Amazon Hates Torrents So Much They’d Rather Lose Business Than Give Legitimacy to Those Pesky Pirates

I’m amazed how some companies are completely resistant to any kind of change or new practices in their field. Innovation never seems to come naturally to those executives, especially those in the music business who are intent on bludgeoning their way to victory in the war against filesharing.

Here we have an example of a fairly innocuous torrent indexer, Coda.fm, offering users the option of buying an album from Amazon after they’ve downloaded it for free. However, the bigwigs at Amazon seem to have decided that this would hurt their precious image amongst the almighty record labels and asked Coda.fm to remove the links from the site. As the Coda.fm founder says, “I can’t overstate enough the idiocy of said request: they’re actually telling us to stop helping them selling [sic] albums.”

Coda.fm reckon several hundred albums have been sold through their site, clearly showing that pirates are willing to pay for music. But of course the executives can’t possibly give any ground in the tireless war on music downloads.

Amadou and Mariam Embark on U.S. Tour of Corporate-Sponsored Stadiums / Amphitheaters / Centers. Not That There’s Anything Wrong with That. (Don’t Shut Off My Service, Verizon!)

As music enthusiasists, you and I both know there is nothing more vibrant, more peaceful than listening to the sweet sounds of afropop jams drifting through the night air, wafting through the stale smell of spilled beer, above the sweaty heads of fellow concert-goers, and away into the ethereal bliss of stadium seating. Nothing could be more magical. Unless... unless you are experiencing Amadou and Mariam at one of the by-now-ubiquitous Product Placement Stadiums. And from the looks of the list below, you'll have plenty of chances to check out the legendary blind husband-and-wife team from Mali while contemplating any number of sponsors who made your seat up in the nosebleed section possible. Just think: 10 years ago, you could've been watching Amadou and Mariam at, say, the St. Louis Amphitheater. Now you can see them at this hypothetical amphitheater, but with the added bonus of being able to support AND ponder the superb products made by, say, ShamWow. That's right, you could see Amadou and Mariam at the St. Louis ShamWow Amphitheatre. Truly a dynamic musical experience for the whole family -- and that nasty spill that paper towels just won't pick up.

In real news, Amadou and Mariam's 2008 album Welcome to Mali was a hit on many year-end "best of" lists, and the duo are rumored to be opening for, um, Coldplay in July.

Tourdates:
06.02.09 - Chicago, IL - Park West
06.06.09 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
06.08.09 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
06.10.09 - Alexandra, VA - Birchmere
07.11.09 - George, Washington - The Gorge Amphitheatre
07.13.09 - San Francisco, CA - The Shoreline Amphitheatre
07.16.09 - San Diego, CA - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
07.18.09 - Carson, CA - Home Depot Center
07.21.09 - Dallas, TX - Superpages.com Center
07.22.09 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
07.24.09 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Dirty Projectors are so hot right now that fans are playing leaked copies of their forthcoming album Bitte Orca to warm up their buttermilk biscuits. Hell, the band's so hot they're scarfing down your buttermilk biscuits right now, and you ain't complaining! But wait: you don't have a CD player? Or a record player? Or an MP3 player? Or a computer? Don't worry, you cute little thing you: DP are droppin' a limited-edition, ultra-super-special TINY MIX TAPE version of Bitte Orca. You can pre-order it at Domino NOW. Like the LP, the cassette version will come with 320kbps MP3s, and it costs $9.99. Not a bad deal. Check out the beautiful tape:

Alright, that's it. Now, readers, can someone please bootleg the DP/Björk show this Friday (TMT News) and send it to me? I'd also appreciate it if someone bought me the new album. Mango's broke!!

Expanded tourdates:
05.08.09 - New York, NY - Housing Works Bookstore *
05.22.09 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater #
05.23.09 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre #
05.25.09 - Vancouver, BC - Malkin Bowl at Stanley Park #
05.27.09 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Event Centre #
05.28.09 - Calgary, AB - Macewan Hall #
05.29.09 - Saskatoon, SK - Louis Pub #
05.30.09 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre #
06.02.09 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy #
06.03.09 - Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis #
06.04.09 - Boston, MA - Boston House Of Blues #
06.05.09 - New York,NY - Central Park Summerstage #
06.06.09 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery #
06.08.09 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club #
06.09.09 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club #
06.10.09 - Richmond, VA - The National #
06.11.09 - Charlotte, NC - Amos Southend #
06.17.09 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
06.18.09 - Boston, MA - Somerville Theatre
06.19.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Waterfront
06.21.09 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center For The Arts
06.22.09 - Chicago, IL - Millenium Park
07.03.09 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
07.04.09 - Portland, OR - Holocene
07.07.09 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
07.08.09 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour

* Björk

# TV on the Radio

Photo: [Neate Photos]

Music Piracy Suit Against NY Family Settled for $7,000; RIAA’s Got Next Round at the Bar!

Hail the conquering heroes! After battling the tower of Patricia Santangelo (age 46, and a mother of five who lives in the sinister town of Wappingers Falls, NY) for an earth age (a.k.a. four years) over illegal music downloads, the Fellowship of the Antipiracy Ring that is the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is finally returning home from Mount Doom, flying high on a $7,000 settlement’s worth of eagles’ wings!

