I can’t wait until the day I can shout,”Hooray for the Little guys”. Like George Mason in the Sweet Sixteen, I am rooting for my airplay for the littlle lables, the up-and-comers. Here is what is happenin’. Check it out.
The American Association Of Independent Music (or A2IM), a collection of indie record labels that formed last summer to promote fair rights for independent labels, sent a letter to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin to assess the “unfair advantage” major labels have in getting radio play, and to pursue allegations of payola.
Acting President of A2IM Don Rose said that, “…the FCC is conducting a thorough investigation of alleged payola-like practices in the commercial radio industry.” The FCC will also be determining exactly how these practices have unfairly tipped the scales for the major labels. This process started in July 2005 when New York Attorney General Elliott Spitzer brought to light documents from Sony BMG (one of the four remaining majors) that showed many different forms of “payola” (or payola-related) activities, often indirect in the form of presents. Though they were small gifts, like electronics and concert tickets, to specific DJs (small enough to fly under the radar) they could easily add up to millions of dollars worth of gifts.
These practices, A2IM states, “made it virtually impossible for songs released by independent labels to be considered for airplay within existing formats.” The radio airplay for artists on independent labels, subsequently, was at roughly 10% last summer, even though the Nielson SoundScan ratings showed album sales for indies around 27% of market sales for 2004-05. Despite all this evidence for the strength of the independent music market, “Somehow,” Rose states, “music released by independents is virtually absent from the commercial airwaves.”
Members of A2IM include a long list of independent labels such as GSL, Epitaph, Beggars Group, Matador, Lookout, Roadrunner, TVT, Touch & Go, and Sub Pop. They undertake the burden of securing a future in the music industry where artists are given fair chances to succeed against those on larger and more well-financed labels.
Learn more about it at www.a2im.org
Xiu Xiu have a real busy 2006 ahead of them with a mountain of projects ready to be unleashed. The band has finished their 5th LP with Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier behind the boards. Titled The Air Force the record is due for release on September 15. Jamie Stewart and company also have a covers EP/7″ package in the works, which will see stripped-down versions of tunes by Nina Simone, Bauhaus, and Elliott Smith. What’s more, the mopey noise-makers will be releasing a collaborative effort with ambient wonder Grouper as well as another XXL (Xiu Xiu and Larsen) effort. And if that wasn’t enough, Stewart is helping compose music for a McSweeney‘s DVD of early 20th century animation. Phew! All that’s left for Xiu Xiu is perhaps a feature film. Maybe A Hard Day’s Night with attempted suicides and analog static?
From what I hear the LP has 11 tracks and you can check out more on this band at: http://www.xiuxiu.org
We here at GREENARROWRADIO want to thank all of the listeners who called in to show their support to WHUS and our show by helping us exceed our show goal on the way to breaking our station goal of 27,000$. These monies will be put to immediate use, paying off an existing loan fo rour new(er) radio tower. We are going to be going digital, WHUS is moving into unchartered territory with this, but that is what we do best here. There are so many costs to the daily running and overall maintaining of this station that the one time a year we ask for our listeners to step up and join in and as always, they do. THANK YOU.
We did manage to get some tunes played between the guest appearences of the filthy one himself Dave Estell. Dean-o stopped thru to pitch in. Dean-o was the host of a popular show here on Wednesday mornings called Progressive Regression. He may be joining us from time to time to get back into it. Welcome him.
My Way Down, Chris Duarte Band
Letter to my Girlfriend, Chris Duarte Band
Can’t Call you no more, Hubert Sumlin Blues Party #
Poor me, Pour me, Hubert Sumlin Blues Party #
The Letter, Matt Schofield #
Back at Square one, Matt Schofield #
Please Love Me, Otis Rush #
It Takes Time, Otis Rush #
Daily Bread, Corey Harris #
Female Problems, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz #
Cure for Pain, Morphine
Equinox, Liquid Soul
Organ Colossus, Ron Levy’s Wild Kingdom #
Khaira, Corey Harris #
Lint of Love, Cibo Matto
Agni, Tom Rossi
Electric Moonshine, Dr. Didg
Country Death Song, Violent Femmes
yalla yalla, Joe Strummer
Nobody’s Fault but Mine, Alvin Youngblood Hart #
I need your Love, Fleetwood Mac (1969)
Samson & Delilah, Rev. Blind Gary Davis
Well, you be the judge. Is this a mere case of outstanding razzin’ in the modern age or is this just plain mean?
