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    Thursday, August 14, 2003

    Attention Birthday Shoppers! Aug. 17 is almost here, but thanks to the miracle of overnight shipping you can still make it! Check out my Amazon Wish List if you are in a present buying mood.

    Say perchance you already got bought something for me on my wish list and had it sent to the default shipping address. I just double checked it-- and it was a wrong address. I have corrected it now. The previous address was my old workplace-- the stuff should just get shipped back to Amazon who will then contact you and ask you where to send it. Or maybe you can make a pre-emptive strike and let 'em know what happened. Who knows.

    And speaking of my birthday-- I won't be updating this blog again until Monday 'cause I'll be too busy celebrating. Doing what exactly, I don't know. My darling wife will tell me when the time is right. Or so she says.

    posted by Randy on 12:26 PM | permanent link to this entry

    Wednesday, August 13, 2003

    Attention Birthday Shoppers! I'm really not that hard to buy for-- check out my Amazon Wish List!

    And if you wanted to buy me this, I would not object.

    • San Francisco's Virgin Mega Store Makes A Funny Joke
      It's a joke only a handful of people would get on first sight-- I reckon that many of y'all will get it too.

      Since I'm not all hip with the digital camera action, I'll have to recreate the scene for you. The SF Virgin Mega Store is on the busy corner of Market & 4th. The center window on the Market St. side looks like this:

      Get it? It cracks me up everytime I see it.

    • Primus Reunite for EP, Tour
      Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People, a combo DVD/EP set, will hit store shelves on Oct. 7th. Do the alt.rock stoner kids of today like Primus as much as they did back in the 90s? Just curious-- I don't see their catalog ever getting a big push, so it is something they would have to seek out.

    • CMJ Music Marathon Line-Up Announced
      Oct. 22 - 25 in NYC. A good line-up of bands-- but Shoen Knife? I love 'em and everything but just seeing their name on the line-up makes me think that of all the bands that popped up in the mid-90s, who woulda thunk Shoen Knife would be one of the survivors.

    posted by Randy on 12:03 PM | permanent link to this entry

    Tuesday, August 12, 2003

    The countdown until my birthday continues! Aug. 17 is just around the corner. I am a Leo and require a lot of presents! Peep the Amazon Wish List and do what you can.

    This Week's New Releases Of Note

    Next Week's Releases Of Note (Get Your Pre-Order On)

    And Now, The News:

    posted by Randy on 10:27 AM | permanent link to this entry

    Monday, August 11, 2003

    Hey-- My birthday is on Aug. 17! If you wanna hook me up with some presents, please consult my Amazon Wish List!

    • Judge Rejects Subpoenas in Music-Use Case
      U.S. District Judge Joseph L. Tauro ruled on Friday that the R.I.A.A. must file their subpoenas for info about file traders in the district court where the file traders actually are-- not just in Washington D.C.

    • RIAA Subpoenas - Complete Artist and Song Breakdown
      An excellent look at what artists and songs are spurring the R.I.A.A. to send off subpoenas to a user's ISP. At the top of the heap is Avril Lavigne who appears on 105 subpoenas. I'm sure 80s one hit wonder Taco is proud that, at 3 subpoenas, the trading of his music is more dangerous to the music industry than current hit makers Dixie Chicks (2), Shaggy (2), Eminem (1), Godsmack (1) and blink-182 (1). check out both lists, they're very interesting reading.

    • Recording Industry Campaign Faces Scrutiny
      Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn), chairman of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, wants to bring the recording industry before his subcommittee next month to answer questions about its campaign to root out and sue Internet music swappers. The the Senate Judiciary Committee is also considering a hearing on the subpoena process this fall.

    • Independent music magazines extend niche appeal with record labels
      Interesting article about zine that also double as indie record labels. Ya' know-- outfits like Bomb Hip-Hop and Gearhead.

    • Interscope, Showtime To Launch Rap Series
      "Interscope Presents 'The Next" will feature battles from all acorss the U.S. and histories of the hip-hop scenes in all the cities they visit. Winners from each city will battle in a finale. "8 Mile" meets "American Idol," basically.

    • Update: Bassist Lenchantin Exits Zwan
      And no, she isn't crawling back to A Perfect Circle, either. Instead she's joining fellow Zwan member David Pajo's Papa M project for a new album and tour, beginning Oct. 4 in Chicago.

