Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Money Shot: Hating Wilco, Teddy Thompson Wants Your Attention & The Music Industry Wants To Raise Your Taxes...

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Rant: Wilco Is So Easy A Caveman Could Get It (Cinema Blend)
MS: I realized that it was Wilco’s lyrics that had sucked me in, not so long before. Not because I thought Jeff Tweedy’s lyrics were overly well written—in fact, they’re frequently a wad of drivel—but because they are filled with basic imagery that anyone could relate to. They suck you in with universal concepts like love and nostalgic reminders of past times. It is these lyrics (coupled with an inert anger that Yankee Hotel Foxtrot could make people feel special without being overly special), upon closer inspection, that became why I, not so subtly, but rather passionately, began to loathe Wilco.

Digital tax could save the music industry from itself (Chicago Tribune)
MS: The Songwriters Association of Canada is proposing a $5-a-month licensing fee on every wireless and Internet account in the country, in exchange for unlimited access to all recorded music.

The deal would put $1 billion annually in the pockets of artists, publishers and record labels, according to the songwriters group. The money would be distributed to artists based on how frequently their music is swapped on-line; the more downloads, the more money the people responsible for the music would accrue. Big Champagne, a Los Angeles-based Internet monitoring service, says it can track file-swapping accurately enough to ensure that artists big and small would be compensated.

Yet initial reaction to the proposal within the Canadian recording industry has not been overly supportive. Most see the proposal as such a radical transformation that it would jeopardize current businesses, including paid digital music services. The president of the Canadian Recording Industry Association, Graham Henderson, castigated the proposal as a “pipe dream” and a “quick fix,” according to Billboard.

Teddy Thompson: Folk prince is ready to inherit (Telegraph)
MS: "I still do lots of gigs where I'm the support act and people are chatting through my set, but I've got better at grabbing attention. I mean, my parents would play on bills with people like Judas Priest and get booed all the way through. But they stuck it out, got tough."

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