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Monday, October 31, 2011

Pete Townshend calls Apple ‘a vampire’


The Who guitarist Pete Townshend has urged Apple’s iTunes to use its power to help new bands instead of “bleeding” artists like a “digital vampire”.

Townshend made the comments in BBC 6 Music’s inaugural John Peel Lecture, named in honour of the legendary DJ.

He also argued against unauthorised file-sharing, saying the internet was “destroying copyright as we know it”.

“The word ‘sharing’ surely means giving away something you have earned, or made, or paid for?” he said.

The rock legend listed eight services that record labels and music publishers have traditionally provided to artists, such as editorial guidance and “creative nurture”.

“Is there really any good reason why, just because iTunes exists in the wild west internet land of Facebook and Twitter, it can’t provide some aspect of these services to the artists whose work it bleeds like a digital vampire, like a digital Northern Rock, for its enormous commission?” he asked.

Apple should employ 20 talent scouts “from the dying record business” to give guidance to new acts and provide financial and marketing support to the best ones, he added.

ITunes accounts for more than 75% of all legal downloads. An Apple spokesman declined to comment on Townshend’s remarks.

The guitarist also said that people who downloaded his music without paying for it “may as well come and steal my son’s bike while they’re at it”.

If someone “pretends that something I have created should be available to them free… I wonder what has gone wrong with human morality and social justice”, he said.

But he also told listeners: “It’s tricky to argue for the innate value of copyright from a position of good fortune, as I do. I’ve done all right.”

Creative dilemma
And he added: “A creative person would prefer their music to be stolen and enjoyed than ignored. This is the dilemma for every creative soul: he or she would prefer to starve and be heard than to eat well and be ignored.”

The guitarist praised John Peel, who died in 2004, for his dedication to listening to the music he was sent by up-and-coming acts.

“Sometimes he played some records that no-one else would ever have played, and that would never be played on radio again,” he said.

“But he listened, and he played a selection of records in the course of each week that his listeners knew – partly because the selection was sometimes so insane – proved he was genuinely engaged in his work as an almost unconditional conduit between creative musicians like me to the radio audience.”

The talk, held as part of the Radio Festival, will become an annual event given by a different music figure every year.

Held at The Lowry theatre in Salford, it is intended to be the music industry’s equivalent of the annual MacTaggart Lecture, which is given by a leading media executive at the Edinburgh International Television Festival every August.
(VIA BBC)

Nosferatu (1922) – Full Movie (Happy Halloween)


Originally released in 1922 as Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie Des Grauens, director F.W. Murnau’s chilling and eerie adaption of Stoker’s Dracula is a silent masterpiece of terror which to this day is the most striking and frightening portrayal of the legend.

Nosferatu is in the public domain, and can be downloaded here for free:

http://www.archive.org/details/nosferatu

Friday, October 28, 2011

Flaming Lips streaming 24-hr song at midnight on Halloween


The Flaming Lips’ 24 Hour Song will be streaming over here starting at midnight on Halloween in Oklahoma. (Central Standard Time)

Ryan Adams hosts “Night Sweats” his new heavy metal talk show?!?


Well, this is odd and delightful: Ryan Adams, no stranger to offbeat Internet videos or heavy metal tributes, has conceived a new fake talk show–slash–video countdown called “Night Sweats” for your viewing pleasure. Yes, it’s partially a promotional bit for his new album Ashes & Fire, but Adams is charmingly self-deprecating about the shill: “Unfortunately, [the video for Lucky Now] is not as metal as I would like it to be, and it also talks about my feelings … [cringes].” The rest of the talk show is devoted to banter with goth co-host Balthazar, shout-outs to Adams’s favorite metal bands, and an interview with Joey Pizza, formerly of the group 106 Degrees, who has some thoughts on his beef with Crusty J. (Note: It’s definitely not too late to throw together a Joey Pizza Halloween costume.) Okay, don’t let us keep you any longer. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Black Keys: “Lonely Boy” (Music Video)

The Black Keys’ new single “Lonely Boy” is out today digitally. On November 25, as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday series, it will be released on 12″ vinyl backed by “Run Right Back”. Listen to “Lonely Boy” below, via an amazing video the band posted on their Youtube.
Both tracks will appear on El Camino, the new Black Keys album, out December 6 on Nonesuch worldwide. As previously reported, the album was co-produced by the Black Keys and Danger Mouse.

