Updates

News | February 19th, 2012

Today the shop got a big makeover, heavily simplified out of necessity as Justin’s albums are taken down throughout Magnatune’s extended web of digital distribution partners and put back up again on iTunes (exclusively for the time being).

The music page also got an update today, and you can now click on each album to see a lightbox-style popup with more information and track previews that work much better than the older version. It’s a streamlined setup that will make it easier to manage going forward, and it looks pretty great, too. Check it out, and be sure to come back soon and see all of the other updates that are still coming!

Ping

News | February 17th, 2012

Justin now has an artist page on Ping, so be sure to check it out and follow him for the very latest news and more. With new music and remastered albums all coming soon to iTunes, it’s the best way keep track of it all!

Moving Up

News | February 9th, 2012

Hi all, Justin here. Today I ended my contract with Magnatune.com, and to what has truly been a valuable partnership for the past six years. I’m grateful to John Buckman (and Jan, in the early days) for all that they’ve done and I wish everyone at Magnatune the best as they continue to fight for the artists they represent in the face of a tumultuous market.

It’s no secret, though, that I wasn’t ever comfortable with their shift to a subscription-based model. I blogged about it two years ago, got some really helpful feedback (then a mean-spirited commenter showed up and ruined the whole thing—this is why we can’t have nice things.) Still, I gave it some time, waited to see the results, and in the end I found that it was contributing to an overall lack of enthusiasm and a dampened creativity for making music that’s probably evident by almost as long a period without significant news updates on this very site. I didn’t and still don’t think that any artist’s discography is worth a tiny slice of a $15/month subscription, and I’d rather make no money at all than get paid one penny at a time.

I want to be clear, though—I think the subscription model is a bad one for musicians, I don’t think that Magnatune is bad.

During this same period of transition I also quit my day job and became self-employed, finding creative satisfaction in helping to create a sheet music reader for iPad rather than making music directly. I had maintained this site independently of my other work until I realized, recently, that this isn’t justinbianco’smusic.com (yes, I know an apostrophe wouldn’t work in a URL anyway, but just go with it,) it’s justinbianco.com. Who I am and what I’m passionate about may have shifted somewhat, but it’s still all part of who I am.

As such, I’ve started making some changes to this site and you’ll be seeing a lot of new content go up over the next few days. I hope you like it, and if you have feedback please don’t hesitate to contact me on the About page. Just know that albums will be coming down and going back up on iTunes, Amazon, and other digital retailers as I work to make everything available on my own terms.

I’ve got a new album of solo piano compositions coming out soon, I just released my first novel, and I’m almost finished with my next brand new app. It feels like the beginning of an era, not the end of one, and I hope you’ll join me as I continue to explore what I love to do and how it can brighten the lives of anyone who hears my music, reads my book, or uses my app.

Rock on.

Lana Del Rey’s “Blue Jeans”

News | September 19th, 2011

Lana Del Rey’s video for the song “Blue Jeans” off of her upcoming EP ends with a little snippet of Justin’s song “Sword of Truth” (from the album Phoenix). Lana Del Rey has a great style and sound, and it’s an honor to be featured as part of this hit. You can watch the video here or visit her official website at lanadelrey.com.

Lulu.com, site changes

News | August 16th, 2011

Lulu.com has announced that they’ll no longer be selling downloads or physical CDs, making some of Justin’s older albums unavailable as of October 15th. We’re currently researching alternatives, so expect to hear more from us on that soon, but it’s likely that some of the more obscure titles will just disappear forever.

The site was recently moved to a new server, so we apologize for any downtime during that process (everything is finished now). We’ve also had to disable the comments system due to abuse, but we’ll be researching alternative methods of blocking spam and such, so hopefully we’ll be able to restore it soon. Thanks for your patience!