Julian Casablancas to Keep Touring His Record as a Giant Middle Finger to All Strokes Fans

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Strokes non-instrumentalist Julian Casablancas is prepared to go awfully far out of his way to prove to you and me that his ludicrous debut solo record, Phrazes for the Young, was really a good, well thought-out, masterful record and not the wonky, glittery, middling pile of crazy that it was.

And so, like George Costanza on his way to a fictitious home in the Hamptons, Julian Casablancas is calling our bluff and continuing to tour this thing down our throats like he means business, hoping that you and I will break before he does. Then again, his bandmates back in the studio just seem to be middle-fingering all Strokes fans also. Hmm. Alright. You wanna get nuts? Come on, let’s get nuts.

03.23.10 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s
03.26.10 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
03.27.10 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
03.28.10 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
03.30.10 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
04.01.10 - Montreal, QC - The National
04.02.10 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix
04.03.10 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
04.05.10 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew’s Hall
04.06.10 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
04.08.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
04.09.10 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
04.10.10 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
04.12.10 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
04.13.10 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
04.14.10 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
04.18.10 - Indio, CA - Coachella Festival

• Julian Casablancas: http://www.juliancasablancas.com

Zu Re-Releases 2005 LP, Reminisces About the Mid-Aughts Glory Days

Welcome to the soulless wasteland of 2010! In this uncertain new decade, we have only fear and despair and tears to look forward to. Not like the glory days of the mid-2000s, no sir. During those beautiful days, we never ever had to worry about anything, and joy flowed like chocolate from Willy Wonka’s wonderful factory. If only we knew then that the days of 2005 were the happiest we would ever have.

Sadly, we cannot go back to these carefree times. Avant-jazz trio Zu thinks otherwise, though. Even though scores of folks really loved Carboniferous, the group’s 2009 release, Zu still longs for the sweet embrace of 2005. They long so deeply, in fact, that they’re firing up the Team Zu wayback machine to retrieve their 2005 release, The Way of the Animal Powers (TMT Review). You see, the album has been stuck in time (e.g. out of print, as original label Xeng has since gone under) for the last few years. With the help of Baltimore-based label Public Guilt, the record will finally become unstuck (e.g. given its first official release in the US, as well as its first release on vinyl). Zu, Public Guilt, and a team of the nation’s top scientists will gather on March 16 to perform the delicate operation, which will ultimately result in the record appearing across the country’s various music vendors the same day.

• Zu: http://www.myspace.com/zuband
• Public Guilt: http://www.publicguilt.com

Polish Police Arrest Two Teens and a Twentysomething in Connection with Rapidshare Forum

Stories about anti-piracy groups and media companies chasing down illegal file sharers have become almost too familiar. Well here’s another, but this one’s got a few unique twists that certainly make it worth noting.

Last Friday, the link-sharing forum Filmowisko.net was raided in a coordinated effort by the Foundation for the Protection of Audiovisual Creativity (FOTA) and the Polish police. You read it right; the site was being run out of Poland. Not exactly the first place that springs to mind when you think about intellectual property rights enforcement, right?

Almost more extraordinary than the exotic locale are the ages of the individuals arrested. Two teenagers and a 21-year-old computer science student were hauled off for questioning and two were charged with copyright infringement. The youngest of the group, who is only 16, will be tried in the presumably more lenient family courts.

On a more technical note, the site did not actually host any of the contraband material. It merely served as a forum where users could post links to sites like RapidShare and MediaFire. So while functionally similar to torrent sites like The Pirate Bay, Filmowisko.net is one of the first of its kind to be targeted by the authorities. Will this case mark a turning point in the fight against illegal file sharing? Unlikely. Will it encourage the “digital pirates” to develop new methods to avoid prosecution? Perhaps.

EMI Group Owner: “Maybe It’ll Be Better If We Have TWO Companies That Can Go Bankrupt?”

As if more job cuts and the proposed selling of Abbey Road studios (now retracted! yay!) weren’t enough, it appears that Guy Hands, EMI private-equity boss, proposed splitting EMI
into two separate entities.

What Hands wanted to do, according to court documents filed in regards to the legal dispute between Hands’ Terra Firma group and Citibank, was split EMI into two different money-making entities to maximize the profitability of one and minimize the losses of the other. He wanted one company for publishing (the part that makes money) and a separate one for new recorded music (the part that doesn’t make money). However, even though it appears that both sides see the positives of the split, Citigroup said “No, way Jose.” Or, more like, “Not at the current time, Jose.”

Using standard “big-word-business-talk,” Hands described the situation as follows: “We believe that we are in agreement in relation to a number of the key components of an acceptable solution including the need to separate the two businesses.” Translation: “We know we got a pile of shit on our hands and we know a couple of ideas how to fix it, but… we can’t agree on who’s gonna lose the most money.”

Xiu Xiu Tour, Fundraise for San Francisco Nonprofit

San Francisco noise-pop specialists Xiu Xiu are experts at fan interactivity. They’ve conducted contests on their “band hotline” phone number, taken portraits of every individual in attendance on Jamie Stewart’s solo tour, and posted fan responses to online questionnaires on their blog. Now the band is using their PR wizardry to help out a local cause. While on tour, the band will be collecting donations in-person and online for At The Crossroads, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that helps street youth through counseling, outreach, and other services. Like those PBS fundraisers, the band will offer a special gift for every level of donation, and the band’s prizes are way more badass than any public television swag (except for maybe a Joy of Painting with Bob Ross canvas tote).

