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Sep 16, 2007

The Music of Coal

from the Music dept.

This couldn't be more timely considering the recent tragedy. Finally... a collection of Coal Mining songs featuring many well known - The Carter Family, Natalie Merchant, Merle Travis, Darrell Scott, Dock Boggs, Jean Ritchie - and many lesser known chroniclers of life in the coalfields. Many of these songs were done by folks who actually dug the black gold. The collection includes 48 songs total and the sale benefits the Lonesome Pine Council on Youth.

An official launch concert featuring Darrell Scott is scheduled for September 23rd at the legendary Carter Fold in Hiltons, Virginia and this collection will be featured on the Labor Day edition of NPR's All Things Considered.

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Aug 12, 2007

Elton John against Internet

from the Those wacky Brits dept.

Elton John wants the internet shut down because it is destroying music.

The 'Candle in the Wind' singer believes cyberspace is stifling creativity and lowering the standards of popular music.

He told Britain's The Sun newspaper: "The internet has stopped people from going out and being with each other from creating stuff.

"Instead people sit at home and make their own records, which doesn't bode well for long-term artistic vision.

"Hopefully the next movement in music will tear down the internet. It would be great to see the internet shut down for five years and see what sort of art is produced over that span. I'm sure, as far as music goes, it would be much more interesting than it is today."

Despite describing himself as a "technophobe", Elton has previously used the internet to his own advantage.

His 60th birthday concert at New York's Madison Square Garden in March this year was streamed live over the web.

Elton has also made his entire back catalogue available for digital download.

However, he remains convinced the internet is responsible for slipping standards in the music world.

He said: "In the early 70s there were at least ten albums released every week that were fantastic. Now you're lucky to find ten albums a year of that quality."

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Jul 6, 2007

Obituary Exclusive I-Tunes Promotion

from the Digital Death dept.

Candlelight Records together with I-Tunes will premiere the first song from Obituary's upcoming new album Xecutioner's Return via an advance single. "Evil Ways" will be available for purchase starting July 31 and for fans will be the first and only advance listen of the album set to hit North American stores on August 28.

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Jul 3, 2007

Lame ass music for our space heros

from the Rocket Man dept.

A 14-year-old Norwegian girl has won a trip to Europe's space base in French Guiana after winning a competition to name the most suitable choice of music for astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Therese Miljeteig "came up with a wonderful mixture of songs that are 'out of this world'," the European Space Agency (ESA) here said in a press release on Tuesday. Her playlist will be downloaded onto an MP3 player and sent to the ISS onboard ESAs space freighter, the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), in early 2008. She will fly to Kourou to see the launch. This was her selection, which beat out 1,000 rivals from 10 countries: . Here Comes The Sun - Beatles . Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra . Rocket Man - Elton John . Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes . Imagine - John Lennon . Flashdance - What A Feeling - Irene Cara . Walk of Life - Dire Straits . Fly - Celine Dion . Rockin' All Over The World - Status Quo . I Believe I Can Fly - R Kelly

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Jun 24, 2007

Will the RIAA sue W over copyright infringement?

from the FRY THE BASTARDS! dept.

Anyone who doubts that the copyright regime as we know it is dead should read a short article about President Bush's Father's Day that appeared in the Miami Herald June 18, written by the Associated Press.

And here's the money quote:

[President] Bush's twin daughters, gave him a CD they had made for him to listen to while exercising.

Let me unpack that statement. Let's assume twelve songs, copied from twelve different CDs. We'll assume for the purpose of argument that there's no problem with the original recordings being registered (17 U.S.C. §412 (2006) makes statutory damages unavailable for unregistered works) or not being marked correctly (17 U.S.C. §402 (2006)).

This mix CD isn't a compilation being copied, it's one being created, so the last sentence of 17 U.S.C. §504(c)(1) (2006) doesn't apply--the copyright rights-holder may get damages for each song copied. There's a rebuttable presumption that the infringement was willful (17 U.S.C. §504(c)(3)(A) (2006)), which means that 17 U.S.C. §504(c)(2) (2006) applies: $150,000 statutory damages per infringement.

That's $1,800,000 in statutory damages.

Excuse me while I call the RIAA and complain in the strongest possible terms. (Anyone think they'll care?) Meanwhile, the RIAA continues suing peer-to-peer infringers apace.

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Jun 19, 2007

Jazz Great George Shearing Collects Knighthood

from the Jazz dept.

One of the best known jazz pianists of the post-war era, he was made an OBE in 1996 and received a life achievement honour at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2003. Born the youngest of nine children to a coalman from south London in 1919, Sir George moved to the United States in 1947 and has lived in New York since 1978.

