So you've just bought an album, say The Backstreet Boys' classic Millenium. You're sitting on your bed thinking "Man, these guys are SICK, but I think the album would be better if the lyrics from 'Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely' were laid over the beats of 'I Want It That Way,' and that the whole thing was in a different order." Sure, you keep listening, but deep down inside, you know world peace might come to fruition if only you could mix those tracks yourself.
Perhaps as a child, indie-electro-hip hop artist Domer felt the same way about Millenium. And perhaps that's what inspired him to create the potentially fantastic My Favorite EP.
Here's the deal: Domer recorded the lyrics for the EP's five tracks over a metronome with no beat, and he's asked those with an ear for music -- and you, refined TMT reader, certainly have one of those -- to create their own backing tracks for the songs and send back the finished project by the end of October. The vocals are available here as MP3 files or here as WAVs.
(Really?) Yes, really, and it gets better. (No, it can't get better, can it?) Oh yes, it most certainly can.
Once participants have sent in their creations, Domer will post the finished versions for download. Fans can pick their favorites, leaving the specific songs and order of the EP up to each listener to decide for themselves. And, of course, Domer wants everyone to send him their personal Favorite EP.
"I wanted to blur the line between artist and listener," he says. "The direction of the album is in everyone's hands but mine and will continue to be till the project is over. It's cool because it really gets people involved in the process." True that, Domer, true that.
How awesome is this? I would say pretty fucking awesome.
Comin' at you LIVE from downtown Hollywood with slightly stale news on the latest from Baltimore wunderkind duo Beach House. Surely you remember their debut album from last year, a collection of chopped and
screwed Yo La Tengo remixes? Well, they've finally acquired the rights to a couple more YLT songs and they've got a sizable dollop of Vaseline to smear all over the finished product, so the go ahead for second album's production is now, now, now! That slab of wax will be available in the cool early morning of February 26 in the year of our Lord 2008, via Carpark Records.
Devotion is its name, which according to the cover art implies a devotion to eating a full cake in one sitting among two waifish musicians. The tracklist can be perused forthwith:
Now back to you, Mango Starr.
That's cocaine folks.
But no matter how they get him there, The Brooklyn Vegan is reporting that funk's groundhog will once again come out of hiding for a reunion show December 7 at the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in New York City.
Don't book your flights just yet. So far, December 7 remains blank on the club's show calendar, and the person I talked to at B.B. King knew nothing about it. And given Sly's track record of not showing up, leaving early, and basically seeming confused at all times, travelers may want to wait on some solid info before booking that Fantasy Sly & The Family Stone Second Honeymoon package. Or (and this is my plan) go ahead and buy those nonrefundable tickets for a whole weekend in New York -- Friday, Saturday, and Sunday -- and you won't care if Sly shows up Friday or not.
Now, I know Sly & The Family Stone revolutionized socially conscious, porridge-thick funk and panty-peeling, date-capping slow jams. And it would be incredible if Sly held it together until December AND actually got up on stage and performed an entire show.
But, if he flakes out, you had the foresight to buy tickets for the entire weekend and you can still catch THREE SETS OF........... AIR SUPPLY!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hell. Yes. Air Supply actually is on B.B . King's show schedule and booked for 8 PM and 10 PM December 8, and 8 PM December 9. Thank your travel agent, thank me, thank Sly's comeback show rumor for tipping you to these hot shows, but you'll be thanking God during all three of those "All Out of Love" encores.
Since your entire weekend will be centered around the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, you'll probably have a least a couple meals at the adjacent Lucille's Grill restaurant. Here is what I'd order based entirely on looking at a PDF of the menu online:
Appetizer: artisanal cheese selection
Entree: whole Florida red snapper with a lemon/thyme infusion
Dessert: warm pecan pie with chantilly cream
Major labels have filed a collective lawsuit against Usenet.com, the most common window for people to use the approximately 15-year-old usenet service. The suit, according to Billboard, “alleges that [usenet] enables and encourages its customers to reproduce and distribute millions of the labels' recordings without permission.”
The Usenet.com proprietors could not be reached for comment, but I’m sure they’ll settle out of court for their life savings like everyone else.
