In DC there's all sorts of stuff going on... and not just at the Congressional levels...
One thing I heard about is a new local law that may ban minors from attending shows in clubs. That would be a real bummer, as I grew up checking out all kinds of cool bands in venues like DC Space, 9:30 club etc before i was of legal drinking age. We'd get the X on our hand, and as long as we weren't drinking booze, we could watch groups like Jesus Lizard, Husker Du, Trouble Funk, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Government Issue, Marginal Man, etc doin' their thing.
Hope the kids keep their right to rock...
Apparently a revision of the law is being fomented due toa minor being killed by a stray gunshot after a bouncer & another patron got in an altercation. A tragic & pointless situation, that will be made all the more pointless if minors are now banned from attending concerts.
Here's some groups I was lucky enough to see live as a lad in DC... perhaps I woulda never discovered any of these bands if I hadn't been allowed to cavort around at night in DC area clubs...
D.O.A - Slumlord
SSDecontrol - Get It Away
JFA - I Don't Like You
Meatmen - War Of The Superbikes
The Vandals - Airstream
No Trend - Human Garbage
Trouble Funk - So Early In The Morning
Flipper - Life
Soul Asylum - James @ 16 (1987 live medley)
Toxic Reasons - Looking At The World
Husker Du - Divide & Conquer
Big Boys - We Got Soul
Government Issue - Plain To See
Crippled Pilgrims - So Clean
Meat Puppets - What To Do
Another dumb idea floating around DC is some sort of internet broadcasting regulation that would force streaming media websites to use sort of DRM schema.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein's latest appeasement for her buddies at the RIAA, is her proposed Bill S.256,(also known as the “Platform Equality and Remedies for Rights Holders in Music Act” (PERFORM)...
Looks like this one will screw up web streaming, make web broadcaster's spend money on expensive proprietary & dubious DRM systems, so that streams can't be ripped into individual tracks...
according to an editorial at medialoper.com
The Democrat's actions would, among other things, require that Internet broadcasters protect their audio streams with DRM technology. Apparently the RIAA has convinced Feinstein that unencrypted audio streams are contributing to the global piracy problem.
Follow the links below for more information:
- EFF Action Center
- Public Knowledge Disappointed With PERFORM ACT
- WFMU: Will The PERFORM Act Kill Online Radio?
Hey PC Network users, I just discovered a new free online test from Network Magic that scans your network connections and PC and alerts you about any discovered security issues. The test looks for some important things like making sure your router doesn't still have the default password, that you don't have unknown open connections on your PC and if yer antivirus software is up to date. It will also scan for other devices on your network, potentially identifying any wireless freeloaders
Of course if you don't have a network, you don't need to check this stuff...
now for a couple more tracks before i split...
Xiu Xiu - Chapel Of the Chimes
(2002 - Absolutely Kosher Records)
Original Release: 2002
Xiu Xiu - "Jennifer Lopez (the sweet science version)" (mp3)
Jawbox - “Reel” (mp3)
from 1995's “For Your Own Special Sweetheart”