Monday, January 29, 2007

Banned in DC

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

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:

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)

Chapel of the Chimes

Original Release: 2002

Xiu Xiu - "Jennifer Lopez (the sweet science version)" (mp3)

One Big Trip

Del The Funky Homosapien - "One Big Trip"
from the 2003 release "One Big Trip"
by Various Artists
Hieroglyphics Imperium

For Your Own Special Sweetheart

Jawbox - “Reel” (mp3)
from 1995's “For Your Own Special Sweetheart”

DeSoto Records

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