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Relevant To Your Interests #024

October 8, 2009
  • The WFMU blog has a good post summarizing some of the proceedings at the Future of Music Policy Summit, which happened earlier this week in Washington DC. Turns out — and I realize this will be shocking to many of you — the RIAA have been making things very difficult (read: expensive) for people who want to make it easier for you to get music online legally. They even seem hostile to streaming services (like Spotify and Pandora), which seems especially counter-intuitive, since that type of service would theoretically allow them to charge consumers indefinitely for listening to the same music.

    Tim Quirk from Real’s Rhapsody service made a compelling case that music as a service should be the RIAA’s dream come true: imagine a model where the consumer pays over and over again every month to play the same music. Instead of embracing this model, he argued, the RIAA had instead gone to great lengths to make it all but impossible to make such music services possible by requiring exorbitant rates that make them impossible to sustain.

    All the comments I heard throughout the conference about the difficulties of building a sustainable business model around legal music licensing seem to suggest that the recording industry has perhaps not made as much progress in the last five years as they like to think. One need only look at ASCAP and BMI’s decision to go after Apple for royalties on 30 second clips of music that are meant to entice people to buy full tracks to see that the idea of a symbiotic relationship between the music industry and those that try to deliver their content to consumers may never come to pass.

  • Pavement will curate the UK edition of All Tomorrow’s Parties next May.
  • Sleepless Nights have posted the EP King Diamond online for free download.
  • It’s still shitty being a punk in Russia.
  • That’s okay, though, because punk is dead and Hot Topic killed it. Thanks, Yahoo! Music.
  • Dog Day are releasing a limited edition vinyl-only EP.  Elder Schoolhouse is available for pre-order now through Halifax’s Divorce Records, and will ship at the end of this month. The five tracks were recorded back in the spring by Rick White (Eric’s Trip, Elevator, probably other things) at his home studio, and they include one song written by him especially for the band.  You can download the preview track “Synastry” for free here.
  • I really liked this story on Street Carnage about a guy who had a run-in with Jesse from Death From Above 1979, despite his use of the term “mushies” in reference to psychedelic mushrooms. Is that really what they’re called in Manitoba? Anyway, here’s an excerpt:

    The mushrooms had kind of leveled off and I was about at the peak of my drunkenness when I made a remark to this tall guy at the side of the stage about his mustache (keep in mind that this was 2005, the cusp of the “ironic mustache” wave).

    “I call it the wife-catcher,” he said without missing a beat and then I was like, HOLY FUCK, it’s Jesse, the bassist from DFA. We started talking about when they were on Conan O’Brien and Max Weinberg ran up in the middle of the song and started playing drums. I asked if they had planned it, and he was like, “Well yeah, we emailed back and forth,” which sounded really gay at the time but I guess that’s how it works.

  • Thurston Moore is starting his own publishing house.  Ecstatic Peace Library will start producing books next year.
  • Washington DC’s Jawbox will reunite for one performance on the Jimmy Fallon show in December.
  • Small Brown Bike are writing new music.  No word on  when (or if) a new album might be on the way.
  • *jazz hands* has never been more appropriate! Here’s the trailer for American Idiot: The Musical. Yes, that’s a real thing; yes, Green Day were involved in the whole process; and yes, they are “beyond satisfied” with the outcome.
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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2009 2:02 pm

    Have you heard the Weird Al version of “Canadian Idiot?” It’s pretty great. Yes, I can still get behind Weird Al.

    • October 8, 2009 2:21 pm

      I haven’t heard very much of his recent stuff. I’m not subjected to very much top 40 anymore so the lolz are usually lost on me. I liked “White and Nerdy” but someone had to explain to me what it was ripping on. Anyway, Weird Al is awesome.

  2. October 9, 2009 6:35 pm

    I like the DFA story, manitoba is weird.

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