Today in Music: On and On and On
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
photo by Allie Bishop
Every Monday-Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. The podcast features exclusive in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that KEXP DJs think you should hear. Todayâ€™s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is by The Boggs and is found on their forthcoming album Forts on Gigantic:
The Boggs – Forts (MP3)
Based out of NYC, The Boggs were founded by Jason Friedman, a South African emigre, who had the idea that “all folk music is punk or all punk music is folk” and decided to start his own musical project. You can read Jason’s musical history at The Boggs’ MySpace page. If you would like to learn more about podcasting and subscribe to our podcasts, go to our podcasting page.
Tune in today at 4 pm for a blazing set by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, who will be performing at The Triple Door exclusively for KEXP members. If you’d like to become a member, visit kexp.org.
First off, we apologize for posting the Alanis Morissette video earlier this month, not because it wasn’t funny — it actually was — but we feel like we’ve contributed to its overexposure. The satiric video, which made its way through practically every music and entertainment blog, has itself become the victim of satire. We here at KEXP are not going to dignify the collaboration of Peaches, Yo Majesty and Inara George, of The Bird and The Bee, entitled “My Dumps” by showing it to you — but if you are so inclined, you can dirty your mind over at Gorilla Vs. Bear!
The continual satirizing of the original Black Eyed Peas song isn’t the only dead horse being flogged these days. Apparently, the Copyright Royalty Board thinks its horse can still run. If you’ve been following the controversy described on our site and everywhere else on the Internet, you’re aware that the CRB is demanding online radio stations pay increased royalty rates of 300 to 1200 percent, due retroactively to the beginning of the year. On Monday, the CRB denied all appeals, and so unless Congress intervenes, the non-commercial radio world will be hushed. And the dead horse being whipped? The idea that radio is a direct means of revenue rather than promotion. Advertisers pay radio stations, and radio stations pay royalties. Unless a radio station has advertisers, it can’t pay increased royalties. All the while, the exposure an artist receives is ignored. If this bothers you, join the shout out to Congress.
Amid of the recent hype for the next Spiderman movie (yeah, we’re guilty of flogging that too), comes news that U2 is writing songs not for the movie soundtrack for Spiderman 3 but for a proposed Broadway musical of everyone’s favorite webhead. Now you can be confident that the last media outlet has finally been filled.
Paying for digital music is hardly dead, and many retailers and rights-holders like iTunes and EMI hope that making music DRM-free (while jacking up the price) will appeal to more consumers, but now, according to Aversion, megalith purveyor Amazon.com will also jump on board and offer its own digital music service.
In what could literally become dead horse news, Spinner reports that Serbian animal rights activists are worried that when the Rolling Stones roll in to play the Belgrade Hippodrome, the horses in the racetrack’s stables will be sedated, thus endangering their lives, in order to protect the animals from undue hip-swagger-induced anxiety.
Of course, there are some returns that we welcome, such as that of Beirut, who are finalizing their follow up to Gulag Orkestar. Band leader Zach Condon reveals to Billboard that the second album will have a different, less Balkan, feel to it. You can hear a handful of these new songs that the band performed for KEXP’s final day of broadcast from the ACL studios at SXSW. The extended and mind-blowing set is available as a free download on our Live Performances podcast page.
Also reportedly working on a second album is Eagle*Seagull, whose song “Photograph” was one of the best songs we heard last year (and a favorite of Cheryl Waters!). You Aint No Picasso links to four incredible new songs recorded live, and we’d like to share with you yet another “Take Away Show” from La Blogotheque — we just can’t get enough of these — featuring Eli Mardock and the band:
Beirut – Elephant Gun (MP3)
At the risk of beating our own dead horse, we should remind you to send in any interesting music news to share or other suggestions for bands that we should be listening to and discussing. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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