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THE COMPANIES: FUNERAL SOUNDS

When did Funeral Sounds start?

We started as a review site in September of 2012.

Where did the idea in starting a record label / review site come from?

Chase and I had been talking about it for a while, it just took us a while to finally get it started. The record label part happened purely because of a (Facebook) status Chase tagged me in saying, “Let’s make Funeral Sounds a label,” and I said okay and we just sorted a couple things out and made the announcement.

Where did the name Funeral Sounds come from?

Well, we started on Blogspot as Troo Scrums as a joke about true screamo or skramz or whatever you want to call it. We wanted to change it and we also made the shift to Tumblr the first day, I believe the day after Funeral Sounds was decided.

What is the goal behind Funeral Sounds?

For me, the goal is to help bands we love release their records and maintain a good relationship with our customers. One thing I really want to make sure of is that we make sure to take in all suggestions and solve any problems or at least acknowledge the fact that they exist as quickly as possible if they arrive. Shipping time is important to me as well.

What made you guys want to get involved in the music scene?

Chase and I are really into our respective local music communities as well as other communities that we hear about all the time. We’re into mostly the same bands and we both wanted to help out our respective communities so that kind of sprouted out of that. We both write, but not as much as we should so I think we both used the review side of Funeral Sounds as a motivation for us to write more.

What bands are currently on your roster?

Our most recent was Shark Bait, an emo hardcore band from Louisiana. We have two bands from Arizona, Alaurabyrd and I Would Run That Stoplight For You.

What does Funeral Sounds have in store for the future?

We have some releases planned and multiple reviews to write, we’re very excited and very confident about the upcoming year.

– Mark Garza (Co-Owner)

THE COMPANIES: SO FRESH PROMOTIONS / INTERVIEWS

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When Did So Fresh Start?

I started the company in August of 2011 with the intent to help bands get the fans and recognition that they need.

Where did the idea in starting an interview/promotional company come from?

I thought it would be a good idea to help bands get the support and exposure they needed, I had previously worked for a company called Miears Music Management and realized that most bands don’t have a broad following, so I decided to change that.

Where did the name So Fresh come from?

It’s really dumb, I am a skateboarder and I have always said, “Dude that hat or shirt is So Fresh!” So when I created my company I named it that.

What is the goal behind So Fresh?

The Goal was to create a company that bands and company’s could turn to, in order to get a broader fan base and more consumers of merch,albums, ext…..

What made So Fresh want to get involved in the music scene?

Great question! Well, I went to a lot of shows when I was younger including working for Miears Music Management, I noticed small turnouts for shows. Well I thought if bigger bands can get a good following, then locals should be able to get that recognition as well.

Does So Fresh endorse any bands?

We have a roster, which includes daily promotion, daily shoutouts, exclusive ladder features and a bunch of other great things we can offer. We currently have 4 companies on our Roster. Which includes: Firewheel Clothing, Miears Music Management, At Your Command Records and Miears Entertainment. If people want to be part of our roster they shoot us an email at SoFreshPromotions@gmail.com and I send them the Info.

What does So Fresh have in store for the future?

I have a lot planned of which is in store and later to be released. So keep in touch and Stay Fresh!

 

-Jake Brown (CEO/Founder)

THE COMPANIES: SPEW GUTZ CLOTHING

The Companies is a new section that we’re trying out over here at The Scene As We Know It. This category is going to be devoted to companies that are doing their part to help keep the scene alive; weather it be clothing companies endorsing bands (and producing some awesome threads) or creating awareness for a cause through music. We are proud to announce that up and coming Spew Gutz Clothing is the first company to be featured in this new part of The Scene As We Know It.

It’s quite intriguing to see how much can come out of a simple joke. Back in the summer of 2010, that’s all Spew Gutz Clothing was – a joke. Company creator, Mark Killian, and one of his friends were conversing on the idea of starting up a band, then that proceeded to bring up the idea of starting a clothing company. This joke, while it may have been comical at the time, turned into what is know today as Spew Gutz Clothing.

When asked where on Earth did the name Spew Gutz came from, Killian responded with,

While we we’re joking around about the clothing line my friend said we have to make it the most disgusting thing that we could get tattooed across our knuckles. We came up with the gutz part fairly quickly and over the next few days we came up with the spew part.

