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Michael Moore – THE HUGEST TOOL

Well, I guess I should have predicted it, Michael Moore is the bigger political “tool.” And that is meant in the most unflattering context. With the recent Bill O’Reilly bashing, I would have thought is would be closer than 182 to 100, but I think the fact that Michael Moore’s …

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Downhill

We mentioned yesterday a new organization founded to assist the targets of RIAA lawsuits, Downhill Battle. Here’s a word from founder Nicholas Reville: We really think that the major label lawsuits are just intimidation followed by extortion: the record companies scare people with a suit for hundreds of thousands of …

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Another Online Music Contender

MusicMatch hops into the online music fray: MusicMatch … is launching an a la carte download service for the Windows Media platform. The service, which goes live today, will be integrated into the MusicMatch jukebox software and will feature 200,000 tracks, including music from all five major labels and more …

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Scorsese’s Blues

I am really enjoying Martin Scorsese’s blues series on PBS. Sunday night’s debut was a journey, directed by Scorsese himself, from the Mississippi Delta to Mali in West Africa with young bluesman Corey Harris, going farther and farther back in time until all black music conjoined in the primordial, wildly …

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Bloggy Airwaves

Sorry I’ve been scarce – been working intensely on an article, and this afternoon Dawn and I appeared with the brilliant and charming Dee Perry on the Cleveland NPR station WCPN to discuss this old bloggy world of ours and to cast our spell over the masses, needless to say. …

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Who Is Richard James?

Richard James (aka Aphex Twin, AFX, Caustic Window, Polygon Window) is among the first generation of music makers to use the computer as primary instrument, not just as a manipulation/editing tool. His genius spans various electronic music categories including the ambient, techno, hard core and trance subdivisions of house music, …

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ACLU to the Rescue?

The ACLU has begun to throw its weight around in the key file sharing cases. We mentioned Friday that the ACLU filed an amicus brief in conjunction with the library organizations in the Grokster case in support of the file sharing systems – now it is supporting Boston College in …

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50 Years With the Isleys

The Isley Brothers have moved fluidly through time and a wide range of musical genres (including R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, funk, psychedelic rock and smooth urban soul) to create an essential body of work. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, brothers O’Kelly (December 25, 1937-March 31, 1986), Rudolph (born April …

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Tears For Fears

In 1982 guitarist-keyboardist-singer Roland Orzabal, and singer-bassist-keyboardist Curt Smith left the ska group Graduate to form Tears for Fears, an ambitious blending of synth-pop and primal psychology. Their first single was “Mad World,” which combined odd, syncopated percussion with moody synths and Smith’s haunted vocals on killer lines to forge …

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