Arts The Beatdoctor
Cymarshall Law
Everliven Sound & Inf
Max Fischer
Inf
Kapabel & Inf
Leadsmen
SENSE & Sotu the Traveller
Skiggy Rapz
YaDamnSkippy!
May 22 2009

Austinist Interview / Fat Caddy Strikes Back

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Yesterday morning the Austinist posted a nice label profile on Beats Broke. As the press often love to do, they highlighted a bit of self-created controversy between Beats Broke and fellow Austin label Fat Caddy Records.

This morning, I discover that Jon over at Fat Caddy (seen above practicing his Kung-Fu skills) rammed some more coal into the engine of the PR train by creating a Scottie Pippen t-shirt (again, to catch you up to speed, I claimed Fat Caddy to be “the Scottie Pippen to our Michael Jordan”). The t-shirt is limited to only 36 prints, and you can pick one up for only $15. Touché!

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Jon didn’t just stop there, as he landed a hit below the belt by calling me a “skinny-hipster-ass“. Looks like Fat Catty Caddy strikes again. HEYO!

When will this online “rivelry” of self-promotion end? Only time can tell. How will it end? Hopefully in a public makeout session, à la 50 Cent and The Game. I’ll bring the Blistex.

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May 20 2009

New Danger Mouse CD Released As A Blank CD-R…

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Looks like we’re not alone…

New Danger Mouse CD Released
As A Blank CD-R Due To Legal
Fight With EMI

By MIKE MASNICK
Published: May 15, 2009
TechDirt.com

If you follow copyright issues, you’re no doubt aware of Danger Mouse. He’s the DJ who got quite a lot of attention a few years back for creating one of the very first mainstream mashups — mixing the Beatle’s The White Album with Jay-Z’s The Black Album to create the rather unique The Grey Album. Of course, one of the main reasons why the album became so well known was because EMI sent cease-and-desist letters to everyone who posted copies of the album, and then to anyone who posted that they were going to participate in the “Grey Tuesday” protest. The whole thing seemed pretty silly. It’s not as if anyone listening to The Grey Album would find it a substitute for either of the other albums.

Read More…

May 15 2009

Delayed: Bang To The Boogie EP

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Due to an unforeseen sample clearance issue, we are sorry to announce that all digital versions of the song “Today” and all printed CDs have to be withdrawn from online and offline shells.

Don’t worry; we are working hard to find a suitable solution for all parties involved. The Bang to the Boogie EP has not been cancelled, it has just delayed for a few weeks. Please be patient as we work to quickly resolve the issue.

Thank you for your understanding,
- Ryan

May 13 2009

Analog T-Shirt Published in Design Collection

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I just received word this morning from Rockport Publishers that the Beats Broke Analog T-Shirt is included in their new book entitled 1,000 Garment Graphics by Jeffrey Everett! Hot damn!

“Finally there is a one-stop source with all the coolest graphics on T-shirts, handbags, scarves, pants, onesies—you name it. If it can be worn, it can have a cool graphic element. This book offers designers a vast collection of inspiring and innovative graphic works from the real world, featuring trends as well as graphics that endure the test of time.”

I have yet to receive my physical copies, but I discovered on Amazon they even used the Analog design for the book’s table of contents:

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The 320 page paperback was released May 1, 2009 and is currently on sale at Amazon.com for only $26.40 (with free shipping).

The O.G. T-Shirt is available in our store for the low price of $17.99. It’s now officially fresh.

May 12 2009

RELEASED TODAY: Skiggy Rapz – “Bang To The Boogie EP”

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Beats Broke is proud to officially release
Skiggy Rapz – “Bang To The Boogie EP” today!

In case you haven’t heard, Skiggy Rapz has opened for Kanye West, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Camp Lo and more! He attended SXSW Music Festival in March with Arts The Beatdoctor (his first time performing in the US). Skiggy is also the winner of “The Grand Prize”; an annual award given to the best artist in Holland. In other words…he ain’t no chump.

The EP is 9 tracks long, comes in CD and Digital forms, and contains two fantastic remixes by Inf and Arts The Beatdoctor. Tinusz and Annemarie of the former Dutch band Leaf also make appearances on the album.

Buy the album for only $7.99 (MP3) and $8.99 (CD) in our store today, and help support future releases by Beats Broke!

You can also purchase the album at the retailers below. We’re still getting picked up by other stores weekly, so if you’re favorite shop isn’t stocking Skiggy let us know.

BUY THE MP3s:
Beats Broke – $7.99
iTunes – $5.99
Amazon – $8.91
Bandcamp – $8.11
eMusic – Subscription Based
lala – $7.49
Limewire – $8.91
Napster – Subscription Based
Rhapsody – Subscription Based

BUY THE CD:
Beats Broke – $8.99
Access Hip-Hop – $8.95
Merch ‘N Stuff – $13.61

If you live in the Austin, TX area, purchase the CD “offline” at Waterloo Records, End of an Ear, Cheapos, Backspin Records, DJ Dojo, Friends of Sound, Piranha Records and Hastings for under $10.

BOOM!

May 11 2009

Follow Beats Broke on Twitter

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TWEET! TWEET!

Follow Beats Broke on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beatsbroke.

We like to post coupon codes, juicy gossip and enough snarky comments there to make Angie Tempura proud. Bitch, pleeze!

May 9 2009

Skiggy Rapz signs to Beats Broke + Album Pre-Sale Code!

In what amounts to the shotgun-wedding version of an artist signing, Beats Broke is proud to annouce our newest artist Skiggy Rapz!

We’ve been fans of Skiggy Rapz since we heard him on Arts The Beatdoctor’s Fragments and Transitions releases. We specificly requested he make an appearance on Progressions. We even dragged his ass to Texas to attend SXSW in March. Well, enough wasn’t enough, and we demanded more Skiggy! It’s been far too long since he dropped Boat Drinks. :)

With that we are pround to present Skiggy RapzBang To The Boogie EP on Tuesday, May 12. Included are nine of the freshest tracks you’ll hear this summer, including guest appearances by Annemarie and Tinusz (of Leaf), plus remixes by Inf and Arts The Beatdoctor. To make it even better, you can pick up the CD or Digital albums for only $8.99 in our store!

But wait, there’s more! From now until Tuesday, use the discount code “headphones” to get your choice of the CD or MP3 version of the album for only $5 (USD). For you Europeans out there, that’s only €3.72 (EUR) by today’s exchange rate. You can hardly use a public restroom in Europe for that…so what are you waiting for? Buy yourself a copy before the code expires on the album’s release date of May 12.