February 18, 2004
Random fun/cool shit
Alright, alright, alright, hey ladies, what's happenin'
Here comes the good stuff.
If you're not already, you should be checkin' out the Gothamist blog on a regular basis. Three recent posts.
- Dave Chappelle is way cool (from gothamist) Dave Chapelle is probably my favorite comedian. Unfortunately, living in the dorms means no cable! So I can't watch his show on comedy central. I'm just gonna have to get the dvd, <hint>maybe even for my upcoming birthday.</hint>
- Let's all hope the Chinatown buses don't go away (from Gothamist) Apparently they're no longer flying under the radar (and I mean that literally, less than 3.5 hours to New York!).
- DJ Danger Mouse: The Gray Album (from Gothamist) Especially check out the wired article. I'm checking this out today, I expect big, big things. This is the kind of cool shit that we should be able to look forward to from the current artistic scene and its wonderful new tools (heheh, tools). <rant>Instead we have major record labels subverting the copyright protection to try and control artistic output. A copyright owner should be paid whenever someone samples their work, but they should NOT be able to stop that sample. They shouldn't be able to say no. That's not what copyright is for. Copyright is supposed to encourage artists, both the originator and the sampler, to do their things because they know they will be able to make a living off of it. The only way you should be able to control the use of your music is by not making it public, never performing it. Do you see now what copyright is intended to do? To make it safe to make your music public? To make it so you don't have to jealously keep it under lock and key? Dumbasses want to be able to predict every big seller so that they can make sure they're gettin' their millions right from the start. This is why we get huge labels putting out schlock, cryin' over the cost to hype the damn thing, stiffin' the artists and tryin' to shove the digital music genie back in the bottle. Their own hype machine they can control. They know how to get 12-18 year olds to go buy a cd. They just haven't figured out how to take advantage of the file-swapping/remix-makin'/word-on-the-street hype machine yet. There's no reason they can't. I am unable to fathom their resistance to the new distribution/creation medium. It's not any different, its still all about what's cool and what's good. It's the same kids, just new toys. Get with the freakin' program here.</rant>
More freaky shit to come.Posted by Keeper of the Blog at February 18, 2004 01:34 PM