Filed under: Copyright | Tags: Ann Powers, Born Free, David Shields, MIA, Reality Hunger
[NOTE:This is a front loaded addendum to my original post.
This video continues to be posted and then taken down. I have reposted it several times.
It has been more than 10 years since Napster and we have seen the RIAA and others attempt to control the spread of digital content online with little success.
Because we are intelligent people we believe that people in the record industry know better than this. We also believe that they’re basically cynical pricks who’d force their own mother to be a body double in a remake of Throw Momma From the Train if they thought that they could make a few bucks doing it.
So, we’re retitling this post as follows:
XL Recordings Leverages Copyright Takedown Notice as Marketing Initiative for New MIA Record
Luckily, MIA is a visionary artist who knows what needs to be done in circumstances like this. She has posted the complete video on her site, MIAUK.com.
This whole audience-direct-to-artist relationship is looking better and better by the day.
Original post is below.]
XL Recordings is putting a heavy hand down on the release of this video. Sending out the usual takedown requests for youtube uploads and MIA herself has BOOOO’d those actions taken by her record label.
Not ironically the song is called ‘Born Free’ and this video is an intense and graphic piece of work.
On many musical, visual and lyrical levels this song embodies what David Shields calls ‘Reality Hunger‘. Borrowing without asking, mixing and remixing across multiple media and different decades.
All synthesized into this cool 9 minute video. There’s so many references to argue, discuss and explore in this video.
We need more of this.
For some excellent analysis and background check out Ann Powers’ piece, MIA Makes Her Stance Utterly Clear… in the LA Times and August Brown’s piece on MIA’s use of Suicide’s song Ghost Rider as the basis for this track.
Here’s a lyric from the song:
I don’t wanna talk about money, ’cause I got it
And I don’t wanna talk about hoochies, ’cause I been it
And I don’t wanna be that fake?, but you can do it
And imitators, yeah, speak it
An intense piece of work! Can’t wait for the record to drop!
Filed under: Bookstore Showcase, Events, Industry Change | Tags: Independent Bookstore, Sophia Books, Vancouver
My friends at Sophia Books are closing the doors on their amazing store in downtown Vancouver at then end of May 2010.
I have nothing but love and respect for Marc and Yuki Fournier, and all of my friends who work there.
It’s another heartbreaker for book lovers in Vancouver as Sophia represented the best and most unique selection of international art, graphic design, comix, fiction, non-fiction, manga and magazines not only in the city, the province – pretty much anywhere.
If you’re in Vancouver please go down to the store and check out this treasure of Vancouver’s disappearing book store culture while you can.
Filed under: Those That Have Gone Before Us | Tags: Gang Starr, Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal, Guru, Keith Elam, Kool Mo Dee, Public Enemy, There's a God on the Mic, Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan
I got one lyric pointed at your head for starters
Another one, is pointed at your weak ass heart…
Keith Elam was a Boston rapper who succumbed to cancer on April 19, 2010 at the age of 43.
Everyone knew him as Guru (Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal) and he was one of the best rappers that I’ve ever heard.
He was the lyrical half of the legendary Gang Starr crew along with the stone cold DJ Premier.
During hip-hop’s mythical golden age – a period of time encompassing Public Enemy‘s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988), Dr Dre‘s The Chronic (1992), and The Wu-Tang Clan‘s classic Enter the Wu-Tang 36 Chambers (1993) – Gang Starr dropped 3 classic records and commanded a ton of respect from audiences and rappers everywhere.
He was the nearly perfect rapper for his time.
He had genuine style, masterful next level lyrical skills and the best DJ on or off the map. He would battle anybody at anytime and many of the songs on the first 3 Gang Starr records are battle tracks.
And when the golden age started to fade and new styles emerged, Guru dropped the first Jazzmatazz record and blazed a whole new trail.
Gang Starr would go on to throw down 3 more excellent studio records and a couple of compilations. DJ Premier recorded countless mixes and Guru guested on countless singles.
It’s tough to imagine that Guru is gone so early. I didn’t even know that he was sick. But when I think of the quality of work that he did, the imagination and conviction and positivity that he brought to every record that he cut, I can’t help but think that any of us would be blessed to achieve even a fraction of that work with even a fraction of that passion and authenticity.
But don’t take it from me.
