Canada Charges Retroactive Royalty Fees to Online Music Services Like iTunes

From WTMT News:


Links of interest:
- SOCAN Tariff 22.A PDF
- SOCAN Official Website
- Article

Nirvana Song “Breed” Finally Licensed, Kurt Cobain Rolls Over in His Grave, Dave Grohl Writes a Lame Song About It, Krist Novoselic Does… Nothing

Well, well, well. It’s finally happened. You might want to avert your eyes, purists and Kurt-worshipers. The shaggy, legendary man that you loved for giving the underdog the benefit of the doubt within the heretofore (and here-ever after, some might say) insidiously clueless and utterly tasteless music industry has finally completed his post-death transformation, rising from his singer/songwriter ashes to becoming a pawn of the Man (and much more quickly than Jimmy Page, too).

So if you’re a Kurt-Freak (i.e., do you call him by his first name all the time?), prepare to be slightly humiliated and/or mortified, as Nirvana's "Breed" will officially be the first (oh, but probably not their last) song from their catalog to be used in advertising. And I bet you’ll never even GUESS who’s indirectly responsible!

That’s right: earlier this year, everyone’s favorite widower Courtney Love, who owned the vast majority of the rights to Nirvana's back catalog, up and sold 25% of it to the Primary Wave Music Publishing company for a reported $50 million. Word is she needed... groceries.

Now the fiendishly good-fortuned organization, reportedly one of the most aggressive groups acquiring music publishing rights for licensing (TMT News), and also apparently one of the most tactless, have done-saw fit to sell use of the track "Breed" for an Austrian Telecom ad (hey, Kurt was nothing if not a masterful communicator, right?), the videogame Major League Baseball 2K7 (and we all know how much Cobain advocated professional sports), and of course the upcoming film Shoot ‘Em Up (hmm, I wonder if there’s any shotgun suicides in that movie).

So there you have it. I guess you just can’t beat big business, no matter how many hideous sweaters and Daniel Johnston t-shirts you wore in life. Oh, and in case you were wondering; finance-related website reports that Publishing companies can earn between $10,000 and $300,000 for a song's use in a film and between $5,000 and $40,000 for use on television.

That’s a lot of groceries.

RTX To Tour; Maybe I’ll Make It This Time

Somehow, every time RTX gets within a 50-mile radius of where I am, I'm busy. It's like the cosmos conspiring against me. I mean, how awesome is Jennifer Herrema? She's one of those ladies who seems to do whatever she wants and doesn't come across like a fucking idiot in interviews (TMT Interview). I bet her vocal ripperage is totally awesome live. Hopefully I won't have to go and visit my 90-year-old grandma this time (no diss, 90-year-old grandma).

RTX's latest is Western Xterminator (TMT Review), released on Drag City earlier this year.


Hawks And Hacksaws Set Aside Decades-Long Rivalry, Collaborate For “Winter Animorphs Tour 2007”

Attention campers: are you ready for another glorious day? Well put
your beret on and set up that easel, boys and girls, because this
morning at the Arts & Crafts station you'll be making some
masterpieces! Last year's group made some of the most downright
beautiful things we've ever seen, and I'm sure you're all little
Picassos deep down too! Unfortunately, due to lack of funding (maybe
your parents didn't buy enough brownies at the bake sale?), we won't be
able to provide the glitter or rainbow-colored construction paper. We
also won't have the planks of wood, nor will we have any feathers or

Actually you'll all have to be extra, extra creative this year,
because the only items we were able to get our hands on were [A Hawk
and A Hacksaw->]! Only one of each, so we'll all have to put our minds
together and build something truly special! Ohhh, I can hear you
campers already, saying "What could we possibly make with A Hawk and a
Hacksaw?" Why, we counselors could list a million things! For example:

- Saw hawk in half!

- Saw hawk in quarters!

- Squeeze hawk until it shrieks, bounce sound off hacksaw!

- Appear on BBC 2's Culture Show and perform a live set!

- Pluck hawk feathers, glue onto hacksaw, hold up to mouth like a mustache!

- Glue hacksaw onto hawk's forehead, call it a unicorn (but know that
you're telling a fib)!

- Tour the UK and Ireland during December!

Just remember, kids, to be careful, whatever you all decide to
construct while we go skinny-dipping in the lake.

Radiohead’s In Rainbows Confirmed For Release on XL

Being one of the biggest bands in the world has its benefits, doesn’t it?

Billboard reported yesterday that Radiohead has signed a deal with British independent label, XL Recordings, to release the physical copy of their new album, In Rainbows (TMT Review). If you remember correctly, XL released Thom Yorke’s solo album, The Eraser, last year.

A release date for the "standard" physical version has not yet been revealed, but it's been rumored that it may be released on December 3, to coincide with the release of the “discbox” version of In Rainbows, available only at

Q: So what exactly does this mean for the music industry if one of the largest rock bands in the world can jump from a major label to an independent, garnering more respect from their fans and still maintaining the same level of success?

A: They’re fucked. And rightfully so.

“You Want Fame, Clipd Beaks? Well, Fame Costs. And Right Here Is Where You Start Paying… In Debut Albums and Tours.”

