FreeKY Fest Tomorrow with Apples in Stereo, Hair Police, and The Coup

The University of Kentucky's student-run radio station (WRFL-FM 88.1) is celebrating 20 years of being commercial-free (if only TMT could be ad-free) with the 12-hour FreeKY Fest. AND IT'S FREE! Featuring artists like Apples in Stereo, Hair Police, Mahjongg, The Coup, and Robert Bobbert (a.k.a. Robert Schneider) & the Bubble Machine, the festival will be held tomorrow, Saturday, April 26, in downtown Lexington. It'll also showcase interactive art installations, live action art demonstrations, breakdancing, and even a children's concert, which will kick things off at 11 AM. Hope the children stick around for Hair Police!

Here's the schedule:

- 11am-Noon – Children's Concert performances including:

Robbert Bobbert & the Bubble Machine, Pezhed and the Blipsquad, Rakadu Gypsy Dance, Snow Monster!

- 12:30-1:30pm – Big Fresh presents "A History of College Radio"
- 2:00-2:30pm – Indian Dewali & Punjab dance performance
- 3:00-4:00pm – The Health & Happiness Family Gospel Band
- 4:30-5:00pm – Hair Police
- 5:30-6:30pm – Mahjongg
- 7:00-8:00pm – The Coup
- 8:30-9:30pm – Jolie Holland
- 10:00-11:00pm – The Apples in Stereo

Read more about FreeKY Fest here, and find out how you can help WRFL here. And if you've ever been curious about the antelope, check out this page.

KRS-One Suffers Violence on “Stop the Violence” Tour; Plans “Stop the Blowjobs” Tour Hoping For Parallel Results

A KRS-One performance in New Haven, CT descended into utter irony last weekend when an attendee cut the evening short by jumping on stage and throwing a bottle at KRS. Though the bottle actually hit him and even fucked him up a little bit, he urged the audience to remain calm, saying “Let it go. When negativity comes your way, let it go.” This pacifistic response was necessitated by the fact that the show was part of a tour dedicated entirely to preventing violence. KRS was later treated for dehydration and a fractured hand.

As someone who has never actually listened to KRS-One, but did listen to the Sublime song about KRS-One almost daily through high school, I was hit hard by news of the tragedy. Exactly who, if anyone, will address such issues as hamburgers and steak, Elijah, Mohammed, or the welfare state while KRS recovers is anyone’s guess. Indeed, the fans are the ones who will suffer the most and are in that sense much like Lou Dog after the untimely death of Brad Nowell in 1996. KRS canceled shows along the East Coast after the incident and will have to forego community meetings in Chicago scheduled for the end of the month.

Microsoft Zune to Release Joy Division Player, Apple iPod to Release Awesome Stuff All the Time

Microsoft Zune, the Buzz Aldrin of MP3 players, will release a Joy Division version of its better-late-than-never music player here in the United States June 10 to coincide with the DVD release of Grant Gee's documentary of the famed post-punk pioneers.

In addition to, you know, not being an iPod and pandering to a relatively small group of die-hard, late-’70s/early-’80s underground rock fans and collectors, the underdog player will feature the artwork from the band's seminal 1979 debut album, Unknown Pleasures.

Meanwhile, seemingly unfazed, Apple is counteracting by introducing some innovative new products of its own into a thirsty, thirsty marketplace.

What a time to be alive.

Outkast Promise New Album By 2009

Think back, all the way back to the fall of 2003. Johnny Cash had just died, Arnold Schwarzenegger was recently elected governor of California, Michael Jackson was (finally) arrested for serving Jesus juice and touching little boys, and Outkast’s “Hey Ya!” was more impossible to escape than a suicide bomber (too soon?).

Fortunately, history has a way of repeating itself because, according to MTV.com, it appears that 2009 will see the launch of “Hey Ya!” version 2.0, as Outkast have promised the release of their new album sometime next year. Oh, what’s that? You thought they broke up? Don’t worry; Big Boi has cleared up those misconceptions for you:

“We got a few songs we already picked out,” Big explained. "We pick the beats first. I drop my [solo album] in July, Dre puts his out [later this year], and we drop that Outkast record at the top of [next] year."

