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June 13, 2006


Threadless is having another $10 t-shirt sale, get Dad a cheap "Meat Is Murder: Tasty, Tasty Murder" t-shirt for Father's Day.

Two music critics for the Boston Globe debate the merits of the band, Boston.

Victor Keegan discusses the perils of digital rights management in the Guardian.

DRM is not just a problem for the music industry. Recently I attended a seminar at the British Library (standing room only, by the way), which is deeply worried about the way restrictive digital rights contracts are being imposed by companies. The British Library is one of the world's great treasure houses, yet less than one percent of its priceless archive has been digitised because of potential conflicts about digital rights and preservation. If that's not a digital scandal then I don't know what is.

Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria is in negotiations to write a novel.

She says: "They offered a huge deal and I like the idea of seeing my book on a shelf. The plot's top secret so far but let's just say I have a wild imagination."

Popmatters interviews singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo.

Author Frank Portman (of the Mr. T Experience) talks to the San Francisco Chronicle about the success of his book, King Dork.

"It's weird that this is the biggest success I've ever been involved in," smiles Portman, who looks more boyish than his 41 years. "For 20 years I've been doing stuff that no one has been particularly interested in, so this is pretty cool. But it's been a little overwhelming. I've had to step back and say, 'Whoa, this is what happens when you create something the world likes!' "

NPR book critic Alan Cheuse shares the mystery behind his summer reading selections today at The Happy Booker.

Marketing Profs Daily Fix Blog proposes the "100 CDs to 100 Bloggers" project to promote albums.

RIAA CEO Mitch Bainwol tells USA Today that illegal file-trading is "contained."

"The problem has not been eliminated," says association CEO Mitch Bainwol. "But we believe digital downloads have emerged into a growing, thriving business, and file-trading is flat."

National Semiconductor is giving each of its 8,500 employees an iPod

At The Hill, Jenny Toomey (along with Michael Bracy) argues for net neutrality, using independent music as an example.

For musicians, net neutrality means they should have the unfettered ability to make their work available to potential fans without undue interference from corporate gatekeepers. Similarly, music fans should have the ability to access this music via a range of legitimate business models. Net neutrality also ensures the continued innovation that has spurred the growth of the indie sector, the transition to a legitimate digital economy and, more widely, consumer adaptation of broadband services. wonders if iTunes will go to a subscription model. interviews Kianna Alarid of Tilly and the Wall.

"I think people see that we're trying something different, and I think they can tell that we don't give a shit. The whole point is that we don't give a shit about the people that are haters. You have to just live and be positive," Alarid says. "I do think [people are following too many trends] and a lot of it is really shitty. All the people that are looked up to in mainstream culture are really not good role models."

The Guardian asks horror film directors to name their favorite scary film.

Kathryn Yu presents Smoosh's "Free to Stay" on NPR's Song of the Day.


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