Tennessee introduces bill that would prohibit sharing of online passwords to entertainment sites

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As children, we all learn that sharing is good, right? WRONG! There are many things that are wrong or just downright unpleasant to share. A single jellybean, for example, or herpes. And soon, in Tennessee, your online password to services like Netflix or Rhapsody.

Lawmakers in the Volunteer State have introduced a measure Billboard is calling “groundbreaking” (others might call it “annoying”) that would prohibit using someone else’s log-in to access online entertainment websites. The new law, which is currently awaiting the governor’s signature, was enacted to keep thieves from selling internet passwords, but can also be used against people who give friends or associates permission to use their log-in info. Billboard is quick to caution that spouses and family members who share the same roof will “almost certainly” not get a slap on the wrist for sharing. The proposed law is more likely to target college students, those old online music thievin’ pariahs, who might give their password to the entire frat house/dorm floor/Future Farmers of America membership.

The bill expands on a current Tennessee law that prohibits people from stealing cable, etc. Stealing $500 or less of Netflix/Rhapsody/what-have-you could result in a misdemeanor charge, with up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Obviously, more theft would involve bigger penalties, plus a felony charge.

It comes as no surprise that the recording industry is one of the most influential lobbies/taxpayers in Tennessee, home to the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. The industry’s domestic revenue has been cut in half over the past decade, falling from $15 million to $7 million. RIAA officials said the measure will be an important step toward combating online entertainment theft, second only to invisible electrified cages.

Radiohead plan King of Limbs remix 12-inch series; I’m confused… wasn’t “Codex” already a Coldplay remix?

Clouds hung heavy over Tchock Mansion. No one had seen Thom Yorke emerge from his bedroom in weeks. ‘Site traffic memos’ had been slipped under his door daily with no response, and the other band members were beginning to worry that the rumors were true: people weren’t touching themselves to pictures of Radiohead anymore. It wasn’t like those halcyon days of the early 00s, when teenage boys begged Santa for an ondes Martenot under the tree, when Ed O’Brien sneezed on someone in the supermarket and they were signed to Capitol the next week. No, the memos these days, piling up on Yorke’s hardwood floor, were looking much more grim (it didn’t help that Stanley Donwood designed them).

Phil Selway winced as he imagined the tongue-lashing they’d all soon receive from Thom. “If no one could be arsed to go get “The Universal Sigh” in person, how are Baldy Drumsticks and the rest of you fossil-fuel-dependent gits going to keep these brats’ attentions for one sodding second? Oh, go on, you planning on donating those tears to UNICEF when you’re done?” Phil tried to silence the voice in his head with drink, but too many years of abuse kept the cruel monologue in motion.

Suddenly, an olde-timey phone rang out on the other side of the door… it couldn’t be… was it? Yes: it was the special “Four Tet advice” hotline, right next to the closet where they keep the rarely used “Bangers + Mash” mini-drum! Minutes passed like hours. Finally, Thom stepped into the hallway where the band was camped out. “A bloody brilliant idea just popped into me nog: 12-inch remixes. Right: we’ll get a bollocks-load of shite from all over and let the proper remixes rise to the top! This is the 22nd century!”

True to his word, the first King of Limbs remix 12-inch in the series is all set to drop July 5 (July 4 in the UK), with remixes of “Little by Little” and “Lotus Flower” by Caribou and Jacques Greene, respectively. Independent record stores will have copies for three or four minutes, and they’ll also be available to mailorder customers from Radiohead themselves.


A. Little by Little (Caribou rmx)
B. Lotus Flower (Jacques Greene rmx)

• Radiohead: http://www.radiohead.com
• XL: http://www.xlrecordings.com

RIP: Andrew Gold, singer-songwriter

From the BBC:

US singer-songwriter Andrew Gold, who enjoyed hits in the 1970s with Lonely Boy and Never Let Her Slip Away, has died in Los Angeles at the age of 59.

Another of his songs, Thank You for Being a Friend, was known to millions after being used as the theme for long-running sitcom The Golden Girls.

During the 1980s, Gold formed Wax UK with ex-10cc member Graham Gouldman.

His UK label, Dome Records, remembered him as “a hugely talented musician” with “a brilliant sense of humour”.

Gold, who died on Friday of a heart attack, was the son of Ernest Gold, Oscar-winning composer of films like Exodus and It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.

