Scott Andrew

Gnarled JavaScript warlock, musician, and cartoonist.


This is an archived blog post that was posted on August 19, 2011.

Weekend reading

Springsteen and Others Soon Eligible to Recover Song Rights - The major labels stand to lose a massive income stream as heritage artists like Springsteen start reclaiming the rights to their back catalogs.

How the Legal Fight Over 'Y.M.C.A.' Could Change the Music Industry (Analysis) - Hollywood Reporter. Related article about the same issue at the previous link.

Aside: I was feeling nostalgic last week and looked up "One Thing Leads To Another" by the Fixx on Spotify. The top result was actually a "re-recorded/remastered" version, not the original radio version. But it wasn't a cover -- it was a re-recording done by the Fixx. As it turns out, some artists re-record their songs to claim master rights that are typically held by the labels.

This was further confirmed later that same week, when a friend who works in music licensing tweeted that she had once taken a call from Jani Lane, who was hoping to convince her client to use his re-recorded version of a Warrant song instead of the label's original version (and earn a bit of money that he probably wasn't going to get from the label).

Video explains the world's most important 6-sec drum loop - YouTube The history of the "Amen Break," which you have definitely heard.

First Listen: 'Muppets: The Green Album' : NPR. Muppet Show tunes performed by Weezer, The Fray, My Morning Jacket and others.