February 24th, 2004

Burn The World

Grey Tuesday

From the release on: http://www.greytuesday.org/


Tuesday, February 24 will be a day of coordinated civil disobedience: websites will post Danger Mouse's Grey Album on their site for 24 hours in protest of EMI's attempts to censor this work.

DJ Danger Mouse created a remix of Jay-Z's the Black Album and the Beatles White Album, and called it the Grey Album. Jay-Z's record label, Roc-A-Fella, released an a capella
version of his Black Album specifically to encourage remixes like this one. But despite praise from music fans and major media outlets like Rolling Stone ("an ingenious hip-hop record that sounds oddly ahead of its time") and the Boston Globe (which called it the "most creatively captivating" album of the year), EMI has sent cease and desist letters demanding
that stores destroy their copies of the album and websites remove them from their site. EMI claims copyright control of the Beatles 1968 White Album.

Danger Mouse’s album is one of the most "respectful" and undeniably positive examples of sampling; it honors both the Beatles and Jay-Z. Yet the lawyers and bureaucrats at EMI
have shown zero flexibility and not a glimmer of interest in the artistic significance of this work. And without a clearly defined right to sample (e.g. compulsory licensing), the five major record labels will continue to use copyright in a reactionary and narrowly self-interested manner that limits and erodes creativity. Their actions are also self-defeating: good new music is being created that people want to buy, but the major labels are so obsessed with hoarding their copyrights that they are literally turning customers away.

This first-of-its-kind protest signals a refusal to let major label lawyers control what musicians can create and what the public can hear. The Grey Album is only one of the thousands of legitimate and valuable efforts that have been stifled by the record industry-- not to mention the ones that were never even attempted because of the current legal climate. We cannot allow these corporations to continue censoring art; we need common-sense reforms to copyright law that can make sampling legal and practical for artists.

I personally got my copy of the album at http://www.sleep-dream-die.com/
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The Cut-Up Machine

After that weird spam, I got to thinking about it, and mentioned that it would be fun to feed it into a cut-up machine and see what happened. I was kidding, but it raised the question of what exactly I was talking about...so this is for the rest of you. Welcome to my mind...

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OK, spam is bad enough...but I just got a TEXT MESSAGE SPAM on my cell phone! I thought perhaps it had something to do with the fact that you can TM my phone form my user info page, but that is set to "friends only"...which means the only way it came through as random spam through e-mail. Checking the message again, it wasn't through LJ, so that HAS to be it.

Man, talk about tenacious...these fucking spammers will stop at NOTHING. Time for me to have a little talk with Sprint PCS.

Bush Supports Constitutional Ban On Gay Marriage

President Bush said Tuesday he supports a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage to prevent "the meaning of marriage from being changed forever."

Change the meaning? And what meaning is it that you don't wanna change, Georgie-boy? That two people who love each other and are committed to life together should be able to legally be together? Fuck you, George. Even if I DID support that, this is not something that needs to be in the flippin' Constitution. Besides which, stagnation is death. Period. Evolve or die, monkey-man.

I guess it's too much to ask that someone assassinate him.
Worship Chaos

Soul Centering

Gotta give a big thank you shout out to my bro' polarbear, who invited me to go with him today to the Japanese Garden here in Portland. Since I've been down here, I've wanted to go, and just never had had a chance...and with the way my head's been lately, not only did I need to see a friend, I needed to get out of the houser and relax.

Needless to say, it was a wonderful place...I think, if I could, I'd just live there. I'm kicking the Hell out of myself for not taking my camera, but, luckily, Michael had his, and got a few shots of his own. Still, I'll go back sometime soon...and probably frequently, as long as I live in this city.

Absolutely beautiful.