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August 20, 2012

Kyuss Lives at Stubb's, Austin, TX Oct 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Kyuss Lives

Chalk one up in the win column for Kyuss Lives! Well, sorta.

Former Kyuss guitarist Josh Homme and bassist Scott Reeder recently filed a federal lawsuit against their former bandmates John Garcia (vocals) and Brant Bjork (drums) to prohibit the latter duo from continuing to use the Kyuss Lives! moniker for their band.

On Monday, Judge S. James Otero of the United States District Court Central District of California announced his verdict, which weighs somewhat in favor of Garcia and Bjork.

Essentially, Kyuss Lives! can use their name in concert, but not for recordings. "The Court will issue a preliminary injunction prohibiting Defendants from using the Kyuss Mark in any capacity unless the word 'Lives' follows the word 'Kyuss' in equally-prominent lettering," reads the verdict. "The Court will issue a preliminary injunction prohibiting Defendants from using the Kyuss Lives Mark in conjunction with any studio album, live album, or other audio recording. The Motion is denied, however, with respect to Plaintiffs' request that Defendants be enjoined from using the Kyuss Lives Mark in conjunction with concerts and live performances."

But this ruling doesn't fully protect Garcia and Bjork from running into further troubles down the road even if they use the Kyuss Lives! name solely for concerts. "It may be in Defendants' best interest to begin re-branding under a new name," the judge wrote. - [Rolling Stone]

Former Kyuss members pursued the remainder of the gang who have been touring as Kyuss Lives! as of late. No word on if the band will change their name on the advice of the judge.

August 10, 2012

Carl Davis (left) with The Chi-Lites
Carl Davis

The iconic music producer who shaped what became known as "the Chicago Sound" died Thursday at his home in Summerville, S.C. He was 77 years old. Mr. Davis had been suffering from lung disease. Mr. Davis and wife Dedra Davis relocated from Chicago to South Carolina in 2009.

Mr. Davis was one of the first African-American A&R directors and produced numerous hit songs for the Columbia Records subsidiary Okeh Records.

He was to Chicago soul music what the Chess brothers were to blues. - [Chicago Sun-Times]

Carl Davis left behind a legacy that included producing hits by Gene Chandler, Major Lance, Jackie Wilson, The Chi-Lites, Barbara Acklin and many more. RIP Carl Davis, but thanks for making the music happen.

July 26, 2012

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Rorschach at The Charleston (more by Ryan Muir)
Rorschach

In a sign of the neighborhood undergoing yet another transformation, the staff of Williamsburg landmark The Charleston have notified me that the basement portion of the bar will cease hosting shows commencing this weekend (it will remain active as a bar).

It's a sad commentary on the always-diminishing number of spaces that will house punk/metal shows in NYC, especially because of the number of great bands that have blessed that tiny basement since they started having shows down there in the mid-'00s.... Tombs/Kylesa, Unearthly Trance/Coffinworm, Cough/Naam/Batillus, Torche, Weedeater, Hatred Surge/Mammoth Grinder, Iron Age, Graf Orlock, Helms Alee/The Austerity Program, Origin of M, Annihilation Time and possibly my favorite of them all, Rorschach/Hellbastard. Sad to see it go.

Check out videos shot in that tiny basement below.

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July 11, 2012

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Lord Finesse and Mac Miller react to the lawsuit
Lord Finesse

Rapper Lord Finesse says in a $10 million lawsuit that 20-year-old rap star Mac Miller ripped off his 1995 hit "Hip 2 Da Game" to launch his music career.

Lord Finesse (born Robert Hall) has been rapping since the late 1980s, and led the popular New York hip-hop crew Diggin in the Crates (D.I.T.C.), in addition to having a solo career and writing for rappers like Biggie Smalls and Dr. Dre.

In 1995, Finesse released his hit song "Hip 2 Da Game," which is the subject of his lawsuit against Mac Miller in federal court in Manhattan.
"This is a case about a teenage rapper- Mac Miller- copying the music from a song written, produced and performed by Lord Finesse, a hip hop legend, changing the title and then distributing it under his own name in order to launch his music career," the complaint states.