• Andrew Gold: http://www.andrewgold.com

The Books’ Nick Zammuto takes some time away from the library and steps out solo as Zammuto

Nick Zammuto, who we all know as one-half of The Books, has announced that he’s formed a new band called Zammuto. I think he named it after his father or something. The new band promises to satisfy fans of The Books as they wait, patiently, for the follow-up to last year’s The Way Out (TMT Review).

This New Musical Project, which is supplementary to The Books (don’t worry, they didn’t break-up, you’ll just have to wait another five years between albums), will be, as Zammuto describes it: “a three or four piece band, hopefully playing shows by the end of the year.” Nicky Boy also says that he’ll be posting new music by the band (on his website) as he and the band make it. However, he says you’ll only be able to download the songs for a couple days at a time, which is totally mean, and the first track, “Yay,” is already off the site, so unfortunately you’ll have to go to “the other guys” to get it.

• The Books: http://www.thebooksmusic.com
• Zammuto: http://www.zammutosound.com

RIP: Martin Rushent, producer for The Human League, Buzzcocks, etc.

From 3 News NZ:

Influential music producer Martin Rushent, best known for his work with The Human League and the Buzzcocks, has died.

Music website Louder than War broke the news overnight, and his son later confirmed the news on Facebook.

Rushent was best known for his work with bands in the punk and new wave era.

His best-known work was with the Human League, producing and performing on their mega-successful album Dare, and hit single ‘Don’t You Want Me’. He was named Best Producer at the 1982 Brit Awards, and released a remix version of the album the following year, called Love and Dancing.

Other bands and artists he worked with include the Buzzcocks (and their lead singer gone solo, Pete Shelley), the Stranglers, XTC, Generation X (Billy Idol), the Go-Go’s (Belinda Carlisle) and Altered Images.

Before his career with punk and new wave bands, he worked on records by T Rex, David Essex and Shirley Bassey.

• Martin Rushent: http://www.myspace.com/mrushent

Matmos’ Drew Daniel curates Art & Politics conference with Matthew Barney, Kode9, and not Mike Huckabee

Can Art and Politics Be Thought? That’s an interesting question. Now you might be thinking, “Did you leave out a word in that first sentence or something, I don’t… really…” but before you embarrass yourself any further, understand that this is the official title of a two-day conference at UCLA curated by Matmos’ Drew Daniel and Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UCLA Kenneth Reinhard, so maybe you should just re-read the sentence and mull it over before you start running your mouth. So, let’s start again: Can Art and Politics Be Thought, You Asshole? This story wasn’t supposed to be so aggressive! Goddammit!!!

I’m back. “Can Art and Politics Be Thought?” (deep breath…) is taking place this weekend at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles in conjunction with the UCLA Program in Experimental Critical Theory, with two days packed full of lectures and performances by Matmos, Kode9, Matthew Barney, Alain Badiou, and other “contemporary artists, critics, and philosophers,” all attempting to explore the relationship between art and politics. Some of the questions being posed include:

Is a relationship between art and politics that does not compromise the specificity of each practice possible? Can art be political without becoming propaganda? Does politics have anything to learn from art? How have artists approached these questions in their concrete practices and reflections on those practices? And how have theorists conceptualized and contributed to those practices?

And here I thought the only pertinent question was, “Does the artist use a megaphone and make their voice sound sorta like Zack de la Rocha?”! We’re always learning in this life. Though the event is free, like all programs at the Hammer, tickets are still required for entry (to keep out any kids sloshed with jungle juice) and can be picked up at the Billy Wilder Theater box office one hour before the conference starts. Check the full schedule below, and sorry for the outburst earlier.

Saturday, June 4, 2011:

1:00: Steve Goodman
2:00 Joshua Clover
3:30 Lauren Berlant
4:30 Matthew Barney
8:00 Performances by Ultra-Red, Matmos, and Kode9

Sunday, June 5, 2011:

1:00 Drew Daniel
2:00 Joan Copjec
3:30 Allan Sekula
4:30 Alain Badiou
8:00 Reading of scenes from Alain Badiou’s Incident at Antioch and Ahmed the Philosopher; directed by Stephen Barker

• Hammer Museum: http://hammer.ucla.edu
• Matmos: http://brainwashed.com/matmos