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Jun 5, 2007

Bob Marley’s ‘EXODUS’ on a jump drive

from the Planned Obsolescence dept.

Bob Marley’s masterpiece Exodus celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer, and will be commemorated with the release of an exclusive new version of the album. Starting today, limited edition copies of the recording will be available on USB Memory Stick via Bob Marley’s official website The event marks the very first artist-specific album to be released using this groundbreaking format.
Described by Time Magazine as “the best album of the 20th century,” Exodus catches Marley at the height one of his most introspective, rebellious and creative periods, and it will now continue to make history by offering an alternative way for fans to purchase music, introducing them to the exciting technology available in today’s music marketplace. In addition to the launch of this new format, the multi-layered promotion will also include a variety of added value and content to be released via Bob Marley’s official site.
4000 limited edition reusable USB Memory Sticks feature not only the 10 original songs on Exodus but also audio and video content, including three video tracks recorded at London ’s Rainbow Theatre in June 1977. Fans that join the Bob Marley Passport Fan Club via will receive the Exodus USB.

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Riders In The Sky Celebrate Centennial Salute To Gene Autry

from the Cowboy Music dept.

Nashville, Tenn.—“Public Cowboy #1” Gene Autry would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. Riders In The Sky, the modern day standard bearers of the grand and sweeping western music tradition that Autry popularized, are seizing the opportunity to celebrate the singing cowboy’s life and music with a “Centennial Salute to Gene Autry!” The nearly year long festivities include a national tour and the re-release of their 1996 album, Public Cowboy #1: The Music of Gene Autry. Additionally, Riders In The Sky are guest artists on the tribute album Boots Too Big to Fill: A Tribute to Gene Autry (also featuring Vince Gill, Randy Owen, Glen Campbell, Charlie Daniels, and Pam Tillis). To commemorate this 100th birthday celebration, Riders In The Sky are also offering a brand new, limited edition poster on their website that features both Autry and the Riders in an old-style western movie poster design.

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1,683 guitarists play 'Smoke on Water'

from the Guitar classics dept.

More than 1,680 guitar players turned out, tuned up and took part in what organizers say was a world record rendition of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" — a song that was the first many of them ever learned.

Some came from as far away as California and Germany on Sunday to take part in a Kansas City radio station's effort to break a Guinness world record for the most people playing the same song simultaneously. The record had been 1,323 people playing the same song in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1994.

"It was cool to see little kids playing, people who had been playing for their whole lives, like older people, and then I'm sure there were people like me who just picked up the song a couple days before," said Autumn McPherson, of Winfield, a senior at the University of Kansas.

Preliminary numbers show 1,683 people played the popular early '70s guitar riff on Sunday at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

"I thought it was going to be kind of cheesy," said Hannah Koch, of Prairie Village, who came clad in an elf costume. "But after I got here, I got caught up in the excitement of it."

Tanna Guthrie, a morning show host for KYYS (99.7 FM), came up with the idea for the record attempt. She said her station will send participant sign-up lists, photos, videos and copies of media coverage to Guinness seeking official recognition of a record.

Guthrie said she chose "Smoke on the Water," a track off Deep Purple's "Machine Head" album, because it's one of the first songs many guitarists learn.

"You never know if you can pull something like this off," she said.

One of the participants, John Cardona of Hanford, California, said he brought felt-tip pens so he could get others to sign his guitar.

"It was the guitar I learned on," the 41-year-old said. "It was very dispensable on the way here, but very valuable to me now."

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May 5, 2007

Peter Townshend says "YOU can be a rock star"

from the DIY Music dept.

British rocker Pete Townshend on Wednesday unveiled an Internet-based software program that will help music fans compose personalized tracks at the click of a button.

The Who guitarist/songwriter said that with a voice recording, a digital image and a rhythm clapped into a microphone, his new "Method" software will create spontaneous digital music and allow anyone to be a composer, and possibly a rock star.

"You can put data in and get a piece of music out. It's as simple as that," said Townshend, a technical wizard who pioneered the use of the synthesizer more than 35 years ago on the classic tunes "Won't Get Fooled Again" and "Baba O'Riley."

The project, which started percolating during his art school days in the 1960s, was developed by mathematician/composer Lawrence Ball and software developer Dave Snowdon.

From May 1, users will be able to get free access to the Web site ( for three months, and will be able to compose instrumental tracks that they can e-mail or post on their Web sites. From August 1, it will become a subscription-based service.

