Did You Hear That Willie Nelson Got Hit By Car? He Was Playing “On the Road Again.” LOL. No, But Seriously, He Got Arrested For Possession.

Is this even news? Willie Nelson with marijuana? Possibly the least shocking story of 2006. The only part of the story that could be considered surprising is the fact that he was able to fit all of his pot on to one bus. The arrest happened to Willie and four others in Louisiana while en route to play a tribute show for what would have been Hank Williams' 85th birthday. The BioWillie-fueled tour bus was pulled over and subsequently investigated after the officer said he "noticed the strong odor of marijuana" when talking to the driver.

So I guess the only surprising thing about this whole ordeal is, well, that the arrest happened at all. It's not like anyone who had ever heard of Willie Nelson didn't know that he dabbled in a bit of drugs here and there. Look at the signs. For me, it was somewhere between watching him host the first annual NORML golf tournament in 2005 (an organization for which he serves on the board) and seeing giant marijuana leaf on the cover of his 2005 album Countryman that I first had my suspicions. "Perhaps this guy smokes pot every once in a while," I think is what I said to myself. For others it might have been the article about him in High Times or the popular legend that he once smoked on the roof of the White House during the Carter years. To each their own.

Furthermore, I am (like Willie) a native resident of Texas, and I can all but guarantee you that this shit would never have gone down in our home state. It's a peculiar situation: the better portion of the state is made up of people who hate long-haired men, hate liberals, hate environmentalists, and above all, hate hippies. But for whatever reason, these fuckers are crazy about Willie Nelson. The man is a legend. Our neighbors to the east, apparently, are not as sympathetic. Maybe they would have been more pleased had they ran into New Orleans native Lil' Romeo? Thankfully, Willie did manage to get off without felony charges, as he and his crew (average age: 62) claimed that all of the over-one-and-a-half-pounds of pot and three ounces of mushrooms was for personal use, and not to be sold.

I guess the question I've been trying to ask in this article is, "why now?" Nelson, now 73, has been an avid drug enthusiast for decades, and during that time has made little-to-no effort to conceal it. To me, the idea of a Willie forced to live out his golden years drug-free is on par with telling Harry Potter to go the rest of his Hogwarts career without any cocaine (just wait for book seven). All we can do is hope that, for the common good, neither of these situations actually take place. But personally, I'm not worried; I have confidence that the U.S. legal system will do its job, and Willie will be able to use his celebrity status to return to his old ways after just a few hours of community service.

Allofmp3.com Still Has it All; Russia Too Cutting-Edge for America or WTO

All right!! Russia has caught on to the wonderful world of fast-food chains!!! Now I can live comfortably knowing I can always have a cheeseburger to remind me of home when traveling abroad. Globalization has made it that much easier to be ignorant toward foreign food, which sucks anyway! No more pitas unless they're filled with cut-up hot dogs!!

But even with Mickey D's, Russia has still been unable to join the prestigious World Trade Organization, and the U.S. is one country keeping Russia from getting into the party. One reason is because of TMT's favorite topic: the differences in copyright laws!!! Russia's copyright laws work like this: music may be sold through the internet without any copyright infringement police knocking at your door yelling at you in Russian. Russian police don't yell at you in Russian because of Russian rights agencies, like the Russian Multimedia and Internet Society (ROMS) and the Rightholders Federation for Collective Copyright Management of Works Used Interactively (FAIR). (How do these agencies acronyms-ize into ROMS and FAIR anyway? Probably witches.)

These agencies collect royalties from websites selling music and send a portion of that money (but not as much as in the U.S.) to the record companies. This has created a loophole in which websites are allowed to release anything — because they're paying "rights," but not really as much as the RIAA loves to get — until the record companies exclusively ask them to exclude their works from their licenses. This, of course, cheats out the American recording industry. As the Russians would say in Russian: "We're not selling hard goods, so we don't need permission from the author and do not have to pay for the amount the recording industries ask for." It's Russia; they do whatever the hell they want. What witches!

But, tricky tricky are the witches. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has been trying to shut down websites which use ROMS and FAIR to sell music online, and they're targeting one of the bigger Russian websites, Allofmp3.com. Allofmp3.com allows you to download an album for the price of one of those fast-food double-cheeseburgers they're munching on in Russia right now. (They're fatties, totally!!)

See, this site doesn't charge per-song, but per-megabyte: 2 cents each. So these rates add up to basically $2 max for an album. Oh, and it should be mentioned that music there is generally cheap anyway: albums bought in Russia cost about 100 rubles, which is about $3.

But in order for Russia to be able to join Satan's WTO (that's right, I said it!), it needs to shut down sites that sell music for such cheap prices. Trying its darnedest, Russia has recently passed new copyright laws that allow the government to prosecute owners of websites selling digital music. However, it still cannot prosecute websites like Allofmp3.com that pay rights agencies. That's still not breaking the law. As long as someone is getting paid — no matter how much — it's completely legal.

