Bad Religion Wrestles With Politics On New CD (Billboard)
The Money Shot: "If anything, it's given a touch of sadness and a touch of resignation to our reflectiveness as a band," he says. "I think maybe now, while we're moving toward the end of Bush's term -- and having all the wreckage that he's created to deal with in his aftermath -- it's made us more sad than angry.
Internet Royalty Rate Hike | Dan McSwain, AccuRadio.com (CMJ)
MS: There continues to be no resolution because SoundExchange has yet to offer webcasters (large and small) any sustainable solution to the ruinous rates proposed by the CRB. Webcasters want to continue streaming while fairly compensating artists for their work. But the SoundExchange proposed solutions are not fair to webcasters, the end result of which will be that artists are hurt by a loss of an increasingly-important free digital promotion service, not to mention a modest revenue stream.
Decemberists feature a hearty songbook (Philly.com)
MS: Growing up, going to rock shows, I loved bands having a good time on stage, not taking themselves so seriously. They were tearing down the assumption that to be a rock band you need to be moody and staring at your shoes. . . . And that's what I've pushed us into.
But it hasn't been hard. We're all normal people. We don't have attitude issues. And though the music's artful, it doesn't have to be staid.
Sky Blue Thinking From Born Makers of Melody (The Scotsman)
MS: "OK, the results are significantly different," he admits, "but I think there are a lot of things about Sky Blue Sky that are much more similar to the previous two records than a lot of people are willing, able or care to hear. There's still a restlessness in the music, and parts of it that are a little bit outside the norm. If there's any real difference, it's that it was arrived at a lot more naturally this time than on the previous two records, where it was maybe tacked on in a much more self-conscious way."
Pirated Music Helps Radio Develop Playlists (Wall Street Journal)
MS: Using data on stolen music to help mold playlists may strike some as ironic. File sharing has likely contributed to the continuing decline in the music business. U.S. music sales were down 7% last year after a 3% drop the year before, according to the London-based music trade group IFPI. But BigChampagne's clients say ignoring file sharing wouldn't make sense. "It's a fact of life at this time," says Rich Meyer, Mediabase's president and executive vice president at Premiere.
Full Blur line-up to record in September? (NME)
MS: Blur drummer Dave Rowntree has hinted that the band, including previously absent guitarist Graham Coxon, are to record together in September.
Rumours have been ciculating for a while that the original members of the group are to unite to work on their first record together since 1999's '13'. Coxon was sacked in 2002, and the rest of the band put out one record without him, 2003's 'Think Tank'.