So Much for Timeless Classics: DRM Hampers Library of Congress’ Digital Audio Archiving

Libraries are notorious for being slow on the uptake when it comes to teh internetz, but the Library of Congress has done an admirable job of staying on top of its shit. Except, of course, when it isn't allowed to by law.

A new report by THE Librarian of Congress details the obstacle course that is digital archiving of music each year, ever since (dun dun dun) DRM came on the scene. We’re all familiar with it: buy a CD, rip it to your hard drive, get a new computer, try to transfer it, and sorry bro... no dice -- even if you bought the damn thing from the label in the first place. Remember that frustrating feeling? Now, pretend you’re The Librarian, trying to preserve that same record label’s album or song that has been deemed worthy of its spot in the Library of Congress. Yeah, it burns.

The Digital Millenium Copyright Act makes it a no-no to circumvent DRM in any way, but the Librarian has that power to appeal every three years and see if the Library’s rights to bypass are granted, along with a whole other mess of exceptions requested, most of them legit. While this temporarily solves the problem, the Library of Congress still has no real power to, uh, do its job.

"Even though the Librarian is empowered to create additional exemptions, he cannot affect the ban on trafficking in circumvention devices," says The Librarian’s report. Guess they caught on to The Librarian’s black market burned CD racket... you know, since everyone’s buying CDs...

Kangaroos, Koalas, Oh My! Australians Cut Copy and The Presets Join Forces For Fall Tour

Cut Copy and The Presets have many things in common. In fact, they have so much in common with each other that it'd be ridiculous if they didn’t tour together. Here’s a handy list of all their similarities. Feel free to quiz your friends:

- They’re both Australian, which you should already know if you read the headline.
- Both groups call Modular Records home.
- Have you actually listened to either band?! They pretty much share the same musical influences too. Electronica FTW!
- They both are known to inspire hipsters to jerk about in a crazy-looking fashion, commonly known as “dancing.” (Drinking copious amounts of PBR and Sparks inspires this as well.)
- They each have less than four members in their respective bands.
- Ummm... err...
- ...Okay, that’s it.
- Seriously, read the tourdates already!

The Donkey’s to Release Second LP on Dead Oceans; Fall Tourdates Announced

San Diego band The Donkeys have moved shop from Antenna Farm to Dead Oceans for the release of their second LP, Living on the Other Side. The record comes out September 9 and has been described as “a fun-loving, rollicking collection of catchy California-fried pop songs.” My co-worker says it sounds like The Dead.

Comprised of four beach-bum-surfer dudes, The Donkeys released their 2006 self-titled debut on Antenna Farm Records. And despite the great roster of bands they are now joining at Dead Oceans -- Dirty Projectors, Evangelicals, Phosphorescent, and, just recently, These Are Powers -- keyboardist Anthony Lukens is “excited about having a reason to travel to Texas and drink Loan Star beer.” Sweet, brah.

Living on the Other Side tracklist:

The best Canadian band EVER is set to grace all of you with their presence, and don't even try to argue that The Arcade Fire are a better Canadian band. Please, they're part Canadien français -- they barely count. Besides, The New Pornographers could kick The Arcade Fire's ass in a bar brawl any day! Have you seen Danny Bejar? He seems like one tough mo-fo. And that Neko? She looks like she could throw a punch or two.

The band doesn't have any new releases to sling -- the last couple releases include Challengers (TMT Review) and Christmas EP (The Spirit of Giving) -- but there's a 90% chance there will be plenty of references to Journey, specifically Steve Perry's awesomeness, and Rush. Need another reason? They have an amazing catalog of pop songs to pull from, and Carl Newman and Neko's witty in-between-songs banter trumps almost all other bands. Did I mention the amazing dancey pop songs?

Porno' tourdates:

[Thanks Timbo!]

Sunset Rubdown Announce Tour, Kid Midnight Makes Plans for October 4

So, I’m sitting here leafing through my datebook and, to my surprise, even this late in July, I notice that early October is quite empty. Tensions and scheduling concerns rack my brain, and I am left with dread concern -- I need to start filling October up.

As I do whenever I have a problem, I power up the trusty old internet, and after a brief whirl through the World Wide Web, my problem is instantly solved: Spencer Krug and Sunset Rubdown are set to aid me in my troubling October social life! After an extended tour with Wolf Parade in support of the excellent At Mount Zoomer (TMT Review), The Rubbers have decided to spread their brand of music in a mini-tour this fall, and they've luckily scheduled a show near my neck of the woods.

I positively squealed when I heard the news.

Viacom Gets to See What You’ve Watched on YouTube… Yes, Even the Gorilla Tutu Porn (Especially the

In another wonderful invasion of American privacy, YouTube has recently been ordered to hand over all of its viewer data to Viacom. “Why,” you ask, “why does this cute and cuddly conglomerate have to know that I just really like watching playthroughs of old Zelda games for NES? Is that really necessary?” Viacom thinks so, because it's suing YouTube for copyright infringement to the tune of $1 billion, and a judge ruled that granting them the right to snoop will help their cause. What a philanthropist.

