Turntable.fm gets ASCAP and BMI licences, so now you can use it guilt-free — except you’ve already been using it guilt-free because you lack moral fiber

Turntable.fm gets ASCAP and BMI licences, so now you can use it guilt-free — except you've already been using it guilt-free because you lack moral fiber http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-11-07-turntablefm.png

If you’re like us and spend most of your time online, by this point you’ve probably heard about Turntable.fm and have maybe even spun a few tracks under a hokey name and a bobbling avatar. The invite-only site, which allows anyone — with a Facebook account, at the very least — to become a DJ and throw out a few songs in a 90s-style chatroom environment (Coordinated rooms joining friends across the country! Dozens of “2011 Indie Pop” rooms filled with strangers!), has become immensely popular with music and internet nerds alike. And now, Turntable.fm has secured licenses with both ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.), two of the three US performing rights organizations, removing itself from semi-shady sharing territory and into a fully legal position.

You can imagine the potential problems with copyright issues. To play songs, DJs can either search Turntable.fm’s massive database (which includes everything from Wiz Khalifa to Dvořák recordings) or upload tracks from his/her personal collection. This always seemed a bit sketchy, despite the CEO’s claims that as a “non-interactive” site (as in, a streaming service, since users have almost no power over what other DJs play), it was protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. But with the ASCAP and BMI licenses, it’s ensured that “songwriters, composers and publishers will be paid fairly if the site succeeds,” sending Turntable.fm on its way to being a legit music service. (For more details on ASCAP’s involvement and what it means, go here.)

In short, you’re not ripping any artists off by uploading an MP3 to impress the experimental nuts in the “We Love Nurse With Wound” room. And hey, you’re at a site where such a room can exist alongside ones blasting James Blake — how sweet is that?

• Turntable.fm: http://turntable.fm

A.V. Club throw their hat into the festival ring and announce Chicago music festival

Not wanting to be left out of the whole “websites curating music festivals” game, The Onion’s A.V. Club has announced their own festival: A.V. Fest. The two-day festival goes down outside The Hideout in Chicago on September 10-11. A.V. Fest will feature 12 bands over the course of the weekend, with the initial lineup as follows:

Archers of Loaf
The Thermals
Tokyo Police Club
Eef Barzelay of Clem Snide (playing the music of Journey)
Telekinesis.

In related news, all TMT-ers are getting together in Mr P’s backyard for the annual TMT Avant-Garde Hoedown later this summer. You’re not invited.

• A.V. Club: http://www.avclub.com

CSS chart tour, release new remix single, admit love for heartwarming David Fincher film

Three things I learned today:

1) If you search for CSS on Wikipedia (the lazy person’s premiere news source), you’ll get the entry for Cascading Style Sheets. Because I am not an IT worker, this was like falling down a magical rabbithole to Dullsville. This Wikipedia result is the only thing about CSS that is not flush with neon-colored excitement.

2) CSS, the Brazilian dance rock band (NOT the style sheet language) have been rockin’ the pants off audiences since 2003! I did not know that. Wow, I am old. It seems like just yesterday I was sweating Sparks (the caffeinated malt beverage!) while the band toured their way across America with Diplo and a new band called Bonde Do Role.

3) No matter what the situation, no matter how far-stretched, no matter how much it’s no longer 2008, there’s ALWAYS a place for a Benjamin Button reference. This was first proved in 2009, when Kanye West dropped the name of the reverse-aging, alliteratively-named holiday heartwarmer in his verse for the Drake song, “Forever.” It was then proved again in 2011, when CSS frontwoman Lovefoxxx told Spin that “Actually, I have more energy than I used to. I’m like the Benjamin Button of music — getting younger all the time.” YES. Always time for an awkward reference to a whimsical film that opened behind the Jennifer Aniston/dog movie Marley and Me.

Lovefoxxx was, of course, referring to CSS’s continued ability to keep the dancefloors packed, which is exactly what the group’s summer single “Hits Me Like a Rock” has been doing. “Hits” is the first single off of La Liberacion, the band’s new full-length, which is set for an August 29 release on V2/Cooperative/Downtown. And in the interest of giving fans (in the wise words of Coolio) “1,2,3,4 (Sumpin’ New)” the band is now releasing a Dillon Francis remix of the track. CSS will also be touring North America this fall in support of their new album, so dust off your dancin’ shoes and get ready to reverse-age yourself to a freer, happier, more NEON world.

Dates:

10.01.11 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue
10.02.11 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
10.04.11 - Seattle, WA - Neptune
10.06.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
10.08.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
10.09.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Filter Culture Collide Festival
10.13.11 - Denver, CO - Bluebird
10.15.11 - Mexico City, Mexico - Curva 4 Race Track at Foro Sol
10.17.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
10.21.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.22.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
10.23.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
10.24.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.26.11 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
10.28.11 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
10.29.11 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
10.30.11 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa

• CSS: http://csshurtssuxxx.blogspot.com
• V2: http://www.v2music.com
• Cooperative: http://www.cooperativemusic.com
• Downtown: http://www.downtownmusic.com

Total bros Male Bonding bro down on fall bro tour. Bro!

When it comes to being bros, North America thinks it’s number one. And that’s because it is, bro! Fist bump, high five, and a flip of the baseball cap! Still, bros of America, we cannot get cocky. A threat to our bro domination waits overseas. That threat is known as Male Bron… Male Bonding.

