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    Friday, August 30, 2002

    To My Darling Wife: Lotsa taping for you last night-- Big Brother 3 and The Video Music Awards. I miss you very very much. My heart is aching. Yet, I hope you are having a fantastic time with the naked, dehydrated freaks at Burning Man. Hopefully, you've got your food now and all is good and right in the world. I can't wait to see you on Sunday!! XOOOO

    To You Strangers: Enough of the mushy stuff, on with the news.

    • The MTV Video Music Awards
      And the winners are... well, no one really cares, do they? As usual, we missed some good moments 'cos we wern't backstage .

      Eminem and The White Stripes cleaned up. Detroit, what up?!?!? I thoughtJimmy Fallon was great. I thought Trumuph The Insult Comic Dog and Moby were good but Eminem showed what a small, bullying little man is is capable of being by not just taking the booing in stride. On the other hand, the ol' skinny sunken chest Eminem seemed to have borrowed Marky Mark's pecs from the ol' "Good Vibrations" video. I was surprised that both The Hives and The Vines rock hard and were able to communicate that through the TV screen. The Michael Jackson segment was just awkward-- he really needs to, like, do something in order to keep appearing on my culural radar. Tour! Record a good album! Get some therapy-- wait, make that a lot of therapy! what else... Ah, Axl. Your new band is tight, but your vocals need some help. And that new trip-hop ballad, oy vey. Good to see prog-rock wierdo Buckethead on MTV, though. I saw him many moons ago opening up for MCM & The Monster in their last show. And MTV-- the digital cinematography wasn't great. Something happening live shouldn't look like a film archive. It made it seem like it was recorded a week ago on film. Oh wait-- one more thing-- Lisa Marie Presley, wzzzup with the pseudo-punk rock look? Not flattering, nor convincing.

    • Protests Scheduled Against R.A.V.E. Act
      On September 6th from 3pm - 8pm on the Northwest Lawn of the Westwood Federal Building at 11000 Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles, numerous luminaries of the LA and international DJ community will appear at a protest against the The R.A.V.E. Act. prposes to make it easier for the federal government to fine or imprison businessmen up to 20 years in federal prison if they fail to prevent customers or tenants from selling or using drugs on their premises or at their events. The RAVE Act increases the civil and criminal liability that business owners and event promoters could face if customers commit drug offenses on their property. Appearing at the protest will be folks like Doc Martin, Richard "Humpty" Vission, Kid Dragon and more. I hope my L.A. peeps show up to support the cause!

    • Metallica Singer Donates Local Park
      James Hetfield of Metallica donated 438.5 acres of land to the Marin County park system-- which is nice becuase it keeps some beautiful land pristine-, but Hetfield gets lucky because now he'll have no neighbors to worry about. Nice how that works out for him.

    • Napster's Bankruptcy Road Nears End
      *Sigh* It looks like Bertelsmann will get it all-- and there aren't any execs any more who even like the service. *Sigh*

    • Ludacris' Mom Responds To Pepsi Dumping Son
      even when your a big time famous rapper, moms has always got your back. Word to your mother, indeed.

    • A Tribe Called Quest Most Likely Not Reuniting
      The above is a RealAudiolink to an interview with Q-Tip. He says the've been offered a lot of money to do reunion shows and were kicking around the idea of doing an album, but it doesn't look like it is going to happen right now. He does leave the door open, but it doesn't sound hopeful.

    posted by Randy on 12:59 PM | permanent link to this entry

    Thursday, August 29, 2002

    Wifey: So, (kadrey) should be bringing you food up to you today. I hope you haven't been starving in the meantime! I'm certian that all is well with you. Things are just fine here, but I miss you very much. I played a bit with Rufus last night-- working on different ways to incorporate Van Halen's "Jump" with Kris Kross' "Jump" and House of Pain's "Jump Around." Yes, it is the wild bachelor's life here in San Francisco. Um, uh-- I guess that's it for now. I can't wait to see you on Sunday! have a great time and take care of yourself!

