Club and venue level life in Seattle's music community. Encouraging attending (and playing) shows, reviewing and supporting local bands, and the basic errata of life amidst the live music venues: drink tickets, earplugs, wrist stamps, borrowed speaker cables, blown monitors, broken strings, intermittently starting vans... you know, the good stuff.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.