I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company.
I’m sure by now you’ve heard that the popular video website megaupload.com has been taken down by the FBI. Wait a minute, what the hell were the FBI and the Department of Justice doing in New Zealand?!!! Megaupload was becoming extremely popular at a rapid pace with plans to take on the greedy music corporations and even Youtube. No wonder they got shut down so fast by the US government.
The internet should remain free and uncensored. Governments should not intervene on the behalf of corporate interests and at the expense of citizens. The music industry and other media companies need to rethink their business models and intellectual property rights laws. They need to adapt to new technologies instead of trying to get them shut down. Laws like SOPA, PIPA and ACTA that are making their way to Congress are only looking out for the rights of corporations. In the end, they are really just large companies trying to squeeze every last dollar that they can out of their customers. They restrict what is allowed on the internet and for the most part do not help ordinary citizens.
And so here is what you can do. Help out Anonymous by spreading the word about our media boycott happening throughout the entire month of March. Basically, just don’t buy any media in March. This includes books, CDs, digital albums, movies, magazines, DVDs, Blu-rays, video games, vinyl, etc. Copy the Operation Black March poster and post it around the web.
It’s been all quiet on the Band of Horses front this year so far, as members Tyler Ramsey and Ryan Monroe have recent solo projects kicking around and promotion behind 2010’s Infinite Arms seems to have slowed down. Perhaps a new record is in the works, but in the meantime, any fan will want to check out this behind-the-scenes look at the North/South Carolina group’s visit to Big Sur, CA that surfaced this week. While the 22-minute featurette centers around and includes live footage from their set at the landmark Henry Miller Library, the best part is a pair of intimate performances filmed alongside Beach Boy Al Jardine at his legendary Red Barn Recording Studio. Another standout is the gorgeously shot take away-style version of “Neighbor,” sung in the dark by torchlight. Enjoy the full mini-doc above.
I had tix to this show, but ended up taking a trip out to portland. such a bummer they went to fucking waste.
released 14 February 2012 Produced by Dave Bazan & Blake Wescott Recorded by Blake Wescott with Steven Aguilar and Floyd Reitsma at Studio Litho in Seattle, WA
Extra special thank you to Dave Bazan, Blake Wescott, and Sam Beam for inspiring me to push beyond what I thought I was capable of, caring enough to pull it out of me, and encouraging me to sing my heart out.