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Steve Albini tells you why is better not to sign with a major label.

“STEVE ALBINI: I’m not really interested in participating in mainstream culture. Participating in the mainstream music business is, to me, like getting involved in a racket. There’s no way you can get involved in a racket and not someway be filthied by it. You’re another catalog item, another name on the list of people who are collaborating with the enemy.”

Steve Albini is one of the most prolific music producer (or Record Engineer as he likes to be described) the world has come to know until today. He recorded albums with Nirvana, Pixies, Sonic Youth, Motorpshyco, The Breeders, Fugazi, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Jesus Lizard and some italian bands like Uzeda, Zu, 24 Grana. I remeber the time when in Senigallia at the Red House Studio many italian indie bands (Three Second Kiss, Manila Hemp) recorded with him.

If you are in a band or in a solo project or you are a producer or anyhow involved with music and still want to sign for a major label, please read carefully what Steve Albini has to tell you.

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In this essay the almighty sound guru goes deeply through figures explaining why is better to stay independent, and I will add to release yourself your music. keeping control over it forever. This way it will take you longer to be worldwide known but you will know how the game works and will be solely responsible for your music and its exploitation.

If you are interested please go dig for the dispute between Steve and Sonic Youth when they signed for a major in 1990 (it was DGC).

One more thing about his ethics: Steve Albini doesn’t pretend future royalties on the records he produces, he just gets a daily flat fare and that’s it. can you imagine that in the contemporay fucked up music business? ehehehe… he’s the man!

Steve Albini is also a guitarist playing with Shellac, Rapeman, Big Black.

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MEAT THE TRUTH, you deserve to be shocked!

This is another great doc about food, global warming, sustainability and the influence of the meat industry on our climate (and the climate change) and on the devastation of our environment, water and air.

if you take some time to watch the movie you’ll discover the relation intercurring between the huge release of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere and the consumption of meat in your diet. Yes it’s all related, like Marianne Thieme explains in the doc, eighteen percent (18) of global greenhouse gas emission are caused by livestock farming. Farmed animals.

mmmm…so..wait…are we talking about cows farting and burping? yes you got it. it’s called METHANE.

Now see this: all the transportation in the world (cars, trains, ships, airplanes etc etc) sends out in the air 13% of total global emission, so less than industrial farming, are you shocked already?

Now, do you still think it’s ok to please your tongue with that bloody and full of antibiotic steak? are you still living the lie of telling yourself that your meat and dairy comes from happy and free to move around animals?…cmooooon… you better act somehow and get your responsabilities!

more on this: about 40/50% of all the cereals and 75% of soy farmed in the world are not eaten by human but by livestock to get fat so humans can eat them (and soy is farmed mostly in Brazil which keeps cutting down Amazonian rainforest to make place for more soya field).

A recent FAO study points out that human population has raised from 2.6 billions in 1950 to 6 billions in 2000 and the production of industrial edible meat increased from 45 billions of kilos  in 1950 to 233 billions in 2000, so they predict that in 2050 the human population will touch 9 billions of units and the production of meat will hit 450 billions of kilos doubling the emission of greenhouse gasses…

I suggest to watch this doc before dinner so to get motivated on changing your diet and make the world a more sustainable place to live in, for us and the future humans.

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The Music Industry versus The Internet @ Music Think tank

I am constantly reading and studying about royalties revenues and contemporary exploitation of music and its placement, this is why I read blogs like Music Think Tank and others aggregating them in my rss feeder.

 

 

This time, for example, this post it’s about “Guardian of the free Internet” Vs. “Rights Holders” (labels, artists, publishers) debate and it really made me think and I suggest you to read it and, if you like it, you can comment about it down here. Count me in if you’re up to a discussion!

Especially the “Why are you paying for distribution?” question is something I totally agree with: why do I (or the label which I am releasing for) should pay fees to sub-distributor companies or big distribution web sites like Beatport and similars for doing absolutely nothing? or close to nothing (you know how many tracks gets released daily on these huge web stores and how little promotion or visibility they gets… apart form that I’ve never seen a cent yet…I know I am not famous but ZERO is still ZERO… c’moooon)

 

 

 

This is why lately, while following the ACTA campaign, I am  looking at websites like Bandcamp or other direct-to-fan selling platforms and Copyleft, as a very good opportunity and strategy for the contemporary music producer.

 

 

The Music Industry versus The Internet – MTT – Music Think Tank.

 

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October 15th. Rome riots or the way to fuck it up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I attended the big demonstration on the 15th of October in Rome along with many many peaceful people and some angry idiots.

I want to make clear that I don’t agree politically or strategically with the rioters (black blok and crazy heads or infiltrated fascists) charging and battling during the manifestation, mainly because they received all the attention and left none to the majority of the participants, which where there to show indignation and will to change society and its (wrong) rules and assets.

The main reason I was there was to show my indignation towards capitalism, banks and bankers, not to show haste or to devastate properties (which we will have to pay at the end).

Maybe we are the 98% not the 99% because, if math is precise, I don’t think the 99% want the rioters included, so let’s take the 1% out.

I must admit that I never saw so many engaging duels with the police as this time. I believe they were organized and reading this article in Repubblica.it could explain it even better, but also I think that the police behavior was really provocative (as always) forcing even more people to violence and disorders: I saw the trucks with the hydrants mounted on top, repeatedly charging the peaceful majority in San Giovanni square leaving them soaked with nothing else to do than going home (or charging back). And I also saw police trucks striking in the middle of the people standing peacefully in front of the Basilica.

This is a pretty indecent way to disperse a manifestation.

The political reason and responsibility to me is very easy to point out: Saturday should have been the celebrations  for the end of Berlusconi’s rotted  government but, in a very unpredictable way, on Friday, the government had the numbers in Parliament to keep on going, so everyone was really frustrated and angry and that anger naturally exploited in violence and riots. So, if the Italian politics were wise enough to put the good of the country in front of their personal grief and stupidity, probably this would not have happened. But this is only a theory.

But I am really tired of the same old corrupted and ineffective politics. Stop the old shitty and corrupted Italian political parties we are tired of your interfering, you had your time, now please it’s time to extinguish.

I also hate all the people which thinks they are doing such a great job for humanity standing behind the police forces, shooting photos and videos. I think this is very bad: these self called photo-reporters are just waiting for the worse to happen, hoping to shot the coolest photo…c’mooooon you are very pathetic – and cowards.

This to comment this cartoon, which is going viral on the web, but I must say the rioters were many, I never saw so many ppl fighting in the streets and squares in a manifestation in Rome.

Last thought to the police forces: how can you stand and defend politics we all know are corrupted and proved criminals?, those same politics which are destroying your life and your future also. You promised to serve and protect the weak, the oppressed and the honest, don’t you see you are on the wrong side?

Finally I don’t think big manifestations can be the solution to change the contemporary unfair and useless society, we need to change our lifestyle, we need to be concerned of what we do (what we eat, consume, waste) we need to experiment contemporary forms of rebellion, we are already there we only need to focus and evolve in a smartest way.

Stop street violence which is so vintage and useless and easily instrumentalized.

I don’t want to wait for others to fulfill my head and my spare time. I want to be smart, modern, pacific but uncompromising.

In the end, one cool thing for you to download, the Rome Riot Sample Pack recorded and shared by Fieldabuse.com.

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