Google bans Grooveshark app from Android Market after pressure from labels and squares that can’t groove

Google bans Grooveshark app from Android Market after pressure from labels and squares that can't groove

“Woe ye demon possessed, Grooveshark!” shouted Google CEO Larry Page, dabbing his brow with a carefully folded handkerchief. “Thy wanton uploading and fiendish streaming have made a mockery of Law, and now you and your children… nay, your children’s children, are this day banishéd. May your doorsteps forever be pungent from fecal matter.”

Harsh words in 2011, but that’s (roughly) how it went down on Wednesday, when the Grooveshark app was pulled from Android Market e-shelves. Google’s public explanation is that they simply “remove apps from Android Market that violate our terms of service,” but it’s likely that label pressure had a hand in the decision, given Apple’s yanking of Grooveshark from their App Store last August due to complaints from Universal Music Group UK. Grooveshark has since made this statement to Mashable:

We were surprised by Google’s removal of the Grooveshark App from the Android Market Place, and are still unclear as to what policies have now been violated. We have always had a positive relationship with Google as evidenced by the Grooveshark App’s active and featured presence in the Android Marketplace for the past one and a half years.

We respect copyright law and the rights of content owners, generating positive results and revenues for the artists and labels that we have agreements with. Regarding the content for which we do not have agreements in place yet, we abide by, and pay royalties, according to the rules outlined in the DMCA, the same legal act that governs Google and YouTube’s activities.

The music streaming application has been in the doghouse fairly frequently in the last few years, battling lawsuits from monoliths like EMI due to their controversial upload system that allows users to add whatever music they want and share playlists with other users, unlike other streaming apps that force users to listen to a pre-approved Mumford & Sons song after they give a thumbs-up to The Incredible String Band. Grooveshark has avoided litigation in the past by striking up licensing deals with whoever’s angry, which is how the EMI lawsuit was dropped in 2009.

Interestingly, Google’s general counsel Kent Walker testified that same Wednesday before the House Judiciary Intellectual Property Subcommittee in regard to their handling of copyright issues, such as allowing links to piratey material in their search results. As Billboard put it, “[k]nowing [that] Walker would be testifying today, and knowing that Google is negotiating music licensing deals for its pending music service, the industry placed what one source defined as ‘strong political pressure’ on Google to remove from the Android store any objectionable apps.”

Interesting developments, but honestly, how can any of these guys get out of bed, let alone argue over copyright violation, when America’s most wonderful group of all time, LCD Soundsystem, has left us??

Rose Quartz blog recruits Sun Araw, Thurston Moore, Grouper, and more for New Zealand earthquake fundraiser

On February 22, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit the New Zealand city of Christchurch, causing billions in damages and at least 172 deaths. To raise money for quake relief and recovery efforts, partially New Zealand-based blog Rose Quartz has put together a digital compilation. Though much of the compilation consists of bands from the Christchurch area, it also features unreleased material from international acts like Thurston Moore, Grouper, Sun Araw, and Dolphins into the Future.

The compilation is free for download here, but listeners are urged to provide a donation. All donated funds will go to the New Zealand Red Cross.


01. Spelunks, “ba-DUNK”
02. Shocking Pinks, “Black Envelope”
03. Thurston Moore, “Circulation (1st Demo)”
04. Coasting, “Discovery”
05. Canterbury Rams, “Simple Mind”
06. Dolphins into the Future, “Armona”
07. Wet Wings, “Feeeel It”
08. Golden Axe, “Catmaster”
09. Secrets, “RMBR U”
10. Monopoly Child Star Searchers, “Winds Emotive Inner Key”
11. Mount Pleasant, “Florida”
12. Sun Araw, “Thrasher”
13. Grouper, “He Knows (Live at St. Lukes Cathedral, Christchurch)”
14. With Moths, “We All Sleep”

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Bert Jansch is back — with a vengeance and with Neil Young on tour

Everyone’s favorite acoustic guitar player — well, at least Neil Young’s favorite (and mine) — has announced that he will be returning to the US as Young’s “special guest” for a spring tour.

The British bombshell, who recently overcame lung cancer and released one of the best albums of his career, 2009’s The Black Swan, will be heading back to the states for a 15-date tour that starts in Durham and ends in the second-best city in America: Chicago. The guitarist will also quietly (and politely) ask you to buy his Charisma-era albums, 1974’s L.A. Turnaround, 75’s Santa Barbara Honeymoon, and 77’s A Rare Conundrum, which have all been reissued by Drag City on both CD and vinyl — and if you don’t own them, you are surely a loser.