    Everyone Else:

    • Net Radio Fees Threaten College Webcasts
      A little late to the party, but CNN has a great piece about the effects of the CARP on college radio and why there's no way small broadcasters will eve be able to afford the proposed rates.

    • Pepsi-Cola Pulls Ads Starring Rapper Ludacris
      I have to admit, I was kind of surprised to see Uncle Luda as the star of a Pepsi commercial. You can thank Bill O'Riley of Fox News for calling Pepsi's attention to the lyrics of the man who was endorsing their products. Where was he when Master "Time To Check My Crackhouse" P was shilling for Pepsi? Oh yeah, he didn't have a show then.

    • Artists Hopeful About Fall Albums
      After a year in which record slaes have declined up to 10% (depending on whose numbers you believe), the record industry is biting its nails lookng forward to fall releases from the likes of Whitney Houston, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, The Rolling Stones, Santana, Faith Hill, Elvis Presley, Jay-Z, India.Arie, Beck, Missy Elliott, Steve Earle, Craig David, TLC and Nick Carter. Remember, the industry doesn't consider an albuma success unless it sells millions and millions of copies and meets or beats the artist's last outing. Out of those artists listed, I'm guessing that the following will be a "success": Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, The Rolling Stones, Elvis and maybe TLC. The remainder will probably indeed release excellent albums, but not the super-duper-multi-million selling ones the industry is looking for.

    • Ronnie Hawkins Has Tumor Removed
      Ronnie Hawkins of The Band, has been diagnosed with cancer and underwent surgery Aug. 13 to remove part of a tumor that was found to be cancerous. Doctors said there was no sign the cancer had spread, and no immediate plans for Hawkins to undergo chemotherapy. Hawkins left the hospital on Aug. 19 and has been resting at home since. Everyone at wishes Mr. Hawkins the best.

    • Camper Van Beethoven Reunites
      . . .and covers Fleetwood Mac's Tusk in its entirety! All you young whippersnappers better recognize-- get thee some Camper Van Beethoven to hear some awesome 80s indie-rock and then check out the Tusk cover album.

    • Chris Robinson Loses His Cool With Detroit Crowd
      "F--kin' leave!" Robinson bellowed just after he and guitarist Paul Stacey began performing the song "Beginners And Sinners." "I don't mean to be an a--hole, but show some respect...If you don't want to listen you should f--kin' cruise or go to the bar across the street or something." True dat.

    • 3LW Members Say They Didn't Ask Naturi To Leave
      The most ridiculous break-upo story ever gets sillier: Ex-3LW member Naturi Naughton claims she was pushed out of the group but the final straw was getting food thrown at her. The remain two 3LW members are now saying that yes, the food incident happened, but a three-year-old did it.
      The girls said Williams' 3-year-old sister was actually the culprit. While the girls and their entourage were enjoying a KFC meal, the excited child was flailing her arms about, which flipped her plate and showered everyone in the vicinity with food. "[Food] was on everybody," Bailon said. "It was on me, it was on Kiely, it was on our manager. ... For her to turn around and say she was physically assaulted, ... we had to laugh."

    • Summer Movie Season Got Off To Hot Start, Cooled Considerably
      Very interesting look at this summer's movie season. The most telling thing to me: if you take ticket price inflation into account, box-office results are about on pace with last year, not bigger.

    • Eminem Lyrics Are Blamed For Sex Attack
      Yaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnn. Here we go again.

    posted by Randy on 12:35 PM | permanent link to this entry

    Wednesday, August 28, 2002

    A Message To My Wife: Hey baby, I hope Burning Man is treating you well. It turns out isn't going up until Thursday, so he'll bring you your boxes then. I finally heard from Chris last nioght-- he'll watch Shep for us while we're gone. Love ya'-- xxoo R.R.

    An Now The News:

    • Microsoft Discloses More Windows Code
      It's being done as a condition of their settlement of their anti-trust case. Some developers are complaining, however, about the usefulness of the code they are releasing and the fact that the process of finding the code they need is not unlike an archeological dig. In the long run, though, I think this is for the best in helping the marketplace get more choices on to a PCs desktop.

