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  • April

    Earth Day Announcement: Free Streams Now Plant Trees

    Feedbands wants music to reforest the planet.
    That’s why we started planting 1 tree for every 100 qualified streams last month. Since then, we’ve planted 6923 trees. That’s a nice start but we’re setting our sights higher.

    Now we plant trees for free steams. 
    Beginning today, we will plant 1 tree for every 100 streams including free streams. That means that anyone anywhere in the world can visit our homepage without an account, start streaming music without logging in, and we will plant trees for those streams. 

    Just by going to our homepage at Feedbands.com or launching our iPhone or Android app, choosing a station, and listening, we are planting trees. No log in or account required.

    How Will Feedbands Sustain This Financially?
    Right now, we are going to pay out of pocket to plant trees on free streams, since those streams generate no revenue for us. However, we are working towards inserting ads into the free listening experience to cover the cost of the tree planting. We hope to always be able to plant trees for free streams but we may have to periodically re-evaluate our financial ability to do so.

    Crowd-Curated Stations
    Our members collectively curate our stations with their votes. We’re making lots of improvements to our stations in the next few weeks as we roll out an updated curation algorithm.

    The Daily Dose
    Did you know we highlight a new song every day on our “Everything” station? You can access it from our homepage and apps. Give it a listen and plant some trees.

    How You Can Help
    It’s easy! Just go to Feedbands.com or stream music on our apps, and we’ll plant trees. If you think that’s cool, consider telling your friends. If you know any artists who want to join our movement, consider inviting them to join. Every stream counts.

    🌎 #MUSICCANREFORESTTHEPLANET 🌎

    Announcing our April 2019 Vinyl Release: Pretty But Killing Me by Pacific Radio

    “Our songs are about heartache and redemption. Oh wait, nah, f*** that…just say they’re about girls and cigarettes.”

    Much like their hometown of Los Angeles, West Coast rockers Pacific Radio contain a remarkably satisfying blend of sunshine and grime, like getting day drunk at a dive bar on the beach. The band gets its raw power and energy from its bulletproof rock licks, featuring Joe Stiteler on the bass, Kyle Biane on guitar (a custom from Bryan Hibler), and Hyke Shirinian on drums. Their attitude, though, seems to coalesce in the wild whiskey-drenched vocals of Joe Robinson, the band’s lead singer and frontman (and second guitarist). In the music video for Kitchen Table, Robinson shamelessly sports a mullet, mustache, and yellow sunglasses while rocking out with the rest of the band in front of a giant American flag, telling the story of a tanked relationship with the grumpy bitterness of somebody in the grips of a strong hangover “Since you drug my soul right through the dirt/ Well, f*** you, blondie, it never woulda worked.” I think it’s safe to say that this is music for the unapologetic.

    Coming of age in the garage rock revival, the five-year-old band tips their hat to The Strokes and early Weezer as some of their main influences. These guys are uniquely themselves, however; jacked up on southern rockabilly swagger while still finding plenty of moments for deep poetry or uplifting melodic hooks that truly soar. But whether the band speeds up or slows down; whether they play music for surfing or music for bogging, they never once lose their internal consistency; keeping their instruments in tight conversations with each other (it helps that their songs are exceptionally well mixed).

    “L.A. is pretty, but it’s killing me/ your pictures are perfect in the magazine/ so get off my back, give me one second to breathe, a moment to think/ well I’m dried up right now, but I’d kill for a drink/ you’re pretty, but you’re killing me.” Pacific Radio gets its name from an independent A/V shop in Burbank that the band frequented in their younger days, which has been open since the late 30’s. The band isn’t a nostalgia act, but in an era of drum tracks and electro-pop, they are proud to keep their feet firmly planted in live rock, and hope someday to be undertaking larger US tours and hitting historic dives like Minneapolis’ iconic First Avenue. Keep your eyes on these guys, folks—and if you get a chance to catch a show, prepare to have a whole lot of fun.