Composers such as Townshend and Ball will also take some of the tracks and add instruments and rhythms, to create more complex pieces that could become the basis of future albums.

"It represents a whole new level of rock integration, blending rock and psychedelia with classical and experimental music," Ball said. Townshend said he hopes the Web site will enable more people to become composers and said it was part of a growing trend towards using the internet to create and distribute music. He joked that even his girlfriend's dog could inspire music using the software, likening the composing process to sitting for a portrait. "I as a composer would try to get something out of this dog that would give me the chance to turn the dog into music," he said. "I might listen to the way it breathes, I might touch it and see how it feels, I might listen to its bark, I might look at the rhythm of his running. Townshend said he hoped members of the site would share their copyrights.

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Apr 19, 2007

Germs and Soap

from the Strange Bedfellows dept.

Everyone knows that germs and soap don't mix, or that if they do, soap generally wins, often at germs' expense. However, in this case Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps has successfully defended Germs drummer Don Bolles against claims that his bottle of their deliciously aromatic peppermint wash contained traces of notorious drug GHB. It seems like the police's field drug test kits are faulty, providing false positives for GHB on several personal care products. If you've ever seen Dr. Bronner's packaging, often festooned with religious messages, you're realize what an odd couple this has turned out to be.

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Mar 8, 2007

SSX Blur soundtrack from Junkie XL now available

from the It goes by so fast... dept.

With another entry in what is to become an exciting trend, Nettwerk recording artist (and former world-class snowboarder) Junkie XL has made available for online purchase his compositions for the new Nintendo Wii title SSX Blur (Electronic Arts). The soundtrack, which time-travels through the sounds of electronica all the way from now to the '60s, features compositions written specifically for the different sections of the game, highlighting the changing terrain and feel of each. Both the game and the soundtrack are available now.

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Feb 6, 2007

Music Nation Talent Contest Launches

from the Keep One Head in the Gutter and the Other Hand... Wait That's Not Right... dept.

Music Nation Talent Contest kicks off as music industry powerhouses join as celebrity judges. Nelly, Good Charlotte's Madden Brothers, and The Game Among Online Music Competition Judges; Clear Channel Radio to Provide Online and On-Air Promotion to Give Contest Unprecedented Reach....

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Feb 2, 2007

Music On The Rails

from the Trains dept.

For a different type of musical experience, you might want to try one of several musical train trips. The entertainment is first class, and while the views are expansive - the setting is intimate. These trips sell out pretty quick so hurry if you're gonna....

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Jan 10, 2007 Flourishes in First Year

from the Music Business dept.

Just as Country Music has proven to have been ahead of the curve by filming many of the classic 50's TV shows in color, Folk Music is the first to embrace an alternative to bootlegs for the legions of diehard fans. It’s a business model that flourished in its first year. As 2007 rolls around, FestivaLink continues to expand its digital music reach by working with the award-winning Wintergrass music festival to release recordings from the 2007 event and the festival’s archives. will offer professionally recorded and mixed legal copies of select Wintergrass performances; selections will be announced shortly. The recordings will be available in Mp3 format at 128 kpbs resolution and will play on any Mp3 compatible device.

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Dec 25, 2006

James Brown Dies in Atlanta at age 73

from the Obituary dept.

