It’s No Fun To Stay At The D-M-C-A…

November 1, 2008 by · 2 Comments
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Okay, I’m sure you’re wondering why there hasn’t been as much music here lately. Last week’s DMCA takedown was not an incident isolated to BOS, but part of a huge wave of indiscriminate takedowns and post deletions across the blogosphere, many of which seemed to be focused on blogs hosted on Blogspot.

You can read about some of the many incidents here:

Until I can figure out just exactly how to bring you all of the music you love most without getting the entire blog shutdown, some of your favorite features like 5 On A Friday and the occasional random mixes are sadly on hiatus. Fear not though, Bag of Songs is not going away, so please stay tuned.

If you have any thoughts on what’s happened or ideas on what the plan should be go forward, or maybe even just want to relate a similar story, please feel free to leave a comment or send an email.


Radio Silence

June 25, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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I’ve mentioned the impending danger facing internet radio before. This Tuesday June 26th in a coordinated effort to help bring attention to the upcoming hearing on a royalty rate hike that will if implemented essentially shut down internet radio, internet broadcasters are observing a day of silence. Read Bruce’s very knowledgeable take on the situation here

Please Be Sure to sign the petition supporting the “Internet Radio Equality Act of 2007” here

Important PSA : Internet radio

April 25, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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It’s not often that use this space to editorialize on an issue, but this is pretty important. I honestly don’t listen to a tremendous amount of internet radio myself but that doesn’t make this issue any less relevant. If you lament the current extremely sad state of commercial FM radio these days you need to take an interest here. If this ruling stands as it is, internet radio will become just another outlet for the same commercialized repetitive low quality programming that dominates the FM airwaves. Why?, you say. Because they will be the only ones who can afford to bring it to you. Small independent and non-profit streaming web radio sites will no longer be able to afford to continue. Take action now.

I am reposting this letter from Roger LaMay ,General Manager of WXPN as it stresses the importance of the Copyright Royalty Board’s recent ruling on this issue.


Copyright Royalty Board Update
Recently, the U.S Copyright Royalty Board issued a ruling that dramatically increases the royalties paid to rights holders for streaming music on the Internet. While public broadcasters have been paying negotiated royalties to music publishers/songwriters for some time, this marks the first time, due to increased activity and new technology that we have been asked to pay the “performers” royalties. The board ruling set new rates that are 250% above copyright royalties. Even more ominous is that these royalties by themselves greatly exceed the revenues that the handful of public stations like XPN who are committed to music streaming generate or expect to generate in the near future. These services all are committed to playing artists who do not otherwise get airplay on commercial radio.
Section 118 of the Copyright Act of 1976 specified “a fair return to copyright owners without unfairly burdening public broadcasters.” Clearly this is not the case here. Therefore, Congress will introduce a bill this week addressing both noncommercial and commercial streaming services, the “Internet Radio Equality Act”. This legislation recognizes public radio’s public service mission and will put these royalties under the same system and standards as the royalties we currently pay to the publishers/songwriters. We believe artists should be fairly compensated but under a system that allows the continuing operation and development of the Internet streaming of music that does not get exposure in commercial broadcasting.
Please contact your congressional representatives in the next week and ask them to co-sponsor and support the Internet Radio Equality Act. The future of non-commercial Internet music streaming depends on getting relief from this onerous new burden. We are pursuing this acknowledgement of the special role of public broadcasting in negotiations, through legislation and in the courts.

Thank you and stay tuned.
Roger LaMay, General Manager WXPN

Live Nation : Working For A More Homogenized America

March 30, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Now that they’ve genericized most of the radio stations in the country, they’re looking to remove all sense of identity from the venues in your city where you can see live music. This is just flat out the wrong way to go. Not only does the importance of the historic Fillmore get diluted, any sense of place for a venue that’s renamed is gone. Make your opinion heard people, YOUR city could be next on the list. History IS important. Do you think Neil Young would ever want to release an album called Live at One Of The Many Fillmores, I think not.

