robert navarro on megatrax’s “history of punk” and more

One of the stars on the “History of Punk” CD is Robert Navarro. In his official bio, it says: “Robert Anthony Navarro was born in Manhattan, New York City. The son of a Latin entertainer and a Playboy Bunny, the nephew of a Motion Picture Producer and the first female Bullfighter in Tijuana, and the God Son of Latin percussion legend Tito Puente; Robert’s upbringing was anything but normal.” All the passion and talent of his family definitely comes through in his own work.  Robert lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, where he splits his time between music supervision, composition for film, TV and video games, and producing artists.  […]

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and so it ends…

2011 is coughing and wheezing its way to its demise, with only a few days left before 2012 is birthed and gets its life underway. It is a perfect time for a bit of reflection on the ending year. I am certain that other thoughts will be written on the meaning of and trends in the world of music circa 2011, but here are a few of mine: Trend 1. Access to music in every form, genre, stylistic rendering, with every orchestration, as preformed by any and every group, has never been greater. The world of music is, quite literally, at our fingertips at every moment. Makes you kind of […]

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jc dwyer talks “history of punk”

JC Dwyer, Co-Founder, CCO and Executive Producer of Megatrax Production Music, created a unique CD tracking the evolution of punk music through 20 original tracks evoking punk of the 1970s to the recent punk revival. “History of Punk” from The Scene catalog (TS058), features punk all-stars from The Generators, Social Distortion & TSOL, among others. The end result of Dwyer’s collaboration with actual punk rockers is authenticity. He took a moment to reflect on the CD, and we’ll be chatting with some of the other key players in coming weeks. Megatrax: What drew you to punk originally? JC Dwyer: I went to CBGB’s in NYC in 1975 when I was […]

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megatrax welcomes cary ginell as new publishing administrator

Megatrax Production Music is delighted to announce the addition of Cary Ginell, author of the award-winning book Hot Jazz for Sale: Hollywood’s Jazz Man Record Shop, to its publishing team. Ginell, whose background includes copyright research and song placement for film and television programs and radio broadcasting, will be monitoring track usage of Megatrax’s music libraries in radio and television broadcasting and identifying uses that are unlicensed. Additionally, Ginell will report broadcasting usages to the performing rights organizations, ASCAP, BMI and SESAC. Says Ginell of the work he’ll be doing for Megatrax: “I like to call myself ‘the tune detective.’ A high percentage of music performances go unreported, so Megatrax […]

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megatrax explores the history of punk with jonny wickersham and rich mouser

We’re ringing out 2011 & ringing in 2012 with a celebration of our History of Punk release for The Scene. Check out our blog every Wednesday for the next few weeks to see interviews with some punk all stars. The series kicks of with a post we originally ran on Nov 23, 2010, talking with Social Distortion’s Jonny Wickersham and punk producer Rich Mouser. Social D has just wrapped a year-long tour, and punk is in the air… The Scene’s TS058 History Of Punk is an all-star affair, featuring tracks from Jonny Wickersham of Social Distortion and the awesome audio chops of Rich Mouser, just off of Weezer’s latest. Megatrax: Tell […]

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some christmas song trivia

One doesn’t have to stray too far during the holiday season to hear what have become song standards.  Be it in your car, on television or radio, invariably a relatively (and surprisingly) small list of songs will be in the air. Just for fun, we thought we’d look behind the curtain of the birth of a few of these songs and relay the stories behind some of the most memorable and popular music that has ever been created. The original version of “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” (Johnny Marks) was first turned down by Gene Autry as he felt it didn’t fit his image.  His wife, Ina, encouraged him to reconsider […]

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spotify takes music licensing into new territory

Spotify may have opened the door to a new era in music licensing and a broader profit model for several industries. Bas Grasmayer reports for TechDirt: Recently Spotify launched its app platform, a significant step into a future where music licensing can function like an API. Which of course should have been made possible a long time ago, but corporations’ loss of control was preventing that until they finally found a way to out-leverage the indies – or maybe that’s just a coincidence. So recently we’ve been seeing a phenomenon I like to call the Rage Against The Stream, where artists & labels have been pulling their content from services like the aforementioned. I […]

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the soundtrack of our lives- in the cloud

Over the last few weeks, three tech titans almost concurrently launched major new music initiatives: Apple announced iTunes Match, Google launched Google Music, and Amazon unveiled its Cloud Drive. While these services may differ in terms of specific features and price point, they do share two key commonalities: (1) each is designed to extend and enhance the capabilities of particular mobile devices, and (2) each is intended to allow users to maintain and curate their own music collections. These music initiatives are essentially a play by each of these companies to expand their proprietary tech ecosystems and offer additional value to consumers. The corporate objective in each case is obviously […]

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