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Wikileaks vs The Pentagon - Educating, smart, Rap News

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I've been following RapNews of the thejuicemedia for quite some time. It's the work of Hugo Farrant and Giordano Nanni. Farrant fills the role of the amiable Rap News anchorman, Robert Foster - as well as all the guests who appear on the show. Hailing from Branksome in the UK, Hugo is a prolific rhymer and orator, MC and spoken-word poet who regularly graces the stages and festivals of Melbourne. He's also a social critic with extraordinary talent.

Giordano Nanni is Rap News co-writer, composer, editor, director and researcher, whose rants and ruminations on current affairs are channeled into rhyme by Robert Foster. Hailing from Italy and South Africa, Giordano is a historian, writer, musician, indy-journalist and - in collaboration with Hugo - news writer.

Rap isn't exactly my type of music, but their videos are both intellectually compelling and musically appealing.

Here's another hilarious example of their work, at the time of the COP15 (I wish I found it for the blogging competition!)

Gotta love their lyrics. Here's an excerpt:

People will’ve heard that you were catapulted further
Into the public eye by one leak, yes collateral murder
while troops cause gore from a lurking chopper
Media whores ignore war and pour awards on the 'Hurt Locker'
[...]
Keep your wits about you: the battle lines are merging,
an information war, with an appetite for turning
The great walls of China, Palestine and Berlin
into fire walls, black lists, a wire curtain
over this small, crucial, window of opportunity:
The internet - unprecedented global community -
An epochal evolution, telepathic synapse
while all major media source have been hijacked.
Picture this as we part:
Our perception of reality expressed as a chart;
we've lost TV to Murdoch, the press to the sharks;
This internet our last channel to connect to the mark.
No rhetorical questions at last:
If we lose this frequency we’ll be left in the dark.

Despite their talent and excellent videos, their popularity is still fairly low. One of the most rated comments on their YouTube video stated:

this now has 45k+ views. Love The Way You Lie with rihanna and eminem has 56M+. The world consists of... ~99,92% retards :(

Or maybe they just need to know it exists. I'm doing my part here ;)

You can (and should) follow them on twitter.

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Italian TV stupid as usual, Muse pwn it!

The British band Muse were invited to perform their last single, "Uprising" form the ambum "the Resistance" on the Italian TV show "Quelli Che Il Calcio". Muse were told they'd have to lip-sync. So, Matt Bellamy switched places with drummer Dominic Howard, and bassist Christopher Wolstenholme "played" guitar and keys. Then lead singer Dom was interviewed, he referred to "the drummer" several times, as if he was just an anonymous guy in the band, the brainless presenter Simona Ventura of course did not realise anything that was happening.

The perfect way to get a revenge over these idiots. Oh yes, we do love Italy, but not its TV.

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When pigs fly: the death of Oink, the birth of dissent, and a brief history of record industry suicide

Pigs flyI've been meaning to write a serious article the RIAA, the music industry, and their futile and utterly nonsensical war against the music fans. I regularly read torrentfreak, the Creative Commons blog and i followed very closely the Nine Inch Nails new business model. I finally found an almost exhaustive article that I can say it fairly represents the past, the present and the future of the music industry as we know it. A slow and painful death, with the record labels burning to the ground, and we'll all dance around the fire, in feast.

This is a copy of the original article "When pigs fly: the death of Oink, the birth of dissent, and a brief history of record industry suicide" by Demonbaby, a.k.a. Rob Sheridan, Nine Inch Nails' art director, photographer, and video editor.

[Currently Listening To: Music I Didn't Pay For]

For quite a long time I've been intending to post some sort of commentary on the music industry - piracy, distribution, morality, those types of things. I've thought about it many times, but never gone through with it, because the issue is such a broad, messy one - such a difficult thing to address fairly and compactly. I knew it would result in a rambly, unfocused commentary, and my exact opinion has teetered back and forth quite a bit over the years anyway. But on Monday, when I woke up to the news that Oink, the world famous torrent site and mecca for music-lovers everywhere, had been shut down by international police and various anti-piracy groups, I knew it was finally time to try and organize my thoughts on this huge, sticky, important issue.

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NIN releases 400GB of free HD concert footage via torrents

Trent Reznor never ceases to amaze me. Today he posted on the new NIN website:

NIN  DVD Cover 3

1.7.09: your gift!
The internet is full of surprises these days.
I was contacted by a mysterious, shadowy group of subversives who SOMEHOW managed to film a substantial amount (over 400 GB!) of raw, unedited HD footage from three separate complete shows of our Lights in the Sky tour. Security must have been lacking at these shows because the quality of the footage is excellent.

If any of you could find a LINK to that footage I'll bet some enterprising fans could assemble something pretty cool.

Oh yeah, you didn't hear this from me.


posted by trent reznor

A few minutes later Rob Sheridan in person adds:

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Reznor's model works - NIN’s CC-Licensed Best-Selling MP3 Album

nin_ghosts_logo_jan09.pngIn March 2008, Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails released the first part of Ghosts I-IV via BitTorrent, and released all four albums under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license. Even though fans could easily get free versions of the album, Ghosts actually went on to become the best-selling album of 2008 on Amazon's MP3 store.

NIN’s Creative Commons licensed Ghosts I-IV has been making lots of headlines these days.

Money and CC music coexist

As Fred Benenson eloquently put on the Creative Commons' blog:

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