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Canadian Supreme Court Tackles Some Copyright Issues This Week

December 4th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

I know, I know:  the very mention of the words "copyright law" is enough to put people into a coma.

But the Canadian Supreme Court will hear five different cases this week involving everyone from the Canadian Recording Industry Association to SOCAN to Apple.

The one I'll be watching deals with something called "user's rights" in a case involving iTunes and other online music stores.

Gift Idea: Deluxe Edition of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack

December 4th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are going for another Academy Award with their soundtrack to David Fincher's Hollywood remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which opens in theatres on December 21. 

The soundtrack is set for release on December 9th in a digital form (you can get a six-song sampler for the price of your email address ).  But as all good NIN fans know, Trent Reznor has been a pioneer in the tiered pricing model for physical releases.

In the case of GWtDT, there are four offerings at different price points.

Digital ($12.00):  320 kpbs MP3 delivered on December 9.  

CD ($14.00):  Digipak.  The full soundtrack on three CDs plus digital version (as above) delivered on December 9.

HD Digital ($14.00):  Pick form Apple Lossless of FLAC.  Delivered December 9.

Deluxe ($300.00.  No, that's not a typo):

Ego Battles for Rock Hall of Fame

December 4th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

I'm mostly ambivelent about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  I enjoyed my visits--it was cool seeing a blood-and-vomit-stained Sid Vicious t-shirt--but I'm still not sure that rock should be institutionalized this way.

Then again, I can see the value in preserving history this way.

With a new set of inductees to be announced on Wednesday (including the Cure and Guns 'N Roses), there's a lot of electioneering going on in the background.  That's because a lift into the RnRHoF can pay off in increased record sales--perhaps as much as 60%.  

The Secret History of Rock: Episode 008

December 3rd, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

Here's what you can expect with Episode 8 of The Secret History of Rock.  For airtimes, check the list of affililates in the left-hand column of this page.  

Note that not all stations are on the same schedule.  But that's okay, because we post on-demand listening in the right-hand column.


The Recommendation Project Part 21: The Best of 2011

December 3rd, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

We're in the home stretch for 2011 so it's time to review the year what was.  I need your pick for your favourite album of the year and then to pick one track from that record.

Personally, I keep going back to Washed Out's Within and Without and the song "Eyes Be Closed."  I don't know what it is about this song, but it always makes me happy.  I'm also rather partial to "Need You Now" from Cut Copy's Zonoscope.

Give it some thought.  I'll leave this playlist open for the next couple of weeks, so feel free to visit and contribute often.

Lupe Fisaco’s Takes on the Music Industry with Blistering Rap

December 3rd, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

I confess that I missed this until it appeared in a .  Check out Ludacris' comments on the state of the music industry on a recent mixtape.  

There's a lot of industry jargon in this verse but the links lead to helpful explanations of each line.

Talkin' to us like we mics, a bunch of you ain't do befo'

Trent Reznor Releases Six Tracks from Girl with The Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack

December 3rd, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

David Fincher's Hollywood adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo opens December 21.  The official soundtrack is due in less than a week and apparently stretches for--well, a long time.  Here's Trent from his :

"We laughed, we cried, we lost our minds and in the process made some of the most beautiful and disturbing music of our careers.  The result is a sprawing three-hour opus that I am happy to announce is available for pre-order right now for as low as $11.99. The full release will be available in one week - December 9th."

The soundtrack is available for pre-order now.  As a teaser, .

The Secret Fax Message

December 3rd, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

If you’re into the music of the 80s, you might remember a one-hit-wonder band called the Escape Club, who did well with a song called “Wild Wild West” in 1988.

This was in the days when some artists were being clever and hiding unlisted tracks on their albums as a way to surprise fans.  

But the Escape Club took it to another level.  Deep within the album was a bunch of static.

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