Have Tunecore and YouTube Found a Sneaky Way to Rip Off Your Band?

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Well Hung Heart
[Editor's Note: Robin Davey is the guitarist for local band Well Hung Heart. He and his wife/bandmate Greta Valenti recently reached out to the Weekly to alert us to an unfortunate situation involving online streaming of their music. We decided to let Davey say his piece and use WHH's situation as a cautionary tale.]

By: Robin Davey

With the recent furor around Taylor Swift's decision to remove her music from Spotify, all eyes are on music streaming and its many pros and cons.

YouTube is often sited as the main place for people to stream music, and also used as an argument in favor of Spotify due to Spotify's system at least paying artist royalties per play, though minuscule in many people's opinion, and it also being a dedicated music platform.

A recent Google alert for my band Well Hung Heart bought up a link to a page hosted by YouTube called "Well Hung Heart - Topic" and on this page was a complete stream of our debut album - with auto-generated album art and title for the video. Each song comes complete with advertising placed on each video, yet we had nothing to do with this being on YouTube.


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Did Swans Play a Cruel Joke on Their Fans in Aliso Viejo?

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When experimental rock outfit Swans slowly announced tour dates on their Facebook page, one particular tour stop caught the attention of fans in Orange County. The rockers announced shows in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Europe and...Aliso Viejo? That's right, the small town nestled between Mission Viejo and Laguna Niguel and Laguna Beach was supposedly hosting the band's only scheduled California show in February 2015 at some place called the "Theatre National." Never heard of it? Neither have we. But no matter...Swans? in South County? "Hell yeah," we thought. However, we were quickly disappointed.


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Opening Acts Are Losing Money on Tour, Now What?

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John Gilhooley
Irvine locals Young the Giant recently opened for Kings of Lion last weekend. How much did it cost them?
For many new bands, opening for a bigger, well-established act seems like a no-brainer for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it means playing in front of way more people than they would have on their own. Secondly, maybe they'll become friends with said big band and perhaps capture the attention of influencers due to this coveted slot. Lastly, opening for a big band will ensure riches along with a slew of sex and partying, right? Isn't this the romantic version of what it's like to be a touring act that's on the rise. Well, romanticism and reality are two completely different things.

In a recent piece in Billboard, many eyebrows were raised when the trade magazine published the scary--and downright shocking--figures of what bands are likely to earn on the road. While fans grumble about the big business of touring that include rising ticket prices and t-shirts that hover in the $30-$40 region, it's the opening acts that should be the ones with the gripes. According to the infographic, bands are actually losing money by hitting the road with their bigger counterparts. Instead of being a springboard to fame and fortune, it appears that opening for a big band is a one-way ticket to the poor house.

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Colin Quinn's Dating Advice: Play Head Games, Be a Bully and Stay Away For a Few Days

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I think bullying is an underrated technique.
Those of you who follow my work on Heard Mentality know that I spend most (OK, all) of my time talking to comedians about their lives. We talk about sex and dating (and poop jokes) quite a lot. Recently, I decided that maybe, despite all the depraved things I now know about these comics, maybe it was time I asked one of them to hang out and talk about my life for a change--more specifically, my romantic life. See, comics are writers so they understand how it is to have deadlines (tour dates for them) and we also share the "gift" of being in our own head all of the time. (Which can quite honestly lead to a few negative views on life.) Add those two together and some people (i.e. me) could have a hard time juggling a relationship as well. Recently, I reached out to Colin Quinn to get some advice on amoré. Before I picked up the phone I already realized I would be dealing with a cynical, depraved individual. But, so did he.


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Wiz Khalifa's Got a New Line of Pot Accessories

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Over the past few years, hell, even the past few months, we've written about the cross-marketing opportunities that musicians have had to endorse (chess tournaments, football teams, etc.) in order to keep their ambitions, and thus, dreams alive. Pittsburgh-bred Wiz Khalifa, however, made one of the savviest decisions that will not only keep the Taylor Gang happy, but will enhance his image as one of the forerunners of the stoner rap movement.

