GHOSTLY SONGS BOWS GHOLICENSE LIBRARY AND NEW WEBSITE
Ghostly Songs has been working over the past year to create a user-friendly music licensing experience, striving towards a more intuitive and streamlined process for veterans of the music industry as well as clearer processes and fewer barriers for those not as well versed in music licensing. Today, we re-launch GhostlySongs.com to the public, powered by SynchTank’s technology.
The re-launch of GhostlySongs.com has yielded a multitude of modern features, establishing Ghostly Songs as a primary player in 21st century music publishing. These include:
1) the Gholicense catalog of pre-cleared material, purchasable immediately, online,
2) a robust search functionality for the publisher’s entire library of music,
3) playlist collaboration for supervisors working with multiple layers of approval, and
4) SynchStage technology, allowing creative to put our music against picture easily & quickly.
Gholicense is a new music licensing service integrated into GhostlySongs.com, aiming focus on simple rights & immediate usability. Pick a song, check out, and use it. An invaluable asset for projects with short deadlines requiring rapid turn-around time and smaller-scale endeavors with budgetary constraints, the first wave of Gholicense material includes new, unreleased material from Shigeto, Mux Mool, Osborne, Ben Benjamin, Aeroc, and Tim Koch.
The entire Gholicense catalog as well as the Ghostly Songs library of music (including material from the Ghostly International, Spectral Sound, Quite Scientific, Felte, and Non Projects catalogs featuring artists including Matthew Dear, Tycho, Lusine, Chris Bathgate, Lightning Love, Telefon Tel Aviv, PVT, and many more) will be searchable based on SynchTank’s algorithm driven descriptive track analysis and countless human-generated tags from members of the Ghostly Songs team. This feature can be accessed through a traditional search bar as well as a category-based, checkbox advanced search.
GhostlySongs.com is intended to accommodate every step of the licensing process from song consideration and selection to synchronization of audio with moving picture. Adding songs to a savable playlist allows for easier personal reference and allows for the option to collaborate with others working on a project to add to that same playlist. SynchStage is an online video synchronization suite that can host a user’s video and assist in the exact positioning of a song with picture — all within a web browser.
Ghostly Songs’ Director of Creative Licensing and Business Affairs (Jeremy Peters) had this to say: “Ghostly’s always been a forward thinking brand, and we’re excited to use the power of technology to modernize the way film makers and creatives interact with our catalog. Customer service tends to be thrown aside in the classic music publishing model, and that’s not how we do things. We want to get it done quickly and correctly, the first time – and to get people great music at a fair price, and this site helps do just that.”
Ghostly Songs is a full-service music publisher that manages the rights surrounding the songs our artists write, and helps find great usages for those songs.
SynchTank is a cloud-based digital media asset management and licensing solution.
I could do what I do…and the rest of the world could pretend like they knew…
Stream: Saturday Looks Good To Me – “Apple”
A random, whimsical weekend afternoon –revisiting a “classic” during news of a “reunion…”
Five years ago I stumbled down into a rabbit hole’s odyssey of local music, consuming it, experiencing it, appreciating it, being moved by it and then eventually documenting it – and I was pushed (or pulled) into these bars, into these practice spaces and into these coffee shops by some dynamism of prominent bands, moments and songs; among them, the allure of an album like Saturday Looks Good To Me. (http://saturdaylooksgoodtome.bandcamp.com/)
This is a band that gets bandied-about and ballyhooed by many-a’-blog, still, even to this day – so its no surprise to see the buzz has simmered over Ypsi’s prolific singer/songwriter Fred Thomas’ recent announcement that the group is realigning to write a new record, re-release an old one, and hit the road for a month’s worth of dates. And that buzz flirts with grandiose language like “pop-genius,” that I, here, am tempted to employ myself.
Well, I won’t care if you judge, I consider the kaleidoscopic chamber-pop whirls of Saturday Looks Good To Me to be “genius” only because every time I’ve listened to this record (Fill Up The Room) their last proper full length release before going on what was an indefinite hiatus. Almost five years now – and I still find nuances to hone in and fixate upon, like the murmuring birds on the roof in the summer sun over that cheery organ’s wavy melody, or the epic, closing-credits-of-a-goosebump-raising-poignant-indie-art-film-feeling you get from the guitar-roaring build up of the tumbling anthem “When I Lose My Eyes,” or that Os Mutantes-tinged ending for those fuzz-gurgled guitars that fall into bathwater(?) at the end of “Make A Plan…”
And “Peg” is still one of my favorite songs, all time, ever, local or from anywhere in the world.
I’d consider genius to be anything that influences the way I think about a work, even if it’s a pop song.
This band was where the incorrigibly offbeat/experimental/left-field-flung pop auteur (Thomas) could get his kicks off to the fullest extent, backed by a rotating cast of talented players. He’s proven, in the time between, that he can be just as productive and provocative-within-a-pop-song-context through projects like the ambient/dream-pop-dirges of City Center, to the resplendent surf splashes of Swimsuit.
Just one hour before I wrote this, Doug Coombe and I parted ways after a photo-shoot at the Lager House in Detroit; he was on his way to Backseat Studios in Ann Arbor where he was going to get some shots of the band, currently working on their first album in five years – which, as reported by Polyvinyl Records, should be out within the next month.
No Ypsi/Arbor dates are on their itinerary – but they play Pontiac on April 6th, at the Crofoot. Their Polyvinyl debut, Polyvinyl debut, All Your Summer Songs, will be reissued on 180-gram white vinyl for Record Store Day!
