The Recording Industry Association of America announced Tuesday that it will be taking legal action against anyone discovered telling friends, acquaintances, or associates about new songs, artists, or albums. "We are merely exercising our right to defend our intellectual properties from unauthorized peer-to-peer notification of the existence of copyrighted material."
- The RIAA goes after mashups by digging up Internet radio guidelines at live365. Now, there's word that American Edit, the Green Day mash-up project by Dean Gray has been forced to be taken down. In protest, mashuptown will post links to download the album before a net purge of the work is presumably attempted.
- Silver lining, score one for the little guy: Music labels losing sales over DRM
- Imagine picking and paying for only the cable channels you want!
- Sad news: Berenstain Bears co-creator dead
- Follow-up: Deadheads fight back
- Jack White and Karen Elson expecting?
Monday, November 28, 2005
Morcheeba has always been one of the "safer" downtempo artists, allowing artists like Portishead and Massive Attack to pave the way in the genre. Nevertheless, they do have some cool songs, including the 70s Bond music-infused "Everybody Loves a Loser", which is off their new, more guitar-driven album, The Antidote. The video, however, will make you dizzy.
Morcheeba - Everybody Loves a Loser (video)
Morcheeba - The Antidote
The Game - Say Goodbye feat. Paul Wall
New one from The Game ripped from the radio (DJ Skee's 'Westside Hype' show). It features Paul Wall and is produced by Dr. Dre. Sorry, wish I had a better version. Wait till December. [via]
- Want that 12" sound at the computer? Try iZotope Vinyl.
Touted by the developers as "Authentic Lo-Fi Vinyl Simulation for Pro Tools, VST, MAS, Audio Unit, and DirectX audio applications". Free download here! [via ]
- Illegal file-sharing still outnumbers legal downloading
(95% to 5% to be exact). Which countries have the most legal downloaders? Hint: not the DRM-ed up the ass U.S.
- One terabyte iPod within the next five years?
Talk about the ultimate portable media storage device.
- Archive.org forced to severely limit access to live Grateful Dead shows
Boing Boing: Bosnian town unveils Bruce Lee statue of peace
Bruce Lee would have been 65. Irony or appropriate finishing touch: Statue of Bruce Lee erected as a symbol of peace and unity has his nunchucks stolen.
Only the Japanese could come up with instrumentation as strange and cool as human electronic drums: Freqtric Drums. Here's a cool demo of the drums in action: Freqtric Drums
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Busta Cuts His Dreads
Can't believe he did this! 15 years of dreads gone. Imagine all the wankstas that have fallen by the wayside in that time. Hopefully, he's still as crazy and innovative on Interscope as he's always been.
Magnetophone - Lost In Edit
JM Lapham of The Earlies creates a dreamy 15 minute megamix of Magnetophone's latest album. This is a good introduction to the group that also works as background/chill out music.
Magnetophone - Man Who Ate the Man
The Game - 120 Bars (stop snitchin') aka 120
DJ Clue invited The Game to put the G-Unit beef to rest. The Game obliged but hit 50 Cent and crew hard with this supposedly final diss. It's a ballsy move considering 50's pull at Interscope.
Saturday, November 26, 2005
The Attorneys are a throwback to 80s rock, minus the bad hair. Check out The Way I Want to Love
From their myspace:
Three Boys from Brooklyn charge into the musical fray with melancholy, multilayered vocals and a canny combination of staccato riffs and expansive atmosphere.
More info here.
- Screenshots of the open source Songbird Media Player. Wonder if iTunes is paying attention.
- Madonna matches Elvis for top 10 chart hits at 36 with "Hung Up".
- Barney vs. 2pac - Google Video
This is kinda lame, but the 2nd verse with 2pac's lil' homies is funny.
- Search terms on Kazaa to be blocked
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Jenny Lewis, of Rilo Kiley fame of course, looks especially cute in that pic above. Her new country/alt-country album with the Watson Twins, "Rabbit Fur Coat", has leaked. It's a soft, straightforward, and fairly restrained album with a few gems including the title track and the following song. Can't wait for Rilo Kiley's album next year.
Jenny Lewis - You Are What You Love
(Download on next page)
- Thank you all for a great year!
- It's that time of year again...for Top Music of 2005 lists:
The partly agreeable, partly dubious list of Top 40 Bands in America 2005.
Take Your Medicine's Top 47 UK Artists of 2005.
Gorrila vs. Bear's Best of 2005.
My Old Kentucky Blog's Best Of 2005.
- Radiohead remixed: Me and This Army
Here's the torrent.
- Officially Splitsville: Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey
- Doodle 4 Google
Google exploits little kids for their cute Google logo drawings.
- Radio stations are a racket: Warner Music Payola.
If I wanted to listen to crap, I'd record my daily trips to the porcelain throne. Thanks.
- Hollywood and BitTorrent strike deal to keep pirated movies off the main BitTorrent site.
- I didn't know that Paul Wall got married.
