Archive for the ‘Music News’ Category

OK GO vs EMI

January 21, 2010

OK GO has always been a band known for its inventively creative viral videos. Think back to those impeccably dressed men you witnessed on treadmills, or caught dancing in your backyard back in 2006. Well, those same impeccably dressed gentlemen have returned with a new album, Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky, and a new video for “This Too Shall Pass,” but EMI does not want you to be able to freely share it. They have disabled the embed feature of the video on YouTube, and are in the process of suing Vimeo for allowing for an embeddable version.

Frontman Damian Kulash posted an open letter about the situation on the group’s forum Monday night, shedding some light on the issue. “We make our videos ourselves, and we keep them dirt cheap, but still, it all adds up, and it adds up to a great deal more than we have in our bank account, which is why we have a record label in the first place… Musicians need [record labels] to survive so we can use them as banks. Even bands like us who do most of our own promotion still need them to write checks every once in a while.”

Their record label, EMI/Capitol Records, gets paid a small sum every time a viewer watches one of their copyrighted works on YouTube. However, when a video is embedded on another blog, YouTube does not count those plays and EMI does not get paid. With the declining state of the current music industry, losing more money is not what the record company wants to do, even at the expense of virtually guaranteed viral marketing.

Kulash is mildly sympathetic to the plight of the record label, however, and offered up his thoughts in an interview with NewTeeVee.com:

“…I try to slam the label as little as possible. I mean, they’re in a completely impossible position. They were incredibly slow to react and definitely dug their own graves to a large extent, but that doesn’t mean that the people who are actually working at the desks at our label right now are bad people or doing the wrong thing. Most of the people we work with at the label are disgusted with their embedding policy. But it’s a big massive system that takes a long time to turn around.”

For a band that prides itself on its connections with fans and intense dedication to its art, I highly doubt that the band members really feel all that bad about the state of their record label. They most likely just need to keep up appearances so they don’t get dropped from the roster. The band could technically just repost the video under another YouTube username and provide an embed code that way, just as they have done by posting the video on Vimeo. The record label is clearly scrambling for every penny they can get, but I don’t see how preventing fans from sharing the video across social networking platforms actually helps them recoup any money. It is just drawing traffic away from YouTube, where they make money, to Vimeo, where they are not. But really, who thinks logically anymore?

Be sure to check out the video in question:

OK Go – This Too Shall Pass from OK Go on Vimeo.

Also, download a free MP3 of “This Too Shall Pass” on the band’s website.

iO

News ‘n Shows

January 14, 2010

Back in action on a Thursday!

Tiesto Feat. Tegan and Sara video released!
“Feel It In My Bones” is amazing with the Quin twins’ vocals, and the video is just as trippy. I am in lust all over again.

T-Mobile in Trouble
Enjoy your ringback tones while you can, as T-Mobile may be forced to pull the plug on the popular service. Performing rights society BMI has brought them under fire for alleged copyright infringement, according to Film Music Magazine. BMI claims that they tried to arrange licensing agreements with the cell phone giant for many years but that none ever materialized. The other major carriers have all negotiated terms for their ringback tone programs and are not named in the lawsuit. We’ll see how this one unfolds…

New M.I.A. album in the works
The Twittosphere was aflutter a few days ago with the release of a new song/video on M.I.A.’s twitter page. “Space Odyssey,” allegedly an attack on the New York Times, is a cut off of her highly anticipated new album, due out this summer.

MUST-SEE SHOWS

January 26
Parafora Presents! Party @BackBooth – $8/$10 – 8 pm – 18+
The Tenant, Surfer Blood, Basements of Florida, Yip Yip, Monotonix
DJ Set by Waxfang

Parafora Presents is celebrating their third anniversary, and will be doing it in style! This lineup is insane and it is shaping up to be a hot event. Get your tickets @ Mother Falcon Clothing in Thornton Park for $5 until tomorrow!

