This week was jam-packed full of stuff. I just mean for me, not for news or music or anything. In the space of 48 hours I wrecked my car and got a new one, slugging it out with a dickhead finance manager along the way. Then I took some pictures of Raekwon and Ghostface at Marathon Music Works.
This week’s playlist is full of entropy. Moon Taxi is on there, because I went to school with them. That’s the dumbest thing to brag about, but if you know anything about Nashville, you know that’s how we operate. #Dumblebrags all around.
Morrissey released three demos from the sessions for Years of Refusal…but why? It’s not the kind of thing he’s known to do. They sound good, sure, but…why?
Let’s get weird: Autre Ne Veut, an excellent artist with a penchant for disturbing imagery, has stayed true to his oeuvre with a new single called “World War Pt. 2” and a new full-length, The Age of Transparency, to be released in October. “Transparency is an impossibility,” says Mssr. Ne Veut.
The Adult Swim single this week features Danny Brown going in over a lopsided Clams Casino beat. “Is it really worth it?” he intones over and over. It’s about as far from a club track as you can get.
Method Man released another track from his upcoming record The Meth Lab. “The Purple Tape” features a hook that includes the word “hashtag” and a feature from Method Man’s son, who is named Raekwon (“no relation to Chef, though”). The original Raekwon and Inspectah Deck round out the verses.
Nicki Minaj is getting her own video game after the success of Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, which has been making millions of dollars and which I can confirm is very fun to play. I’m more into rap than fashion, so I’m definitely looking forward to this.
This week in wacky law news, the UK’s High Court has overturned measures enacted last year by the government to provide exceptions for personal duplication of copyrighted material. That’s right—under UK law, it was illegal to reproduce a copyrighted work for any reason without permission from the copyright holder. Then it was legal for a little while, and now it’s illegal again. Everything from ripping a CD in iTunes to backing up a hard drive with your digital music collection on it is totally not cool to the powers that be. This gives copyright holders—we’re talking by and large about entertainment companies here—unprecedented power to litigate. And while the government stresses that no one has been prosecuted for personal copying yet, the fact remains that in the UK, copyright holders have every right to do so, with a guaranteed victory, as there are no exceptions to the law. I’m sure the entities being granted such power insist that they will use it judiciously—the same way a fox would promise not to eat your chickens if you would just let him into the henhouse for a little while.