It's not exactly news that the economic situation has been pretty grim lately -- turn on the tube or crack a newspaper and you're sure to be greeted with yet another story of fiscal woe. Yet most of these reports don't talk about artists, many of whom were already struggling to make ends meet before the Great Recession. read more
Today, FMC's Jean Cook spoke at a hearing on net neutrality that was held by the New York City Council's Committee on Technology and Government. Jean was among several witnesses which included representatives from technology, the public interest, digital entertainment and the creative community. Her remarks, which you can read in their entirety here, demonstrated the importance of open internet structures to musicians. read more
The House version of the bill has already passed out of two key committees and will hopefully come to a full vote very soon. At that point, it's a matter of harmonizing both versions of the legislation and getting it passed into law. read more
Tomorrow (November 18) at 10 AM, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will vote on the Local Community Radio Act of 2009 (S 592) -- a bill that would allow for the creation of hundreds more Low Power FM (LPFM) stations in towns and cities across the country. We're glad that the Senate has taken up the legislation, as it has already made it through two key House committees and looks to pass out of the full House very soon. read more
Proponents of the so-called “celestial jukebox” have had plenty to be excited about over the past couple of years. Online services that allow listeners to stream music “from the cloud,” coupled with broadband connections on desktops and mobile devices, have given music fans a sea of tunes to surf on-demand. read more
Just wanted to let all of you out there in internet-land that FMC is once again seeking a Google Policy Fellow for Summer 2010. Meaning, it could be you who joins us for a wonk-and-music-filled season in DC!
These days, there are seemingly endless options for entertainment and information at our fingertips. But how much of it is local or independent? There's the internet, sure, but it's not really designed to serve local communities. That's where good old-fashioned terrestrial radio can fill a crucial void.
Unfortunately, due to massive consolidation in commercial station ownership, much of what you hear on your hometown dial is pretty much what you'd hear anywhere in the country: playlists are narrow and homogenized and even the best indie and local acts have almost no chance of reaching the public airwaves.
In November 2008, Deftones bassist Chi Cheng was seriously injured in a car accident in Santa Monica, California. His injuries were so severe that he's been hospitalized almost ever since, with much of his time spent in a coma in intensive care. If there's an upside, it's that he is now at home with his family.
Deftones are a widely-respected group even outside their core audience of metal fans. This is not doubt do to their genre-spanning sound, which employs atmospherics, tension and release and a strong melodic undercurrent. To call them the "metal Radiohead" wouldn't be a stretch. read more