Here’s what Kool Mo Dee wrote about Guru in his classic book There’s a God on the Mic: The True 50 Greatest MCs…
“…Guru is the kind of MC that I live for. A positive lyricist who can flow and bring it across effectively! Guru has an elite level of respect from me because he always, always, always brings so much substance… If you want to hear some of the best Hip-Hop work ever done, pick up their LPs. ALL OF THEM!!!
Pop America may not know it, and some of urban America might not know, but I know, and I’m telling you, Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal, GURU, IS ONE OF THE GREATEST EMCEES EVER.”
Filed under: Enthusiasms, Events | Tags: Books on the Radio, Brian Joseph Davis, Choda, Emily Schultz, Joyland, Kevin Chong, Shay Wilson, Star Wars, Vancouver, W2, W2 Media Arts, Wookies, Yoda
BOOKS ON THE RADIO RECOMMENDS: That you get your ass down to the W2 building this Sunday at 7pm to witness some of the best true voices in Canadian writing.
If you loved what you saw at the W2 Real Vancouver Writers’ Series during the Olympics then you need to be at the Joyland Vancouver Summit. If you missed the W2 RVWS then you need to be at the Joyland Vancouver Summit.
It’s that simple.
Featuring W2 RVWS veterans Kevin Chong and Shay Wilson plus amazing Toronto-based writers Brian Joseph “Wookie Symposium” Davis and Emily Schultz.
Brian’s new book is amazing and he was featured on the last Books on the Radio show.
It’s going to rule! Info below.
JOYLAND CO-FOUNDERS BRIAN JOSEPH DAVIS AND EMILY SCHULTZ ARE READING WITH VANCOUVER AUTHORS CLAIRE GIBSON, DAN SCHWARTZ, SHAY WILSON, AND ROB PETERS.
Hosted by Kevin Chong.
SUNDAY, APRIL 11 AT 7pm. W2, 112 West Hastings. FREE
Brian Joseph Davis is the author of Portable Altamont, a collection that garnered praise from Spin magazine for its “elegant, wise-ass rush of truth, hiding riotous social commentary in slanderous jokes.” Slate called his novel I, Tania, “The book of your fever dreams.” He’ll be playing radio theatre adaptations from his new short fiction collection, Ronald Reagan, My Father (AVAILABLE APRIL 1)
Emily Schultz’s latest novel is Heaven Is Small, released from House of Anansi Press in May 2009. Her writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Eye Weekly, the Walrus, the Black Warrior Review, Prism, Geist, Event, Descant, and several anthologies. The Vancouver Sun wrote: “Heaven Is Small [is] a stunning, often surprising read with moments of such audacity that the reader is likely to gasp out loud. . . the sort of novel that satisfies on every level.”
Claire Gibson lives in Vancouver. She is a creative writing major at the University of British Columbia. Dan Schwartz is originally from Washington, DC, and now spends his time in the MFA program at UBC. He was recently one of the editors for PRISM international. He writes a story once a week for The Land Of Bad Decisions (http://lobd.blogspot.com). He has a few interests.
Shay Wilson is one of those kids your mother warned you about, though you probably won’t think so at first. She works in the film industry and completed her MFA in Creative Writing in 2009. Her work has recently appeared in The Beaver, The Ink Filled Page and Geist. Rob Peters flew thirty feet through a car window when he was two. He lives in Vancouver and writes fiction, probably as a result.
Kevin Chong is the author of two books: a novel entitled Baroque-a-Nova and a work of narrative non-fiction, Neil Young Nation. He is the Vancouver editor for Joyland.
For more information please see joyland.ca or contact Brian Joseph Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Filed under: Bookstore Showcase, Events | Tags: French, Graphic Novels, International literature, Japanese, Sale, Sophia Books, Vancouver
30% off all books in stock !
(special orders, magazines and DVDs not included)
April 1st to 17th. In store shopping only.
(please note that we are closed on Easter day, April 4th)
French books, Spanish books, Italian books, German Books,
Japanese books, ESL books, Graphic design etc
Please pass along to friends that might be interested.
30% de remise sur tous les livres en stock
(à l’exception des commandes spéciales, des DVD et des magazines)
Achats en personne seulement
Les soldes débutent le 1er avril et se termineront le 17 avril.
(veuillez noter que nous sommes fermés le jours de Paques, le 4 avril)
Livres en français, en espagnol, en italien, en allemand,
en japonais, ALS, arts visuels etc.
Faites passer le mot à ceux et celles qui pourraient être interessés .