LOS ANGELES, March 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — When doors open to Lily Allen’s highly-anticipated New York City concert on April 11th, fans will notice a difference. Upon entering the venue, there will be fresh apples for hungry live music aficionados and a greeter to let them know about upcoming shows. The walls will be painted a deep red hue and the refurbished chandeliers will shine light on vintage posters, pictures and newspaper articles recounting legendary live music performances. After the show, a collectible poster commemorating the evening will be distributed to concert goers, a tradition that will continue for select shows throughout the year.

To devotees of the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco, one of contemporary music’s most respected and enduring live concert venues, these traditions will seem familiar. So while it’s no easy task to improve upon Irving Plaza, New York music fans will undoubtedly appreciate the new traditions and aesthetic that will infuse the reconfigured club, which upon Lily Allen’s christening concert, will be known as The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza.

“The Fillmore is a highly regarded music venue whose impact on music resonates far beyond the walls of the actual building itself,” says Bruce Eskowitz Live Nation’s Chief Executive Officer of North American Music. “By adapting some of the Fillmore traditions to one of the crown jewels in our venue portfolio, Irving Plaza, we hope to make the concert going experience even better for New York music fans.”

Along with the change in décor, the club has improved sightlines in its upstairs balcony area with additional improvements to come. Flat screen televisions are being placed in key locations throughout the club. Bathroom facility renovations are scheduled for this summer, as are upgraded sound and lighting systems. Behind the scenes, artist dressing rooms have been overhauled and upgraded.

With the launch of The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza and The Fillmore Philadelphia, which is planned for late April, Live Nation hopes to establish a live music brand to complement its 11 House of Blues clubs across the country. Along with the Fillmore San Francisco, Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium is one of the company’s most successful mid-size venues.

It’s fitting that the ultra-hot Lily Allen will open the improved club. The Fillmore, both in its San Francisco location and in its three and a half year incarnation as The Fillmore East (1968-1971) in lower Manhattan, has a rich history of importing cutting edge new artists from England. Led Zeppellin, The Who, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and many other UK artists played either the Fillmore in San Francisco or the Fillmore East in the beginning of their careers. Of course the storied venues were host to seminal American music artists as well, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Santana and The Allman Brothers to name a few.

But what makes the 40 year-old Fillmore Auditorium such an enduring live music brand is the fact that it has also played a role in the career of such important artists as The Ramones, X, Prince, Tom Petty, Coldplay, The Strokes and The White Stripes, to name a few, and continues to identify cutting edge talent on their way up through the touring ranks.

Irving Plaza has an esteemed history itself as one of New York City’s premiere music venues. Converted into a musical venue after years as a Polish dance hall, it has hosted such superstar artists as U2, Dave Matthews Band, Eric Clapton, Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers, and continues to be a major stepping stone on the career path of hundreds of artists every year, including such important new bands as My Morning Jacket and The Arcade Fire.

“The bottom line is that The Fillmore means something to artists and to fans,” said original Fillmore East house manager and longtime Bill Graham associate Jerry Pompili. “It was more than just a building. It was a new concept in the presentation of Rock n’ Roll. There is no better venue in New York City to carry on the traditions we started 40 years ago than Irving Plaza. It’s a beautiful thing.”

The opening evening at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza will kick off at 8:00 p.m., featuring DJ Aaron LaCrate and the Los Angeles-based duo The Bird and the Bee followed by Lily Allen.

About Live Nation

Live Nation is the world’s largest live music company. Our mission is to inspire passion for live music around the world. We are the largest promoter of live concerts in the world, the second-largest entertainment venue management company and have a rapidly growing online presence. We create superior experiences for artists and fans, regularly producing tours for the biggest superstars in the business, including The Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, U2 and Coldplay. Globally, we own, operate, have booking rights for and/or have an equity interest in more than 160 venues, including House of Blues(R) music venues and prestigious locations such as The Fillmore in San Francisco, Nikon at Jones Beach in New York and London’s Wembley Arena. Our websites collectively are the second most popular entertainment/event websites in the United States, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. In addition, we also produce, promote or host theatrical, specialized motor sports and other live entertainment events. In 2006, we connected nearly 60 million fans with their favorite performers at approximately 26,000 events in 18 countries around the world. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol “LYV.”

SOURCE Live Nation
CONTACT: John Vlautin, +1-310-867-7127,, or Jaime Roberts, +1-917-421-5130,, both of Live Nation