Third time’s the charm as EMI sues Grooveshark once again

Third time's the charm as EMI sues Grooveshark once again

Move over TomKat, the biggest break-up story of 2012 is sure to be the ongoing saga between EMI and Grooveshark. After trying to make things work back in 2009, EMI has since sued Grooveshark twice, and is now stepping up to the plate for a third go at the embroiled music streaming service. Claiming once again that Grooveshark is in breach of contract and that it has used EMI recordings without authorization, Billboard reports that EMI is seeking to drag the couple’s dirty laundry into the courtroom this time and hopes to get a big payday when all is said and done.

What makes this go ‘round any different than the last? Well, EMI is expecting Grooveshark to claim that it is in “safe harbor” under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, but EMI is going to counter that claim by showing that Grooveshark contractually agreed to prevent EMI recordings from being distributed through the site, even when said recordings were uploaded by users and not directly by Grooveshark. The DMCA only protects violators who take down illegal materials when asked to do so, and EMI sees their previous agreement as the necessary request that would require Grooveshark to remove EMI recordings found on the site. If you’ve ever used Grooveshark, you know they’re not doing jack shit to prevent anything from being found using their search engine, regardless of the content’s origin.

Will EMI (or the other three major labels suing Grooveshark) succeed? Given the site’s miraculous track record of moving forward in the face of adversity, it’s always possible, and they seem pretty upbeat about the whole ordeal, with the company releasing a statement saying that “although this is the third time EMI/Capitol has sued Grooveshark, we are confident that we will settle this case in a manner that satisfies all parties.” Still, this development may have contributed to Grooveshark’s abbreviated reappearance in Google’s Play marketplace last week. With a new HTML5 version of their site that will work on iOS devices (as well as a regular mobile Flash version that has always worked on Androids), though, Grooveshark is always ready to find a new workaround that will inevitably piss someone off. It’s what they’re good at.

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Aphex Twin, Björk, J Dilla, and Kanye West among those set to receive an ego boost via 33 ⅓ book series

You’re browsing TMT, so you clearly like reading about music. And if you like reading about music, perhaps you like really reading about music — you know, through that perpetually underrated source of intellectual maturation, otherwise known as books. Enunciate if the word sounds foreign or outdated to you: “booooooooooooks.” Say it again with me now: “booooooooooooooooooooks.” Hopefully you’re doing this where other people can hear you, so you can literally sound like a literary zombie. Aren’t books just an indirect way of acquiring brains, anyway?

The chance to simultaneously satisfy your bloodthirsty interest in both books and music comes with the announcement that the folks at Bloomsbury Academic are (more or less) set to release the next batch in their 33 ⅓ book series, in which various authors write in detail about influential, noteworthy, or creatively distinct albums.

Ignoring for a moment the books that have just been announced, the series currently consists of 86 editions, all of which (minus the one written about Radiohead’s Kid A) focus on albums released prior to the turn of the century. The new batch, which will be released over time throughout 2013 and into 2014, includes books about more contemporary albums, such as ( ) from Sigur Rós, Biophilia (TMT Review) from Björk, and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (TMT Review) from Kanye West. Older classics, like Devo’s Freedom of Choice and Gang of Four’s Entertainment!, will also be highlighted.

The varying authors suggests a similarly varying degree of quality, but kudos to Bloomsbury for continuing this worthwhile project. Check out the full list of books set to be released, below:

Andrew WK - I Get Wet, by Phillip Crandall
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Vol II, by Marc Weidenbaum
Beach Boys - Smile, by Luis Sanchez
Björk - Biophilia, by Nicola Dibben
Bobbie Gentry - Ode to Billie Joe, by Tara Murtha
Danger Mouse - The Grey Album, by Charles Fairchild
Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, by Mike Foley
Devo - Freedom of Choice, by Evie Nagy
Gang of Four - Entertainment! by Kevin Dettmar
Hole - Live Through This, by Anwyn Crawford
J Dilla - Donuts, by Jordan Ferguson
Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, by Kirk Walker Graves
Michael Jackson - Dangerous, by Susan Fast
Oasis - Definitely Maybe, by Alex Niven
Richard Hell and the Voidoids - Blank Generation, by Pete Astor
Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire de Melody Nelson, by Darran Anderson
Sigur Rós - ( ), by Ethan Hayden
They Might Be Giants - Flood, by Alex Reed and Philip Sandifer

• 33 ⅓:

Ty Segall takes you to rock ‘n’ roll church on new LP for Drag City, makes you sin at his upcoming shows

Has it been a minute since you went to church? Don’t lie — Ty Segall knows exactly what you’re up to Saturday night and Sunday morning. But tell your mama not to worry; Mr. Segall’s got a new album on the way for Drag City, and come October 9, he’s gonna take you there. To communion. To handlin’ snakes. To Drag City. Whatever. The Clydesdales of static guitar bliss are all hitched to the carriage of gut-wrenching beats and ready to take you to pay your respects at the Church of Down and Dirty Rock ‘n’ Roll.

They say God created the Earth in seven days. That’s pretty quick. But with five studio albums, dozens of EPs, collaborations with other artists, and more singles than you can shake a stick at — all churned out within the last four years — Ty Segall ain’t too far behind. And now, with the birth of dude’s latest, Twins, the guru of garage rock has added another member to the family. The ultra prolific San Francisco screamer is gearing up for an equally prolific fall tour, with dates from Vegas to Vancouver, including festival stops at Treasure Island in his hometown and Neon Reverb in Sin City. As an added bonus, fellow travelers Thee Oh Sees will be along for most of the ride. So dust off your white gloves and your Easter hats, and as Ty Segall hollers on Twins’s mind-bending opener, “Thank God for Sinners.”