Raekwon - State of Grace
Starts with an obligatory Scarface soundbyte. The title is apparently inspired by one of the Chef's favorite movies. This is produced by the RZA and comes from Raekwon's forthcoming album, Only Built For Cuban Linx 2. Hope it hits as hard as part 1.
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Kanye West feat. Adam Levine - Heard 'Em Say (video)
Features a hand-drawn story from renowned animator Bill Plympton (note: need to skip past the 106 & park intro). A second video version will air around Christmas directed by Michel Gondry (of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" fame).
I previously posted some old Deerhoof favorites that could be found at the Puzzling Music Archive. Here's a track from their 2005 album 'The Runner Four', entitled Wrong Time Capsule. It's hard to describe; it sounds like Nirvana's Drain You put in a blender and re-interpreted by Goo era Sonic Youth. Ok, that probably means nothing to you. Just listen to it.
Deerhoof - Wrong Time Capsule
If you like Marjorie Fair, you might like thoughtful indie pop of the Pernice Brothers. Listen to their beautiful shimmery farewell to love, There Goes the Sun.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005 House Blinger
Speaking of Christmas lights, you need to see this awesome prog rock Christmas lights display on a house. It is unbelievably cool.
Crazy Christmas Lights
Francis Howell High School's talent show in 2005 performance of Super Mario Bros. theme on marimba [via BB]
This is a fun and energetic rendition of the Super Mario Bros. theme song, including "underground/into the pipe" music, "water level" music, "invincibility star" music, etc.
Kylie Minogue comeback begins
Good news for Kylie Minogue fans. New single on Christmas and possibly touring next year after her fight with breast cancer?!
David Bowie in Christopher Nolan film
David Bowie will join the Christopher Nolan-directed "The Prestige," the Touchstone Pictures/Warner Bros. drama that stars Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale and Michael Caine.
World's ugliest dog dies
Dean Gray presents American Edit
Not sure what I think about this one yet. While most of it is done pretty well, it has more curiosity value than repeat-listen value.
EFF sues Sony, Texas sues Sony, FoxTrot makes fun of Sony. Bad day for Sony.
This is hilarious! I love that helpless expression.
Door thwarts quick exit for Bush
Bush confused by locked doors (streaming video)
Monday, November 21, 2005
R.I.P. Link Wray.
Sample some of his music here. [via donewaiting]
I suppose I'm late with this sad news of his passing. How influential and respected was he? From the official site:
Link Wray is known for being the first musician to experiment with the sounds that pioneered rock and roll and punk styles. Link virtually invented fuzz tone by deliberately punching holes in his amplifier speakers. He was also a true pioneer of the use of distortion on instrumental rock recordings....
Link was a musician’s musician:
Elvis Presley invited him home in the 50s.
Bowie, Dylan, Van Zandt and Springsteen attended Link's concerts since their early youth.
John Lennon carried Link's music on his travel jukebox.
Jerry Garcia played on Link's record in the 70s.
Pete Townsend wrote liner notes.
Saturday, November 19, 2005
- Sam Flanagan has created a freaky mash-up of Arctic Monkeys vs. Missy Elliott - I Bet Missy Looks Good on the Dancefloor (d/l at the bottom of the page). Considering that 'Get Ur Freak On' has been mashed with the likes of Le Tigre and Jesus and Mary Chain, this isn't that shocking. But it's still a bit unexpected and uncanny how it works.
- The Coming Golden Age of Television
Fascinating post from Mark Cuban about the future of television, HDTV, and why internet TV downloads will not replace cable TV.
- Degree Confluence Project: Composite World Map
A neat project to photograph the entire world.
- Not sure if anyone actually cares, but DMX is going to jail for 70 days for being late to his sentencing hearing. His excuse: asthma attack. Like I haven't heard that one before.
Friday, November 18, 2005
Hard to find an online date? And then a message arrives! Well, the potential date prospect behind that message may actually be an employee of Match.com!
Match.com, a unit of IAC/Interactive Corp., is accused in a federal lawsuit of goading members into renewing their subscriptions through bogus romantic e-mails sent out by company employees. In some instances, the suit contends, people on the Match payroll even went on sham dates with subscribers as a marketing ploy.
edit: Cool, my submission got the green light on Boing Boing!
- Can't believe I'm 26 today. I wonder at what point birthdays are supposed to fill us with more dread than joy. I can't help but think that 21 was the zenith in the inverted parabola of birthday enjoyment and that it's all downhill from here.
- This site has a clip from the infamous Tom Cruise South Park episode
- Trailer for Darren Aronofsky's mysterious new film, The Fountain.
Trivia: Brad Pitt initially cast in lead role, left to do Troy (hahaha).
Trivia 2: Hugh Jackman had to shave off all of the hair on his head and chest for scenes in the last third of the movie.
- And this one's been out since the beginning of November, but it's worth a look if you haven't seen it: King Kong trailer. Despite my initial fears, it doesn't look like Peter Jackson will disappoint.