Police Arrest Several Swedes in File-Sharing Swoop; Claim That Fire is Best Way to Fight Fire

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The IFPI, the evil legion of record companies, has struck another blow against file-sharing by using IPRED legislation in Sweden to force police to take action against illicit file-sharers.

Police recently raided file-sharers, suspected of sharing between 9,000 and 17,000 tracks, in five separate locations: Gothenburg, Docksta, Handen, and Upplands Väsby. One 28-year-old man, suspected to be the hub owner, was arrested while others had their equipment confiscated.

Speaking with Swedish radio, IFPI Sweden’s chief executive Lars Gustafsson announced that “This business is still too large. There are so many new and good options there is really no reason anymore for people to steal music.”

In contrast, Rick Falkvinge, leader of the Swedish Party, criticized both the raids, and the IPRED legislation that made them possible, saying, “When the police go in and take people’s private computers because they have shared music, it’s completely wrong.”

Beware (if you are Swedish and run a illegal music hub).

Wolves In The Throne Room Tour the Least Black Metal of All Continents, Australia

Wolves in the Throne Room are hitting the road — well, after they fly out to Australia, because they sure aren’t driving there. Once they hop off of their plane, they’ll do a 10-day stint there, showing them Australians a thing or two about American black metal. I just hope Australia isn’t full of dudes who only listen to the Norwegian shit. I doubt it.

02.18.10 - Adelaide - Fowlers Live
02.19.10 - Hobart - Brisbane Hotel*
02.20.10 - Sydney - Gaelic Theatre^
02.21.10 - Melbourne - Arthouse Hotel~
02.23.10 - Canberra - The Basement#
02.24.10 - Byron Bay - NSW
02.25.10 - Brisbane - Hi Fi Bar^
02.26.10 - Sydney - Bald Face Stag^
02.27.10 - Melbourne - Hi Fi Bar
02.28.10 - Geelong - National Hotel

* Ruins
^ Agents of Abhorrence
~ Blarke Bayer/ Black Widow

• Wolves in the Throne Room: http://www.myspace.com/wolvesinthethroneroom

Grandaddy and Earlimart Members Form New Band Admiral Radley; What a Stretch, Huh?

Former Grandaddy mastermind (read: hat guy) Jason Lytle and chain-smoking Grandaddy drummer (read: human metronome) Aaron Burtch have joined forces with Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray of Earlimart to form a new entity that calls itself Admiral Radley, according to a recent cryptic news update posted on this hilariously cheap-looking website. From the looks of things, Lytle dubbed the group after stumbling upon what might possibly be the best Craigslist posting I’ve ever seen.

And while there’s no news of a proper release forthcoming, save from that news post’s murky affirmation that they’ve made one, the supergroup does seem to have a couple of shows already booked. But in the mean time, fans of both antecedent bands will forgive this reporter from saying that, well, we can all pretty much imagine what it’s probably gonna sound like: Grandaddy + Earlimart = Elliott Smith fronting ELO. Does that sound about right to everyone?

03.17.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
03.20.10 - Austin, TX - “Six Stages Over Texas” Block Party (Haiti Benefit)
03.24.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater

• Admiral Radley: http://www.admiralradley.com

RIP: Iain Burgess, punk producer for Big Black, Naked Raygun, Ministry

From the Modern Radio message board (via The Daily Swarm):

Our friend and co-conspirator for many excellent records of Rifle Sport, Cows and others passed on yesterday [February 11].

Pancreatic cancer. Not sure of his age, but way too young. A hilarious and wonderful man and engineer. Very sad.

• Iain Burgess: http://www.iainburgess.com

RIP: Richard Delvy, surf-rock pioneer

From Reuters:

Richard Delvy, a pioneering surf-rock drummer, composer, arranger, publisher and producer, died February 6 at West Hills Hospital in California after a long illness. He was 67.

Born on April 20, 1942, in Bridgeport, Conn., Delvy relocated to Southern California and became the drummer for the Bel-Airs, one of the earliest surf-rock groups. The band had a regional hit with the instrumental “Mr. Moto,” which was covered by acts including the Ventures and Dick Dale and His Del-Tones. The original track was included in Rhino’s 1996 four-disc compilation “Cowabunga! The Surf Box.” Delvy later formed the Challengers and produced its 1963 debut album, “Surfbeat,” which sold well and helped solidify the polarity of surf music and culture.

• Richard Delvy (allmusic): http://tinyurl.com/ya89d79

EMI Tries To Do More With Less, Again. Yes, More Job Cuts.

It would be fair to say that the last couple of years have been rough for EMI. Between losing domestic market share, being forced to cut thousands of jobs, and having both legal and philosophical disputes with some of their premier artists, one might think it’s a good time for some adjustments. The top brass at EMI seem to think so too, and have laid down new plans they hope will bring the company back to its former glory.

So what will this new approach look like? Will it involve innovative marketing techniques and a forward-thinking approach to new media platforms? Perhaps a renewed focus on artist and customer relations to revitalize a brand Paul McCartney once called, in an interview with the British newspaper The Times, “really very boring”?

No, EMI’s answer to the challenge at hand is… more job cuts. But EMI isn’t just getting rid of employees; the UK’s Telegraph reports that the company is also seeking to reduce “investment in new systems” and eliminate any “duplication.”

While paring down might be critical to returning EMI to profit, we can only hope there’s some room for growth in their long-term strategy. We’ll be sure to keep you up to date on any new developments.