News for the week of 10.20.03 - 10.26.03
Oct 23, 2003
from the Pre-Ripped For Convenience dept.
In another move of astonishing foresight (especially for a near-scoundrel of a label), Go-Kart records announced the Go-Kart MP3 Raceway, a compilation of 300 MP3s on two CDs for $9.99. For a full press release and band listing, follow the details.
posted by HisCheapMoves at 08:37:20 PM | More Label News »
Oct 22, 2003
from the Much Too Young dept.
Elliot Smith died yesterday, October 21st, aged only 34. A knife was found next to him, and he appeared to have committed suicide, although no official sources have confirmed this yet. The celebrated singer-songwriter gained widespread attention when his song "Miss Misery" was nominated for an Academy Award following its use in Gus van Sant's Good Will Hunting. Smith released several critically acclaimed albums, including Either/Or, XO and Figure 8.
posted by Stein at 12:45:12 PM | More Obituaries »
from the Jiggy Justice dept.
Eminem escaped litigation this week as Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Deborah Servitto threw out of court a defamation lawsuit filed against the rapper by a former classmate criticized by Mathers on 1999's The Slim Shady LP for being a bully. Not that the decision is any more noteworthy than any of the countless lawsuits filed against musicians every day. However, Servitto's 10-stanza "rap" included in the footnote of her decision shows that even the judicial system feels the rhyme sometimes. Consisting of epic governmental flow like "The lyrics are stories no one would take as fact/They're an exaggeration of a childish act/Any reasonable person could clearly see/That the lyrics could only be hyperbole.", we may just have to keep an eye on Servitto as the next rising hip-hop star. Or perhaps just like me/Servitto happens to be/Unable to get past/The new album by OutKast.
posted by DylanGarret at 12:43:19 PM | More Know Your Rights »
Oct 20, 2003
from the Or is it Go-K-aaaaaarrr!-t? dept.
In a bold move that mimics horrible file-swapping baby-chewing piracy, Go-Kart records has announced that it is giving away entire troves of booty, er albums! Ink 19 heartily approves of this, me hearties, because while we would never condone the illegal file sharing that snatches the caviar from the label executives' mouths, we certainly support moves like this, even if they reek of high-seas larceny. Their press release is well worth reading -- follow the link for more details.
posted by HisCheapMoves at 07:22:32 PM | More Label News »
from the Esta mujer esta loca! dept.
In another display of American jobs heading south, dozens of evangelical Mexicans protested the bible-rippin', Satan-invokin', lingerie-wearin' Marilyn Manson in anticipation of his November 5 concert in Monterrey.