Today I was poking around on eMusic.com when I came across those Little Steven's Underground Garage Coolest Songs in the World! comps. Actually, this was the first time I'd even heard of them... I knew he'd been doing this "Coolest Song in the World" thing for years now, but I just didn't know they had been comped. Looking over the track lists on these, I thought to myself, "Wow, these are what he thinks are the coolest songs in the world? Hell, the bands on the Hideout have better stuff than this..." and that's when the light bulb went off over my head! Why not put together a comp or two or sixteen of some of "the coolest songs on the Hideout"? Yeah! These would be digital download compilations only (no physical CDs to get pressed since anyone interested in having them on CD can burn their own CDs themselves if they want). We could make them available here on the Hideout for free and even put them up via TuneCore on eMusic, iTunes, Amazon.com and some other online stores for a nominal fee (selling them there; giving them away for free here). Plus, the songs would also get some spins on our various podcasts... probably more so than anything on Mevio's Music Alley. All I'd need would be some bands to submit material... and there are already a LOT of bands here.
HOW TO SUBMIT SONGS FOR THE HIDEOUT COMP SERIES:
Please be aware that by taking part and submitting music for this series, that you agree that you'll not recoup any money from sales. These comps will be released under a Creative Commons license (Attribution Non-Commercial/No Derivatives), meaning people will be allowed to copy and redistribute the songs as they please, as long as they abide by the Creative Commons guidelines (no modifications or commercial use will be allowed). If you belong to one of the Performance Rights Organizations like BMI, ASCAP or SESAC, you can still release your work under Creative Commons. Read this article for more info. Also, regarding mechanical royalties, if you belong to the Harry Fox Agency (a similar organization that collects mechanical royalties for musicians and other copyright holders), you agree to waive your mechanical royalties for the track submitted. You're making this agreement with the understanding that it is for promotional use only, that hopefully in return for your song appearing on one of these comps, that you'll get some good exposure out of it, and that any money made from sales of downloads from Bandcamp or through eMusic, iTunes, Amazon, Napster, etc. being funneled in through our TuneCore account will go directly towards paying for the distribution of more of these comps in the future, with any leftover money (if any) going towards supporting the GaragePunk Hideout.
Not sure about the quality control, when you do a voting contest usually the band with the most friends with the most spare time win... i would say that the founder of the hideout and also the one who had the idea for this comp should choose the songs, because i think that his authority is accepted by everybody, it's his project after all.
But I'm not really sure too about what i just wrote... what do the others think?
Charlie V. said:
Sounds like a great idea! Had an idea for something along those lines, but more locally based.
One thing though that hasn't been mentioned I think there should be votes on the top songs. I'm guessin' a lot of bands are gonna be submitting songs so this would help with quality control and quantity control. It should be totally anonymous and maybe even use someone who would be trust worthy in keeping integrity to the idea that ONLY THE BEST stuff should get on no matter how much they love a band. They can vote also of course.
Am I on the right track with this?
We're With Wolfi over the track selection thing....(Kopper Chooses). Votes are great, but bands with big followings will always win.....Kopper Chooses, the bands that don't make it this time maybe get first shout on volume 2(?)
how about calling it "...hey, at least we try!"
pierrot nancy counts as "the clowns" "hiddenpage". clever? no.
my mommy said so.
Yeah, this is my idea, my label, whatever you wanna call it... so I'm calling the shots and will be the sole (butt) picker. How many other labels do you know of that allow people to vote on what gets released on it? Um, NONE! Haha. So there ya go.