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Oh my God, it’s finally here

In a sense, Black Milk is the reason I moved to New York. Catch me on the corner some time and I’ll explain what that means. But all cryptography aside, Kyle Fischer’s latest record is out in the world now, and man is it a good one. Get it!

Balthrop, Alabama announces new single:
God Loves My Country

Balthrop, Alabama - God Loves My Country

On Thursday, March 20th, the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, Balthrop, Alabama will release a digital download of their new single, God Loves My Country. The song asks the question: “Does God bless America, or any country or people over all others? Does God condone the violence enacted by one nation against another?”

Those who download the song will be encouraged to make a donation in support of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

To be notified when the download is available, join the Balthrop, Alabama mailing list.

Amie Street on Ars.Technica

Some food for thought: Ars.Technica provides a review of Amie Street’s popularity-based pricing structure. Tracks start off as free downloads; the more they’re downloaded, the higher the price gets, until they reach a cap of 98¢. Interesting model.

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Pascal, Bernie, and Balthrop Alabama make the New York Times

Read the The New York Times article on End Up’s Pascal and Bernie.

Terrific art all over their apartment by Paul Wilm–one of our Alabama collaborators–and even a little Rudy Giuliani portrait peeking out by Marshall Weber of the Booklyn book arts collective.

Support the Performance Rights Act

You may not have known this, but when an AM or FM station plays your favorite band’s song, the band doesn’t get paid. For decades, AM and FM broadcasters have enjoyed an exemption from current copyright law which requires satellite radio, cable radio channels, Internet webcasts, and other broadcasters to pay a royalty for the use of music. Of all the ways we listen to music, big radio is the only one that receives special treatment in this regard.

The ‘Performance Rights Act’ — introduced by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) — would correct a loophole in the copyright law by removing the broadcaster exemption to assure that all platforms are treated equally and pay a performance royalty to artists.

Email your congressperson now in support of this bill by clicking here »

Staff profiles now online

We finally got around to posting a staff profiles page. Check it out »

Some sad news…

Fave neighborhood venue Magnetic Field is closing its doors at the end of March. Here’s hoping someone will step up and fill their shoes. (Hat tip: Brownstoner).

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