Apparently, this all stems from a recent altercation with music giant the Universal Group, who recently bought up a series of independent labels that own parts of his back catalog. Fripp believes this action has led to the release of unauthorized releases under his name.
Shitty labels issuing "unauthorized" releases has been happening since the beginning of the industry, it sucks, but if you don't own your the rights to your jams you gotta hire a better lawyer, Mr. Fripp. And then there is the "Kanye" problem...
He cites other examples of his music being used without his consent, notably in the Kanye West single "Power," which freely sampled the King Crimson classic "21st Century Schizoid Man." The video scored one million plays on YouTube before Fripp was reportedly consulted.
Oof. The Kanye biz seems like something that shoulda been sorted prior to having to litigate, it's not 1985 and Kanye Inc. should be sussed. I could only imagine the hell that would be unleashed if Kanye's jams were to be exploited. Perhaps the biz now looks at Fripp as having no contemporary relevance, like most musicians, and figured he could be rolled; same shit, different day then. I feel bad for Fripp, I do, but this gaming and gambling by the music biz ain't new and has been documented and debated enough I hesitated to even write this post. I'd hope after a life time as a musician on a major label he would have avoided exploitation, or at least to the point of not having to QUIT making music to control his music.
If you wanna read the full text from the The Financial Times, have some.
Mountain Dew has removed the offensive commercial, which featured and was developed by Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator, but they don't offer up much more than an "Oops, sorry!" in response to the backlash:
Hey guys - made a big mistake we've removed the offensive video from all our channels. #fail — Mountain Dew® (@mtn_dew) May 1, 2013
On their website they also note that Tyler, the Creator has removed the commercial from his channels. Tyler doesn't agree that the ad needed to be pulled, though. In an interview with Billboard.com he says:
What was the initial idea for the Mountain Dew ads?
Tyler, the Creator: It was just a goat who liked Mountain Dew. He wanted more. The waitress lady got hurt. He got pulled over by the cops, and the lady points out the goat [in the line-up], who obviously attacked her because of the Mountain Dew. And that's it.
I guess people are claiming that it's racist, which... you know, that wasn't even portrayed in that commercial, there's no type of hate being portrayed in that work of art at all — which I'm confused by. But this older black dude, Dr. Boyce Watkins, I guess he found it racist because I was portraying stereotypes, which is ridiculous because, one, all of those dudes [in the line-up] are my friends. Two, they're all basically in their own clothes. It was originally supposed to be just two dudes, but Garrett from Trash Talk came with his friend and other people had showed up, so I just put all of them in that line-up, if you really wanna know the truth. Three, no [commenters] saw that commercial and said, this is racist. Everyone either said, “Wow, this is ridiculous, it's a goat talking,” or they said, “Wow, this is the dumbest, why would they even make this?” So for [Watkins] to nitpick and notice that, clearly shows his state of mind is on some other sh— that I can't comprehend, for him to actually sit there and for him to notice that it's all blacks [in the lineup]. That wasn't my intention.
Read the full interview here. He's either a complete idiot who's oblivious to (or in denial of) the world that exists outside his bubble, or (as some have argued) he's knows exactly what he's doing and he's just very good at not ever breaking away from a very intentional and controversial persona. (I'm convinced it's the former.)
Since 1986, Seattle Drum School has been a beacon of percussion and musical instruction for people of all ages and skill sets. The North Seattle and Georgetown locations are absolute assets to our city. Combined, they have roughly 600 students, 40 teachers, and four administrators. They offer bass, guitar, piano, voice, trumpet, saxophone, trombone, DJ, mandolin, and ukulele lessons, as well as rock-band classes, a Scottish drum corps class, and audio-engineering instruction. During the summer, Seattle Drum School offers camps, and they host all-ages shows and clinics with big-name hitters at their venues the Slab (Georgetown), and the L.A.B. (North Seattle, standing for Little Auditorium in the Back). But all is not rosy right now for the school—the city is threatening their existence. After 25 years of fire inspections with no problems, the Department of Planning and Development has decided to change Seattle Drum School's risk classification to that of a public school. It would force them to install sprinklers, have a seismic assessment and retrofit, and make various other alterations—the cost could be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, effectively putting them out of business.
DEAR MAYOR MCGINN: Seattle Drum School should be flourishing, not on the verge of being shut down. Mr. Mayor, we cannot let places like Seattle Drum School perish. It's a great, positive place for kids, employing good people. We need music. We need music teachers. We need music taught. Our city and its government should be helping places like this, not threatening them.
