News Round-Up: Asteroids Galaxy Tour, Rejetson "posthumous" release, Webcaster Royalties

Here's a wrap-up of the music news from February 16, 2009:

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour return to the U.S. this spring. New York is still recovering from their last visit, so this time is sure to be memorable to say the least. They'll be stopping by Chicago, California and a little music fest down in Austin. Tour dates and mp3 link below!

03/19: Austin, TX @ SXSW - Windish Showcase at Emo's Outdoors
03/21: Austin, TX @ SXSW - Chop Shop Showcase
03/22: New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
03/24: Toronto, ONT @ Wrong Bar
03/25: Chicago, IL @ Schubas
03/27: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
03/28: San Francisco, CA @ 330 Ritch
03/30: San Diego, CA @ Casbah

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour - "The Sun Ain't Shining No More"


The now defunct London act Redjetson is prepping the release of their "posthumous" and presumably final album on April 20 through Gizeh Records. Other Arms follows the group's debut LP New General Catalogue in 2005. The group broke up last year.

Redjetson - "For Those Who Died Dancing"


The Of Great and Mortal Men project rolls on with the promised 44th track for President Barack Obama


Sunday night was the deadline for royalty deals to be hammered out between Internet radio broadcasters and royalty collection agency/record label lobbying conglomerate SoundExchange. So far, only deals with public broadcasters and the NAB have been announced. That leaves groups like religious broadcasters, small commercial webcasters (like Future Perfect Radio) and members of DiMA (like Pandora) up in the air for now. Read more at RAIN here.

The NAB has agreed to a pay-per-performance royalty structure. They'll owe $0.0015 per song, per play, per listener this year. That'll increase to $0.0025 by 2015. While these rates are lower than the previous CRB-set rates, Rusty Hodges of SomaFM points out (here) that "the only way this makes sense for broadcasters is if they're predominately talk or they're getting waivers in exchange for airplay of tracks."