Liars Release Free 4-Song Session on Mute’s Website

A list of Liars-related info you may or may not have known:

1. Liars are signed to Mute Records.
2. Mute was acquired by EMI in 2002.
3. Thus, Liars are on a major label.
4. Liars missed their recent Boise show with Interpol because their van died.
5. Liars recently covered Nirvana's "Territorial Pissings" on a 4-track DVD that was included with a 7-inch picture disc single.
6. Mute has made available four Liars songs (Liars Session). FOR FREE!
7. The tracks are: "Cycle Time," "House Clouds," "Pure Unevil," and "Plaster Casts Of Everything."
8. You can get the songs here: www.mute.biz/liars/downloads
9. You have to fill out some info first though

10. Here's where your info could go, according to Mute's Privacy Policy:

(a) to affiliated companies or subsidiaries owned or controlled by us, if any (including EMI Records Limited and its affiliated companies or subsidiaries owned or controlled by it);

(b) to our employees and agents to administer any accounts, products and services provided to you by us now or in the future;

(c) agents who (on our behalf) profile your data so that we may tailor the goods and services we offer to your specific needs;

(d) to the relevant artist and/or their management and/or agent and/or other representative;

(e) to other organisations for the administration of prize draws or competitions;

(f) to anyone to whom we transfer or may transfer our rights and duties under our agreement with you and/or our successors in title to our business;

(g) carefully selected third parties the products or services of which we think may be of interest to you;

(h) if we have a duty to do so or if the law allows us to so.

Underworld Cancels Remainder of European Tour

Underworld have canceled the rest of their European tour due to "severe illness in the band." A total of 10 shows have been canceled, including an appearance at the I Love Techno festival in Belgium. The shows were in support of the group's first album in five years, Oblivion With Bells, which was released last week on Side One Recordings (yes, the same label rumored to be releasing Radiohead's In Rainbows, which we reported earlier this month).

No announcements have yet been made about rescheduling the shows. Keep an eye on Underworld's MySpace for further developments. TMT wishes them the best!

Liars Release Free 4-Song Session on Mute’s Website

A list of Liars-related info you may or may not have known:

1. Liars are signed to Mute Records.
2. Mute was acquired by EMI in 2002.
3. Thus, Liars are on a major label.
4. Liars missed their recent Boise show with Interpol because their van died.
5. Liars recently covered Nirvana's "Territorial Pissings" on a 4-track DVD that was included with a 7-inch picture disc single.
6. Mute has made available four Liars songs (Liars Session). FOR FREE!
7. The tracks are: "Cycle Time," "House Clouds," "Pure Unevil," and "Plaster Casts Of Everything."
8. You can get the songs here: www.mute.biz/liars/downloads
9. You have to fill out some info first though

10. Here's where your info could go, according to Mute's Privacy Policy:

(a) to affiliated companies or subsidiaries owned or controlled by us, if any (including EMI Records Limited and its affiliated companies or subsidiaries owned or controlled by it);

(b) to our employees and agents to administer any accounts, products and services provided to you by us now or in the future;

(c) agents who (on our behalf) profile your data so that we may tailor the goods and services we offer to your specific needs;

(d) to the relevant artist and/or their management and/or agent and/or other representative;

(e) to other organisations for the administration of prize draws or competitions;

(f) to anyone to whom we transfer or may transfer our rights and duties under our agreement with you and/or our successors in title to our business;

(g) carefully selected third parties the products or services of which we think may be of interest to you;

(h) if we have a duty to do so or if the law allows us to so.

OiNK Shut Down By Police, Indie Kids Pop Xanax To Cope, Xanax Sales Skyrocket

...And just when my ratio was getting high! It’s a very dark day out there for illegal music downloaders, as it was reported today by BBC News that the British, invite-only, illegal downloading website, OiNK, has been raided by police and shut down.

Early this morning, police searched the home of a 24-year-old IT worker from Middlesbrough, England, as well as several properties in Amsterdam (where OiNK’s server is located). The man, whose identity has yet to be revealed, is “being questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and infringement of copyright law,” according to the BBC News report.

OiNK is responsible for leaking 60 major pre-release albums this year alone, said the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

The news of the illegal site’s seizure has come as quite a shock to music fans all across the world. With over 180,000 registered users, OiNK was referred to by the IFPI as the “world’s largest pre-release pirate website” (read IFPI's press release here).

There is no doubt that its absence will have a profound effect on the illegal downloading community. Already, message boards all across the internet are abuzz with music fans bemoaning the loss of their favorite downloading resource, crying, “This is OiNK’s 9/11,” and, “Now I have to use Soulseek again?!”

But, the loss of their bookmarked illegal downloads may not be the only thing that OiNK users should be bitching about. Take a look at the message now posted by the IFPI where OiNK’s site once was:

“A criminal investigation continues into the identities and activities of the site's users.”

Eek! In this terrible time of tragedy and loss for the illegal downloading community, I can only wish the best for my fellow music fans out there. Keep your chins up, kids; don’t let the man get you down.

- Watch the raid here.
- Watch OiNK's Dutch hosting provider go nuts over supposedly losing €30,000 worth of equipment in the raid here.
- Read DJ Rupture's opinion on the matter here.

College Is Not Just for Date Rapists and Future Call Centre Employees Anymore! RIAA on the Offensive Against the Scourge of Campuses: Illegal Downloaders

The Recording Industry Association of America has sent its latest wave of threatening letters to college campuses throughout the United States. The latest batch (411 sent to 19 schools) are preemptive settlement attempts on behalf of the major record companies, bringing the total number of notices to 3,740. Part of an initiative to educate students and deter illegal file trafficking on campuses, this is the ninth wave of resolution letters, created to give downloading scoundrels the opportunity to resolve copyright infringement claims before legal action is taken against them.

“While it’s undoubtedly our last preference to bring legal action against students, music theft remains particularly acute on college campuses,” says Steven “Marky” Marks, executive VP/general counsel of the RIAA. “This theft triggers a harmful domino effect throughout the music community -- thousands of regular, working class musicians and others out of work, record stores shuttered, new bands never signed. When faced with this reality, we have no choice but to hold those individuals responsible for ignoring the law and all the great new legal ways to get affordable, high-quality music.”

In its latest press release, the RIAA reports that a survey by Student Monitor found that over half of students illegally download music and movies, and the NPD Group of market researchers surmised that $1.3 billion were lost due to college student downloaders during 2006. If that were not enough of a cause for concern, Tiny Mix Tapes polled our college readership (17 students) and found that downloading is now a more attractive past-time for male students than “polishing your rifle” by yourself as you cry in your lonely dorm room, and more fun than driving a fellow student to an eating disorder for female scholars! DAMN YOU DOWNLOADERS!

Nas Continues to Fight The Man, Corrects Spelling, L.A. Reid is a Modern Day Tammy Wynette

Def Jam boss-man L.A. Reid is standing by his man.

Hip-hop’s always peaceful, playful, and complacent li'l love kitten Nas has changed the title of his upcoming December 11 release from Nigga to Nigger.

Ever-perceptive Nas removed an “a” and added an “er,” bold to react in understanding the cause of black leaders’ frustrations and the heart of the problem:

Al Sharpton is NOT down with misspellings.

Yup. Everything is rosy now.