Loud Music Can Cause Lung Collapse

Blasting music can be hard on the ears and the neighbors, and now researchers say it can also pack enough punch to collapse a lung. (Reuters)

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Pixies: Who needs record companies?

"At the end of the day, the record company always needs content. They need artists. Right now, they need artists more than we need them," he said. (AP via CNN via Edge City Chronicle)

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Phish sang, "As he saw his life run away from him, thousands ran along, chanting words from a song, 'Please me have no regrets.' "

After (Phish) played "Glide" during Sunday's next-to-last set, Mr. Anastasio started sobbing as he spoke to the crowd. "We're having some emotional ups and downs up here, as I'm sure you are," he said. He added that when the band got started, "we had so many ideas, we were going to do this thing and that thing and break down that rule." In tears, he continued, "When I think back on it now I think of how little I knew about music and about friendship."..

....Fans came here from as far away as Alaska and Russia or drove across the United States, and they persevered through a day-long traffic jam to reach the festival site. When it was announced that the mud from days of abnormal rains made onsite parking impossible for all the ticketholders, who were urged to turn back, fans left an estimated 5,000 cars parked in neat rows along Interstate 91 and hiked for miles to reach the concert....

....The final set was half party and half elegy. Five sets earlier Phish had started with "Walls of the Cave," a song that wonders about what a life leaves behind; on Sunday night the band chose "The Curtain" for its last song. Mr. Anastasio explained that he had written it while living just a few miles from Coventry, long before Phish was nationally known. He sang, "As he saw his life run away from him, thousands ran along, chanting words from a song, 'Please me have no regrets.' " (New York Times)

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Bowie recovers after heart surgery

Music legend David Bowie is recovering at home in New York after emergency heart surgery. (BBC)

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Record with someone who can launch you into orbit

Record with someone who can launch you into orbit (craiglist: l.a.)

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A love letter to you, Sunset Room

Dear Sunset Room -

Geez, can I?

What a great offer you've made and yes, we'd love to do it (can't wait to tell my parents!)! Let me say thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for helping make the music scene in this great town what it is today.

First off, I want to let you know just how much my band loves to drag 100 of our devoted fans down to completely empty clubs, make them pay outrageous drinks prices just so they can party with themselves on a Tuesday night.

I'm sure you'd go the extra yard for us and have a few of your 'roid gobbling bouncers throw everyone out the second the clock strikes 1 AM as well. And don't worry - we'll make sure our people tip the valets generously on top of the 8 bucks they already paid to park 20 feet away from the front door.

I'm so glad you've made your highly in demand venue available to us little guys. I nearly peed myself when I heard your lure of "a full pa and stage". Wow. It just seems like you're going overboard, giving us a place to set up and something to sing into for the small price of our pride and reputations.

Sunset Room, while we are more than eager to let you rape our friends, family and fans of their money and enthusiam for our music, we'd love if you would also supply us with a jaded, dickhead soundguy whose only concern is getting paid (again, from our fan's pockets), a meathead bartender who'll act like you just kicked his dog when you order a glass of water, and a dirtbag general manager who'll hit on my girfriend with the line, "Fred Durst and I are tight" five minutes after she walks in the joint.

Perhaps, after we do everything possible to keep your club from being swallowed up by the next Iranian with an inheritance to find the Sunset Strip, you'll let us come back. Maybe you'll even ask us to draw 200 people (oh, goody goody!) and demand we PRESELL (oh, how bands like mine LOVE this word!) tickets for you.

It is the least we can do, Sunset Room. After all, you are doing so much for us with the pa ... and, um, a stage.

We love you, Sunset Room.

And we always will!
(Craiglist-L.A.-Music)

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Phish Breaks Up With Summer Tour, New Album Approaching

Phish Breaks Up With Summer Tour, New Album Approaching---Band leader Trey Anastasio made the announcement on www.phish.com.
"Last Friday night, I got together with Mike, Page and Fish to talk openly about the strong feelings I've been having that Phish has run its course and that we should end it now while it's still on a high note," he wrote.
"We all love and respect Phish and the Phish audience far too much to stand by and allow it to drag on beyond the point of vibrancy and health."
(Washington Post)

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The best websites appear to be run by the artists themselves. Getting people to go to the website, however, is just as hard as getting them to go to shows.

The best websites appear to be run by the artists themselves. Getting people to go to the website, however, is just as hard as getting them to go to shows. (Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz on WashingtonPost.com - Live Online)

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Study: File-Sharing No Threat to Music Sales

Internet music piracy has no negative effect on legitimate music sales, according to a study released today by two university researchers that contradicts the music industry's assertion that the illegal downloading of music online is taking a big bite out of its bottom line.
Songs that were heavily downloaded showed no measurable drop in sales, the researchers found after tracking sales of 680 albums over the course of 17 weeks in the second half of 2002. Matching that data with activity on the OpenNap file-sharing network, they concluded that file sharing actually increases CD sales for hot albums that sell more than 600,000 copies. For every 150 downloads of a song from those albums, sales increase by a copy, the researchers found....Eric Garland, chief executive of Big Champagne, an Atlanta company that tracks file-sharing activity, said the findings match what his company has observed about the effect of file sharing on music sales. Although the practice cannibalizes some sales, it may promote others by serving as a marketing tool, Garland said.
(Washington Post)

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Stradivarius Found 3 Days After Theft, Police Say

The $3.5-million Stradivarius cello stolen from the front steps of a cellist's home last month was found by a woman three days later near a Silver Lake dumpster, police said Monday. (L.A. Times)

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