Personally, this statement just enhances how much seriousness, or lack-there-of for that matter, was really put into this idea at the beginning. Nevertheless, Killian and others turned this joke into something real: a respectable clothing line.

Spew Gutz don’t only produce some stellar threads, they also endorse bands. Below is the list of bands, and their Facebook pages, that the company endorses:

A Beautiful Discord ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Beautiful-Discord/481784248503144 )
B-fore (http://www.facebook.com/pages/B-forehttp://soundcloud.com/b-fore)
Fools Generation (https://www.facebook.com/foolsgeneration)
Krucifix (https://www.facebook.com/KrucifixProductions)
TragedyOfAHero (https://www.facebook.com/TragedyOfAHero)

They are always looking for more bands to add to this roster, so if you’ve got one or know someone that does, you can contact the Spew Gutz crew here. Spew Gutz is a real clothing company that’s just trying to shed some light on this bland apparel scene that we witness everyday. Buying from them ensures the fact that you’re supporting a company that actually deserves it. So what are you waiting for? Go check them out!

Spew Gutz Facebook

Spew Gutz Twitter

Spew Gutz Store

THE SCENE: WILL SWAN (DANCE GAVIN DANCE) FORMS LABEL; SIGNS FIRST BAND

Will Swan, guitarist for experimental post hardcore outfit, Dance Gavin Dance, has formed his own record label, Blue Swan Records. Along with the formation, Swan has signed the companies first band, Stolas, which are scheduled to release their brand new full length on March 14th. The record is to feature Kurt Travis and Cory Lockwood (A Lot Like Birds), Tilian Pearson (Dance Gavin Dance), Donovan Melero (Hail The Sun) and Jonny Craig.

You can check out the albums track listing below:

1. Thief & the Hourglass
2. Circuit Theory (ft. Donovan from Hail The Sun)
3. Our Last Night On Earth
4. Time & The Sun
5. The Greatest Illusion
6. Destroyer
7. Medusa (ft. Kurt Travis from A Lot Like Birds)
8. Year of the Light (ft. Tilian Pearson from DGD)
9. Panic (ft. Jonny Craig)
10. Captured Light (ft. Cory Lockwood from ALLB)

THE SCENE: VICTORY RECORDS RELEASE OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON NEW STREETLIGHT MANIFESTO ALBUM

Chicago based label, Victory Records, have released a statement regarding Streetlight Manifesto’s upcoming full length album, The Hands That Thieve, which is due out sometime 2013.

You can check out the companies statement below:

We wanted to give you an update on the delay of the release of the Streetlight Manifesto album, The Hands That Thieve. We are currently waiting on the record to be delivered to us and as soon as it is we will be able to set a definitive release date. We are still taking preorders as we are expecting it soon. We are very excited to get this release out to everyone a soon as possible. Sorry for any inconvenience

THE COVERS: OWLS IN THE ATTIC “PAYPHONE”

If you’re a regular at The Scene As We Know It, you’ve most likely noticed some new ideas we’ve been testing out lately (The Companies, New Music Tuesdays, etc.). We strive to bring you the most vast overview of happenings in the scene, so we are going to continue our expansion with a section that we are extremely excited to announce: The Covers. We here at TSAWKI adore covers. They give bands a chance to expand their audience by doing a song that people most likely already know and can easily get into.

Today, we a proud to announce the first cover to be featured in The Covers section: Owls In the Attic’s cover of Maroon 5’s “Payphone.” I actually found OITA a while ago from them following me on Twitter. They are currently gearing up for the release of their debut EP, Contender, which you can pre-order here. If the EP is anything like their cover, I would just pre-order it right now. The cover is nothing short of stellar and has been stuck in my head for days now. You can check it out below and also download it for free here.

CHECK OUT OWLS IN THE ATTIC:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/owlsintheattic
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/owlsintheattic
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/owls-in-the-attic/id499559243

THE SCENE: TWITTER, NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL HACKED

Social network website, Twitter, and news organizations, New York Times and Wall Street Journal, have been hacked throughout this past week. According to Twitter, up to 250,000 accounts have been compromised.

You can check out an official statement from Twitter’s security team below:

As you may have read, there’s been a recent uptick in large-scale security attacks aimed at U.S. technology and media companies. Within the last two weeks, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal have chronicled breaches of their systems, and Apple and Mozilla have turned off Java by default in their browsers.