• $1 (show only): Everyone who donates a dollar or more at the show will get together at the end of the show for a big group picture. The band will then post these pictures online.
• $5: The band will mail you a postcard, probably made by Xiu Xiu, sent while on the road.
• $10: Xiu Xiu will email a one-of-a-kind picture of the band on the road and a description of what’s going on before and after, not during.
• $30: The band will mail you any random thing bought at a gas station, thrift store, or anywhere from the road.
• $50: The band will mail you a special David Horvitz collection of Xiu Xiu photos.

If Xiu Xiu receives $5000 in donations, they will release a free download of a song: a previously unreleased collaboration with Mary Pearson from High Places. But wait, there’s more! At the end of the fundraiser, the band will read the name of every donor on camera and post the video online.

To review: help out struggling youth, get a neat prize, and have your deed recognized publicly on the internets. Oh, and see Xiu Xiu play in your town.

03.05.10 - Greensboro, NC - Guilford College
03.06.10 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn * ^
03.07.10 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree * ^
03.09.10 - Little Rock, AR - Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack * ^
03.10.10 - Norman, OK - Opolis Productions * ^
03.11.10 - Dallas, TX - The Cavern * ^
03.12.10 - Houston, TX - The Studio at Warehouse Live *
03.13.10 - Austin, TX - Red 7 * ~
03.15.10 - Tempe, AZ - Sail Inn *
03.16.10 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture * #
03.17.10 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah * %
03.18.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo * %
03.19.10 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place * %
03.20.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill * %
03.23.10 - Olympia, WA - Northern %
03.24.10 - Portland, OR - Holocene %
03.25.10 - Boise, ID - Neurolux % !
03.26.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge % $
03.27.10 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive % $
03.29.10 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon % $
03.30.10 - St. Louis, MO - Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center % $ +
03.31.10 - Iowa City, IA - The Picador % $
04.01.10 - Northfield, MN - The Cave at Carleton College % $
04.02.10 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry % $
04.03.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall % $ &
04.05.10 - Oberlin, OH - The Dionysus Discotheque % $
04.07.10 - Cleveland, OH - The Spot % $
04.08.10 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place %
04.09.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom % &
04.10.10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs %
04.12.10 - Amherst, MA - Hampshire College Red Barn
04.13.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church %
04.14.10 - Washington, DC - DC9 %
04.15.10 - Richmond, VA - The Canal Club Downstairs Lounge %
04.16.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 %
04.17.10 - Detroit, MI - Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
04.29.10 - Krems, Austria - Donaufestival @

* Noveller
^ Girl in a Coma
~ Jonathan Mieberg (Shearwater)
# Extra Life
% tUnE-YarDs
! Scout Niblett
$ Talk Normal
+ Br’er
& Zola Jesus
@ with Deerhoof (performing Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures)

Xiu Xiu’s latest album, Dear God, I Hate Myself, comes out today via Kill Rock Stars. Check out the video of “Gray Death” at the Chocolate Grinder.

• Xiu Xiu: http://xiuxiu.org
• At The Crossroads: http://www.atthecrossroads.org

[Photo: Shiver Shi]

Leaked ACTA Draft Implements DMCA Rules Instead of Three Strikes, Still Kinda Sucks

At our year-end festivus a couple months ago (still can’t believe it’s a new decade), we (wait, I) reported on movements of The Pirate Bay (TMT Feature). Of particular note, we mentioned that Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement negotiations will likely continue in January in Stockholm, HQ of the rising Pirate Party. And since January was just last month, it was only a matter of time before someone leaked a memo or a draft or something…

Oh, hey look! A leaked draft of ACTA (PDF)!

While you can read all the juicy legal and political details there, we can summarize the important information in two sentences:

• Good News: Graduated response (a.k.a., three-strikes) is off the table, at least on a mandatory legal level (it is still “encouraged”).
• Bad News: The treaty will basically implement the rules from the US’s Digital Millenium Copyright Act on an international scale.

While this basically means that Americans like you and I will barely notice any significant changes to the law on a national level, our brethren across both ponds will start to feel the effects of the draconian DMCA, with all the good (ISP safe harbor rules, fair use exemptions) and bad (takedown notices, DRM everywhere) features. It’s like a Toyota Corrolla: it’s great, if you get past the fact that two key components can hurt you. Canadians will also take concern, as the takedown model runs against their model of notice-and-notice, which has been successful.

You may wonder why the DMCA’s in play. Turns out the majority of proposals in play were proposed by the US delegation, with backing from Vice President Biden and Attorney General Holder, as well as the RIAA. That said, it will be hard to impose what is essentially a US treaty on other nations, and the EU has already begun to push back. Further, with graduated response — the savior of both the RIAA and the IFPI (its international counterpart) — being mostly pushed aside, their position has been weakened significantly, as we will be reporting later this week. (Stop by, there’ll be pancakes.) Still, the industry is in a promising position, with new rounds of talks happening in March and June, signifying an attempt at completion by the end of the year.

Perhaps, worse comes to worse, we could always call Ron Paul.