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Listeners we need your help... NOW!

After a yearlong negotiation, Pandora, artists and record companies are finally optimistic about reaching an agreement on royalties that would save Pandora and Internet radio. But just as we've gotten close, large traditional broadcast radio companies have launched a covert lobbying campaign to sabotage our progress.

Yesterday, Congressman Jay Inslee, and several co-sponsors, introduced legislation to give us the extra time we need but the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), which represents radio broadcasters such as Clear Channel, has begun intensively pressuring lawmakers to kill the bill. We have just a day or two to keep this from collapsing.

This is a blatant attempt by large radio companies to suffocate the webcasting industry that is just beginning to offer an alternative to their monopoly of the airwaves.

Please call your Congressperson right now and ask them to support H.R. 7084, the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008 - and to not capitulate to pressure from the NAB. Congress is currently working extended hours, so even calls this evening and over the weekend should get answered.

  Meme Breaks 1.0

Jamie Wilkinson has compiled Meme Breaks 1.0 featuring some of Internet.s most famous audio samples in a handy DJ-friendly format.

Internet Meme Scratch Attack from jamiew on Vimeo.

  DJ mixes posted online

Cool mix of tunes posted by DJ Tacopunch of Whitechapel.

Whitechapel - DJs lets post some mixes thread!

  Daft Punk's Helmets

Very cool Fader article from 2007 on the origin of Daft Punk and the philosophy behind their disguises.





There were always people eager to expose the group.s faces. (This element still exists, as a video of the undisguised duo DJing at a Milwaukee rave in 1996 recently appeared online.) In 2001, Daft Punk hoped to eradicate this problem when they debuted their robot costumes along with their second album and first masterpiece, Discovery. Devised by directors Alex & Martin and built by make up and animatronics effects creator Tony Gardner (whose credits range from Three Kings to Seed of Chucky), the robots gave them a way to hide their identities, but were bizarre enough to keep Daft Punk culturally compelling. The press played along, dutifully printing quotes from the group stating .We are robots now,. and recounting their story about how their bodies were irreparably damaged on September 9, 1999, when a sampler in their studio exploded.

  Flykkiller EP

Very cool moody, videogame-style techno withunstoppable beats. Sounds like a remix of Metroid Gameboy soundtrack. And it's Creative Commons licensed.


FlyKKiller is the second collective project of musical collaborators Stephen Hilton and Pati Yang. Separately they have been at the forefront of avant-garde electro music, both bringing a wealth of experience into a band that in such a short time have already been seized upon as pioneers of the genre.

For their new project, the cannily titled FlyKKiller, the pair set about recording a studio album with (as legend would have it) an extraterrestrial called V; which when you hear the outcome of these sessions you can understand where such claims might come from. The gallant and incessant beats that have become the backdrop to Yangâ..s howling, stirringly poignant and harmonic vocal were, again as the myth insists, recorded by V who created these cubes (whilst in captivity in the FlyKKiller Institute in Poland) as a vessel in which to pass on her peaceful communications to us earthlings. However the otherworldly sci-fi cubes have been seized from her by her captors at The FlyKKiller Institute, and sold to fund their scientific research. Additional information is being presented via download and physical formats.

Oh great. Now I can't take my iPod with me?

Copyright deal could toughen rules governing info on iPods, computers

The agreement is being structured much like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) except it will create rules and regulations regarding private copying and copyright laws.

Federal trade agreements do not require parliamentary approval.

The deal would create a international regulator that could turn border guards and other public security personnel into copyright police. The security officials would be charged with checking laptops, iPods and even cellular phones for content that "infringes" on copyright laws, such as ripped CDs and movies.

The guards would also be responsible for determining what is infringing content and what is not.

The agreement proposes any content that may have been copied from a DVD or digital video recorder would be open for scrutiny by officials - even if the content was copied legally.

Still time to get the one-day passes. It's happening July 18-20 at Chicago's Union Park. Dinosaur Jr. and Caribou will be there. Also the Fuck Buttons.

As of right now, three-day passes for the 2008 Pitchfork Music Festival are no longer available. Those suckers sold out! That'll happen with tickets to the only festival that offers the remote possibility of witnessing an interaction between Les Savy Fav frontman Tim Harrington and Public Enemy jester/VH1 reality star Flavor Flav.

But never fear, dear snoozers, you haven't lost out yet. Still available are $50 two-day passes for the Saturday and Sunday portion of the festival as well as $30 individual tickets for all three days. We recommend making your way to TicketWeb sooner rather than later.

Good news for those who purchased an iPod a million years ago.

