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    Friday, September 12, 2003

    Country legend Johnny Cash dead at 71
    R.I.P, much respect due and thanks for the memories from all of us here at The Blog. Between him and Warren Zevon, it'll be a hell of a weekend show in Rock n' Roll Heaven.

    Show your love and get and education:
    -Love, God, Murder [BOX SET]
    -At Folsom Prison
    -American Recordings
    -American III: Solitary Man
    -American IV: The Man Comes Around

    And for the literary minded among you, Cash: The Autobiography

    posted by Randy on 10:05 AM | permanent link to this entry

    Thursday, September 11, 2003

    • Hey, Timbaland Is On The Cover Of Wired!
      Like, whoa. Too bad there isn't an in depth interview with him in the issue. Instead, he's a part of a multi-artist profile package about "Super Producers" like The Neptunes, The Matrix, and Dan The Automator, among others. It's actually a pretty tame piece for Wired; lots of raving about technolgly in general, but no specific details about exactly what these producers have done with it, which is kind of disapointing. Still, big ups to Tim for getting some geek respect.

    • Ted Nugent Gets Reality Show
      Coming Oct. 5 to VH-1-- "Surviving Nugent"; A reality/game show in which seven contestants (inculding a vegan, a city slicker and a gay man) try to survive a game of Ted Nugent's making. I'm assuming this includes lots of bow hunting, gun shooting and Tarzan-like swinging from vines. It sounds a bit like "I'm With Busey: The Game Show," which actually is a good idea as well.

    • Court Frees Hank Williams' 'Lost Songs'
      Boy howdy! 150 previously unreleased Hank Williams Sr. recordings are now the legal possession of his heirs, who intend to release 'em of of these days. Unless, of course, the whole matter is appealed-- which seems likely. The recordings come from an old radio show but were given to an outside company by Williams' bassist.

    • MIT Names Student As Alleged Infringer
      A really interesting story: an M.I.T. student got caught in the R.I.A.A. dragnet-- excpet he has evidence that he was out of the country when the alleged infringment occurred and doesn't own a computer in the U.S. The twists and turns are a little convoluted in this story, but it is well worth reading if you are at all worried about the R.I.A.A. being deputised as cops and jurors. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, seems to be waking up to this problem, but has planned no immediate action.

    • Artists blast record companies over lawsuits against downloaders
      Not in any organized fashion. Yet. The above article is just a round up of a lot of artists' opinions.

    posted by Randy on 11:00 AM | permanent link to this entry

    Wednesday, September 10, 2003

    posted by Randy on 12:40 PM | permanent link to this entry

    Tuesday, September 09, 2003

    This Week's Releases of Note

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

    And Now, The News:

    • We don't need your stinkin' amnesty!
      If you are at all thinking about taking the R.I.A.A. up on their amnesty for file-traders, please read the above linked Salon article for all the reasons why you really shouldn't.

      And speaking of the R.I.A.A.-- the folks who they are suing are beginning to come out of the woodwork-- almost all saying "It wasn't me" or "I didn't know irt was illegal" or claiming it will be hard for them to be in court because they probably will have to go to 6th grade that day. Here's the story in Boulder, Denver, Littleton, Colo., San Francisco, Detroit and Oakland.

      Please remember that in all of these suits and settlements that not one red cent is going to the artists who actually made the music. it is all going to the R.I.A.A. to further fight this battle.

    • Simon And Garfunkel Unveil Reunion Plans
      Mid-October through mid-December. The show wil be a mixed acoustic and full band affair. Knowing the history of these two, it'll be a miracle if they're still speaking to each other by the end of the tour-- if they don't cancel the whole thing mid-way through due to old arguments resurfacing.

    posted by Randy on 11:59 AM | permanent link to this entry

    Monday, September 08, 2003

    Only one post today:

    Troubador of the twisted succumbs to lung cancer
    R.I.P. and thanks for the memories to the one and only Warren Zevon.

    posted by Randy on 12:23 PM | permanent link to this entry

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