    • A Nation of Thieves?
      Excellent commentary on the effects of media consolidation, the state of the music biz and where all this madness could be heading by his royal badness, Prince. Seriously. Read it and weep, literally.

    • Korn, Disturbed, & Trust Company's Pop Sux Tour Offers $10 Discount
      Unless Korn is dropping all their prices to like 20 bucks a ticket-- a $10 discount on a $50 or $60 ticket won't make to much difference to someone under 129. It's still a lot of hours to work at a crappy teen-age job in order to see a band on the decline.

    • 'Rolling Stone' Debuts A Leaner Look Today
      More reviews: good. Shorter pieces: good, as long as it means covering more artists. Dumbing down the joint to attract more meatheads: sorry, I can't get behind that. Big ups for putting The Vines on the cover before they're too huge and everyone has heard of them already.

    • Disc Jockeys Are Resisting Taking the Local Out of Local Radio
      Fight the power! Stick it to the man! Take back the airwaves! Death to Clear Channel! And so on and so forth.

    • Satellite Radio Sounds Great,But Growth Remains Sluggish
      God damn it! Not that I have the cash to pay for one, but I'd love to have it around. It's on the list, along with TiVO.

    • Media Behemoths Need Leaders With New Skills
      Out: buying businesses you don't know hopw to run in order to get big and prop up the stock price. In: Strong, focused executives who can execute well-thought-out plans and still be visionaries. Slow and steady wins the race, now and forever.

    • Knopfler Nails New Solo Set
      Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler will release his third solo album, The Ragpicker's Dream , on Oct. 1. He's expected to tour in support of the album next year.

    • CBS Hopes Hicks Click in 'Hillbillies' Reality TV
      Ever since "Survivor" became big, I've said that it'd be more interesting for me to see some of the poorest people on earth air lifted to live in a fancy Bel-Air compound or a ritzy Manhattan condo. producers Gary Auerbach and James Jones and veteran documentarian Dub Cornett have done me one better-- getting CBS to buy a reality version of "The Beverly Hillbillies." During their one-year stay in California, they'll be afforded a wide variety of luxuries they'd normally be unable to afford, from maid service to personal assistants. They'll also have a chance to earn a substantial income each week, either via a stipend or through some other means. What will become of these folks when the show is over? Can you send 'em back to the farm after letting them eat at Spago?

    • Tiffany, Coolio & Others Recruited For 'Celebrity Boot Camp'
      Remember "Battle of The Network Stars" and "Circus of the Stars"? Don't call it a comeback-- cept for now we get washed up entertainers like Tiffany, Coolio, "Married...With Children" son David FaustinoBarry "Greg Brady" Williams, and former "Price Is Right" model Nikki Ziering going throughb Boot Camp at Camp Pendelton. On Fox, of course.

    posted by Randy on 11:32 AM | permanent link to this entry

    Tuesday, August 27, 2002

    One For My Baby: Hey there, you pseudo hippie-freak! I got in touch with and he's gonna bring up a box of food/condiments for you. I ordered a bunch of stuff from Safeway, since I can't really get the stuff you need myself without the car. I'm sure by now you found the boxes you allegedly left here in San Fran, but I'm sending the stuff up just in case. The only big news 'round these parts is that Shep made it to the park yesterday and today just like he used to. He must have been really scared that you would be gone when he came back from the park. Um, O guess that's it. Love ya' and miss ya' bunches! xxoo-- R.R.

    One For The Road: And now, the news. . .

    • Record Labels Say CD Sales Drop 7 Percent, Blame Web
      Surprise, surprise-- a study funded by the R.I.A.A. finds file trading resposible for a decline in sales. It's the exact opposite finding of studiens funded by file-trading advocates. Who's right? Probably both-- file traders may buy less music, but the music they buy is stuff they've heard and enjoyed. At least that's how I see it. Jonathan Potter, executive director of Digital Media Association is the clearest thinker here, dismissing all the studies. "The way to defeat illegal music distribution services is to offer comprehensive, innovative, fairly priced legal services," Potter said. "Until the record companies offer their content ubiquitously in a consumer friendly way, studies like this are useless."