    • Bright Eyes, Beck on List
      This year's "long list" of notable records that sold less than 500,000 albums. An all-star panel will whittle the list down to ten albums by the first week of September. The winning album will then be announced on October 16th at the Shortlist Music Prize award show at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. Anyway, here's the list:

      Alexander Fadoriouk- Art of the Cimbalom
      Beck- Sea Change
      Blur- Think Tank
      Bright Eyes- Lifted
      Burning Brides- Fall of the Plastic Empire
      Burnside Project- Networks Circuits Streams Harmonies
      Campfire Girls- Delongpre
      Cat Power- You Are Free
      Cave In- Antenna
      Chip Taylor + Carrie Rodriguez- Lets Leave this Town
      Cody Chesnutt- Headphone Masterpiece
      Coral- The Coral
      Damien Rice- O
      Daniel Lanois- Shine
      David Banner Mississippi (the Album)
      Dead Prez- Turn Off the Radio
      Diplomats- Diplomatic Immunity
      Eels- Shootenanny
      Etta James- Lets Roll
      Field Mob- From tha Roota to that Toota
      Floetry- Floetic
      Four Tet- Rounds
      Freeway- Philadelphia Freeway
      Gillian Welch- Soul Journey
      Goalpele- Even Closer
      Grandaddy- Sumday
      GZA/Genius- Legend of the Liquid Sword
      Hot Hot Heat- Make Up The Breakdown
      Ibraham Ferrar- Buenos Hermanos
      Interpol- Turn Off the Bright Lights
      Iron & Wine- Creek Drank the Cradle
      Jesse Malin- Fine Art of Self Destruction
      Jolie Holland- Catalpa
      K-Os- Exit
      Kathleen Edwards- Failer
      Kenna- New Sacred Cow
      Kindred the Family- Soul Surrender to Love
      Little Brother- Listening
      Longwave- Strangest Things
      Luciana Souza- North & South
      Mark Olson & the Creekdippers- Decembers Child
      Metro Area- Metro Area
      Mogwai- Happy Songs for Happy People
      Moistboyz- Moistboyz III
      Ms. Dynamite- A Little Deeper
      Nanci Griffith- Winter Marquee
      Natacha Atlas- Something Dangerous
      Neko Case- Blacklisted
      Nick Cave- Noturama
      Northern State- Dying in Stereo
      Orchestra Baobab- Specialist in All Styles
      Pete Yorn- Day I Forgot
      Primal Scream- evil Heat
      Radiohead- Hail to the Theif
      Rilo Kiley- The Execution of all Things
      Rooney- Rooney
      Royksopp- Melody AM
      Sidestepper- 3AM in Beats We Trust
      Sigur Ros ()
      Solomon Burke- Dont Give up on Me
      Sondre Lerche- Faces Down
      Soulive- Soulive
      Soundtrack of our Lives- Behind the Music
      Spoon- Kill the Moonlight
      Squarepusher- Do You Know Squarepusher
      Stephen Malkmus + the Jicks- Pig Lib
      Steve Earle- Jerusalem
      Supernatural- The Lost Freestyle Files
      Talib Kweli- Quality
      Tegan and Sara- If It Was You
      The Black Keys- Thickfreakness
      The Cramps- Friends of Dope Island
      The Jealous Sound- Kill Them With Kindness
      The Libertines- Up The Bracket
      The Mars Volta- De-Loued in the Comatorium
      The Mooney Suzuki- Electric Sweat
      The Music- Music
      The Postal Service- Give Up
      The Sounds- The Neptunes
      The Streets- Original Pirate Material
      Tomahawk- Mit Gas
      Turbonegero- Apocalypse Dudes
      Turin Breaks- Ether Song
      Wire- Send
      Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Fever to Tell

      That's too many albums to do Amazon links for, sorry.

      If I were picking 10 from that list, I'd choose:
      Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Fever to Tell
      The Postal Service- Give Up
      Talib Kweli- Quality
      Solomon Burke- Dont Give up on Me
      Orchestra Baobab- Specialist in All Styles
      Ibraham Ferrar- Buenos Hermanos
      Goalpele- Even Closer
      Cody Chesnutt- Headphone Masterpiece
      Beck- Sea Change
      The Mooney Suzuki- Electric Sweat

      Check at all the listmakers and the nominees at the official Short List of Music website.

    posted by Randy on 2:29 PM | permanent link to this entry

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