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Cleveland Police Force Captures OiNK Administrator, Elitetorrents Admin Fined and Jailed – Next Up: Bin Laden
To all of the hardworking musicians and artists out there who can’t stand the damn kids on the torrent-tracking sites who steal your precious art: rejoice! Like Harvey Dent before them, the Cleveland police force have made the streets a lot safer for you and your children. Alan Ellis, the highly pernicious administrator of the now defunct-terrorist/torrent site OiNK has been captured and charged with conspiracy to defraud. Phew! Another criminal behind bars.
Authorities extended Ellis’ bail date five times due to “lack of evidence,” but they've apparently come up with enough “evidence” to nab him. The Cleveland police have also arrested six OiNK uploaders and charged them with copyright infringement for uploading a single CD. The suspects were required to provide fingerprints and DNA samples (there’s no word yet as to whether a tangible link to Al Qaeda has been discovered).
Meanwhile, Daniel Dove, an admin for BitTorrent tracker Elitetorrents, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and a $20,000 fine.
Rest easy, everyone; your government is keeping you safe.
Jack White of The White Stripes has done it again! Ostensibly in support of Coca-Cola's long, sordid history of class-action race-discrimation lawsuits, pesticide use, water polluting, and other questionable business practices and environmental I-don't-give-a-shits, Jack has written another jingle for the giant soda company, according to MarketWatch (via Stereogum). Unlike his first jingle in 2006, this one's for Coca-Cola Zero, a calorie-free alternative to the high fructose corn syrup-heavy original.
And guess what? The James Bond-themed commercial has everything an idiot Bond fan would want out of a commercial: fast cars, shapely women, and, of course, a macho soundtrack. BUT WHAT ABOUT COCA-COLA'S SHADY BUSINESS PRACTICES? Sorry, whiner, too busy watching shit blow up and numbing my mouth with Coke's high acidity.
This news comes on the tail of the Alicia Keys/Jack White collaboration "Another Way to Die," recorded for the upcoming James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, which had a budget of -- ahem -- $224.87 million.
Okkervil River Embark on Carbon Neutral Tour; Meanwhile, Toby Keith Unrelentingly Farts into a Zippo Flame to Offset “All Them No Good Indie Rock Eco-Queers”
Nature is important to Okkervil River. Whether they're staring catatonically in their favorite forest or nervously chatting in their outdoor breakfast nook, these folky bros love the earth and plan to keep it in decent shape for awhile, or at least until their contractor finally installs that damn oven and range in the wildflower patch. So in an effort to save the planet, Okkervil River are going green across the country in support of their new album The Stand Ins (TMT Review) in what they hope will be a carbon neural tour.
But the O-Riv can't achieve carbon neutrality all on their lonesome. They need you, the fans, the, dare I say, heroes, to pitch in and lend a hand for Mother Gaia. Since 80% of a tour's carbon-dioxide emissions come from commuting fans, the band are encouraging you to take the bus, carpool with friends, or hop on your hoverboard to your local Okker show. Community bike rides have already been organized in Madison, Portland, Tempe, and Athens, with more to come. The band will also be selling recycled stickers, which will offset 300 pounds of CO2 emissions with each purchase.
In addition, the band is planning to.... actually, that's their entire plan. So really, Okkervil River haven't made their tour carbon neutral, they're just encouraging you to be environmentally responsible with your ride to the venue and maybe buy their eco-friendly merchandise. But, whatever, their hearts seem to be in the right place. Good for them, and good for you if you plan to follow their good advice. Good for all, I say!
The Stand Ins is available now on Jagjaguwar or for a limited time as a free stream on the band's MySpace. The tour kicks off tonight in Lawrence, KS, so get on that hoverboard and start kickin'. But don't use that thing on water... unless you got pow-ah.
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Ponytail Are Touring, Doing U.S. Mostly, Also Canada Sort of – The Tour Is Going To Be With High Places, Who Are Also a Band
Hi, my name is Papaya, and I am here to tell you about the band Ponytail, their upcoming tour, the ponytail hairstyle, and what touring is. Indeed, there's a band called Ponytail, but did you know that the "ponytail" is also a hairstyle worn by women and occasionally men? When executed correctly, it looks like the back of your head is actually a pony’s tail, which is where the hairstyle got its name! Anyway, touring is when bands perform their music in front of an audience, often in cities miles away from the group's hometown. Ponytail, the band, is going to do some of this "touring," which will be in part to promote its latest album put out on We Are Free Records. Not only that, but the album is named Ice Cream Spiritual (TMT Review), and the Ponytail musicians will have this item for sale at the very same places where they're playing these songs for their "tour." Tiny Mix Tapes supports songs -- it’s why we write about them!
If you like music, you should see this band -- but don’t expect there to be a lot of ponytail hairstyles there, because there might not be any!
