CD Baby CEO Tracy Maddux Knows What it Means to Do It Yourself
When Tracy Maddux—a passionate fan of live music—joined CD Baby, he decided he needed to see a show by each of the new employees he worked with. Nearly everyone at CD Baby plays music. It meant ...
CD Baby is the largest distributor of independent music on the planet. It’s the home of more than 300,000 artists. The CD Baby catalog makes up an estimated 17 per cent of iTunes track offerings. CD Baby is a distribution partner for many musicians who have become icons in the new music industry. Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Macklemore both had their start on CD Baby and their catalog titles are still offered. Lauded artists like Ben Sidran and Mary Gauthier have been with CD Baby as they’ve built and maintained independent careers, while venerated artists like Latin music legend Eddie Palmieri and drummer Gregg Bissonette have abandoned the traditional label system to work with CD Baby and discover how well independence can work for them. But which CD Baby artists will be the next to reach household name status? The Iceberg Tip Sheet offers a quick round up of recent and upcoming releases distributed by CD Baby, showcasing breakthrough artists, as well as cult stars and up-and-comers.
03/04/2014 Black Milk, Glitches in the Break EP
Detroit producer/MC Black Milk scored big with his No Poison No Paradise full-length, bolstering the rep he’s earned through his two other releases, winning thousands of new fans and scoring glowing reviews. For the follow-up EP he’s dug into the vaults, with tracks featuring hometown buddies Guilty Simpson and Fat Ray, and all the production by Black Milk himself. CD Baby has a free download of the track “Dirt Bells,” and it’s an exclusive until the EP hits the streets. Publicity is by Rosalina Ruiz.
02/14/2104 For All The Girls, 70 Love Songs
Remember 69 Love Songs by Magnetic Fields? For All The Girls – which is essentially singer-songwriter Drew Drew Danburry – quite literally tops that, going one better with 70 Love Songs. The twist is that they’re all composed by Danburry’s fictional 13-year-old alter ego, Damien Fairchild. The owner of a barber shop in Provo, Utah, Danburry’s released nine albums under his own name since 2002, and continues to work in many side projects. This is the second disc from For All The Girls, continuing the breezy indie-pop style established on their debut. Press is by Danburry himself.
03/04/2014 Work Drugs, Insurgents
The two-piece smooth-fi dream pop band follows up its 2013 album Mavericks with Insurgents, music for dancing, living, yachting and, of course, sexting. With the first vinyl pressing of their Greatest Hits album already sold out; slots opening for the B-52s and Two Door Cinema Club; placements in ad campaigns for Urban Outfitters, Roxy and more; this is their year. They’ll be touring the album through the Northeast and Midwest in spring, followed by summer festivals and a fall trip through the Northwest. Press is being handled by Michael Nyhan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
03/04/2014 Cataldo, Gilded Oldies
Straight out of the Pacific Northwest and mixed by Grammy-nominated producer Tucker Martine (REM, Neko Case), the fourth album by Cataldo handles a paradox. The music is more accessible, but the lyrics are much darker, exploring the gulf that separates expectations from reality. With shows across Washington, Idaho (Treefort Music Festival), and Oregon, they’re taking the new music on the road. Gilded Oldies builds on what they’ve achieved with previous releases to deliver a two-fisted blow. Publicity is being handled by Joan Hiller at Riot Act Media.
03/11/2014 Josh Sneed, Unsung Hero
One of the leading young comics, Josh Sneed quit a day job at Proctor & Gamble to take to the stage full-time. In the years since then he’s appeared all over North America, opening for major names like Dave Chappelle and Louis CK and becoming a favorite with his podcast, The Detention Show. In 2008 he released his debut album on Comedy Central Records after finishing second in the channel’s annual Stand-Up Showdown. Now he’s back with Unsung Hero, his sophomore disc, offering biting observations of married life and fatherhood. Josh handles his own publicity.
04/15/2014 Spottiswoode and His Enemies, English Dream
The quintessential Englishman in New York, Spottiswoode takes a trip home with his sixth album. After a pair of Independent Music Awards for 2012’s Wild Goosechase Expedition, English Dream has all the flavors of Anglicana, a collection that runs from the pastoral to the scary, heralded up by upbeat first single “No Time For Love.” Compared to Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, and Tom Waits, with Spottiswoode himself called a “genius” by The New Yorker magazine, the band has been a New York institution of 15 years. Publicity is being handled by Jeff Kilgour at Tijuana Gift Shop