Washington, DC – Keeping internet access free and open for musicians and their supporters is the central goal of Rock the Net, a nationwide campaign for network neutrality, whose champions include R.E.M., Death Cab for Cutie, Boots Riley of The Coup, and many more. Next week, singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson will support the cause, in both a teleconference with featured speaker Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA), and a concert performance. read more
Last week ATT admitted muting Pearl Jam’s political lyrics during its exclusive webcast of the band‘s Lollapalooza show on Aug. 5. ATT rightly apologized, said the silencing was a mistake by a content monitor, and claimed that the company “does not censor or edit performances.” ATT spokeswoman Tiffany Nels also told the Los Angeles Times that it uses the content monitors to block “excessive profanity.” read more
The Internet we have grown to love may be in danger. A new concept is getting a lot of attention in the United States among an unlikely grouping of civil rights activists, consumer advocates, gun owners, Christian groups, technology businesses, politicians and — most importantly for the Future of Music Coalition, with whom I work — musicians. This concept, which has been called ‘open access’ in the past, ties to free speech issues, and when applied specifically to internet rules is usually referred to as ‘net neutrality’. read more
ATT announced today it would begin filtering pirated music, films and other content from its network—something every ISP had long avoided up until this point. The L.A. Times reportsATT began working with movie studios and record companies last week to develop technology to keep the biggest pirates off its service.
Perry Baggs, the original drummer for Jason & the Scorchers, is very sick with diabetes. He has racked up huge medical bills and needs a kidney transplant in the near future.
In order to raise money for their former band member, the Scorches held a reunion concert a couple weekends ago. The show was apparently great with performances from the Scorchers themselves, but also from former Scorchers members, Andy York and Ken Fox and the bands other associates such as Stacie Collins and her band, Warner Hodges, Tommy Womack, and the Bottle Rockers. read more
p>Washington, D.C.— Bipartisan legislation was introduced today in both the House and Senate that would bring hundreds of local, Low Power FM (LPFM) radio stations to cities and suburbs across the country. On a national press call today, the Indigo Girls joined religious groups, community radio broadcasters and public interest advocates in support of the "Local Community Radio Act of 2007.
DRM has taken its lumps in recent months — EMI announced it was dumping the anti-copy coding from its tracks and Amazon said it would launch its new music store without DRM laced music. Blur’s drummer Dave Rowntree is now getting in on the act saying the record industry should have figured out a decade ago DRM was not the answer to piracy.
“DRM was doomed to fail because the people who it was designed to stop, as in the counterfeiters or the mass file sharers or the people doing it for political reasons could easily bypass it,” he said. read more
As we approach the second anniversary of Katrina, roughly 3,000 musicians remain without housing in New Orleans. The number is staggering, but New Orleans proved once again you can’t keep a good city down and you can’t silence its music.
The Indigo Girls, Damian Kulash of OKGO, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Pamela Z, Bonerama, and Al "Carnival Time" played Sunday night in front of more than 400 fans to raise money for Sweet Home New Orleans, a coalition of non-profits that helps Katrina displaced musicians find new homes. "Musicians Bringing Musicians Home" took place at the historic venue Tipitina’s Uptown. (I forget to mention Matt Nathanson in the original post. Sorry, Matt. You did a wonderful job along with all of the other artists.) read more
HarDCore. South Bronx hip hop. Delta Blues. The history of music is often defined by geographic scenes. A group of artists trading ideas, playing in the same bands, and listening to the same concerts has often gone on to create whole new genres of music. But in the age of globalization and the Internet, is the local scene going by the wayside? That question is at the heart of an interesting article on the ABC News web site.
The writer Michael Smith argues that the local music scene is not dead, but the old notion of a scene is undergoing a major transformation. read more