    • State Senate to Examine Music Firms
      The California State Senate has widened its probe of music industry accounting practices and is investigating whether major record companies defrauded artists out of royalties through undisclosed licensing deals with record clubs and video channels and through financial shennagians with reduced foriegn royalty rates. I'd love to see this nasty business dragged out into the light and set straight, but the pessimist in me figures that political dollars will talk louder than the need to Do The Right Thing. I still hang on to hope, as it is miraculous that the fight has come this far.

    • Queer as Folk
      The New York Times discovers that lesbians have taken over the folk scene in a very real way. Um, can the paper of record seriously be this out of touch, trend-wise? It's been that way since started tuning into the trend in the early 90s, I can only assume it pre-dates me as well. Good read, none-the-less.

    • Limp Bizkit's Back With Rick Rubin; Title Prepped For Next LP
      Album tite: Less Is More. Guitarist to replace departed Wes Borland: none-- Fred Durst and Sam Rivers are trying their hands at filling in for him. Album due December or January.

    • Allergy Hospitalizes Johnny Cash
      Johnny Cash was hospitalized yesterday (Aug. 26) in Nashville after suffering an allergic reaction to either food or medicine, his manager Lou Robin said. He also suffers from autonomic neuropathy, a disease of the nervous system that makes him susceptible to pneumonia and hospitalized twice last fall for treatment of bronchitis. Still, he keeps on keep'n on, gearing up to release American IV: The Man Comes Around on Nov. 5. Get well soon, Johnny!

    • Alabama Farewell Tour Starts To Take Shape
      Should I start a betting pool as to when the reunion concert/album will take place?

    • The Who To Offer Live Bootlegs
      Within three weeks of a show on The Who's current tour, you can have a copy of that show of your very own. Good going, boys. Check it out at

    • Run-DMC Selects Its 'Greatest'
      Run-D.M.C. will release a greatest hits collection on Sept. 10. Hwo will it differ from the already out there Together Forever collection? Well, the new collection excludes "The Ave," "Together Forever {live}"and "Pause" but adds "You Talk Too Much," "Down With The King," "Can Your Rock It Like This?" and "Mary Mary." It's a much better collection, in my opinion.

    • 'Herman' Files Suit Against Band
      So, this touring version of Herman's Hermits includes only one original member-- the drummer. Good for Peter Noone for trying to put a stop to it.

    • Urban Poets, Hip-Hop Artists to Tour
      Participants vary from city to city, but along the way there will be appearances by DJ Jazzy Jeff, Doug E. Fresh, Biz Markie, and Public Enemy's Professor Griff. A poerty slam followed by a nice Biz Markie set-- I guess I can get behind that. I'd be pretty disapointed is the good Professor was the headlining act in my city, though.

    • A Little Girl Discover's Heavy Metal
      Peep the picture and check out the girl on the far left. I just love the look on her face as she looks at her heavy metal hands. "My god, the music
      has taken over my hands! Am I doing this right?"

    • Sony Takes Axe to Betamax
      Who even knew they were still making them? Talk about missing the memo! Sony said on Tuesday it would only make 2,000 more Betamax machines before discontinuing the product altogether, ending its 27-year history -- 27 years spent mostly in the shadow the rival VHS format. Worry not, professionals, Sony does intend to continue onward with their Betacam products.

    posted by Randy on 12:18 PM | permanent link to this entry

    Monday, August 26, 2002

    A Big Thanks goes out to everyone who came out to The Attic on Sat. night and heard me spinning the good groove. I had a lot fun, I hope you did too.

