“Bells and Whistles” Limited edition red vinyl Repress!

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It’s been out of print for a while now but it is back, in limited numbers.
I had my newest album, “Bells and Whistles” repressed in a special red vinyl. There are only 500 copies. And you can only get it from one place. Bandcamp. It’s only $20 and it should go pretty quickly. So, get on that and order it!
https://blockheadnyc.bandcamp.com/album/bells-and-whistles
It’s a double vinyl and comes with a download code for a high quality digital version. Enjoy it!
It should also be added, people often ask me “How do i buy your music and you get the highest money %?” Outside of buying it from me directly at a show, Bandcamp it is. So, by getting this record from bandcamp, you’re helping your bro (me) out and that’s pretty cool of you.

“Bells and Whistles” is here!

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Hey everyone,
If you’ve been paying attention to me at all the last few weeks/months/years, you might have noticed I’ve been promoting a new album. This is my 6th solo album and , for the first time ever, I’m putting it out myself. Yes, I’m no longer on Ninja Tune. But thank to them for years and years of a great service.
Anyway, because I’m doing this myself, things are a little different this time. For one, it’s a digital release only at the moment. So, if you want to own it, the only way is to download it. For you enthusiasts of non-digital music, hold your heads. While I’m not planning on making cd’s (it’s still possible but , honestly, I’m doing this all myself and no one buys Cd’s anymore) I AM getting vinyl done. I’m starting with 1000 copies. If that goes well, I will do represses. If you’re wondering “So, how can I get this vinyl?!?!” wellllll…I can’t say yet. It will be done and ready around early 2015. I’m still working out how to distribute it. When I do, I’ll let everyone know. Just know that I want to sell it as much as you want to buy it so I’m gonna figure something out. But, sadly, I’m not taking pre-orders on it right now.
The good news is, if you’re an internet/music downloader kinda person, this new album is available in many forms.
I-Tunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bells-and-whistles/id938842632

Bandcamp:https://blockheadnyc.bandcamp.com/album/bells-and-whistles

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Bells-Whistles-Blockhead/dp/B00R6PRWKS/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1419098989&sr=1-1&keywords=blockhead+bells+and+whistles
spotify: https://play.spotify.com/album/4FNHMOVkgTBRiPj1lHksLY (feel free to do that thing where you leave it on repeat for the whole day…that’s like 15 cents a day for me!)
Emusic: http://www.emusic.com/album/blockhead/bells-and-whistles/15434134/
Rhapsody: http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/blockhead/album/bells-and-whistles
And a bunch of other places you can get digital/streaming music. I used tunecore so that covers most of the places you can think of. There’s a chance it might not be ready on some of those sites right away but, rest assured, it will be there.
Here’s a stream of the album, for those people who don’t just blindly make purchases:

In closing, I’d just like to say thanks to all the fans who have supported me over the years. I’ve met a bunch of you on the road and spoken to many of you online in some form. You are a small but loyal group. Without you, I wouldn’t be doing this. Also, know that , with this album being self released,I’m doing something I’ve never done. I’m old and this is new territory for me. I’m learning as I go. It’s kinda like teaching your mom how to text. so have a little patience. If you have questions (that are not answered in this post) feel free to ask.
An extra shout out to the people who pre-ordered on bandcamp and paid more than the asking price. I don’t know why you did it…maybe you were drunk and feeling philanthropic but that was above and beyond. Seriously…in a world where people have pretty much taken the value away from as much art as possible, that kind of thing really speaks volumes about your character. I sure as hell wouldn’t do it…you’re better people than me! So, seriously, thanks.

I didn’t do any real liner notes so…Shout out to all the people who helped me with this album: Gabe Hilfer, Owen Brozman, Damien Paris, Brian Koerber, Aaron Meola. And to all the people looking out for me on blogs and websites and magazines…it’s appreciated. This is some grassroots shit right here so all the little things count extra.
Okay. So, I hope you guys enjoy the album. As always, thanks for the support!

“Bells and Whistles” Streaming now it’s in entirety! Peep it!

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Yup, the good people at Waxpoetics.com were kind enough to hook your boy up by streaming my new album “Bells and whistles” in its entirety (Shout out to Kyle Eustice!) . It comes out on most digital platforms on tuesday, November 18th. That’s next week, yo!
http://www.waxpoetics.com/music/new-releases/stream-blockheads-entire-new-album-bells-whistles
Anyway, here’s the Album! I hope you enjoy it.