The good news is that Viacom will only be given your IP address, which means that if IP address. 47.32.97.08 watches a lot of naked BMX bike racing, they will only be known by that number. HOWEVER, if 47.32.97.08 also happens to be the star of a YouTube show in which they dance in a fairy costume against a backdrop of Full House clips, Viacom will take the time to track that sucker down and initiate legal action. I mean, I’m fucked, personally. I switch it up a little and wear hospital scrubs instead, but the sentiment is there. Remember how the RIAA started arresting college students and mothers of two? It’s kinda like that. Those were the days...

YouTube’s parent company Google has attempted to warn its users by linking to its privacy policy at the bottom of the site, but some dude’s still totally going to get busted for his fan montage of Angela from Who’s the Boss? He only wanted to see her answering the door in a bathrobe 50 times in a row. What’s so weird about that?

Viacom Gets to See What You’ve Watched on YouTube… Yes, Even the Gorilla Tutu Porn (Especially the

In another wonderful invasion of American privacy, YouTube has recently been ordered to hand over all of its viewer data to Viacom. “Why,” you ask, “why does this cute and cuddly conglomerate have to know that I just really like watching playthroughs of old Zelda games for NES? Is that really necessary?” Viacom thinks so, because it's suing YouTube for copyright infringement to the tune of $1 billion, and a judge ruled that granting them the right to snoop will help their cause. What a philanthropist.

The good news is that Viacom will only be given your IP address, which means that if IP address. 47.32.97.08 watches a lot of naked BMX bike racing, they will only be known by that number. HOWEVER, if 47.32.97.08 also happens to be the star of a YouTube show in which they dance in a fairy costume against a backdrop of Full House clips, Viacom will take the time to track that sucker down and initiate legal action. I mean, I’m fucked, personally. I switch it up a little and wear hospital scrubs instead, but the sentiment is there. Remember how the RIAA started arresting college students and mothers of two? It’s kinda like that. Those were the days...

YouTube’s parent company Google has attempted to warn its users by linking to its privacy policy at the bottom of the site, but some dude’s still totally going to get busted for his fan montage of Angela from Who’s the Boss? He only wanted to see her answering the door in a bathrobe 50 times in a row. What’s so weird about that?

Brightblack Morning Light Head Out On Tour, Set to Release New LP, Motion To Rejoin

So, I've spent hours upon hours in contemplation, and I've come to one clear, precise conclusion: indie-psychedelic group Brightblack Morning Light sound like Zero 7 combined with Bright Eyes, but produced by Frank Zappa. If you check out some of their MySpace tunes, you’ll realize what I’m talking about.

If that description moves you like it moves me, then you’re in luck: Brightblack Morning Light are getting ready to release on September 23 their second full-length LP, Motion To Rejoin, the follow-up to their 2006 self-titled album, on Matador Records! And even better yet, the New Mexico-based band is going to be heading out on tour soon to promote the album. Life is really coming together.

Brightblack Morning Light tourdates:

* William Fowler Collins

Hair Police To Tour, Release New Album, Arrest The Balding

Awesomely noisy Lexington, KY rockers Hair Police are planning a North American tour as well as a new album release on the heels of a short hiatus, according to their official website. The group, whose roughly five-releases-per-year agenda (including LPs, singles, splits, CD-Rs, and more) slowed in the last 18 months, is bouncing back from this relative hiatus with a new LP entitled Certainty of Swarms on No Fun Productions. Out August 11, the new LP features what the band calls "a heterogeneous concoction that is carefully matured" as well as "a blistering onslaught of metallic-fused noise-murk." Hmm, sounds kinda like the "deluges of terror tones and an onslaught of untamed musical evil" hailed by the 5-star TMT review of the band's 2005 LP Constantly Terrified.

Leading up to the album release, Hair Police have scheduled dates across North America, starting today at Chicago's Empty Bottle. Their first U.S. outing in years, the two-week jaunt follows a canceled tour earlier this year (TMT News).

Certainty of Swarms tracklist:

* Hive Mind, Oakeater, Bruce Lamont, Bloodyminded

^ Wretched Worst, Wasteland Jazz Unit

% Mike Shiflet, Envenomist, Lambsbread, Vodka Soap

# Aaron Dilloway, Emeralds, Tusco Terror

& Ryan Jewell, Cock Scene Investigator

! Pengo

$ Rise Set Twilight, Century Plants

< Sunburned, Thurson Moore/Kate Village duo, Paul Flaherty/Jeff Hartford Duo

> Carlos Giffoni, Sixes, FFH

Sickness

Heathen Shame (oh c'mon, Hair Police, I am seriously running out of symbols here)

; Disgues, Bottom Feeder, Flatline Construct

| Awkward Squad, Uneven Universe, Regression (Nate Young solo)

Photo: [Bill T Miller]

  

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