Wednesday, February 28, 2007
family matters

I have a nasty cold. On the bright side, because I had nothing better to do than sit at home and 1) read 2) watch hockey highlights on YouTube and 3) comb the internet, I finally rediscovered this article, that I'd been meaning to comment on for ages.

As Wired reports, the head of Warner Music, Edgar Bronfman, caught one of his seven(! - hope they don't all take after dad) kids downloading music illegally.
"I explained to them what I believe is right, that the principle is that stealing music is stealing music. Frankly, right is right and wrong is wrong, particularly when a parent is talking to a child. A bright line around moral responsibility is very important. I can assure you they no longer do that."
Now consider that his kid got a stern talking to while today the RIAA very charitably offered college students the opportunity to pay a discounted settlement for the same practice this week.

Speaking of right being right, perhaps Mr. Bronfman will run into the same type of karma that's currently afflicting Handsome Dick Manitoba. You may remember that Dick sued Dan Snaith (now known as Caribou) over the use of the "Manitoba" name. Well, it seems that Dick's now in some legal trouble of his own. Some people that moved in above the bar he owns weren't to keen about the rock 'n' roll coming from downstairs, and the bar recently lost a hearing and can no longer host live music. Now normally, I'd be completely onside with the venue owners, and not the idiots who moved in right by a loud night club only to complain later (condo owners near the Morrissey take note), but in this case the assholes sort of deserve each other. In the immortal words of Justin Timberlake, what goes around comes around.

Only points out that You Say Party! We Say Die! will grace this month's Exclaim!... at least in the West. Everyone East of Alberta will see Malajube and Chromeo smiling back at them when they pick up the March issue of the freebie mag. Now, putting aside the question about why they would have regional covers in the first place, how exactly does giving a band cover exposure in its native territory help them more than throwing them up on the front page in places that they're less well known? It's not like the covers match up with the forthcoming Exclaim tour either, as YSP!WSD! is playing every date across Canada, and Malajube is playing every date except for Victoria.

Thanks to Matt for reminding me that I still haven't mentioned that George Clinton's at Plush this Sunday. At $63 a ticket, you better hope you get a whole year's worth of funk in one evening.

The Black Angels are at Richard's on May 25th, ahead of their appearance at Saquatch.

Priestess are at the Plaza on March 29th with Pride Tiger.

Ron Sexsmith is at UBC's Chan Centre on April 15th.

Tomorrow, I'm returning to my Alma Mater to judge the UBC Battle of the Bands. It'll either be awesome or terrible, or perhaps awesome in its terribleness. If you're interested, it starts around 8:30pm

And finally, do you know where your children are? Are they emo?

now playing: Sparklehorse - Don't Take Away My Sunshine

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4 Comments:

veda hille and sarah slean are also on that bill with ron sexsmith...apparently it is all with the cbc radio orchestra

the priestess show at the plaza is apparently sold out

By Anonymous Shea, at 10:21 AM  

In regards to Are they emo?

I don't remember anything about dressing all black and cutting myself when I was a little "emo" kid. I just rocked it to band like Cap' N Jazz and Braid and had a good time. Also, listening to the "emocore," as the kids used to say, meant all the harcore guys were less likely to kick my ass, and the girl's who were all into Bikini Kill and stuff would maybe make out with me.

If "emo" is the goth-bullshit that video makes it out to be, I'm sure glad I got out when I did.

Does anyone else remember the Rolling Stone emo-spread that officially made me and everyone I know never say "emo" in public again?

By Blogger BRock, at 8:43 AM  

the bird and the bee open for lily allen

By Anonymous shea, at 12:36 PM  

My favorite quote is "right is right and wrong is wrong, particularly when a parent is talking to a child."

It's as though he caught his kid torrenting porn while downloading the new Fall Out Boy, and Fall Out Boy was far more offensive.

Was the emo thing a real live news story? No wonder why stuff like the Laramie Project is so controversial.

Would somebody please think of the children!

By Anonymous Jackie, at 2:27 PM  

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