Search, Seizure, and Destruction: Atlanta Officials Destroy $20 Million Worth of Pirated Material; Thousands of copies of Madonna’s Confessions Remixed, Gone. Just Gone.

Somewhere in Atlanta there's a dumpster filled with $20 million worth of shredded CDs and DVDs, destroyed by RIAA, MPAA, and Atlanta Police officials last week in what was the largest destruction of seized property in recent U.S. history.

Destroyed at the Atlanta Police Department Headquarters, the illicit property seized in a series of raids was estimated to have a market worth of $20 million, though it's impossible to imagine anyone paying market value for an advanced rip of Nas' Nigger packaged in a Ziploc® baggy with a grayscale inkjet printout of the cover. But you just never know.

"Individuals selling cds for cheap on the street corner are not just small-time peddlers -- they are fronts for larger criminal organizations that steal music by the millions of cds," stated Brad Buckles, Executive VP of the RIAA's Anti-Piracy League. "These groups are also often involved in other illegal activity such as narcotics and weapons trade [and] threaten the health and safety of Atlanta's neighborhoods." And by saying so, Buckles effectively overstepped boundaries by assuming far more than he's paid to assume.

Fulton County Sheriff Myron Freemon, District Attorney Paul Howard Jr., and U.S. Director of MPAA Anti-Piracy Operations Kevin Suh (all in attendance for this monumental day of justice) couldn't have agreed more.

Defense for the unprecedented destruction of perfectly good material also included the high costs of piracy to the U.S. economy. Reportedly, global music piracy has (dubiously) cost the U.S. economy $12.5 billion in lost revenue, 71,000 jobs, and $2 billion in wages to U.S. workers, at an estimated $1.6 billion annually. The worldwide motion picture industry purportedly lost $18.2 billion in 2005 alone as a result of piracy, attributing $7 billion in loses to internet piracy and $11 billion to hard-good piracy, such as bootlegging and illegal copying.

"We want to encourage consumers to purchase DVDs from legitimate retailers and from legal download sites to ensure they are buying genuine high quality copies of the movies they love and to help protect one of America's greatest exports," said Suh. So, the best way to "encourage consumers" was a massive police seizure and destruction event? Boy, I'm encouraged already.

Faust Tourdaten bring Sommerfreude!

Naughty cabarets. Rainer Werner Fassbinder. My surname. Germany has given us so much over the years, and most certainly one of those greatest contributions is Krautrock. And while most of those things will likely NOT be coming your way soon (because they are either immobile, dead, or penniless), take heart! music fans, because the legendary 1970s Krautrock innovators Faust are conducting a mini-tour! Original members Zappi Diermaier and JH Peron are bringing some friends on the road to practice their English language skills in Ireland and the UK.

And be sure to lookout for In Autum, a 3CD/1DVD boxset of live material from their 2005 UK tour.

Ah, sehr, sehr gut!

“Someday in the Future, Frog Eyes Will Tour with Evangelicals. Probably June-ish.” –Nostradamus

A man was crossing a road one day when a frog called out to him and said, "If you kiss me, I'll turn into a beautiful princess." He bent over, picked up the frog, and put it in his pocket.

The frog spoke up again and said, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a beautiful princess, I will tell everyone how smart and brave you are and how you are my hero" The man took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it, and returned it to his pocket.

The frog spoke up again and said, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a beautiful princess, I will be your loving companion for an entire week." The man took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it, and returned it to his pocket.

The frog then cried out, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess, I'll stay with you for a year and do ANYTHING you want." Again, the man took the frog out, smiled at it, and put it back into his pocket.

Finally, the frog asked, "What is the matter? I've told you I'm a beautiful princess, that I'll stay with you for a year and do anything you want. Why won't you kiss me? Are you gay or something?"

The man didn't reply. But the joke wasn't on the woman -- it was on the man. He was deaf.

Frog Eyes tourdates:

& Bishop Allen

Grand Archives Tour, Annapocalypse Gets Older

My birthday was this week, and because of that, I decided to throw out all the rules of journalism for the remainder of this news story. Silly? Yes. But it's my birthday week, and I can do what I want, damnit! So, here is a story about a band called Grand Archives all in one sentence and with limited punctuation:

Grand Archives are from Seattle and feature Mat Brooke, a former guitarist from Band of Horses -- they are on tour this summer and you should go see them play live because their debut self-titled album just came out on Sub Pop and it’s really awesome and has cool songs like “A Crime Window” which is fast and “Sleepdriving” which is not so fast and I’m sure they would be a fun live band although I have not seen them live I am contemplating going to their show at the Empty Bottle in June.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have birthday cake to finish:

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