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??

Radio K releases tape comp of “in-studios,” including Kurt Vile, Surfer Blood, The Vaselines, and more!

We all wax poetic about our old days as radio hosts for our college FM station. If you were never a DJ with college/community radio, then you wax poetic — or bitter — about how inspiring, gratifying, groundbreaking the experience might’ve been, if only you were given the chance, dammit. Well, the University of Minnesota has a pretty good radio station — so good that they’ve established an impressive tradition of in-studio performances from amazing artists big and small, and as proof they make tape compilations of these to share outside of Radio K’s broadcast area.

The newest comp in the series is Stuck on AM 7: Stuck on Tape (naturally following 2008’s Stuck on AM 6), and as its name indicates, it comes on an inherently hip formation of plastic, weighing a few ounces and fitting snugly into the Walkman you wish you never threw away. Of course, for 2011’s modern listener with a MacBook Pro, iPod, and smart phone, the cassette comes with a digital download. The cassette release (and Part One of said download) features “Off the Record” performances from local artists like Dark Dark Dark, STNNG, and Retribution Gospel Choir. However, Radio K’s gotten some pretty formidable faces to come through the studio over the last two years, and for the download this year, they’ve added 24 tracks from some “national” musicians you just may want to hear — from The Vaselines to Kurt Vile to M83. Think Peel Sessions! Think Daytrotter! On tape! (Ahem… the “local” half, anyway). There are also a few tracks thrown in from the arts & culture program “Culture Queue,” to remind you that it’s still college radio (and thus, like, we’ve got to reflect and think about the state of media and society as we do these things).

If you’re in Minneapolis, you can pick up a copy of Stuck on AM 7 for free at the Electric Fetus on Record Store Day — but then, you can probably also listen to Radio K on your car stereo, so you’re pretty lucky all around.

Part 1: Local (cassette and download):

01. Leisure Birds, “Say So!”
02. Buffalo Moon, “Jamba Samba”
03. Dark Dark Dark, “The Hand”
04. Zoo Animal, “Worker Bee”
05. Doomtree, “Accident”
06. The Cloak Ox, “Artist at the Door”
07. Gospel Gossip, “Ponds”
08. The Blink Shake, “Wire Mr. Owl/Soft Zodiac”
09. Grant Cutler & The Gorgeous Lords, “Orphan”
10. Roma Di Luna, “Before I Die”
11. Dante & The Lobster, “Wake Up”
12. Wizards Are Real, “Stay Golden”
13. Private Dancer, “Diane”
14. Pink Mink, “Black Door”
15. Eyedea & Abilities, “Sky Diver”
16. Retribution Gospel Choir, “Workin’ Hard”
17. STNNNG, “The Long Middle”

Part 2: National (download only):

01. Lower Dens, “Rosie”
02. Disappears, “Lux”
03. The Besnard Lakes, “And This Is What We Call Progress”
04. The Black Angels, “Haunting at 1300 McKinley”
05. The Mynabirds, “Let the Record Go”
06. M83, “Graveyard Girl”
07. A Sunny Day in Glasgow, “Shy”
08. Lightning Dust, “I Knew”
09. Here We Go Magic, “Fangela”
10. The Antlers, “Thirteen”
11. Kurt Vile, “Hunchback”
12. Foreign Born, “Vacationing People”
13. Holy Fuck, “Stilettos”
14. Woven Bones, “Your Sorcery”
15. Dom, “Bochica”
16. The Vaselines, “Sex with an X”
17. Serena-Maneesh, “Reprobate!”
18. Surfer Blood, “Take It Easy”
19. The Soft Pack, “Answer to Yourself”
20. The Octopus Project, “Fuguefat”
21. The Concretes, “My Ways”
22. Sharon Van Etten, “Peace Sign”
23. Foals, “Spanish Sahara”
24. Twin Sister, “Other Side of Your Face”

Culture Queue:

01. Tess Weinberg, “The Art of Last Rite, Obituary Building”
02. Zach McCormick, “Lee Dorsey, New Orleans Funk”
03. Sarah Boden, “All About Zombies”

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Implodes get kranky to the point of implosion from announcing new album on Kranky in April; sorry we brought it up

Implodes have been garnering attention here and there these last few months, and thus now is the time for the Chicago quartet to release their long-anticipated debut full-length on Kranky. The album, Black Earth, going by its press release (here’s one source out of many), sounds like a mystical journey into the lands of Tolkien, or at the very least into borderline black metal territory. There’s no mythology involved in the album, nor corpse paint in person. Not quite shoegaze, too rich for a diminutive fuzz/sludge/drone label — everyone is united in a hesitancy to classify Implodes as part of a particular genre (a cliché these days, maybe, but one to be thankful for). Whatever category Allmusic decides on, those acquainted with Implodes are unanimous about the appropriate and just decision that no other label than ambient/experimental aficionados Kranky should release this first official LP.

Implodes have been working together for a several years now, spearheaded by Matt Jencik and Ken Camden, and joined by Emily Elhaj (the face behind the cassette label Love Lion) and Justin Rathell. In 2009, the Chicago label Plustapes released Implodes’ first album on cassette; it quickly sold out, was repressed, and sold out for the second time. Don’t worry though — many of those now-obscure tracks were demos for tracks fully (and beautifully) realized on Black Earth. The album is officially out on April 20, but if you’re in the mood for a related primer in improvisational drone, check out Ken Camden’s solo (also Kranky) debut from last year, Lethargy & Repercussion (TMT Review).

Black Earth tracklisting:

01. Open the Door
02. Marker
03. White Window
04. Screech Owl
05. Oxblood
06. Meadowlands
07. Wendy
08. Experiential Report
09. Song for Fucking Damon II (Trap Door)
10. Down Time
11. Hands on the Rail

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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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