Finnish new wavers The Leningrad Cowboys and the Russian Red Army Chorus team up to perform this rousing rendition of ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ — Two and a quarter minutes of the most bizarre cross cultural mish-mash you may ever encounter. Muscle Shoals meets Helsinki via Leningrad. And the Red Army Chorus looks like they’ve never had so much fun while in uniform.
Record Industry Goes After Personal Use — “In legal documents in its federal case against Jeffrey Howell, a Scottsdale, Ariz., man who kept a collection of about 2,000 music recordings on his personal computer, the industry maintains that it is illegal for someone who has legally purchased a CD to transfer that music into his computer.” Which would make Apple and iTunes massive co-conspirators for asking me if I want to import the contents of a music CD every time I insert one. But I note the RIAA hasn’t sued them, just us little guys.
Prince threatens to sue his fans over online images — “It’s a really short-sighted and futile move,” said Nicola Slade, editor of the industry newsletter Record of the Day. “Prince has got a lot of fans and as he’s decided to take a more leftfield approach to releasing his material, he should be nurturing the relationship. I’m shocked, really.”
Stoned: For the first time ever a Rolling Stone tells the inside story — “[Keith] smashed a bottle and cut me with it. I stormed out and went to find Mick and Charlie, who were working on a song in a room along the corridor. While I stood there bleeding all over the carpet, Mick looked up and asked: “Have you got any ideas for the middle eight?” [...] And Jo and I were always having people over to party with us. On one occasion, our son Jamie came downstairs in the morning and noticed someone on the sofa who was completely out of it. When Jamie eventually realised it was Christopher Reeve, he ran into our room crying: ‘You’ve destroyed Superman.’” [More here…]
MP3 music – it’s better than it sounds — “But the music contained in these computer files represents less than 10 percent of the original music on the CDs [...] When even the full files on the CDs contain less than half the information stored to studio hard drives during recording, these compressed MP3s represent a minuscule fraction of the actual recording. For purists, it’s the dark ages of recorded sound.”
The Once and Future Prince · “As recording companies bemoan a crumbling market, Prince is demonstrating that charisma and the willingness to go out and perform are still bankable. He doesn’t have to go multiplatinum — he’s multiplatform.”
Sex, Drugs and Updating Your Blog — “Across the country, the CD business is in a spectacular free fall; sales are down 20 percent this year alone. People are increasingly getting their music online, and it seems likely that the artists who forge direct access to their fans have the best chance of figuring out what the new economics of the music business will be.”
Blues Singer’s Woman Permitted To Tell Her Side — “I repeat: I am not an evil-hearted woman who will not let him be. To the contrary, my lovin’ is so sweet, it tastes just like the apple off the tree [...] Well, I refuse to allow my name to be dragged through the mud like this any longer. Unless my man puts an end to these unfair attacks on my character, I will neither rock nor roll him to the break of dawn.”
Col. Bruce to the rescue: A wild ride to Zambiland and back with the dean of the Atlanta rock scene — A great article about a local legend who “was so close to Duane Allman that he can recount in detail the late guitarist’s amplifier modifications. He got to know Billy Bob Thornton in the ’70s, when Thornton was a drummer in a band from Arkansas called Los Tres Hombres; 20 years later, Thornton created a character based on Col. Bruce in his breakout 1996 film Sling Blade, and then had the Colonel play the role. The Colonel once played regular poker games with Newt Gingrich and [...] RuPaul was once his roadie.“
“Open Season” by Stuck Mojo — (Warning: video with language and imagery that may offend some) Mix the anger of heavy metal with the gangsta-edge of hip hop, taking on the concept of armed Jihad, and you get some weird kind of Global Violent Cultural Mashup, resulting in one bizarrely intriquing video from Atlanta’s own Stuck Mojo (I’ve always loved their name).
Teen Girl Uses MySpace to Lure Bands to Los Angeles — A case of reverse Internet predation? “They packed up their gear and headed west hoping for a record contract; instead they left with shattered dreams. Ashley Morgan, 13, has used her ‘sonymusicexec’ MySpace profile to lure several bands to her Los Angeles home. Ashley was grounded so she couldn’t talk to us on the phone for this report.”
Over 1,400 Music Videos From the 80’s — From back in the day when the “M” in MTV and the “V” in VH1 actually stood for something other than Bad Reality TV.
Sad reality sinks in for New Orleans music scene — “Bultman inscribes upwards of 70 per week, each for $100, each given to a New Orleans musician [...] Bultman hopes her $100 subsidy is enough to dissuade someone from taking a gig in another city. If instruments and artifacts from the city’s musical heritage were washed away, then New Orleans’ soul — the musicians who define it — must stay.
Squeeze My Lemon — It’s not a Live Journal from a fruit vendor, it’s blues blog!
The old Arbitrary Secondary links archives (1/2003-11/2005) are still online