When USC guard Gabe Pruitt went up to take his first free throws during the game, he was greeted by the Cal fans with a rousing chorus of “Vic-tor-ia! Vic-tor-ia!” and a phone number. Pruitt went on to miss both free throws. Now, you might be asking, who is Victoria and why would the Cal fans chant out her name? Well, it turns out that days before, members of the Cal Rally Committee IM’ed Pruitt and pretended to be a UCLA co-ed named Victoria. They even sent fake pictures of “Victoria.” After going back and forth, the Cal students hooked, lined, and sinkered Gabe into thinking he was going to get the hook up after the game and so he gave “Victoria” his phone number and, well, that’s how he found his phone number not only chanted back at him, but held up on signs during the game.
Pruitt went onto go only 3 for 13 the whole night and Cal went onto win by eleven. While it’s hard to say whether or not Pruitt was fazed by all of this, if Cal fans want to go ahead and think they had a hand in it, they certainly have every right to. Cal’s team is currently considered to be a “bubble” team and unsure what the Tourney Gods have for them. While Cal’s RPI ranking might be not so hot, this stunt should give them a much higher FPO (Fans Punking Opponents) ranking. And if that’s not good enough, they should be let in only to see what they could cook up for J.J. Redick.
I think I am just plain impressed.
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I had the incredible fortune to speak with John Hammond jr. Check it out and see how much John and I have in common with our musical tastes. Also, some grammy award winning blues artist is picking UCONN to go all the way. Listen in.
John is a real soft telephone talker, so make sure your volume is up at the right notch. ENJOY!!
Isaac Hayes has quit “South Park,” where he voices Chef, saying he can no longer stomach its take on religion. Hayes, who has played the ladies’ man/school cook in the animated Comedy Central satire since 1997, said in a statement Monday that he feels a line has been crossed. NO, Lines being crossed on South Park. Now, that is news to me. NOT
There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins,” the 63-year-old soul singer and outspoken Scientologist said. I think we have just learned a little more about Mr. Hayes.
“Religious beliefs are sacred to people, and at all times should be respected and honored,” he continued. “As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices.”
“South Park” co-creator Matt Stone responded sharply in an interview with The Associated Press Monday, saying, “This is 100 percent having to do with his faith of Scientology… He has no problem â€” and he’s cashed plenty of checks â€” with our show making fun of Christians.”
Maybe we should check with John Travolta on these matters?
Music was secondary to the sounds of the phones ringing. We at GreenArrowRadio and WHUS thank the listeners who supported the 1st edition of radiothon the greenarrow way. We met and exceeded our goal for the day and want to make sure you know how much it means to us. THANKS! We managed to get some music in for the thristy ears in all of us.
Threading the Needle, Liquid Soul
Ricky’s Hat, Liquid Soul
NY NO. 1, Sam Kininger #
Where I’m coming from, Sam Kininger #
Cold Beverages, G Love & Special Sauce
Shootin’ Hoops, G Love & Special Sauce
Get down Moses, Joe Strummer
Redemption Song, Joe Strummer
Beehive, Jihad Jerry #
The Owl, Jihad Jerry #
Burning Down the House, Tom Jones & the Cardigans
Skin it Back, Little Feat
Spainish Moon, Little Feat
I got a Woman, John Hammond #
My Baby’s Gone, John Hammond #
Jump, Jive and Wail, Bill Wyman & Rhythm Kings #
Jitterbug Boogie, Bill Wyman & Rhythm Kings #
Like a Buddha, Railroad Earth #
Pianola Strut, Dr. Didj
Riot Radio, the Dead 60’s
Blues Train, Elvin Bishop#
a new Rock-n-Roll, Frank Marino&Mohagny Rush
Here’s the scoop. This is a free form classic rock and jam band sort of good time show. Here’s white DJ Recon progrmammed for you while yours truly, just sat around.
