Tonohoney is the name of a band I stumbled upon while listening to a podcast. I dig their music mainly because it's different. It's nothing that hasn't been done before, but it's music that doesn't fit in a specific genre. It's a little jazzy and bluesy type rock and roll.
Even if they weren't producing their own records independently, you still wouldn't be able to hear them anywhere. But they are cool and I dig them and they have two CD's available. They are $15 on their website that is linked above and you can even download all of their first album for free to check it out. I will warn you that the first song on the first album called Swoosh wouldn't download for me, but it's really good and I have it on a podcast already so what do I care.
So that brings me up to this, imagine what could happen with this podcasting thing for the music industry. Most every podcast, no matter what the subject of it is, will always give you some music to listen to. This music is called "podsafe" which means that you don't have to worry about the RIAA knocking on your door with a lawsuit in their hands if you download it or distribute it in anyway. Or if you play it on your podcast.
Imagine what could happen if the bands made all of the profit instead of getting a dollar from every CD bought from their record label.
Remember when Toni Braxton was the biggest star in music, but was dead broke even before her fame died down? She didn't get but a tiny portion of the money made from her millions of albums that she sold. Everybody but her was getting rich.
This podsafe music allows the bands to get all of the cash and sure there will be kids that will distribute the music after they buy the albums, but for the most part people will support the bands they like. Either way it could give bands a little more leverage when it comes to actually drawing up a contract so that they can get better deals.
There is a podsafe music network forming and it could really change the music industry as we know it in a dramatic way.
You have to wonder if some of the horrible bands that are our now really deserved their record deal or if they were just in the right place at the right time.