The big boys have started paying attention to YouTube and Google Video. But not all copyright violations are created equal.
Why the major labels are squeezing online retailers to raise the price of digital music.
Two records from the UK and a little Chinese box with a speaker
Our Section 3 regulars have made their lists. Even though some of them don’t believe in lists, man.
Sony BMG’s most recent attempt to lock down content only pushes smart listeners towards illegal downloading.
The record industry’s still scapegoating downloaders–while angling for more of their cash.
A new cell phone and an unsigned band shake up the music industry.
Even the worst singles on a new limited-edition box set reveal something about what would make the label great.
DFA Compilation #2 (DFA) What are DFA’s bands so cranky about? This bite-size New York indie–James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy, the label’s in-house production team, are also two-thirds of its management–is on top of its little world right now, and that world’s about to get a lot bigger. Over the past few years DFA Records […]
With conservatives setting the terms of debate on everything from war to health care, liberals need to relearn how to be right.
Fairport Convention Fairport Unconventional (Free Reed) Fairport Convention are celebrating their 35th anniversary as a group this year–and on Fairport Unconventional, a four-CD box set issued in commemoration, it’s clearer than ever that the fascination with history that gave them their glory has become their trap. They’re the progenitors of British folk rock, which draws […]
Wire Read & Burn 01 (Pinkflag) Wire has broken up before–twice–and they’re going to do it again, whenever they damn well feel like it. They announce as much with the opening track on Read & Burn 01, the first studio recording of their third incarnation. “Trust me, believe me,” Colin Newman drawls, then straightens up […]
Chills Secret Box: The Chills’ Rarities, 1980-2000 (Definitive Music) By Douglas Wolk Chills fans have had to put up with almost 20 years of excuses. If only Martin Phillipps had been able to keep a band together, instead of going through 14 configurations in the group’s first 12 years. If only drummer Martyn Bull hadn’t […]
Of Grammatology Derrida Cock-Horse None of these young Chicago hipsters had actually played instruments before entering the studio, but they planned to employ Pro Tools’ new “subtle, jazzy, evocative, futuristic, improvisational” plug-in to full effect. Due to a hard-drive error, though, what came out was scrambled fragments of tuning noises and Sean O’Hagan’s collection of […]
Concise Pink Pig Atlas: The Whole Cure in the Mirror By Douglas Wolk In 1996, the Cure did a promotional tour for their Wild Mood Swings album, and one of their first stops was an invitation-only taping for Modern Rock Live. A coworker of mine who more or less lived for the Cure finagled himself […]