Here are some jokes that could follow:
- Next on the chopping block: Gopher
- It looks like someone from the record industry has been reading the 1994 edition of Internet for Dummies!
- The labels went on to ask usenet if they’d seen Terminator 2 and whether or not they’d checked out this new thing called lasertag.
- Just kidding, there is no central server of usenet, so this accomplishes nothing.
- That’s the spirit.
Ex-Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci Frontman Euros Childs and Ex-Clean Lynchpin David Kilgour to Co-Headline U.S. Tour; If Unsuccessful, Will Change First and Last Names to “Destiny’s” and “Beckham” Respectively
During a vacation to the UK about a decade ago, my friend and I were stuck in the sweet dilemma of having to spend three days “off” in either Ireland or Wales. The mother of a friend we were staying with decided to put her two pence in and bluntly stated, “Go to Ireland. They’re all crazy in Wales.” Naturally, that comment made us want to head to Wales ASAP. Alas, fate intercepted us (in the form of free accommodation) and forced our hands and legs to Ireland to spend the days away in a beautiful East Coast town. We had no complaints, but we wished we could have visited the country of our musical heroes at the time, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci.
I managed to literally cross paths with Gorky’s singer Euros Childs during that same trip when I walked by him at a festival in Brighton and commented on his Palace t-shirt. He stared blankly through me, no doubt due to the inebriated Canadian hick drawl I possess even when not inebriated (though I was INEBRIATED then). Ah, but that was then and this is now, and now Childs is performing solo and is set to embark on a co-headlining tour of the U.S. with stellar singer-songwriter David Kilgour.
Expect to hear gems from Childs off his latest album, The Miracle Inn (out now on Wichita Recordings) and from Kilgour, who is touring in support of The Far Now, which came out earlier this year on Merge. The always excellent Kilgour will treat lucky ducks to shows that will feature, for the first time on U.S. soil, his full backing band The Heavy Eights. Catch the New Zealand-lubber and the Welshist rarebit at the following dates (worst nationality puns ever...):
10.27.07 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo *
10.28.07 - San Francisco, CA - 12 Galaxies *
10.30.07 - Portland, OR - Holocene *
10.31.07 - Seattle, WA - Hi Dive *
11.02.07 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *
11.03.07 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive *
11.06.07 - Minneapolis, MN - 400 Bar *
11.06.07 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *
11.07.07 - Pontiac, MI - Pike Room *
11.08.07 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern *
11.09.07 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall *
11.10.07 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge *
11.11.07 - Cambridge, MA - TT the Bears *
11.13.07 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
11.14.07 - Washington, DC - DC9 *
11.15.07 - Durham, NC - Duke University *
11.16.07 - Atlanta, GA - The EARL *
11.17.07 - Nashville, TN - The Basement *
* co-headlining tour with David Kilgour & Euros Childs
Dear TMT Readers,
As everyone knows by now, your favorite torrent site was shut down by some assholes and its admin was arrested. However, this morning brings news from Torrent blog TorrentFreak that the OiNK admin has been released from custody and is back at his flat where he supposedly "made hundreds of thousands of pounds" off of OiNK from "180,000 members [with paid] subscriptions" by "illegally downloading music onto his website."
It's not known if the feds have tried prosecuting any of the users, leakers, or donors to the site yet, but we can only hope that won't be the case.
P.S. All the quotes are from the BBC News report found here.
P.P.S. All the quotes are misinformed and untrue.
Underworld have canceled the rest of their European tour due to "severe illness in the band." A total of 10 shows have been canceled, including an appearance at the I Love Techno festival in Belgium. The shows were in support of the group's first album in five years, Oblivion With Bells, which was released last week on Side One Recordings (yes, the same label rumored to be releasing Radiohead's In Rainbows, which we reported earlier this month).
No announcements have yet been made about rescheduling the shows. Keep an eye on Underworld's MySpace for further developments. TMT wishes them the best!
A list of Liars-related info you may or may not have known:
1. Liars are signed to Mute Records.
2. Mute was acquired by EMI in 2002.
3. Thus, Liars are on a major label.
4. Liars missed their recent Boise show with Interpol because their van died.
5. Liars recently covered Nirvana's "Territorial Pissings" on a 4-track DVD that was included with a 7-inch picture disc single.
