Monday News Mash-Up

  • While Animal Collective fans are anticipating the January release of Merriweather Post Pavillion, Billboard delivered more news worth bunched panties and eager, buggy eyes: the band is headed back into the studio. This time, however, the finished product will not only be for an album but the long-discussed film Animal Collective has been working on with friend and collaborator Danny Perez.
  • As one band rises, another falls. Dirty on Purpose are calling it quits — maybe. The band will play one more gig with A Place to Bury Strangers on New’s Year Eve and pack up the cats, though the band’s parting statement leaves the door open: “[we] reserve the right to change our minds and get back together in six months if we feel like it.”
  • In the newest edition of Celebrity Death Match, legendary guitarist Joe Satriani is suing the Grammy-nominated Coldplay claiming that the band’s title track from Viva La Vida plagiarizes from his 2004 instrumental “If I Could Fly” (compare for yourself here). I think we all know that Satriani just wants to collaborate with Chris Martin — he is a hot commodity after all.
  • As Atlantic Records begins to grasp the bigger picture of digital distribution, Warner Bros. is pretending they do as well. According to Hypebot, the entertainment conglomerate has approached a handful of prestigious universities with a plan politely dubbed “pay-us-not-to-sue.” Warner executive Jim Griffen is hoping to enact music licensing through ISPs. Diabolical….
  • …until you hear the words spoken by Warner VP and Sire Records founder Seymour Stein to The Globe and Mail: “The first major music labels were all phonograph manufacturers, but by the time the Beatles came alongy the time the Beatles came along, most companies were no longer involved in the hardware,” adding, “Had we remained in control of the hardware, we wouldn’t be hurting as much as we are now. And the iPod would be ours.”
  • And if the industry doesn’t feel sinister and desperate enough, The Tripwire reports that the RIAA recently won a default judgment against 19-year-old Ciara Sauro, who allegedly shared 10 songs over the internet. Sauro, who suffers from pancreatitis and severe depression, and who also claims her innocence, was unable to attend court and so faces a possible $8,000 fine. A local lawyer has offered his services freely to aid Sauro and hopefully re-open the case. But before you gather an angry mob that the RIAA’s doorstep, note that the organization does provide a helpful resource to help would-be MP3 pirates learn right from wrong, namely “Young People, Music and the Internet: A Guide For Parents & Teachers About Digital Music & Downloading,” which, with an irony not lost on The Tripwire, must be downloaded from the RIAA’s website.
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One Comment

  1. Posted December 8, 2008 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    An Animal Collective film! Wow, the world is making a turn for the better. The day Panda Bear drops some film-age is the day I know I made it to the gates of….

    ThanX for the exciting news!

    The Hours News

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