Up Next In One of Our Era’s Most Important Legal Issues: RIAA Hires Unlicensed Law Company and Is Thereby Forced to Settle Their Case Against An Elderly Woman Who Never Shared Music and Who Also Recently Had Her Home Destroyed By a Hurricane

Let me be among the first to wish a merry Christmas to Rhonda Crain, a grandmother who was displaced by Hurricane Rita in 2005 and has been under legal attack by the RIAA for roughly three years.

The RIAA dropped their monetary claims against her recently, not because of her housing situation or the fact that she adamantly denied ever participating in any illegal file-sharing. No, the RIAA dropped their claims because MediaSentry, the multimedia copyright law company hired by the RIAA to fleece Ms. Crain, is not a licensed investigator in Crain’s home state of Texas. Whoops!

Crain has filed a counterclaim, presumably stating “b-but you guys ruined my life for a pretty long time.” The RIAA is (understandably, I guess) trying to keep it from getting too far. In the meantime, the labels have asked that the judge issue a demand that Crain not engage in copyright infringement anymore and delete all of the files that she cannot account for to begin with.

I will end this story with a quote from Crain who, I will remind you, had her home destroyed by a hurricane in September 2005:

"For the last three years [I have] been living a nightmare, thanks to Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal, and Sony/BMG's RIAA," (Emphasis added)

Waxploitation Announces Auction to Go with Benefit Comp for Darfur (Which Is in Africa – A Continent, Not A Country)

Have you noticed that TMT can be pretty political? That's because we're not just esoteric music aficionados -- we're also hard-hitting, investigatory journalists with an obligation to report on the music industry at large. It is in this spirit that we yet again report news coming from Waxploitation.

Waxploitation, the longtime artist management company known most notably for working with the prodigious Danger Mouse and his numerous incarnations, has reached out and united a variety of artists for a compilation whose proceeds will be split between three nonprofits working in Darfur: Doctors Without Borders, Human Rights Watch, and Oxfam America. As reported earlier (TMT News), Causes 1: Darfur is, as has been made explicitly clear by the number "1," the first of an anticipated many in the Causes series, created to benefit the victims of what has been called "one of the worst crisis in the world today," a "massive violation of human rights," and "a humanitarian tragedy," but what everyone knows to be a straight up, capital g, Genocide.

The new news? Waxploitation recently announced that even more money will be raised from the soon-to-occur, fourth annual Waxploitation rock star's stuff auction through MissionFish.org. Items to be launched through the normal individual's price ceiling include guitars and covet-worthy merchandise signed by acts such as Avril Lavigne, Norah Jones, The Flaming Lips, The Deftones, Common, Gnarls Barkley, Kanye West, Gorillaz, Coldplay, Wilco, TV on the Radio, The Decemberists, Bloc Party, Macy Gray, Nickelback (as good as donations to charitable causes are, I strongly discourage involving yourself in a bidding war over anything signed by Nickleback, ever), and Thievery Corporation.

Now, show some support!

Rancid to Cash In on B-Sides Comp, TMT to Cash In on Yet Another Cheap Joke at A Band’s Expense

EEEEEEEW, rancid B-sides for sale?!?

Who the HECK in their right mind would want to buy a bunch of rancid B-sides? That's just gross; that's just unsanitary; that's just...

Wait... what's that, Mr P?

OOOOOH, I get it: Rancid B-sides!

Wait...

Who the HECK in their right mind would want to buy a bunch of Rancid B-sides?!?

Ziiiiiiing!

Okay, okay. But seriously. B Sides and C Sides:

Uh, let's see.

What else... what ELSE...

Oh, December 18.

Rancid Records.

I guess that's it.

Merry Christmas, unemployable Mohawk Guy.

2(x + 5) = Neko Case Announces Concert Dates With Help from Crooked Fingers’ Eric Bachmann

In between her work on a forthcoming album and the recent Bloodshot Records reissues of Furnace Room Lullaby, Blacklisted, and the super special totally amazing new bonus version of 2006's Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, it has been a busy year for Neko Case*. And things don't look to be slowing down. In a move that will thrill alt-country fans, New Englanders, and the lovelorn man who stood next to me and repeatedly shouted "I love you, Neko! Oh yeeeeeah!!" the last time she played my hometown, Neko Case has announced a string of concert dates in the eastern part of these fine United States. Case just put the finishing touches on some new tracks, and she and her band will be testing them out on unsuspecting (until now!) New England audiences this winter. Case will be joined in her systematic track-testing endeavors by Eric Bachmann of Crooked Fingers, who will be providing both musical and scientific support. Better fire up those Bunsen burners, Eastern seaboard, and don't forget your safety goggles -- the winter months just got a little hotter!

* Well, sort of. I mean, those reissues were kind of already written, but you know what I mean.

Flywheel Venue in MA Is Moving on Up, And You Can Help!

