As Bill Murray said in Where The Buffalo Roam, "I'm going to gnaw on his skull, because it just hasn't gotten weird enough for me." Mr. S. Thompson, many of your words are still hauntingly relevant when it comes to this crazy little thing called the music industry.
Not content to just sue plain old illegal file-sharing thieves for downloading shitty, moderate-quality MP3 rips of groundbreaking artists like Maroon 5, it seems the RIAA wants to clamp down on those who convert their own CDs into digital formats.
A few months back, 26 year old Jennifer Pariser, Sony BMG's anti-piracy lawyer, was quoted as saying that making a copy of a song you purchased is like "steal[ing] just one copy." After all, "when an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we [could] say he stole a song," right?
Now the RIAA has gone on record in an Arizona court involving Atlantic Records stating a similar sentiment. According to Wired, the defendant in the Atlantic v. Howell case "converted Plaintiff's recordings into the compressed ‘.mp3’ format and they are in his shared folder; they are no longer the authorized copies distributed by Plaintiffs." So much for fair use, apparently.
Except that in a 2005 case, the record companies indicated that it is ‘lawful’ to ‘rip’ a CD into MP3 files to put onto your own iPod or other music player. It seems that within the two years, some ‘adjustments’ have been made to the industry's approach to protecting their intellectual property.
It is understandable that the record companies would want to set up some defenses; after all, music sales are their bread and butter. However, going to such an extent as to indicate that making a personal copy of a song is ‘stealing’ is a generalization of absurdist proportions. It's intriguing that the same lawyer who made this claim in October also admitted that the labels' anti-piracy lawsuits are costing the company "millions" of dollars.
The irony doesn't even stop there; the RIAA's website even indicates that there is "no legal ‘right’ to copy the copyrighted music on a CD onto a CD-R. However, burning a copy of CD onto a CD-R, or transferring a copy onto your computer hard drive or your portable music player, won't usually raise concerns." Creating a convoluted twist of mixed, vague messages isn't a great way to establish faith in your product, by the way.
The sad question that I have to ask is who is benefiting from this twisted approach to such a positive product? It's not the artists, it's not the journalists covering them, or the publicity workers, or even the listeners. If the lawsuits are costing the industry millions, then it's not even benefiting the labels themselves. I'm not feeling very mathematic right now, so you do the math; I'll go gnaw on a skull until this whole thing just calmly blows over. Because it just hasn't gotten weird enough for me.
Remember that Beastie Boys internet radio show I told you about (TMT News)? I know I said it was happening every Tuesday, but it turns out it’s happening whenever the Beastie Boys feel like it. In fact, the next show is today (Wednesday), 4-6 PM EST. Listen to this one, because I’m not gonna keep warning you. This show’s theme is “freaky,” so don’t listen with your mom in the room.
Here you go: http://www.littleradio.com
In any article about San Francisco’s Hey Willpower, there are myriad opportunities to make a cheap joke about how the band overcame an obstacle or stopped procrastinating to do something (because, get it, their name is Hey Willpower... funny). But I’m not going to do that, no. I am better than that.
I’m going to make cheap jokes about their album.
It’s been out for awhile overseas, but January 22, the band’s full-length debut, P.D.A., will hit U.S. record stores’ displays. Hey Willpower feel very affectionate toward this new version, which features a different tracklist, new artwork, and a cover of Architecture in Helsinki’s track, "Heart It Races." Commenting on an announced but no-dates-yet tour, the band’s own Will Schwartz gave this public statement:
Hey Willpower feels like something new and postmodern without being smug or ironic. When we're performing live and people are doin' their dances and making noise, we know it's right. Dance is becoming a big part of our live show. I'm good with the chin scratchers and musicologists and philosophers too, but sometimes you have to let the emotions take over. Let's dance now and we can talk about it later if you want.
Sounds like the LP’s going to display some rockin’ dance tunes, Will. I’m sure the public will feel -- oh god, I can’t do this anymore. This LP sounds pretty sweet, people, so go check them out instead of sitting here groaning at my lame jokes.