In the meantime, get your Outkast fix with Big Boi’s upcoming solo album, Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dust, due out in July.

Scout Leader Kyle Photoshops Universal CEO Doug Morris: “The RIAA Spent $2.8 Million On Lobbying Last Year” Edition

Doug The Wizard of Lobbying:

The RIAA magicked $2.8 million last year on Capitol Hill in hopes of maintaining their greedy status quo and destroying muggle file-sharers like you.

“This Ain’t No Picnic” Says One Angry TMT Staffer. Yes, Actually It Is, And With The Roots. (Also: Tour with Erykah Badu)

Last Sunday, we here at the TMT offices decided to take a little break from the daily news grind and go out for a picnic. After packing as many staffers as we could in the TMT Winnebago, we hit the road for the nearest state park. I’m not saying some writers didn’t get left behind (the interoffice feuds have been getting awfully heated lately), but what I am saying is that a good time was had by all. Tunes were bumped, volleyballs were tossed, white hots were roasted, and some staffers (I’m looking at you Reviews) even had a little 4/20 fun on an extended nature hike. Even after P put us all to shame with his fabulous beach bod (photos to come), we still managed to find room for a S’more and Creamsicle nightcap.

In fact, our TMT staff picnic went so well that The Roots decided to have a picnic of their own June 7 in Philly. Unlike us, who invited only each other and our parents, The Roots are bringing along Gnarls Barkley, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Santogold, Deerhoof, J*Davey, Diplo, Esperanza, The Cool Kids, and YOU. Tickets are $50, but since you’ll be getting them from Ticketmaster or LiveNation.com, they’ll probably end up costing somewhere in the thousands.

And if you can’t make it, it’d be awfully charitable to play The Roots' new record Rising Down at a picnic of your own sometime after it comes out April 29. Then again, maybe not. But you do have a chance to check them out on tour, a majority of which will be shared with Erykah Badu, who released New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) (TMT Review) earlier this year.

The Roots have an awful lot of free time:

# Erykah Badu

“A Load of Bollocks”: Virgin Media On Net Neutrality, Customers, Fairness, Children, Puppies

The industry news mavens over at TorrentFreak continue to drop jaws, this time with a story on Virgin Media's new outspoken CEO Neil Berkett. The man has made no secret of his lust for money and disdain for flowers and candy by literally scoffing at the very concept of net neutrality, a concept saying all data carried over the internet should be treated the same, leaving no preference to higher-paying websites or corporations. In an interview with Television magazine, Berkett called this idea "a load of bollocks" (and then proceeded to gut the stuffing from a teddy bear).

Instead, he was proud to announce that Virgin had already begun to speed up traffic for specific, deep-pocketed "media providers," who likely also supply him his nightly glass of lamb's blood. According to the article, Virgin Media boasts 3.5 million users countrywide -- a number that is likely rising rapidly -- and due to high volume traffic can't support the stress of all the added bandwidth. The very public slap in the face is highly disheartening to evil, heartless users of file-sharing networks such as BitTorrent, which makes large-sized transfers as easy as a couple of clicks.

To them, Berkett says "phooey," but he decided to cast his net a little wider and call out the BBC as well. With his cross-hairs on their popular iPlayer service, the seething CEO lashed out at all public broadcasters, noting that if they did not pay a higher premium for speedier service, they would be designated to "bus lanes." This process, known as throttling, has recently come to worldwide attention when it became clear that mega-giant ISP Comcast had been throttling many of its users when it noticed high-volume activity, with no inquiry into the legality of the bandwidth being used. Still, as Virgin Media has made clear, you pay for a service and they dictate how you use it.

