Media Institute Disputes Performance Right, Says Artists Should Stop Trying To Eat The Cake They’ve Got

Media Institute Disputes Performance Right, Says Artists Should Stop Trying To Eat The Cake They've Got

How many of you out there know about the controversy surrounding the “Performance Rights Act”? Whoa! Calm down! I had no idea everyone was so emotionally invested in congressional bills H.R. 848 and S. 379.

For the few of you who don’t know, the Performance Rights Act is a piece of legislation that, if passed, would require terrestrial radio stations (regular ol’ radio stations) to pay performing artists and labels for broadcasting their music. Thought that was already happening? Nope, only songwriters and publishers get paid for airplay. So if you hear an artist on the radio, that doesn’t necessarily mean their making coin off of it. Sound complicated? The plot thickens.

The Media Institute recently released a paper that argues against the Public Performance Right Act. They reason that because radio airplay increases album sales for the artists and labels whose recordings are played, radio stations shouldn’t have to pay royalties on top of what amounts to free promotion. The current system is a “symbiotic relationship” that is both “fair and equitable.” The paper maintains that many stations couldn’t afford this new fee and would either go belly up or be forced to a non-music format. So, they argue, unless we’d be content with just a handful of talk radio stations, we shouldn’t pass this bill.

Of course, it’s not so simple. Satellite and internet broadcasters currently pay royalties to performing artists and their labels, so one might wonder why terrestrial radio should be exempt? And, the vast majority of foreign countries have laws that require radio stations to pay performance related royalties, so why not in the US?

It’s hard to figure out who’s being greedy and who’s getting robbed. But someone’s livelihood is definitely at stake, so we’ll keep you posted on any developments.

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Bummertown: Cold Cave Cancel Dates in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina

Citing delays due to the relentless snowstorm rampaging in the east, Cold Cave have announced the cancellation of a handful of tourdates, which blows. Cold Cave is primarily the synth-pop project of Wesley Eisold (ex-Some Girls), but playing with him on tour are ex-Xiu Xiu member Caralee McElroy and Prurient/Hospital Records founder Dominic Fernow. Man, this weather is bullshit, but the Matablog sez all of the dates are planned to be rescheduled, which is alright. I GUESS.

Canceled dates:

02.09.10 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth*
02.10.10 - Tampa, FL - Crowbar*
02.11.10 - Atlanta, GA - Criminal Records
02.11.10 - Atlanta, GA - 529*
02.13.10 - Greenboro, NC - Legitimate Business *

* Nite Jewel

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• Matador:

[Photo: Timothy Norris]

Golden Triangle Full-Length Debut Coming via Hardly Art, Tour Proceeds Support Opium Production

The kids just can’t seem to swallow enough of that throwback punk-driven garage rock these days. Perhaps it’s the spit-in-your-face attitude, the lack of compositional complexities, or the fact that people just want some straight-up bullet in the head rock music. Whatever it is, it’s a fine thing for psych-twinged Brooklyn spooksters Golden Triangle, because they got themselves a debut full-length jumpin’ out March 2 via Seattle institution Hardly Art. The album is titled Double Jointer, and if you’d like to give your ears a little sneak peek, head over to the Chocolate Grinder. As for me, I’m snatching this thing up strictly for the album artwork.

Anywho, here’s the tracklist:

01. Cinco de Mayo
02. Blood and Arrow
03. Neon Noose
04. I Want to Know
05. Jellyroll
06. Death to Fame
07. Rollercoaster
08. Eyes to See
09. The Melting Wall
10. Jinx
11. Arson Wells

In true form, they’ll be cruising around the states in support of said upcoming release, including several shows at SXSW.

