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Ono Sues Lennon

I hate all the Yoko hate. I think it’s misguided and generally racist and sexist hogwash. She didn’t break up the Beatles and she didn’t dupe John Lennon. Yoko does occasionally makes some really odd and heavy handed legal moves and this week’s action might just take the cake.

In what appears to be yet another overzealous attempt to protect the legacy (or more likely, the value) of her late husband’s name, Yoko Ono has filed suit against singer/songwriter Lennon Murphy for performing under the stage name “Lennon.” This despite the singer’s claim that she actually consulted Ono about the matter early in her career. Update: It now appears that Yoko merely sought to stop Murphy from getting the exclusive right to the name Lennon for performance purposes.

The NME reports that Ono apparently made no objection at the time but is now stating that Murphy “fraudulently” registered the name as a trademark.

She also added that Murphy’s use of late husband John Lennon’s name is “tarnishment” towards the deceased member.

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Video: Come On, Come Out – A Fine Frenzy

Caught this lovely song from Seattle born and LA raised Alison Sudol on Letterman this week. The 22 year old songwriter lists British bands Aqualung, Radiohead, Coldplay and Keane as influences but I find this song more engaging than just about anything those sad sacks have done.

David Letterman – Come On, Come Out – A Fine Frenzy

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Creem Magazine’s Legacy: 70s vs. 80s

In the alley behind CREEM's Cass Corridor offices, 1969Detroit’s Metro Times has a great two-part feature by Bill Holdship on the life, death and strange resurrection of America’s only rock and roll magazine, Creem. The first part, Sour CREEM, traces its origins from the Cass Corridor through its heyday at the 120-acre Walled Lake compound, “where all the staff lived communally on the farm in one big house,” and beyond…

[Lester] Bangs and [Dave] Marsh got into a fistfight so bad one day that Marsh ended up with a gash in his head. Seems the tidier Marsh, tired of Lester’s dog pooping everywhere, placed the dung on Bangs’ typewriter. Strangely, their relationship was much better from that day forward.

Part Two is up now: CREEMed, wherein a new CREEM anthology results in a battle over the magazine’s legacy between its original ’70s staffers and the crew that ran the magazine in the ’80s through its 1988 demise.

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“New” Beatles Star Club Recordings

Paul and George at the Star-ClubAll big Beatles fans are familiar with the “Star Club Recordings.” They were recorded on a home tape recorder by a fan in the crowd at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany, on December 31, 1962. Originally released on vinyl in 1977, it sounds awful, but it’s the only recorded evidence we have of the Beatles kicking ass as a balls-out garage band.

And now, Billboard is reporting that Fuego Entertainment plans to release never-before-heard Beatles live recordings made in 1962 at the Star Club. Fuego says its collection includes previously unheard tracks, such as covers of Hank Williams’ “Lovesick Blues” and Maurice Williams’ “Do You Believe.”

Hardcore Beatles maniacs are skeptical. After streaming the one full track and 3 clips available (for $4.95!), the consensus is:

• “I Saw Her Standing There” is the booted-but-not-released version.

• “Hippy Hippy Shake” is the released version.

• “Lovesick Blues” is the booted version (not the Beatles).

• “A Taste Of Honey,” however, is new.

Could be interesting. But it’s probably not what Fuego is claiming it is.

MP3: Not the Beatles – “Lovesick Blues” (37 second sample, courtesy of Fuego)

Rhymefest vs. Michael Jackson

Man In The MirrorGreg Kot (of all people!) tipped us to a legally dubious project by South Side Chicago rapper Rhymefest and producer Mark Ronson:

The release is musical contraband; it flouts copyright law and freely dips into the Jackson back catalog for source material, including a trove of audio interviews. It rearranges this material into a fascinating virtual collaboration between two artists of different generations who have never met. Gimmicky as it sounds, sparks fly. Jackson hasn’t had such a provocative and inspired collaborator since he was working with producer Quincy Jones — back when “Thriller” reigned.

MP3s:

Rhymefest – “No Sunshine” [prod. by Emile]

Rhymefest – “Man In The Mirror” (ft Michael Jackson)

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Silos Bass Player Dead at 45

Drew Glackin, instrumentalist and bassist for Bloodshot Recording artists, The Silos, passed away suddenly on Saturday, January 5th. According to Bloodshot and his band, he was unaware of an overactive thyroid condition that led to severe heart damage.

