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Dave’s Lounge On The Radio #31: The 2016 Yearbook

Dave's Lounge 2016 YearbookThe final radio show of 2016 looks back at the music of this past trip around the sun, finds the tracks that both its host and listeners enjoyed most, and shares them without interruption. For this yearbook, I did my best to include tunes that listeners had mentioned that they really like. I’ll try to come up with a better system for listener input next year.

2016 has been a bumpy ride for a lot of us, but it left us some great music along the way. I want to thank all the listeners who stuck around as I moved this show from being a pre-recorded podcast to a live radio broadcast. Dave’s Lounge will return to WHUP in 2017. Keep an eye on this web site for more details…

Also, if you'd like to help these artists earn a few extra bucks from their music, click here to stream the 2016 Yearbook playlist on Spotify. (If you want to stream all the 2016 releases I introduced on Dave's Lounge, click here.)

Playlist for the #DavesLounge2016Yearbook:

(00:00) Torii Wolf – 1st
(09:42) Kawehi – Smoke Screens
(14:09) Submotion Orchestra – Red Dress
(18:40) Klangliebe – Fatally Wounded
(23:08) Wax Tailor – For The Worst (feat. IDIL)
(26:57) Janxx – Change
(31:04) Thomas Lemmer – Lost (feat. Tina Sona)
(34:41) Tor – Days Gone
(39:04) Echos – Gold
(43:07) Captain Supernova – Leaving The Past Behind (feat. Laura Mace)
(47:10) Eddie Shinn & Step & Jenova 7 – The Third Is Not Superfluous
(50:45) Michl – Kill Our Way To Heaven
(54:35) Manatee Commune – What We’ve Got (feat. Flint Eastwood)
(58:41) Boys Noize – Starchild (feat. Polica)
(1:03:00) All India Radio – Can You Hear The Sound
(1:07:06) Nina – Beyond Memory
(1:10:38) The Range – Florida
(1:13:58) Boogie Belgique – Goodnight Moon
(1:18:19) Tom Fall & JES – Come Back (Zetandel Chill Out Mix)
(1:22:04) Nikitch feat. Andreya Triana – When It All Falls Down
(1:26:43) Elliot Moss – Without The Lights
(1:30:48) Chet Porter – Stay (feat. Chelsea Cutler)
(1:34:51) Body Language – Just Let It
(1:39:05) Submotion Orchestra – Empty Love (feat. Ed Thomas)
(1:42:33) DOOXS – Wander
(1:46:58) Della Sol Lounge – Summer Haze
(1:51:12) Fiendsh – Winter In America
(1:57:15) Kutiman – She’s A Revolution

Enjoy the show!

Dave’s Lounge On The Radio #31

Commentary General

Dave’s Lounge Yearbooks on Spotify

spotify-logoI've written in the past about making Spotify work for independent artists and labels. It's difficult to do, but it's becoming more necessary every year, as music streaming continues growing in popularity at the expense of music sales.

Music sales are certainly down around these parts. Despite my putting iTunes links in the show notes for every episode on both this site and SoundCloud, this podcast sold a grand total of 92 items on iTunes in 2015 — less than four and a half sales per show. That stat makes me wonder if those links are worth the effort anymore.

On the other hand, Spotify payouts seem awfully slim. One label's latest calculations have Spotify paying only four tenths of a penny per stream. Compare that to $0.70 to $0.90 per track sold on iTunes, depending on the sale price. At those rates, it takes between 175 and 225 Spotify streams to equal one sale.

That said, it would take a mere 36,000 streams to generate more revenue than all those iTunes links I posted to the show notes in 2015. If music listeners are moving en masse to streaming, then what helps the artists I want to support more — getting one listener to buy a song, or getting a thousand listeners to stream that same song on Spotify at least once?

With that in mind, I've decided to get a bit more active in creating Spotify playlists associated with this show. I've started by taking the Dave's Lounge yearbook episodes and making Spotify playlists out of them. Here are some links:

Keep in mind that none of these yearbook playlists are complete; quite a few songs I've played in Yearbook episodes are not on Spotify for one reason or another. My hope, however, is that the artists that are on Spotify will benefit from Dave's Lounge listeners streaming these playlists. After all, I created this show to promote music I felt deserved more support. Spotify streams might not pay much, but they do pay, and that has to count for something.

If there's enough demand, I'll continue to make more playlists like this. I'll also continue to generate iTunes and Bandcamp links for the few of you out there still buying music. If nothing else, it should add to the bottom lines of independent artists and labels, and ultimately, that's a big part of what this podcast is about.

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