New music this week from Emilie Mover, The Thermals, The Silk Pigs and a great indie label from my old hang, Montreal’s Indica Records.
Sasha Frere Jones is a smart guy, but he really took a wrong turn in his column this week (“Heavy Sifting: Broke Hop”) particularly with this line: “But beats built from fragments of vinyl sound great, and before changes in law made sampling too expensive for anyone who isn’t named Kanye West, a lot of […]
Looks like Google has a new opponent in their charm offensive: Germany. More specifically, Germany’s attorney general Brigitte Zypries. Zypries said that Germany is considering filing a friend of the court brief in the Google Books case in order to “[make] the court aware of certain legal aspects“. Now what might those legal aspects be? […]
They seek him here They seek him there… Michael Geist is up in arms again, this time about a report that was issued by the Conference Board of Canada. Apparently the Conference Board had ordered a report from an acolyte of Geist that he would say they “ignored”. (Michael Geist, aka “he who shall not […]
Not only have Google been run out of town by German authors, they’ve also been run out of town by German villagers. And a few other people according to CBS5.com (“Germany to Google: Erase Raw Street Level Images“ “Greece’s Data Protection Authority recently rejected Google’s bid to roam Greek streets with cameras mounted on vehicles, […]
And the award goes to Greg Sandoval for getting through an entire interview about newspaper layoffs without mentioning…Google!
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Thoughtful post by Helienne Lindvall in the Guardian about a mock trial on the relevancy of record companies that was put on as a moot court at the Great Escape Festival in Brighton. Well worth reading her analysis which emphasizes several important points that the “Abbey Road in a Box” crowd would do well to […]
Very well-thought out post by Siva Vaidhyanathan “The Googlization of Universities” on Siva’s blog http://www.googlizationofeverything.com/. (Now that’s a domain I wish I owned.) The post is particularly illuminating on the issue of the affect of Google on students research skills (mostly undergrads), which I would say has trivialized one of the important skills that college […]
Purdue University is doing its part to make sure those Federal education dollars are put to use. According to what is apparently a pseudonymous post on a college website, Purdue students were encouraged to “…loot, pillage and plunder the record and movie industry in a way they’ll have to listen. Hit them in their wallets.” […]