P.D.A. US Tracklist:
It appears Jeff Tweedy and entourage have decided to unclutter their closets for the New Year with the recent announcement of February's residency at Chicago's famed Riviera Theatre. Entitled "Wilco Winter Residency 2008" the five shows will run February 15, 16, and 18-20. The shows, which boast no supporting band, will delve deep into the Wilco back catalog and will include a "one-of-a-kind" setlist each night.
In the past, Tweedy has been hesitant to play older material seeing as that a majority of it was written when Wilco was a very different band with very different members (exhibit A: Sam Jones' essential 2002 film, I Am Trying To Break Your Heart), but it appears he's mentally and physically prepared this time around. It's also probably no coincidence that the band dipped into early material for their recent November run, including the fantastic "Too Far Apart" off 1995's A.M. (Sire/Reprise).
The boyishly handsome sextet has also announced a busy spring fling set to begin February 22 in Cleveland, OH and concluding March 26 in Brisbane, AU, with a two-night stand March 4-5 at Tipitina's in New Orleans somewhere in the middle.
Explosions in the Sky Confirm Huge Tour, Add Even More Acts (Animal Collective, Ghostface, Jens Lekman) to ATP 2008
Explosions in the Sky will curate 2008's All Tomorrow's Parties Festival. The Texas post-rockers confirmed in October that they would be playing with acts like Broken Social Scene, Iron and Wine, Dinosaur Jr, ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, and Adem.
The past couple weeks brought more names to the festival's roster, including Animal Collective, Ghostface Killah, Polvo, Four Tet, Silver Jews, and Jens Lekman. Temporary Residence labelmates Eluvium, Mono, and Lazarus are also scheduled to play. According to the band's website, roughly 20 more bands will be added to the roster over the coming months.
The festival will be held May 16-18 at Minehead's Butlins Holiday Park in the UK (what is it about Minehead's Butlins that screams PAR-TAY?). Tickets are available at the ATP website.
And without further ado, here are the dates for their 2008 tour.
Back in October, 30-year-old Jammie Thomas was sued by the RIAA for allegedly sharing songs over the P2P network, Kazaa. The total was $222,000 for supposedly downloading and sharing 24 specific RIAA songs (TMT News). The RIAA picked the perfect target, as Jammie Thomas is a single mother with an annual income of $33,000. Even funnier, neither a hard drive containing the files nor evidence that would link Jammie's Kazaa account with the music was ever presented on trial to the Minnesota jury of 12. Yet the jury fell for jury instruction 15, which told the jurors that simply "making available" the files was enough justification.
After the Minnesota court ruled in favor of the RIAA -- this was the first time the RIAA has won in courts against music piracy -- the case was taken to the U.S. Department of Justice to question the constitutionality of the ruling. Many lawyers and experts on the matter believed it would have been shot down as unconstitutional, since suing someone for sharing 24 songs for $222,000 can be viewed as excessive. Sadly, they were wrong. As ruled by the Department of Justice, it turns out that suing a single mother for seven times her annual income is "constitutional."
Standing assistant attorney general of Minnesota Jeffrey Bucholtz agreed with the ruling, stating that the $222,000 is not only for compensation, but acts as a "deterrent" to scare file-sharers.
A ruling like this is a terrible blow to the supporters of file-sharing, and it could only mean negative things for anyone else who has or will be targeted in the RIAA's righteous quest for compensation.
If you'd like to show your support for the victim in this case, Jammie Thomas, you can go to freejammie.com.
Sole and The Skyrider Band Tour, Instill Fear Over Dystopia, Insert Predictably Overused Philip K. Dick Reference Here
Since by Sole’s logic, “Stupid Things Implode on Themselves.” one can only predict that by the close of 2007, there will be no more:
(2) Drinkable, liquid yogurt
(3) Bret Michaels
(4) Michael B., Pizza Delivery Guy, Warwick, RI
(5) Shoddy loan-sharking companies taking advantage of the lower middle class
(6) Animated penguin movies
(7) Article about crocs; drinkable, liquid yogurt; Bret Michaels; Michael B., Pizza Delivery Guy, Warwick, RI; shoddy loan-sharking companies taking advantage of the lower middle class; or animated penguin movies.
