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    Friday, August 29, 2003

    Okay, so-- The MTV Video Music Awards were last night. I don't think it ever quite recovered from the opening act-- though the sheer amount of Video Chicks on stage duirng both 50 Cent/Snoop Dogg's and Beyonce's sets were pretty impressive. Metallica's closing medly was pretty lame-- mostly 'cause it was too short before they kicked into their own song.

    But here's the real highlights:

    All I can say is that I was thankful I got my TiVo installed in time for this event.

    This blog won't be updated again until Tuesday. Have a good holiday weekend!

    posted by Randy on 11:28 AM | permanent link to this entry

    Thursday, August 28, 2003

    I gotta send a quick shout-out to my darling wife, who is out there in the heat with the freakxxx at Burning Man. I miss her very much but hoipe she is having a wonderful time-- even if we didn't have enough time to print out this Burning Man Bingo Card before she left.

    See You In September

    I'll be alone each and every night
    While you're away, don't forget to write

    Bye-bye, so long, farewell
    Bye-bye, so long

    See you in September
    See you when the summer's through

    Here we are (bye, baby, goodbye)
    Saying goodbye at the station (bye, baby, goodbye)
    Summer vacation (bye, baby bye, baby)
    Is taking you away (bye, baby, goodbye)
    Have a good time but remember
    There is danger in the summer moon above

    Will I see you in September
    Or lose you to a summer love?

    (counting the days 'til I'll be with you)
    (counting the hours and the minutes, too)

    Bye, baby, goodbye
    Bye, baby, goodbye
    Bye, baby, goodbye (bye-bye, so long, farewell)
    Bye, baby, goodbye (bye-bye, so long)

    Have a good time but remember
    There is danger in the summer moon above
    Will I see you in September
    Or lose you to a summer love?

    (I'll be alone each and every night)
    (While you're away, don't forget to write)
    See you (bye-bye, so long, farewell)
    In September (bye-bye, so long, farewell)

    I'm hopin' I'll
    See you (bye-bye, so long, farewell)
    In September (bye-bye, so long, farewell)
    Well, maybe I'll
    See you (bye-bye, so long, farewell)
    In September (bye-bye, so long, farewell)

    • Online Music Broadcasters Sue RIAA
      The Webcaster Alliance sued The R.I.A.A. alleging major record labels have unlawfully inflated webcasting royalty rates to keep independent operators out of the market. By all rights they should win, but it will be a tough battle.

    • RIAA Discloses Some Methods of Tracking
      Speaking of the R.I.A.A., they tipped their hand a bit in the Jane Doe vs. R.I.A.A. case.
      She claims that all her MP3s were legal copies from her own CDs, but the R.I.A.A. says their analysis of her tracks shows that many of 'em were downloaded from Napster back in the day. The R.I.A.A. looks at ID3 tags to identify songs and also uses MD5 to make a fingerprint of the file. Oh, and we have a name for Jane Doe now-- sort of. nycfashiongirl is her nom-de-Kazaa.

    • RAC Planning Benefit With Eagles, Chicks
      The Eagles and Dixie Chicks will perform at a benefit concert for the Recording Artists Coalition (RAC) on Oct. 12 at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. Other artists may be added to the bill later.

    • Grammy Voting Can Be Had for a Song -- Actually Six (L.A. Times free registration required, but it is totally worth it, especially for this story.)
      We all know The Grammy's are a joke, right? We'll here's another log to add to that fire-- the academy requires that voters on technical or creative credit on six commercially released songs so the major record labels have taken to getting their staffs to record Christmas choral albums so they can stack the decks in their favor. Seriously. Check out the Miracle on West 25th Street EP, a six song Christmas CD by The Zomba Choir-- Zomba being the major league indie that' shome to R.Kelly and Britney Spears, among others.

    • Slayer Ready "Apocalypse"
      Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuudddddddde!!! Fucking Slayer Boxed Set!!! All Hail Satan!!!
      The Soundtrack to the Apocalypse will be unleashed on Nov. 11 and will feature live songs, stuff from sound racks and things like that. 4 CDs!! Dude!

    • Barenaked Ladies Prep 'Everything' For Fall
      Everything to Everyone, a new album from Barenaked Ladies is due to hit stores on Oct. 21. The Blue Man Group make an apperance playing PVC pipes on "Shopping." No pre-order link yet, sorry. Need more info about what's happening with the album? Then check out the BNLBlog, the offical Barenaked Ladies Blog.

      Which naturally raises the question-- is there an unofficial Barenaked Ladies Blog? The very thought of it possibly existing makes me to scared to find of if it does or doesn't.

    posted by Randy on 11:21 AM | permanent link to this entry

    Wednesday, August 27, 2003

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

    Tuesday, August 26, 2003

    This Week's New Releases Of Note:

    • 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

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

    posted by Randy on 11:56 AM | permanent link to this entry

    Monday, August 25, 2003

    ...and, I'm back. I had a lot going on Friday and couldn't do the blogging thing. One of the things I was up to was getting my DirecTV/TiVo set up.. Believe the hype-- it is the shiznit and off the hizzle fo' shizzle.

    posted by Randy on 1:45 PM | permanent link to this entry

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