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Rock Biz

Calling All Geeks! The R.I.A.A. Needs You!

According to RIAA could well be suing innocent victims, the R.I.A.A. might have bitten off more than it can chew (technologicaly speaking) when it commenced suing everybody in sight. They need the services of a P2P supergeek immediately! Send in your resumes (by mail only).
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Rock and Roll Reads

Blog Alert: Chaz Is A Music Snob

How could you go wrong with a blog that talks about the NHL and Rock and Roll? You can’t, check it out: Chaz Is A Music Snob. Later.

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Record Labels

Record Label Spotlight of the Week: Magnatune Records

Now this is interesting! Check out Magnatune Records a record label that advertises themselves as being “not evil.” Brilliant idea but they go beyond a catch phrase and allow you to “try before you buy” by applying the shareware principal to music. You download an MP3, if you like what you hear you buy it online or license it for commercial use. The artists get 50% of the purchase price and keep the rights to their music. Is this a preview of the wave of the future or pie in the sky idealism? Only time will tell but I hope it is the former.
UPDATE: Magnatune is featured in a Wired Online story here.
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Rock and Roll Reads

Check This Out

Another blog, another great read. Click over to the blog Mostly Weird, Some Normal for some really great stuff, especially his take on the Jay Babcock piece in the LA Weekly that I raved about. Do you think this guy wants my ears chopped off? Of course I did write that great post “Sailing the Topographic Oceans” so maybe I’m safe! Great blog though.
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Rock and Roll Reads

Blog Alert: Exiled on Blog Street

Check out Exiled on Blog Street for some really good, really funny rock and roll writing. This guy also produces and excellent e-zine called Exiled on Main Street which is great as well. These blogs are getting out of control. Can’t sleep, must read….
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Rock Biz

Do Music Blogs Matter?

Check out this Online Guardian article Talkin’ my language where the question of whether music blogs affect music sales is addressed. I know categorically that this one does not. But there is always time eh!
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Rock Biz

Windows Music Fans Rejoice

It looks like Dell and Musicmatch have released a download service similar to iTunes for the Mac:MusicMatch, Dell to launch music stores | CNET News.com. Things are getting interesting (and legal!). See what a little competition can do?
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Rock History

This Old Jet

I love rock and roll from the seventies. I have allways been fascinated with bands like the Stones, Zeppelin and Deep Purple carreening from town to town in a cocaine haze piling off huge jets into black tinted limos only to run onto some wild lotus shaped stage to play screaming, pulsating and always loud rock and roll (sometimes even playing it well). When you read up on how these huge tours were constructed, the logistics behind the rock and roll excess is mind boggling. And nothing was a bigger and better example of this excess than the coolest private jet to ever grace the skies, the Starship. The starship was a custom Boeing 707 used by the likes of Mick and the boys that was anything but spartan. A huge waterbed, fireplace and bar graced this flying palace with the only plane giving it a run for its money was Hugh Hefner’s Black Bunny. The New York Times article Flying High (registration required) is a great piece on this impressive airplane. Just reading it makes me want to slip on a pair of shades and velour pants, grab my Tequila Sunrise and stagger over to my local Air Canada agent. Nah, it just wouldn’t be the same.
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Rock Radio 2.0

Do You Remember Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio? Doing the Dodécaphonique Twist with Mimi la twisteuse

As I have been pointing out throughout the short and twisted history of this blog, Rock and Roll radio is alive and well, it’s just well hidden sometimes. There are huge syndicated rock and roll radio shows broadcast all over North America and small one hour slices of rock ‘n’ roll madness on community radio stations all over the place there for the taking. The Internet, despite its twisted rules and regulations, has added some amazing rock and roll radio thrills and spills that, technology allowing, make for great listening day and night. At first blush it might seem we are losing the radio diversity wars but a careful peek around shows that there is more radio worth listening to than ever before. A perfect example of great rock and roll radio hails from my hometown of Montréal. “Dodécaphonique Twist” hosted by Montreal radio legend Mimi la twisteuse is a primo slice of rock and roll heaven. Playing anything from British Invasion to glam to Sunshine Pop to r’n’b/soul and to anything else her heart fancies from the ’60s to now, Mimi knows her rock ‘n’ roll. An avid fan and hardcore collector of French ’60s pop, her previous show “Dans le Garage” was at one time one of the only radio shows around to strongly feature a wide variety of obscure French ’60s pop on a weekly basis, bringing in a strong local and even North American cyber following to her show (the show also had a brief syndication run for a few years in a French station overseas), before the Ultra Chicks and other ’60s French pop comps craze was to hit North America. She has compiled volume 10 of the infamous “Girls in the Garage” series, an all French volume of ’60s gogo girls! Mimi’s love of 20th century pop culture as well as her love of comedy, novelties and international rock n roll from then and now make her show’s weekly playlists unique and interesting, as well as continuously rockin’! Broadcast every Saturday night from 10 to 11 pm, on CIBL, 101.5 FM, in Montréal you can listen live with Real Audio at www.cibl.cam.org. Not only does she play great rock and roll but her show is broadcast in French! Woah you cry, I don’t speak French! Well think of it this way. The majority of the show is music right? In between the music are the poetic sounds of French spoken in such a warm and wonderful manner that you will be as mesmerized by the spoken word breaks as you will be by the great rock and roll tunes she spins! How can you go wrong? Or how about this: Remember that funky, hip French teacher from high school? Imagine if she invited you over to her place and you discovered that not only does she have the most incredible rock and roll record collection that you have ever seen but that she can chat intelligently about French ’60s pop and The Ramones while at the same time showing you how to conjegate your verbs! How cool is that? If you want to soak up the global aspect of rock and roll you have to seek out the sources that might not be immediately apparent, like The Rock and Roll Report has done in the past with South African and Thai rock and roll. Listen globally, check out gigs locally I allways say. Think of it as part of The Rock and Roll Report’s global rock and roll curriculum. French rock and roll language lessons. Just another service brought to you by your humble scribe here at The Rock and Roll Report. Now hurry off and get your records and books. And listen to Mimi on Saturday nights. I know that after just one hour in this French class you’ll be e-mailing the station asking for more.
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Rock History

Save The Bottom Line Petition

Further to my post on the possible closing of the Bottom Line club, there is a petition you can sign if you are so inclined. It can be found here: Save The Bottom Line! Sign the online petition to let NYU know how you feel!
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