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Saturday, Nov 5, 2005

Some very sad news to report, courtesy of NYC promoter Todd P who sent this missive out:


It is with a lot of grief and weariness that I announce that Fridays DMBQ and friends show @ Club Exit was cancelled following a tragic car accident involving the members of DMBQ.


We will continue with SaturdayՕs show, which DMBQ was scheduled to play, in memoriam and as a benefit to cover DMBQs travel and medical expenses.


DMBQՕs van rolled from I-95 in Delaware en route from Baltimore to Brooklyn this afternoon. All members of the band have been hospitalized, as well as Michelle Cable from Panache Magazine and booking, who has been managing their tour.


Mana Chinaғ Nishiura did not survive the accident. China was DMBQs drummer, as well as a former drummer in Shonen Knife. China will be missed.


Michelle Cable is conscious following surgery for a head injury. She also sufferred an injury to her back which will keep her in the hospital for a few weeks and put her in a brace for awhile, but she is expected to recovery completely. Shinji Masuko is still in the hospital but is expected to be released soon. Toru Matsui and Ryuichi Watanabe have been released from the hospital.


ThatՕs all the information I have.


There was also this article from the Philadelphia Inquirer.


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Friday, Nov 4, 2005

As the Nike debacle earlier this year, it’s obviously time to piss all over Minor Threat yet again.  This time, Fox and the NFL decided to use the MT tune “Salad Days” for their broadcast.  No, they didn’t ask the band or label and they still insist it’s perfectly legal.  Dischord ain’t happy about that needless to say (especially since football is a fake sport anyway, right?)


For more on the story, see EconoCulture.


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Friday, Nov 4, 2005

Very disheartening to hear that the Democrats shot down a bill that would have accorded free speech provisions to blogs.  Usually, it’s the Republicans who find the idea of free speech inconvenient and here, the Dem’s can only came up with favorite scapegoats like porn or soft money to say why they won’t support this.  Yet another reason that the spineless idiots of the Donkey party can’t capitalize on a weak and discredited president…


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Wednesday, Nov 2, 2005

Showing an ignorance and shamelessness that the RIAA must envy, Tinsletown is trying to sneak in some Congressional legislation that will punish consumers who don’t use any media technology that they’ve had a buildling full of lawyers approve: Hollywood Pushes Bill To Close Analog Hole.  Basically, they don’t want anyone to use that little analog output on your receiver/stereo/DVD player to hook it into other media devices where you might make copies.  Don’t think that the electronics manufacturers are happy about this or are gonna take this lying down- they’ve been locking horns with the entertainment industry for years now over the idea of copying music (or movies).  As the Analog Hole bill slithers its way into other legislation, rest assured that it will come back like a bad check if it’s chopped out for now.  As such, be vigilent and remind your representative that you’re not buying this.


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Tuesday, Nov 1, 2005

Think that the Digital Rights Management (DRM) software on new CD’s is harmless?  Think again, sucker.  In addition to stopping you from only listening to your newly purchased music on certain players (which excluses your computer or maybe your car stereo, DRM may also be wrecking your computer: Sony Music CDs surreptitiously install DRM Trojan horses on PCs


Is it possible that Sony is really that stupid and naive to let something like this happen?  In addition, to pissing off customers by not letting them play back (let alone copy) their CD’s, what kind of PR is it to also trash their computers?  The majors can stop wondering why millions of people still use P2P services unauthorized by them- they themselves are driving customers there with this kind of boneheaded technology.  Sometimes makes you wonder if there isn’t some mole from Kazaa working there to help along their stupidity…


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