Forever Young, Bob Dylan *
Girl I love your legs, Led Zeppelin
Skin it Back, Little feat
Spainish Moon, Little feat
turn on your Lovelight, Them
I put a Spell on You, Them
Rough Justice, the Rolling Stones #
Let me Down Slow, the Rolling Stones#
Come on Down, Strangefolk
Bungalo Bill, the Beatles
Horse w/no Name, America
I fought the Law, the Clash *
Should I Stay?, the Clash *
Tonite, the bottle let me down, Throw Rag #
Cry Baby, Janis Joplin
Moonlite Drive, the Doors
Hello, I love you, the Doors
She’s gone, O.A.R
King of the Thing, O.A.R
Needle & the Spoon, Lynard Skynard
Don’t Stand so Close to Me, the Police
Roxanne, the Police
Mysterious Ways, U2
Teach your Children, CSN&Y
HellHound Blues, John Hammond
Moustapha and I had the chance to speak with Mr. David Harrington about the upcoming show (March 21st) at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. What a pleasure it was to have a conversation with a musician who loves waking up and facing the next project. For more than 30 years now, Kronos has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to expanding the range and context of the string quartet. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential ensembles of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 40 recordings of extraordinary breadth and creativity, collaborating with many of the world’s most eclectic composers and performers, and commissioning hundreds of works and arrangements for string quartet. Kronos’ work has also garnered numerous awards, including a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance (2004) and “Musicians of the Year” (2003) from Musical America.
The show at Uconn will be SUN RINGS. Sun Rings, written by longtime Kronos collaborator Terry Riley, is an evening-length work in 10 movements. With visual design by Willie Williams, lighting design by Larry Neff and sound design by Mark Grey, Sun Rings is a multimedia production featuring a choir and both sounds and images from space. The piece, commissioned for Kronos by NASA and others, received its first performance at the University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium in October 2002, and has since been performed in cities including London, San Francisco, Calgary, Tucson and Boston.
Listen to the interview here.
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MINNEAPOLIS Mar 7, 2006 (AP)â€” Kirby Puckett, the bubbly, barrel-shaped Hall of Famer who carried the Minnesota Twins to two World Series titles before his career was cut short by glaucoma, died Monday after a stroke. He was 45.
All-Star in 1986-95
Led League in ba 89
Led League in hits 1987-89, 1992
Led League in RBIs 1994
Gold Glove in 1986-89, 1991-92
Hall of Fame 2001
Games Average HR RBI
1783 .318 207 1085 Career
10 .311 3 7 League CS
14 .308 2 7 World Series
A ballplayer who was a hero for the average guy. Thanks Kirby, for all the good “play it the way it was meant to be played” baseball.
Here’s what direction our 1st 3hours on Saturday took us.
C.A.Z, Mouth Music
Loyin’ Loyin’ Babatunde Olatunji
Dance of the Hunter’s Five, Mickey Hart
Ti Citron, 3 Moustaphas 3
I Go Ka, Ali Farke Toure/Taj Mahal
Cuban Connection, Outback
Water Drums I, Baka Forest People
Magic Carpet Ride, Pizzacato Five *
Barra Barra, Rachid Taha
Foqt Foqt, Rachid Taha
Alash Mshit, Cheb i Sabbah #
Hoochie Coo Chickie, Ivan”Boogaloo Joe”Jones
The Girl from Hell, Lee Rocker #
Rock this Town, Lee Rocker #
Rockin’ Harder, Lee Rocker #
Crow Jane, the Derek Trucks Band #
Dog Faced Boy, Eels
It’s Not that Funny, Eels
War of Man, Mr. Neil Young *
Try, John Mayer Trio *#
Clariton Beat, the Hi-Frequencies
Shaky, the Hi-Frequencies
Peggie Sue got Married, Hi-F
Sleeper hold on Satan, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz #
the KING and I, Rev Billy C. Wirtz #
Middle Aged Boggie Blues, Saffire #
Ain’t gonna Hush, Saffire #
Lightnin’ in these Thunder Thighs, Saffire #
East Side Woman, Alvin Jett & the Phat Noiz #
I put a spell on you, Buddy Guy/Carlos Santana #
Ain’t no Sunshine, B. Guy& T. Chapman #
Bone Pickin’ Jimmy Thackery/Tab Benoit *
Blues for Brazil, Roy Rogers
Snappy Kakkie, ZZ Top
Stagger Lee, Mississippi John Hurt
X-pressway to Your Heart, Merl Saunders&Friends
Times-a-Changing, Apple Gabriel
Finally, after a LONG two but really three weeks of being on vacation from the airways, I will be back on this Saturday from 9am until 12 noon. Phew, it feels like an eternity. I have had the musical skeleton of this show completed for two almost three weeks now.
Farewell to free form funk-a-fied filth, but the sounds will be similiar.
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autograph working manuscript of some of Brahms’ “Deutsche Volkslieder.”