I have to give it up for an album like this… Like glitter upon a spiral of glue on the construction paper of my brain, it’s stuck, assuredly, and continued to reward me for return listens. Evocative, warming, and pleasingly weird in all the right spots. It probably flew over my head five years ago – as just another rousing little album of sunburst pop with a sweet twee-twirl to it and a shuffling neo-psychedelia charm. It’s proven, through five years, to be so much more…
“I feel like a lot of people don’t go out to live music anymore…”
People say this kinda thing all the time, but its gains gravity when you hear it from someone like Doug Coombe, esteemed, veteran local culture photographer, the guy who’s out every weekend snapping shots at edges of various stages and the guy who does his best to promote shows at Ypsi’s Woodruff’s.
“With a lot of these bands,” Coombe says, “people are missing out on…even though now you there’s usually three or four photographers.” He chuckles briefly, but continues on, as I’ve stoked flames of reminiscence in him, getting him to open up about “the old days” of the Detroit Garage Rock explosion.
“When I was taking pictures back in the late 90’s, there weren’t a lot of people documenting these things; there wasn’t a Pitchfork or anything; a lot of these bands, in the pre-Nirvana-era, people didn’t give a fuck about. The Free Press didn’t give a fuck about the White Stripes at the start…”
And in my own humble history of going to see local shows – I’ve never felt more energized.
So I’ll put it to you this way – come out and get bit. The bug, the muse, the wild romantic ruckus, will bite you; because if you think this town is boring, you have no idea what kinds of wonderful weirdos are churning out provocative rock-tinged, electro-dabbled, cutting edge music on a weekly basis.
“It’s a celebration of life,” Coombe said. And, being in the mix, if he’s just listening or if he’s up front taking pictures, you can get wrapped up in the energy of the ceremony – and yes, live local rock/electro/punk performances are ceremonies. “This music scene keeps on reinventing itself,” Coombe said. “We have an incredible history of being a great, creative community and it just refuses to die.”
Don’t let it die on your watch. Come out and watch it.
Me, the morning after one of the Blowout nights: Who did you see last night?
Friend: I’m not sure…but at one point he was wearing a feathered headdress…and there was lots of smoke. It was really dancey, too.
That’s Charlie Slick. Ann Arbor’s pied piper of funk-flared dance/rock – bolstered by Thunda Clap. They’re playing the Blind Pig on one of the first days (March 22nd) of his favorite season (Spring), joined by reverb-reveling, psychedelic-dabbling, garage/blues outfit from Ypsilanti, Bad Indians.
And that’s on a Tuesday night – so it’s an extra challenge to those who’ve been drifting away from live music as of late. Re-invigorate yourself – forget that it’s a weeknight. Stumble in and enjoy the songs.
Then cut to:
Hip-hop Emcee / Producer Jah Connery had a busy weekend. The Ypsi-based rap auteur (who helped bring us Smash Television, amongst many other projects/collaborations) performed at the Blue Collar Gentleman – Midwest Hip-Hop Function last Friday in Detroit, commemorating that week’s release of his collaborative full length album with Texas-based rapper Deuce Freight Rooks Rooks Rooks. (http://rooksrooksrooks.bandcamp.com/)
It’s got a gritty aesthetic too it, shadowy brass blares swirl in the background and low, bristling bass grooves along while the two Emcees trade rhymes dissecting the maintenance of motivation, the catharsis of the creative process and the Chess-like focus required comparably in life and in rap music.
No local shows yet-slated for Jah Connery as of this writing – but head over to their bandcamp to stream the whole album.
I’m currently streaming an album by Alex Winston – King Con, a quasi-concept album centered around The King of Rock n Roll – as imagined by a piano-charged indie-pop songstress with a voice like a silken gale; clattery rhythms, devastating hooks, atmospheric, swelling synths and a hint of quirky baroque-pop sensibility.
There’s no Ypsi connection – but she did used to call Detroit home – which means you might want to get your ears into it so you can know what those other Pitchfork-hipsters are talking about when they start blogging and re-blogging her songs, like this video: Watch:
Our friends IAMDYNAMITE are coming back to Detroit to record a live EP at GBS Detroit inside the Russell Industrial Center. Watch the video, give ‘em a few bucks and join the party. We’ll be there, just being awesome as usual.
Our November issue is out and it’s a good one! We’ve got interviews with Fitz and the Tantrums, The Juliets, Chrome Sparks and a feature of Lupe Fiasco and his upcoming show at the EMU Convocation Center. That’s just the start, we’re also excited to announce the winner’s of our 2011 Awesome Awards. We asked our Facebook Fans to tell us what the most awesome places and things in Washtenaw County are and we’ve got the winners. Flip through the digital edition below and enjoy. Photos, video and mustaches coming soon….
We’re rolling into our November issue where we’ll announce our Awesome Award winners. We’re letting our readers decide who the most awesome and well deserving business, places and things are within Washtenaw County. To vote just Like our page on Facebook, click the Questions tab and answer away. Also, we wouldn’t hate it if you shared with your friends :D
We’ve got a ton of goodies in our September Welcome Back issue! Peter Bjorn and John and an exclusive with Royce Da 5’ 9” on his new album, working with Eminem and his show at the Blind Pig. Take a look inside the hip hop scene from Detroit to Ann Arbor and of course some must have advice for all you students coming back to class.