Look at all of these:
* High Places
** DMBQ, The Homosexuals
N.W.A. Compilation N.W.A. And Their Family Tree To See Release in September; I Wish I Was Invited to the Family Reunion
Although it's pretty obvious who N.W.A. influenced with their ground-breaking, super fucking cool album Straight Outta Compton, Capitol/Priority plan on giving us an audio reminder that collects a couple of the "family heirlooms." On September 30 (near my birthday, hint hint), N.W.A. And Their Family Tree will be released on CD and digitally. The collection brings together a few of N.W.A.'s signature tracks, as well as a couple "joints" that continued in the style of such modern gems as "Fuck Tha Police" and "Straight Outta Compton" (suspiciously missing are key tracks from Dr. Dre's The Chronic, as well as the Death Row output of 2Pac and Snoop Doggy Dogg -- so this is by no means comprehensive).
In addition to the compilation, VH1 is set to premiere N.W.A.: The World's Most Dangerous Group, a 90-minute documentary to air October 3. It features new interviews with Ice Cube, DJ Yella, Eazy-E's widow Tomica Woods-Wright, former manager Jerry Heller, Ice-T, journalist Cheo Coker, and director John Singleton. Beyond the interviews, it also features rarely seen photos and footage from the group's early days.
Almost single-handedly creating what would become known as Gangsta Rap, N.W.A. took the blueprint of old-skool hip-hop and tempered it with their harsh "Ghetto CNN" rhymes and unrelenting, funkdafied beats. "The World's Most Dangerous Group" also added to the lexicon of hip-hop imagery, replacing the b-boys and graffiti-covered subway trains with hardcore Gz and hydraulic modified low-riders, so that when you hit the switch, of course, you could make the ass drop.
N.W.A And Their Family Tree tracklist:
1. "Straight Outta Compton" - N.W.A
2. "Boyz-N-The Hood" - N.W.A featuring Eazy-E
3. "Dopeman" - N.W.A
4. "Fuck Tha Police" - N.W.A
5. "We Want Eazy" - Eazy-E
6. "Express Yourself" - N.W.A
7. "It Was A Good Day" - Ice Cube
8. "V.S.O.P." - Above The Law
9. "You Can't Play With My Yo-Yo" - Yo-Yo featuring Ice Cube
10. "Foe Life" - Mack 10
11. "It's Funky Enough" - The D.O.C
12. "Final Frontier" - MC Ren
13. "Regulate" - Warren G. "& Nate Dogg
14. "Bow Down" - Westside Connection
15. "Bitch Please - Snoop Dogg featuring Xzibit
16. "Gangstas Make The World Go ?Round" - Westside Connection
17. "Lay Low - Snoop Dogg featuring Master P, Nate Dogg, Butch Cassidy & The Eastsidaz
18. "We Be Puttin' It Down" - Bad Azz featuring Snoop Dogg
Warner Music Wins $33 Million From Karaoke Maker Over Licensing, Invests it in New Metallica Record, Loses It Again
It seems the major labels will give just about anyone the shake-down these days, as their tightened belts (and assholes, and earholes, and...) make it harder and harder for their top men to keep affording all those Faberge egg omelets or whatever they eat in those tall-ass towers. Case in point: the crumbling major Warner Music Group Corp. recently won $33 million in a lawsuit that accused Leadsinger Corp., a maker of karaoke machines, of loading at least 220 songs into its players without obtaining the proper music licenses from Warner first. Shucks, and all Leadsinger wanted to do was make us happy.
Warner Music asked for default judgment after Leadsinger representatives apparently failed to appear at a final pre-trial hearing or to file any more documents with the court, which is apparently, um, pretty necessary if you plan on legally defending yourself in any way. As a result, Warner was granted $150,000 in statutory damages for each of the songs, and Leadsinger is barred from selling machines that contain any unlicensed Warner Music songs (duh), according to an August 27 order filed by U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips in a Los Angeles federal court.
Leadsinger currently sells karaoke machines through its website, as well as through retailers including Wal-Mart and Target. Probably right next to all the Warner CDs. No word on what Warner plans on doing with its hefty little payoff, but seeing as how it's probably a bit behind on the rent these days, it'll probably need to... aw heck, Faberge egg omelets all around!
Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band Add Tourdates; There’s Nothing Funny About That Because There’s Nothing Funny About Conor Oberst
With his latest “solo album” (god knows what all those Bright Eyes records were, then) Conor Oberst
Currently in Europe with his Mystic Valley Band in tow (that’s an awful lot of sidecars), the famously troubled troubadour has just announced an additional run of U.S. dates this fall that will kick off in Honolulu in October and take him all the way through to late November in New Orleans, which should be more than enough time for him to heal his achin’ soul . . . uh . . . from, from you know . . . all that money and fame and rock n’ roll fun he’s been saddled with all these years. Oh, and he’d better not be stopping at any bed n’ breakfasts along the way, damn it! Cuz his cred is really on the line here, don’t you think?
Let's go to the map:
* Jenny Lewis
% M. Ward