If the world was fair, fame would come to electochaotic quartet Clipd Beaks with the subtle breakneck speed of a category 5 hurricane. But the world is not fair; it is a festering stinkhole, full of sycophants and suckers, so fame will most likely approach the young California-based/Minnesota-bred band with the intensity of a hobo spitting out the piece of lard that floats on the top of his can o’ beans. Or tabaccy. Hobos love d’eir tabaccy! Velocity aside, fame WILL come to the boys in Clipd Beaks, some of whom have been playing together since they were baby birds. The first fruits of the last few years of hard work is due November 6, when Lovepump United release the band’s "official" debut album, Hoarse Lords.

Hoarse Lords has catalog # LPU15, which is odd considering this is Lovepump’s 14th release by my calculations. Hmm, there’s something fishy going on here. Oh wait, I forgot about the release by this band that the label put out but then deleted quickly (the world just wasn’t ready). Vinyl copies of Hoarse Lords are allegedly coming courtesy of NITCo. (Nail in the Coffin Records).

1. Melter
2. Wrathscapes
3. Manipulator
4. High on Charms
5. Hoarse Lords
6. We Will Bomb You (We Will)
7. Woo Melodies
8. Black Glass
9. Let It Win

This would be the perfect spot to say that Clipd Beaks are going on tour, but it wouldn’t be entirely true; they are already on tour. The traveling hootenanny started Sunday in Los Angeles (where else?) and continues tonight in San Francisco (where else?). Go forth and multi-fly..

10.31.07 - San Francisco, CA - The Hemlock Tavern
11.01.07 - Oakland, CA - 21 Grand
11.02.07 - Portland, OR - Ground Kontrol
11.03.07 - Seattle, WA - Comet Tavern
11.04.07 - Missoula, MT - The Palace
11.06.07 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
11.08.07 - Minneapolis, MN - The Triple Rock
11.09.07 - East Moline, IL - Mixtapes
11.10.07 - Chicago, IL - Ronny’s Bar
11.11.07 - Lafayette, IN - Knickerbockers
11.12.07 - Cincinnati, OH - Gypsy Hut
11.13.07 - Columbus, OH - Café Bourbon St

11.14.07 - Oberlin, OH - Oberlin College
11.15.07 - Toronto, Ontario - Sneaky Dee’s
11.16.07 - Montréal, Quebec - Zoobizarre
11.17.07 - Quebec City, Quebec - Le Bal du Lezard
11.18.07 - Allston, MA - O’Brien’s Pub
11.19.07 - Annandale-on-Hudson, NY - Bard College
11.20.07 - Burlington, VT - Club Metronome
11.21.07 - Providence, RI - AS220
11.23.07 - New York, NY - The Cake Shop
11.24.07 - Brooklyn, NY - The Silent Barn (Todd P party)
11.25.07 - Philadelphia, PA - Queen Sheba II
11.26.07 - Baltimore, MD - The Talking Head
11.27.07 - Purchase, NY - SUNY Purchase
11.28.07 - Washington, DC - TBA
11.29.07 - Columbia, SC - The New Brookland Tavern
11.30.07 - Atlanta, GA - Lenny’s
12.01.07 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
12.02.07 - Hot Springs, AR - The Exchange
12.04.07 - Houston, TX - The Proletariat
12.05.07 - San Antonio, TX - The Rock Bottom Tattoo Bar
12.06.07 - Dallas, TX - TBA (Parade of Flesh)
12.07.07 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
12.08.07 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory
12.09.07 - Albuquerque, NM - The Curio
12.10.07 - Phoenix, AZ - Modified Arts

Method Man Sets Up Camp in Canada; Remember Canada? Hey, Scout Leader Kyle, the drinking age is only 18 in Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec! You, me, road trip!

Remember high school? Remember spring break? All the cool kids were setting up condos and hotels in Florida, and we (the ones wearing oversized Smashing Pumpkins shirts) were stuck at home where it would inevitably rain for seven days straight. While the jocks were fashioning four-story beer bongs and catching Chlamydia, we were thinking about Canada and purchasing beer legally. There was some town that started with a 'w' -- Windemere or some shit -- that always rose to the top of conversation like the head of a good beer. All it took was six hours of driving and we could gamble, drink, rent prostitutes, and get free health care. It never happened.

One summer we went so far as to write out an actual itinerary. It was written in pencil, smeared from passing it around at the lunch table, and it probably overstressed the importance of purchasing beer. Nonetheless, for the last two years of high school, Canada was seen as our Eden, a much more tangible Red Light district.

What does this have to do with current music news? Well, if you've read any of my other stories, you'll realize I haven't the slightest idea what I'm doing writing for this first-tier publication. But now, as I empty my eighth bottle of Labatt Blue and smoke my decriminalized Canadian weed, I realize I was supposed to tell my brothers up north that the good lord Method (Mefud) Man will be making a few stops in your area come November. Why he's skipping over his home country is no mystery, for I'm sure he, like I, remembers the days when Canada was like that uncle who sneaks you beers at family reunions, while America is that aunt who threatens to tell your parents about your bloodshot eyes. Wait, what's the point again? That America isn't the land of opportunity? That ain't patriotic. I don't even know anymore.


