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    Wednesday, October 29, 2003

    • James Brown's Collaborator Wants Pie Piece
      Yet another remarkably sad story of a musical genius (in this case James Brown collaborator Bobby Byrd) who is suing his old record label and long-time collaborater (and oldest friend) of monies he's been shafted out of. Interesting tid-bit from this story:

      "Yet the Byrds feel far from secure. They credit their current comfort to a sample of Byrd's song "U Don't Know," used by Jay-Z on 2001's multimillion-selling The Blueprint. They say Jay-Z generously paid Byrd 65 percent of the royalties for the song, allowing them to secure a mortgage for their home, which is worth about $250,000."

    • Roth Drops Lawsuit Against Van Halen
      Apparently, it actually wasn't such a big deal after all that Van Halen signed a new royalty agreement with Warner Bros. and wasn't giving David Lee Roth any more scrilla. In other Van halen related news-- a DVD chronicling their early years is due for release on November 25th. No partcipation from band members, but loads of interviews with such important folks as Guitar Center employees, their 1978 tour soundman, a drum tech, club owners and bodyguards.

    • Eastsidaz Claim Snoop Owes $1 Million
      Snoop Dogg-- how could you?!?! Tha Eastsidaz claim he never paid them royalties-- but Snoop claims they never sold enough to earn royalties. Read the whole strory, it is quite the document.

    • Elliott Smith Memorial Concert Planned
      Set for the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles on Nov. 3. Featuring Beck, Bright Eyes, Beth Orton and others, all perfoming Smith's songs.

    • Limp Bizkit And Korn Reunite, Get 'Back 2 Basics' With New Tour
      They'll be playing theatres (as opposed to arenas and stadiums) throughout the month of November, with the venue and ticket details to be announced by local radio stations.

    • Cover Commentary: Second Looks At First Impressions
      Stylus Magazine looks at the vintage DJ comment cards from a variety of 80s "college rock" albums owned by Boston's WZBC, 90.3 FM. It's funny, 'cos it's true.

    • Mary Lou Lord Opens A Thrift Store
      Total synchronicity-- just last week me n' the wife we wonderin' whatever happened to Mizz Lord. In addition to opening up the thrift store with her husband, she's also got an album due in February and opens up for her 4 year-old-daughter as a busker in Boston.

    • R.E.M. to guest on 'Boston Public'
      "Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe, currently promoting their greatest hits package, will drop by the show when teacher Marla (Loretta Devine) accidentally books the band for the school's holiday fundraiser." And people say "Boston Public" isn't believable. Why, I remmeber aging hipsters The Velvet Underground playing our school carnival when I was but knee high to a grasshopper. Besides, if Whitney Houston can play the "Boston Public" prom, why can't R.E.M. do a fundraiser?

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

    Tuesday, October 28, 2003

    This Week's New Releases of Note:

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

    posted by Randy on 2:28 PM | permanent link to this entry

    Monday, October 27, 2003

    • Bar Mitzvah Disco
      A priceless photo collection of Bar Mitzvah entertainers and the people they entertain. Considering the neighborhood I grew up in, I don't know how I managed to avoid ever attending one. oh wait, now I remember: I was a total geek. That's why.

    • Emile Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry Page
      "Emile Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry is a selection of more than 400 items from the Emile Berliner Papers and 108 Berliner sound recordings from the Library of Congress's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Berliner (1851-1929), an immigrant and a largely self-educated man, was responsible for the development of the microphone and the flat recording disc and gramophone player. Although the focus of this online collection is on the gramophone and its recordings, it includes much evidence of Berliner's other interests, such as information on his businesses, his crusades for the pasteurization of milk and other public-health issues, his philanthropy, his musical composition, and even his poetry. Spanning the years 1870 to 1956, the collection comprises correspondence, articles, lectures, speeches, scrapbooks, photographs, catalogs, clippings, experiment notes, and rare sound recordings."

      If you don't wanna slog through all of that, just jump right to the recordings section. Lo-fi as hell, but totally worth it.

    • Fan Checks
      Perhaps you'd like Madonna's mug to watch over you as you pay your phone bill? Or perhaps give the interns at the cable company's mail room need a little scare from Rob Zombie? Fan Checks can hook you up.

    • Stories About Ticket Stubs
      Everyone has a story about that ticketstub they're holding onto in their wallet/pure or tacket to a bulletin board somewhere. The above linked site just helps you broadcast to a wider audience.

    • Check out the upcoming Technics CDJ Player!
      Whoa, momma! I'm happy with my Pioneer CDJ 1000s, though.

    • The Archive of Swedish Band Photos, Most Likely From The 70s
      Don't go there looking for ABBA, either. Think more downscale. A must see.

    • The Archive of New Wave Band Photos
      The hair, the make-up-- it's all here. Nearly 12,000 photos of 253 bands! Yowza. Althouygh there is a lot of punk rock cross-over, so caveat clickor.

    • Gallery of Gibson Flying V's
      No comment needed, really. Devil's horns up!

    • Official List Of Forgiven/Unforgiven Bands and Artists
      Has your faveorite artist been forgiven for selling out and/or jumping the shark? Consult this list to see what the conventional wisdom is!

      The Index of Songs About Nuclear War from the Eighties
      No sound clips, but nice summaries. Add your fave if it isn't there-- they're missing Nena's "99 Luft Balloons" and Sting's "Russians," and I'm sure many more.

    • Rap Snacks
      Snack chips featruing illustrations of artists from No Limit Records, Cash Money Records and Pastor Troy and. . . Bell Biv Devoe (???) A little something for us 30-somethings, I suppose.

    posted by Randy on 4:11 PM | permanent link to this entry

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