Torrent.is Loses Legal Battle, Pirates Worldwide Lift Eye-Patches to Cry

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In what appears to be another blow to European file sharers, Iceland-based BitTorrent tracker Torrent.is has finally lost a lengthy court battle. You can get the inside scoop here if you can read Icelandic (or if you trust Google’s translation).

Torrent.is, founded in May 2005, was far and away the most used BitTorrent tracker in Iceland, with about 26,500 clients during the height of its popularity. Its popularity outside of Iceland was virtually nonexistent (the site was private to Icelandic IP addresses) but the loss in court is sure to bolster the European anti-piracy movement.

The drama in the courts began in November 2007. Svavar Kjarrval, owner of Torrent.is, received an injunction forcing him to shut down the site. In a somewhat surprising outcome, Torrent.is won in both the lower court and in Iceland’s Supreme Court. This was all well and good, until the STEF (the Icelandic equivalent of the RIAA in the US) filed a new case based simply on new claims of copyright law violations, thus, bringing the proverbial ruckus back to the courts. Once again, Torrent.is was victorious in the lower court but that still wasn’t good enough for STEF and the case returned to the Supreme Court.

STEF came out on top as the Supreme Court delivered its verdict on February, 11 2010 verifying and enforcing the initial injunction from late 2007. Aside from shutting the site down, Kjarrval must pay about $3,350 in legal fees. Remaining optimistic, Kjarraval was quoted as saying, “The battle might be lost but the file-sharing war has not ended.” Here is a link to a PDF of the official press release issued by Torrent.is in both Icelandic and English.

Now you know something about how the Icelandic court system works. And to think you only thought Iceland had belligerent pop stars, ethereal minimalism, and massive debt.

• Torrent.is: http://blog.istorrent.is

José González Preps New Album with Old Band Junip, Stars in New Documentary

Here’s a decidedly juicy piece of indie gossip: After enjoying a successful solo career, Swedish singer/songwriter José González has reunited with his old band Junip, comprised of himself, drummer Elias Araya, and keys player Tobias Winterkorn. They released a five-song EP back in 2005 called Black Refugee, but they’ve gotten back together to release a full-length album coming out “sometime this year,” presumably through their own Teme Shet label. You’re probably hoping for more deets right? Well that’s all there is for now! So tough noogies.

Until more info is available on the new Junip release, sate yourselves with this other tidbit: there’s a new documentary chronicling the last three years with González, covering his international tourdates and time in the studio. The documentary, by directors Fredrik Egerstrand and Mikel Cee Karlsson, is titled The Extraordinary Ordinary Life of José González and made its premiere at the Göteborg International Film Festival earlier this month. News of an American release is likewise scant, but I bet it’s safe to assume that the doc will be floating around the internets somewhere, at some point.

• Junip: http://www.junip.net
• José González: http://www.jose-gonzalez.com
• Teme Shet: http://temeshet.se

Double Dagger Announce New EP, Mask, on Thrill Jockey

Baltimore art-punk boys Double Dagger have plans to spit out another release for Chicago label Thrill Jockey, only this time around, it’s in the form of an EP. Mask is the follow-up to 2009’s hair-gripping full-length More and, according to Thrill Jockey, follows along the same vein of semi-thrashy post-punky rock sorcery. The five-song extended player will be tossed on the shelves March 23.

The cover art for the release features some conceptual color-shifting limited-edition designs by band members Bruce Willen and Nolan Strals’ studio Post Typography. From the looks of it, this’ll definitely be a release worthy of snagging, if only for the cover art.

01. Imitation Is The Most Boring Form Of Flattery
02. Pillow Talk
03. Sheep In Wolf’s Clothing
04. Sleeping With The TV On
05. Song For S

• Double Dagger: http://www.myspace.com/doubledaggersucks
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com
• Post Typography: http://www.posttypography.com/doubledagger

[Photo: Tod Seelie]

Oil Up the Accordians and Hide the Dogs! Gogol Bordello Tour the Globe, Ready Upcoming Album for Spring Release

Though based more or less in New York, renowned Balkan boppers Gogol Bordello hail from all over the damn world. So it should come as no surprise that soon enough the group’s many members will leave behind whatever ramshackle roadside encampment or open-air bungalow they call home and hit the road. Following what is sure to be a raucous benefit for Tibet at Carnegie Hall, the band is heading down under for a handful of dates, only to come back to North America for more carnage. By the time they head to Europe in May, Gogol Bordello will have hopefully released their fifth studio album, Transcontinental Hustle. The Rick Rubin-produced record (!) doesn’t have an official drop date yet, but the All Powerful Press Release assures me that it should come out sometime in the spring.