Earlier this week, a press release announced that Khalifa joined forces with RAW® Rolling Papers to develop a unique collection of "smoking" accessories that claims to offer quality and innovative products smokers have long deserved. What does that even mean? It continues by stating RAW® will introduce a line of natural unrefined rolling papers and smoking products

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Devo Frontman Mark Mothersbaugh Sued For Allegedly Cracking the Whip on His Nanny

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Andrew Youssef
Remember when Dr. Evil said, "when a problem comes around, you must zip it?" That's probably what Devo frontman/film composer Mark Mothersbaugh and his wife Anita were thinking after a former nanny went public with a lawsuit against the couple for wrongful termination and for overtime pay in Los Angeles. Maybe it was due to Mothersbaugh cracking that whip too hard, but the lawsuit claims states that Luna Kahn worked for the couple for nine years as a nanny for the couples adopted daughters. Additionally, She also performed housekeeping duties for the family and allegedly would arrive at their house at 6 a.m. and wouldn't leave until 7 p.m. Kahn did this for the family for nine years, and apparently there hadn't been issues until recently.

There's been a number of lawsuits filed like this over the years by disgruntled former family employees and this falls right in line. After all, whenever you're working for a celebrity, c'mon, there will be some kind of risk/reward involved. Yes, Mothersbaugh may have allegedly said she had Alzheimer's, made fun of her age and verbally abused her, but when you're around a celebrity, are you really surprised? Factor in how quirky the members of Devo are musically and personality-wise, well, all bets are off.

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Exene Cervenka's Tweets Calling Isla Vista Shooting a Hoax Inspire a Blogging Rampage [Update]

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Fans of Exene Cervenka must be feeling a little torn right now. On the one hand, her ability to thumb her nose at convention and question the status quo are what make her punk rock royalty. But then you go and read her Twitter feed yesterday and realize there's a definite line between revolutionary and wacky. The Weekly's former columnist (Ask Exene/ Exene Says) took to Twitter yesterday posting a few links to truther videos about the shooting rampage that occurred last week near UC Santa Barbara, saying she was "sick of these hoaxes." Not surprisingly, the tweets have inspired a bit of a rampage of their own. Bloggers, commenters, even her own followers are pretty peeved. Indie culture blog Dangerous Minds (who already pokes fun at Cervenka and her YouTube channel plenty) called Cervenka "the Victoria Jackson" of punk rock, to which Cervenka replied via Twitter "who's Victoria Jackson?" Zing!

Rather than write some essay on the flimsy merits of the truther's YouTube journalism, let's just say we're glad that the singer for X and the Knitters spiked her column here before tweeting this mess. Even though we've parted ways, as a publication that has long respected her work on and off the stage and written about her quite a bit and also worked with her as a writer, we're not ashamed to say this is downright embarrassing.

See below for updated apology from Cervenka.

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Fake OC Weekly Reporters Ask About Ice Cream Enemas at Golden Gods Awards Show

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Kelli Skye Fadroski
Revolver Magazine's Golden Gods Awards show didn't offer much to write home about on Wednesday. However, Heard Mentality did get one thing out of it: our very first impostor music reporter! This guy, pictured above with the bulletproof helmet hair interviewing bassist Chris Kael from Five Finger Death Punch, does not work for us. He's just some guy. But according to our OC Register colleague, Kelli Skye Fadroski, he and a couple friends finagled their way into our vacant spot in the press line next to her for the show's black carpet interview segment. They posed as Weekly reporters, and began shouting random interview questions to any musicians who happened to walk by.

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Real Housewives of Orange County's Tamra Judge Has a Bone to Pick With Lady Gaga

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Every time the strange saga of the Real Housewives of Orange County seems like its over, it only gets more annoying. Just take a look at what transpired recently in Real Housewife land after Lady Gaga foolishly decided to feature the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in her video for "G.U.Y."

We won't discuss the merits (or demerits) of the video or Gaga's album for that matter. But we do pass judgement former RHOC cast member Tamra Judge for her response to the video. Joining Ryan Seacrest on his morning radio show, Judge voiced her disappointment with the pop star's casting of the video saying, "Why were they in it and we were not? We are the originals, Gaga ... I'm so disappointed!" She continues by saying that Gaga broke her implants on Andy Cohen's show (whoever that is). Oy vey.

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Andrew W.K. Used to Be a Model?! Here Are His Old Headshots!

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By: Brian McManus
Via a friend who used to work at a modeling and acting agency in New York, some really rare and hilarious early photos of the rock musician / Party God / advice columnist Andrew W.K. have surfaced.

We asked Andrew for an explanation (and permission to publish) of the photos, and he tells us that back in the late '90s, long before he became the the World's Undisputed Party King, he tried his hand modeling and acting. These early headshots are a result. Andrew tells us the modeling and acting career never quite took off, but one assumes he did get ample working cutting different types of materials with that sharp jaw line. Hubba hubba.


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