Twins tracklisting:

01. Thank God for Sinners
02. You’re the Doctor
03. Inside Your Heart
04. The Hill
05. Would You Be My Love
06. Ghost
07. They Told Me Too
08. Love Fuzz
09. Handglams
10. Who Are You
11. Gold on the Shore
12.There Is No Tomorrow


09.11.12 - Las Vegas, NV - Neon Reverb Festival *
09.13.12 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theater *
09.14.12 - Oklahoma City, OK - ACM at UCO *
09.15.12 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa *
09.18.12 - Atlanta, GA - Goat Farm *
09.19.12 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree Café *
09.20.12 - Nashville, TN - Zombie Shop *
09.21.12 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter *
09.22.12 - Brooklyn, NY - The Well *
09.25.12 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom *
09.26.12 - Toronto, ON - The Hoxton *
09.27.12 - Detroit, MI - PJ’s Lager House Parking Lot
09.28.12 - Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium (2 shows)
09.29.12 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon *
09.30.12 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club *
10.14.12 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Festival
10.12.12 - Vancouver, BC - Waldorf
10.13.12 - Portland, OR - Star Theater
10.15.12 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey

* Thee Oh Sees

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[Photo: Annabel Mehran]

Ital’s second album this year, Dream On, out October 16 via Planet Mu, and he still can’t find socks that match

An incomplete list of things that come in pairs:

- Socks
- Slippers
- Mittens
- Gloves
- Rain boots
- Snow boots
- Pop Tarts
- Twix bars
- Chopsticks
- Drumsticks
- Windshield wipers
- Skis
- Ice skates
- Roller skates
- Albums Ital has released this year (once October 16 rolls around, because according to Dummy, that’s when he’ll release Dream On via Planet Mu. The album follows Hive Mind, which he released back in February [TMT Review]. And here’s a goofy coincidence: Ital’s real name, Daniel Martin-McCormick, contains a pair of capital Ms. Check out his tourdates with Laurel Halo here.)

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M. Geddes Gengras favors the bleep over the dub this time with new solo LP Test Leads

If you thought that M. Geddes Gengras was some legendary reggae producer from Jamaica, it’s understandable. His name does sound vaguely Caribbean, and his dub-infused partnership with Sun Araw and The Congos is easily the most well-known of any of his projects. But he’s not Jamaican. He’s hasn’t achieved legendary status (yet, at least). Okay, he probably does embrace the ganja from time to time, but the point is, he seems young, is active in the Los Angeles music scene, and on October 30, he’s releasing Test Leads on Holy Mountain, an album that appears to have scarcely anything in common (minus his participation) with Icon Give Thank (TMT Review).

Indeed, insofar as I can sample Gengras’s previous solo work (which is substantial but mostly released in cassette form), Test Leads appears to be a continuation of his synth-based, kosmiche character. You can preview the LP here.

Oh, how high I imagine the pressure must be after achieving a whole new level of name recognition. If you’re reading this, Mr. Gengras, just know that I won’t accept anything less than perfection with this upcoming album. Consider me the music journalist equivalent of a parent with high expectations. Impress me or your favorite stuffed animal as a child will be set ablaze!

Test Leads tracklisting:

01. Waldorf, Pts. 1 & 2
02. Night Work
03. Cairo
04. Waldorf, Pt. 3

• M. Geddes Gengras:
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Woods announce fall tour over the river and through the ______ (hint: all the coolest bears shit there)

Aww, snap. Look out, all you pathetic one-percenters like Bono and Boney James! Unlike you and the rest of your fat, corporate, government-subsidized, national-act friends out there with their servants and geishas and fancy cars and goldfish and pet dogs who also own pet goldfish, Woods are actually rolling up their sleeves, gritting their teeth, and gearing up to do some freakin’ work! (Well, okay, maybe not actual WORK-work — they’re not going off to the steel mill or whatever; that’d be a pretty dumb way to promote their band anyway — but serious, diligent, rock band work.)

You know how their new album, Bend Beyond — their seventh effort overall which follows their prrretty dang good Sun and Shade — is coming out via Woodsist on September 18? Well GET THIS: they’re touring on the thing. Live! In person! Honest to god. No webcasts, no live broadcasts, no stand-ins, no franchised regional Woods’s playing simultaneously in every major US city. We’re talking the real deal. A handful of flesh-and-bone sunny psych hippies, a carload of Elephant 6 CDs, and a hilarious and morale-boosting taxidermied raccoon mascot. I know, right? Fucking old school.

So… yeah. Take note of the dates below the tracklist, all you rich, lazy, über-famous rock stars out there. Especially you, Boney James.

Bend Beyond tracklisting:

01. Bend Beyond
02. Cali in a Cup
03. Is It Honest?
04. It Ain’t Easy
05. Cascade
06. Back to the Stone
07. Find Them Empty
08. Wind Was the Wine
09. Lily
10. Size Meets the Sound
11. Impossible Sky
12. Something Surreal


09.08.12 - New York, NY - Meatopia at Randall’s Island
09.26.12 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse *
09.27.12 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom *
09.28.12 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel *
09.29.12 - Cincinnatti, OH - Midpoint Music Fest / Grammers *
09.30.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls *
10.02.12 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
10.03.12 - Ann Arbor, MI - Yellow Barn
10.04.12 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean #
10.05.12 - Madison, WI - Der Rathskeller at Memorial Union #
10.06.12 - St Paul, MN - Turf Club #
10.07.12 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill #
10.09.12 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
10.12.12 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
10.24.12 - Austin, TX - Red 7 %
10.25.12 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada %
10.26.12 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone %
10.31.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Duke Coffeehouse %
11.01.12 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter %
11.02.12 - Washington, DC - Red Palace %
11.03.12 - New York, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg %#

* The Walkmen
# Purling Hiss
% Widowspeak

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