Getting punished for respecting the law

If you bought DRM protected music from WallMart you’re screwed…

WalMart shutting down DRM server, nuking your music collection — only people who pay for music risk losing it to DRM shenanigans – Boing Boing.

People might not be attached to physical objects anymore and they might not care about sound quality, but this must be the number one reason why DRM-protected downloads is not a good idea.

Digital vinyl failure

Last week I bought Beck’s Modern Guilt, which is, by the way, the best album he has made in a while. At Ground Zero it was available in vinyl with a free mp3 download voucher, so how could I resist?

Using the download voucher was a total failure, because the downloads were only available in the US. It’s perfectly fine to buy an import LP in France, but you don’t get the free download…

This has never happened to my with an Indie label, but clearly the majors still need some time to catch up with consumer expectations.

Reading 2008 line up

The Rock is back at Reading…

That’s a good first announcement, with some solid Headliners (except The Killers, maybe).

It doesn’t look like Babyshambles and The Dirty Pretty Things will play on the same day, too bad, that would have been fun…

I’m somehow most excited about QOTSA, because I have never seen them before…

On the smaller stages, it’s worth noting Conor Oberst aka Bright Eyes and Justice, I wonder how the latter will fare without a big light show and all.

The lineup so far:
Rage Against The Machine, The Killers, Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age, Bloc Party, Tenacious D, The Fratellis, The Raconteurs, Slipknot, The Enemy, Editors, Feeder, Biffy Clyro, We Are Scientists, Avenged Sevenfold, Serj Tankian, Dirty Pretty Things, Dropkick Murphys, Taking Back Sunday, The Subways, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Anti-Flag… many more to be announced on the Main Stage.

On the NME / Radio 1 stage:
Babyshambles, Manic Street Preachers, The Cribs, The Wombats, Bullet For My Valentine, Conor Oberst, Vampire Weekend, Justice, Pendulum, MGMT and Foals.

Best of 2007 Playlist

So I thought it would be nice to share a playlist with my personal favorite songs of the year. This doesn’t necessarily represent my favorite albums, as the focus is on singles… There’s a bit of everything, even something German and French….

I have also spent some thought on the order of the songs which is not in order of preference, so turn off the shuffle…

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