6. Mute has made available four Liars songs (Liars Session). FOR FREE!
7. The tracks are: "Cycle Time," "House Clouds," "Pure Unevil," and "Plaster Casts Of Everything."
8. You can get the songs here: www.mute.biz/liars/downloads
9. You have to fill out some info first though
(a) to affiliated companies or subsidiaries owned or controlled by us, if any (including EMI Records Limited and its affiliated companies or subsidiaries owned or controlled by it);
(b) to our employees and agents to administer any accounts, products and services provided to you by us now or in the future;
(c) agents who (on our behalf) profile your data so that we may tailor the goods and services we offer to your specific needs;
(d) to the relevant artist and/or their management and/or agent and/or other representative;
(e) to other organisations for the administration of prize draws or competitions;
(f) to anyone to whom we transfer or may transfer our rights and duties under our agreement with you and/or our successors in title to our business;
(g) carefully selected third parties the products or services of which we think may be of interest to you;
(h) if we have a duty to do so or if the law allows us to so.
...And just when my ratio was getting high! It’s a very dark day out there for illegal music downloaders, as it was reported today by BBC News that the British, invite-only, illegal downloading website, OiNK, has been raided by police and shut down.
Early this morning, police searched the home of a 24-year-old IT worker from Middlesbrough, England, as well as several properties in Amsterdam (where OiNK’s server is located). The man, whose identity has yet to be revealed, is “being questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and infringement of copyright law,” according to the BBC News report.
OiNK is responsible for leaking 60 major pre-release albums this year alone, said the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).
The news of the illegal site’s seizure has come as quite a shock to music fans all across the world. With over 180,000 registered users, OiNK was referred to by the IFPI as the “world’s largest pre-release pirate website” (read IFPI's press release here).
There is no doubt that its absence will have a profound effect on the illegal downloading community. Already, message boards all across the internet are abuzz with music fans bemoaning the loss of their favorite downloading resource, crying, “This is OiNK’s 9/11,” and, “Now I have to use Soulseek again?!”
But, the loss of their bookmarked illegal downloads may not be the only thing that OiNK users should be bitching about. Take a look at the message now posted by the IFPI where OiNK’s site once was:
“A criminal investigation continues into the identities and activities of the site's users.”
Eek! In this terrible time of tragedy and loss for the illegal downloading community, I can only wish the best for my fellow music fans out there. Keep your chins up, kids; don’t let the man get you down.
College Is Not Just for Date Rapists and Future Call Centre Employees Anymore! RIAA on the Offensive Against the Scourge of Campuses: Illegal Downloaders
The Recording Industry Association of America has sent its latest wave of threatening letters to college campuses throughout the United States. The latest batch (411 sent to 19 schools) are preemptive settlement attempts on behalf of the major record companies, bringing the total number of notices to 3,740. Part of an initiative to educate students and deter illegal file trafficking on campuses, this is the ninth wave of resolution letters, created to give downloading scoundrels the opportunity to resolve copyright infringement claims before legal action is taken against them.
“While it’s undoubtedly our last preference to bring legal action against students, music theft remains particularly acute on college campuses,” says Steven “Marky” Marks, executive VP/general counsel of the RIAA. “This theft triggers a harmful domino effect throughout the music community -- thousands of regular, working class musicians and others out of work, record stores shuttered, new bands never signed. When faced with this reality, we have no choice but to hold those individuals responsible for ignoring the law and all the great new legal ways to get affordable, high-quality music.”
In its latest press release, the RIAA reports that a survey by Student Monitor found that over half of students illegally download music and movies, and the NPD Group of market researchers surmised that $1.3 billion were lost due to college student downloaders during 2006. If that were not enough of a cause for concern, Tiny Mix Tapes polled our college readership (17 students) and found that downloading is now a more attractive past-time for male students than “polishing your rifle” by yourself as you cry in your lonely dorm room, and more fun than driving a fellow student to an eating disorder for female scholars! DAMN YOU DOWNLOADERS!