Pre-order “Bells and Whistles” and other important info

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So, as you may know, my new album “Bells and Whistles” is dropping next tuesday (november 18th). It’s a digital release for now but the vinyl will be coming a little later. My guess would be very early 2015. I don’t have pre-order info for that yet but, when I do, I’ll let it be known.
Until then, you can get your digital fix at bandcamp:
http://blockheadnyc.bandcamp.com/album/bells-and-whistles

To answer other FAQ’s:
1)This album is not coming out on Ninja Tune. I’m putting it out myself. It’s a bold new world.
2)This album will be available at many different digital outlets. I-tunes, amazon, etc…So, if you’re not a bandcamp kinda person, you can get it there.
3)To people asking about Cd’s, as of now, there is no plan to make them. I know there is a handful of you who still buy them but, truth be told, this is all being self financed and I’m not trying to lose money on this just to make a couple cd’s for a few people. That said, I’m not writing off the idea. I might do a small run one day to sell at shows but I wanna feel everything else out first.
Okay?
Cool.
Anyway, I hope you like it. And it you haven’t peeped any of the leaks gets, check out my sound cloud page:
https://soundcloud.com/blockheadnyc

As well as this exclusive one Potholes in my blog premiered the other day:
http://potholesinmyblog.com/blockhead-fire-is-warm-premiere/

See you on the 18th…digitally!

Hey! Check this new song off my new album (and let’s talk about all that)

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So, over the last few years I’ve been working on a new solo album. About 6 months ago, I finally finished it. It is called “Bells and Whistles” and I’d like to chat with you about it (as well as leak a song off it, but that comes a little later).

So, the first question I’ve been getting about this album is “Who’s putting it out?”
Well, first off, my time with Ninja Tune is done. After 5 albums, they opted to pass on the new record. “Why?” you ask. Basically cause sampling is too much of a pain in the ass to deal with for a record label. This is something I fully understand and there is absolutely no ill will between us. The writing had been on the wall for a while and them not putting this album out was not a shock to me at all. In fact, I’d like to thank Ninja Tune for the years we had together and say they are, without question, one of the most professional and organized record labels I’ve ever seen. They’re even fair, which is an under rated quality for a record label to have.
Anyway, once it was definitive that Ninja wasn’t doing it, I set out to find a label that would. I (my manager actually) sent the album out to a bunch of labels. The response was good but the same issue kept coming up. People were scared of the samples. After all, I make sample heavy music. While I’d argue that the stuff I’m using is pretty obscure, I can’t blame labels for being hesitant. After all, the way they make money off music in 2014 is by licensing songs for tv, movies and commercials. When a song is chock full of samples (as mine tend to be) that severely limits what these labels can do with your music. At the end of the day, this is a business and someone putting out my album for me doesn’t make sense financially cause it’s not like enough people still buy records to recoup those costs. I realize all this business talk is very unsexy, especially when leading into a new release but it’s the reality of putting out music in 2014.
So, after all that, I opted to just put the album out myself. I could blow smoke up your ass right here and give a manifesto on why I’m so happy to be self releasing this album but I’ll save that bullshit for people work in the press. This is not my ideal situation (At my core, I’m lazy and would rather have someone else do all this bullshit for me) but at least I have 100% control over my work. That’s always nice. It also makes this project far more intimate for me cause it’s literally all me. My music and my money, going directly into it. No other hands in the pot, financially or creatively. It’s weird to land in this position cause, as someone who’s been putting music out since the late 90’s, it’s like I’ve come full circle. I started out selling Aesop cd’s on the internet out of my mom’s house. We pressed them up ourselves, cut the covers ourselves and I’d send them all , one by one to random strangers. 15 years , 5 solo albums, countless works with rappers, and here I am again. The hustle has got more refined but it’s still very similar.

As for the album itself, it’s 12 songs long. Clocking in over an hour. It features no guests (accept Damian paris who has played guitar,synth and bass on all my albums). It’s all beats. I’m still waiting on the artwork and getting vinyl pressed, thus the non-definitive release date. I can say it should almost certainly drop in 2014. I’m gunning for a late fall/early winter release.
My plan is to press up a limited amount of vinyl. Maybe 1000 copies. That’s it. This will be some truly collectors type stuff right here. I plan on selling them on the road, as well as online. Otherwise, I’ll sell the album online digitally. The details aren’t ironed out but I’m hoping to sell it at a slightly lower price than normal. Like $7. Still gotta see if that makes sense. Regardless, it’ll be up on all the digital music sites for your buying pleasure. One thing I’m probably not gonna do is press up cd’s. I dunno…if touring has taught me anything it’s that people don’t really buy cd’s anymore. So, I’mma just skip that altogether.

As for this song right here…
I tweeted this yesterday
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The response was heavy (which was nice to see) and the final tally of votes was actually incredibly close. Turns out, people like being depressed a tiny bit more than they like feeling good. I should note though, this song isn’t exactly depressing. It’s more just emotive. So, while it may not put a smile on your face , it also won’t be the thing pushing you over to the dark side. Basically, it’s an intro to this album I’ve got dropping. The rest of the album is all over the place, mood wise. I got that sad slow shit. I got that upbeat happy shit. I got that “driving in your car at 4 am on an empty highway” shit. I got that “walking home drunk after getting that girls number” shit. I’ve got that “scared in the woods” shit. It’s all there. I can’t wait for you guys to hear it. Until that is possible, I leave you this one song. It’s called “Kaput!”. Enjoy and thanks for listening. You guys are literally what make this all possible.