Thursday, July 17, 2008

god save the queen

i've just realized that there are only three bands in the uk that play radio friendly, main stream music. one is radiohead the second is cold play and the third is ALL THE FUCKING REST OF THEM!!!!

it's as if 7/8ths of the musicians in the region have all been going to the same weekend clinic on how to write a pop song. "awright lads, first off, yer got ter get yer summa dem skinny jeans. scruff out yer mop and get yer a hat, maybe a porkpie or summat. when dat's done, listen ter me cd and copy it song fer song. bam, robert's yer faver's bruva."

no seriously, i've had the misfortune of watching the line up of one of the big festival's in london and you might as well have just asked the same band to change shirts and come back on stage after each set. is it just me or does it seem a little pathetic that the only bands to stand out were from everywhere but the uk with the exception of hot chip and goldfrapp. this fest almost made madonna seem original. geezus.

london, call me when you remember how to write a song that is more interesting than, "my body is your body...if you want to use my body, go for it!"

that's all i'm sayin is all.

(ed note: yes i'm aware that we are scientists are american. sod off.)

Monday, July 14, 2008

my own worst enemy...

question: have you ever downloaded a song, file, movie, etc from the internet that wasn't paid for? have you ever ripped a cd and put it on your mp3 player? have you downloaded a picture from online that you didn't own the copyright to and stored it on the hard drive of your laptop or phone? then our incredibly intelligent prime minister would like to make sure you get fucked at the border for trying to travel out of the country with "illegally" obtained digital material.

you may have heard about this and if you haven't then you should call and harass your MP as often as possible about this, but the harper government has been trying to get the other world leaders at the g8 summit to agree to an international law allowing border guards to search everything on your laptop, phone, pda or any other electronic device that can store media to make sure you aren't breaking copyright laws. if that sounds completely ridiculous than it should because only an idiot would think that stopping every single person in a line up for a flight of any kind, or at a border crossing just to make sure you haven't downloaded an mp3 that you didn't pay for or copied a text file to notepad is an acceptable measure in fighting digital piracy.

none of the articles i've read have much detail about the plan but all of them seem to agree that enforcing something like this is impossible. we already wait for hours in lines to get onto planes for check in and bag check and so on, now we'll be expected to show up even earlier so they can check every single file for copyright ownership. so how do you prove that the mp3s on your phone were purchased on itunes or another site if they aren't tagged with drm (like the vast majority of websites that sell downloads legally)? how do you prove that the photos you took on vacation of your friends are yours and weren't downloaded from a tourist site? are we expected to carry receipts of all media purchases with us? will we be forced to start using tapes again?

link, will help to explain and after you've read it please feel free to contact this man (if you live in ontario)
Dalton McGuinty, Premier Legislative Building Queen's Park Toronto ON M7A 1A1

or you can reach him through this
link and let mr. mcguinty know that this goes beyond copy right law and is a direct violation of your privacy rights.

oh, you might be interested in reading this
article as well. it has more links to people that need to be reminded that times have changed and they need to keep up with technology and new methods of delivery of information not accuse everyone that owns an ipod of being a thief.

i can understand their side of things though. bullshit lobby groups in the states have put pressure on our government to "get on side" with their draconian laws and since harper is a good little lapdog he said, "sure thing mr. american interest." they've been pushed to form a new digital copyright act that will allow the riaa to sue the shit out of canadians for breaking copyright. oh, and they want to make sure that you can't even put a copy of cds you've purchased legally on your mp3 player or computer. basically, they want to outlaw mp3s legal or otherwise because they don't know how to stop people from downloading. for gods sake don't tell them that there are other codecs out there.

seriously, i know we're all a bunch of apathetic layabouts but are you really going to let someone take away something that defines every aspect of your life whether you realize it or not? we're not just talking about music here, this is about your privacy and defending yourself from a law that automatically assumes that just because you own a device with digital storage capabilities you are a thief. let's not even start down the road this opens as far as what personal information border guards can view on your laptop and save for "review" at a later date.

Monday, July 7, 2008

i refuse to be caressed by stone

Misanthropy PureThe truly weak spread venom.
The truly strong digest it.
Rotting from the inside, this agonized form resembles a man.
Scorn burst from the heart, rancor cracking ribs.
Coating it's recesses in toxins.
Base loathing within the loins seeps malice through its pores.Ashing tissue, blackened with contempt.
Pestilent, corrosive to the touch.
A blight on humanity.
Never must it speak.
Never must it bled.
It mustn't even breathe.
by that of course i mean, the new shai hulud album has been out for several weeks and i'm still not sure what i think.
"misanthropy pure" was supposed to be the new super pissed off offering from the boys after "that within blood ill tempered" did the unspeakable and inspired people to be better human beings. i know, it's fucked up to think that anyone would want to make themselves a better person especially when they listen to music that could be taken in such a positive way (that is to say that the last album was filled with hate aimed at people who care little for their surroundings and their impact on the lives of others). this album on the other hand is filled with hate aimed at everyone, fan and foe alike. that's not the part that bothers me though.

the hope for shai hulud was that this album would have the same impact that their albums "a profound hatred of man" and "hearts once nourished with hope and compassion" had on the underground hardcore scene. i can't possibly see this happening because they've managed to take several full steps back in their song writing. the typical everything but 4/4 break downs are still there, but the rest of the album is almost 80s thrash. there is little variation in song structure or melody and frankly the album just becomes stale and boring about two songs in. i listened front to back several times in a row and i honestly couldn't tell you the song order because there is that little difference in the over all timbre and structure.

it's really too bad because i've been a huge fan of these boys since profound hatred reared it's ugly head on crisis records. they've helped me through some otherwise completely shitty things that have happend in my life so i hate to say that this album just isn't up to their usual standard. if you're a fan, check out the preview songs on itunes and see what you think before you buy this.