SXSWorld February 2016


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S X S W. C O M | F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 6 | S X S W o r l d 9 Burger Records and Thee Oh Sees Announce Special Release Burger Records, featured in the cover story of the February 2015 issue of SXSWorld, is releasing another installment of the Burger Tape Series featuring garage rock phenoms Thee Oh Sees! Get 11 albums by Thee Oh Sees across seven Burger Tapes. Lurssen Mastering and IK Multimedia Announce Lurssen Mastering Console App Lurssen Mastering has partnered with IK Multimedia to bring Lurssen's multi Grammy Award-winning professional audio mastering to the digital masses — all in a convenient iPad app. To get it, go to the Apple App Store and search for "Lurssen Mastering Console." Pandora's Reaches Deal with BMI and ASCAP BMI reached a multi-year agreement with Pandora resulting in increased royalties for its songwriters, composers and publishers. Pandora also signed a similar deal with ASCAP. While creating business benefits for Pandora, these deals also modernize U.S. compen- sation for ASCAP and BMI songwriters and publishers. As part of the signing of the BMI agreement, Pandora is also dropping its appeal of BMI's rate court victory from May 2015. Denton Arts & Jazz Festival Denton, Texas is home to the internation- ally famous Denton Arts & Jazz Festival, which features 3,000 entertainers, seven stages, and music and arts of every genre. 2016's event will be held April 29 - May 1 in the heart of Denton's vibrant and walk- able downtown. Visit Discover Denton at the 2016 SXSW Trade Show! A2IM Announces New CEO The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), has named Richard James Burgess as its new CEO. Burgess most recently headed up all business aspects of the non- profit Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Independent labels continue to step into promi- nent leadership roles within the music industry, and A2IM's membership has grown by nearly 20% in the last two years, now comprising 382 label and 171 associate members. SXSW Head Leads David Bowie Street Renaming Effort David Bowie was a true musical titan, leading and influencing musical styles and trends for 50 years. His remarkable career, which also included numerous acting roles for both stage and film, ultimately culminated in the release of his final album, Blackstar, just two days before his death on January 10, at age 69. Needless to say, Bowie was an inspiration for SXSW, so fittingly (and seemingly coincidentally), a couple of days after his passing, the street sign outside of SXSW's offices was mysteriously changed from "Bowie St" to "David Bowie St." After a few days of speculation, Roland Swenson, SXSW Managing Director, stepped forward as co-conspirator in the sign switch, writing in a state- ment of admission: "David Bowie was an important part of my life when I was growing up in the '70s. It was a dream of mine that some day, we would have David Bowie as SXSW keynote, and I fanta- sized that if it happened, we would ask the City to temporarily rename Bowie Street, where our office is located, to David Bowie Street, in his honor. When we heard the news that he was releasing a new album, we redoubled our efforts to book him. After [Bowie] passed away this week, I thought to myself 'We'll never have Bowie at SXSW, but we can still have David Bowie St.' " Though the city of Austin plans to remove the adhesive "David Bowie St" sign, Swenson and others are leading a formal grassroots effort to make the change permanent as a lasting monu- ment to Bowie's impact on both Austin's music community and SXSW. A rally in favor of the name change was held on Sunday, January 17, and at press time, an online petition through had received close to 6,000 signatures. G a v in Lu r s s e n D AV I D C F O X

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