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    Friday, May 02, 2003

    posted by Randy on 12:32 PM | permanent link to this entry

    Thursday, May 01, 2003

    Happy Loyalty Day
    Whenever George W. Bush isn't breaking my heart, he's breaking my brain. Usually it is a combo of the two.

    Wait I just read that whole page-- May 1 of EVERY YEAR FROM NOW ON is now Loyalty Day. Not that I' m commie or anything, but it seems that, um, May 1 is kind of already taken. May Day, you know? Dancing around the flagpole, celebrating the workers and what not.

    Okay, back to the music. I try to keep politics outta this blog, but this one just broke my brain.

    posted by Randy on 1:11 PM | permanent link to this entry

    posted by Randy on 12:50 PM | permanent link to this entry

    Wednesday, April 30, 2003

    • RIAA Gets the Message About IMs
      So, the R.I.A.A. has taken to IMing folks using Kazaa and Grokster, warning them that they are offering copyrighted works for upload and that doing so is illegal. What the above linked story points out is that this tatic was suggested by Verizon during the continuing you-must-identify-file-traders lawsuit. If you want to file trade but not be up for a bid in the pen, the R.I.A.A. and friends are more than happy to tell you how.. All this R.I.A.A. huffiness might be a lot of making a mountains out of molehills since Smut Trading Outstrips Tune Swaps.

    • Artists Take Stand Against Radio Deregulation
      Jackson Browne, Jimmy Buffett, Don Henley, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Stevie Nicks, DJ Spooky, Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Tom Waits, Kevin Richardson of Backstreet Boys, Mya and many other artists and artist groups have signed a letter sent to FCC commisioner Michael Powell insisting that Congress and the public have a full opportunity to review and comment on any specific changes that the FCC intends to make in the biennial review of media ownership rules before such rules are issued in final form. Read the full letter here and be sure to contact your representatives if you agree (or disagree, for that matter-- democracy rocks!).

    • Why Doesn't America love Robbie Williams?
      Very well written piece in that hits-the-nail right on the head about Robbie Williams and why he hasn't yet (and probably never will) quote-unquote "make it" it in America. There are a lot of good zingers in the article, but this was my fave:

      "In truth, Escapology is a kind of 21st century Brit Band Aid album, a "Do They Know It's Christmas in Stoke-on-Trent?" where the needy continent is Robbie's self-esteem (and EMI's bank balance), but where Robbie is impersonating almost every Brit artist who has made it to drive-time radio in the U.S."

    • Judge Dumps Loud Music Lawsuit
      Though this decision doesn't make "If it's too loud, you're too old" a legal defense, it certainly paves the way.

    • 'Me and Mrs. Jones' Singer Wins Lawsuit
      Billy Paul was awarded $500,000 in a federal lawsuit which argued that Assorted Music (owned by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, who wrote and produced "Me and Mrs. Jones.") owed him royalties for his 1971 hit "Me and Mrs. Jones." Here's the funny thing about this story-- like four years ago my wife and I were discussing Billy Paul and "Me and Mrs. Jones." We wrapped up the conversation with the usual "I wonder where he is now" discussion but also tacked on the obligatory post- "Behind The Music" specualtion as to if he got ripped off or not. I guess now we know.

    • Sony Music Forms Urban Division
      Talk about being late to the party! I guess with Wyclef, Lauryn Hill and Will Smith not showing such strong returns anymore, it's about time to retrench. (Full disclosure: I work for an arm of Sony Broadband and have contact with Sony Music once in a blue moon.)

    • Deee-lite Singer Sues Sega
      Deee-lite frontwoman Lady Miss Kier, is suing the Sega for allegedly copping her image, vibe and trademark looks in the games "Space Channel 5" and "Space Channel 5 Part 2." She's gonna have to sue a lot of raver chicks after she gets done with Sega if she truly want s to protect her image. Oh wait-- reading down further she may have a case:

      "The singer further claims that between May and July 2000 Sega asked to license her likeness, image and name for the games for roughly $15,000, but she declined. She is now seeking more than $750,000 for their misuse." Oops.

      (full disclosure-- I worked for a year as Web Producer for Sega but had nothing to do with this game.)

    • Serch and Destroy
      Where is MC Serchof 3rd Bass these days? He's a morning radio personality at WJLB-FM in Detroit, of course. The above link is basically a puff piece, but still worth reading for all my old school heads out there.

    • Views From The Hip-Hop Summit In Detroit
      The event, part of a national effort facilitated by Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, was divided into two panels, each staffed with hip-hop powers, including Eminem, Nas, Doug E. Fresh, Noreaga, Rev. Run from Run DMC, T3 from Slum Village, D12, plus managers, producers and label execs. It was moderated by HHSA's Dr. Ben Chavis Muhammad, WJLB's MC Serch and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons. Here's one take on the conference and here's another. Both worth reading.

    • Indigo Girls to Play During Lesbian Cruise
      Are times that hard on the lesbian folk circuit? April 4-10, 2004-- so you have plenty of times to stack your chips for this Western Caribbean cruise. $999.00 if you wanna ride in steerage with the rest of your lesbian sisters united in the struggle, $4,399 for a deluxe apartment in the sky, far from the unwashed masses. More info is available here. The Indigo Girls' self-titled major label debut is still a killer after all these years. "Kid Fears," "Prince of Darkness," "Closer To Fine"-- hell, I just looked at the track listing again and they're all classics. VH1 Ultimate Albums, where are you when I need you?

    posted by Randy on 1:04 PM | permanent link to this entry

    Tuesday, April 29, 2003

    Sorry 'bout missing yesterday-- I had pink eye all weekend and missed work on Monday. But here I am, back in the peak physical condition of my life. Regretfully, I had to miss The huge turnout at FCC meeting here in San Francisco-- but I'm glad a lot of people came out and raised holy hell about media consolidation.

    posted by Randy on 2:06 PM | permanent link to this entry

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