    This One's For The Ladies: Or, more specifically, my lady. My beloved wife Margaret Kranyak is spending this week sweating it out in the desert at Burning Man (she's one of the Tengu Teahaus dwellers, say Hi to her for me if you're headed up there.) I miss her tons already, I'm not sure how I'm gonna last until I see her again next Sunday. Anyway, like usual when she heads out of town, I'll be kicking off the blog every day this week with a note to her-- though the chances of her reading them are pretty slim this time 'round. Here's todays's note: Hi baby! I hope you are having fun! I miss you terribly! I got the message about the stuff you left behind, but I think you must be suffering sun stroke or something. There is nothing here that you left behind. I'll send some stuff up with Kadrey, but I'm assuming by then you'll have found the box your looking for in the truck or in someone else's tent.

    And now, the music/Big Media news:

    • Snoop Dogg Gives Up Weed And Alcohol
      As a straight-edge hip-hop fan, I gotta give props to Snoop for attempting to get straight. Of course, it'll take hundreds of years before all the dope and alcohols is out of his system. He's probably ona residual high right this very moment.

    • Naturi Describes Alleged 3LW Food Fight That Led To Split
      It was the mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheeese in the hair that was the last straw, apparently. Plus, management allegedly thought she didn't fit the image of the group's up coming album A Girl Can Mack. This is just the weirdest break-up in recent memory.

    • Fans Riot at Leeds Music Festival
      Several hundred people rioted at the end of the famed music festival, burning toilets and attacking police. I can only imagine what kind of toxic death smell mus have filled the air the toilets and trashed burned. Yuk.

    • Atlantic City Rap Concert Goes On
      Except it didn't really. Well, it sort of did. The show was canceled last Monday after a police memo indicated that N.O.R.E, also known as Noreaga, has associations with the Bloods street gang. On Friday, a federal judge allowed the concert to proceed after the city and concert promoters struck a deal for increased security at the 5,900-seat minor league baseball stadium. At the actual event, things got started three hours late, only 200 people showed up and headliners N.O.R.E., Styles and Khia never took the stage.

    • 'Behind the Music' Turns Five
      Happy birthday BTM! The above article is pretty good-- grabbing quotes from academics and people who make the show. This article from the San Francisco Chronicle is a pretty good attempt to list the top 10 best, but I disagree with their choices. With that said...
      My Personal Top 10 Episodes Of Behind The Music
      01. Journey
      02. Styx
      03. MC Hammer
      04. Leif Garrett
      05. Metallica
      06. Milli Vanilli
      07. Motley Crue
      08. The Notorious B.I.G.
      09. Rick James
      10. Ted Nugent

    • Nirvana's Greatest Hits Due In October
      The incusion of the infamous unreleased "You Know You're Right" is assumed but not confirmed. The album, however, is fer sure fer sure on Universal Music's release schedule.

    • Jury Sets $136 Million Award in Piracy Case
      Since the company being sued is now bankrupt, it is doubtful that the R.I.A.A. will ever collect. However, it is still the largest judgement ever in a U.S. copyright case.

    • Zeppelin Denied Copyright For 'Houses Of The Holy'
      Speaking of copyright... The reason why essentially coems down to when the recording was made. Since it was released in 1973, it predates the current Copyright Act of 1976, and therefore falls under the rules of the Copyright Act of 1909. The earlier law did not delineate categories of works made for hire; the Copyright Office's decision was therefore based solely on the registration description provided by Atlantic Records. Categories of works made for hire were outlined in the updated 1976 Copyright Act.

    • Scarface Hospitalized, Cancels Tour
      Scarface has a nasty case of high plood pressure, so he's cancelling his current tour and taking some time off. According to the above linked article, he says he'll concentrate his efforts on running Def Jam South.

    • File sharing: Guilty as charged?
      A sort of interesting (but mostly frustrating) interview in Salon with aUniversity of Texas (at Dallas) economist Stan Liebowitz. Just last week, he was saying Mp3 file trading wasn't huring the music industry. Now he says he not so sure. Just like everyone else.

    posted by Randy on 11:39 AM | permanent link to this entry

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