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Thursday, 27 September 2007

Infrared: 20th Century Boys


1) An area in the electromagnetic spectrum extending beyond red light from 760 nanometers to 1000 microns (106 nm). It is the form of radiation used for making non-contact temperature measurements.

2) A Wellington band playing a small EP release gig at Real Groovy Records, top of socialist leaning, coffee slurping, dirty Che wearing tshirt Cuba St this Friday 6 - 630 pm.

I’m told there will be strippers and free lines of coke for anyone who buys a copy. Except for Obelix. We all knows what happens to him when he as too much ‘magic potion’…

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Download this song!

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has slammed his record label and strongly encouraged fans to steal music.

Reznor launched a stinging tirade against Universal Music Australia on Sunday at the group's concert at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion, dismayed at the high price the label charged for CDs.

He called the record label "greedy f---ing assholes". It followed similar diatribes earlier in the year.

"Steal it. Steal away. Steal, steal and steal some more and give it to all your friends and keep on stealing," Reznor, who has been dubbed the Ralph Nader of the music industry, said.

"Because one way or another these mother f---ers will get it through their head that they're ripping people off and that's not right."

The group's latest album, Year Zero, sells for more than $A30 ($NZ35) in Australia, far more than albums from other artists.

A proud Reznor said Universal Music worldwide already hated him after he made similar comments on high CD prices the last time he visited Australia ("because I yelled at them and called them out for being greedy f---ing assholes").

The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), which has vigorously campaigned against music piracy, refused to comment on Reznor's attack. Universal Music Australia did not return calls requesting comment.

Reznor's endorsement of illegal downloading comes at a time when artists, particularly well-established ones, are cracking down on sites illegally distributing their music.

The crackdown is viewed by many as a desperate response to flagging physical CD sales in the face of digital downloads, both legal and illegal.

Figures released by ARIA last month revealed CD album and single sales dropped by 17 per cent and 47 per cent respectively in the first six months of this year, compared with the same period last year. Digital album sales increased by 67 per cent.

Last week, Prince said he planned to sue eBay, YouTube and The Pirate Bay for copyright infringement, in a bid to "reclaim his art on the internet".

Days later, Can't Stop Productions, which owns the rights to the Village People's music, said it was preparing to sue YouTube over a Hitler-themed clip that used the group's hit song, YMCA.

But Reznor, a self-confessed illegal downloader, has been campaigning to have CD prices reduced since May when, on the band's website, he noted Year Zero sold in Australia for $A34.99, compared with an Avril Lavigne album costing $A21.99.

He said a Universal Music rep told him the price was so high because Nine Inch Nails fans would buy the record regardless of its cost.

"No wonder people steal music," Reznor wrote.

This month before a concert at the Beijing Pop Festival he said: "It does not seem to be easy to obtain Western music via legal channels, so I have the following suggestion for our fans: if you can find and buy our legal CDs, I express my thanks for your support.

"If you cannot find it, I think that [illegally] downloading from the internet is a more acceptable option than buying pirated CDs."

Reznor told his Chinese fans that Nine Inch Nails would put out one last album for Universal, after which it would sell directly to fans through its website for as cheaply as $A4 an album.

From Stuff.co.nz

Infrared EP Debut Party

Saturday, 8 September 2007

The Blog Remains the Same

Here's an article that reckons Led Zeppelin are re uniting. Once the news spreads, Old Rockers everywhere suddenly will feel a little wetness down below. Old vinyl will be dusted off and spun up the stairway to heaven. Guitars that have sat in garages for years will be asked to provide the opening chords to Stairway but the strings will be rusted and out of tune. No Stairway? Denied.

Bald and thinning hair will not however be able to improved upon...


From the Independent

Six digits on the official website of Led Zeppelin was all it took yesterday to fuel fevered hopes that the longest-awaited and most-rumoured reunion in rock history is about to be announced.

The surviving members of the British band widely held to have redefined rock music - and how to indulge in its hedonistic excesses - are set to play their first full-scale concert in 27 years with a one-off appearance in November in southeast London.

The group's front man, Robert Plant, was reported to have confirmed the performance to an autograph hunter, while those involved with promoting the gig said full details would be announced within 10 days.

Fan websites were buzzing with speculation that the concert would be held on November 13 after the home page of LedZeppelin.com carried the American-style date 11.13.07 without further explanation. The date is a day after the release of Mothership, the band's latest greatest hits collection.

A source said: "It is going to happen. We are finalising the precise timing but basically the guys have agreed they want to do it. It will be a one-off."

It is thought the concert in the former Millennium Dome will be a charity event in memory of Ahmet Ertegun, the founder of Atlantic Records.

The London concert will be performed by Plant and the two other original band members, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones. The drums will be played by Jason Bonham, whose father, John, was Led Zeppelin's drummer until he died aged 32 by choking on his own vomit after a drinking binge in 1980 - an incident which prompted the band to break up

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

If you don't like my fire, then don't come around, cos I'm gonnna burn one down

This just in: dumbest comment ever from a reviewer that wasn’t Grant Smithies.

On reviewing Ben Harper’s new album Vicki Anderson notes “He's obviously talented but generally his music suffers from that "whole Jack Johnson round-the-campfire scenario" with every melody reminding me of the one before it that usually leaves me screaming "aargh bland bollocks".

I don’t really care what she thinks of the music but lets get the facts/opinions straight – Ben Harper does not suffer from the ‘Jack Johnson round-the-camp fire scenario’ – he bloody introduced Jack Johnson to the world via his producer and promotion of Jack via touring et al and even playing on Flake. Unlike Billy Joel, he actually started the er… fire.

Saying Ben suffers the JJ campfire scenario is like saying the Beatles have an Oasis Complex or that Radiohead have a Coldplay chip on their shoulder (I actually think Radiohead have a Radiohead chip on their shoulder but that’s an issue for Thom to work through with his therapist).

If you really want to get into it - Ben and Jack have vastly different playing styles when they play the acoustic guitar, further so when Ben gets up to his famous slide tricks. I would actually doubt if Jackson had actually ever turned an amp all the way up to eleven. He aint that kind of curious monkey.

Originally let loose on the The Optimus Prime Experiment

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