James Brown, the dynamic, pompadoured "Godfather of Soul," whose rasping vocals and revolutionary rhythms made him a founder of rap, funk and disco as well, died early Monday, his agent said. He was 73. The cause of death is uncertain at this time. Facts : Date of Birth: May 3, 1933 Place of Birth: Macon, GA, USA Sign: Sun in Taurus, Moon in Leo Education: Alto Reform School Relations: Wife: Adrienne Brown (deceased); companion: Rolonda Watts; kids: Deanna, Terry, Daryl, Venisha,Yamma James Brown dies : Dec 25, 2006 -James Brown is #2 of all time with hit records behind Elvis Presley. He is number 1 in R&B hits with over 116 charted hits during his career : -James Brown has 96 top 100 hits, Aretha Franklin 86 -James Brown has 116 R&B hits, Aretha Franklin 90+ Related topic : Hit list, Singles List Timeline - May 3, 1933: James Brown is born in Barnwell, South Carolina. He is raised in poverty in Augusta, Georgia, 40 miles away. -1953: James Brown joins the Gospel Starlighters, a vocal quartet led by Bobby Byrd, after completing a four-year stint in prison for robbery. The group will change its focus from gospel to R&B and its name to the Famous Flames, as Brown becomes the focal point of the act. - November 1, 1955: The Famous Flames record "Please Please Please" at the studio of WIBB in Macon, Georgia. - January 23, 1956: Producer and talent scout Ralph Bass travels to Macon to sign James Brown to the King/Federal label, beating Leonard Chess (of Chess Records) to the punch. - February 4, 1956: James Brown and the Famous Flames cut "Please Please Please" at King/Federal studios in Cincinnati, backed by the label's crack house band. James Brown's recording debut rises to #5 on the R&B chart. -October 1, 1957: After Little Richard abruptly quits rock and roll for religion, James Brown honors pending tour dates in the South in his place. Several members of Little Richard's backup band, the Upsetters, become Famous Flames. -October 1, 1958: James Brown's first #1 hit, "Try Me," is released. It is the best-selling R&B single of 1958—and the first of 17 chart-topping R&B singles by Brown over the next two decades. -October 24, 1962: The midnight show on this particular evening of James Brown's seven-night stand at the Apollo Theatre in New York City is taped and released as Live at the Apollo. -OCTOBER 28-29, 1964: The concert film The TAMI Show is recorded in Santa Monica, CA, featuring James Brown, the Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, the Rolling Stones and the Supremes. - February 1, 1965: James Brown records "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," a revolutionary single that ushers in a whole new era of soul music. Released that summer, it tops the R&B chart for eight weeks and even cracks the pop Top Ten. -July 1, 1971: James Brown signs with Polydor Records, for which he'll record extensively throughout the decade. -September 1, 1972: "Get On the Good Foot" tops the R&B chart for a month and peaks at #18 in the pop Top Forty. A gold-certified million seller, it establishes James Brown as a potent influence on black music in the Seventies—or, as he takes to calling himself, "the Godfather of Soul." -January 5, 1974: The Payback, the most successful of James Brown's Seventies albums—many of which were double-LPs with lengthy, extended tracks—makes its debut on Billboard's album chart. It is the only gold-certified (500,000 copies sold) album of his career. -September 1, 1974: Price stages a music festival in Zaire, Africa, with boxing promoter Don King. The event attracts 120,000 people and offers James Brown, B.B. King, Etta James, Bill Withers, the Spinners and others. -September 1, 1979: James Brown, who has watched his sales figures slip in the disco era, attempts to move in on that market with The Original Disco Man, which only reaches #152 in the album chart. -June 1, 1980: James Brown contributes an unforgettable cameo as a manic preacher in the John Belushi/Dan Aykroyd film The Blues Brothers. -September 1, 1984: Bronx rapper Afrika Bambaataa teams up with James Brown to record the anthemic single "Unity." -January 11, 1986: "Living in America," the theme song from Rocky IV, reaches #4 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, becoming James Brown's biggest pop hit since "I Got You (I Feel Good)" went to #3 in 1965. -January 23, 1986: James Brown is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the first induction dinner, held in New York City. -December 15, 1988: James Brown is sentenced to a six-year prison term after a year's worth of arrests on various assault, drug possession and vehicular charges. He leaves prison on parole on February 27, 1991. -February 25, 1992: James Brown receives a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th annual Grammy Awards. -February 25, 1993: James Brown receives a Lifetime Achievement Award at the fourth annual Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Awards. MC Hammer is his presenter. -May 3, 1998: James Brown turns 65 years old. -Dec 25, 2006: James Brown dies in Atlanta after being hospitalized with pneumonia

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Dec 21, 2006

Hick Hop - A Blending of Rap and Traditional Mountain Music

from the Appalachian Culture dept.

The current generation of Appalachian youth has long had a fascination with Rap Music. I noticed this 20 years ago when I'd drive through a Walmart paking lot back in the hills of Kentucky. I found it rather odd that in an area where the black population only accounts for about 5% of the total and the Latino population is even less, that this genre would be so strongly embraced. Today a scene is emerging that offers a unique blend of two widely divergent cultures, while somehow remaining true to both.

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Dec 19, 2006

Jimi Hendrix Rights Feud

from the Hendrix dept.

Dragonslayer Films meeting with resistance in effort to make Hendrix Bio.

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Nov 3, 2006

How to invest in a start up band

from the Anyone can be a record executive these days. dept.

There's no telling what a $10 investment in U2 in 1985 would be worth today, but a start-up Web site called Sellaband is offering music fans the chance to put their money behind artists they think can climb the charts. The Amsterdam-based company allows fans -- or what Sellaband calls "believers" -- to invest in unsigned acts in $10 increments. Once an act reaches $50,000, it is given access to a recording studio and professional production, songwriting and marketing expertise.

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