Monthly Archives: March 2008

What Does A CD Cost?

According to a 2004 Rolling Stone article, here is the breakdown of the cost of CDs sold at Wal-Mart (which accounts for something like 20% of physical music sales in the U.S.): $0.17 Musicians’ unions $0.80 Packaging/manufacturing $0.82 Publishing royalties $0.80 Retail profit $0.90 Distribution $1.60 Artists’ royalties $1.70 Label profit $2.40 Marketing/promotion $2.91 Label […]

General Admission

I’m now old enough to, in general, hate general admission shows. It takes a lot to get me to one. The Magnetic Fields last night was a general admission show. The Music Box was built in the 1920s, in the heyday of vaudeville and silent pictures. Like other local venues (such as the nearby Wiltern), […]

Magnetic Fields

The Magnetic Fields’s most recent album is a noisy affair called Distortion. The concept this time out is laid out in the title, as if Stephin Merritt had dreams of being a rock star. Unfortunately, it’s a little at odds with Merritt’s beautiful, clean melodies. Tonight at the Fonda Music Box theater, The Magnetic Fields […]