PIPA voting postponed after online protest; SOPA/PIPA slapped by the internet’s dick, but not dead yet

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After some convincing from a full-day blackout from numerous web presences and demands from internet bigwigs, as well as the possible realization that many older legislators didn’t even know what the internet was, the anti-piracy bills SOPA and PIPA have been postponed indefinitely, shelved in the dark corners of Washington, where they will possibly fester and grow eviler each day.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the postponement of a planned ballot for the Protect IP Act just two days after Google’s logo was boxed out, and Republican chairman of the House Judiciary committee Lamar Smith then reported that his panel had also caved and would delay any action with the Stop Online Piracy Act until more agreement on the legislation could be coerced out of techies and major internet companies.

Reid was rumored to have become quite upset that he couldn’t download the latest episode of Celebrity Wife Swap due to Megaupload being shut down. We’ve received word from an anonymous source that he admitted that he “did not realize Wife Swap would be affected” and that he really doesn’t “get how the internet works.” Reid encouraged the authors of the bill to redraft their tool of fascism with the online community in mind, so that it forged a “balance between protecting Americans’ intellectual property, and maintaining openness and innovation on the internet.” Film studios and major record labels then realized that Congress may no longer be their bitch, for now.

Obama also protested the bills by singing a copyrighted Al Green song right in Al Green’s fucking face, as if to say “fuck you, and those fucktards at ASCAP, too.”

• Strike Against SOPA: http://sopastrike.com

Wooden Shjips set sail toward bad metaphors, awesome remixes

San Francisco space rockers Wooden Shjips are sailing forth into the wild and zany waters of Remixland on February 21 with the powerful winds of Thrill Jockey blowing their latest release into record stores and online shops near and far. The aptly named Remixes 12-inch is the Niña to the band’s Pinta, last year’s critically-acclaimed full-length West LP (TMT Review) …or maybe it’s the Santa Maria. Whatever. What a stupid metaphor. Why am I talking about Christopher Columbus? That guy was a jerk.

Anyway, forget that dude: Wooden Shjips are awesome. If West wasn’t enough for you, well get ready for Remixes, where three tracks get reimagined by the magic hands of Andrew Weatherall, Sonic Boom, and kandodo. Weatherall — a gentleman who has worked his share of remixing wonders with people like New Order, Björk, My Bloody Valentine, and Primal Scream — did a number on “Crossing.” The illustrious Sonic Boom slapped his name on the mash-up “Wiking Stew (aka Red Krayola-ing).” And kandodo (a.k.a. Simon Price from The Heads) whipped a little something special up for “Ursus Maritimus (Last Bear’s Lament).” You don’t need to be a scurvy seaman to know the compass points toward radical on this one.

Remixes tracklisting:

01. Crossing Remix (Andrew Weatherall)
02. Wiking Stew (aka Red Krayola-ing) (Sonic Boom)
03. Ursus Maritimus (Last Bear’s Lament) (kandodo w/Ripley)

• Wooden Shjips: http://www.woodenshjips.com
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

Jeff Mangum stares down the impossible; the impossible blinks; adds Earth and Mount Eerie to already stellar ATP lineup

It’s official: you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better festival lineup ANYWHERE than the one Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel, duh) has dreamed up for the ATP Festival spot he’ll curate this March in the UK. ATP had previously announced Mangum’s initial choices, which included such heavies as The Fall, Young Marble Giants, The Magic Band, The Magnetic Fields, Low, Thurston Moore, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Joanna Newsom, Mike Watt and George Hurley, Sebadoh, and A Hawk and A Hacksaw. Not a stinker in the bunch, but like a good soup, wouldn’t hurt to add a little something new to the mix.

Mangum’s latest draft picks include Mount Eerie, TMT fave Matana Roberts, the legendary Roscoe Mitchell (Art Ensemble of Chicago), Rafael Toral, Yamantaka and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) performing Gavin Bryars’ “Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet.” Bryars’ piece is a 25-minute 1971 composition (later extended and re-recorded) based around a reoccurring loop of an unknown homeless man singing, and was originally used for a documentary highlighting London street life. It was later re-recorded for Brian Eno’s Obscure record label in 1975.

ATP, in their infinite wisdom, has also gone ahead and invited Blanck Mass, Demdike Stare, and Earth. Very cool. The Mangum-approved ATP Festival is set for March 9-11 in Butlins, Minehead, UK. Tickets available here.

• All Tomorrow’s Parties: http://www.atpfestival.com

RIP: Etta James

From CNN:

Etta James, whose assertive, earthy voice lit up such hits as “The Wallflower,” “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” and the wedding favorite “At Last,” has died, according to her longtime friend and manager, Lupe De Leon. She was 73.

