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2-dolphinsA dead dolphin would not be the strangest thing ever found in the waters of New Jersey, but it is probably the strangest thing found outside Jon Bon Jovi’s house. The dolphin was part of a family that had been trapped in the Jersey waterways for several months, and Federal officials resisted moving the dolphins to the ocean despite the protests of rescue groups. And now they’re dead, or one of them is, anyway. Bon Jovi plans to record a country crossover hit entitled “Tuna Reminds Me of You (Dead Dolphin)” to commemorate the event. [WCBS] More »

2-dolphinsA dead dolphin would not be the strangest thing ever found in the waters of New Jersey, but it is probably the strangest thing found outside Jon Bon Jovi’s house. The dolphin was part of a family that had been trapped in the Jersey waterways for several months, and Federal officials resisted moving the dolphins to the ocean despite the protests of rescue groups. And now they’re dead, or one of them is, anyway. Bon Jovi plans to record a country crossover hit entitled “Tuna Reminds Me of You (Dead Dolphin)” to commemorate the event. [WCBS] More »

YouTube’s Take On Columbine Is Predictable Yet Disturbing

ohmygodToday is the 10th anniversary of the Columbine shootings. I was curious to see if there were any tribute-style YouTube clips about the event, since it did take place before the advent of widespread online video. Surprisingly, there are quite a few; more surprisingly, most are not altogether different from the graduation montages I looked at a little while back. Both are sort of sad, wistful, and nostalgic, and accompanied by very similar tunes–but instead of fun in the sun, you get pictures of horror and loss and death. But then they take an odd turn. Let’s take a look. More »

ohmygodToday is the 10th anniversary of the Columbine shootings. I was curious to see if there were any tribute-style YouTube clips about the event, since it did take place before the advent of widespread online video. Surprisingly, there are quite a few; more surprisingly, most are not altogether different from the graduation montages I looked at a little while back. Both are sort of sad, wistful, and nostalgic, and accompanied by very similar tunes–but instead of fun in the sun, you get pictures of horror and loss and death. But then they take an odd turn. Let’s take a look. More »

Dotshop, a Scandanavian wholesale and online retail specialty music store, is closing down. The announcement blames it on decreased sales due to piracy, and makes an eloquent plea that seems to take another poke at The Pirate Bay: “pirates have hi-jacked concepts that are too important to be misused the way they are: democracy, freedom, bright future. These entities, it seems, are beyond their grasp and comprehension, as they truly have absolutely nothing to do with piracy.” Writes a reader, “The Pirate Bay gloats and one of the best Scandinavian distros/stores closes. Now I’ve gotta find someone else to sell our wares.” [Dotshop] More »

Dotshop, a Scandanavian wholesale and online retail specialty music store, is closing down. The announcement blames it on decreased sales due to piracy, and makes an eloquent plea that seems to take another poke at The Pirate Bay: “pirates have hi-jacked concepts that are too important to be misused the way they are: democracy, freedom, bright future. These entities, it seems, are beyond their grasp and comprehension, as they truly have absolutely nothing to do with piracy.” Writes a reader, “The Pirate Bay gloats and one of the best Scandinavian distros/stores closes. Now I’ve gotta find someone else to sell our wares.” [Dotshop] More »


“Pepper” Reminds Me Of Getting Into Bands Past Their Prime

The excellent tumblelog pre-durst, dedicated to videos from the era between 1990 and nu-metal, posted the video for the Butthole Surfers’ “Pepper” last week, and it reminded me that I have actually, technically, been to a Butthole Surfers concert. It was probably 1996, and it was at the local modern rock station’s summer “festival” (if 11 bands in the center of a horse racing track in central New York can be called a festival), the KRockathon. I knew them solely for “Pepper,” which got a lot of play that particular year, and while I assumed they might have some backstory, I was uninterested in pursuing it. I was, in other words, one of those people, the people that get into a band way past the point when they’re cool. But aren’t those people people too? More »

The excellent tumblelog pre-durst, dedicated to videos from the era between 1990 and nu-metal, posted the video for the Butthole Surfers’ “Pepper” last week, and it reminded me that I have actually, technically, been to a Butthole Surfers concert. It was probably 1996, and it was at the local modern rock station’s summer “festival” (if 11 bands in the center of a horse racing track in central New York can be called a festival), the KRockathon. I knew them solely for “Pepper,” which got a lot of play that particular year, and while I assumed they might have some backstory, I was uninterested in pursuing it. I was, in other words, one of those people, the people that get into a band way past the point when they’re cool. But aren’t those people people too? More »

The Black Eyed Peas Search For Master Control


The Black Eyed Peas pull what we would have referred to last year as a “Chris Brown” but we will now have to call a “Dreamgirl” or something–turns out “Boom Boom Pow” is an ad for the new HP Touchsmart! More »


The Black Eyed Peas pull what we would have referred to last year as a “Chris Brown” but we will now have to call a “Dreamgirl” or something–turns out “Boom Boom Pow” is an ad for the new HP Touchsmart! More »

