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We really want you to hate us.

Went to look up some tablature, clicked on the link and got this:

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The link leads to a forum full of angry musicians, and a link to this BBC article:.

The US Music Publishers' Association (MPA), which represents sheet music companies, will launch its first campaign against such sites in 2006.

MPA president Lauren Keiser said he wanted site owners to be jailed.

He said unlicensed guitar tabs and song scores were widely available on the internet but were "completely illegal".

Mr Keiser said he did not just want to shut websites and impose fines, saying if authorities can "throw in some jail time I think we'll be a little more effective".

Mr. Lauren Keiser goes on to whine about the Xerox machine as well, and says he's doing it for the poor struggling artists, who get .00000001% of the sale of any sheet music, if it even exists.

Why is our system set up to protect these archaic industries?

By fnord12 | January 26, 2006, 8:51 AM | Liberal Outrage & Music | Comments (3)| Link


If you haven't yet, go check out Mike's Mixed Meteor site. He's put up one of his classic songs, Inheritance, featuring some great King Crimson-inspired drums and some nice keyboards that alternate between manic fusion and creepy psychedelia.

By fnord12 | January 17, 2006, 1:15 PM | Music | Link

More Jams

Some more jams are posted in the Skelly Gang section. One's a nice guitar duet between me and Carlos with an asian pentatonic flavor, one's a pretty together psychedelic thing marred by someone inexplicably playing Frere Jacques in the wrong key, and there's two other jams as well.

Also check out Mike's Mixed Meteor page for some of his new stuff including the very cool Moog Action.

By fnord12 | January 11, 2006, 8:51 AM | Music | Comments (2)| Link

"Choose Your Music" Challenge

Every once in a while, Rod would challenge those in our group to choose which albums they'd bring if they could only have a finite number of them. Well, the Guardian put up the 89 albums they feel are essential to anybody's collection. I have to disagree with some of their choices. A) heavy metal as an entire genre was purposely left out b) nobody needs to own the Sound of Music soundtrack. Also, I've done just fine without Emminem or Elvis Presley, thanks. It's not all terrible. They list Roxy Music and the Gorillaz. Go check it out yourself.

By min | January 10, 2006, 12:05 PM | Music | Comments (3)| Link

The Abuse Team is here to help

We got an email from our hosting service's Abuse Team, threatening to beat us with sticks if we didn't remove all the mp3s from our site. When i explained that these were in fact our mp3s, the Abuse Coordinator wrote back saying sorry, it was just their automated bots getting a little too ambitious. But think about that for a second. The record industry has these hosting providers so scared that they've got them monitoring and harassing their own customers in the RIAA's interests. We pay our providers, so they are supposed to be looking out for our interests, not the record companies'. I guess that sounds a lot like telling a cop "i pay your salary", but really, it's one thing to respond to a complaint. It's another to have our sites monitored for unacceptable file formats.

The record industry needs to give up. First of all, we've been swapping music since the invention of cassette tapes, which is when they first started claiming the industry would collapse if it didn't stop. (I still have my Dead Kennedys In God We Trust, Inc. EP. "The record industry says home taping is killing the music business. We left side B blank so you can help.") But if they really want to do something about it, how about lowering prices, putting out a lot less crap, and paying your artists more? I'm a lot more likely to care about ripping off a struggling artist than i am Sony Records.

By fnord12 | January 6, 2006, 4:19 AM | Liberal Outrage & Music & My stupid life | Link

Evan's Groove

Evan's Groove is a band that about a year ago posted an ad on Craig's List looking for a guitarist. They stopped talking to me when i sent them my samples - no hard feelings (i just pretend that that they were so overwhelmed with managing their issues that they didn't have time to get back to me, since i saw a few weeks later that they were also posting an ad looking for a keyboardist and now it looks like they've merged with some other band to fill in their ranks (uh-huh, whatever, i just suck)). But they are definitely an interesting band and i keep an eye on their website and thought i should share. Their site is incredibly crappy and hard to navigate (full of pop-ups and drop-down selectors), but it's worth it to get to their music to check them out (some of their songs are a little too happy-pappy for me, but most are very good). When i was talking to them, they said they basically get lumped into the "jam band" category but if you listen to them you'll see that their songs are pretty coordinated and that from show to show they play the same songs the same ways, so i don't think they really qualify as "jam band", and they don't either. They're just a pretty cool instrumental guitar oriented band (a little singing sometimes, but it's harmless). So go check them out.

As an aside, "jam band" has connotations of Grateful Dead and Phish to a lot of people. The Grateful Dead was officially the most boring band ever to grace the planet (note i said "most boring", not "crappiest"), and i haven't heard much Phish but what i have heard sounded similar (the (semi) exception being Oysterhead, which was the guitarist from Phish, bassist Les Claypool from Primus, and Stewart Copland on drums from the Police. That's a great album, but i don't think it's typical of Phish's sound). But if anyone knows differently, and there is some stuff out there that sounds like Evan's Groove, let me know cause i can use some more music this.

By fnord12 | January 6, 2006, 3:56 AM | Music | Link

Some new music

Been busy on my vacation. I did some much needed touch up work on Why? and added two short songs to my solo project page: Post-Headache Immortal and Cubicle. Also added some new Skelly Gang jams: Well Again and Flootie, Tootie. I'm not on Flootie but it's very interesting and features Carlos on a native american pentatonic flute. Check em all out.

By fnord12 | January 4, 2006, 2:02 PM | Music | Link

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