The MTP Interview: Randy Himes of the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists

[This post first appeared on MTP in 2009.  AFTRA is part of the coalition of labor unions and guilds (including the AFL-CIO) supporting rogue sites legislation in the US Congress] There are two principle unions in the music industry, the American Federation of Musicians (“AFM“) and the American Federation of Radio & Television Artists (“AFTRA“). […]

New Music Weekend: Our top 23 for 2011: New Music Weekend: Our Top 23 for 2011: Emily Zuzik, Phantogram, I Break Horses, Slowtrain, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Laze & Royal, Alex Clare, Pure X, Harvey Smith Salute, Le Corps Mince de Francoise, Kate Todd, Phantom, Kids in Glass Houses, Sarah Jarosz, Memory Tapes, Niki and the Dove, Brasstronaut, These Kids Wear Crowns, Julianna Barwick, Mother Falcon, My Name is John Michael, Esben and the Witch, Family of the Year

Top 23 for 2011 from Semaphore Music.  Why top 23?  10 is too restrictive, and when asked to list top 20, no one did, so top 23.  Supposedly across all genres but clearly isn’t. Emily Zuzik (Brooklyn) “You Want to Go Out Tonight” @emilyzuzik Phantogram (Saratoga Springs) “Running from the Cops” @phantogram I Break Horses (Stockholm) “Load […]

FOIA Request Shows That GAO Is Still Stonewalling on Sources for “Stealing is Good” Report

[This post appeared earlier in 2011–but given the rogue sites debate that demonstrates just how much money is being made from online theft, understanding who influenced this GAO “report” that found that “stealing is good” is even more necessary.] Some of you may remember the report by the Government Accountability Office that studied the problem […]

Update: Should there be a rating system for “red flag” knowledge: Are Five Million DMCA notices too many?

[3/31/13 Update by Editor Charlie:  We now know courtesy of Google’s DMCA Transparency Report that Google processes roughly 10,000,000 DMCA notices a month for search alone which Google acknowledges to be 97% accurate.  It also seems likely that the Google lobbyist had some idea or actually knew of this level of infringement in Google search […]

Top 20 Posts of 2011

Why not have another year-end chart?  These are the 20 most-read MTP blog posts of 2011: The MTP Interview: Bob Ludwig of Gateway Mastering Clutching Forks and Knives to Eat Their Bacon: Sirius now wants to gut SoundExchange Book Review: “Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business and How the Culture Business […]

New Music Monday: Lavinia Greenlaw, Raleigh Moncrief, Seeking Empire, Emeli Sande, Liam Bailey

Staff picks from Semaphore Music, Digital Distribution and Music Supervision 1.  Lavinia Greenlaw (London), Audio Obscura (“fragments of individual narratives, glimpses of interior worlds drawn from monologues that glance off one another, hovering between speech and unconscious thought”)  @laviniagreenlaw 2.  Raleigh Moncrief (Sacramento) “Cast Out For Days” @raleighmoncrief 3.  Seeking Empire (San Francisco) “Caving In” @seekingempire […]