Anonymous, the “hacktivist” group that wild-wild-wested everyone from the Department of Justice to the Recording Industry Association of America’s online presence in retaliation of the federal shut-down of file-sharing service Megaupload earlier this year, is back at their ominous shenanigans. Launched in tandem with a promo video, the group has announced its intent to create a new social music platform dubbed “Anontune” that, basically, aggregates streamable content ’round the intranets for your listening pleasure, i.e. SoundCloud, YouTube, Myspace, etc., protecting itself by “never [hosting] any copyrighted music” on its own servers. What this could potentially mean for online content/federal raids is an engaging question (via Wired).
Spin The Black Circle:
Record Store Day Eve is upon us, the fifth year of the annual give-back to local, independent tuneage shops in exchange for dusty-finger gold, one-off exclusive releases on the physical format that will never die – vinyl. If you haven’t assembled a wish-list of records to pine over tomorrow morning, a few dutiful publications have done so for your consumer ease. Consequence of Sound took the comprehensive route. While Pitchfork narrowed things down to a magic “Top 45.” Or if you’re a purist, of course, you could have some fun digging through the master list yourself. Either way, guy buy some records. Everyone wins.
In Memorandum; Levon Helm:
Following the passing of The Band‘s Levon Helm, the music world lit up with memorial comments, from bandmate Robbie Robertson’s heartbreaking, feud-resting sentiments, to Bob Dylan‘s endearing “last true great spirit” response, the cathartic respects are running deep. Don’t miss mentor Ronnie Hawkins‘ “Juilliard” quip, Rosanne Cash‘s “tingling,” “The Weight” tieback, and many other windows into the honest, southern ache of an imprint Helm left behind.
Lifted Or The Story Is In The Bar:
Omaha, Nebraska indie poster dude, Conor Oberst, is opening a bar in his stomping grounds called “Pageturners Lounge,” reports the Omaha World-Herald. Partnering with Bright Eyes road crew member and frontman of fellow Omaha collective Con Dios, Phil Schaffart told the paper that the two had been discussing it for “a long time – years” before settling on the Dundee neighborhood locale, the site of an old used book store, of which they revived the name from. Hoping to open later this year, Schaffart also explained that there will not be any live music, but plenty of beer, wine and cocktails to choose from. Which means there’ll likewise be plenty of laughing and drinking until the coming of mornings.