Internet piracy news of the week: Google filtering out Grooveshark

Internet piracy news of the week: Google filtering out Grooveshark

As you may or may not have noticed, the almighty Google does not always give you the results you’re looking for. There are a few reasons for that. First, you might be looking for a band with a common word for a name, like, say, Earth or Clinic. Second, there’s the off chance that you might be looking for something real old or so incredibly obscure that it doesn’t have a footprint on the internet. Third, you might be trying to find something Google doesn’t want to show you.

Since early 2011, piracy and piracy-related websites fall under that third umbrella, where services and sites such as The Pirate Bay or Rapidshare only come up in the autocomplete or instant search suggestions when fully spelled out. For example, typing “the pirate b” suggests “the pirate bureau.” Well, now you can add Grooveshark to the list of piracy-related websites that Google is purposely obfuscating.

You can read the whole story, with all kinds of cool graphs and charts, over at TorrentFreak. The basics of the story are pretty simple: Grooveshark is being blocked, and no one can really figure out why Grooveshark was added to the blacklist. TorrentFreak speculates that the major labels and copyright holders might have had a hand in taking Grooveshark off the autocomplete list, because though they have had some DMCA complaints (an average of 12 per week according to the TorrentFreak article), a site like BTloft gets over 1,700 per week.

On the other hand, this could be an example of a major corporation casting such a wide net that it ensnares irrelevant or unrelated websites. This of course leads to the common fear of these blacklistings snowballing out of control.

This isn’t an uncommon fear, and it’s a topic that has come up a lot recently in online advocacy circles as the UK is preparing to launch a similar but harsher program to block pornography. There’s a pretty good article over at Forbes if you want to see some of the potential problems and fears of internet censorship programs. Substitute “pornography” with “music” and the whole “won’t someone think of the children!” with “we’re protecting artists’ property” and you have the same straw man arguments that always come from governments and corporations regarding these sorts of things.

Anyway, Grooveshark is going to be a little harder to find. Whether or not that leads to less web hits has yet to be seen.

Nat Baldwin goes on fall North American tour, while accomplishing all the things you could not

Most people accomplish maybe one, two things in their lives. I’ve got my Pinewood Derby trophies, you were named Employee of the Month at Circuit City, November 2006. That’s about it, but that’s okay. Except when some folks (say, the Nat Baldwins of the world) mess up the curve. Baldwin’s best known for being a member of Dirty Projectors, the sort of position that would have been the sole crowning achievement in a dull life for most other people. But, noooooo, Baldwin has to live the kind of life where that’s just one of many amazing achievements. He’s also played on incredibly popular records like Grizzly Bear’s Shields, Vampire Weekend’s Contra, and Department of Eagles’ In Ear Park. And get this: dude makes solo albums, too. In 2011, he put out People Changes and this guy has the nerve to make plans to put out another solo album next year. Jesus christ, this guy.

Ugh, I’m sorry. Clearly, I have worked myself into a jealous fury. This is not appealing for anyone. Nat Baldwin’s a great musician and probably a very nice guy. Let me try to mend some bridges by telling you about his upcoming tour. In September, Nat Baldwin, who thinks he’s so great, sorry, let me try that again. In September, Nat Baldwin will head out on a tour primarily focused on the Northeastern United States. I’m sure all these shows will be really, really wonderful. No, I’m not gritting my teeth and thinking about my failures.

Nat Baldwin dates:

09.20.13 - Jamaica Plains, MA - Deep Thoughts !
09.21.13 - Hudson, NY - The Spotty Dog Books & Ale
09.22.13 - Buffalo, NY - Perot Grain Silos at Silo City
09.24.13 - Toronto, ON - Monarch Tavern #
09.25.13 - Oberlin, OH - Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse #
09.26.13 - Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Festival
09.26-28.13 - Champaign, IL - Pygmalion Music Festival
09.29.13 - Chicago, IL - Hideout #
10.01.13 - Youngstown, PA - Cedar’s Lounge
10.02.13 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Chapel
10.03.13 - Ithaca, NY - Culture Shock Ithaca @
10.30.13 - Mechanicsburg, PA - Messiah College, Larsen Student

! Sophie Dickinson and Chris North
# Justin Walter
@ Keir Neuringer

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33 1/3 releases schedule for next batch of books, encourages you to submit George Michael fanfic for next open call

“Take a look/it’s in a book/a reading rainbow,” LeVar Burton once sang. (At least I always assumed it was LeVar singing that song. Maybe it wasn’t. But that’s beside the point.) The rainbow of 33 1/3 titles is about to get so many new colors, it’ll blow your miiiiiimd, maaaaan. It’s like a Super Tropical Melting Polar Icecaps Flavor Skittles level of new colors. After 10 years in the music book game, 33 1/3 has a lot to celebrate, and they’re starting with a dazzling cornucopia of new titles, including works on Serge Gainsbourg’s Histoire de Melody Nelson by Darran Anderson, S. Alexander Reed and Philip Sandifer’s take on They Might Be Giants’ Flood, professional party monster Andrew W.K.’s I Get Wet by Phillip Crandall, a study of Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II by Marc Weidenbaum, and Luis A. Sanchez’s views on The Beach Boys’ SMiLE. Titles have publication dates ranging between late October and post-SXSW time in March.

Impending releases include books on the works of J Dilla, Bobbie Gentry, Gang of Four, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Oasis, Liz Phair, Sigur Rós, Björk, Kanye West, Danger Mouse, Michael Jackson, Hole, Dead Kennedys, and Devo, which will bring the 33 1/3 release catalog up to the magical, mystical number of 100. And if you want to submit a proposal for a book on say, Wham! or whatever, the next open call for submissions takes place January 31, 2014 — so start plotting that George Michael fanfiction now.