If approved by a judge, the settlement would end at least three feature-length films’ worth of fighting between record companies and Santangelo, who was originally accused of illegally downloading and distributing music, though her side of the story is that she couldn't have downloaded anything because she didn't know how to, you know... download things. She was one of thousands of people sued in the RIAA’s “... And Justice for All” campaign, but she refused to settle. Instead, she took her case to national news outlets and, according to those highly romantic Associated Press writers, “became a heroine to supporters of online freedom.” An Internet campaign raised about $15,000 for her defense.

The industry eventually dropped its suit against the mother, masterfully and tactfully filing a new one instead, against two of her children, Michelle and Robert, who were 20 and 16 years old at the time. The new lawsuit said the children had downloaded and distributed more than 1,000 songs, including “MMMBop” by Hanson and “Beat It” by Michael Jackson. Ignoring their impeccable taste, the suit also claimed that Michelle had admitted piracy in a deposition and that Robert had been implicated by a family friend.
Under the terms of the settlement, filed in court in White Plains late Friday, the Santangelos will pay $7,000, having paid half of that amount April 20 and scheduled to make six payments of $583.33 by October.

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the Santangelos,” Cara Duckworth, a sad, sad spokeswoman for the RIAA, said. Asked how much had been spent to win the $7,000 settlement, and whether it was a victory, she said, “We don’t break out costs per case, and it’s not a question of it being ‘worth it’ or a ‘victory.’” Hey, yeah! So what if the same amount of money could have been raised from an RIAA Bake Sale? You can’t just go around doing business on the basis of whether or not the practices are financially “worth it.” Not in this economy! You’ve gotta factor "petty revenge" in, too.

Ol’ Dirty Bastard Documentary and Multiple Tribute Albums to Be Released; Ooh Baby, I Still Like It Raw

I am constantly racked with continued sadness and depression over the death of my second-favorite Wu-Tanger, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and I wish that there was a way to keep his memory alive. Fortunately, my desire will soon be assuaged, as ODB’s cousin, the awesomely named Raison Allah Iceman, has plans to release a slew of tribute albums and a documentary, entitled Dirty. One Word Can Change the World.

The film, three years in the making, is set to be released this November; it chronicles the life of ODB and the impact that he had on the people and world around him. The film features interviews with family members, friends, and musical collaborators, as well as an interview with a 13-year-old girl ODB saved from a car crash while she was a toddler. Viewers are also taken on a photographic tour of ODB’s Brooklyn neighborhood and home. According to Raison Allah Iceman, who serves as producer on all of the albums and the movie:

Years ago I promised to keep Dirty's legacy alive, so we formed Zu Films and started filming a documentary which tells his life story. When word got out that we were working on a documentary, Wu fam(ily) started sending me so many tracks that we didn't want to wait until the soundtrack to the DVD to put them out. We decided to put out a tribute album every other month until the documentary, Dirty. One Word Can Change The World, is released in November. Each tribute disc will include a short trailer to promote the upcoming DVD documentary.

The first album, All in Together Now Raw: A Tribute to Ol' Dirty Bastard, was released yesterday, with at least two more albums to follow. The 10-track disc features work by The RZA and other Wu associates 4th Disciple, Brooklyn Zu, Raison Allah, Masta Killah, Killah Army, and Free Murder.

If albums and movies aren’t really your thing, then you can always show respect to ODB by driving to the welfare office in a limo to pick up your check. Or you can interrupt a music awards show. Whatever you prefer, but I recommend the DVD.

Get Your Heart Pumping for a New Circulatory System Album!

Your doctor has probably told you recently that you need to exercise more. But I bet you’re at least somewhat like me and hate running. Who wants to do that? Luckily I discovered a really good way to get my heart pumping: listening to Circulatory System! They’re coming out with a new album, Signal Morning, August 4 through Cloud Recordings. It took the band -- which includes all the members of The Olivia Tremor Control as well as Jeff Mangum and Julian Koster of Neutral Milk Hotel -- seven-and-a-half years to make it, so you know it’s got some crazy new formula for achieving their secret plan of a healthier listening population. Their circulatory systems are so healthy they’re made of steel, and if you listen to this album enough, yours might be too.

Okay, so maybe Signal Morning won’t lower your cholesterol or anything (I just really, really hate running), but the band does plan to tour extensively in support of their new material. That is definitely something to get excited about.

Signal Morning tracklisting:

1. Woodpecker Greeting Worker Ant
2. Rocks and Stones
3. This Morning (We Remembered Everything)
4. Tiny Concerts
5. Electronic Diversion
6. Overjoyed
7. The Breathing Universe
8. New from the Heavenly Loom
9. The Spinning Continuous
10. I You We
11. Blasting Through
12. Solid Forms Dissolving
13. Gold Will Stay
14. The Frozen Lake / The Symmetry
15. Until Moon Medium Hears the Message
16. (Drifts)
17. Signal Morning

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