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    Friday, August 22, 2003

    Too much to do today-- i'll be back Monday afternoon.

    In the meantime-- a little political break:

    Show our Grassroots Power

    posted by Randy on 7:25 PM | permanent link to this entry

    Thursday, August 21, 2003

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    Wednesday, August 20, 2003

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    Tuesday, August 19, 2003

    This Week's Releases Of Note

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

    • The Wind- Waren Zevon (probably the last album from this great signer/songwriter before he dies. Features appearances by Ry Cooder, David Lindley, Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, and Dwight Yoakam.)
    • Love & Life (Bonus Dvd) [LIMITED EDITION]- Mary J. Blige
    • Wooden Leather- Nappy Roots
    • Exile On Blues Street- Various Artists (Blues artists like Tommy Castro, Joe Louis Walker and Otis Taylor-- among others-- cover The Rolling Stones' Exile On Mainstreet.)
    • Stronger Than Time- Lee Greenwood (surprise, surprise-- it includes a new version of "God Bless The U.S.A."
    • Visions of Ghandi- Jedi Mind Tricks (w/ appearances by Canibus, Kool G. Rapand Ras Kass, among others.)
    • Music Magic Myth (w/ Bonus CD) - Last Emperor (He's been kicking round the rap scene since the mid 90s, but this is his forst full length album)
    • Anchors Aweigh- Bouncing Souls

    And Now, The News:

    • Lost in the Music (NY Times free registration required)
      Very nice New York Times profile of Jon Brion, producer of artists like Fiona Apple and Aimee Mann. Perhaphs the greatest part of this piece is in the first few paragraphs, where Brion calls the kind of music he makes "unpopular pop." And thus, a genre is born. Fountains of Wayne, Big Star, Randy Neuman, Beulah, Aimee Mann, Michael Penn, Fiona Apple-- they all fit.

    • RIAA says it doesn't target small downloaders
      Of course, they do not ever define how many songs being shared makes one a large distributor of files vs. small. Here is a .PDF of the R.I.A.A.'s response to Senator Norm Coleman regrading their crackoing down on file sharers.

      Related personal note: I had a dream last night that I was one of the R.I.A.A.'s tragets. It was kinda scary-- especially since the only thing I'm sharing these days is public domain material or stuff that doesn't fall under the R.I.A.A.'s domain. It turned out I was on the R.I.A.A. hit list becuase of stuff I had written here about the music industry. Remember, this was a dream. But how far off could I actually be? It was a head scratcher to wake up to, that's for sure.

    • FCC Chief Denies Leaving, Previews Agenda
      FCC chair Michael Powell says he ain't going nowhere and called on Congress to come up with specific guidelines for preventing a company from dominating a market, instead of simply undoing recent rules that relaxed restrictions on ownership.

    • Warner Music, BMG in Struggle for Control
      Can this marriage be saved? Let's hope not.

    • What Is With The Hoodoo Gurus Reformation Rumours?
      Not much, actually. The re-recorded an old song for a soccer league ("That's My Scene" became "That's My Team") and will perform it in a one off concert. Interestly engough, the bulk of Persian Rugs is made up of ex-HG members, but they say the won't be playing old songs on tour-- becuase the new bassist doesn't know any of 'em.

    • 2Pac Gets Remixed
      If they had some cool artists involved, it could've been really cool. Instead, Death Row Presents 2Pac Nu-Mixx Klazzics will feature the work of Death Row's Tha Row Hitters. The 10 song collection is due in stores on Oct. 7th.

    • Music Videos That Show Everything but Performance (NY Times free registration required)
      Very interesting roundtablke discussion with music video directors Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry and Chris Cunningham

    posted by Randy on 12:10 PM | permanent link to this entry

    Monday, August 18, 2003

    Hey, I'm back and one year older. But I've still got "it." Now, you whippersanppers get off my lawn!

    • Blackout Cancels Mich. Iggy Pop Concert
      And not just any Iggy Pop concert in Michigan-- it was The Stooges reunion show in front of their hometown fans! The concert has been rescheduled for Aug. 25

    • Exclusive: Cash's 'American' Outtakes 'Unearthed'
      Holy Moses! A 5 CD set largely consisting of unreleased Johnny Cash recordings from the past decade (his American Recordings/Rick Rubin phase) is being prepared for a possible release 'round the holiday shopping season. Four discs of unreleased material, (including one gospel disc) and one disc of The Man In Black's best suff on American. Read the whole article, it sounds like an incredible collection.

      In a related story (Johnny Cash And June Carter Cash's Early Recordings To Be Released, to be percise), Johnny Cash- Live Recordings From The Louisiana Hayride and June Carter - Live Recordings From The Louisiana Hayride will hit store shelves on September 23 and will feature performances from both artists on the famed radio show from the mid 1950s through the 1960s. No pre-order links yet, sorry.

    • Finalists Line Up for Vivendi Auction
      The final contestants: A merger with NBC, selling off a few channels to Viacom and straight take-over bids from Liberty Media or a team led by Edgar Bronfman Jr.

    • 'Let's Get It On' Writer Townsend Dies
      Ed Townsend, who wrote or co-wrote over 200 songs including Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On," died of heart failure last Wedneday at the age of 74. The worlds of slow dancing and seduction would never be what they are today without his work. Kudos and R.I.P. from all of us here at

    • Beatles' Ed Sullivan Gigs Captured on DVD
      "The Ed Sullivan Show Featuring the Beatles" will hit store shelves (and baby boomer xmas lists) on Oct. 28. The four-hour collection will feature 20 live performances by The Beatles spread over four episodes of "The Ed Sullivan Show." It marks the first time the performances have been available in their entirety since the episodes originally aired in 1964-65. No pre-order link yet, sorry.

    • Rolling Stones Catalog Hits Web
      Sort of. For a two-week exclusive period, the Rhapsody online subscription service and Best Buy will offer the entire post-1971 Rolling Stones catalog (starting with Sticky Fingers and moving forward until 40 Licks) as part of a deal with Virgin/EMI, and the pre-1971 Stones material in an agreement with ABKCO. On Aug. 31, only the EMI material will be made available for download through all legitimate services, including Apple's iTunes Music Storeand MusicNet

    • Scott Weiland Gets Probation; Velvet Revolver Scrap EP
      The Guns n' Roses splinter group will instead release a full album later on down the road.

    • Bobby Brown A Wanted Man Again
      A judge in Georgia's DeKalb County has issued a misdemeanor arrest warrant for Bobby Brown, citing the singer's failure to meet any of the conditions of his probation following a drunk driving conviction. This means he has not participated in a risk-reduction program, completed 240 hours of community service, attended six months of twice-weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings or given samples for random alcohol and drug screenings.

    • Grade 8 And Depswa Off Ozzfest
      Both bands, apparently, have run out of money to support themselves on tour.

    posted by Randy on 2:24 PM | permanent link to this entry

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