Russian Circles Sign to Suicide Squeeze = Most Obvious News Story Ever?

Top Five Four Most Obvious Reasons that Russian Circles would sign to Suicide Squeeze:

1. They’ve toured with Minus The Bear, a Suicide Squeeze band.
2. They’ve toured with fellow Chicagoans, Chin Up Chin Up, another Suicide Squeeze band.
3. They’re recording their follow-up to 2006’s Enter with producer, Matt Bayles (Minus The Bear).
4. Suicide Squeeze convinced the long-haired Russian Circles that they would fit in well against the grunge history of Seattle.
5. No, just kidding, I think.

Look for Russian Circles’ new album, Station, to be released in the spring or summer of next year. But, in the meantime, get your sprawling, instrumental fix on at the remaining Circles tour dates for 2007:

The Wire Magazine Now Legally Old Enough to Rent a Car Anywhere in The World, Holds Massive Month-Long Birthday Fiesta

Are you one of those people who stresses about their birthday? It comes once a year; you want it to be super fun and amazing, but there are so many things that could go wrong! Like, what if you pick an inconvenient time for the birthday dinner, and nobody comes except for your annoyingly perfect sister and her fiancé Kevin, the amateur inventor? What if your birthday coincides with a fun national holiday and everybody would rather be trick-or-treating/watching football/decking the halls? What if you show up at the bar thinking it’s punk rock karaoke night, but instead it turns out to be a Best of Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen movie retrospective? These are all valid concerns.

But not for much longer! Experimental music magazine The Wire has found a solution to those once-a-year birthday blues. You see, the clever people over at The Wire have decided that the best way to celebrate the magazine’s 25th birthday is not to try and squeeze everything into one short night, but to keep the party going through a month-long series of special events. Over the next few weeks, a variety of venues throughout London will host concerts, workshops, exhibitions, and films related to avant-garde music. You could attend a gig in an art gallery, a church, or even a town hall! It’s that experimental!!!

Last weekend, former Swans frontman Michael Gira and Boredoms got the party started with a special performance at Shoreditch Town Hall. Soon after, The Wire received a healthy round of birthday spankings from Matmos and the Soft Pink Truth. So who else is scheduled to help blow out the birthday candles?

All events are in London, UK:
11.01.07 – Lydia Lunch - St Giles-in-the-Fields Church
11.03.07 - Charles Linehan Dance Company and Harlassen + John Wall and L Gamble + Unknown Devices – Finsbury Town Hall
11.04.07 - Pymathon + Tomutonttu + Lau Nau + Kuupuu – Bush Hall
11.05.07 – Resonance Radio Orchestra – London Theatre Arts Basement
11.09.07-11.11.07 – Atlantic Waves – Institute of Contemporary Arts
11.12.07 - Sunny Murray + John Tchicai + Han Bennink + Spring Heel Jack + John Edwards + Orphy Robinson – Conway Hall
11.13.07 – The Road to Who Knows Where (film night) – Roxy Bar and Screen
11.15.07 - Metadub Special: Kode9 and Spaceape + The Bug with Flow Dan, Warrior Queen and Ricky Ranking + Shackleton + Appleblim – Plastic People
11.17.07 - Rafael Toral's Space Project with Roger Turner + Trapist + Klangstaub + Bo Wiget and Luigi Archetti – Bush Hall
11.18.07 - Jackie-O Motherfucker + Polly Shang Kuan Band + Axolotl + The Sound Of The Exquisite Corpse + Pumajaw + Birds Of Delay + Weyes Bluhd - Cargo
11.19.07 - Sonny Simmons with Tight Meat + Jooklo Duo – Red Rose
11.20.07 – Extraordinary Lives (film night) – Roxy Bar and Screen
11.22.07 – Christian Marclay (pictured) – Bush Hall

Ongoing events:
11.04.07 - 11.18.07 (Sundays)–Drop-in workshop: the Sound of the Exquisite Corpse - Toynbee Studios
11.10.07- 12.09.07 – Savage Pencil: New drawings, sculpture, primer illustrations (art exhibition) – 96 Gillespie Gallery

The Mars Volta Take Goliath to Bed(lam); Announce New Album, Webisode, and New Year’s Performance

Forgiving the lofty concept nonsense, Deloused In the Comatorium had its moments. The debut LP from The Mars Volta was the first in the line of bilingual prog-rock records, including the subsequent Frances the Mute and Amputechture, each featuring a fair share of spacey six-minute outros, keyless guitar "soloing," and glass-shattering high-notes courtesy of vocalist Cedric Bixler Zavala. And so the afro-ed portion of At The Drive-In keep on keepin' on with a brand new album, titled The Bedlam In Goliath (produced by the band's guitarist, Omar Rodriguez Lopez), to be released January 29, 2008.

To celebrate, the band has planned a New Year's Eve show/extravaganza at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. For a taste of the record and what you might be hearing as the clock strikes midnight to bring in '08, check here for a new webisode from the band, which features a new track called "Wax Simulacra."

The Bedlam In Goliath tracklist:



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