Digital Home Canada - Apple settles suit with Canadian iPod owners

The Montreal law firm which handled the case said that as many as 80,000 Canadians could be eligible, which could cost Apple as much as $36 million in credits. The credit can only be used at Apple's retail or online outlets so the true costs to the company will be considerably less than $36 million.

Oh my god, was this real? It looks awesome! I came across it looking for pictures of Torgo on Google images. OK, I was doing a blog project, and needed a picture of Torgo. Nothing weird or anything.



It seems like they did *everything* wrong when making this film.

Yoko sues filmmakers over Imagine | Entertainment | Reuters

John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, and his sons are suing the filmmakers of "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" for using the song "Imagine" in the documentary without permission.

Lennon recorded the song in 1971 and in 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it No. 3, in their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, according to the lawsuit.

Yoko Ono, son, Sean Ono Lennon, and Julian Lennon, John Lennon's son from his first marriage, along with privately held publisher EMI Blackwood Music Inc filed suit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan seeking to bar the filmmakers and their distributors from continuing to use "Imagine" in the movie.

Sing "Sweet Home Alabama". Pretty surreal.

YouTube - Leningrad Cowboys & Red Army Choir - SWEET HOME ALABAMA

DJ Rhythm Dave is from the Isle Of Wight (UK), and has been composing dance, hard dance, hardcore, house and drum & base for over 6 years. Maybe he'll send us some full-length mixes to add to our stream.

Good info on how what it's good for and how to use it.

CC Music Sharing License

The Creative Commons music license helps you:

  1. Mark It Legal: Mark your music with the CC logo so fans know that you own your copyright, but give permission to download, file-share, copy, and webcast â.. but not to sell, alter, or make any other commercial uses. Here's an example of how it would look on a band's web page and here's a short comic describing how fans might legally use your music.
  2. Promote It: Register your music at Common Content so people can contact you to purchase commercial rights to the composition or sound recording. Or, have it hosted for free at the Internet Archive.
  3. Make It Searchable: Make your music searchable within the Creative Commons audio search engine.

A very cool resource for "some rights reserved" music.

Gratisvibes - The Creative Commons-Licensed Electronic Music Blog

Gratisvibes aims to lead readers to the best of Creative Commons-licensed Electronic Music on the web, spreading the word for greater musical freedom for both artists and listeners alike.

What? Fraud? Just because he reviewed an album without listening to a single note? Pfshaw.

The Associated Press: Black Crowes Say Maxim Review a Fraud

The Black Crowes are lashing out at Maxim magazine for reviewing the band's new album â.. apparently without actually hearing it first.

The review, published in Maxim's March issue, gives the Crowes' "Warpaint" a rating of two-and-a-half stars out of five.

"The writer â.. who has not heard the album since advance CDs were not made available â.. wrote what appears to be a disparaging assessment anyway, citing, `it hasn't left Chris Robinson and the gang much room for growth,'" said a statement on the band's official Web site.

The band's manager, Pete Angelus, said the magazine explained that its review was an "educated guess."

Looks like they've apologized already.

Aw come on, Neil ... sure you can. Just need more of that great political stuff you used to do, and run a star chamber. Arts - Naive to think music can change the world: Neil Young

Canadian rocker Neil Young, in Berlin with his new concert movie, says music cannot change the world.

"I think that the time when music could change the world is past," the 62-year-old musician told a news conference on Friday.
Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young, in Berlin to promote his concert movie 'CSNY Déjà vu,' says the goal of the film 'was to stimulate debate among people.'
(Markus Schreiber/Associated Press)

"I think it would be very naive to think that in this day and age."

This is one awesome video and an excellent song by Alice Donut.

YouTube - Alice Donut - Lisa's Father

Best club in the world? That's one hell of a title.

DJs vote for your favourite club in the Top 100 Club Awards |

DJs worldwide are invited to shape DJmag's Top 100 Clubs Poll by simply voting for their top three clubs on the planet. While their long-running and controversial Top 100 DJs Poll offers clubbers the opportunity to vote for their favourite DJs, this is a chance for DJs to speak out - with the aim to create a definitive list of the best dance clubs and rave spots the world has to offer.

Following the success of the past two years, DJmag's clubs poll is expanding from 50 to 100, allowing us to discover even more must-visit clubs around the globe.

London club Fabric was crowned Best Club In The World in 2006, before Space in Ibiza lifted the title last year. With more corners of the world opening up to dance music and air travel making the world a much smaller place, will DJs continue to vote for established venues or will some new clubs from off-the-beaten tracks make an appearance in this year's poll?

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