Mac Miller released his version of "Hip 2 Da Game" on a "mix tapes," a term used to describe free music distributed by up-and-coming rappers.

The "mix tape" strategy has been favored by many rappers and hip hop producers in recent years. Rappers often record new rhymes over the instrumental tracks of older, popular rap songs and distribute the music for free.

Finesse, whose real name is Robert Hall, sued the website DatPiff.com, which is one of the best known distributors of free mix tapes from new rappers, and Miller's label, Rostrum Records...

The mix tape was released on DatPiff in August 2010, has been downloaded more than 500,000 times and has been streamed more than 450,000 times, the lawsuit states.

The video for "Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza," which uses the beat for "Hip 2 Da Game" has been viewed nearly 24 million times on YouTube, according to the complaint.

Finesse says Miller has profited from the unauthorized use of his song.

The lawsuit cites a New York Times article from last November about Miller that explains how the alleged infringement is "part of a strategy to build a fan base." -[Courthouse News]

As much of a fan of Lord Finesse as I am (huge), I cant help to think about all of the unknown artists that released their music on private and obscure labels that Finesse would go on to sample. Of course, the game is wholly different now.

Mac Miller will join as support for Wiz Khalifa tour, joining names like Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Chiddy Bang and Chevy Woods at Jones Beach on August 2nd. Tickets are still available, if that's your sort of thing.

Full Wiz Khalifa tour dates, the offending Mac Miller song, and a palate cleanser (a sorbet scoop of classic Lord Finesse) is below.

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July 5, 2012

ATP

Trouble in paradise for one of the most creative festival series out there...

[All Tomorrow's Parties founder Barry] Hogan admitted last year that ticket sales for the early-summer ATP events had declined in recent years, when he announced that moving forward his company would focus on its December holiday camp events, the city-based I'll Be Your Mirror mini-festivals and more conventional tours. More recently he announced that ATP would be working with Pontins again on its holiday camp events, ending a six year partnership with Butlins, which with hindsight was likely due to the festival company tackling financial problems.

Hogan incorporated a new company at the end of May, called Willwal Ltd, and it is now listed as promoter of future ATP events, meaning that up coming tours and festivals being advertised by the firm will still go ahead. On Twitter last night, Team ATP wrote: "To address the rumours some of you may have seen; there are some changes currently happening with the company, but none of the currently scheduled events or future events will be affected".-[Unlimited CMU]

For those of you who speak legal-ese, you can check out details on their reorganization here.

ATP I'll Be Your Mirror takes place in Asbury Park, NJ from September 21 - 23 and features Afghan Whigs, Make-Up, Mark Lanegan, Dirty Three, Hot Snakes, Antlers, The Roots, and recent addition I Break Horses (but not Death Grips) and will continue as planned. No word on thus far unannounced events, but may well throw a wrench into things. A statement is due from the festival soon, pushed back from earlier today.

June 30, 2012

Fox news

"Calling it the next logical step in an evolution over nearly six decades, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. said Thursday that it will split into two publicly traded companies. As part of the split, one company will operate as a newspaper and book publisher, and the other will be an entertainment company that will include the 20th Century Fox movie studio, the Fox broadcast TV network and the Fox News cable channel." [Wall Street Journal]

"An investor group led by Sony closed its $2.2 billion acquisition of EMI Music Publishing on Friday, creating a giant force in music publishing, the unglamorous but lucrative side of the music business that deals with songwriting rights." [NY Times]

June 26, 2012

going HARD in NYC (more by Zachary Alex Stern)
HARD

NY Times reports:

Big money is flowing into electronic dance music. In the latest example of corporate interest in this once-ignored market, Live Nation Entertainment on Tuesday acquired Hard Events, a Los Angeles company that has put on popular festivals and concerts across North America.

Yet such investments are fueling fears that a bubble is taking hold in the world of electronic dance music, or E.D.M., jeopardizing the creative and commercial health of the music. The issue has been intensely debated inside the music business, and recently some of the genre's stars have sounded alarms as well.

"E.D.M. has turned into a massively marketed cruise ship, and it's sinking fast," the D.J. and producer Deadmau5 wrote on his Tumblr page on Tuesday. "All I'm trying to do is put on my life jacket and swim as far away from this shipwreck as fast as I can."

