RIP: Pierre Cossette, producer and agent, best known for bringing Grammys to TV

From Rolling Stone:

Pierre Cossette, a talent agent and producer who in 1971 convinced reluctant television executives to broadcast the Grammy Awards as a glittery live event, died on Friday in Montreal. He was 85.

Mr. Cossette had an extensive career behind the scenes of the entertainment business, booking stars like Ann-Margret and Frank Sinatra for hotel engagements in Las Vegas and elsewhere; serving as a personal manager to Andy Williams, Vic Damone and Anna Maria Alberghetti; helping start Dunhill Records, home of the Mamas and the Papas; and producing Tony Award-winning shows on Broadway.

Yet he was best known as the man who brought the Grammys to television.

- Pierre Cossette Wikipedia entry

UK Musicians Come Out Against Punishing File-Sharers

The British government has recently attempted to punish “Soccer Moms” and six-year-old girls, so it’s about time they started going for the real criminals: dastardly file-sharers. Over the summer, the government has explored various possibilities for punishing file-sharers, such as throttling broadband speeds or blocking access to download sites. The music industry has been egging them on in this regard with UK Music, an umbrella body representing the British music industry, saying it was "pleased that government is proposing accelerated and proportionate action to meet their stated ambition of reducing illegal file-sharing.”

Unfortunately for label executives, however, the people who actually make them money have pleaded with the government to not punish file-sharers. Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien, a member of the Featured Artists' Coalition (FAC), said: "It's going to start a war which they'll never win." This was backed up by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors who’s Chief Executive, Patrick Rackow, argued "The industry has to look forwards, not backwards. There is a huge problem here and we've got to find a solution to it. I don't know what this solution is, I don't think anyone does. There are more positive ways of dealing with this without totally upsetting your consumers." Quite.

DOOM to Release Unexpected Guests Compilation in October; Ghostface, Talib Kweli, Jake One, Masta Killa Appear

I have good and bad news.

The good news? On the Tuesday before Halloween, DOOM will release a new compilation, Unexpected Guests, via Gold Dust. The album collects many of those rare DOOM non-album gems -- guest tracks, remixes, B-sides, vinyl-only singles -- that have been released over the past few years. Highlights include tracks with Ghostface, Talib Kweli, Jake One, Masta Killa, and Vast Aire, as well as a track on which Jon Lovitz spits some truly captivating, homophobic rhymes. Hey, you never know!

The bad news? On the Tuesday after Halloween, DOOM will sue several teens for using his "likeness" during Halloween. Fuck!

Tentative tracklist (final tracks and running order still to be finalized):

1. Get 'Er Done feat. DOOM - Jake One
2. Fly That Knot feat. DOOM - Talib Kweli
3. Sniper Elite feat. DOOM - Dilla Ghostface DOOM
4. Trap Door feat. DOOM - Jake One
5. Sorcerers feat. DOOM & Invizible Handz - John Robinson
6. Da Supafriendz - Vast Aire
7. Quite Buttery - Count Bass D feat DOOM
8. ? - DOOM featuring Kurious
9. All Outta Ale - DOOM
10. E.N.Y. House - Masta Killa
11. Bells of DOOM - DOOM
12. My Favorite Ladies - DOOM
13. Street Corners (Remix) - Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck & GZA

Ryan Adams Relaunches His Pax Am Label Digitally; Oh Great, Another Label For Mandy Moore To Release Music On!

It’s not enough to be a prolific singer/songwriter and an author; Ryan Adams needs more from life than that. Introducing: Pax Am, Adams’ digital record label that he officially relaunched last week with the release of his own digital single, “Lost and Found”/”Go Ahead And Rain.” The single is available for pre-order on the Pax Am website and will be the first in a series of $1.49 digital singles. Proceeds from the single sales will support Adams’ website and his FOGGY TV show.

Meanwhile, judging from the statement he released, it seems like Adams is still as eccentric as ever:

Thanks for making Pax Am the number one Ryan Adams merch site online. We would hunt anyone else down though.

Did you have a rad summer? Good. If you said no, never worry, Pax Am is here. We are gonna fill your fall and winter up with vinyl, digital singles, and t shirts you don't need.

Stay tuned for videos, free tracks, and our digi-singles. Subscribers get first dibs on rare vinyl.

Remember, purchasing the buck 49 singles is a way to keep FOGGY TV on the air, but it is not necessary to view the weekly content.

This is my label and my internet disco dream.

Make it real you jerks.

Worship me.

Move Over O.A.R. and Ben Folds: Jay-Z Preps College Tour

Jay-Z, perhaps better known now as Beyoncé's wife, is going on tour in support of the big bad Blueprint 3 (TMT Review) this fall. Jay-Z will be visiting a number of colleges during October and November in a swift move to appeal to the same crowd that enjoys the Jay-Z namedrop in Miley Cyrus' "Party in the USA."

Too bad I graduated last year, meaning I won't get a student discount for the inflated price. Whatever, I'd be out of place anyway, since I've never been a true follower of "Jay-Hova." When I was a little boy, Jay-Hova's Witnesses would come to our door, but my mom would turn off the lights and make everyone hide on the floor in the hallway.

Well, I guess there's no better place to recruit helpless, hapless followers than a college campus. Tickets are now on sale through Live Nation.

Now let's hear it for New York again, people!
10.09.09 - State College, PA - Penn State/Bryce Jordan Center
10.10.09 - Cincinnati, OH - Kentucky U/Bank of Kentucky Center
10.13.09 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
10.14.09 - Calgary, AB - Pengrowth Saddledome
10.15.09 - Kelowna, BC - Prospera Place
10.16.09 - Vancouver, BC - General Motors Place
10.17.09 - Seattle, WA - KeyArena
10.21.09 - Ypsilanti, MI - Eastern Michigan U/Convocation Center
10.23.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Center
10.24.09 - Providence, RI - Dunkin Donuts Center
10.25.09 - Amherst, MA - U of Mass/Mullins Center
10.27.09 - Baltimore, MD - 1st Mariner Arena
10.28.09 - Columbus, OH - Ohio State/Schottenstein Center
10.29.09 - London, ON - John Labatt Centre
10.30.09 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
10.31.09 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
11.01.09 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
11.12.09 - Champaign, IL - University of Illinois/Assembly Hall
11.19.09 - Albuquerque, NM - Tingley Coliseum
11.20.09 - El Paso, TX - U of Texas at El Paso/Don Haskins Center
11.22.09 - Austin, TX - U of Texas at Austin/Frank Erwin Center

RIP: Jim Carroll, punk rocker and author of The Basketball Diaries

From The New York Times:

Jim Carroll, the poet and punk rocker in the outlaw tradition of Rimbaud and Burroughs who chronicled his wild youth in “The Basketball Diaries,” died on Friday at his home in Manhattan. He was 60.

The cause was a heart attack, said Rosemary Carroll, his former wife.

As a teenage basketball star in the 1960s at Trinity, an elite private school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Mr. Carroll led a chaotic life that combined sports, drugs and poetry. This highly unusual combination lent a lurid appeal to “The Basketball Diaries,” the journal he kept during high school and published in 1978, by which time his poetry had already won him a cult reputation as the new Bob Dylan.

“I met him in 1970, and already he was pretty much universally recognized as the best poet of his generation,” the singer Patti Smith said in a telephone interview on Sunday. “The work was sophisticated and elegant. He had beauty.”

- Jim Carroll Wikipedia entry