Archive for March, 2009

Entire Swath catalog (finally) now available on iTunes and other online stores

March 23, 2009

FINALLY….

Along with being available in CD format, our new album, “Confluence”, is now available via download at iTunes (U.S. and Canada), Amazon, Napster and Rhapsody.

Our first album, “A Bygone Era” and our first one-song demo, “True Position”, are available, too.

Like every other tune at the stores, pricing should be $0.99 per song (though we hope you’ll download the full albums rather than just single songs since we wrote, recorded and released the tunes a certain way to create a certain whole effect).

It was a lot more of a hassle than we thought to get these up (see Tunecore Trouble post 1 and post 2) but hopefully, having downloads available will be a lot easier for people who want to listen to their favorite Swath right away.

However, if you’re like me and still like the old-fashioned-ness of holding an actual CD with cover art in your hands, please contact us at bijoydatta@yahoo.com to place an order.

Not Doing 4/11 Show in Ithaca

March 15, 2009

Just a quick update that we won’t be playing in Ithaca on 4/11 like we thought. Miscommunication in thinking it was confirmed before it was. At least Tombs isn’t playing either.

Swath in Ithaca on 4/11 with Relapse Records’ Tombs and More

March 8, 2009

We’ve just confirmed that we’ll be playing in Ithaca on Saturday, April 11, at The Haunt.

The show is slated to start at 6 PM and will also feature Tombs (from Brooklyn, on Relapse Records) as well as Sonorous Gale (from Buffalo).

We’re especially psyched to be playing with Tombs, who just finished up a run opening for one of our favorite bands, Pelican.

Thanks to Bubba and everyone from the Ithaca Underground for hooking us up with the show. We had a great time last time we were there and can’t wait for this one.

Update On TuneCore Troubles (after one of their founders responds to this blog)

March 6, 2009

As I noted at the end of the last post about our TuneCore troubles, TuneCore puts a great deal of effort into scouring the web to see where they might have customer service or other reputation issues.

That point was proven when, within 14 hours of me posting this critique, I received a personal email from one of TuneCore’s founders, Peter Wells, apologizing for our bad experience with his company.

I appreciate Peter taking responsibility, offering his apology and committing to get it fixed (though I’m still disappointed that it took making our complaints searchable on the web for them to react. That’s kind of like a politician introducing legislation after something bad happens.)

So far, “Confluence” still is not up on iTunes USA – but it’s only been around 30 hours since Peter emailed.

We’ll keep this blog updated with news on how things work out….

TuneCore Review: Don’t Use TuneCore

March 5, 2009

Along with the release of “Confluence” on CD in late January, we were really excited to also be releasing our entire catalog on iTunes and other online stores for the first time.

To get the new album, as well as our first album, “A Bygone Era”, and our demo, “True Position”, online, we decided to use an online vendor called TuneCore.

We uploaded all the necessary files and paid them up-front back on January 9, 2009, with an agreement to get the music up on iTunes USA, iTunes Canada, Amazon.com, Napster.com and Rhapsody.com.

TuneCore‘s website says that it takes 4-6 weeks for the music to go live. That’s awhile to process but understandable enough.

We were happily surprised to see our disography go live within a few days. Almost.

The one thing that hasn’t gone live is “Confluence” on iTunes USA. The most important album for us on the most popular online download site.

Boo, TuneCore.

Since TuneCore did say it would take 4-6 weeks, we gave them the benefit of the doubt and waited until their drop deadline of February 21. Still nothing.

So we emailed them. Within 48 hours, they responded and said they’d look into it and get back to us. But then we heard……..nothing.

A week later we emailed again. They didn’t even bother responding this time.

Another week later. No response again.

So here we sit two months after they happily took our money – and the new album isn’t up on iTunes and TuneCore don’t respond to customer support requests.

Our advice to all musicians out there looking to get your music online: Don’t use TuneCore.

(One other sidenote: TuneCore seems to do well trolling the web to get on message boards that are asking about their services to make sure they look good. I just wish they put as much effort into actually serving paying customers….)