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Re: “ASCAP Targets Farmers' Markets and House Venues

I've been a performing musician for over 48 years. This is greed plain and simple. With all due respect to clubs and venues I've played, we don't make enough to haul all the gear in the building let alone play. The big joke is we get paid for moving the equipment. Hell the insurance companies that strong arm these bars and lounges for the hundreds of thousands in Liquor liability insurance every year, keeps them from even THINKING of being able to pay us for what we're really worth. Let's go after them first.
Hell, there are fewer and fewer places to play. These old performers who's music would be a memory and the requests to have them on comeback tours wouldn't even exist if it weren't for those of us keeping their songs alive in these small clubs. and venues. Yeah we're making a lot of money off THEIR music. Could someone point me in the direction of all that dough? cause I ain't seen it in years. Musician's in the Northeast haven't seen an increase of any kind since 1982. and it was only 25 bucks hasn't changed since then. My sound and lighting system cost more than I make in 10 years. we do it for the love of the music not the money. Or we'd all be dead of starvation. My bill is for moving the gear in and out of a venue. the playing part is free.

Posted by Robert Hinsman on 02/11/2016 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Welcome to the Shmoplife

Love the article really described $chmop life to a T

Posted by Erika Rosca on 02/09/2016 at 3:16 PM

Re: “ASCAP Targets Farmers' Markets and House Venues

There is nothing to stop an artist from performing his or her own original music. However, there aren't that many artist out there, whom could perform an hour of origanal songs. A good alternative, may be to play instrumentals, and jam around the melody of a well know song. Since it would be your own interpretation of the song, you would not violate copyright laws. Anyway, who's going to be there to police such events? Even if someone was there, and reported it, are they really going to take you to court and try to get some money out of you? I think not.

Posted by Jim Marshall on 02/03/2016 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Longtime Residents Fight to Bring the Blues Back to West Oakland

I remember as a kid hearing my mom talking about her niece spending way too much time at a club called House of Joy. Didn't mean much to me then, until I later found out West Oakland once thrived as a great music scene. Kudos we have a few soldiers fighting to preserve part of Oakland's great musical legacy!

Posted by Gary Hall on 02/02/2016 at 1:23 AM

Re: “Maya Songbird Writes Music for the Wild and Weird

PREORDER THE "QUEEN OF DARKNESS" EP AT RATSKIN RECORDS BANDCAMP PAGE

Posted by Michael Daddona on 01/20/2016 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Maya Songbird Writes Music for the Wild and Weird

preorder up now for Cassette/CD/Digital! https://ratskinrecords.bandcamp.com/album/maya-songbird-queen-of-darkness-ep

Posted by Michael Daddona on 01/20/2016 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Twenty-Five-Year Record Store Feud Spins Again: Rasputin's Rubble on Telegraph and Haste

I was hired by Ken in 77 to work at the Rasputins (little store) where Blondies ended up. But instead, Ken had me working his T shirt shop at Ashby and Claremont. Then he sent me with the Rasputins van to parking lots in Walnut Creek to buy records from the suburban kids. I guess I was a success because soon myself and my friend Saul were working at the small store on Telegraph, Ken would appear like a ghost and have me do strange jobs like security and washing windows. He really wasn't the worst boss I ever had, but he had a whole lot of people stopping in looking for him because they were owed money. Fortunately in 78 I moved to Rather Ripped Records, best record store job I ever had.

Posted by Marc Time on 01/14/2016 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Young Gully's Redemption Rap

Listened to both of these. Truly some original music, Gully has a real talent, and great to see someone doing something different in the rap game. Looking forward to the third!

Posted by Eli Barry on 12/23/2015 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Tropic Green Tunes in to the Moon

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Posted by Editor on 12/17/2015 at 4:28 AM

Re: “Tropic Green Tunes in to the Moon

great article!

