The Beck show announced for June 19 at Austin's Backyard has been pushed back a day and will now happen on June 20. The show is officially SOLD OUT, so if you were waiting to get tickets, you're too late.
In other Austin music news, Tom Petty has been announced as this year's headliner at ACL fest. The official, complete, lineup will be announced on May 11. Also appearing this year: Ben Harper, Thievery Corporation, Son Volt, The Flaming Lips, Los Lonely Boys, Iron and Wine, Asleep at the Wheel, Massive Attack, KT Tunstall, New Pornographers, the Shins, Matisyahu, Kasey Chambers, John Mayer, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Subdudes, Buckwheat Zydeco and the Greencards. More to follow...
For the last few years, a coalition of technology companies, academics and computer programmers has been trying to persuade Congress to scale back the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Now Congress is preparing to do precisely the opposite. A proposed copyright law seen by CNET News.com would expand the DMCA's restrictions on software that can bypass copy protections and grant federal police more wiretapping and enforcement powers.
What does this have to do with music?
If you're feeling guilty about all the music you're downloading without paying for it, perhaps reading about new attempts to double down on the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) will help assuage that guilt. The "Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2006" includes some frightening expansions of current anti-piracy efforts, making it illegal to "make, import, export, obtain control of, or possess" anything that can be used to circumvent copyright protection. It also allows authorities to use wiretaps whenever copyright infringement is suspected (as opposed to in general, without permission?), doubles copyright-related prison terms, allows for the seizure and destruction of anything used for copyright infringement, and more.
The new law would send you to prison for attempting to infringe copyright. It would make it even more illegal to own tools that could be used to remove copy-restrictions, like DVD-ripping software -- it could even bust Symantec for making software that removed the Sony rootkit malicious software that the company distributed with its CDs last year.
And why are they doing this? Back to WiredBlog:
According to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, the problem is that the money made by infringing businesses is being used "quite frankly, to fund terrorism activities." Sure, buddy.
I'm trying to comprehend where the money comes in with peer to peer sharing .... but OK. Go delete Limewire from your computer right now or the terrorists win.
Blame Thomas Dolby if cell-phone ringtones piss you off. Nah, he didn't write that egregious "Crazy Frog" tune. But the '80s synthpop legend best known for the international hit "She Blinded Me with Science" is responsible for the polyphonic squawking of mobile devices worldwide, thanks to audio software developed by his company Beatnik.
Former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth is now a former radio talk show host.
It was announced today that his new talk show, one of the replacements for Howard Stern, has been canceled after failing to establish a beachead on the airwaves. Performance was so dismal that it was pulled before the announcement of the latest Arbitron ratings.
Apparently there is no truth to the rumor that Sammy Hagar, also former Van Halen frontman, will be replacing Roth, nor will Gary Cherone, another former frontman for Van Halen.
It is also unknown whether Roth will collect on his $4 million salary, or will have to return to being a NYC paramedic to pay the bills.
Debuting this August on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim is a new cartoon that will get all of our hard core panties in a bunch, "Death Clock Metalocalypse," about a Norwegian Black Metal band call Deathklok. Adult Swim was already pretty damn cool, but now they are just getting hard core cool. From the trailer, it looks a bit Airheads or Spinal Tap with a touch of the blackness.
Right now there are 20 episodes on the schedule. Michael Amott of Arch Enemy is lending his talents and his voice. It is always hard to tell if something is going to be good from the previews, but one thing I can tell: the music is going to rock.
Who would you put in a supergroup of metal folk? I'm not sure, and honestly, the last place I would expect to get music news is my husband's Maxim magazine, but hey, we take it where we get it.
VH-1 pulled together five musicians, in hopes probably that they would kill each other and maybe get a good show. However, according to the article in Maxim , everyone got along.
So who who should go in a metal supergroup? You would need a legend, a legacy, a hair band member, a hardcore member, and a thrash member. VH-1 hit up their group of regulars:
The Legend - Ted Nugent
The Legacy - Jason Bonham
The Hair Band - Sebastian Bach
The Hard Core - Evan Seinfeld
The Thrash - Scott Ian
Would have been fun to toss in Glenn Benton, Chris Barnes or King Diamond, but hey - still a pretty diverse group of fellas.
The mission - To record and preform in front of an audience after living with each other for two weeks. Honestly, with some of the egos present here, I personally am amazed they lived, but I will be tuning in.
From the strange but true files, it seems two miniaturized KISS tribute bands are going head to head over who had the idea to start a tribute band populated by little people. The mini-match culminated in at least one tiny bandmember being tossed from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. No further news is available at this time and so far no comment from the full sized KISS camp either. I am hoping to see this ironed out in the wrestling ring rather than the courtroom. Perhaps we can convince the Hells Belles, the all-female AC/DC tribute band, to officiate the match. Only in Vegas...