Happy Anniversary Pirates: 20,000 Copyright Lawsuits and Counting (Wired)
MS: "The lawsuits, however, are not working," according to the report by the California privacy group. "Today, downloading from P2P networks is more popular than ever, despite the widespread public awareness of lawsuits."
The report's conclusion: "Suing music fans is no answer to the P2P dilemma."
Belle and Sebastian Are Looking for a Few Good Ladies (Pitchfork)
MS: Earlier today, Murdoch posted an entry in his diary on the band's website, grumbling about a frosty summer in Glasgow and then spinning a (thinly-veiled, autobiographical?) yarn about a boy, two girls, and the superior summer they spent wasting away the hours playing music. Murdoch alludes to a set of songs written-- but never recorded-- by these characters, which he'd like to complete with the help of the two girls from his story, or, failing the discovery of some sort of tear in the continuum between fantasy and reality, two adequate stand-ins. And that, lassie, is where you come in.
Okkervil River Flows Along (AZstarnet.com)
MS: "Somebody forwarded me this whole discussion on a message board about why I've dyed my hair now that we're big and successful," Sheff said. "And it's so funny to me because I've never dyed my hair in my life."
Jason Isbell Takes the Wheel (Metro Pulse)
MS: “It's hard as a writer when you have a vision that's fairly complete, of how you want songs to be recorded and how you want them to sound, it's hard to really collaborate with anybody, really,” he says. “I mean, we never wrote together. Usually, the person who wrote the song was the person who made a lot of the decisions, as far as arrangements and production. So I don't know that it was stifling, but it was kind of like painting half of a picture and then giving it to somebody else to finish."
Jane's Addiction star directs porn film (NME)
MS: "I have many friends in the adult entertainment industry, so I figured... what a great opportunity to work on a feature length project with people I already know."
CBGB's: Tributes to late founder (NME)
"Hilly was the best of men in the worst of places. Humble, we think of him tranquilly sweeping the front sidewalk after long hours of hardcore mayhem. He was impossible to intimidate. He kept his cool, first with the Hell's Angels, then with the punks, and finally, to the end, with the little bourgeois landlord who, not content with milking the city of millions with a phony "hospice" operation (the flop house upstairs), opted to evict him in favor of even more lucrative rents from some corporate chain store that, with ironic justice, has never materialized. (And who would dare? That hallowed block bounded by Joey Ramone Way is still too sacrosanct.)"