Posted by Maya Ivy on 12/16/2015 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Communing with the Based God

Janis - I'm just going to point out that lil b himself clarifies that his negative and misogynistic lyrics are neither satire nor parody in the following paragraphs. I think that Nastia's line of questioning and reasoning with B himself actually clarifies and illuminates this glaring contrast for perhaps the first time and I've read a lot of lil b thinkpieces. Thanks for this thoughtful interview!

Posted by Lester Smiley on 12/11/2015 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Communing with the Based God

"On one hand, there are tracks like "All Women" from his mixtape Rain in England, on which he celebrates women of all ages, ethnicities, shapes, and sizes, rhyming, Have you appreciated a woman's knowledge?/Pay attention to her comments. But then there are farcically offensive lyrics on songs such as "Swag My Bitch Up" — on which Lil B says I respect women/And I respect all people/But I don't love hoes/They suck dick and they're evil — or "Murder Rate," where he raps If you don't twerk we gon' up the murder rate.

As a listener, it's sometimes difficult to mediate these mixed messages or decide when to take Lil B seriously. So is he playing different characters?"

It's called satire&parody, u dip

Posted by Jānis Mārtiņs Ladigs on 12/09/2015 at 1:25 AM

Re: “Kool Keith CD Scam Exposed

When is Fanatik-J going to release this album. I heard that he successfully sued the label and that he was going to release the real album.

Posted by TerrenceTom on 11/19/2015 at 6:42 AM

Re: “Kendrick Lamar Kunta's Groove Sessions After Party

It's unfortunate that by time I got to Ticketmaster the show was sold out. However, this after party should really be something to remember. I'm bringing my niece to introduce her to the scene. Show her how a lady navigates in a hip hop crowd. Tomorrow night will be epic, in more ways than one!

Posted by Andrea Nicole Jones on 11/09/2015 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Afrikatown's Anti-Gentrification Block Party

Afrikatown garden has won the fight against Gentrification so far. Thats why I love Oakland man. I love the spirit of Oakland's black community. I love how they think. The black people in Oakland have a certain conscious mindset unlike nowhere else. The best and brightest the African Descent America has to offer the world has come out of America for well over 50 years. Its the home of the Black Panthers, Too Short, Angela Davis, Toni Tone Tone, En Vogue, and home to many successful black owned businesses that have stood the test of time. Its home to a large black middle class, and a new generation of black activists carrying on an old tradition of fighting for social justice with a new energy that is reflective in not only marches and protests but in agricultural activism, community and civic engagement, and business ownership. Now matter Oakland keeps fighting back. They rally not only against police brutality, but also against gun violence amongst youth, and other issues. Oakland's black community never gives up. They keep fighting and don't stop till they get victory. And they get it. Go Oaktown.

Posted by Orlando Coombs on 11/04/2015 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Hi Scores Turns Up Le Heat

Here is one of HOTTUB's mix tapes ! Enjoy! Xoxox, lollipop 💕

https://m.soundcloud.com/checkyoponytail/h…

Posted by Jenifer Ackerman on 10/28/2015 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Remembering Heiko Schrepel, Quintessential Punk

Here's a link to two songs with Heiko's lyrics and Bill's music.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SySKqjfumR4

Posted by Nicholas James Paul Foot on 10/27/2015 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Treasure Island: From Electrifying Collaborations to Forgettable Muzak

If you only wanted to listen to dense and pointless meandering nonsense like Twigs, you could've just stayed in your Academy of Art Dorm room

Posted by Andrew Lowder on 10/24/2015 at 7:12 AM

Re: “Treasure Island: From Electrifying Collaborations to Forgettable Muzak

Wow- I guess you're not into indie rock. May want to try to not be so biased. Some of the bands on Sunday were amazing- like Viet Cong & Father John Misty...The National is an amazingly talented, cohesive band.

Posted by Alison Wilson Bockman on 10/22/2015 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Meet Oakland's Hottest R&Bass Artists

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Posted by Editor on 10/22/2015 at 10:41 AM

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