It’s easy to forget that the internet is an unregulated place, available for anyone to use provided they have the access. Anyone can access a website: be it for a blog, a news site, commerce, music, silly youtube videos, opinion and niche communities. It’s the only truly open communications medium we have available to us but not for much longer if US Senator John McCain gets his way.
Last week, Senator McCain introduced a bill to place the power back in the hands of corporations so they could decide who can access what website and at what speed. And that is why the preserving “net neutrality” is particularly pertinent at the moment.
In a classic case of ironic titling, McCain called it the Internet Freedom Act 2009. It sounds innocuous enough but the freedom here is not for the people, it’s to allow internet service providers and telecommunication companies to prioritise their own content over their competitors by slowing or blocking access to other web content, therefore removing the level-playing field that gives your neighbour’s blog the same priority as RTE.ie for example. (more…)
Nick Hornby on MP3 blogs
The author of High Fidelity explains the liberating effect of mp3 blogs. Read at The Guardian
Google launches music search
The search giant is making searching for music even easier by returning results to buy links for songs at the top of the page. It even works by searching with a lyric from the song. The feature is US-only for now. http://www.google.com/landing/music/
How Mad Men gets its facts straight
You don’t produce a faithful-to-the-period drama series based on a New York advertising firm without the attention to detail and research. What might be surprising is just how much research. Read at the New York Times
The Avett Brothers
Currently gathering plaudits in the US for their new Rick Rubin-produced album I and Love and You, expect Fleet Foxes-like levels of adoration. Paste Magazine said the album was “wall-to-wall epic ballads”. http://www.myspace.com/theavettbrothers
New Yeasayer single
The Brooklynites return with a fine slice of delay-drenched weirdo-pop from their forthcoming second LP Odd Blood due in February. Listen at Stereogum
Thumped Irish band MP3s
Popular Irish independent music forum and a regular “a place for pricks”, Thumped has a great section of Irish indie MP3s from bands like Channel One, Le Galaxie, Sleep Thieves and Legion of Two. http://thumped.com/news/mp3/
St. Etienne remixed by Air France
Between Richard X remaking the band’s debut as Foxbase Beta, a recent Cork gig and this remix of Spring from Swedish balearic maestros Air France, St. Etienne are well and truly back. Listen at Soundcloud
Last week, I spent five days in New York for the CMJ Music Marathon, an industry-focused music festival where at least 1300 bands and artists hit the streets of Manhattan and beyond to build hype about their music with the help of critics, industry and bloggers.
The time I spent pounding pavement with waning ankles was worth it. It was obvious that the mostly free blogger-curated day and late night parties are where it was at with many more unknown bands waiting to be discovered over the bands who either a) already have some kind of label deal or b) don’t really need a festival like CMJ to jump up the awareness ladder. I’m looking at you – The XX and The Temper Trap.
It’s with thanks to the blogs, music sites and their diligent web posts that I’m now enthused about Florida’s Surfer Blood who played the After The Jump Party, a consortium of 20 music bloggers who come together to put on events. Surfer Blood played a total of 12 sets during the week and their swooping surf rock with tender hooks got the attention of many. The band are not to be confused with Surf City, an equally enthralling prospect from New Zealand who play melodic indie-rock and who also rocked the festival. Their song Dickshakers Union is a good example of their sound (as well as being generally awesome).
Brooklyn’s Sleigh Bells were on the receiving end of much blog buzz with NYC blogger Sheena Beaston calling the boy/girl duo “the hottest thing to come out of CMJ”. It’s easy to see why. As well as putting on a fantastic show, their unique brand of electro-rock is the perfect dance enabler, coming across at times, like the Chemical Brothers played by a garage rock band.
Many other acts benefited from online post-show enthusiasm and the Twitter buzzometer so expect to hear more from this lot over the course of the next year… (more…)
Day & Night is offering 5 lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets each to see the hottest Clubland party in town, live at The O2, Dublin on Tuesday December 1st. Clubland Live 3 features live performances from headline act Cascada along with N-Dubz, Darren Styles, Agnes and many more.
All you have to do is look at today’s Day and Night magazine for the small feature on the competition for the question and details on how to enter by text or phone. Lines close on Sunday so get in there early!
“You want some ice cream, in case there are no gay people there?”
Actor Bronson Pinchot shares some of Tom Cruise’s weirder moments on the set of Risky Business, as well as commenting on “unpleasant human being” Denzel Washington. http://short.ie/bronson
The 30 worst fast food menu items
A tuna melt sandwich that stacks up the fat equivalent of four Big Macs? Hold on to your arteries! http://short.ie/fatfood
Stuck for a Halloween costume?
Need a last minute idea for a party? How about going as Balloon Boy thanks to this DIY how to. http://short.ie/diyballoon