Monday News Mash-Up


photos by Gregory A. Perez

  • You got your Art Brut in my Black Francis! You got your Frank Black in my Art Brut! Like the flavors of peanut butter and chocolate, we can only imagine the music of Art Brut will sound even more awesome with former Pixies frontman Frank Black/Black Francis/Charles Thompson behind the boards. The product, Art Brut vs. Satan, is currently being recorded in Salem, OR, and expected to hit shelves in April… and pirated music sites in February.
  • You’ve been the edge of your seat all weekend due to New York’s proposed digital tax but fear not — indie labels, musicians, and representatives are pulling a Twisted Sister, exclaiming “We’re not gonna take it!” The President of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has released a statement condemning the move, which can be read via Hypebot.
  • RIAA, the musical Grinch, may have found a heart for the holidays. The RIAA have announced they are turning over a new leaf, giving up the many lawsuits over pirated downloads. But don’t breathe that sigh of relief yet — according to tech mag Wired, the RIAA has a new strategy: to take away violators’ internet. The group has already reached agreements with many ISP providers to shut down connections for those who ignore the RIAA’s multiple warnings. Now how am I going to finish my microbiology paper and while nabbing the new Kanye?
  • In more fun news, it seems the return of My Bloody Valentine will extend beyond a booked slot with All Tomorrow’s Parties. The group has signed on to be a part of Barcelona’s Primavera Sound. Joining MBV will be Spiritualized, who joins the likes of Damien Jurado, Gang Gang Dance, and Throwing Muses. The festival May 28-30.
  • Peter Jackson, who you may know as the director of the Lord of the Rings, has joined forces with Brian Eno, who you may know from his airport music, art installations, and production credits. Eno is working on the score for Jackson’s latest film, The Lovely Bones.

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