Seattle Drum School founder Steve Smith spoke.
What's the latest on the retrofit/sprinkler issue?
A couple of weeks ago, I spoke with an assistant Seattle attorney who handles land-use issues. She was very kind and said she was going to contact her client at the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) to see if there was a way to bring us into compliance without resorting to a lawsuit. So far, I haven't heard back.
After e-chatting with Keith Whiteman from Grave Babies today, I realized that most of our conversation sounded like a scripted advertisement for a fantastic new kitchen device. Here's an excerpt, somewhat edited:
Keith: I'm dying for pho. I know you had some yesterday. You want round two today?
Me: Nah. I had a giant egg sandwich this morning.
Keith: Haha, three eggs?
Me: I think just one. But the English muffin was rather bready.
Keith: Man. That Rollie we used yesterday was so gross. Egg on a stick dog.
Me: WHAT IS ROLLIE?
Keith: It's a breakthrough in egg cooking technology! www.getrollie.com This is a Rollie:
Me: Somebody is going to try to have sex with that egg device!
Keith: Man. It gets pretty hot. I don't know if you want that. And steamy! They'd definitely get some burns.
Me: They can cover it up with foil or something. I can't believe that thing exists! I kind of want an egg tube. Where did you try it?
Keith: They got one here at work. It didn't work as good as the commercial, but just crack an egg into it, stick a hot dog in it and it comes out cooked. The hot dog was kind of lukewarm, but if you nuked it for 30 seconds before you popped it in it would be great. The eggs tasted decent, like microwaved eggs. The idea and propulsion was a bit hard to handle.
Me: Can i quote you on that?
Keith: Oh, sure!
Pictures of the cutting edge technology in action after the jump!
by Dave Segal
on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 9:28 AM
If you find yourself at the Capitol Hill retailer Everyday Music tomorrow morning for the holy occasion known as Record Store Day (4/20/13), you will encounter on the turntables DJ El Toro (Stranger freelancer and KEXP personality Kurt B. Reighley, spinning at 10 am) and DJ Veins (Stranger writer… uh, me, spinning old and new records you probably haven't heard before at 11 am). One thing, though: The flier for the event erroneously lists my affiliation as KEXP. Note: I am not opposed to holding down a slot at KEXP, if KEXP wants me to fill in or anything. Just putting that out there.
Also on the bill at EM are several spiffy local bands, including Tomten, Scriptures, Mystery Ship, King Dude, Steradian, and Pitschouse. Plus: Wheedle's Groove/Family Affair member Robbie Hill, in person and radiating charisma.
Record Store Day is this Saturday! Are you ready? Is your bank account ready?
Because there are so many special Record Store Day releases, I'm not going to post them here—the whole list can be found at recordstoreday.com. What I will tell you, though, is everything happening around the city! There are a lot of free in-stores to catch and a lot of sales, so hopefully this will help you map out your day. And if you have something to add to this list, leave a comment! I'll update the post as necessary, so we have all the info we need to have the best Record Store Day ever.
Everyday Music (1520 10th Ave, everydaymusic.com): Opening early at 8 am! With live music, guest DJs, and more starting at 9 am. Here's the schedule:
9 am: Meet and greet with Robbie hill of the Family Affair and Wheedle's Groove 11 am: DJ Veins (our own Dave Segal!) 12 pm: DJ Mr. Smith 1 pm: Pitschouse 2 pm: King Dude 4 pm: Mystery Ship 5 pm: Scriptures 6 pm: Tomten 7 pm: Steradian
Sonic Boom Records (2209 NW Market St, sonicboomrecords.com): Sonic Boom Records will be opening at 10 am with live music from Angel Olsen (3 pm) and Maps & Atlases (4 pm). And! You can receive a discount at many other Ballard businesses when you show them your Sonic Boom Record Store Day receipt, including 10% off your purchases at Velouria, Clover Toys, Annie's Art & Frame, and Monster Art & Clothing, $4.20 cocktails at Bastille, $2 ice cream at Cupcake Royale, and much more. See the full list of participating business at Sonic Boom's website.