NEW YORK (CNN) — A donor has given Juilliard his collection of 139 handwritten manuscripts, including works by Mozart, Debussy, Beethoven, Brahms, Copland, Schubert and Sibelius. Nearly 140 manuscripts date as far back as late 17th century. The gift was made by the school’s board chairman, Bruce Kovner, who had purchased autograph and working manuscripts, sketches, engravers’ proofs and other artifacts over the past 10 years.
They include the lost manuscript of a transposed continuo part for J.S. Bach‘s “Cantata BWV 176,” an autograph sketchbook for Stravinsky‘s “Petrushka,” and one of the earliest surviving manuscripts of Purcell‘s “Dido and Aeneas.”
“I truly feel like I’m in the presence of divinity,” said Joseph Polisi, president of Juilliard, at a news conference announcing the gift Tuesday. “No other conservatory has a collection like this.” Described as a “priceless collection,” many of the manuscripts contain corrections and notations made by the composers’ own hands, clearly demonstrating the creative process they went through to produce a masterpiece.
“It has been great fun to find these manuscripts and pull them together into this collection,” Kovner said. “I trust that what we are doing at the school will make it possible for Juilliard students and scholars to delve into the compositional processes of these great composers and share them with the rest of the world.” Kovner acquired many of the manuscripts anonymously at auction houses in New York, London and Paris. “I thought it would be a pleasure to own some of the great icons,” he said.
Scholars and performers will have to wait until 2009 to access the collection, which will be housed in the newly built Scholar’s Reading Room, as part of Juilliard’s expansion and renovation project.
Someone has popped a spring down at baseball’s spring training. Barry Bonds, I mean to say: The loveable Barry Bonds is making headlines again. No, not for more steroid talk or more knee surgery, today it was Bonds dressed in drag portraying Paula Abdul on American Idol, Giants left fielder Barry Bonds participates in a rookie hazing parody of the hit FOX show. Pitcher Jeff Fassero (left) is playing Simon Cowell, and second baseman Ray Durham is playing Randy Jackson on Tuesday in Scottsdale, Ariz. I think the heat has gotten to them.
OK Ok, these baseball hazing rituals or strange. And from what I noticed, it seems to me that Bonds hasn’t been a rookie in a long long time. So, maybe he just enjoys it. What do you think?
We are interested in hearing your memories about Don Knotts. Even if they seem too weird to mention.
My memory is something that is odd, we had a UPS truck driver that always delivered around my block as a kid. I sware it was Don Knotts. One day while waiting for the bus, all the kids gathered together and shouted, “Hey, you look like Don Knotts” as he drove bye. He actually made one of those classic Mr Furley type faces.
GREECE, N.Y. (AP) – Jason McElwain had done everything he was asked to do for the Greece Athena High School basketball team – keep the stats, run the clock, hand out water bottles. That all changed last week for the team manager in the final home game of the season. The 17-year-old senior, who is autistic and usually sits on the bench in a white shirt and black tie, put on a uniform and entered the game with his team way ahead. McElwain proceeded to hit six 3-point shots, finished with 20 points and was carried off the court on his teammates’ shoulders. McElwain, 5-foot-6, was considered too small to make the junior varsity, so he signed on as team manager. He took up the same role with the varsity, doing anything to stay near the sport he loves. Coach Jim Johnson was impressed with his dedication, and thought about suiting up McElwain for the home finale. His performance was jaw-dropping: 20 points in four minutes, making 6-of-10 3-point shots. The crowd went wild.
McElwain didn’t begin speaking until he was 5. He lacked social skills but things got easier as he got older. He found many friends and made his way through school in this Rochester suburb, although many of his classes were limited to a half-dozen students. And he found basketball. Even though McElwain was in uniform for the Feb. 15 game, there was no guarantee he would play – Athena was battling for a division title. The fans, however, came prepared. One section of students held up signs bearing his nickname “J-MAC” and cutouts of his face placed on Popsicle sticks. McElwain will soon be done with high school basketball, then enroll in business management this fall at Monroe Community College. “I’ll go on to college and I’ll try to hoop there,” he said. “I just love it, it’s one of the greatest sports in the world.”
WAY TO GO JASON
Henry Rollins has been getting a lot of attention these days from the Australian media â€” after all, it’s not every day that some American punk icon calls Australia’s prime minister a “sissy.” Prime Minister John Howard caught Hank‘s wrath during the rocker’s most recent trip to Australia. On the flight from New Zealand, Rollins said he was reading a copy of Wall Street Journal correspondent Ahmed Rashid‘s book “Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia.” The man sitting next to him took objection to the book and reported Rollins to the Australian government. Now, here comes the part where you say to yourself that stupidity isn’t ONLY running amuck in our government.