Deadmau5 also recently posted a note on his Tumblr saying "we all hit play", and maybe his fear of sinking cruise ships is why he is not on the lineup of this year's Holy Ship, which by the way is a highly successful venture (that sold out before the lineup was even announced) co-promoted by Bowery Presents AND HARD EVENTS (and that's just one of many events Bowery Presents does with Hard who are now owned by Bowery's biggest NYC competitor Live Nation).

February 6, 2012

BT Junkie

BTjunkie, one of the largest torrent file-sharing sites, shut down voluntarily over the weekend. The service ranked among the top five torrent sites on the Internet and was never involved in legal action, but recent moves against the likes of MegaUpload and The Pirate Bay have influenced BTjunkie's closure.

"This is the end of the line my friends," reads a short message from BTjunkie owner, now visible on the site. "The decision does not come easy, but we've decided to voluntarily shut down. We've been fighting for years for your right to communicate, but it's time to move on. It's been an experience of a lifetime, we wish you all the best," the message says. -[PC World]

In related news, prison sentences were recently made final for Pirate Bay founders Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde, and Carl Lundström after being denied appeals to the Swedish Supreme Court.

January 20, 2012

sopa/pipa

The SOPA online piracy bill that helped spark this week's unprecedented Internet protests will be redrafted, its lead sponsor said Friday.

The move came shortly after the Senate postponed a key vote on the companion PIPA bill scheduled for next week and amid calls for consensus before Congress moves forward on any legislation to address the problem of foreign piracy websites.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) had hoped to push his Stop Online Piracy Act through the committee next month. But in the wake of growing opposition triggered by Wednesday's Internet blackout, Smith said the committee "will postpone consideration of the legislation until there is wider agreement on a solution."

"I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy," Smith said. "It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products."

Smith said his committee "remains committed to finding a solution to the problem of online piracy that protects American intellectual property and innovation." -[LA Times]

The fight may not be done yet, but it's nice to know that the protests, most notably the blackout, actually had some effect.

In somewhat related news, and as previously mentioned, Anonymous (says that they) attacked a bunch of websites last night in retaliation for Megaupload's shutdown.Good Morning Silicon Valley has an update:

The Department of Justice and FBI sites are back up today after being targeted yesterday by hacker group Anonymous in retaliation for the takedown of Megaupload.com, a file-sharing site the U.S. government says enables online piracy. However, Universal Music Group's site, another target, remains inaccessible this morning. The shutdown of Megaupload Thursday came a day after the Web went dark in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Anonymous vowed yesterday it would go after government and entertainment websites, saying on its YourAnonNews Twitter account: "You cannot censor the internet. You cannot subpoena a hashtag. You cannot arrest an idea. You CAN expect us #OpMegaupload."

The New York Times reports that of the seven people named in the indictment, four have been arrested and three are at large. Those arrested include the founder of Hong Kong-based Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, a 37-year-old man the Telegraph describes as "a millionaire playboy" who has been called Germany's "most notorious hacker."

Still waiting for Hipster Runoff (who has written on the subject) to theorize that Anonymous was actually going after Universal's website in retaliation for Lana Del Rey's SNL performance.

January 19, 2012

"http://www.justice.gov & universalmusic.com TANGO DOWN! You should have EXPECT US!" - AnonOps

Anonymous

"Anonymous's favorite weapon for these attacks is what's called for a "distributed denial of service" (DDoS) attack, which directs a flood of traffic to a website and temporarily crashes it by overwhelming its servers. It doesn't actually involve any hacking or security breaches.

The Anonymous attack came soon after the DOJ announced the indictment of seven individuals connected to Megaupload for allegedly operating an "international organized criminal enterprise responsible for massive worldwide online piracy of copyrighted works."" [CNN]

"Hacktivist" collective Anonymous are retaliating for the closing of Megaupload, claiming responsibility for taking down the websites of the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), the US Justice department, Universal Music Group (and a French affiliate) and MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America). All of those sites are currently unreachable, and there are current threats against Senator Chris Dodd's website, Whitehouse.gov, FBI.gov, Vivendi France, and many others.