“A Load of Bollocks”: Virgin Media On Net Neutrality, Customers, Fairness, Children, Puppies

The industry news mavens over at TorrentFreak continue to drop jaws, this time with a story on Virgin Media's new outspoken CEO Neil Berkett. The man has made no secret of his lust for money and disdain for flowers and candy by literally scoffing at the very concept of net neutrality, a concept saying all data carried over the internet should be treated the same, leaving no preference to higher-paying websites or corporations. In an interview with Television magazine, Berkett called this idea "a load of bollocks" (and then proceeded to gut the stuffing from a teddy bear).

Instead, he was proud to announce that Virgin had already begun to speed up traffic for specific, deep-pocketed "media providers," who likely also supply him his nightly glass of lamb's blood. According to the article, Virgin Media boasts 3.5 million users countrywide -- a number that is likely rising rapidly -- and due to high volume traffic can't support the stress of all the added bandwidth. The very public slap in the face is highly disheartening to evil, heartless users of file-sharing networks such as BitTorrent, which makes large-sized transfers as easy as a couple of clicks.

To them, Berkett says "phooey," but he decided to cast his net a little wider and call out the BBC as well. With his cross-hairs on their popular iPlayer service, the seething CEO lashed out at all public broadcasters, noting that if they did not pay a higher premium for speedier service, they would be designated to "bus lanes." This process, known as throttling, has recently come to worldwide attention when it became clear that mega-giant ISP Comcast had been throttling many of its users when it noticed high-volume activity, with no inquiry into the legality of the bandwidth being used. Still, as Virgin Media has made clear, you pay for a service and they dictate how you use it.

Microsoft Fucks Consumers Again, Ditches Support for Its DRM

Microsoft has announced it will soon no longer provide support for music purchased from its now-defunct music store. According to an email from MSN's Entertainment and Video Services general manager:

As of August 31, 2008, we will no longer be able to support the retrieval of license keys for the songs you purchased from MSN Music or the authorization of additional computers. You will need to obtain a license key for each of your songs downloaded from MSN Music on any new computer, and you must do so before August 31, 2008. If you attempt to transfer your songs to additional computers after August 31, 2008, those songs will not successfully play.

Which means: if you bought music from the MSN Music store (which of course came with some good ol' DRM), then you will have to either own the same computer and operating system for the rest of your life or lose all the digital music that you actually paid for. You could get around this by burning CDs of everything you downloaded and then ripping them into a playable format, but is this really the way Microsoft wants to treat their customers? Can you imagine someone trying to play music on Windows XP 10 years down the line?

Wonder what would happen if Apple stopped supporting its FairPlay DRM. Yikes. If you're 20 and purchasing tons of DRM music, either you should be thinking of a backup plan or you have tremendous faith in big companies.

RZA Loses Himself in the Music, the Moment; To Release Digi Snax as Bobby Digital Then Tour as Bette Middler

What is it with rap stars and their alternate personalities? Sure, it might actually be all Ziggy Stardust's fault, but hip-hop has taken the Clark Kent complex to another level, with everyone from Eminem to T.I. taking on their own Tyler Durden-style alter ego in an effort to flash their rough and tumble side. Garth Brooks was also Chris Gaines in a failed album and movie project, while T.I.P. reared his mischievous head right before Clifford got pinched for possessing more biscuits than an Al-Qaeda summer camp. Slim Shady wanted to impregnate a Spice Girl, and Madlib has more names than Texas polygamists have under-aged wives, going by Quasimoto, The Beat Konducta, Ahmad Miller, Malik Flavors, The Bad Kid, and Joe McDuphrey, just to name a few. Daniel Dumile, or MF Doom, also responds to Zev Love X, Viktor Vaughn, and Metal Fingers.

The RZA will not be outdone. Ten years after first introducing his Bobby Digital "persona," the artist formerly known as Bobby Steels has joined forces with so-called "rapper graveyard" and independent distributor Koch Records to release Digi Snax, a brand new album. The mention of snax piqued Doom's interest, and maybe he'll start showing up for concerts again. RZA -- er -- Bobby will set out on a tour with funky bunch Stone Mecca who also contribute to the record.

Ten bucks says he still answers to Ruler Zig-Zag-Zig Allah: