Today in (Northwest) Music: Your Rights Vs Big Media

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Big Brother is watching you watch Pearl Jam
photo by I’ve Gone Slightly Mad

Big Brother is watching Pearl Jam, it seems. The local band’s performance to close out Lollapalooza on Sunday night was edited during its internet broadcast on AT&T’s Blue Room. Eddie Vedder’s improvised lyrics to “Daughter” were cut, specifically the lines “George Bush, leave this world alone” and “George Bush find yourself another home.” The first line slipped through the first time it was sung but not the second time. CMJ spoke to an AT&T representative who said, “We regret the mistake. This was not intended and was an unfortunate mistake made by a webcast editor.” The mouthpiece went on to explain AT&T’s policy excessive language, particularly in regard to the attending all-ages audience.

Here’s a recording of the broadcast, hosted by Deaf Indie Elephants, of the song. Listen for yourself -- if you’re old enough, that is -- particularly to the end of the song during the sing-along of altered lyrics to Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall,” which ends abruptly. That’s where you’ll find the “mistake.”

Pearl Jam - Daughter [Lollapalooza 8/5/07] (MP3)

Then compare to this unedited fan video of the same moment:

Pearl Jam is understandably outraged and hopes that you will be too. On their website, the band states, “AT&T’s actions strike at the heart of the public’s concerns over the power that corporations have when it comes to determining what the public sees and hears through communications media,” adding the dire warning, “What happened to us this weekend was a wake up call, and it’s about something much bigger than the censorship of a rock band.” Pearl Jam encourages you to post any other examples of this type of censorship on their web board.

[Update: AT&T's Blue Room now opens with a sincere apology.]

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In the KEXP studio today, Jason Holstrom’s The Thieves of Kailua, a solo debut of tropically-inspired music from the U.S.E. guitarist. Holstrom, who typically records with and produces synth-based and rock projects (Aqueduct, Wonderful, Of Montreal), has taken ukulele in hand and developed the album inspired by a recent Hawaiian vacation/misadventure. Read more at the Seattle Weekly.

While The Thieves of Kailua is really a “solo” project, Jason Holstrom will apparently be joined by 14 people in our studio! Tune in at noon to see how it all works out! (or go back and listen on our Streaming Archive).

Jason Holstrom - The Thieves of Kailua (MP3)

Also be sure to catch more great live local music this Saturday on Audioasis and Sonic Reducer for three incredible bands: Llama (6 pm), Root Beer Barrels (8 pm), Coconut Coolouts (10 pm)

Live from Bumbershoot 2006

Even more live local music can be found on KEXP’s Music That Matters podcast, Vol. 58 “Live from Bumbershoot 2006,” which features highlights from last year’s broadcast live from the music lounge on the festival grounds. Last year’s guests included local bands The Saturday Knights, Jeremy Enigk, Rocky Votolato, and others along with excellent national and international acts like Badly Drawn Boy, Cloud Cult, and Dengue Fever. Give it a listen and you’ll also learn a few of the upcoming bands who will perform live from Bumbershoot this year on KEXP. Kevin Cole has the exclusive!

MTM, Vol. 58 - Live from Bumbershoot 2006 (MP3)

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Feeling frugal, but want to rock out anyway? Head over to Neumo’s tonight for a free show with These Arms Are Snakes. That’s right, it’s free!

Not sure if you’re in the mood? Then check out this awesome “epileptic” edit of TAAS’ live performance this past April in Lille, France:

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