EU recordings granted 20-year copyright extension, old guard kept from heading to the poor house

EU recordings granted 20-year copyright extension, old guard kept from heading to the poor house

Artists, producers, and label executives across the EU are praising a new ruling that extends copyright protection for sound recordings from the existing 50 years to 70 years. The new regulation also sets up a fund for session players, creates an ‘out’ for artists whose recorded music isn’t properly made available for sale by labels, and establishes a ‘clean slate’ clause that doesn’t punish artists whose recording sales don’t cover their up-front advances.

One argument for the extension purports that the expiration of upcoming copyrights on recordings by artists whose songs are more or less part of the public consciousness — The Beatles being the most obvious example — would prevent advertisers from supporting new and upcoming artists by relying on highly popular yet copyright-free material to sell their products and services. One imagines that Apple would still lean heavily on the indie community to sell its phones and MP3 players, but in a post-1960s copyright expiration world, anything could be possible.

In other words, Paul McCartney is no longer expected to begin his rapid descent into poverty. No word yet on the state of Ringo Starr, though one hopes he’s doing just fine in his Octopus garden.

• The Beatles:

Lil Wayne has 12 simultaneous singles on the Billboard Hot 100 — the flawless barometer of quality

I won’t pretend to be a Lil Wayne expert, because really, he’s not my cup of tea. Not at all. I do remember chants of “Free Weezy” reverberating through the crowd at Bonnaroo last summer as we all waited for The Flaming Lips to come on. And back in April, two friends of mine drove eight hours to see him, despite only knowing one of his songs.

Maybe I should check out a track or two, just to see what all the commotion is about, considering that Lil Wayne currently has 12 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Only The Beatles have had more simultaneously charting songs — 14, back on April 11, 1964. But, Sufjan just came on in the coffee shop where I’m currently sitting, and I’m not feeling particularly adventurous. I’ll just stick to what I know I like. However, if you’re more inclined to keep up with the times, you could try “Mirror,” which features Bruno Mars and leads Weezy’s string of Billboard hits with the #16 spot. Whatever floats your boat. I’ll be listening to “Predatory Wasp of the Palisades” for the 74th time.

• Lil Wayne:
• Young Money:

RIP: DJ Mehdi

From FACT:

News is circulating on Twitter that DJ Mehdi (pictured above) has passed away.

The French DJ/producer, real name Mehdi Favéris-Essadi, was a core member of Paris’s Ed Banger crew, and most recently had been collaborating with Riton on ghetto-house project Carte Blanche. FACT hasn’t seen any official statement on this tragic death, nor heard anything of how it happened, but a tweet from Mehdi’s old friend, French hip-hop DJ Cut Killer, suggests that the news is, regrettably, true:

“Dj Mehdi !!! il n’y a pas de mots pour vous dire la peine que je ressens …. un ami s en vas ….repose en paix fréro”

• DJ Mehdi:

Peaking Lights sign to Mexican Summer/Weird World, new album expected in Spring 2012

Mexican Summer and Domino’s Weird World label have signed on to release the follow-up to 936 (TMT Review), the fantastic Peaking Lights album released earlier this year on Not Not Fun. The new album isn’t recorded yet, but the husband-wife duo will head to Greenpoint, Brooklyn (where else?) in November to self-produce the album at Mexican Summer’s studio. I could paraphrase right now, but I think Aaron Coyes sums up the new songs best:

The songs that we’ve been working on have been very groovy and psyched out, foraging deeper into new rhythm techniques and territories, smoother bass lines w/ a heavy dub influence looking outward to private press boogie records, African & Latin rhythms and tranced vibrations of the most killer all nite party you’ve never been to: less cocaine, more weed, a sustained orgasm, maintaining 100% creative control, late hot summer nights, come down chill room and low lit zone, lazer light show, smoke machines, being naked and watching the sun rise. This has been inspired by a long wild ride of a year with the birth of our son Mikko Lorenzo Dunis Coyes being at the helm of inspiration. We’re working on moving in new directions, there’s a lot of things we’ll never give up in our passion for making killer chunes, but the birth of our son has been an eye opening event to infinite possibilities…

As we wait for the new album — expected in Spring 2012 — Weird World will release 936 outside North America on November 21, preceded by a 12-inch remix album. And hey, they’ve also got some dates coming up:

12.03.11 - Amsterdam, NL - BitterZoet
12.06.11 - London, UK - Plastic People
12.09.11 - London. UK - Rough Trade East (in-store)
12.10.11 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute

And if that’s not giving you enough of a fix, check out Mixxed-Up, an 85-minute mix Peaking Lights has cooked up in celebration:

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Kate Bush announces 50 Words for Snow — an album, not a third-grade homework assignment

Kate Bush isn’t one to re-record an entire album’s worth of her past tracks and go back into hiding. Director’s Cut, the archival release from earlier this year, gave Bush a taste of what she has been depriving her fans of. Announcing 50 Words for Snow marks her first true studio effort since 2005’s Aerial. Can you think of what 50 words for snow Ms. Bush might be harping on across seven tracks that clock in at just over an hour? Flurry, blizzard, frigid, powder, cocaine — those are just a few of our favorites. 50 Words for Snow will be released on November 21 through Bush’s own label Fish People, just as the first cold front sneaks in and surprises you with the shock of unforgiving gray skies.

50 Words for Snow tracklisting:

01. Snowflake
02. Lake Tahoe
03. Misty
04. Wildman
05. Snowed in at Wheeler Street
06. 50 Words for Snow
07. Among Angels

• Kate Bush/Fish People:

Deerhoof release free live album 99% Upset Feeling, hope you’re hanging in there

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the day after 9/11, Deerhoof have valiantly stepped forward with an offering for the masses: a new live release titled 99% Upset Feeling, available as a free download from their website.

Featuring favorites from a wide swathe of their impressive back catalog as well as a cover of Canned Heat’s “Goin’ Up the Country,” the album should make you want to run out and buy tickets to see them live right away. Thankfully, Deerhoof are kind enough to have packed their fall schedule with lots of opportunities to do just that. Highlights include a stop at the Polyvinyl 15-Year Anniversary in Champaign, IL and a spot on the bill for ATP’s I’ll be Your Mirror show curated by Portishead and featuring a special performance by Jeff Magnum.

Deerhoof really do care about you and your well-being in these tough times. Do yourself a favor and never forget how much fun Deerhoof is live.

99% Upset Feeling tracklisting:

01. Offend Maggie
02. The Perfect Me
03. Pinhead
04. Flower
05. The Tears and Music of Love
06. Behold a Marvel in the Darkness
07. You Can’t Sit Down
08. The Merry Barracks
09. Desaparecere
10. Goin’ Up the Country
11. Fresh Born


09.15.11 - San Francisco, CA - Atrium (SFMOMA)
09.20.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
09.21.11 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
09.22.11 - Charlottesville, VA - The Jefferson
09.23.11 - Cincinnati, OH - MidPoint Music Festival
09.24.11 - Champaign, IL - Polyvinyl’s 15-Year Anniversary at Highdive
09.25.11 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
09.26.11 - Saint Louis, MO - Luminary Center for the Arts
09.29.11 - Cambridge, MA - Middle Ease Downstairs
10.01.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.02.11 - Asbury Park, NJ - Convention Hall (All Tomorrow’s Party)

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