Around the (music)web

When you can’t come up with a creative title, just reuse a recent one with a slight twist to pretend you are being clever. Anywho, I just wanted to throw out some interesting musical news of late:

– A bunch of Canadian musicians have decided to abandon their version of the RIAA and form a new music coalition based on the idea of not suing their fans. And we’re not talking about a bunch of coffee shop singer/songwriters. Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies, and (my arch nemesis) Avril Lavigne are on board as well as indie giants Sloan and Broken Social Scene. If only we could convince Neil Young to quit his curmudgeon ways and join in the fun. (thanks to Boing Boing)

– The Allman Brothers and Cheap Trick have decided to sue Sony over iTunes royalties. The real tragedy is that millions of music fans continue to use that store in spite of it being a ripoff for, not only themselves, but the artists, too. Not that many Mac users really want to admit that Steve Jobs doesn’t really give a damn about the artists. (overheard on the eMu boards)

– After two or three years of no updates, Epitonic has suddenly returned. And it looks like ass! Fortunately I downloaded most of the freebies back when there was some real navigation available and somebody was, inexplicably, continuing to pay their Internet bills. In all fairness, it seems like they want this to work – so I’m not writing them off just yet. At least it’s not a repeat of the Allmusic fiasco… yet.

Also, I’m seriously considering launching a music site of my own. I don’t really want it to be your typical new-music-news-and-reviews site that is rather prevalent these days (nothing wrong with that, I’ve got 3 or 4 of them in my aggregator). Instead I want it to be a more personal affair – a real music-based journal that would just where I would just as likely talk about Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon as review the latest offering from Obscuro The Unknown Indie Band (I better form that group pronto). The idea has been brewing in my head for months, but the idea for the domain sturck me this morning and I think I might be ready to give it a try. Any thoughts?

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