Tuesday, February 24, 2009

UPhold's "Roade" Available Now!

My new CD ("Roade") is available on CD Baby here, if you'd like to listen to some samples and/or buy it for yourself! I'm particularly happy with how this one turned out...it's been a long time coming.

The second half of the CD ("On Your Way Out") is dedicated to Eric Little, who long-term readers of this blog will remember. I still don't know the how's and why's of his death but I certainly miss him. Finally releasing "Roade" brings some measure of closure to me.

This is the first time I've dealt with CD Baby, and my experiences so far have been good. If you plan on using their distribution services yourself, however, keep in mind that they can't market you digitally without a UPC. If you don't want to spend a ton of money on your own code you can ask CD Baby to buy one for you...but it costs $40. Weigh the pros and cons for yourself, and consider the future of the independent CD-R.

As for the digital distribution aspect, I see that they're gradually sending "Roade" out to various companies, but it apparently can take up to three months for the product to be fully registered. So Napster, Lala, and Amazon, here I come!

PS: If you do plan on ordering it, do yourself a favour and take advantage of the $5.00 sale...it's a great way to hear new (and desperate) artists cheap!

2 comments:

Kimber said...

Congrats Muffy...I'll definitely be checking this out.

Can I ask about the title of your album?

Muffy St. Bernard said...

Well, I was going to just call it "Road to Avondale," though that seemed a bit lopsided considering that song only made up half the album.

Then I discovered Patrick Wilkin's photograph from last year's K/W Busker Festival, with the huge "E" on the front. It felt like the perfect image and I'm thrilled he let me use it.

But there was the problem of the big letter "E," and my reluctance to obscure the image with too much text. Then I realized that there was already a "road" in the picture, and combined with the "E" you get "Roade," or "Roadie," or "Road with a silent e."

"Roade" has the added benefit of showing up distinctly in search engines, whereas the band name ("UPhold") does not. :)