As expected, the RIAA today filed a notice of appeal in the the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia asking the court to review the Copyright Royalty Judges’ order on the final determination for mechanical and digital phonorecord delivery rates and terms. While the notice of appeal doesn’t get into specifics it says the CRB order
is “contrary to law, clearly erroneous, arbitrary and capricious, an abuse of discretion, and not supported by substantial evidence.”
Registration is now open for the 2009 Pop Conference April 16-19 at the Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. This year’s theme is “Dance Music Sex Romance: Pop and the Body Politic,” which will explore erotic, taboo and sensual issues in different music styles and eras. More than 100 presenters will appear at more than 40 sessions and panels. Keynote speakers include Nona Hendryx (7:30 p.m. April 16) and Diane Warren (6 p.m. April 17). Registration is free and open to the public, but space is limited.
WashingtonFilmWorks congratulates Gabe Koutlas, the winner of the first annual WashingtonFilmWorks’ Oscar pool! As the winner, Gabe has chosen to the donate the $700 to Independent Feature Project/Seattle, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering a more sustainable infrastructure that supports independent filmmaking. When asked why he chose IFP/Seattle Gabe said, “After seeing Slumdog Millionaire sweep the Oscars I realized that you don’t have to have huge Hollywood budget to make a great movie. An organization like IFP/Seattle is just one of those organizations in our community that can help independent filmmakers get their project to the big screen.” Thanks to the more than 70 people that participated in the Oscar pool And for more information on IFP/Seattle visit www.ifpseattle.org.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was on Jon Stewart the other night to promote the second iteration of his popular Kindle electronic reader device. But, damn, Bezos thinks Stewart is funny. Even the comedian seems uncomfortable with so much laughter, and at such volume. You can find a video of the whole interview here at Comedy Central.
In a move to bolster its campaign to get Congress to pass the Performance Right Act, which calls for artists and master rights owners to be compensated when their songs are played on terrestrial radio, the musicFirst coalition visited the halls of the U.S. Congress.
Nearly a month after a controversial ticket on-sale for Bruce Springsteen’s upcoming North American tour, Ticketmaster Entertainment has reached a national settlement with the New Jersey Attorney General in which the ticketing company has agreed to alter some of its business practices and pay $350,000 to cover fees associated with the investigation. As part of the settlement, the ticketing company will stop linking customers to its secondary ticketing site, TicketsNow, for at least one year.
Filed under: Music | Tags: Coachella, murder city devils, Music, music festivals, sasquatch!
Via the band’s Twitter feed this morning: “We are excited to announce that on april 19 we will be playing Coachella…Well you know what, why just play one show in the desert, how about we hit up the Gorge for Sasquatch. That will be May 24th.”
Sad news: Stranger receptionist and Emerald City Soul Club DJ Mike Nipper just got word that there would be no Talcum this weekend, due to the fact that King Cobra is closing; the bartender at King Cobra tonight confirmed that Friday will be the club’s last night.
Filed under: Miscellaneous, Music | Tags: ice cream, Miscellaneous, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, Music, promotion
Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band are always looking for creative ways to promote themselves—weird videos, handmade CD cozies, and now they’ve partnered with Molly Moons and created their own flavor of ice cream. Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band Ice Cream is “coconut ice cream wtih chocolate chunks and huckleberry sauce.” It sounds awesome.
Filed under: Film, Sundance 2009 | Tags: Film, humpday, lynn shelton, sundance
Humpday won Special Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival! Virginia Madsen presents Lynn Shelton the award.