Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Money Shot: Arcade Fire Rips Clinton & Praises Obama, The Evolution of Music Writing in '07, and Now Reznor Wants To Tax The Internet...

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Trent Reznor: Why won't people pay $5? (CNET)
MS: "I think if there was an ISP tax of some sort, we can say to the consumer, "All music is now available and able to be downloaded and put in your car and put in your iPod and put up your a-- if you want, and it's $5 on your cable bill or ISP bill."

Best Music Scribing Awards 2007 (Popmatters)
MS: With less traditional venues or less writers at the remaining left standing, new publications and blogs will have to pick up the slack, while citizen journalism has potential even though it’s in its infancy. As long as readers still care and writers are jazzed enough about their work to say something interesting, there’s always hope, but it ain’t gonna add up to anything substantial unless the publications (meaning the owners, publishers, editors and even the writers too) keep pushing new ideas and initiatives not just to keep ahead, but also to keep afloat. That means treating blogs as a boon and not a threat and taking advantage of new innovations in mobile technology and using burgeoning social networks to also spread the word.

Arcade Fire frontman weighs in on US presidential candidates (NME)
MS: "I am watching Hillary Clinton in her victory speech in New Hampshire...they just threw a bunch of college kids behind her, and had her talk about student loans, and had her daughter come out for a long awkward hug...does anyone actually buy it? Surely young people are too media savvy to be fooled by this kind of shit.

"Do we live in a democracy so we can just keep electing the same families?

"Barack is the first candidate in my lifetime to strip some of this bullshit away, and I just hope we don't blow this chance. Man if we miss this opportunity we don't deserve it...how bad does it have to get? Fuck!!!!!!!!!"

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