Bandcamp Friday!

It’s the first Friday in the month…Bandcamp Friday! Buy any track or album from our Bandcamp site today and we get 100%.

In addition, purchase “Incomplete: Demos” and the funds go to a cause of our choice — at this moment it’s the NAACP Racial Justice fund.

Our meager income from sales and streaming has been directly impacted by the recent weird Spotify ban of the “Incomplete” album, so if you can do anything here, it would be great. Thanks.

https://theduendeproject.bandcamp.com/

Online show, Spotify woes, Bandcamp flow — updates


UPDATE: Nothing’s changed except that we’ve been told that it will take up to 3 months to hear whether Spotify will allow the most recent album, “Incomplete: Demos” to be streamed again. GRRRR. Still have not been given any evidence or reason why we, as well as 750,000 other releases from other artists, have been pulled from streaming other than this bogus “artificial streaming” charge.

That said? All of our other albums are available there and on all other major streaming and download services. We could use the boost — a human, natural boost I might add…

If you are so inclined, we still sell it on Bandcamp. For the moment, we’ve reduced the price on it for the moment to $3. That will stay in place till we figure out our next steps following whatever Spotify decides.

It is still available on all the other services for streaming and download, of course. (Except on Amazon.)

Thanks in advance for whatever you can do.

https://theduendeproject.bandcamp.com/album/incomplete-demos

Also? We recently got together LIVE for the first time since our last live show in February, 2020. Practiced a set for…a SHOW!! We’ll be recording a show for release onto the Interwebs at AS220 in Providence on February 10. Will let you know as soon as we have a screening date.

We’re getting close to some relaxations soon enough, folks. Don’t know what “normal” will look like on the other side, but…let’s keep at it till then.

The saga continues…

So…we are still waiting for Spotify and Distrokid to solve the issue of their incorrect and frankly enraging “artificial streaming” complaint against our most recent album, and we’re not making any income off it — which is galling as hell, since we donate any income from it to chosen social justice causes. Right now, it’s the NAACP.

If you are so inclined, we still sell it on Bandcamp. For the moment, we’ve reduced the price on it for the moment to $3. That will stay in place till we figure out our next steps following whatever Spotify decides.

It is still available on all the other services for streaming and download, of course. (Except on Amazon.)

Thanks in advance for whatever you can do.

https://theduendeproject.bandcamp.com/album/incomplete-demos

Re Spotify and the most recent release…

Just a note…an important one. If you are trying to help us out by streaming our stuff non stop, especially the most recent release “Incomplete: Demos,” please stop.

While we appreciate the enthusiasm, your efforts just got that release removed from Spotify for fraudulent streaming. We know it wasn’t deliberate but…

Thanks.

Updates:

Livestream event from AS220 in Providence has been postponed till sometime in February. Details to follow.

Also: our latest albums of demos, “Incomplete,” is now available on iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify.

Wish there was more to report…but there’s not. Stay safe.

surprise…

Still nothing new to report on the performance front…it’s getting really, really tiring.

However, just did a check on our digital distributor…across all services, Duende Project tracks have received over 150K streams in the last year or so! Thank you!!!

Not sure what to make of the fact that 25K of those streams are of one track, “All I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From Smoking Weed.”

Hope to see you soon!

revisiting the holding pattern…

Nothing new to report. Some remixing on old stuff, adding guitar tracks, etc. We have a possibility of a live stream, but not quite ready yet.

So…other than that…have you picked up the latest album?

Yup! A new album from the band. Sorta.

“Incomplete: Demos” is a collection of demo recordings by Tony, solo with guitar. Some of them are the early versions of tracks we do all the time as a band; some have only been done once or twice live; some have never been done by the band at all. It includes “Song For Shootings,” a track that deals with a police shooting in Brooklyn about a decade ago; a timely track for the moment.

It’s available right now on the Bandcamp platform, and all the money we get from this will be donated as a contribution to the NAACP Legal Defense fund.

https://theduendeproject.bandcamp.com/album/incomplete-demos

And — if you like the solo poetry world, here’s a video of Tony’s latest solo FB Live set:

Tony Brown live on FB

See you soon…we hope. Take care.

“Incomplete: Demos” — a new album…

Yup! A new album from the band…kinda. And you shouldn’t buy it yet.

“Incomplete: Demos” is a collection of demo recordings by Tony, solo with guitar. Some of them are the early versions of tracks we do all the time as a band; some have only been done once or twice live; some have never been done by the band at all. It includes “Song For Shootings,” a track that deals with a police shooting in Brooklyn about a decade ago; a timely track for the moment.

It’s available right now on the Bandcamp platform. We’ve agreed to use the money we get from this as a contribution to the NAACP Legal Defense fund.

If you wait to get it till Juneteenth (June 19th) the funds from Bandcamp’s share will also be contributed to the same fund. Bandcamp has committed to doing this every June 19th from now on.

So…there you go. Go check out the tracks, think about it…and whether you want to buy it now, or want to wait till the 19th, your purchase will go toward important work.

https://theduendeproject.bandcamp.com/album/incomplete-demos

Some updates about the current moment…and what we’re doing.

If you follow the band, you know what we’re about, and that we put a lot of social and political content and commentary into our work. The current uprisings, coupled with the self -isolation we’re dealing with re the pandemic, add both a special urgency and a serious challenge to how we’re going to be a part of the necessary change.

It should go without saying that we believe strongly that Black Lives Matter, and that there are serious and frightening systemic issues in our society that have been boiling for centuries that are coming to a head now. While we often address them in our work, thinking about how we in particular must move forward is of real importance to us, and we don’t want to do it badly or in a counter-productive way.

The COVID-19 pandemic has complicated this for us because we cannot get together, as three of us are in personal high-risk situations and one is in a high-touch public exposure job. So we are currently limited in terms of our options.

Here are a couple of first steps.

We distribute our work to all the various streaming and download services through an agreement with a company called DistroKid, who put out the following statement earlier this week:

“DistroKid donated to NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Color of Change to help in the fight against racism and social injustice.

“Some artists have asked how they can auto-donate some of their royalties, too. DistroKid just made it super easy for artists to automatically donate a portion of royalties to Black social justice organizations.”

Which we have done.

Every time you download or stream our track “Crumbs” from any service, a portion of our royalties go to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

At the moment, we’re limited that to that one fund and track; we are exploring other options for this type of support. It’s our most popular track with words that connect directly to the struggle, so it seemed a fitting choice.

  • Full disclosure: our current deal with DistroKid includes a distribution connection to Amazon. We are acutely aware of issues with Jeff Bezos and Amazon, and dialogue about that connection and what to do about it will continue.

In addition, we do use Bandcamp for distribution of some of our work, and a further (and exciting announcement) concerning an effort through Bandcamp will be coming soon.

More soon.