Run the Jewels - “Run the Jewels” - Run the Jewels. El-P + Killer Mike video for modern tuck-your-chain music.
Duwende - “Happy” - Pharrell Williams cover from Despicable Me Soundtrack. These cats are doing some things. I’m not an a capella nerd, but YouTube has ushered in such a resurgence in the genre, pre and post Glee/High School Musical.
My good friend, Peter Mazza, incredible musician/composer/educator and Sunday night resident at Bar Next Door, is recording not one, but TWO new albums - one group, and one solo. Get involved and help support real NYC music via his crowd funding:
And if you fund him or better yet go see him in the intimate, fire-lit, romantic setting of Bar Next Door/La Lanterna, whisper to him “GBattle sent me!”
Alphabet Insanity [insert slow clap here]. Well done sir, well done.
Fear and Loathing: Tumblr, Music and Termination
Tumblr has been my guilty music pleasure since 2008, posting over a thousands songs, exploring thousands more, enjoying Cover Day Friday among my peers and queuing up songs on ex.fm. I’ve relished in the freedom that sharing among a small set of followers expands our appreciation for music, emboldens our love for the craft, and encourages us to dig deeper, purchase more and go see more live shows.
All that changed for me in 2014.
I’ve received a scant few DMCA takedown notices from Tumblr over the years, twice due to posts with music by Lewis Taylor who is notorious for removing all his music from the internet including YouTube. In each instance, the post was removed in accordance with the takedown request mitigating any further harm.
At the end of 2013, I posted an Apocolyptica cover of Metallica’s “One” that was reblogged many times outside my normal set of followers. I received a very different DMCA takedown notice from a post-Yahoo! Tumblr stating the following:
We’re writing to let you know that, due to repeated uncontested notifications of copyright infringement against one or more of your blogs, your Tumblr account is one more uncontested notice away from termination. Please consider this a final warning. [emphasis mine]
This constitutes a grand total of 4 takedowns across almost 6 years amidst thousands of songs posted and reblogged.
The fact is Tumblr is 100% correct. Nearly every audio post I’ve done has infringed upon a copyright, and I clicked the checkbox stating I had the rights to post when I didn’t, so there is nothing for me to contest in the notification. Just like everyone else doing audio posts on Tumblr. Tumblr is a cesspool of music copyright infringement.
With fear of termination after 6 years of creative non-audio content, I panicked. I deleted every single audio post out of fear that a singular notice would remove everything I’ve contributed to Tumblr. I’ve not done an audio post since.
Now for the loathing. Given the risk of loss, I investigated how to export my blog content. I was surprised to find that Tumblr no longer provides an export mechanism as they had for many years. So, in one breath, Tumblr prides itself on saying that we the users own our content, but if Tumblr doesn’t provide a means to claim our creations seamlessly, that claim rings false.
Now, Tumblr has a few choices here when handling DMCA takedowns that don’t involve termination:
- Push uncontested infringing posts and consequent reblogs into purgatory - hell ban the post such that only the blog owner can see it, show that there is a takedown notice pending and the post is unavailable until it is settled
- Transparency regarding all claims against your blog - email notification is not enough. Clearly show how many repeat uncontested offenses are the limit before more drastic measures are brought forth. The process of notification and to contestation for takedowns is not part of Tumblr’s Dashboard interface.
- Rather than terminate an entire account, Tumblr should remove the ability to post audio for music offenders, images for picture offenders, or text for plagiarism - this makes more sense than terminating the entire user’s account.
- If threatened with termination, provide reasonable and clear methods for exporting users’ blog content to their computers. If users own what they post, allow them to claim it at anytime and back it up as often as they wish. The walled-garden of Tumblr is a locked box when it comes to user content.
Goodbye Tumblr audio posts. You were great while you lasted.
TL;DR verion: It is not a matter of if but when you will eventually cross Tumblr’s unspecified copyright infringement limit, resulting in your own fear and loathing. You don’t own what you can’t export. You’ve been warned.
Soul Khan - “Iron Galaxy Freestyle”. Enjoyed a great time chatting with Soul Khan tonight on Rapt.fm. This freestyle over one of my favorite hip hop albums ever by Cannibal Ox.
Source: SoundCloud / Soul Khan
Marvin Gaye x Mos Def = Yasiin Gaye (Official Teaser). Another Amerigo Gazaway joint from his Soul Mates series.
David Lee Roth - “Ladies Night In Buffalo” - Eat Em and Smile.Last 80s Buffalo mention.
Neneh Cherry - “Buffalo Stance” - Raw Like Sushi. More Buffalo mentions.
Malcolm McLaren - “Buffalo Gals”. The hat (in brown, red and green).