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10-31-08 Footnotes
Show 153: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Reviews of the Vivian Girls & Lindsey Buckingham

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1 The first story in the news this week is a sign of things to come according to Jim and Greg. They have been reporting on power shifts in the music industry for years, and now they’re seeing two giants come together: Ticketmaster and Irving Azoff. For listeners not familiar with that second name, Azoff, a longtime tastemaker and power broker in the record business, is behind the careers of New Kids on the Block, Van Halen and Guns ‘N Roses, and brokered the recent deals between AC/DC, The Eagles and Wal-Mart. Now he’ll be helming Ticketmaster Entertainment, and Jim and Greg think consumers should beware.

2a The next two stories showcase two new ways the industry is trying to curb file-sharing. As reported on the show previously, the U.K. is going after Internet Service Providers, since no one has had much luck putting the fear in consumers. Now we know who will be heading this war on downloading: punk rocker Feargal Sharkey. The former Undertones lead singer is being unveiled as the chief executive of UK Music, an umbrella organization that will represent songwriters, promoters and other members of the music industry.

2b Back in the States, Universal Music has struck a deal with Dell Computers to provide consumers with a bundle of tunes along with their computer purchase. They believe that if people have legal music on their hard-drive, they won’t try to get more illegally. But Jim and Greg don’t think this deal factors in the importance of choice. In 2008, with so many ways to hear and consume music, fans don’t want label executives curating their listening for them.

3 A recent survey shows that indie labels still don’t have access to radio airplay despite the FCC’s effort to equal the playing field. Part of 2007’s payola settlement was to insure that 8,400 half-hour segments of airtime should be dedicated to indie labels and local bands. This was to help cease any pay-for-play practices. But, organizations like The American Association of Independent Music and the Future of Music Coalition are saying that, unfortunately, things are as grim as ever.

4 Both Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ new album Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!, and Nick Cave’s side project Grinderman are big favorites of our hosts. So when given the opportunity to have Cave and his Bad Seeds into the studio, Jim and Greg, of course, jumped at the chance. Cave has been making music, along with poetry, plays and novels, for three decades, and Jim and Greg are amazed that Cave has managed to be so strong for so long. And in fact, it’s hard to tell that the man behind the dark, noisy and funny songs you hear on the show has passed the 50-year mark. Check out all the Seeds’ tracks here.

5 Lindsey Buckingham has released a new album called Gift of Screws. It’s the third solo album from the Fleetwood Mac singer/songwriter, and Greg notes that Buckingham is much more experimental when he’s on his own. But unlike with his previous record, Jim finds Buckingham to be also be much more joyful. He and Greg are both impressed with the guitar work and give Gift of Screws a double Buy It rating.

6 The next album up for review is from The Vivian Girls. The band is getting a lot of buzz, particularly after the recent CMJ Conference. They get their name from the controversial artist Henry Darger, and both Jim and Greg think you can hear his themes of innocence and violence in the Vivian Girls’ music. The production is extremely lo-fi, but the record is filled with wonderfully complicated and short pop songs. The Vivian Girls gets another double Buy It.

Songs Featured in Show #153
Metallica, "Master of Puppets," Master of Puppets, 1986
The Undertones, "Teenage Kicks," Teenage Kicks, 1978
Wilco, "The Late Greats," A Ghost is Born, 2004
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "We Call Upon the Author," Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!, 2008
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!," Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!, 2008 Live in the StudioNick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "Today's Lesson," Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!, 2008
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "Moonland," Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!, 2008
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "Jesus of the Moon," Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!, 2008
Grinderman, "Electric Alice," Grinderman, 2007
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "Tupelo," The Firstborn is Dead, 1985 Live in the Studio
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "Midnight Man" Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!, 2008
Lindsey Buckingham, “Great Day,” Gift of Screws, 2008
Lindsey Buckingham, “Gift of Screws,” Gift of Screws, 2008
Lindsey Buckingham, “Wait for You,” Gift of Screws, 2008
The Vivian Girls, “Tell The World,” Vivian Girls, 2008
The Vivian Girls, “Where Do You Run To,” Vivian Girls, 2008
Phoenix, “Long Distance Call,” It’s Never Been Like That, 2006
Parts & Labor, "Nowhere's Nigh," Receivers, 2008
The Four Tops, “Bernadette,” Reach Out, 1967
Wire, "The 15th," 154, 1979

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