Frankly I'm not sure I could pick a Lady Gaga song out of a mixtape. That's not by design as much as it is pure happenstance. Or maybe it's kind of by design. Still, most of what I hear about her indicates that she's a person of integrity. Example 4,637: She turned down $1 million to perform at a Republican party party during pre-election times in Tampa Bay. Sure, it's not much of a surprise, as she's an outspoken proponent of gay rights, and for her to perform for the GOP would basically make her a total hypocrite. But still, a million fuckin' dollars. I'd have to work for like 40 more years to make that much, which really sucks because I'm already 47.
by Dave Segal
on Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Another CD cover I never want to see again for the rest of my life.
Buzz Feed’s run-down of CDs you see cluttering up used bins everywhere resonates with annoying truth. It made me flash back to my stint as a part-time record-store employee in 2003-2004, during which I'd roll my eyes as yet more copies of the same damn titles would arrive on a nearly daily basis. But the 38 albums in writer Matthew Perpetua's list are far from comprehensive. He left out these ubiquitous discarded discs (which are just a fraction of the deluge):
The Cranberries- Bury the Hatchet Red Hot Chili Peppers- Blood Sugar Sex Magic Björk- Homogenic Beck- Sea Change Santana- Supernatural Moby- almost every title, but especially Play and 18 Nine Inch Nails- The Downward Spiral
Even all-time consensus classics like Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, Nirvana’s Nevermind, and John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme appear with some regularity in used bins. Really, anything that was massively popular at some point inevitably seems to end up in the compact-disc cemetery. Anybody have a Celexa?
"Don't make people pay for music, says Amanda Palmer: Let them. In a passionate talk that begins in her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat for the Eight-Foot Bride!), she examines the new relationship between artist and fan."
Last time we caught up with 50 Cent, he was making mad scrilla macking the ladies on QVC. Today's sighting found Cent at the Daytona 500, trying to mack on FOX's Erin Andrews, who deftly evades his attempt at a kiss on the lips, immediately saying "I gotta go talk to Danica Patrick. Good to see you," and then, as she's backing away and holding the mic like it's a 10-foot-pole, "What are you doing here?" before making a run for it. But it's too late! Cent's lady-seeking sites are set, and, uninvited, he joins the search for Patrick, holding onto the small of Andrews's back as she desperately tries to act like she's not attempting to evade him. Unfortunately, the report is cut short prior any discussion with the intended interviewee, possibly because Cent was on lock and there was no shaking him.
A publicist with Psychopathic Records has just asked me this important question. I don't shop for records nearly enough. WHAT SAY YOU, LINEOUT?
Is there a particular record store in Seattle that could be considered "Juggalo friendly?" A place where Juggalos regularly buy their merch or at least isn't adverse to hanging an ICP poster on the wall? I'm trying to identify indie record stores that are down with the clown. Having been away from the Pacific Northwest since the '90s (I moved to Detroit in '99), I don't even know what Seattle music stores are even around anymore. Got any tips?
You may have read that Mac Miller and Lord Finesse settled in December over the dispute of Mac's use of Lord Finesse's work. You may have also read everything from ridiculous YouTube comment section reasoning to Mac Miller’s own lawyer's press release. You may feel like one is better than the other, or that the spirit of hiphop is being perverted somehow, but there is a logical explanation for this, which stands outside of your spurious reasoning. Rest at ease.
Lord Finesse isn't owed 10 million dollars by rap’s cutest start up because he's decided to betray the roots of hiphop. US Copyright Law is actually pretty easy to follow and available to digest in many forms over at this website. In addition to the usual FAQ section, they’ve also got pamphlets covering a series of specific subjects, and a series of cartoons for explaining things like copyright infringement to school children. There's also the entire law just sitting there for you to read. I grant you that the sections on sound recordings are incredibly dated, referring to transferring sound via phonograph doesn’t even sound civilized, but the principles of the law do still apply.
It's easiest to first begin with the popular Mac Miller fan defense (no, not the gormless, air-headed defense about the honor of hiphop) which is stated reasonably as:
Lord Finesse never paid Oscar Peterson for his sample of "Dream of You" used on his track "Hip 2 Da Game" either, tho.
This is the first and best argument, which attempts to establish Miller's innocence and show that Lord Finesse is a greedy ’90s monster back from the dead, participating outside the lines of hiphop historical allowances. This argument is, however, wrong.
(By the way, Easy Street QA is selling its used vinyl, CDs, DVDs at 40-percent off. New product is 20-percent off. Today is the last day to get these deals. Yo La Tengo play an in-store at 7 pm. Early arrival is recommended; invasion of personal space is guaranteed. Sunday at 11 am there will be a public auction of various Easy Street furnishings, billboards, and posters.)