“The guy phoned me in to their, like, anti-terrorist board, and they found me â€” they looked me up,” he said. “They looked up the flight and found out who was sitting in seat 10A and they got to me. And they said, ‘OK, you’re now a person of interest. The man next to you does not agree with your politics and he didn’t like the book you were reading.’ This kind of provocation, I don’t respond very well to. I was furious. And so I wrote back, ‘You can tell everyone at your office, including your boss, to go f— themselves. This book has been read by a ton of people â€” I am not a threat to your state or any state or any republic.’ ” In the actual text of his online response, Rollins added: “Baghdad‘s safer than my hometown, and your PM is a sissy.”
–note to self, only read comic books on airliners
Eight years separate 2005’s A Bigger Bang, the Rolling Stones‘ 24th album of original material, from its 1997 predecessor, Bridges to Babylon, the longest stretch of time between Stones albums in history, but unlike the three-year gap between 1986’s Dirty Work and 1989’s Steel Wheels, the band never really went away. The tight, sleek, muscular band showcased there was a surprise â€” they played with a strength and swagger they hadn’t had in years â€” but a bigger surprise is that A Bigger Bang finds that reinvigorated band carrying its latter-day renaissance into the studio, turning in a sinewy, confident, satisfying album that’s the band’s best in years. I have certainly not found it easy for such praise to come off my tounge for Mick and mates in a long time. What distinguishes A Bigger Bang is that it captures the Stones simply being the Stones, playing without guest stars, not trying to have a hit, not trying to adopt the production style of the day, not doing anything but lying back and playing. But that’s what makes A Bigger Bang a big deal: it’s the Stones back in fighting form for the first time in years, and they have both the strength and the stamina to make the excellent latter-day effort everybody’s been waiting for all these years.
2005 Virgin Records. **** go get it.
SAN FRANCISCO–In 1970, 20-year-old student Bill Sagan had his first real brush with rock and roll history at an early Led Zeppelin concert at Chicago’s fabled Aragon Ballroom.
Now the entrepreneur owns one of rock’s biggest treasure troves of recorded shows by Zeppelin and other history-making bands, and he’s beginning to share it freely online. Since 2002, Sagan has owned the full archives of legendary promoter Bill Graham, whose concerts featuring performers such as the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix and others helped define the late 1960s and early ’70s. Late last week, Sagan began putting excerpts from these concerts, many of which have never been released, online by way of a free Internet radio station on his company’s Wolfgang’s Vault site.
Sagan is a businessman, on the surface very different from the bushy-bearded, long-haired artists depicted in the black-and-white photographs lining the walls of his warehouse office. But Graham was a businessman too, with a reputation for being hard-nosed about making money as he promoted the peace-and-love generation’s soundtrack.
The warehouse itself is a rock history buff’s dream. Three floors are lined with shelves, which are stacked full of boxes of posters, pristine tickets for the Fillmore West and Fillmore East shows, postcards, T-shirts and original photographic negatives. Sagan estimates there are more than 20 million individual pieces here. In the basement of the warehouse is the room that holds close to 5,000 hours of videotaped concerts, and a comparable quantity of audio. Nobody’s quite sure what Graham had intended to do with all the footage, Sagan says. The vast majority of it is unseen and unheard, with the exception of occasional bootlegs of the same shows. http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/
We all know that you and you are waiting to know which pooch won the Westminster Kennel Club highest honor of America’s top dog. A colored bull terrier called Rufus used his head Tuesday night at the Madison Square Garden Arena. Rufus’ selling point? His head – perfectly shaped like an egg. Rufus was the first dog in his breed to win at the nation’s most prestigious show. Handler Kathy Kirk said she was “ready to pass out” from the pressure, but her nearly 6-year-old dog that she playfully calls “Puppyhead” seemed to take it all in stride.
At a show that drew 2,622 entries in 165 breeds and varieties, Rufus really earned this victory. He beat out a favorite Norfolk terrier named Coco and a Dandie Dinmont co-owned by Bill Cosby just to reach the final ring. When it got down to Best in Show, Rufus was picked over a popular golden retriever, a Rottweiler handled by a former Florida State linebacker, a prize pug and a spirited Dalmatian.
Rufus left the Garden around midnight. He’ll certainly be dog tired by Wednesday night.