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  • 10 years ago

    Charlie Poole was a sot, a holy hell-raiser, a smart-mouthed terror of a banjo player with huge, open ears. His recording career lasted just over five years, from his 1925 megahit "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues" to 1930 sides that sold only to...

  • 10 years ago

    A few weeks ago, New York's attorney general, Eliot Spitzer, triumphantly announced Sony BMG's agreement to quit exchanging money and goodies for radio airplay and to throw in $10 million to nonprofits by way of apology. The reaction from the musi...

  • 10 years ago

    Justice David Souter's opinion in MGM Grokster a few weeks ago was the first U.S. Supreme Court decision to mention Modest Mouse by name, but it was otherwise less juicy than it looked. It's had no immediate effect on the file-sharing scene—G...

  • 10 years ago

    Let's say you wanted to buy a copy of Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory, in honor of their current protest against Warner Music Group for not cutting the band in on WMG's (not-as-successful-as-planned) IPO. For $18.98 (list price), you'd get a CD from w...

  • 11 years ago

    Users of easytree.org who visited it on April 6 got a nasty surprise: a note saying it had been shut down due to legal threats. EZT, as it was known, was the file-sharing equivalent of Grateful Dead-era tape trees: a clearing-house for "torrents,"...

  • 11 years ago

    One Republican Federal Communications Commission chairman (Michael Powell) leaves, another one (Kevin J. Martin) takes his place; will it really make a difference in what you hear on the radio? Yeah, probably. The good news about Martin is that he...

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