Amy Winehouse died from excessive alcohol consumption, coroner rules


Amy Winehouse died of excessive alcohol consumption, having consumed enough alcohol on the day of her death to render her more than four-and-a-half times over the drink drive limit, an inquest has heard.

The inquest, which took place today at St Pancras Coroners Court, has recorded that the singer’s death was as a result of “misadventure”, reports BBC News.

St Pancras coroner Suzanne Greenway, who conducted the hearing, said: “She [Winehouse] had consumed sufficient alcohol at 416mg per decilitre (of blood) and the unintended consequence of such potentially fatal levels was her sudden and unexpected death.”

Three empty vodka bottles, two large and one small, were found at her house in Camden, resulting in the singer’s blood containing 416mg of alcohol per 100ml. The legal drink-drive limit is 80mg.

Reports earlier today had suggested that the ‘Back To Black’ singer, who passed away in July at the age of 27, had died as a seizure from alcohol withdrawal, but the inquest has now said it was in fact excessive consumption of alcohol.

It was initially thought in the days after Winehouse’s death in July that the singer had died of a drug overdose, but this was formally ruled out earlier in the summer after results from the toxicology report found “no illegal substances” in Winehouse’s system.

An inquiry into how a report which outlined the circumstances surrounding Winehouse’s death was sent to a member of the public by mistake is now underway, police have said.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Watch the Trailer for the Andrew Bird Documentary Fever Year


As previously reported, a documentary about Andrew Bird called Fever Year has been cycling through film festivals over the last couple of months. Indiewire has now posted the trailer for the film, which can be seen below.

Director Xan Aranda told IndieWire that Bird does not want the film released on DVD or in theaters, so for now, your only chance to see it is at film festivals.

Official Trailer (2:45) from Andrew Bird: Fever Year on Vimeo.

LISTEN: BRAND-NEW GUIDED BY VOICES FROM ‘THE CLASSIC’ LINEUP…


Via Matador Records
The first recordings from the classic Guided By Voices lineup of Robert Pollard, Tobin Sprout, Mitch Mitchell, Greg Demos and Kevin Fennell hit the stores on November 22 with the Matador single from their upcoming self-released album “Let’s go Eat The Factory.” The single is called “The Unsinkable Fats Domino” b/w “We Won’t Apologize,” and you can download an MP3 of the A-side here…

The single will be out on 7″ vinyl and digital single formats NOVEMBER 22…

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Arcade Fire- Bridge School Benefit Concert (Video) Update: Entire Set!!


In 1986, iconic Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young organized the first Bridge School Benefit, a yearly charity concert held in Mountainview, California. Since its inception the Bridge concerts have showcased a diverse roster of high-profile artists including Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Sonic Youth, Brian Wilson, Grizzly Bear, and of course Young himself.

This weekend marked the twenty-fifth Bridge School Benifit, featuring Beck, Eddie Vedder, the Foo Fighters, Devendra Banhart, Dave Matthews, and Arcade Fire, among others. Judging by videos of the event that are surfacing, it was an outstanding show. Undoubtedly one of the highlights was Young’s performance of “Helpless” alongside his buds in the Arcade Fire. Above you can watch Young split vocal duties with Win Butler on the classic tune, backed by the rest of the award-hoarding Montreal outfit. And yes, there are harmonica solos.

Songs in this video include:
1:24 The Suburbs, 7:31 Empty Room, 12:16 Month of May, 15:50 Rebellion (Lies), 21:51 Intervention, 26:59 Helpless (with Neil Young) [Crosby Stills Nash & Young cover], 33:00 Wake Up

PJ HARVEY’S HALLOWEEN SHOW GETS A (PAID) LIVE STREAM…


Blurt:
It will be available worldwide – for a price. In an intriguing twist, fans without tickets for this sold-out event will be able to purchase access codes for the live stream of the show on pjharvey.net, facebook.com/pjharvey and guardian.co.uk/music. (No word on whether fans with tickets will be able to access the stream for free and watch it on their smart phones while attending the show…)

This Is Fake DIY:
PJ Harvey has announced plans to stream one of her Royal Albert Hall shows online.
The 31st October date, her second at the iconic venue, will be streamed live via her official website, facebook and The Guardian…

PJ Harvey’s Website http://www.pjharvey.net

Monday, October 24, 2011

Battles- Ice Cream (Music Video)

Wilco, Black Keys, Beasties, Nirvana Do Black Friday Record Store Day Releases


Record Store Day has announced a string of limited edition releases coming out on November 25, Black Friday. (Which they did last year, too.) While others fuel corporations with department store shopping sprees, Record Store Day will offer incentives to support artists and local, independent businesses, as they do once a year with their April holiday. Read the full list of releases here.
These releases can be found exclusively at RSD-affiliated independent record stores, although the organizers warn that not all stores will stock all items. Availability will also vary by country, and Black Friday titles for the UK, Netherlands, France, Canada, and Germany will be announced separately. (This list applies to the U.S. only.)

