Category Archives: Shorties

Gawker Media vs. Village Voice

The New York Times covers Percolator’s new challenge to the Pazz & Jop poll.

The new survey will be organized by Michaelangelo Matos, a well regarded freelance writer who has served as music editor at the Voice-owned Seattle Weekly…. Jackin’ Pop will have some new technological bells and whistles, like demographic breakdowns of ballots, but will largely be modeled after Pazz & Jop. Mr. Matos, 31, said it was as much a homage to that model as a protest against the new Voice.

“Pazz & Jop has always been about intellectual music coverage,” he said. “There are people at The Voice doing good, smart work, but the overall culture does not smile upon it being particularly thoughtful.”

… To nab that credibility, Idolator first offered the job of putting Jackin’ Pop together to Mr. Christgau. He declined, but said he would contribute to both Jackin’ Pop and Pazz & Jop.

Read Percolator’s Jackin’ Pop announcement: Time To Raze The Village.

Update: the results are in.

Clear Channel Bought Out for $19 Billion

Not sure exactly what this will mean for the future of radio, but Clear Channel was bought out for $19 billion from private equity firms.

Tidbits from Bloomberg:

• “The company also plans to sell 448 of its 1,150 radio stations and all of its 42 television stations.”

• “The company lost more than 60 percent of its market value since 2000…”

• “Now the company plans to sell almost 40 percent of its radio stations. None of those are in the top 100 U.S. markets and the assets represent less than 10 percent of revenue.”

• “The deal leaves current executives in charge of the company, including Mark Mays and his brother Randall Mays, 41, who is chief financial officer.”

• New owners “Lee and Bain have been buyers of media companies before… [They] partnered with Providence to buy Warner Music Group…”

Guessing this is just another “same as the old boss” type of scenario. But who knows?

Live Blogging the AMAs

Election night 2006 was the launch of a new GLONO feature over on POLJUNK: live blogging. We all got twisted and commented in real time on the election returns. It was a hoot and since Loftus is busy deconstructing Detroit garage rock, we’re bringing the live blog to bear on the American Music Awards this Tuesday, November 21. Log on to GLONO at 8/7(cst) and join in on the fun. Think of a drinking game and win a nasty hangover for Wednesday.

Be there!

Previously: I Want A New Drug: The 2003 AMAs and Call Me Diddy: The 2002 AMAs.

How We Lost the Public Domain

This is a couple of years old, but I had never read it before: How I Lost the Big One , wherein Lawrence Lessig explains what went wrong in the 2003 Supreme Court case that, for all intents and purposes, ended the Public Domain for anything created since 1923.

(Briefly, the Court decided that Congress has the right to extend copyrights indefinitely despite the fact that the Constitution explicitly states that exclusive rights should only be secured “for limited Times.”)

But now, Techdirt is suggesting that Lessig might have another opportunity to fight for big changes in copyright law. Don’t hold your breath, but don’t count him out either!

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Candle Records is Closing

Very sad news from Australia: Candle Records is closing its doors on March 31, 2007. For 12 years, Candle has been the home of great Australian pop bands like the Lucksmiths, the Mabels, Darren Hanlon, the Guild League, and many others.

Label founder Chris Crouch says, “Candle Records has been a big part of my life, run on the passion and love of music. I have made so many good friends and have worked with an incredible group of talented people. Great friendships have formed and the Candle family has in fact felt like a family. My job has involved managing bands, releasing albums, booking shows, publicising gigs, selling CDs, running the mail order and website and it’s all been an absolute pleasure. But now is the time for change.”

Thanks for all the music, Candle. You’ll be missed!

Previously: Perfect in the Summertime: Lucksmiths Interview; and I love the Lucksmiths

Last Known Photo of Lennon-McCartney SOLD

Corrected: The “last known” photograph of John Lennon and Paul McCartney together is for sale was sold in 2000. The image was taken at the recording of US singer Harry Nilsson’s album Pussy Cats in 1974, four years after the Beatles split up. John Lennon produced Pussy Cats during his “Lost Weekend” and McCartney stopped by unannounced.

Last Known Photo of Lennon-McCartney

The black and white photo was part of a collection of the late Who drummer Keith Moon’s memorabilia auctioned off in 2000.

But now there’s even more Keith Moon stuff going up for auction on November 21, 2006, through Christie’s. You can bid on some awesome flared pants, lots of gold records, a couple of diaries, and even some drums.

Wilco’s Webcam

Back in early 2002, things were looking good for Wilco. But it had been a wild year. In March 2001, they announced their new drummer and expected Reprise Records to release Yankee Hotel Foxtrot on July 10, 2001. After that date came and went, in August after the whole album had been leaked on Audiogalaxy, they announced their split with Reprise. Soon afterwards, Jay Bennett got the boot. It wasn’t until December 2001 that they finally signed with Nonesuch and set an April 2002 release date.

Shortly after they signed to their new label, they must have been feeling pretty sure of themselves because they set up a webcam in their recording studio/rehearsal space/hangout loft. I’m not sure if anybody else remembers this, but they left it up for at least a few weeks and you could watch what was going on in Wilcoworld. I had forgotten about it, too, until I recently stumbled across some screengrabs that I had saved on my computer. Check them out after the jump…

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Blame Pete

According to the NME, our man Pete Townshend still smarts over the kiddie porn charges from a few years ago and marched out of a scheduled interview with Howard Stern after another member of the show took a stab at the old boy. According to the story, Stern later apologized and Pete responded on his website by inviting Howard to lunch.

In other Pete bashing news of another surname, Oasis leadman Liam Gallagher mocked Pete Doherty’s drug problems by calling him (and Keane lead singerTom Chaplin, who recently completed his own rehab stint) “posh lightweights” who can’t take drugs. Gallagher told the Sun that Doherty is “cabbaged,” which is a great put-down even if I don’t know what it means.

The Gallagher brothers, themselves well known for having a taste for the drink and the drug, have yet to see the inside of the famed Priory rehab clinic.

“None of us have been in the Priory, ” said Gallagher. “Not like these little idiots today. They have one little line, they have one burn and they’re all in rehab.”

Cabbaged, ideed!

Snoop Nabbed on Drug and Weapons Charges

Awwwwwww shit, Snoop Dog was arrested at 3:45 p.m. Thursday at Bob Hope Airport, police said. The D to the O the double G posted $35,000 bail and was scheduled to appear in court Dec. 12.

It appears he was arrested after cops searched his vehicle. Snoop seems to have violated a lane restriction at the airport, which prompted the 5-0 to rummage his gear and find his stash. My question is, why did Snoop allow them to search the vehicle??? C’mon, yo!

“There was no basis for this arrest,” the rapper’s attorney, Donald Etra, said in a statement. “We believe that once this is cleared up, all charges will be dismissed.”