Band of Blogs: Britney’s Telephone?, Kendal Johansson, R.S.A.G., Ham Sandwich

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Britney’s Telephone?
Gaga may have made Telephone a smash hit but it was first offered to Britney Spears. Hear her version at Pretty Much Amazing.
Listen at Pretty Much Amazing

Kendal Johansson
A sit up and take notice cover of Big Star’s Blue Moon by mysterious Swedish artist Kendal Johansson is one of the most stirring songs you’ll hear in a while.
Listen at Nialler9
 
R.S.A.G. – The Roamer
Taken from the new album Be It Right Or Wrong, The Roamer singles out a gentler style for the Choice Music Prize-nominated Kilkenny multi-instrumentalist.
Listen at State
 
Ham Sandwich return
Another second album teaser, The Naturist sees the Kells band extend their indie-pop repertoire further.
Listen at State

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Videos of the week: Paul Rudd’s computer, free running, Madchester documentary

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Paul Rudd’s computer
Paul Rudd stars in a short sketch by the surrealistic comedy duo Tim and Eric about what he gets up to at the computer.

An interactive demolition
Amazing immersive interactive video of a stadium demolition which can be manipulated in real-time as it crumbles.
View at Immersive Media
 
Freerunning compilation
Freerunning, gymnastics and martial arts expert Damien Walters can do amazing things with his body.

Madchester – The Sound of the North
A documentary shot during Manchester’s musical “baggy” period featuring Happy Mondays, 808 State, Inspiral Carpets, eh, Northside and an interview with Tony Wilson.
Watch at Et Jeht So

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Videos of The Week: US Soldiers do Gaga, worst trailer ever, M.I.A’s gingercide video

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Lady Gaga’s Telephone redux
U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan have remade Lady Gaga’s Telephone music video in their spare time.

Birdemic
Imagine The Birds remade as a B-Movie in 2010 and you’ve got this cringeworthy film trailer.

M.I.A’s Born Free video
Banned from Youtube due to its explicit content, M.I.A’s graphic 9 minute video sees redheads suffer at the hands of the military. We’re not sure if there’s a message here.

M.I.A, Born Free from ROMAIN-GAVRAS on Vimeo.

Airspace Rebooted
A visualisation of the northern European airspace returning to use after being closed due to volcanic ash. The info taken from flightradar24.com.

Airspace Rebooted from ItoWorld on Vimeo.

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Sites of the Week: Olivia Bee – 15 year old photographer

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Antenna
A desktop app that allows you to listen to radio stations worldwide using a map interface and filtered by genre.
http://bcdef.org/antenna/

Olivia Bee
15 year-old Portland photographer Olivia Bolles has received interest for her fascinating photographic documents of teenage life. Her work has been featured in several prominent U.S. magazines.
http://www.oliviabee.com

Veegle
Substantiated and interesting true facts taken from other sources are collected here. For example: “a telegram sent to Eleanor Roosevelt from the 1939 World’s Fair in New York used only current from electric eels”.
http://www.veegle.com

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Band of Blogs: Kele, Low Sea, Marina & Interpol

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Kele – Tenderoni
The Bloc Party frontman plays some Irish dates this month but before that listen to Tenderoni the thumping first single from the album The Boxer.
http://iamkele.com

Low Sea
Galway-based non-Irish duo Low Sea specialise in shoegaze-heavy dream pop. Fans of Mazzy Star will love it.
http://bit.ly/lowsea

Marina x Clock Opera
There has been dozens of Marina and the Diamonds remixes already but this London producer’s version of I Am Not A Robot is possibly the apex.
http://bit.ly/marinaopera

Interpol – Lights
The NYC rockers are gearing up to the release of their as yet untitled fourth album by offering Lights which sounds like the dark and moody opener to that release.
http://bit.ly/lightspol

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A licence to blog

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As you may have noticed via the masthead above the column (in the print version), I run Nialler9.com, a music blog that is now in its fifth year of operation. Last week, I received an email from the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) which represents bands, composers, artists and songwriters. IMRO sent emails to four prominent Irish music blogs (Nialler9, Asleep on a Compost Heap, The Torture Garden and MP3Hugger) saying as these blogs are making copyrighted music available online, they are liable to pay a licence.

The licence in question, the IMRO/MCPSI Limited Online Exploitation Licence (LOEL) covers the use of music online by small scale/non-commercial companies and individuals whose gross revenue is less than €7,000.

Now of course, in black and white terms, music blogs are covered by this blanket licence and all the music bloggers in question have no problem paying royalties if that is what is required. Currently, Nialler9 is the only site which actively takes advertising while the rest are distinctly non-commercial. The bigger issue here is by taxing amateur and hobby bloggers who don’t have any money available at their disposal to pay these licences (from €150 – €750 per year depending on the situation), IMRO will be effectively putting up a significant financial barrier to music blogs in this country resulting in the decimation of a now-vital part of the Irish music landscape.
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