Google Responds to Music Blog Takedowns

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There’s a blog battle going on, and Google, owner of Blogger, is right in the middle. If you’re an amateur music blogger or reader, chances are you’re very familiar with the free blog-hosting service Blogspot. Many of these Blogspot sites host music downloads in MP3 format, and some go as far as sharing entire albums. But this isn’t really news to online music lovers.

What is news is how Google has recently started removing music blogs that don’t comply with its terms of service (you know, that long list of rules you and I skip over after agreeing to any service) — more specifically, the rules relating to its “Digital Millennium Copyright Act” policy. This sudden “crackdown” has caused an outrage among bloggers and readers alike, spawning feverish discussion on message boards everywhere. The problem is many of the affected bloggers technically weren’t breaking any rules and had legal permission to share the music they were linking or hosting; of course, some didn’t.

Google responded to the whole mess today by posting what to do if your blog is incorrectly targeted. It also made it pretty clear that taking blogs offline is not its first step when receiving a DMCA complaint. It claims to first notify the blogger in order to give them time to respond properly to said complaints.

Hopefully those who were wrongfully shut down can resume their blogs after the dust settles, and for those who can’t: consider private hosting on a purchased domain.

Times New Viking Take the Matador Company Jet to Europe and Expand Spring Tour

Ahhh, to be a member of Times New Viking. All dating cast members of Gossip Girl, popping champagne with Diddy, and getting animated e-cards from the President. One day you’re a band from Columbus, Ohio, releasing records on Siltbreeze… the next thing you know, you’re opening for Yo La Tengo and singing karaoke in Hollywood with the good-looking Kardashian. And then, whilst the rest of us are sitting in our cubicles waiting for summer to finally FINALLY arrive, you’re jetting off to Europe for an extensive spring tour! Some people have all the luck*.

* At least two of these statements are true. I’ll let you guess which ones.

More dates:

03.17.10 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control
03.18.10 - Glasgow, UK - Nice & Sleazy
03.19.10 - Leeds, UK - The Brudenell Social Club
03.20.10 - London, UK - The Dome
03.21.10 - Cambridge, UK - The Portland Arms
03.23.10 - Gent, Belgium - Charlatan
03.24.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Prinzenbar
03.25.10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen
03.26.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
03.27.10 - Umea, Sweden - Umea Open Festival
03.29.10 - Oslo, Norway - Mono
03.30.10 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Parken
03.31.10 - Aarhus, Denmark - Musikcafeen
04.02.10 - Prague, Czech Republic - Klub 007 Strahov
04.03.10 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Le Romandie
04.04.10 - Vienna, Austria - B72
04.05.10 - Munich, Germany - 59:01:00
04.06.10 - Wurzburg, Germany - Cairo
04.07.10 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
04.08.10 - Leipzig, Germany - Nato
04.09.10 - Hanover, Germany - Glocksee
04.10.10 – Munster, Germany - Gleis 22
04.11.10 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
04.12.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - OCCII
04.20.10 - Porto, Portugal - Plano B
04.21.10 - Lisbon, Portugal - ZDB
04.22.10 - Madrid, Spain - Moby Dick
04.23.10 - Valencia, Spain - El Tinglado No 2
04.24.10 - Barcelona, Spain - Nitsa
04.27.10 - Norwich, UK - Arts Centre
04.28.10 - Liverpool, UK - The Masque
04.29.10 - Nottingham, UK - Bodega Social Club
04.30.10 - York, UK - Stereo
05.01.10 - Birmingham, UK - The Victoria

[Photo: Julio Enriquez]

• Times New Viking: http://www.myspace.com/timesnewviking
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

Bikini Kill Collect Fans’ BK-Related Stories For Online Archive; Submit Now!

In life, there are certain things you’ll always remember: where you were when you heard about Michael Jackson’s death (I was enjoying the free continental breakfast at a hotel in Nebraska) or the collapse of the World Trade Center (Mme. ___’s French class). These moments never fade, even if you can’t recall the color of the curtains or whether or not there was rain that day. But do you remember the first time you listened to Bikini Kill?

Bikini Kill want your stories now! Go to their official online archive to post your riot grrrl memories: reminisce about the shows you saw or wish you’d seen, your old crush on Kathleen Hanna, or the pain of being the only kid in high school to know that Kill Rock Stars wasn’t a West Coast terrorist movement. Did you go to Evergreen with Kathleen? Were you ever in a BK cover band? Did you give The Singles to a friend for Christmas and change her life forever?

