Check out this article mentioning the band with iTunes links to purchase the songs.
Congrats to Robert Szeles and Kiss the Girl!
When you own a copyright, you are the only one that can do whatever you want with your work. If anyone else wants to use your work, they have to get your permission. If anyone else wants to make changes to your work, they have to get your permission. (Since you may be wondering, there are still the fair use and parody exceptions if they apply.)
Musician Walsh’s attorney has sent a letter to Candidate Walsh. The letter is absolutely true in its statement of law, but written in a manner that is hysterical. My favorite part is where Peter Paterno (Musician Walsh’s attorney) says “Now, I know why you used Joe’s music — it’s undoubtedly because it’s a lot better than any music you or your staff could have written. But that’s the point. Since Joe writes better songs than you do, the Copryright Act rewards him by letting him decide who gets to use the songs he writes.” I applaud you, Mr. Paterno.
The new company, called Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. will thankfully be subject to conditions, such as the separation of ticketing and concert promotions services. However, it will still be one insanely large company with a stake in concerts, ticketing, merchandising and even the sale of recorded music.
What this means for artists: The industry is shifting to a model of large companies handling all aspects of an artist’s career. I personally think this is a bad idea because instead of having a company dedicated to performing one service well, you will have one company performing many services on a mediocre level. You wouldn’t want your dentist to also be your carpet cleaner and personal stylist, would you?
An artist needs the people servicing each part of his career to be experts in that area. It is fine if one company employs experts in each area it handles and services the artist with the artist’s best interests in mind. However, this is not always the case. Artists need to make sure whatever company they sign with is competent in all services it provides and does not screw the artist over by taking too large of a cut from some or all areas of service.
What this means for consumers/concert attendees: It is said this merger will also be better for the consumer because ticket prices will come down. AEG, a promoter behind Live Nation is also established as a competitor of Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. under the DOJ’s imposed conditions. This is good because the DOJ is trying to not let this new venture have a monopoly over the concert and ticket industries. However, I will believe that ticket prices will come down when I see them coming down.
Read the full story at The Wall Street Journal.
To be continued…
Ellis had a recent gig at Saint Rocke’s this past week and I stopped by to say hi and catch his performance. Somehow I only took photos of him playing guitar, but most of the set actually featured Ellis on piano.
D*J*E and Ellis
I passed the California Bar Exam and have been officially sworn in as an attorney. Thank you all for supporting me during this process, and for remaining loyal listeners to Electric Effect.
I am thrilled to now be able to represent artists as their attorney, help them protect their rights and further their careers.
I would really love to know what you think of this one, so please let me know!
P.S. IMPORTANT FACT CORRECTION! Regarding The Compulsions, Frank Ferrer and Richard Fortus are STILL members of Guns N’ Roses and Sami Yaffa is STILL a member of the New York Dolls. I had some misinterpreted information on this, which I announced on the show. Please be advised Ferrer, Fortus and Yaffa are CURRENT members of these respective bands.
Here is the playlist for Show #15:
“California” by Will Champlin
“Prayer for the Faithful” by Zarathustra
“Magnolia Street” by Zarathustra
“It’s Too Late” by Heavy Glow
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Johnny” by The Compulsions
“Wolves in the Garden” by The Deadly Syndrome
“Short Pants for Fatty” by The Reigning Monarchs
Background music also by The Reigning Monarchs
I went to see Toy Robot’s gig at Crane’s on October 7th and it rocked! I could definitely hear every one of TR’s songs on the radio and the band has SERIOUS potential. Here is a iPhone photo of me and my friend Loren, lead singer and guitarist of TR:
Loren and I are also working on getting the band’s songs cleared for airplay on Electric Effect, so I hope to be playing them soon!
Toy Robot also has a gig tomorrow night, November 14th at The Bootleg Theatre (2220 Beverly Blvd), 9:30 PM, 18+, $5 with the flyer below ($10 without the flyer - so save some money and print the flyer!)
I look forward to hearing your thoughts after the show!