Please don't rip off our music (Sydney Morning Herald)
MS: Australia's biggest musical acts are crying poor in a new documentary that seeks to discourage people from obtaining music illegally and change the public's perception that they live a high life of riches and glamour.
Ironically, the 10-minute documentary, which was developed by the music industry and will be distributed for free to all high schools in Australia, has been designed so it can easily be spread virally across the file sharing websites that also hold much of the pirated music the industry is seeking to eradicate.
TV Party: Punk Rock On TV (Chips and Salsa)
MS: 2. Elvis Costello on “Saturday Night Live” (1977)
Apparently in 1977, you could be banned from SNL for playing a different song than your label wanted you to. Ironically appearing as a last minute fill-in for The Sex Pistols, Costello made his own waves with “Radio, Radio.” He wouldn’t be invited back for ten years.
Best of Rock: The 125-Plus People, Places and Things Ruling The Rock and Roll Universe (Rolling Stone)
MS: BEST BREAKTHROUGH - My Morning Jacket
On their audacious new album, Evil Urges, My Morning Jacket veer between funk-metal grooves, Nashville crooning, classic-rock guitar heroics and more — sometimes all in the same song. The album, out June 10th, is the latest evidence that MMJ are aiming higher than almost any other band of their generation. And if their music is increasingly hard to categorize, that's the point, according to frontman Jim James. "People looked at Radiohead when they started, and were like, 'Oh, Brit-pop rock band,'" says James. "Now they're just fucking awesome, awesome weirdos. You can't put a label on them, and that's what I hope has been happening with us. Whether you love us or hate us, we're not any one type of band."
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