Bullshit

Your iPod is worth… $700 million???

Copyright dinosaurs have a well-documented history of filing lawsuits for absurd amounts of money against people who share music online.  Sure, punitive damages (i.e. punishment) make up most of the dollars, but do they really think they’re winning over any sympathy with these ridiculous figures? But maybe I have it wrong — maybe MP3’s really are worth that much …

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Fear Factory frontman “not surprised” with record labels collapsing

We talked to Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory right before Memorial Day in San Francisco. After giving some behind-the-scenes details on their new album The Industrialist  (drum machine brutality!), Burton also shared his own candid thoughts on the collapse of Roadrunner Records and the importance of bands today to have a good lawyer and not sign …

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Roadrunner Europe is dead — kill abusive indie labels next!

Two weeks ago, Roadrunner Records (arguably the biggest metal label in the world)  saw all of their international offices shut down by parent company Warner Music Group.  It was the proverbial “other shoe [that] dropped” from late 2010, when the Dutch-based Roadrunner was fully bought out by Warner. Officially, it was a cost-cutting move typical of major label …

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Aborted frontman compares touring Europe vs. U.S.

We talked to Sven de Caluwé of Belgian brutalists Aborted yesterday in San Francisco. Sven really elaborated on the differing aspects of touring Europe vs. the United States nowadays, confirming some long-held suspicions that it’s just better in Europe.  Hopefully, it’s not that bad Stateside as Aborted finish up their current tour with Origin and Cattle Decapitation. Note to U.S. venues: …

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Chimaira frontman Mark Hunter talks pros and cons of DIY

Chimaira frontdude Mark Hunter is no stranger to calling out bullshit.  Whether it’s on his Twitter or in subsequent interviews, Mark consistently shows why he is one of the very few forward-thinking metal musicians out there today. While his much talked about tweets from last September were quite the no-holds-barred reality check for anyone getting into the music …

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