I don't know if you've heard of Flywheel -- I haven't, considering I'm on the other side of the country -- but it's a non-profit arts collective/venue in Easthampton, MA. Playing host to everyone from Ted Leo and Deerhoof to Magik Markers and Fat Worm of Error (as well as many other totally amazing weirdo and non-weirdo bands), the collective is associated with the totally gnarly label Ecstatic Peace, who are of course home to a slew of Thurston-approved artists. Anyway, Flywheel is currently gearing up to move into a bigger, nicer venue, where it can more readily reach its full potential. So, what do they need from you?

Donations!

Volunteers!

Go here to learn more about how to help out some like-minded, art-damaged nerds.

Want to here it straight from the dudes? Check it:

Hey Folks-

As many of you know, Flywheel, in Easthampton, MA is a non-profit multi-use art space that has hosted some of the country's most innovative and unsung performers. Artists such as Ted Leo, Fugazi, Deerhoof, Lightning Bolt, Sonic Youth not to mention dozens of Ecstatic Peace artists, have played Flywheel along the way. Flywheel has also hosted film screenings, cabaret, spoken word, art openings, children's programs and even a traveling circus over it's storied nine year history.

Earlier this year Flywheel was given the opportunity to move into a beautiful new space twice the size of it's previous one. The new centralized location will significantly raise the public profile of Flywheel and allow them to finally live up to their original vision of serving a wider portion of the community. The increased size of the new performance hall will also allow Flywheel to book shows and put on performances that were impossible in the old space.

They've been busy raising the funds necessary to renovate and maintain this new space and would like to reopen in early 2008. Ecstatic Peace has made a commitment to help Flywheel and we hope you'll also consider doing what you can.

How You Can Help
1) Make a donation via PayPal to support Flywheel's general expenses.
2) You can also donate by mail. Make checks payable to Flywheel and mail to:

Flywheel
43 Main Street

Easthampton, MA 01027
3) Sign up to be a monthly supporter via your credit or debit card. Simply email fundraising@flywheelarts.org for details.
4) If you live near Easthampton, you might also consider volunteering for Flywheel.

For more information about Flywheel, go to their website:
http://www.flywheelarts.org

That's it for now. On behalf of Ecstatic Peace and Flywheel, thanks for the help and support.

Andrew

Thom Yorke Lets His LOLcat Blog, To Release A Remix by Burial Today And More This Week, 12-Inches Later


4 sum reason raadiohead frunTman tHom york really enjoyz beIn cryptik nd typng liek a child or a Stoopid talkin kat. But p3r thIS announcment, he will b bearing giftz toodaye nd this weeek for uS all TOO enjoy and siP eggnog or sIng "Dekk the halls" to, incluDing REmIXES by BURIAL, MODESELEKTOR, AND MORE.

YayAyaYayAyayA~!!~1`!! chekk it out:

please excuse this addiTion to YouR pile of email.

ThIs is not stricTly junk.

this

is a quick notE to Let YoU know thAT there will be shorttlY be a bunch of rmxs

of some of the songs from the ERAser album made available to download from boomkat.com.

on the 17th of Dec a BURIAL rmx of anditrainedallNight

a ModeSeleKtOR rmx of skipdivideD

& a VAriouS rmx of aNaLYse

on the 18th of Dec a FoURtet rmx of AtoMS for PEace

& two Christian Vogel rmxs of 'Black sWAn'

on the 19th of Dec the SuRGEon rmx of the CLock

a rmx of HarrOWdown HiLL by THE buG

& a rmx of Cymbal RUsh by The FIEld

that's it. apoloGIes for the disturbanCE. check themm out if you get amoment.

i Hope yours is a pEaceful CHRistmas.

>

thom yorke.

Ahem.

It has also been reported that XL Recordings will issue three vinyls of remixes (including the above) from Yorke's solo album The Eraser in the UK. The first 12-inch is due January 21 and includes "And It Rained All Night (Burial Remix)," "Skip Divided (Modeselektor Remix)," and "Analyse (Various Remix)"; the second is due January 28, featuring “Atoms for Peace (Four Tet Remix)," "Black Swan (Christian Vogel Remix 1)," and "Black Swan (Christian Vogel Remix 2)"; and since we've gone this far, the final 12-inch is due February 4 and includes "Harrowdown Hill (The Bug Remix)," "The Clock (Surgeon Remix)," and "Cymbal Rush (The Field Remix)."

And for those wondering, Thom's secret message through CAPS amounts to: TYRTITELYUATIYERA BURIALNMSKORDVASNLYDFVRA MSPECVBWADSRGECL HOWHLLTHEGCRUTFIEGICEHCHR

Maybe you watched a lot of Ghostwriter or played a lot of Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? growing up and can crack this code, but I'm fucking stumped. All I can make out is something about "trying to tell you I... Burial score divas... MySpace... how the hell... chair." First person to send me the content of the message gets my love and affection.

  

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