It’s going to be such a mess of imploded stuff, reader baby. Drink your yogurt smoothie while you still can.
SOMETHING THAT WILL NOT IMPLODE:
Sole and The Skyrider Band’s Itchy-Sticky-Good tourdates:
* Telephone Jim Jesus
# The Apes
Jose Luis Aquino, trumpet player for Los Conde (a popular group from
Oaxaca), was found dead last Thursday with his hands and feet bound
and a bag over his head, marking the third murder of a Mexican
musician in less than a week. The other victims were Sergio Gomez,
former resident of Chicago and lead singer of K-Paz de la Sierra and
Zayda Pena of Zayda and the Guilty Ones -- both popular mainstream
singers who received posthumous Grammy nominations for "Best Banda
Album" on the same day as the discovery of Aquino's body.
Violence against Mexican musicians has been a problem in the recent
past, but most victims have been performers of "narcocorridos," or
drug ballads, and have thus had ties to organized crime and
drug-trafficking. None of the latest victims appear to have any of the
same connections, which is leaving authorities puzzled as to possible
motives -- though in Aquino's case, a "crime of passion" is suspected.
On November 30, “America’s Legendary Daredevil” Evel Knievel died after a long battle with the terminal lung disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. You may have heard about this elsewhere but certainly not here, at Tiny WeHateStuntPeople Tapes. It may have had something to do with the fact that the news item had no remote link to anything musical whatsoever, but it had even more to do with the fact that this place is adventurephobic. When is the last time you saw a news story submerge itself underwater for nine minutes? Or one climb into a lion cage with nothing but a popsicle and People Magazine? If it weren’t for my constant plugging of the classic Lee Majors TV series The Fall Guy there would be no danger talk on this site at all. Can you imagine a TMT without capers? It makes me shudder just thinking about it.
If you are jonesin’ for some good stunt action, Merge Records will pull off the impossible by releasing new albums by American Music Club and Radar Brothers within 19 days of each other! That’s like jumping the Grand Canyon, skipping once on your caboose along searing asphalt, and then jumping over, like, a dozen double-decker buses! If these two feats of daring commercial product placement propulsion were not enough for you thrill-seekers, both of these acts have already announced some 2008 dates! Woodle-doo!
Mark Eitzel, “America’s Greatest Ever Hotdog,” and the daredevils of AMC will light themselves on fire, break a pelvis or two, and play some songs at the following European dates plugging their new album, The Golden Age. North American dates will follow in April and May, so they have promised
01.30.08 - Cork, Ireland - Cyprus Ave
01.31.08 - Limerick, Ireland - Dolans
02.01.08 - Galway, Ireland - Roisin Dubh
02.02.08 - Dublin, Ireland - Whelans
02.03.08 - Bristol, England - TBC
02.05.08 - Leeds, England - Irish Centre
02.06.08 - Manchester, England - Academy 3
02.07.08 - Newcastle, England - The Cluny
02.08.08 - Glasgow, Scotland - Oran Mor
02.09.08 - Nottingham, England - Rescue Rooms
02.10.08 - Birmingham, England - TBC
02.12.08 - Brighton, England - Concorde 2
02.13.08 - London, England - Dingwalls
02.14.08 - Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso
02.15.08 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Club
02.16.08 - Den Bosch, Holland - W2
02.17.08 - Groningen, Holland - Vera
02.18.08 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9
02.20.08 - Gijon, Spain - Acapulco (Casino)
02.21.08 - Madrid, Spain - Caracol
02.22.08 - Bilbao, Spain - Kafe Antzokia
02.23.08 - Barcelona, Spain - Apolo
02.24.08 - Bielefeld, Germany - Forum
02.26.08 - Hamburg, Germany - Fabrik
02.27.08 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
02.28.08 - Malmo, Sweden - KB
02.29.08 - Oslo, Norway - John Dee
03.01.08 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Sticky Fingers
03.02.08 - Aarhus, Denmark - Voxhall
03.04.08 - Berlin, Germany - ColumbiaClub
03.05.08 - Leipzig, Germany - Nato