It’s true, those English punk rock super bros in Male Bonding think they’re the broiest. I mean, they even named themselves Male Bonding, a concept that serves as the very cornerstone of bro culture. And if that’s not enough, they’ve even got the gall to come onto our turf and challenge our very broness. How un-bro, bros! So, suit up my bros, for we must defend our shores against Male Bonding this fall, when they’ll tour across our hallowed land. Prep yourselves by listening to Male Bonding’s new record, Endless Now, out August 30 on Sub Pop. If we’re lucky, all their bro secrets will be revealed within.

Male Bonding dates:

08.27.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Grasslands
08.28.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
08.29.11 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
08.31.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
09.01.11 - Montreal, QE - Il Motore
09.02.11 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
09.03.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick Lounge
09.08.11 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
09.10.11 - Washington, DC - Red Palace

• Male Bonding: http://www.myspace.com/malebonding
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com

San Francisco Electronic Music Festival to feature Kevin Drumm, Jessica Rylan, Christian Marclay, Yoshi/Tashi Wada, and Joe Biden

Sorry for that link bait headline, we just couldn’t resist cashing in on all the Joe Biden excitement sweeping the nation lately. Though we can’t say for sure one way or the other, it’s looking less likely with each passing day that Biden is going to be performing at the 12th annual San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, running from September 8-11. He will, however, be in attendance at all four events, meaning it’s more or less your patriotic duty to spend the long 9/11 weekend with Joe and all his favorite noise outfits.

The SFEMF kicks off its 12th successful year on September 8 at SFMoMA (in the Phillis Wattis Theater) with an “evening of live and fixed media works for sound and video” provided by Sarah Howe, Les Stuck, Tim Perkis/Tom Djll, and Alba G. Corral/Kadet Kuhne. Since Biden wasn’t too keen on any of these artists, he requested an additional performance of Milton Babbit’s Philomel by Dina Emerson, just to round things out a bit.

Once the weekend rolls around, though, it’s all killer no filler at the Brava Theater Center for three days straight. Christian Marclay/Shelley Hirsch will be headlining Friday night, with Zachary Watkins and Jessica Rylan opening (your mind!!). Saturday brings Yoshi Wada and his progeny Tashi in a dual headlining performance, with Area C and 0th opening, as well as a tribute to the late Max Mathews from Marielle Jakobsons. Sunday proves the age-old maxim “save the Drumm for last,” as the formidable Kevin Drumm will be headlining this final night, with opening wizardry by JD Emmanuel and Gregg Kowalsky.

So put September 8-11 in your planners, electronic music fans, and start saving that money, because on top of the cost of admission, you also need to factor in the inevitable purchase of a couple “I’d rather be ridin’ Biden” t-shirts, for sale each night in an alley outside the venue.

September 8, SFMoMA:

Les Stuck
Sarah Howe
Tim Perkis/Tom Djill
Alba G. Corral/Kadet Kuhne
Dina Emerson

September 9, Brava Theater Center:

Christian Marclay/Shelley Hirsch
Zachary Watkins
Jessica Rylan

September 10, Brava Theater Center:

Yoshi Wada/Tashi Wada
Marielle Jakobsons (Max Mathews tribute)
0th
Area C

September 11, Brava Theater Center:

Kevin Drumm
JD Emmanuel
Gregg Kowalsky

• San Francisco Electronic Music Festival: http://www.sfemf.org

Documentary on Paul McCartney’s 9/11 Concert for New York premieres on Showtime 9/10

Remember a minute ago when we announced that HBO is broadcasting a George Harrison documentary this fall? Maybe it’s jealousy, or maybe it’s the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center atrocity, but Paul McCartney has made a very timely announcement of his own documentary, detailing his personal experience with 9/11 and debuting September 10 on HBO’s rival network, Showtime. Paul McCartney has always been admirable in his humanitarian efforts, but let’s ask ourselves a few questions here to justify a documentary (entitled The Love We Make) about Sir McCartney’s trauma in the disaster that affected millions.

Q: Was McCartney in New York City on September 11, 2001?
A: That morning, yes.

Q: Did McCartney know anyone on any of the four planes hijacked that day?
A: No, but he was due to fly out of NYC and had to sit on the plane at the airport terminal while news spread about the World Trade Center attack.

Q: So aside from his celebrity status, what reason is there for Paul McCartney to make a documentary about himself in regards to the tragedy?
A: Following the mayhem, he organized the “Concert for New York City” on October 10 in Madison Square Garden, which brought together icons for rock fans: David Bowie, Eric Clapton, The Who, James Taylor, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones; plus idols for those rock fans’ children or 15-year-old siblings: Destiny’s Child, Goo Goo Dolls, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Is that a good enough reason? In short, the film, which largely consists of footage revolving around the show (on-stage and off — including the planning stages), sounds more like a concert film than a “9/11” documentary, particularly given that its director is Albert Maysles, who is also responsible for Gimme Shelter, one of the biggest rockumentaries ever. According to Maysles (via The New York Times), “There was so much suffering as a result of 9/11 it’s hard to imagine how one might bring relief to those who were impacted by the attacks, and honor those firefighters, police officers and rescue workers who lost their lives in their heroic attempt to help others. But Paul had the answer: music and a film that would tell the full story.”

Obviously, there’s going to be a lot going on that weekend, but this is just one idea of how to remember 9/11. You can always TiVo the film and then go out to New York for a special performance of William Basinski’s Disintegration Loops.

• Paul McCartney: http://www.paulmccartney.com

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