Have you noticed how many cool in-stores Amoeba has been having lately? Well add tonight (Friday September 14th) to that list with the wonderful Kinski playing for free at 6PM at Amoeba Music San Francisco in support of their recently released SubPop album Down Below It's Chaos. For more information on tonight's show and the new album (which was recorded in their hometown of Seattle, WA) click here. And if you miss the free show you can always catch them later tonight at San Francisco club Bottom of the Hill with Unnatural Helpers opening for them. This show will probably sell out so get to the club early and/or better still, try and make it to the Haight Street Amoeba at 6PM. (For pics from the SF instore, click here.)
Unfortunately the scheduled White Stripes NorCal show at the Greek Theater in Berkeley on Sept 21st has been canceled, along with several other Stripes tour dates, including San Diego and Inglewood, because drummer Meg White is reportedly suffering from acute anxiety and consequently unable to travel. "We hate to let people down and are very sorry," Meg is quoted in a statement on the White Stripes website. Ticket holders should return tix to place of purchase...
In other artist-burnout news, after last Sunday's VMA MTV show it seems that Britney Spears has generated the most ink. And perhaps the most compelling editorializing of all on the topic of Britney's career status comes from blogpshere-YouTube star Chris Crocker, whose posting from a few days ago (below) has received a stunning five million plus viewings to date! Plus, it has generated a ton of responses and spoofs on YouTube. Now if Ms Spears' label Jive Records could sell even close to five million copies of Britney's next album (as they have with past Britney hits), all concerned parties would be happy. Maybe they should sign Chris Crocker.
Many years ago when I was interviewing Too $hort he told me that an important part of his recording process involved testing every track as a new album recording session progressed by taping it onto cassette and then bumping the tape at full volume in his ride. "Cos this is how most fans will listen to it...in their cars," he explained at the time. Traditionally many studio engineers would do a similar playback-test by listening back to tracks on a small tinny speaker (akin to an AM radio) with the assumption that this would be how many folks would listen back to the songs being recorded. But these days recording engineers/producers/mixers are gearing their music for iPods (or MP3s vs CDs) and as such are radically changing how the music sounds. On Wednesday the Wall Street Journal (of all places) ran a wonderful piece on this new trend (the compression of music files onto MP3 format) that most audiophiles find most disturbing. The article is well worth reading and can be found online here.
In this ever changing music business climate, where major record labels and publishing companies are struggling to hang onto what little control they can cling to of the business that they once ruled (and profited greatly from), the latest fight against music pirating has switched up from going after music MP3 downloaders to going after those websites that publish song lyrics without permission. Recently the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has stepped up its efforts to aggressively shut down popular online sites that (without permission) publish lyrics to songs and are demanding that Yahoo and Google remove all references to song lyrics in their search results. Websites that are being targeted by the NMPA include AZ Lyrics Universe and Lyrics.com. To the NMPA the online publishing of these unauthorized song lyrics is no different than posting unauthorized audio files. It is, they insist, a violation of copyright law.