Blue Eyed Son
Notes From the Overground music blog

Wednesday, June 25, 2003  


WASHINGTON — The embattled music industry disclosed aggressive plans Wednesday for an unprecedented escalation in its fight against Internet piracy, threatening to sue hundreds of individual computer users who illegally share music files online.

The Recording Industry Association of America, citing significant sales declines, said it will begin Thursday to search Internet file-sharing networks to identify users who offer "substantial" collections of mp3 music files for downloading. More...

Let me see if I can translate this into a non-bullshit dialect of English:

Instead of making hundreds of billions of dollars, record labels are only pulling in tens of billions of dollars. Rather than blame this on the economy or a backlash resultant of terrible product based on shortsightedly greedy business practices that have no interest in quality music, the labels hold "file sharing" accountable for their woes. When all is falling to pieces, and one must trade in their 40' yacht for a 39.8' yacht, it is oh-so-handy to have a scapegoat — a nice little voodoo doll that comes to represent all that is wrong with one's diluted microcosm. Thus the labels fight back in the only American way that doesn't involve amassing troops — they litigate.

So, ladies and gentlemen, good people who choose to read these words while they're still (somewhat) free, sit back, relax and let the shit storm reach typhoon proportions.

As the Jews came to symbolize all that was wrong to the Nazis, "file sharing" is the analogue to the music corporations. The battle lines have been drawn, so to speak. Computer gestapos will round up the offenders through the infrastructure of the public networks. The vast web of cyberspace will ensnare the offenders. And the vile offenders (with only public defenders to protect them) will face legal fees and punitive damages at the hands of multi-million-dollar lawyers who will see to their swift and thorough destruction in this final solution. Vile File Sharers will be relegated to the concentration camp of indebtedness to the corporate powers that hold all under their jack-boots.

And the great and mighty corporations will receive the thanks of a grateful nation.

posted by Tom | 7:20 PM

Not Quite a Field Day

I found this in the latest Rolling Stone. It's not available on-line so I retyped the section of their write-up on Field Day. This is absolutely outrageous...

Other evidence suggests that a competing promoter may have tried to squash the festival. Bill Schulman, who runs the golf course adjacent to the planned Field Day site, says he received a "ranting and raving" phone call from Clear Channel co-president Ron Delsener, who books most of the major concert events on Long Island. According to Schulman, Delsener encouraged him to speak out against the festival. "He said 'I know it will affect your business, and I know you're active in the community.'" And Robert F. Kozakiewicz, the Riverhead town supervisor, says that after Field Day was announced, he got a letter from Delsener "asking me to consider a long-term arrangement for them to do concerts out here in Riverhead." Neither Delsener nor Clear Channel would comment on these claims.

Clear Channel, what a company...

More interesting stuff from Newsday...

He [Field Day promoter and dumbass who sold 50,000 tickets without a permit, Andrew Dreskin] and others speculate that politics killed the deal, and raises an eyebrow at the continual appearance of politically connected rival promoter Ron Delsener on the scene. Delsener, who opposed Field Day, is an employee of the corporate media Goliath, Clear Channel, which owns 1,200 radio stations nationwide and controls major New York area concert venues, including the state-owned Jones Beach Theater.

While Delsener and Clear Channel seem, at the very least, to be peripheral villains in this fiasco Andrew Dreskin still gets an award from me for being a pandering moron (for reasons other than SELLING 50,000 TICKETS TO A CONCERT THAT HE DID NOT HAVE PERMITS FOR!!!!!). I have to laugh at his quote in Rolling Stone: "This was about the desire of certain people to keep rock & roll out of their juristiction."

That's right Mr. Multi-millionaire-concert-promoter-guy-who-happens-to-be-pissed-at-a-more-powerful-and--more-evil-promotor-guy, your so "with us" and hip in this 1960s-esque crusade. It's all because a bunch of stiffs didn't want "rock & roll" in their backyard. How adorably after-school-special rebellious of you. It's a modern-day "Foot Loose" and Andrew Dreskin will be the Kevin Bacon who will liberate us with ROCK & ROLL. Gee Whiz! Come off it! That's so wicked harsh of them man

What? Me cynical?

posted by Tom | 4:39 PM

Wednesday, June 18, 2003  

Down(load) The Hatch

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Orin Hatch, came out against illegal downloading by favoring the development of new technology that can destroy the computers of people who illegally download music and movie files. This is brilliant in a way that only sociopathically moronically spiteful ideas can be. Great idea: destroy somebody's $1000+ machine for the computer equivalent of "taping off the radio." I guess the industry has to scapegoat something for declining sales. So they find the one possible cause of the decline in sales that they can't blame on themselves. Gee, it couldn't be the declining quality of the product as a result of bottom-line-driven corporate monoliths... that just couldn't be. It couldn't be the tendency toward pandering to the least-common-denominator in order to make a quick buck through corner-cutting and repetition repetition repetition. It couldn't be the fact that rather than cultivating talented artists, the labels are just pre-fabbing everything. No, that can't be the case when you have your head rammed up the ass of some CEO whose head is in the sand ostrich-style.

Why not just develop a software that puts an electric shock through Lars Ulrich's testicles every time somebody downloads an illegal MP3?

Speaking of Lars Ulrich's testicles (or lack thereof), check out this creatively penned review of what it sounds like when a bunch of 40 year old millionaire tools of the establishment going through a mid-life crisis decide to pose as revolutionary 20-year-old skater punks.

posted by Tom | 4:00 PM