New Music Weekend: Shooter Jennings, Allison Weiss, First Aid Kit, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Jacques Lu Cont

Staff picks from Semaphore Music 1.  Shooter Jennings (Nashville) “The Deed and the Dollars” @shooterjennings 2.  Allison Weiss (Brooklyn) “I Was an Island” @allisonweiss 3.  First Aid Kit (Stockholm) “I Met Up With the King” @firstaidkitband 4.  Benjamin Francis Leftwich (York) “Atlas Hands” @benleftwich 5.  Jacques Lu Cont (Reading) “Tracques” @jacqueslucont

This week in News from the Goolag: Crony Capitalism is Back; McGuiness Blasts Google’s Profit From Piracy; Don’t Be Evil the Bookmarklet; Schmidt Pans Income Inequality Says Let Them Eat Looms

Crony Capitalism is Back Baby!!  Big Finish for 2011 Google drops $3.7m in Q4 brings company to $9.68 million for 2011–and this doesn’t include Net Coalition, Creative Commons, Free Press, Public Knowlege, Sunlight Foundation, Berkman Center…and so on. Politico Morning Tech Blog reported (Politico Morning Tech Blog), “Dave Levinthal reports: ‘Lobbying spending by the nation’s most prominent […]