attempt at legalised robbery, I firstly did a little research on the See Tickets site and found that for all other Jabez Clegg gigs listed the delivery transaction charge was £2: still a major rip-off for the price of a stamp, an envelope and 15 seconds of someone’s time, but a bargaining point nonetheless.

I then tried to find if any other agents were offering tickets: they weren’t. I phoned Piccadilly Box Office but to no avail and also phoned Jabez Clegg where I was told that they don’t sell tickets at the venue and was then given a number to ring for tickets; the number was for Piccadilly Box Office.

Next, I disguised myself as a humble punter and phoned See Tickets to book a single ticket for the gig in question. Naturally, I was exasperated when the guy at the other end tried to charge me £11.60 for a £6 ticket and put the phone down before he could relieve me of any of my hard earned. So I phoned See Tickets customer services to complain about the astronomical transaction fee and was told by the pleasant young woman on the other end of the phone that See Tickets always send out “standing only” tickets by special delivery (she didn’t explain why). “But,” I protested, “why is the transaction fee for all the other Jabez Clegg gigs only £2?”. At this point she put me on hold as she investigated. When she came back a couple of minutes later she told me that the tickets had to be sent special delivery as See Tickets had not been given permission by the gig promoters, Club Fandango, to reproduce any lost tickets. Now, See Tickets use a company called SMS for their special deliveries and if you’re not in when they attempt to deliver you get a card through the door asking you to phone them to arrange a time for the delivery. They do not have a depot that you can go to to pick up the tickets yourself and they will not deliver without a signature. The delivery times are half day slots except for Saturdays when they could arrive at any time between 8am and 6pm. So, for your £11.60 you’ll probably have to spend all day Saturday at home, waiting.

I then checked Club Fandango’s website to see if any of their other gigs were being sold through See Tickets. They weren’t: all the other gigs on the site were being sold through either Ticketline or We Got Tickets, two of the less unscrupulous agents on the block. However, the website does have a link that lets you send them an email request to reserve advance tickets for all of their gigs, to be picked up and paid for on the door, presumably without even a booking fee attached. Yippee. I duly sent a request for two tickets along with an abridged version of these events and a few questions about what See Tickets had said and whether tickets would be available from any other outlets. I’ll let you know when I get a reply.

So, all you sniffling indie kids, hold steady if you want tickets to see The Hold Steady. Get over to the Club Fandango site and hit the “Advance Tickets” button and ask them kindly to hold your tickets on the door.

Club Fandango

The Hold Steady

See Tickets

Jabez Clegg

The Hold Steady – Positive Jam

Posted by The Ledge on 5th January 2007 at 5:55 pm | comments (13)
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News: More Songs To Learn And Sing

Sweeping The Nation’s Songs To Learn And Sing feature has been required reading (and listening) for the month of November (I especially recommend the Fatima Mansions, Rhoda & The Special AKA, Molasses and Art Of Fighting tracks). Today is no exception as our very own JustHipper eulogises The Ocean Blue’s Ballerina Out Of Control. Go read, download, listen.

Posted by The Ledge on 22nd November 2006 at 6:39 pm | comments (0)
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News: The Ledge reviews his favourite song at Sweeping the Nation

Because he’s far too shy to tell you himself, The Ledge is featured today (Nov. 7) on Sweeping the Nation’s Songs To Learn and Sing as a guest blogger. The feature sees a different blogger (or music fan) write about what they consider an essential song to hear before you die. The Ledge has, quite appropriately, written his piece about “Pink Frost” by the Chills. It’s been a good read so far with earlier contributors writing about the New Pornographers, My Life Story and more. So go have a look.

Posted by JustHipper on 7th November 2006 at 7:26 pm | comments (7)
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Welcome to the New Look Indie Cred!

Hello and welcome to The Ledge’s new design for the Indie Credential. With the new design, we’ve included a list of our upcoming gigs so if we don’t review them within a couple of days you can mither us about it. The next step is to make this a proper MP3 blog to go along with all the usual gig reviews. We’re also going to be delving into our vinyl & cassette archives as we write about those old classics and rarities. We will also, hopefully, be featuring more actual CD reviews and commentary as well as some new writers, or, writer who hasn’t said much yet.

So, if anyone has any requests or suggestions, now is the time folks. And look out for the first MP3 post in the next few days when The Ledge reviews a song I love and he hates, and I review a song he loves and I hate. That should make for a happy home.

Posted by JustHipper on 27th October 2006 at 10:09 pm | comments (5)
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Site News: Power Outages

Our hosting company has been having server issues since late last week, so apologies for the power outages. They’re working to fix the problem but in the meantime, the site may go down intermittently or parts may not be accessible or working. Hopefully it won’t be much longer cause we have some updates to do and we’d kind of like our email functional again.

Posted by JustHipper on 4th July 2006 at 10:06 am | comments (7)
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News: Art Brut Top of the Pops!

Thanks to Popcult for pointing out the Drowned in Sound article about a petition to get Art Brut on the last ever Top of the Pops. We reckon it’s a brilliant idea and a perfect way to end the show.

So please go sign the petition.

Posted by JustHipper on 23rd June 2006 at 1:01 pm | comments (6)
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