....LMB: "Quick Congrats"....

May 29, 2004

I'm still on vacation, but had to pop in to congratulate Kill Radio's own "Get the Fuck Up" radio show for being nominated as "Best Radio Show" in the 2004 LA Weekly Music Awards!

GTFU (formerly known as "The Buddyhead Show") is (as its hosts describe it)

"A mix of band interviews, live musical performances, and prank calls, all masked under the clever disguise of being drunken fools."

That's pretty dead-on.

But they also do what any good musical radio show should do: find good new bands and play them so that the audience can hear and enjoy. Unfortunately, the handful of radio shows out there which take chances and play new music often have no interest in playing what's new and good, only in "breaking" new bands, in playing the Next Big Thing while they're still Unknown and Mildly Underground; therefore those shows are not about entertaining and enlightening the audience, they're about raising the prestige of the DJs. I'm glad that GTFU hasn't fallen into that trap.

And to counter that noble-sounding stuff above, the GTFU guys get drunk on the air, talk a bunch of crazy shit, insult each other, and often come across like real assholes. All in all, a pretty unqiue mix of creativity, intrigue and stupidity.

GTFU is up against some stiff competition for this LA Weekly award: Rodney on the ROQ, a new show by former Sex Pistol Steve Jones, an all Grateful Dead and "jam band" show, and some other show on quality college station KXLU.

Congrats, GFTU!!

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Kill Radio's lydiadeetz reminds us that other LA Weekly Music Award nominees, musicians Mezklah, Go Betty Go, Very Be Careful and Mike Watt have all been guests on Kill Radio programs, or have performed at benefit concerts for Kill Radio.

Which means we're all cool and stuff, verdad?

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Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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