|1. Special Programming Schedule|
|2. Message from Lazlo|
|3. New Songs Added This Week|
|4. CD Reviews|
|6. Concert Calendar|
|7. New Additions to the Literature Corner|
|8. End Notes|
1. Special Programming Schedule
2. MESSAGE FROM LAZLO
It's time I got really serious for a moment. I've avoided bringing this up for a while, hoping the problem would go away, but it seems to be getting worse. You may have heard on the news or on the web that Internet Radio is in jeopardy, and as much as it pains me to say it, this is undeniably true. The future of internet radio, and consequently the future of blowupradio.com, is in the hands of congress. Here's a short explanation of what's been going on:
America's fledgling Internet radio industry could be effectively killed on May 21st if the U.S. Copyright Office accepts the recommendations of its recent Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel ("CARP") recommendation concerning Internet radio royalty rates and establishes its proposed record-keeping requirements for webcasters.
Background: Congress passed a law in October, 1998, called the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) which established that webcasters must pay "performance rights" fees to record labels for the music they play. That law instructed the Copyright Office to set the appropriate rate.
However, the CARP's recommended rates are currently more than 100% of most Webcasters' gross revenues!
The Copyright Office is required by Congress to decide whether to accept, reject or modify the CARP's recommended rates by May 21, 2002. If they accept the CARP panel's recommendation, most observers believe that the decision will effectively kill Internet radio as an industry, as the decision could bankrupt all but the three or four largest webcasters.
The preeceding synopsis was taken from www.saveinternetradio.org. I cannot stress enough how important it is that everyone go to this site and read up on the facts of the situation.
After you read the facts, please E-mail your congressperson one of the form letters (or feel free to write your own passionate plea) to save internet radio. If congress accepts CARP's plan, Live365.com (which hosts blowupradio.com's webcast, paying the current royalty fees), will likely be forced to shut down, effectively destroying blowupradio.com's webcast. This would once again leave us with no place to hear NJ's indie music scene. Live365.com also has their own page with more information on the situation that you can check out here.
I was really hoping to use this space to talk about the excellent concert at Maxwell's last night, featuring performances by Hero Pattern, Particle Zoo, Planet Janet, and the incredible first performance by double-breasted, but somehow the future of internet radio seemed more important. I hope you all agree.
3. NEW SONGS ADDED THIS WEEK
|the Comrades||hope in a hopeless world||illusory refuge from your torment|
|the Cryptkeeper 5||get in the mood||from: the Cryptkeeper 5 to: you|
|Planet Janet||radio||nice socks|
To hear the Blowup Radio Network- Where NJ Rock Lives, click HERE.
4. CD REVIEWS
Particle Zoo - It's in the Cans
To read all of our CD Reviews, click HERE.
This weeks Headlines include:
"BENEFITS IN THE WORKS FOR AL MUZER"
To read these news stories and others, click HERE.
6. CONCERT CALENDAR
BENEFIT SHOWS ARE LISTED IN BLUE
CLEAR SHOT, SAUCE @ the Saint
MADJUL @ Whiskey Bar
JOHN TAGLIERI @ the Pontiac Grille (Philly)
VAL EMMICH, SMALL A.M. @ Plum St Pub
MOJO LOVE DOG @ Chubby's
BARBUDA @ Marita's Cantina
HIGH SPEED CHASE @ Love Sexy
MUDBOX, TAG YOU'RE IT @ St Joseph H.S.
A REMINDER, WELCOME HOME TRAVIS, FEELING LEFT OUT, DIFFERENT STROKES @ Stingrays @ Birch Hill
BASTARDS of MELODY, PARTICLE ZOO, CROPDUSTER @ the Waiting Room
FRANKENSTEIN 3000, MARS NEEDS WOMEN, DARGIS, FLAT MORRISON @ the Saint
DOWNSHALLOW (8pm) @ Terminal One
DOWNSHALLOW (11pm) @ Connections
JIM TESTA & JERSEY BEAT ALL-STARS, TRIS McCALL, BOBFIELDS, AVSIO'HARA (Jersey Beat's 20th anniversary) @ Maxwell's
STICK FIGURE SUICDE, WELCOME HOME TRAVIS (day show) @ the Saint
WELCOME HOME TRAVIS (night show) @ Hamilton St Cafe
TOBER, ANGER of the LAMB, 60 MILES DOWN @ Bagota VFW
STUTTER (CD release), KNUCKLE SANDWICH, 37 SLURP @ Pontiac Grille (Philly)
TWISTED BELLY @ the Saint
STICK FIGURE SUICIDE, 37 SLURP, SGR @ Medford VFW
the CATHOLIC GIRLS @ the Pontiac Grille (Philly)
To see all the upcoming shows, click here.
6. NEW ADDITIONS TO THE LITERATURE CORNER
|Laura Christansen||so i||poetry|
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