03.06.08 - Frankfurt, Germany - Brotfabrik
03.07.08 - Weinheim, Germany - Café Central
03.08.08 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Palace
03.09.08 - Zürich, Switzerland - El Lokal
03.11.08 - Turin, Italy - Spazio 211
03.12.08 - Munich, Germany - Registratur
03.13.08 - Vienna, Austria - WUK
03.14.08 - Ebensee, Austria - Kino
03.15.08 - Geislingen, Germany - Ratschenmuhle
03.16.08 - Diksmuide, Belgium - 4 AD
03.18.08 - Paris, France - Divan du Monde
03.20.08 - Norwich, England - Arts Centre
The Golden Age will be out February 18 in North America (February 4 on Cooking Vinyl in Europe) and will have the following death-defying tracks on it:
1. All My Love
2. The Victory Choir
3. The Decibels and the Little Pills
4. The Sleeping Beauty
5. The Stars
6. All the Lost Souls Welcome You to San Francisco
7. Who You Are
8. The Windows on the World
9. One Step Ahead
10. The Dance
11. I Know That’s Not Really You
12. On My Way
13. The Grand Duchess of San Francisco
The world famous risk-takers Radar Brothers release Auditorium, also through Merge, on January 31. To celebrate the album, and to give fearless fanatics what they crave, the Bros. (not Bros) will play a Monday night January residency at Echo in Los Angeles on the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th (CD release party).
Applaud the Aud:
1. When Cold Air Goes to Sleep
2. Warm Rising Sun
3. Happy Spirits
4. Hearts of Crows
5. On Nautilus
6. Hills of Stone
7. Lake Life
8. Watching Cows
10. A Dog Named Ohio
11. Brother Rabbit
12. Morning Bird
A recently filed appeal by the state of Oregon's Attorney General's Office has added an interesting twist in the ongoing battle between the recording industry and music listeners. The appeal calls for an immediate investigation into the evidence-gathering methods of the RIAA, and comes following letters sent by the RIAA to the University of Oregon in June claiming to have evidence of illegal music downloading by certain IP addresses within the university's network. The RIAA subpoenaed the identities of 17 students who were assigned the IP addresses in question and asked that the letters, which also included settlement offers, be given to the students.
This is the second time Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers has resisted the RIAA. In October, Myers filed a motion on behalf of the University of Oregon, saying that the university was unable to identify 16 of the 17 alleged downloaders based on the information provided by the RIAA. Because the subpoenaed students accessed the copyrighted content from double-occupancy dorms, the university was unable to know who exactly downloaded the songs or if it was even done by individuals living in the dorms. As I'm sure any self-respecting freshman who's been busted with Fall Out Boy on their computer can attest to ("I swear to GOD I didn't download that! It must have been one of those dudes from the other hall we had over playing Quarters on Friday."), this kind of thing happens all the time.
The UO's newspaper, The Daily Emerald, notes that "the University has a policy of shutting down access to network users discovered to have illegally downloaded materials on their computers. ResNet, which serves campus residence halls with Internet access, shut down access to as many as 24 students each week during the last school year."
The Attorney General maintains that the reason for the appeal is not because the university condones music piracy, but rather because a forensic investigation would have to be done to discover who exactly did the downloading, and therefore that the request was “overbroad and burdensome,” as stated in the Eugene, OR newspaper, The Register-Guard. Also in question is whether or not the information in question is "personally identifiable information," which would violate the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act. In an e-mail sent to the campus newspaper, RIAA spokesperson Cara Duckworth said, "The suggestion that the collection of such information is somehow an invasion of privacy is indeed misinformed, and has been rejected by every United States court to have considered it."