The Pirate Bay Conviction Highlights The Difference Between Art And Politics

imonaboatOn Friday, the folks who run the torrent site The Pirate Bay were found guilty in a Swedish court of violating copyright, and were sentenced to a year in jail and a fine of about $3.6 million. Serious stuff, to be sure. But no one seemed to be taking it as such. This weekend, TPB’s homepage sported the statement “Don’t worry – we’re from the internets. It’s going to be alright. [sic] :-)” The general reaction to the prospect of human beings being placed alongside murderers and rapists for the crime of facilitating downloads (and, admittedly, being giant dicks) took on a tone more appropriate to cosplay revolution, like seeing your mom shot in front of you and exclaiming “FAIL.” TPB’s core demographic, what we might uncharitably refer to as the “I’m a white, middle class male, but I’m so fuckin oppressed” sector of the online world, enjoys getting outraged about things it thinks are stupid, but also tends to think that political action is rarely the answer.

Lord knows the Internet has succeeded beyond anyone’s imagining at turning the lives of real people into art or entertainment, a performance to be viewed and consumed. But we may be reaching the burning down churches / “fake it so real I am beyond fake” point here, where the iconography is taken so seriously that it becomes disconnected from real-world goals. If this decision stands, proponants of filesharing may want to rethink their tactics. More »

imonaboatOn Friday, the folks who run the torrent site The Pirate Bay were found guilty in a Swedish court of violating copyright, and were sentenced to a year in jail and a fine of about $3.6 million. Serious stuff, to be sure. But no one seemed to be taking it as such. This weekend, TPB’s homepage sported the statement “Don’t worry – we’re from the internets. It’s going to be alright. [sic] :-)” The general reaction to the prospect of human beings being placed alongside murderers and rapists for the crime of facilitating downloads (and, admittedly, being giant dicks) took on a tone more appropriate to cosplay revolution, like seeing your mom shot in front of you and exclaiming “FAIL.” TPB’s core demographic, what we might uncharitably refer to as the “I’m a white, middle class male, but I’m so fuckin oppressed” sector of the online world, enjoys getting outraged about things it thinks are stupid, but also tends to think that political action is rarely the answer.

Lord knows the Internet has succeeded beyond anyone’s imagining at turning the lives of real people into art or entertainment, a performance to be viewed and consumed. But we may be reaching the burning down churches / “fake it so real I am beyond fake” point here, where the iconography is taken so seriously that it becomes disconnected from real-world goals. If this decision stands, proponants of filesharing may want to rethink their tactics. More »


VV Brown Spearheads Britain’s Post-Winehouse Pop Economy


Much current British pop seems a reaction to Amy Winehouse‘s success, seeking to capture the qualities that made her popular without the self-destructive issues that make her personal popularity unsustainable. Adele, for instance, was a clear ploy to work the retro side of the Winehouse equation without the crazy drug addict stuff, while Lady Gaga’s somewhat inexplicable larger popularity on that side of the pond indicates that she successfully triggers a latent affection in the British public for eccentric exhibitionists. Can’t anyone manage to combine the two?

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Much current British pop seems a reaction to Amy Winehouse‘s success, seeking to capture the qualities that made her popular without the self-destructive issues that make her personal popularity unsustainable. Adele, for instance, was a clear ploy to work the retro side of the Winehouse equation without the crazy drug addict stuff, while Lady Gaga’s somewhat inexplicable larger popularity on that side of the pond indicates that she successfully triggers a latent affection in the British public for eccentric exhibitionists. Can’t anyone manage to combine the two?

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Higher Prices On iTunes: Bad For Sales, Good For Business

In a move that lots of people talked about—because this is the Internet and people have nothing better to do than discuss than the business practices of companies they have nothing to do with—iTunes last week instituted a variable pricing scheme whereby songs could go for more (or, presumably, less) than the $0.99 base rate they had been set at since the service’s inception. Shortly after the inception, some songs saw their price rise by thirty cents, to $1.29, prompting recent Billboard hire Glenn “Coolfer” Peoples to write an article about what effect the change had on the songs’ rankings in the iTunes charts. His conclusion: the hike resulted in a loss of sales, as the songs lost an average of 5.3 places on the charts two days after their price rose. While the general reaction seemed to be that this showed the higher prices to be a bad idea, the conclusion isn’t quite so straightforward.

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In a move that lots of people talked about—because this is the Internet and people have nothing better to do than discuss than the business practices of companies they have nothing to do with—iTunes last week instituted a variable pricing scheme whereby songs could go for more (or, presumably, less) than the $0.99 base rate they had been set at since the service’s inception. Shortly after the inception, some songs saw their price rise by thirty cents, to $1.29, prompting recent Billboard hire Glenn “Coolfer” Peoples to write an article about what effect the change had on the songs’ rankings in the iTunes charts. His conclusion: the hike resulted in a loss of sales, as the songs lost an average of 5.3 places on the charts two days after their price rose. While the general reaction seemed to be that this showed the higher prices to be a bad idea, the conclusion isn’t quite so straightforward.

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Steven Tyler May Be Cryin’ After He Reads This Analysis

I know I said Friday that we shouldn’t be… More »

I know I said Friday that we shouldn’t be… More »


Remember Josh Freese? More »

Remember Josh Freese? More »


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