A press release from the label included this message from the band:

Drew was adored around the world and his larger than life spirit and contagious jovial energy touched everyone he met, everywhere he went. He was a musician of the highest talent and made his mark in countless bands, record albums, and many thousands of live performances. He will be sorely missed and the memories of his music, his great humor, and his magnanimous generosity of spirit and love will be with us forever.

Information on a fund to support funeral costs after the jump…

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Post Admits It Fucked Up RIAA Story

Doh!Remember that Washington Post article that everybody freaked out about a couple weeks ago? The one about how the RIAA was going after personal use?

We didn’t link to it here at GLONO because we knew the whole premise of the article was incorrect. In that particular case, the dude was not getting busted just because he ripped a CD, but rather because he ripped it into his Shared Folder for Kazaa. Which is a big difference. And now the Post has (finally) issued a correction.

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Saul Williams Update: The Numbers

The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!We previously posted about how Saul Williams and Trent Reznor were collaborating on a project that was one-upping Radiohead. As a fan of Saul Williams, I had been excited about this idea, happily paid $5, and downloaded the 320kbps MP3 version of the album.

A couple months having passed, Reznor now offers up some Saul Williams follow-up and facts:

As of 1/2/08,
154,449 people chose to download Saul’s new record.
28,322 of those people chose to pay $5 for it, meaning:
18.3% chose to pay. […]

If 33,897 people went out and bought Saul’s last record 3 years ago (when more people bought CDs) and over 150K – five times as many – sought out this new record, that’s great – right?

I have to assume the people knowing about this project must either be primarily Saul or NIN fans, as there was very little media coverage outside our direct influence. If that assumption is correct – that most of the people that chose to download Saul’s record came from his or my own fan-base – is it good news that less than one in five feel it was worth $5? I’m not sure what I was expecting but that percentage – primarily from fans – seems disheartening.

Little media coverage? Oh really?

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Britney’s Mom Loses Book Deal

Reuters says:

A Christian publisher said on Wednesday it has called off a parenting book written by Lynne Spears — the mother of troubled pop star Britney Spears and her pregnant 16-year-old sister, Jamie Lynn. […]

The working title for the book was “Pop Culture Mom: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World.” Described by the publisher as “a parenting book that’s going to have faith elements to it,” it had been set for publication on Mother’s Day in May 2008.

Wow. What a shame that this book will never see the light of day. As a new parent I’m always looking for good tips on how to raise a happy, well-adjusted, responsible kid. And who could argue with the results that Lynne Spears got? She clearly knows what she’s doing.

Now I don’t want to get into the whole parental blame game here, because heaven knows all parents make their share of mistakes. And if my kid ever knocks up a girl or shaves his head or builds a top secret sex room, I wouldn’t want strangers writing crap about what a lousy dad I was.

Then again, I’m not planning on writing a parenting book for a Christian publisher.

Billboard’s 2007 Year End Charts

Billboard has released The Year In Charts 2007, looking at the “chart year,” which runs from December 2006 to November 2007. The fact that the majority of the albums on these charts were actually released in 2006—or eariler—doesn’t seem to bother anybody (except the nitpricks at Percolator).

Some interesting positions from the Year-end Albums – The Billboard 200 chart:

7 FUTURESEX/LOVESOUNDS Justin Timberlake

12 GRADUATION Kanye West

14 LOVE The Beatles

24 BACK TO BLACK Amy Winehouse

66 MY DECEMBER Kelly Clarkson

76 ICKY THUMP The White Stripes

90 MEMORY ALMOST FULL Paul McCartney

110 FINDING FOREVER Common

116 YEAR ZERO Nine Inch Nails

118 ALRIGHT, STILL… Lily Allen

122 WINCING THE NIGHT AWAY The Shins

126 WE WERE DEAD BEFORE THE SHIP EVEN SANK Modest Mouse

128 ROCK N ROLL JESUS Kid Rock

149 THE REMINDER Feist

154 BEGIN TO HOPE Regina Spektor

163 FACE THE PROMISE Bob Seger

165 ZEITGEIST The Smashing Pumpkins

180 STILL THE SAME… GREAT ROCK CLASSICS OF OUR TIME Rod Stewart

186 THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE SIXTIES Barry Manilow

190 NEON BIBLE Arcade Fire

198 SKY BLUE SKY Wilco

200 THE PICK OF DESTINY (SOUNDTRACK) Tenacious D

No surprise, I suppose, that most of the halfway-decent albums are in the bottom half of the chart… But congrats, anyway, to all who charted!

Lots more year-end charts.