SHANE TUTMARC (floor/register/accessories/used-product buyer, 2006-2009; has been living in Nashville since 2010)
Best thing about working at Easy Street QA? [C]onstantly discovering new music. As an employee, not only was I familiar with everything coming out each week, but I was always constantly digging deeper and deeper into old music—whether it was jump blues, ragtime, gospel, world music, you name it! Which had a major affect on me as an artist, as well. If anyone was curious how I went from a making everything-and-the-kitchen-sink pop records with Dolour to putting out live-in-the studio rootsy rock ’n’ roll with the Traveling Mercies—Easy Street was a key ingredient. And I also have to say that my coworkers were a major bonus. I worked with a really eclectic group of people, who were all very talented in their own area—whether it was sketch comedy, graphic design, photography, songwriting...
Best in-store performance? I would have to say that my experiences playing Easy Street would have to be my "favorite in-store performances." I first played Easy Street QA in 2003 after the release of my band Dolour's second album, Suburbiac. And then I played there again in 2008 with my family group, the Traveling Mercies supporting our second album, Hey Lazarus! And I played there one more time in 2009 when my first solo record, Shouting at a Silent Sky, was released. Easy Street was always a very supportive place to be.
(By the way, starting today, Easy Street QA is selling its used vinyl, CDs, DVDs at 40-percent off. New product is 20-percent off.)
KURT ALTERITY (used product manager, 2005-2013) Best thing about working there? The community.
Best in-store performance? Macklemore—ON THE ROOF!
Craziest or strangest customer encounter? Talking with Thurston Moore about noise for 30 minutes before I realized who he was.
How do you feel about the store closing? Heartbroken.
KEVIN LA TRANCHE (vinyl buyer, off and on 2003-2012) What was the best thing about working there? Getting introduced to a ton of great music while hanging out with a bunch of amazing people. Also: first dibs on records!
What was the worst thing about working there? Not being able to afford all the incredible records I found.
What was the best in-store performance you saw at Easy Street QA? Toss-up between Dr. Dog and Dungen. CocoRosie was amazing and they drew me a picture, which I still have.
Craziest or strangest customer encounter? There are too many, but one of my favorites is when someone asked me if he could unseal some records to listen to. When I told him he couldn't, he replied, "You need to get right with the Lord!"
How do you feel about the store closing? I don't know what to say. It was a huge part of my life, and I'm really sad to see it go…
MACKENZIE MERCER (worked the floor and counter for two years) What was the best thing about working there? Being surrounded by people as obsessive about music as yourself. I definitely miss being as up to date on new releases, I have to do more leg work nowadays. Meeting and working with Troy Nelson was a game-changer and highlight for sure. The seeds that would become the Young Evils were plotted and planted behind that counter for some time before we actually got our act together. Had I not worked there, who knows if we'd have met at all! Prior to working at Easy Street, like many of my coworkers, I'm sure, I spent all my time trapped in my room with headphones on, dying to talk to someone else about the records I was currently obsessing over. There’s nothing quite like getting to go to work and do that all day.
What was the best in-store performance you saw at Easy Street QA? I feel like I have a lot of favorite in-stores because I was a fan of the artist or band, but my fondest memory of an in-store I worked was Record Store Day 2009. We had performances all day from the Moondoggies, Dex Romweber Duo, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Sweet Water. Sweet Water closed out the night and I remember the place was packed. Matt [Vaughan, Easy Street owner] was running around getting ready for them to start and he ran up to me behind the counter urgently inquiring what rock albums were closest at hand. I named off a few and when I landed on the KISS platinum collection he shouted, "Perfect!" He threw on the record, blasting “Strutter” almost as loud as the store sound system would go. I was then given strict instructions to watch for him at the back of the store and begin slowly fading the song down as he began slowly raising the garage door up to reveal the band who would already be playing their first song before the audience could fully see them. I had never even heard Sweet Water before and it was fucking epic. Matt spent the rest of their set moving throughout the crowd, rocking out with everyone, and passing out beers from the fully stocked cooler tucked under his arm. In that moment I felt like I was really part of something special. It wasn't just about selling the records, stocking racks, and ringing people up. It was about creating those kind of magic moments. Right then I realized that Matt’s passion and goal with the store was always about the experience. He wanted our customers to leave there feeling that childlike wonder. To feel like we were all 16 years old again and had just seen our favorite band play at a sold-out arena. He made that happen all the time. Getting to be apart of those in-stores is probably what I will miss the most.