Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Newsy Bits for Wednesday

I'll recap the Casbah show later but for now, just a few things:

First, InSound has a FREE digital compilation CD available for download
here. The compilation has music by Page France, The Twilight Sad, The Sea and Cake, Bright Eyes, Au Revoir Simone, and 10 others. If you make a purchase while you're there, don't forget to use coupon code 'SpringGoodness' for 10% off your purchase.
Second, in 4th grade, some girls in my class formed the Rosey Haters Club. Looks like I get to see a v2.0 in my lifetime: some people didn't like what I had to say about Derek and Josh Mosh in my posting about the show at the Whistle Stop on Friday. If you have a lot of time on your hands and would like to join the playground, click here. Neener-neener.
I watched American Idol last night in it's entirety. I know it sucks, I know it's stupid, so I shouldn't let it piss me off, but for any person who ever searches the web looking for Tim McGraw's "When The Stars Go Blue", may your computer send you an electric shock. The last contestent sang it, and Martina McBride called it "Tim McGraw's song". Ef you. It ain't a Tim McGraw song and it ain't a Corrs or Bono song either. The song "When the Stars Go Blue" is, was, and will always be a Ryan Adams song. (It was on his album Gold). Screw Tim McGraw.
Local Legend Tony Hawk & "local" girl Jewel has gone from living in her VW to a race car driver:

Fast Cars & Superstars - The Gillette Young Guns
Celebrity Race, featuring 12 celebrity drivers (including Jewel, Tony Hawk,
Serena Williams and William Shatner), will debut on Thursday, June 7 at 8 p.m.
ET. Each episode will feature the celebrities training with a Gillette Young
Guns driver for a race against each other in the series finale in July.
Last, the time has come to take action to save Internet Radio. Here, a letter from Tim Westergren, the founder of Pandora. Or, if you're too lazy to read it, just sign the petition here.

Hi, it's Tim from Pandora,

I'm writing today to ask for your help. The survival of Pandora and all of Internet radio is in jeopardy because of a recent decision by the Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, DC to almost triple the licensing fees for Internet radio sites like Pandora. The new royalty rates are irrationally high, more than four times what satellite radio pays, and broadcast radio doesn't pay these at all. Left unchanged, these new royalties will kill every Internet radio site, including Pandora.

In response to these new and unfair fees, we have formed the SaveNetRadio Coalition, a group that includes listeners, artists, labels and webcasters. I hope that you will consider joining us.

Please sign our petition urging your Congressional representative to act to save Internet radio:

Please feel free to forward this link/email to your friends - the more petitioners we can get, the better.

Understand that we are fully supportive of paying royalties to the artists whose music we play, and have done so since our inception. As a former touring musician myself, I'm no stranger to the challenges facing working musicians. The issue we have with the recent ruling is that it puts the cost of streaming far out of the range of ANY webcaster's business potential.

I hope you'll take just a few minutes to sign our petition - it WILL make a difference. As a young industry, we do not have the lobbying power of the RIAA. You, our listeners, are by far our biggest and most influential allies.

As always, and now more than ever, thank you for your support.


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