    As for the vinyl, we pressed this full length LP in crisp Red White Split. Only 500 were pressed.

  • March

    New iOS app now live in App Store.

    Good New Everybody!

    Apple has officially approved our Bitcoin-integrated iOS app into the app store. You can download it at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/feedbands/id578146828?mt=8

    This app is the latest version of our service which is fully integrated with our new platform that pays artists and listeners in Bitcoin. We originally submitted it weeks ago and planned for it to be released on time, but it took Apple a few weeks to review it.

    We’re all cheering for it’s release in the App Store today 🙂

    Welcome to the new Feedbands.

    We’ve built an entire music economy that pays artists and listeners in Bitcoin while helping to fight climate change. 

    Sound crazy? It is. What it isn’t, though, is a joke. It’s real, it’s here, and it’s live right now. As of today, we’re paying our artists more per qualified stream than Spotify (over twice as much), we’re paying listeners for listening, sharing and scouting, and we’re paying in Bitcoin.

    But that’s not all. Perhaps you’ve noticed that the planet is getting warmer. We noticed too. That’s why we’ve also built in a way to  plant a tree for every 100 qualified streams on Feedbands. While we recognize that this may be a drop in the bucket when faced with the enormity of the problems before us, we feel it’s our responsibility to do what we can to help preserve this beautiful planet, and this is how we’re going to start doing our part.

    Finally, we’ve overhauled our charts to make it super clear who is next in line for the vinyl release and when the voting deadline is. We’ve created carefully curated stations that you can make even better with your input and votes. We’ve updated the design of our entire site. We’ve migrated onto a new billing platform that allows updating billing / shipping / payment methods right from within the site.

    If you’re interested in learning more, read on.

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    Why Bitcoin?

    Hello, beloved Feedbands member!

    If you’ve found this page, you’re probably aware that the new Feedbands platform is going to pay Bitcoin to members, artists, sharers, and scouts, just for streaming and sharing music on the site.

    We at Feedbands could not be more excited about the opportunity to implement a cutting-edge use case for an emerging technology and we are thrilled to offer a zero-risk way to get our members and artists involved.

    That being said, we know that there are plenty of reasons to be distrustful of Bitcoin, as well as plenty of confusion about blockchain in general, so we created this document to soothe your fears, answer your questions, and hopefully to help you get as excited as we are about the power and potential of the new music economy.

    First things first:

    WTF is Bitcoin?

    There are thousands of resources on the web that explain Bitcoin, blockchain, and cryptocurrencies. We haven’t watched and read them all, but this one is seems as good as any in terms of a rundown of the facts:

    And for those that love the printed word:

    https://www.esquire.com/lifestyle/money/a14500146/beginners-guide-bitcoin-what-is-bitcoin/

    Why are you even using Bitcoin? Why can’t you use PayPal like every other business?

    This is a great question, and one we have had the opportunity to ask ourselves hundreds of times over the last year of software bugs, general public distrust, market apprehension, and an uncertain legislative future for cryptocurrency as a whole.

    And yet, despite this daunting list of reasons to say “Fuck it, pay them in PayPal” we pushed forward and built an entirely new Feedbands platform, which is in fact more than a streaming and voting platform. It is a model for a new music economy, and we built it on top of the Bitcoin blockchain because we believe that business as usual is going to change radically and we want to help normalize this new way of moving money and distributing wealth for our artists and users with zero risk, minimal friction, and a pretty decent shot for potential upside.

    So what does all that mean?

    It means that we have spent years reading about the technology behind blockchain, we have watched the massive bull runs come and go in the speculative markets, we have researched and even participated in some of the incredible ideas that people are coding into reality (Dashfest 2018, baby!), and we believe that blockchain technology is poised to make a shift in how how the world does business and handles money. Blockchain might turn out to be a dead end. But it might be as revolutionary as how the internet changed how we interacted with…well, everything.

    Why are you forcing me to interact with Bitcoin? I don’t trust it/like it/care about it and I have zero interest in being a part of this.