03.06.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Market Hotel ^
03.09.10 - Columbus, OH - Cafe Bourbon Street
03.10.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone *
03.11.10 - New Orleans, LA - Spellcaster Lodge
03.13.10 - Monterrey, Mexico - Festival Normal %
03.15.10 - Houston, TX - Mango !
03.17.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.18.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.19.10 - Austin, TX - Beauty Bar (Panache Showcase)
03.20.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.21.10 - Austin, TX - Beerland (Panache Party)
03.22.10 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory #
03.23.10 - Lawrence, KS - Replay
03.24.10 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
03.25.10 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class $
03.26.10 - Rochester, NY - The Bug Jar $

^ w/ The Sandwitches
* w/ The Pharmacy
% w/ Tyvek, White Rainbow, Awesome Color
! w/ Thee Oh Sees
# w/ So Cow
$ w/ Screens

• Golden Triangle:
• Hardly Art:

A Very Special 4/20: My Morning Jacket tour with Preservation Hall Jazz Band

My Morning Jacket, along with some all-star contributors, recently pitched into the upcoming Preservation Hall benefit album, due February 16 on RED. Out of that experience, something beautiful was born. (Apart from the tracks contributed by Merle Haggard, Tom Waits, Steve Earle, and many others, of course.) That something was the unbelievably dynamic pairing that is: THE PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND/MY MORNING JACKET JOINT TOUR 2010 OMG WOW 4EVA.

This tour starts on 4/20:

04.20.10 - Birmingham, AL - Alabama Theater
04.21.10 - Nashville, TN - Municipal Auditorium
04.23.10 -Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park
04.24.10 - New Orleans, LA - Jazzfest
04.27.10 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheater
04.28.10 - Charleston, SC - Family Circle
04.30.10 - Raleigh, NC - Koka Booth
05.01.10 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
05.02.10 - Columbus, OH - LC Outdoor Pavilion

• My Morning Jacket:
• Preservation - A Benefit Album:

King Khan & The Shrines Announce Comeback Tour After Seemingly Endless Year-Long Absence

A year is a long time. Don’t believe me? Well, a year is 365 days. A year is 8,760 hours. A year is 525,600 minutes. And last, but certainly not least, a year is 31,536,000 seconds. That’s a really big number! A really big number of seconds!

Now, of course, you must agree that a year is a long time. With a number that big, how could it not be? Since we have established that a year is a long time, we must also agree that King Khan’s upcoming comeback tour is accurately titled, since it has been about a year since he last went on tour. Might as well go see him on his one-month spring stretch of dates, since you’ll never know how long it will be until he tours again. It could literally be months.

King Khan and The Shrines ‘10 comeback special:

03.27.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
03.29.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
03.30.10 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
03.31.10 - Chattanooga, TN - JJ’s Bohemia
04.01.10 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
04.02.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe
04.03.10 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
04.05.10 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
04.06.10 - Dallas, TX - Sons of Hermann
04.08.10 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
04.09.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
04.10.10 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
04.11.10 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
04.12.10 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
04.13.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
04.15.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo’s 365 Club
04.18.10 - Indio, CA - Coachella

• King Khan:

Radiohead Drummer Phil Selway Announces Solo Tour, Lisa Germano Opens

Phil Selway, drummer of Radiohead is embarking on a solo European tour this March. NME announced in September 2009 that Selway is also working on a solo album; this was corroborated by Lisa Germano of 7 Worlds Collide (a band in which Selway sometimes contributes) in a recent interview. The supposed project name? Boybrain.

Who knows if the solo project will see the light of day or what it’s name will be. The tour on the other hand is a sure thing; Germano will be opening and performing with Phil at all listed dates and here they are:

03.27.10 - Turin, Italy - Spazio 211
03.28.10 - Florence, Italy - Sala Vanni
03.29.10 - Ferrara, Italy - Sala Estense
03.30.10 - Bologna, Italy - Covo Club
03.31.10 - Rome, Italy - Circolo Degli Artisti
04.01.10 - Milan, Italy - Tunnel
04.03.10 - Barcelona, Spain - La (2) de Apolo
04.04.10 - Valladolid, Spain - Auditorium
04.05.10 - Puerta de Santa Maria, Spain - Mucho Teatro
04.06.10 - Lisbon, Portugal - Aula Magna
04.07.10 - Porto, Portugal - Casa da Musica
04.08.10 - Vigo, Spain - Museum of Contemporary Art

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