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Music Industry Drops Lawsuits

The Recording Industry Association of America has revealed its new strategy in fighting against the downloading of copyrighted music by working with internet service providers to sever abusers’ net connections. The decision to scrap the legal attack was first reported in The Wall Street Journal. In an interview Friday morning, Cary Sherman, president of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), said many of the details have yet to be hammered out. The music industry, – read more –

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Music & Culture

Album Review | Buffalo Tom – Three Easy Pieces

Buffalo Tom Three Easy Pieces (UMG – 2007) This is the Buffalo Tom record you have been waiting for. Fans of the band know that their career is one of those Sloan or Replacement style arcs. They were the “next big thing” for years and years, always selling a fair number of records, but never blowing up in the mainstream as was expected. Musicians and music fans know this band, respect their work, love the – read more –

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Various things

I am going to Toronto on Wednesday for NXNE. Woot! Buffalo Tom at the Shoe on Thursday the 7th. HPX got our Service Canada grants. The program is a total farce, now. They are giving everyone what they got last year, with no actual oversight or review. Garbage. So much for the new government of Canada. I am on youtube. The quality of this ad is really good. I am going to put a bunch – read more –

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Music & Culture

On the road, again

vkngs, a/v, the Stolen Minks, Jonny Stevens, Hip Club Groove, Scribbler, David Myles, Sleep to Dream, The Grass, The Superfantastics, Buck 65, Ruth Minnikin, Classified, and Windom Earle, Destroy Hope, Orchids Curse, The Switch, Cuban Assassins, The Establishment, Brent Randall, Their Majesties, Down With The Butterfly, Rebekah Higgs, Great Plains, Sleepless Nights, Jon McKiel, and Laura Peek. These bands are all bands from Halifax. They are all going on tour between now and July. They – read more –

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Sound and fury, signifying more of the same…

So this week I got a press release inviting me to come the launch of the Nova Scotia Culture Action Network or NS CAN. It made me sad. At this point, my proposal to create a cultural federation of federations and industry organizations, something that represents the whole sector but is member driven, is at a standstill. I am just not interested in continuing to work to convince people to do the obvious. It is – read more –

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Music & Culture

IGN: Steve Jobs Calls for End to DRM

Apple chief pledges support for open system, calls major labels to abandon losing battle. The RIAA and Norway respond. by Gerry Block February 7, 2007 – In an open letter titled “Thoughts on Music” published yesterday on Apple.com (link), Steve Jobs elucidated his, and as such, Apple’s perspective on the current landscape of digital music distribution and the role of DRM (Digital Rights Management) software that restricts how and where protected music is accessible. Addressing – read more –

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Halifax

Record of the Month – Great Plains, Home of the New Totem

Great Plains Home of the New Totem (Unreleased, 2007) This record is a great plague for me. Sean, the musician behind this project, is a friend of mine. He is the Technical Director for HPX, he is one of Halifax’s few drummers (note to people from Away – send us your drummers), he is a former member of the Burdocks, and this is his solo record. It is fantastic. His band and this record are – read more –

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Small Update

Another shorter update. Bernie Smith from the Spring Garden Merchants Association called to say that one of the ways that they sold the Stone’s concert was increased business for downtown. The end result of the Stones concert – markedly decreased business on Spring Garden Road, the exact opposite of what was expected, hoped, and promised.

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Oh Dear God… published.

To my wonder and delight, the Herald published my last article in the paper today. It was rather shocking in that I was not contacted, or, they tried to contact me while I was on business in Boston and never got a hold of me. It also comes two weeks after I wrote it, so some of the facts and suppositions are no longer completely accurate. Tomorrow, I think it likely that there will be – read more –

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Chronicle Herald | Rolling Stones – Another View

Note:┬áThis article was published in the September 25, 2006 issue of the Chronicle Herald on the Op/Ed page. As the mud on the North Common slowly dries under the warm fall sun, you can hear the whirling sound of government, industry and media spinning rapidly and heartily. They spin to ensure that the only message heard after the Rolling Stones concert is overwhelmingly, ridiculously positive. On the face of it, the concert was a success. – read more –

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A Conversation, about the Stones…

The scene: Waye, beer in hand. Fire is going. We are at Mitchell’s beach outside Pugwash. It is dark, the washer party started at noon, the party is still going now… everyone has been drinking… I am sitting next to Marnie’s cousin Mark, who lives in Pugwash in the summer, Springhill in the winter… it is his party, at his cottage. Waye – “So, Mark…. you going to see the Stones again?” Mark – “God – read more –

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Waye VS the Feds

The Canada Council said no to the Pop Explosion as of last week. This is unsurprising. We have applied to CC, FACTOR for the conference, and Traderoutes for the Boston mission. I think CC was least likely, Traderoutes 50/50, and FACTOR a probable, though FACTOR did deny us last year. CC funds art. Artists have the reputation and appearance of being a bunch of space cadets about things like business plans and money, but what – read more –

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Halifax

The R Bomb, and other updates.

So much going on in the world, so little time, so here we go with BULLET UPDATES. Rolling Stones in Halifax At the risk of being repetitious, I am going to be repetitious and repost what I put on halifaxlocals: “It’s good to see Regina coming into its own. This show will really put Regina on the map. It’s clear Regina is a big city with lots of potential and an exciting tourist destination. Regina – read more –

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Halifax

Rolling Stones

I was narcissistically checking my own website stats a moment ago…. top searches that result in people coming to my little blog so far this month… Rolling Stones Rolling Stones Rolling Stones Halifax Rolling Stones play Halifax? Are the Rolling Stones playing Halifax in 2006. Deep political commentary? No. Classic rock? Yes, this is what Waye Mason seems to stand for! Are the Stones playing in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada? The answer is NO. Keith – read more –