Jana Hunter Scours Eastern States To Find Out, Once And For All, Who Has Her Money

An anecdote: Last January, I got the chance to catch a Jana Hunter show in the downstairs of a smallish London pub. While the opening band performed, Jana leaned against a pillar near the bar, drink in hand, most assuredly chillin'. When it came time for her to go on, she parted the crowd with a mumbled "'scuse me" and ambled on stage, setting the drink on an amp and picking up her guitar. The audience was silent while she played a short set of songs, and before anyone could get fully comfortable, she had set the guitar back down, picked up her drink, tucked her hair behind her ear, and walked back over to the bar. The music had been nothing but somber and haunting, so we all politely clapped, but I think it's safe to say that amidst the clapping was the tiny sound of a hundred hearts rupturing.

Have your insides ripped apart this October:

10.13.06 - Providence, RI - AS220
10.14.06 - Northampton, MA - Eagles Club
10.15.06 - Boston, MA - PA's Lounge
10.16.06 - Portsmouth, NH - The Red Door
10.17.06 - Bronxville, NY - Sarah Lawrence
10.18.06 - New Haven, CT - BAR Nightclub
10.19.06 - Brooklyn, NY - Northsix
10.20.06 - New York, NY - Tonic
10.21.06 - Purchase, NY - SUNY Purchase
10.22.06 - Buffalo, NY - Soundlab
10.23.06 - Rochester, NY - TBA
10.24.06 - Worcester, MA - TBA

all dates w/ Deer Tick

Did You Hear That Willie Nelson Got Hit By Car? He Was Playing “On the Road Again.” LOL. No, But Seriously, He Got Arrested For Possession.

Is this even news? Willie Nelson with marijuana? Possibly the least shocking story of 2006. The only part of the story that could be considered surprising is the fact that he was able to fit all of his pot on to one bus. The arrest happened to Willie and four others in Louisiana while en route to play a tribute show for what would have been Hank Williams' 85th birthday. The BioWillie-fueled tour bus was pulled over and subsequently investigated after the officer said he "noticed the strong odor of marijuana" when talking to the driver.

So I guess the only surprising thing about this whole ordeal is, well, that the arrest happened at all. It's not like anyone who had ever heard of Willie Nelson didn't know that he dabbled in a bit of drugs here and there. Look at the signs. For me, it was somewhere between watching him host the first annual NORML golf tournament in 2005 (an organization for which he serves on the board) and seeing giant marijuana leaf on the cover of his 2005 album Countryman that I first had my suspicions. "Perhaps this guy smokes pot every once in a while," I think is what I said to myself. For others it might have been the article about him in High Times or the popular legend that he once smoked on the roof of the White House during the Carter years. To each their own.

Furthermore, I am (like Willie) a native resident of Texas, and I can all but guarantee you that this shit would never have gone down in our home state. It's a peculiar situation: the better portion of the state is made up of people who hate long-haired men, hate liberals, hate environmentalists, and above all, hate hippies. But for whatever reason, these fuckers are crazy about Willie Nelson. The man is a legend. Our neighbors to the east, apparently, are not as sympathetic. Maybe they would have been more pleased had they ran into New Orleans native Lil' Romeo? Thankfully, Willie did manage to get off without felony charges, as he and his crew (average age: 62) claimed that all of the over-one-and-a-half-pounds of pot and three ounces of mushrooms was for personal use, and not to be sold.

I guess the question I've been trying to ask in this article is, "why now?" Nelson, now 73, has been an avid drug enthusiast for decades, and during that time has made little-to-no effort to conceal it. To me, the idea of a Willie forced to live out his golden years drug-free is on par with telling Harry Potter to go the rest of his Hogwarts career without any cocaine (just wait for book seven). All we can do is hope that, for the common good, neither of these situations actually take place. But personally, I'm not worried; I have confidence that the U.S. legal system will do its job, and Willie will be able to use his celebrity status to return to his old ways after just a few hours of community service.

Working Class People Grab their Parts and Labor for their “More Rock, Less Money” Tour

Parts and Labor are one of the loudest bands to see live. FACT: when you see smaller, "underground" bands in smaller, "underground" venues, everything is so much louder. OPINION: mainly, it's because the bands don't give a shit or it's part of their music-playing philosophy. FACT: or the venue is so small it doesn't even have a stage, so that puts you that much closer to the amplifiers, which are turned up to the same volume as if you were at a stadium concert. OPINION: in particular with Parts and Labor, their drummer beats the shit out of his drums. FACT: it's amazing.