    We get it! There’s a lot of FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) in the space at the moment and for good reason. Plenty of retail investors got burned buying high and selling low during the late 2017 hype, people were scammed by unregulated and unscrupulous ICO’s, and there are as many articles disparaging cryptocurrency as there are evangelists praising it.

    And honestly, we don’t know what’s going to happen with it. It could change the way the world works entirely or it could sputter out to nothing. We can’t predict the future, but we can throw our hats in the ring for something we believe in.

    However, just because we believe in it, doesn’t mean you have to, and you are under no obligation to interact with Bitcoin on the new platform. While you can be paid in Bitcoin for all of your qualified streams (as a listener) or all your users’ qualified streams (as scouts or artists) at no additional cost or risk to you, the Bitcoin will only accrue if you configure a Bitcoin wallet and connect it to your account. You don’t have to do this, and you can use Feedbands as usual without activating Bitcoin payments.

    However, if you want to passively earn Bitcoin as you stream, share, and sign up artists or fans, you will need to connect a wallet. We recommend a few that are free and give you suggestions to maximize the security of your accounts. You can let the BTC accrue or you can set a threshold to cash it out for fiat currency.

    We don’t tell you where to store your BTC or when to sell it, or whether to accrue it at all, but we have made it easy and risk-free for you to earn Bitcoin just for streaming and sharing music you love. While we have no idea what will happen to the price of BTC in the future, we can’t see much of a downside to turning our listeners and artists into independent contractors and paying them in it for doing things that make our platform stronger, thus empowering them to do whatever they like with it.

    Why are you paying us at all? Aren’t we supposed to pay you?

    These payments are the foundation of the new music economy we mentioned above. We believe that musicians should be paid more when the art they’ve created is shared and streamed, so we are paying artists over 2x what Spotify pays per qualified stream. This is in line with the founding ethos of Feedbands, which originated as a streaming service that offered a platform for emerging musicians to get their work out to a broader audience, and allowed them to retain full rights to their own creations. Our mission is in our name: we want to put more money in the hands of independent musicians that are making music for the rest of us to enjoy, for the simple love of music.

    Beyond that, we know that one of the most powerful things a fan can do to support musicians they love is to share their music so that the artist gets new fans who will buy tickets to shows, download albums, and buy merchandise. All of these things support the musician and allow them to keep making awesome songs to populate the soundtracks of our lives. So we decided to incentivize and empower you, the listeners, the passionate fans, to earn Bitcoin just for doing something that you know will help out the artists you love: streaming and sharing their music.

    It’s not business as usual. It’s not the conventional way. We are fully aware of this. But we also know that artist could be paid more fairly for their work, and we want pioneer that change. We also know there’s massive value in a fan who shares music with their friends and followers, and we want those superfans to be rewarded for the efforts they make.

    We know the winds of Bitcoin could blow either way, and it would be “safer” to pay you in fractions of a cent per stream. But a fraction of a cent can only do one thing: depreciate over time with inflation. A fraction of a cent in Bitcoin could increase in value twentyfold over the course of a year. We’ve seen it happen before, and there’s nothing to indicate that it won’t happen again.

    When we asked ourselves over and over again “Why Bitcoin?”, we realized the answer was another question: Why NOT Bitcoin? Why NOT create a way to offer access an emerging technology, with the same spirit, optimism, and passion as we have offered a way to access emerging artists for the last 6 years? Almost every band started out as an unknown; now some of them are household names, and some of them are your favorite bands. Just because something is unproven doesn’t mean it is valueless. Just because something is unfamiliar doesn’t mean it should be feared. At Feedbands we embrace the new, the emerging, and the independent. The new music economy built on Bitcoin is just the next step in a constant evolution to level the playing field and give more people access to amazing things, whether that’s more music, more wealth, or more of whatever emerges next.

     

    Click here to learn more about how Feedbands and Bitcoin work together.