As some one who is adamant about her responsibility to pay for all music downloads this aweseome post is more than ample vindication of my many ‘soap box’ episodes on this issue. People you need to pay for music – illegal downloading is theft plain and simple. Further more if you don’t support your favourite artists how will they continue to produce the music you love?

The Trichordist

Recently Emily White, an intern at NPR All Songs Considered and GM of what appears to be her college radio station, wrote a post on the NPR blog in which she acknowledged that while she had 11,000 songs in her music library, she’s only paid for 15 CDs in her life. Our intention is not to embarrass or shame her. We believe young people like Emily White who are fully engaged in the music scene are the artist’s biggest allies. We also believe–for reasons we’ll get into–that she has been been badly misinformed by the Free Culture movement. We only ask the opportunity to present a countervailing viewpoint.

Emily:

My intention here is not to shame you or embarrass you. I believe you are already on the side of musicians and artists and you are just grappling with how to do the right thing. I applaud your courage in admitting…

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An Interesting Side Effect

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I used to think that I wasn’t too bad with computers and the internet but since starting this page I have learned so much, disappeared down innumerable fascinating rabbit holes, discovered some incredibly talented people and it’s only been three weeks.

I haven’t any idea if my goal will be achieved, will I succeed in bringing together Southern Hemisphere Shelby Lynne fans? Will we be so lucky as to see her live in OZ?  Hell I would be happy if this little squeak of an effort saw a few more albums sold.

At times the web seems like a formless sea of ever shifting information, perversely random in appearance but the waves are driven by an underlying organization that I admit to struggling to understand.  Yet despite this each day I become more determined and a little more competent.

True Story?

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In the process of sorting through all the available media out there to post (and at date of post that sorting is nowhere near complete and I’m beginning to suspect it maybe an impossible task!), somewhere along the way I flitted past a comment about ‘Killin’ Kind‘ being banned from US radio after the 9/11 attacks.  I may or may not be blessed to have a diligent little portion of my brain that gathers such random snippets of information and carefully files them away for later.  So this quirky little ‘fact’ came top of mind as I struggled getting a version of the ‘Killin’ Kind’ that would play in Australia.  Thank you, Jordie, for sorting that out.

So I threw myself off the Google cliff, found an interview from 2008 published in the New York Times. In an era of pointless, vacuous (music) journalism I loved reading this, for once the journalist possesses genuine writing ability combined with coherent research and an obvious love of music.  It did not, however, provide much insight into’ banning’ of said single.  Except for this  “There’s no way that radio was going to play anything with ‘kill’ in the title,” says her manager, Elizabeth Jordan.

But I couldn’t let it go, in 2001 I was working for a chain of music stores in Sydney called Fish Records and I was sure that I had heard something about an insanely long list of songs that were not being played in the US.  I did find a list on a site called Freemuse; in a nutshell it would seem that one of the largest radio networks did have a list of ‘best to avoid’ tracks…… hilariously among the artists are Petula Clark, Neil Diamond, The Hollies, Buddy Holly & the Crickets……. I mean, Really? The argument being that these songs were insensitive……… when the media is flooded everyday with spoken commentary about death, maiming, destruction, racism, homophobia seemingly without concern for the populations sensitivities …  radio  stations took it upon themselves to vet out material far beyond six degrees of separation from current affairs of the day…. in some instances songs were recorded 50 years before 9/11!!!

But maybe it was all as it was meant to be, perhaps in an alternate reality Shelby Lynne had a massive hit with Killin’ Kind, got sucked into the Pop music factory and came out the other end chock full of extender, flavor enhancers, color numbers, emulsifiers and preservatives, perfect to be carted around Oprah, Ellen De-Generes and Entertainment Tonight, sound bite perfect and video clip air brushed.

But in this reality she didn’t and selfishly I’m glad.