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Huerco S. takes advantage of your danceable resources, readies Colonial Patterns LP on Software

Longstanding appreciators of electronic music acknowledge the respective scenes in Detroit and Chicago, while simultaneously recognizing their relative isolation from the general culture of the more rural areas of the Midwest. Sure, my coastal upbringing may have conditioned me to stereotyping the latter as deserving of their “fly-over” label, and sure, birds are literally dropping out of the sky in some areas due to a lack of suitable perches, but that doesn’t make it objectively less worthy than other regions of the country or undeserving of artistic focus. Music scenes in these areas, such as they exist, may not be as distinct, but who can deny the region’s irreplaceable contribution to the overall image of America? The country’s breadbasket. If only an artist was willing to serve me up a rare plate, somehow, in electronic music form…

It’s hard to get more doughy than eastern Kansas, the geographic location of Huerco S. — real name: Brian Leeds. He, like similar aspirants, both now and before, abandoned pursuit of a ~ $100,000 piece of paper to focus exclusively on creativity, which in this case meant sound design and music production. The esteemed Daniel Lopatin-run Software label somehow caught wind, and now it’ll be sponsoring the release of Huerco S.’s most accomplished work to date, an album titled Colonial Patterns, due September 24.

Expectations, inspired by a press release, see a certain dance influence coming from the aforementioned cities, but with a simplicity (via relatively cheap equipment) and an expansiveness not far away from home. Smell the dairy!


07.25.13 - Berlin, Germany - Warehouse Party
07.26.13 - Moscow, Russia - 200% Chill Festival
07.27.13 - Paris, France - La Villette Enchantée
08.02.13 - Manchester, UK - TBA
08.03.13 - London, UK - Streets Of Beige
08.09.13 - Madrid, Spain - Siroco
08.10.13 - Ghent, Belgium - Wastelands Festival

Colonial Patterns tracklisting:

01. Struck with Deer Lungs
02. Plucked From the Ground, Towards the Sun
03. Quivira
04. Anagramme of My Love
05. ‘lińzhiid
06. Ragtime U.S.A. (Warning)
07. Monks Mound (Arcology)
08. Prinzif
09. Hopewell (Devil)
10. Fortification III
11. Skug Commune
12. Canticoy
13. Chun-Kee Player
14. Angel (Phase)

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Slint clinch coveted indie rock hat-trick by reforming for a third time

“Language” is a fluid system, an endless dance of associations between signifier and signified. We shouldn’t bother to ask what words “mean,” but instead what they “do.” With this in mind, I trust when I say that Slint have “reformed” for the third time, you’ll catch my meaning like so many tuna in the nets of your mind. You’ll understand as well what I mean when I say my wife and I briefly “divorced” this morning when I could not see her in the kitchen from my spot in the living room. Our marriage, of course, has now happily “reformed,” as she is currently seated on the couch next to me enjoying a delightful crème fraîche.

This is the third time that Slint have “reformed” since 2005 (and the 35th time my wife and I have divorced since early July). In that year, they played a series of dates and curated an All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival. In 2007, they “reformed” yet again, performing their seminal album Spiderland in full as part of ATP’s Don’t Look Back series. Their current “reformation” comes as part of the announcement that the group will be performing at ATP’s End of an Era from November 29 through December 1. This End of an Era event, which is part two of two, is curated by Loop and ATP and features other acts such as Mogwai, The Pop Group, and Fennesz. It is also the last of its kind for ATP, as they announced earlier this year that they would be discontinuing their holiday festivals.

As language has not yet developed the tools with which we might describe things that do not yet “exist,” I can only say that there is still very little news about an LP of new Slint material. There have, however, been “hints” floated into the ether of just such an object since at least 2007. As long as the band keeps on “reforming” every few years, though, I’m sure something will get done eventually.

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Mountains maintain their love of particular geographic features, reissue Mountains Mountains Mountains on Thrill Jockey

What’s the consensus on repetition as a marketing tool, and why aren’t publicity-seeking individuals looking to utilize it in a more blatant way? Arguably, as a society, we would descend into a constant state of annoyance, whereby TV advertisements would be the immediate precursor to deliberately bashing one’s head against the wall, but the technique seems to at least work in small doses. I mean, speaking of head injuries, do I even need to mention the name of arguably the most-well known (by virtue of being known) topical headache reliever in North America right now? You don’t know where to apply it? You’ve got be fucking kidding me.

In the independent music world, I suppose there’s a need to be a little bit less aggressive, as a band’s image suffers if they’re seen as having too much in common with malevolent money-makers, but here’s an example of doing it right, even if they probably didn’t intend it as a potential name-recognition-increaser: Mountains, a.k.a. the ambient-prone duo of Brendon Anderegg and Koen Holtkamp, and their 2008 release Mountains Mountains Mountains.

Now seeing a limited-edition reissue courtesy of Thrill Jockey, due out August 20, the cover for the original release has a fairly interesting backstory, as Holtkamp relates, “We made sign up sheets with instructions for people to right [sic] the word Mountains which we had by the door at a few of our shows and left in a couple record stores in NY. Each ‘signature’ is in a unique handwriting by a different person, but all writing the same word.” And participants later went home and inevitably pondered the vast and dangerous slopes of K2… for some reason. Also, the music.

Hear a track below, if you previously avoided unconscious persuasion:

• Mountains:
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