Friday, June 22, 2007

Pumpkins for sale.... isn't illegal downloading that's killing records stores afterall is it? it's the fucking greedy artists....

article courtesy
Smashing Pumpkins to Fans, Indie Stores: Fuck You

Warning: Excessive greed may cause baldness, artistic impotence

Well, that's the nail in the coffin, then. Just when we were slightly, slightly starting to care about the Smashing Pumpkins again-- what with the release of their long-awaited new album Zeitgeist, and its not-terrible first single, "Tarantula"-- here comes something that makes us more than a bit mellon collie.

Billy and company would like you to know that they fully support the extinction of the American independent record store at the hand of large, faceless, little-guy-crushing big boxes. They also support bleeding their fans dry. How? By releasing FOUR different versions of Zeitgeist.

Best Buy and Target each get a version with an exclusive bonus track. So does iTunes. Like, a different one for each. Everybody else gets the regular version with no bonus tracks. So if you want all of the bonus tracks, you have to buy an album at Best Buy, an album at Target, and an album at iTunes. (Ooh, the presale iTunes version also comes with an extra set of Smashing Pumpkins covers by the Bravery, the Academy Is..., Panic at the Disco, Test Your Reflex, and +44. Ooh.)

Making fans who've been waiting the better part of a decade for new Smashing Pumpkins tunes buy an album several times over is, you know, bullshit. My god, you have to go to Target (and only Target!) to get the version with the title track! That just ain't right.

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Friday, June 15, 2007

This week's picks & TMBG

these guys never cease to dazzle me with their creativity.....

Picks this week

The New Pornographers-Challengers Executive Edition Not ONLY did this band decide that their latest album will be available with a special bonus FOUR disc set (for a paltry $20)....You can listen to the thing (legally!) months before it comes out with pre-order.... much more info here.... (GO DO THIS!! The record is amazing & you should support these ventures from great bands like New Pornos!)

Joan As Policewoman-Real Life Having been out in the UK for quite some time, this week i was finally able to get my hands on a domestic copy of this great disc. Like a combination between Nina Simone, Jeff Buckley & a little bit of her own thing, Joan is quickly becoming one of my faves of the yeater.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Raging for The Machine

This week Rage Against The Machine announced that they would play Alpine Valley in East Troy WI, their first headlining concert in nearly 10 years. With talk of a tour, an album & an all out return by the legendary hip-hopanistas, I have to admit that given the politcal climate, I couldn't think of a better time for Rage to make triumphant return.

One big problem though.....a quick glance at the ticket price revealed $60 for all seats! (including the crappy lawn seats in the back). in addition to that, the concert was being promoted by what i consider to be the industry leader in corporate bullshit- Livenation (remember them...they used to be called....uh...Clear Channel)

How could this happen? I thought Rage Against The Machine (and specifically Zach De La Rocha) had a little more respect for their fans than to do the old business as usual high concert ticket prices. This band that was supposed to be for the people & by the people, championing the rights of the little guy, is now stabbing the little guy in the back!

Many bands work really hard to keep their concert tickets low for their fans but the drawback is always a a little bit of a lower pay-day for the band in exchange for a reasonable ticket price (which many of the gazillionaire bands probably should be just fine with...but usually aren't). I'm just surprised that RATM of all bands would have taken the low road & listened to the Livenation credo of "If people will pay it, then it must be worth it to them" . Rage & their management (unlike many bands) are in the unique position where because of the fact that the band has taken a 10 year hiatus from live performances (& were hugely popular the entire time), they can basically name their situation in terms of ticket price & venue and it's very likely that the show will either do very well or sell out. But of all bands I thought Rage would have been one to ask themselves the all important question "Just because we can get it....does that mean we should?" Is it really fair to all of the fans who aren't selling lots of records & tickets...and who will really have to scrape to buy tickets for this show?

Let's do a little comparative math:

The Price of a pair of RATM tickets at alpine valley
(as per the ticketmaster site)


Total Convenience Charge(s) US $12.10 x 2

Order Processing Charge(s) US $4.85

TicketFast Delivery

US $2.50


now look at it this way of those dollars at $152.00 per pair & about 40,000 capicity at alpine valley, the total amount a sold out house will pay to see Rage Against The Machine is somewhere around $3 million.

The charge for the tickets alone is about $2.4 million. Meaning (if my concert economics are right that generally the band gets about 75% of the gross in a big concert like this.....Rage probably walks with about $1.8 Million.....not bad....but when it's money earned through & for Livenation (the walmart of the music world) & it's also money that was earned by making their fans scrimp & save, what are you really Raging Against?

Their fans aren't doctors or lawyers or people with big incomes. The Rage Against The Machine Fan (by now) is probably working at a entry level to middle income job where an extra $152 out of pocket probably means that this person really is put out of their way to go see the show.

Rather than taking care of their fans, Rage Against The Machine has opted for the big payday.

Isn't this band big enough to exist above that? Do they really NEED Livenation as a partner in risk on this, taking a piece of the pie & subsequently raising the ticket price so the band gets paid what they want? Let's make no mistake, behind this all is the Livenation promoter trying as hard as possible to get a higher ticket price because they of all people know that people will pay it, that's their job....create as big a pie as possible & then take a piece of that pie.....Here's the thing though...Rage is in the rare position where they could make their own pie...& have the whole thing....where they really could go in themselves, rent out the venue, choose their own ticket prices, choose who they want involved & who they don't & given the popularity of the band, they wouldn't really have to even advertise beyond their website & maybe just let the local rock station know....uh....this is really the internet age, the rest of the work is done for you. The band would sellout the show either way, why does somebody else need to be cut in on the action? The role of the promoter is to advertise the show & take risk so that the band is not at risk of losing money. But with a band that will sellout with no advertising....where's the risk? Where's the need for somebody to advertise the show? There is none......

Why can't Rage promote their own shows, charge $35 & make their own pie that will also be friendly to their fans? Simple answer....greed & they don't care. It's easier to take the huge payday & look the other way than it is to do the right thing.

Just another day of business as usual in the music industry.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

USB Drive & The Stripes

This is awesome.....

article courtesy Pitchfork media......

The White Stripes' Icky Thump Due on USB Drive

Jack White shocks world by embracing technology invented after 19th century

As proof that they will go to great lengths to get Icky Thump into fans' headphones and onto their hard drives, the White Stripes have announced that they will release the forthcoming full-length in USB drive format.

The 512 MB USB 2.0 flash drives will come in two editions of 3,333 apiece. Half of them will creepily look like Meg, and the other half will creepily look like Jack (both are pictured).

The drives are available separately or as a pair, and all of them will come pre-loaded with Icky Thump in Apple Lossless format. They will ship the week of June 19, which is, not coincidentally, the album's U.S. release date (June 18 in the UK).

Friday, June 8, 2007


Pretty cool clip from france.....


(i swear to god that's the girl from smoosh....can anybody cooberate that?)

Monday, June 4, 2007

Sound Opinions Podcast


the show that i originally stole the name for my old blog & radio show for has a magnificent podcast....

you MUST's tremendous