This week, we detected unusual access patterns that led to us identifying unauthorized access attempts to Twitter user data. We discovered one live attack and were able to shut it down in process moments later. However, our investigation has thus far indicated that the attackers may have had access to limited user information – usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/saltedversions of passwords – for approximately 250,000 users.

As a precautionary security measure, we have reset passwords and revoked session tokens for these accounts. If your account was one of them, you will have recently received (or will shortly) an email from us at the address associated with your Twitter account notifying you that you will need to create a new password. Your old password will not work when you try to log in to Twitter.

Though only a very small percentage of our users were potentially affected by this attack, we encourage all users to take this opportunity to ensure that they are following good password hygiene, on Twitter and elsewhere on the Internet. Make sure you use a strong password – at least 10 (but more is better) characters and a mixture of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols – that you are not using for any other accounts or sites. Using the same password for multiple online accounts significantly increases your odds of being compromised. If you are not using good password hygiene, take a moment now to change your Twitter passwords. For more information about making your Twitter and other Internet accounts more secure, read our Help Center documentation or the FTC’s guide on passwords.

We also echo the advisory from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and security experts to encourage users to disable Java on their computers. For instructions on how to disable Java, read this recent Slate article.

This attack was not the work of amateurs, and we do not believe it was an isolated incident. The attackers were extremely sophisticated, and we believe other companies and organizations have also been recently similarly attacked. For that reason we felt that it was important to publicize this attack while we still gather information, and we are helping government and federal law enforcement in their effort to find and prosecute these attackers to make the Internet safer for all users.

Posted by Bob Lord (@boblord)
Director of Information Security

THE SCENE: YOUR DEMISE ANNOUNCE NEW EP

Hardcore outfit, Your Demise, have announced that they will be releasing a brand new EP, titled, “Cold Chillin’.” The upcoming release is due out February 7th via an array of distributing companies, depending on where you’re located.

You can check out the EP’s artwork and track listing below:

1. Karma
2. A Song To No-One
3. Nearly Home
4. Just Like The En

THE SCENE: YOUTUBE CRACKS DOWN ON VIEWING POLICY; TAKES AWAY BILLIONS OF VIEWS FROM MAJOR LABELS

According to an article from Daily Mail, the video-sharing website known as Youtube recently decided to enforce their viewing policy, which wiped billions of “faked” views from major labels such as Sony and Universal.

You can read the entire article here, and check out an excerpt below:

The world’s biggest recording companies have been stripped of two billion YouTube hits after the website cracked down on alleged ‘fake viewers’.

Universal, home of Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber, lost a total of one billion views in the video site’s biggest ever crackdown on artificially inflated figures.

Sony was second hardest hit, with the label behind such stars as Alicia Keys, Rita Ora and Labrinth losing more than 850million views in a single day.

The dramatic cuts came as YouTube conducted a crackdown on fake views, but music industry sources have blamed it on housekeeping related to the migration of their videos across different channels.

The unprecedented move left Universal with just five videos on the site – none of which were music – and Sony with just three.

‘This was not a bug or a security breach. This was an enforcement of our viewcount policy,’ YouTube announced.

It marks a huge commercial blow to all the artists involved as YouTube is now the web’s most important outlet for music videos

Over four billion hours of video are watched by over 800million unique visitors to the site each month

NEW MUSIC TUESDAYS

Well, here we are, it’s Monday yet again, and for some, the most dreaded day of the week. However, there is something that makes Mondays a tad more bearable: we only have to wait one more day for Tuesday, which has become dubbed as ‘New Music Tuesdays,’ due to the fact that most record companies follow a tradition of releasing new albums on Tuesdays. For me personally, it definitely saves my sanity, giving me something to look forward to other than the distant, next weekend.

Last week’s edition of New Music Tuesdays consisted of stellar releases from The American Scene and Sixpence None the Richer, among others. This week we are ready to get our mosh on, as the list contains somewhat of a heavier lineup. So, without further adieu, here are the albums coming out tomorrow that we at The Scene As We Know It are eagerly waiting for:

American Me -III

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Atlantis – Pedestals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Classic Crime – Phoenix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellowcard – Southern Air