“Bert Jansch is on the same level as Jimi [Hendrix],” says tour partner and train-afficionado Neil Young, who is supporting his latest album, Le Noise (TMT Review). “That first record of his is epic. Bert Jansch is the best acoustic guitarist. Except me.” Just joking Tiny Mix Tapers, Neil isn’t that full of himself.

Bert Jansch/Neil Young tourdates:

04.15.11 - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center
04.17.11 - Richmond, VA - Landmark Theater
04.19.11 - Boston, MA - Wang Theatre
04.20.11 - Boston, MA - Wang Theatre
04.22.11 - Providence, RI - Providence Performing Arts Center
04.24.11 - New York, NY - Avery Fischer Hall
04.25.11 - New York, NY - Avery Fischer Hall
04.27.11 - Baltimore, MD - Hippodrome Theatre
04.28.11 - Baltimore, MD - Hippodrome Theatre
04.30.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theatre
05.01.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theatre
05.03.11 - Cincinnati, OH - Arnoff Center For The Arts
05.04.11 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
05.06.11 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
05.07.11 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre

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Library of Congress adds 25 new musical recordings to the Posterity Party, including Captain Beefheart and De La Soul

It was announced yesterday that the Library of Congress has gone on a major shopping spree in record stores across Washington, DC, in an obvious attempt to impress the Senate and the Department of Agriculture, and has added 25 new recordings to its already bulging backstock of music.

The Library of Congress, which has spent the last couple years struggling with puberty and multiple attempts to ‘express itself,’ has added new music (by artists ranging from De La Soul to Captain Beefheart) to the ninth annual National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, which adds 25 new songs each year.

“Audio recordings have documented our lives and allowed us to share artistic expressions and entertainment. The salient question is not whether we should preserve these artifacts, but how best collectively to save this indispensable part of our history,” says LoC Librarian (and total nerd) James H. Billington.

Other recordings/musicians selected by the LoC this year include: Al Green, Edward Meeker’s 1908 sing-along “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” a 1970 recording of “Songs of a Humpback Whale,” Tammy Wynette’s “Stand by Your Man,” Steely Dan’s Aja, Nat King Cole, Les Paul, Lydia Mendoza, Kid Midnight, Blind Willie Johnson, The Sons of Pioneers, George Crumb, comedian Mort Sahl, and The Almanac Singers. Sorry, Justin Bieber. Keep the dream alive.

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Wildbirds & Peacedrums tour North America and support women simultaneously

Wildbirds & Peacedrums are all about gender equality. In fact, some of their early tourdates were supporting such lovely ladies as St. Vincent and Lykke Li. Now that they’ve made a bit of a name for themselves, Wildbirds will be back on the road this spring in support of Rivers on Leaf, a double-release of two different five-song EPs entitled Retina and Iris, the former of which features the Cantorum Reykjavík Chamber Choir, as used by another very famous woman — Björk — on her album Medúlla. Yes, it may be April and women’s history month may be over, but there’s just no stopping Wildbirds & Peacedrums’ rampant support.


05.30.11 - Toronto, ON - Drake Hotel
05.31.11 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
06.01.11 - Cambridge, MA - TT The Bear’s
06.03.11 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
06.04.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
06.05.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
06.06.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat Backstage
06.07.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
06.09.11 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door
06.10.11 - Vancouver, BC - Waldorf Hotel
06.11.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
06.13.11 - San Francisco, CA - Café Du Nord
06.15.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite

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Kyle Bobby Dunn preps new album for May; confused fan accidentally orders Zakk Wylde album

Kyle Bobby Dunn is a boring guy. So boring because he makes drone music. So boring because he was born in Canada. So boring because he’s been making the same music since he was 14. So boring that… I have to make him sound boring just to position myself as less boring. So boring, in fact, that he’s not really boring at all.

Ways of Meaning, KBD’s first release since 2010’s compilation A Young Person’s Guide to Kyle Bobby Dunn, is sure to be a continuation of his “boring” aesthetic under the guise of some deep universal and philosophical understanding of something or another. The album will be dropping May 3 via Desire Path Recordings, this being his second release for the label. He also has a performance coming up on April 24 at the Manhattan venue Le Poisson Rouge.

Ways of Meaning tracklisting:

01. Dropping sandwiches (in Chester Lake)
02. Statuit
03. Canyon Meadows
04. New Pures
05. Movement for the Completely Fucked
06. Touhy’s Theme


04.24.11 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge

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