Anyway, Parts and Labor, from Brooklyn, New York, having just toured throughout England during July, will continue on their tour around the world (i.e., Western Europe). The trio released a new CD, titled Stay Afraid, earlier this year and are soon going to release a new 12-inch EP which, according to their website, is "the three of [them] on electronics doing some beat-heavy, home-recorded experiments." FACT: I'm pretty excited, guys. OPINION: No, I'm not being sarcastic. FACT: I'm genuinely pumped. I saw these guys live and I got to talk with them! FACT: It's a shame that you have no idea if I'm being sarcastic or not because this medium doesn't allow for that type of interaction.

Regardless, check Parts and Labor out if you want to see a good show. They're pretty catchy and you might even be able to bring your non-music obsessed friends with you. OPINION: They might even have fun.

Pirates, zombies, and ninjas, what?:

10.06.06 – Antwerpen, Belgium – Trix
10.07.06 – Brussels, Belgium – Botanique ^_^
10.08.06 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso ^_^
10.10.06 – Leipzig, Germany – Frueh Auf *
10.11.06 – Bielefeld, Germany – AJZ *
10.13.06 – Malmo, Sweden – Pink Flag at Inkonst
10.14.06 – Stockholm, Sweden – Fritz's Corner ~_^
10.15.06 – Dresden, Germany – Groovestation
10.16.06 – Berlin, Germany – Magnet Club ~_^
10.17.06 – Stuttgart, Germany – Schocken ~_^
10.18.06 – Lausanne, Switzerland – Le Romandie ~_^
10.19.06 – Basel, Switzerland – Das Schiff ~_^
10.20.06 - Urbino, Italy - Makkia
10.21.06 - Pistoia, Italy - Melos
10.23.06 - Paris, France - Le Chiquito
10.24.06 - Brixton, UK - Windmill
10.27.06 - London, UK - The Fly
10.28.06 – Oxford, UK – Zodiac
10.29.06 – Lancaster, UK – The Yorkshire House
10.30.06 – Bristol, UK – Thelka
11.03.06 – New York, NY – Tonic +

^_^ w/ I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness and Hidden Cameras
* w/ Japanther and The Good Good
~_^ w/ I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
+ w/ Jagjaguwar/Brah Showcase

Working Class People Grab their Parts and Labor for their “More Rock, Less Money” Tour

Parts and Labor are one of the loudest bands to see live. FACT: when you see smaller, "underground" bands in smaller, "underground" venues, everything is so much louder. OPINION: mainly, it's because the bands don't give a shit or it's part of their music-playing philosophy. FACT: or the venue is so small it doesn't even have a stage, so that puts you that much closer to the amplifiers, which are turned up to the same volume as if you were at a stadium concert. OPINION: in particular with Parts and Labor, their drummer beats the shit out of his drums. FACT: it's amazing.

Anyway, Parts and Labor, from Brooklyn, New York, having just toured throughout England during July, will continue on their tour around the world (i.e., Western Europe). The trio released a new CD, titled Stay Afraid, earlier this year and are soon going to release a new 12-inch EP which, according to their website, is "the three of [them] on electronics doing some beat-heavy, home-recorded experiments." FACT: I'm pretty excited, guys. OPINION: No, I'm not being sarcastic. FACT: I'm genuinely pumped. I saw these guys live and I got to talk with them! FACT: It's a shame that you have no idea if I'm being sarcastic or not because this medium doesn't allow for that type of interaction.

Regardless, check Parts and Labor out if you want to see a good show. They're pretty catchy and you might even be able to bring your non-music obsessed friends with you. OPINION: They might even have fun.

Pirates, zombies, and ninjas, what?:

10.06.06 – Antwerpen, Belgium – Trix
10.07.06 – Brussels, Belgium – Botanique ^_^
10.08.06 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso ^_^
10.10.06 – Leipzig, Germany – Frueh Auf *
10.11.06 – Bielefeld, Germany – AJZ *
10.13.06 – Malmo, Sweden – Pink Flag at Inkonst
10.14.06 – Stockholm, Sweden – Fritz's Corner ~_^
10.15.06 – Dresden, Germany – Groovestation
10.16.06 – Berlin, Germany – Magnet Club ~_^
10.17.06 – Stuttgart, Germany – Schocken ~_^
10.18.06 – Lausanne, Switzerland – Le Romandie ~_^
10.19.06 – Basel, Switzerland – Das Schiff ~_^
10.20.06 - Urbino, Italy - Makkia
10.21.06 - Pistoia, Italy - Melos
10.23.06 - Paris, France - Le Chiquito
10.24.06 - Brixton, UK - Windmill
10.27.06 - London, UK - The Fly
10.28.06 – Oxford, UK – Zodiac
10.29.06 – Lancaster, UK – The Yorkshire House
10.30.06 – Bristol, UK – Thelka
11.03.06 – New York, NY – Tonic +

^_^ w/ I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness and Hidden Cameras
* w/ Japanther and The Good Good
~_^ w/ I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
+ w/ Jagjaguwar/Brah Showcase