02.26.10 - New York, NY - Carnegie Hall (Tibet House benefit)
03.28.10 - Fremantle, Australia - West Roots Blues
03.30.10 - Melbourne, Australia - Billboard
03.31.10 - Sydney, Australia - The Metro
04.02.10 - Brisbane, Australia - The HiFi
04.04.10 - Byron Bay, Australia - Byron Bay Blues Fest
04.05.10 - Byron Bay, Australia - Byron Bay Blues Fest
04.18.10 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis #
04.20.10 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy #
04.21.10 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak #
04.23.10 - Chicago, IL - Congress #
04.24.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave #
04.25.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave #
04.28.10 - Boston, MA - House of Blues #
04.29.10 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live #
04.30.10 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live #
05.01.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory #
05.07.10 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
05.08.10 - Manchester, UK - Academy %
05.09.10 - Glasgow, UK - Academy %
05.10.10 - Norwich, UK - UEA %
05.11.10 - Birmingham, UK - Academy %
05.14.10 - Bulligny/Nancy, France - JDM Fest
05.15.10 - Longirod, Switzerland - Longirock
05.16.10 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Tollhaus %
05.18.10 - Paris, France - Elysee Montmartre %
05.19.10 - Toulouse, France - Le Bikini %
05.21.10 - Madrid, Spain - La Riviera
05.22.10 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz
05.24.10 - Bologna, Italy - Estragoon %
05.25.10 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz %
05.26.10 - Zurich, Switzerland - Xtra %
05.27.10 - Vienna, Austria - Gasometer
06.01.10 - Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso
06.02.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Docks
06.03.10 - Berlin, Germany - Astra/Columbia Halle
06.04.10 - Nuremburg, Germany - Rock im Park
06.06.10 - Nurburgring, Germany - Rock am Ring

# DeVotchKa, Jesse Malin and The St. Mark’s Social, Tres Leches Afterparty Sound Crew
% Matt and Kim, Mariachi El Bronx, Tres Leches Afterparty Sound Crew

• Gogol Bordello: http://www.gogolbordello.com
• SideOneDummy: http://sideonedummy.com

Serena-Maneesh Tour North America, Prep S-M 2: Abyss in B Minor

Following a couple of shows in Nueva York recently — their first stateside appearance since way back in 2006 — Norwegian post-shoegazers Serena-Maneesh will be embarking on the ever-fashionable post-SXSW North American tour. This run through the US is, as you may have already guessed, in promotion of their upcoming second full-length, out March 23 through 4AD. The band has chosen to call their second baby S-M 2: Abyss in B Minor, and hopefully it will again leave melted eardrums and crying babies in its wake. If you want to get a taste of what’s ahead, you can scope out an MP3 for the track “I Just Want to See Your Face” here.

And if the whole audio medium doesn’t do much for you, check ‘em out at the Chocolate Grinder performing another new song, “Reprobate,” on Norwegian TV.

Brooklyn trio The Depreciation Guild will be supporting the band on all dates. Check it:

03.17.10 - Austin, TX - Club DeVille (Brooklyn Vegan SXSW Showcase)
03.22.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
03.23.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
03.25.10 - Portland, OR - Berbati’s Pan
03.26.10 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door
03.27.10 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
03.30.10 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
03.31.10 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
04.01.10 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
04.02.10 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
04.03.10 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
04.04.10 - Cambridge, MA - T.T. the Bear’s
04.05.10 - Milford, CT - Daniel Street
04.06.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
04.07.10 - Washington, DC - DC9
04.08.10 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge

• Serena-Maneesh: http://www.serena-maneesh.com
• 4AD: http://www.4ad.com
• The Depreciation Guild: http://www.thedepreciationguild.com

Ulrich Schnauss Remixin’ Like Mad for New Collection

It looks like Germany’s very own ambient/IDM producer Ulrich Schnauss has quite a few friends out there, and in high places. Not exactly a surprising fact, considering the man’s scope of musical virtuosity, his range across the genre spectrum, and let’s not forget his undeniable production skill. It’s hard not to like a musician who, regardless of what type of music you happen to subscribe to, will most likely grab your ear due to at least one element within his varied output. Thus, on March 15, a select few of these far-reaching friends will be allowing him to release remixes of some (in Schnauss’ opinion ALL) of their best tracks. Schnauss has decided to title this release (his first since 2008’s Stars EP) Missing Deadlines - Selected Remixes, and he’s been kind enough to provide us with a snippet of words describing the relevancy of this particular album:

“Essentially what makes me really happy about this album is the fact that it’s a selection of the – in my opinion – best mixes from a musical point of view, rather than a compilation of the commercially most successful ones, or the tracks that have the biggest names associated with them. In all cases, the original songs are already great in their own right – which made it really inspiring to work with them.”

Missing Deadlines is set for release on March 23 through UK label Rocket Girl. Given the aesthetic parallels he shares with many of these artists, I can definitely feel him giving these tracks a needed warm rubdown in this neverending winter season. Speaking of tracks:

01. Howling Bells - “Setting Sun”
02. A Sunny Day in Glasgow - “Ghost in the Graveyard”
03. Katharina Franck - “Faithful Friend”
04. Madrid - “Out to Sea”
05. Asobi Seksu - “Strawberries”
06. Dragons - “Remembrance”
07. Aus - “Halo”
08. Mahogany - “Supervitesse”
09. Lunz (Roedelius & Tim Story) - “Lunz”
10. Rachel Goswell - “Coastline”
11. High Violets - “Chinese Letter”
12. Mark Gardener - “Story of the Eye”
13. I’m Not a Gun - “Make Sense and Loose”
14. Mojave 3 - “Bluebird of Happiness”

• Ulrich Schnauss: http://www.myspace.com/ulrichschnauss
• Rocket Girl: https://www.rocketgirl.co.uk

[Photo: Troy Stains]