February 9
Cold Cave @BackBooth – $6/$8 – 8pm – 18+
w/ Nite Jewel, Technobox, Emily Reo

Former Give Up The Ghost frontman Wes Eisold has emerged from his cave, no pun intended, and will be embarking on a full tour with new side-project-turned-main-event Cold Cave. Be there!

February 11
Take Action! Tour @ House of Blues – $12.65/$15.35 – 6 pm – All Ages
We The Kings, Mayday Parade, There For Tomorrow, Rocket to the Moon, Call the Cops

iO blog will be covering this event and interviewing the bands. Sure to be a great time, and 10% of all ticket sales benefit 13-year-old Patrick Pedraja and his amazing charity, Driving for Donations!

iO

P.S.
I have edited the Mariah Carey video, and it is funny, but I think the public uproar over her drunkenness has subsided. I’ll wait until she strikes again and break it out.

Morning Roundup

January 4, 2010

It’s too bad that everyone from Maine to Florida is freezing their asses off this morning, but there’s plenty to feel all warm and fuzzy about, namely:

Vampire Weekend has posted a full Contra stream on their MySpace! You’ve been satiating your desire with singles (new MP3s have surfaced) and videos since last summer, but now you can experience it as a whole less than a week before the official release.

In honor of the new(ish) tracks, enjoy these badass VW remixes:

The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance (Chromeo Rmx)

Horchata (Kid Cola remix)

Cape Cod (The Teenagers Remix)

The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance (Miike Snow Remix)

Feist is back (again!), this time with Jeff Tweedy on the beautifully re-recorded Skip Spence / Beck Record Club collective track “Broken Heart.” Watch them in action here.

Rivers Cuomo, recuperating after an incapacitating bush crash during his recent Weezer tour, has posted up a new demo on his Indaba music page. Placeholder lyrics help him remember the melody as $208 is offered as bait to whoever can produce a better-sounding demo. Maybe I’ll work on that later today…

Tegan and Sara have finished the setlist for their upcoming tour. “brace yourselves t+s fans. our set list is done. 27 songs. thank goodness we’re playing theaters. bring snacks and lower back support.” @theteganandsara. Kicking off tomorrow night at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, BC, they will be touring North America non-stop for four months.

Kid Cudi was found to be wearing a kilt in Miami on New Years for the W’s NYE party on South Beach. Wonder what his drink of choice was that evening – Guinness or a martini?

That’s all the good stuff for now!

iO

Allen York Mixtape Drops TODAY!

January 1, 2010

Allen York is a talented and prolific MC from Kissimmee, FL. During promo for his “Homeless Millionaire” disc, I cut the video for “Success.” Now he is BACK with a fresh New Year’s mixtape!

“The Commercial” (Download Full EP)

An avid writer as evidenced on his blog, York is smart, witty and passionate about breaking through in the business. Confidently rapping “my mixtape cremates your whole album” on “Orlando Dumb Out,” he’s not kidding. The production value and quality of the beats are top-notch for a mixtape, which allows for full appreciation of the force and intensity of his lyrics. Devoid of gratuitous references to superficial gangster conventions, this is a thinking man’s hip hop. Deftly maneuvering between pop culture references and figures in history, he wistfully remembers his past while laying out plans to take control of his future. A scribe motivated by true creativity, he has no tolerance for a lack of originality.

Strongest Cuts:

“Orlando Dumb Out”
With the battlecry, “This is Sparta, I am Allen York,” he establishes his dominance over an epic sonic backdrop. The most direct attack on street cred. Standout track.

“Black or White”
Intelligent, introspective take on racial stereotypes and rising above.

“The Commercial”
Espousing lyrical hip hop, this is Yorkie’s introduction.

A fresh voice in local hip hop, he is bringing the importance of substance back to the game. He said it best, he’s “making music with a purpose.” Florida is ready for a new York. Let’s go!

iO