Check out a list of a few highlights from this year’s Black Friday releases, and watch a Record Store Day-produced video of Thurston Moore talking about record shops.

Beastie Boys: Hot Sauce Committee Part Two Book/Blu-Ray/DVD/CD
The Beatles: The Singles 7″ vinyl box set
The Black Keys: “Lonely Boy” 12″ single
Bob Dylan: “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?” 7″ vinyl box set
Iron & Wine: “Morning Becomes Eclectic” LP/CD (Live at KCRW)
John Cale: EP: Extra Playful
John Lennon: Imagine 40th Anniversary Box Set
Nirvana: Nevermind -The Singles 10″ vinyl box set
Pinback: “True North” 7″
Ryan Adams: “Do I Wait”/”Darkness” 7″
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: Soul Time! LP
Soundgarden: Live on I-5–Before the Doors Soundcheck EP 10″ colored vinyl
Wilco: “Speak Into the Rose” 10″

FROM HIS VAN HOME, A HAGGARD SLY STONE SAYS HE’S GOING TO REHAB…



Thursday, October 20, 2011

Johnny Marr teams up with Best Coast and Tom Vek on new side project


Johnny Marr has teamed up with Best Coast, Tom Vek and Mona for a new side project..

The former Smiths man has pulled three acts in to record new songs from objects which inspired him for Ray-Ban’s ‘Raw Sounds’ project.

The axeman wrote a poem, took a conceptual photo in his hometown of Manchester, pulled a favourite quote from famous German philosopher Friedrich von Schiller, recorded a piece of music, and presented an old map of New York City’s Lower East Side to the acts.

He told Spin magazine: I just looked around my studio and life and took the parts of my world that are of interest to me, and then rolled with it.
Marr added: “It sounded confusing to me at first but it turned out to be amazing and it resulted in some excellent new music.”

Speaking about the Best Coast track entitled ‘In Your Sleep’, the guitarist, who recently admitted meeting up with his old bandmates from The Smiths, said he chose Bethany Cosentino’s band because he loved “good pop songs wrapped up in a garage sound.” She added: “I was inspired by Johnny’s photo, the man and woman looking at each other through vintage cameras, because my brain goes straight to romance.”

Other new tracks included in the project were Tom Vek’s ‘Film Your Own Television’, Mona’s ‘Jericho’ and Au Revoir Simone’s ‘How Long’.

Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter’s 1970s Rock ‘n’ Roll Drama Gaining Heat at HBO


The premium cable network is very hot on a script that 

Boardwalk Empire’s Terence Winter has turned in for an untitled 1970s rock ‘n’ roll project in development, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. In addition to Winter, the potential series has a string of bold face names attached, including Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger
, who met with HBO executives to discuss the project over lunch at Craft earlier this month.
The hourlong drama project follows the exploits of a cocaine-fueled record executive in New York City circa 1977, when punk, disco and a new form of music called hip-hop collided.


Boardwalk Empire’s Winter is attached to executive produce and write the pilot, with his Emmy-winning Boardwalk director Scorsese attached to executive produce and direct the pilot.
The Rolling Stones frontman, who initially conceived the idea as a film project, first at Disney and then at Paramount, will also executive produce. His producing partner Victoria Pearman as well as Scorsese’s manager Rick Yorn are attached as EPs. The project will serve as a reunion for Scorsese, Jagger and Pearman, who collaborated on the 2008 documentary Shine a Light.
The news comes as Showtime is developing a 1970s-set music industry project of its own. The latter, titled Vinyl, explores multiple aspects of the music business, from the perspective of record executives and rock stars to drug pushers and prostitutes.
Scorsese is repped by WME, while Winter, Jagger and Pearman are repped by CAA.