Classic jam-rockers Moonalice played a huge role in the digital music revolution as the first band without a label to achieve one million downloads of a song from its own servers, direct-from-artist. In fact, the group’s It’s 4:20 Somewhere track has been downloaded over two million times, making it the first multiplatinum track to be downloaded directly from a band’s own website. Moonalice has donated their digital logs to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives.
“We are honored that the digital logs for ‘It’s 4:20 Somewhere’ are to be included in the Library and Archives historical collections,” said Moonalice’s Roger McNamee in a statement. “Ever since the beginning of pop music, technology has enabled artists to change the world, whether it was the introduction of LP records, stereo sound or subwoofers,” he continued. “Today we have the iPhone, the iPad and social networks that allow artists to create and distribute a wide variety of music-related products on their own. At no other time in the history of music have the creative opportunities offered by technology afforded artists such a bounty of innovative ways to explore their craft and share their music.”
Here’s six other stories of note this hump day…
- Lee Boys’ new LP to feat. cameos from Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring
- Steve Kimock has added a fresh batch of tour dates to his fall jaunt
- The Foo Fighters will perform at the Democratic National Convention
- Insane Clown Posse reviews video for Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe
- Watch a clip from Radiohead’s soon-to-be-broadcast Austin City Limits set
- The Bad Plus reveal details about their brand-new album – Made Possible
Finally, Pennsylvania “bluegrassy” act Cabinet will host CABINET SESSIONS, a series of recording sessions at Windmill Agency Studios in northeast Pennsylvania, from Sept. 20 to Sept. 23. The band will be recording their second album and will bring a limited number of fans into the studio environment because they feel that “they play their best in front of their loyal fans, feeding off that energy.” A few tickets remain and are available through Pledge Music.