She died from complications from leukemia with her husband, Artis Mills, and her sons by her side, De Leon said.

She was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, and also suffered from dementia and hepatitis C. James died at a hospital in Riverside, California. She would have turned 74 Wednesday.

“This is a tremendous loss for the family, her friends and fans around the world,” De Leon said. “She was a true original who could sing it all – her music defied category.

“I worked with Etta for over 30 years. She was my friend and I will miss her always.”

The powerhouse singer, known as “Miss Peaches,” lived an eventful life. She first hit the charts as a teenager, taking “The Wallflower (Roll With Me, Henry)” – an “answer record” to Hank Ballard’s “Work With Me, Annie” – to No. 1 on the R&B charts in 1955. She joined Chess Records in 1960 and had a string of R&B and pop hits, many with lush string arrangements. After a mid-decade fade, she re-emerged in 1967 with a more hard-edged, soulful sound.

Throughout her career, James overcame a heroin addiction, opened for the Rolling Stones, won six Grammys and was voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Despite her ups and downs – including a number of health problems – she maintained an optimistic attitude.

“Most of the songs I sing, they have that blue feeling to it. They have that sorry feeling. And I don’t know what I’m sorry about,” she told CNN’s Denise Quan in 2002. “I don’t!”

• Etta James: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etta_James

Girls head out on tour with hair like the golden thread of Rumpelstiltskin

The backstory behind San Francisco’s Girls has been reiterated so many times that I won’t reiterate it here. But I will reiterate how often it’s been reiterated. It’s been reiterated so often that people hardly even mention the glorious hair of frontman Christopher Owens. That stuff is transcendent, like it came out of a fairy tale or something. You know, like the golden thread made by that charming rascal Rumpelstilskin. Or that Rapunzel lady! In a just world, articles about Girls would always begin with “Girls, whose frontman Christopher Owens has some seriously great hair…” Also, Chet “J.R.” White has a pretty good haircut, too.

All this talk about haircuts has me completely forgetting about the actual subject of this story. Even though I could talk about haircuts ALL DAY, I should mention that Girls are going on tour in March. Accompanying them on most of their dates will be Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Hey, any word on their haircuts? If you have any info on the haircuts of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, send an e-mail to haircutlover64@hairmail.com.

Girls dates:

03.01.12 - Santa Cruz, CA - Coconut Grove *
03.02.12 - San Diego, CA - Birch North Park Theatre *
03.03.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
03.05.12 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad *
03.07.12 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit *
03.08.12 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa *
03.09.12 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre *
03.12.12 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack’s *
03.13.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s Upstairs *
03.16.12 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre *
03.17.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue *
03.18.12 - Reno, NV - Cargo at CommRow *
04.13.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.20.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella

* Unknown Mortal Orchestra

• Girls: http://www.facebook.com/GIRLSsf
• Unknown Mortal Orchestra: http://unknownmortalorchestra.com

The Promo Bay starts taking applications as The Pirate Bay aims to further legitimize their torrent services

Arrr matey! The Pirate Bay brings us news of a new free advertising service called The Promo Bay to help promote independent artists! Unlike major labels and their cadre of big name content creators (a.k.a. land lubbers), many out there in the vast ocean of artists are more concerned with getting their output to the people than they are with having their output stolen or pirated. Many would say that if their work was in such high demand that it warranted pirating, they’d probably be doing a pretty good job of creating other streams of revenue.

In the spirit of Google’s homepage ‘doodles,’ The Pirate Bay has begun allowing artists of all stripes the chance to apply to have their ‘doodle’ replace the usually omnipresent Pirate Bay icon for a day. Artists must provide a link where users can download or stream content for free (movies, music, manifestoes, etc.), the aforementioned doodle, and a list of three countries where they’d like to have the doodle featured. The aim is to expose users to new content and promote cross-cultural exchange at no cost to artists as long as they’re making something available to users for free.

The Pirate Bay has come under attack from major labels who see the torrent service as a haven for illegal downloading, and this move is yet another step in the right direction for legitimizing what this and other sites do for internet users (and what bills like PIPA/SOPA are trying to keep offline). By creating a community of content creators who openly support the free distribution of their work as a means of exposure that will lead to people buying concert tickets and other merchandise, it increases the acceptance of such practices (as will the blackout that took place on Wednesday across a huge range of media sites, including TMT, in solidarity against such censorship legislation). A few big name artists, including Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead, have already openly supported The Pirate Bay by making some or all of their work available for download on the site — hopefully this promotion will help create some of the next big names in music and film, further placing the focus on the quality of the product instead of the quality of the marketing plan.

• The Promo Bay: http://thepiratebay.org/promo