Tuesday, July 29, 2014

"Happy Birthday" is not in copyright, and Warner owes the world hundreds of millions for improperly collected royalties
Copyright scholars have long been pretty certain that “Happy Birthday to You” is in the public domain, despite the fact that Warner/Chappell claims copyright on it and charges impressive licensing fees to use it in public performances. Those fees, however, are much lower than a copyright lawsuit would be, so everyone shrugs and pays them. Until now.
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This is pretty interesting— they made me study copyright and intellectual property law when I was getting my degree (it’s stuff all audio engineers ought to know)— but it is going to remove the need for TV shows to come up with clever or funny alternate versions of the song for broadcast.
… my favorite being the Community episode that begins with the cast singing “to you,” and celebrating, followed by Pierce asking “How come we only sang the last two words?  What happened to the Happy Birthday part?”  Which plays into the larger story of the season, with Pierce being delusional on pills.

"Happy Birthday" is not in copyright, and Warner owes the world hundreds of millions for improperly collected royalties

Copyright scholars have long been pretty certain that “Happy Birthday to You” is in the public domain, despite the fact that Warner/Chappell claims copyright on it and charges impressive licensing fees to use it in public performances. Those fees, however, are much lower than a copyright lawsuit would be, so everyone shrugs and pays them. Until now.

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This is pretty interesting— they made me study copyright and intellectual property law when I was getting my degree (it’s stuff all audio engineers ought to know)— but it is going to remove the need for TV shows to come up with clever or funny alternate versions of the song for broadcast.

… my favorite being the Community episode that begins with the cast singing “to you,” and celebrating, followed by Pierce asking “How come we only sang the last two words?  What happened to the Happy Birthday part?”  Which plays into the larger story of the season, with Pierce being delusional on pills.

10-Year-Old Girl’s Guitar Cover Of Slayer Is Insane (With Hilarious Backup Vocals Bonus)

The guitar skills needed to cover a Slayer song like “War Ensemble” are pretty significant to say the least. That’s why this particular rendition by a — wait for it, wait for it — 10-year-old girl named Audrey is all the more impressive.

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Okay, this is pretty awesome all by itself (the little sister’s backing vox are just a bonus) but: I hope everyone snaps their Guitar Hero controllers in half and starts playing real instruments.

Especially if it means a 10 year old will be better than me at War Ensemble.  (which I have been playing since the early 90s)

… oh, and before you get critical of her, it is fundamentally impossible to play a Kerry King solo with a fixed-bridge instrument, so she doesn’t so much blow the first solo as just, well, not have the proper tools.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Holy crap, everyone is playing on thursday!  Like… everyone.

Princess is playing the Columbia City Theater, which is a little far away for me, but Princess rules and it’s a great room. https://www.facebook.com/events/145037829000182/

I don’t know Rattlehead, but I love the Kraken, everything’s always $5, I want to see Tyler-from-Phalgeron’s new band (Substratum) and… I just posted a video of Perception on here… https://www.facebook.com/events/661514830608392/

Beefcake the Mighty’s band is playing at El Corazon with Tyler-from-Phalgeron’s new band (Xoth), but— Coven!  6669, McDondaldland Massacre, Iron Dick, Fuckin’ a Nun COVEN is playing this show, which just makes me giggle with joy. https://www.facebook.com/events/268506410020043/

And hip-hop trio Best Band from Earth is an awesome time, and they’re at the 2 Bit… which is a diminishing seattle resource right now, too, and ought to be cherished. https://www.facebook.com/events/1422674284680521/

seattlenoir:



King Buzzo at the Shakdown in Bellingham, WA on June 21, 2014
Photos by Matt Koroulis Camera: Pentax ZX-60 Film: Kodak Tmax 400 Black & White 35mm Developed and scanned at Panda Lab in Seattle.
(posted 07/22/2014)

seattlenoir:

King Buzzo at the Shakedown on June 21st 2014

King Buzzo at the Shakedown on June 21st 2014

King Buzzo at the Shakdown in Bellingham, WA on June 21, 2014

Photos by Matt Koroulis
Camera: Pentax ZX-60
Film: Kodak Tmax 400 Black & White 35mm
Developed and scanned at Panda Lab in Seattle.

(posted 07/22/2014)

Sunday, July 27, 2014 Saturday, July 26, 2014

suicidewatch:

Big Black “Bad Penny”

poison303:

Steve Albini

I love this guy.

poison303:

Steve Albini

I love this guy.

Friday, July 25, 2014
Skelator at the Kraken?  Oh, this is going to be a BLAST!

SkelatorIron Kingdom (Surrey, B.C.)Night Demon (Ventura, CA)Last Bastion 9pm, $5, 21+

Skelator at the Kraken?  Oh, this is going to be a BLAST!

Skelator
Iron Kingdom (Surrey, B.C.)
Night Demon (Ventura, CA)
Last Bastion

9pm, $5, 21+

Dare to Be Stupid is one of my favorite songs (I’m in good company: Mark Mothersbaugh thinks its amazing enough to be jealous of), I sort of forgot how great its video is.  One of the great things about being a satirist is that you never have to feel dated: you’re not out-dated, you’re accurate.