Email bkillarchive@gmail.com or just post a comment on the site. If you have any video footage of BK shows, mail it to:

Bikini Kill c/o Kathleen Hanna
51 MacDougal Street #227
NYC, NY 10012

• Bikini Kill: http://bikinikillarchive.wordpress.com
• Kill Rock Stars: http://www.killrockstars.com

Le Loup Tour The Poop Store

To construct an article
from rhyming particles
a clever gimmick, thought I

A chance to amuse
and share music news,
certainly merits a try

A man with a banjo
took off with his band so
I’ve got to come up with a way

to make it exciting
although it means writing
slant rhymes before the tour dates.

02.11.10 - Pau, France - La Centrifugeuse *
02.12.10 - Bordeaux, France - Chateau Palmer *
02.13.10 - Tarragona, Spain - TBA
02.14.10 - Valencia, Spain - TBA
02.16.10 - Santander, Spain - TBA
02.17.10 - San Sebastian, Spain - Teatro Victoria Eugenia
02.18.10 - Nantes, France - L’Olympic ^
02.19.10 - Saintes, France - Theatre Geoffroy Martel
02.20.10 - Cherbourg, France - Epicentre
02.21.10 - Poitiers, France - Confort Moderne *
02.23.10 - Paris, France - Le Cafe de La Danse ^
02.24.10 - Rouen, France - L’Emporium ^
02.25.10 - Orleans, France - Astrolabe ^
02.26.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Le Botanique
02.27.10 - Nimjegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje
02.28.10 - Brugge, Belgium - Cactus Club
03.03.10 - Tourcoing, France - Le Grand Mix ^
03.04.10 - Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie ^
03.06.10 - Toulon, France - Theatre Denis ^
03.13.10 - Meadville, PA - Grounds for Change
03.14.10 - Indianapolis, IN - Vollrath Tavern
03.15.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe !
03.18-21.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW

* - Francois & the Atlas Mountains
^ - Scary Mansion
! - Jana Hunter, Wye Oak

• Le Loup: http://www.myspace.com/leloupmusic
• Hardly Art: http://hardlyart.com

Arrington de Dionyso West Coast Tour Starts This Weekend, Unleashes Hordes of Indonesian Chants/Spells/Curses/Epitaphs

Arrington de Dionyso (Old Time Relijun) is feverishly touring California in support of his new solo album Malaikat Dan Singa (TMT Review). His cantor and cadence, brutality and beauty, will be seen for one week only. Kicking off with a show with bloggable garage rock vetrans Thee Oh Sees in SF proper, the tour blasts down the cost in a frenzy. It’s a small start for a large album, so expect more, but for now: sorry, rest of the world/US, yer gonna’ have to wait.

02.13.10 - San Francisco, CA - Amnesia*
02.14.10 - San Diego, CA - Bar Pink
02.15.10 - Los Angeles, CA - L’Keg Gallery
02.16.10 - Santa Barbara, CA - Biko’s Garage
02.17.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo Curio
02.18.10 - Oakland, CA - 21 Grand
02.19.10 - Portland, OR - The Artistery

* Thee Oh Sees, Christmas

• Arrington de Dionyoso: http://www.myspace.com/arringtondedionyso
• Old TIme Relijun: http://www.myspace.com/theoldtimerelijun
• K Records: http://www.krecs.com

Look Out Spring Breakers! Here Come The Dead Weather!

Most people tend to spend their springtime doing things like gardening, hiding Easter eggs, buying fancy new dresses, polluting Mexico, fucking, and generally just having a bright and shiny time in the bright and shiny weather.

But if you’re like me, then springtime is a cathartic six weeks where the cobwebs and maddening depression of winter slowly disappear from before my red, weepy eyes. Because of my strange behavior in the pastel season, I find it necessary to find music that retains a certain darkness in the face of energy and exhuberance. Well, boy did I cream my pants when The Dead Weather announced their springtime tour! Now I can enjoy my yearly Winter Depressurizing with Jack White’s second best side-project!

04.15.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
04.17.10 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.18.10 - Las Vegas, NV - The Pearl Concert Theater
04.20.10 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
04.22.10 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
04.23.10 - Bonner Springs, KS - Sandstone w/The Flaming Lips
04.24.10 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
04.26.10 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
04.27.10 - Birmingham, AL - WorkPlay Soundstage
04.28.10 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
04.30.10 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
05.01.10 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
05.02.10New Orleans, LA - The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

• The Dead Weather: http://www.thedeadweather.com
• Third Man Records: http://www.thirdmanrecords.com

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