The following press release comes from the Future of Music Coalition, a U.S. 501 national non-profit organization specializing in education, research and advocacy for musicians with a focus on issues at the intersection of music technology, policy and law.

ARTISTS TO FCC: WE WANT REAL NET NEUTRALITY

Musicians and other creators send message to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler demanding meaningful rules to preserve Internet openness and accessibility

WASHINGTON, DC—On Monday, May 12, 2014, dozens of creators came together on a letter to Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, urging the agency to do more to prevent discrimination against lawful content by Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Wheeler’s current proposal—to be considered by the Commission at a meeting on Thursday, May 15—reportedly allows for a “fast lane” that would disadvantage creators, innovators and entrepreneurs who depend on a level online playing field.

“The open Internet’s impact on the creative community cannot be overstated,” reads the letter, which was signed byEddie VedderNeko CaseRoger WatersMichael StipeErin McKeownJoe PerryTom MorelloOK Go,FugaziOzomatliDavid Lowery of Cracker/Camper Van BeethovenJeff Mangum & Astra Taylor of Neutral Milk HotelFred ArmisenMark RuffaloEvangeline Lilly and Oliver Stone, among others. “The Internet has enabled artists to connect directly with each other and with audiences. It has eliminated the barriers of geography and taken collaborations to new levels. And it has allowed people—not corporations—to seek out the film, music and art that moves them.”

The letter is available at: www.freepress.net/sites/default/files/resources/Culture_Letter_NN_5.pdf

“Maybe the term Net Neutrality is unfamiliar to most folks, but the concept it describes is one that everyone can and should care about: that the Internet shouldn’t be divided into fast lanes for the wealthy and slow lanes for everyone else,” said singer-songwriter Erin McKeown. “I am proud to stand with my fellow artists and citizens in support of an open Internet for everyone.”

“The people ARE the Internet. Do not let the stock markets dictate our access to information,” said Brendan Canty of Fugazi. “Our government needs to hear from us on all fronts: Free speech is not a commodity, it’s a right.”

The letter is co-organized by Future of Music Coalition (FMC) and Free Press, two nonprofit organizations with a long history of supporting accessible platforms for creativity and entrepreneurship.

“This is the crucial moment for artists and everyone else who uses the Internet,” said Casey Rae, VP of Policy and Education for FMC. “We’ve seen time and again that musicians and other creators will go to bat for an open and accessible Internet. But what we’re seeing here is unprecedented. Net Neutrality has become the rallying cry for anyone who believes that creative expression and entrepreneurship must be preserved online. It doesn’t matter if you’re liberal or conservative, superstar or starry eyed—we’re all banging the drum for nothing less than our right to use our voices in the way that we see fit.”

“2014 is going to be a make-or-break year for the Internet,” said Candace Clement, Free Press field director. “Stopping the FCC’s pay-for-prioritization proposal today is about making sure that artists can continue to create and innovate without fear of online discrimination. The FCC must protect real Net Neutrality for the sake of all Internet users, in particular for communities like this one.”

About Future of Music Coalition

Future of Music Coalition is a national non-profit education, research and advocacy organization that seeks a bright future for creators and listeners. FMC works towards this goal through continuous interaction with its primary constituency — musicians — and in collaboration with other creator/public interest groups. www.futureofmusic.org

About Free Press
Free Press is a nonpartisan organization fighting for people’s rights to connect and communicate. The Free Press Action Fund does not support or oppose any candidate for public office. Learn more at www.freepress.net.

Save the Internet
www.savetheinternet.com

Rock the Net
http://futureofmusic.org/issues/campaigns/rock-net

 

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Via Pitchfork:

Torres has performed a new song called “New Skin” for Philadelphia non-profit Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through web series. (A different version will appear on the follow-up to her 2013 self-titled debut). For the recording, she was backed by Sharon Van Etten, Adam Granduciel and Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs, and Chris Wilson of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists.

Misra recently released the following Torres title:

ARTIST: TORRES b/w MOTEL BEDS with KELLEY DEAL
TITLE: “The Harshest Light” b/w “Tropics of the Sand”
RELEASE DATE: Record Store Day 2014 (April 19)
NOTE: There may be a few left, but they were limited to 1,000 copies

Misra will also be releasing Torres’ phenomenal S/T debut on cassette for Cassette Store Day 2014. It sounds so good on tape. My Stars!

Listen to Motel Beds with Kelley Deal “Tropics of the Sand” via Stereogum. Sister, that’s a good 7″ if you can rope one. Thanks for your support! XO

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Thanks so much to Brooklyn Vegan and Amanda Hatfield for a great feature on Misra’s Record Store Day 2014 releases! Head here to read the love BV gave to Torres, Motel Beds, Kelley Deal, and more.

MISRA RECORD STORE DAY 2014 RELEASES

Torres b/w Motel Beds with Kelley Deal
“The Harshest Light” b/w “Tropics of the Sand”
Pressed on high-quality vinyl in The Netherlands • Lmtd. 1,000

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Misra Records 15 Years: “Adventures in Obstinacy”
Pressed on high-quality vinyl in The Netherlands • Lmtd. 1,000

SIDE 47

01 R. Ring – “Fallout & Fire”
02 Shearwater – “Whipping Boy”
03 Crooks On Tape – “If Feelings Mean A Thing”
04 Motel Beds – “Smoke Your Homework”
05 Summer Hymns – “Beginning to See”
06 Centro-Matic – “Triggers and Trash Heaps”
07 Sleeping States – “Rivers”

SIDE O

01 Phosphorescent – “I Am a Full Grown Man (I Will Lay in the Grass All Day)”
02 Southeast Engine – “Adeline of the Appalachian Mountains”
03 Holopaw – “Discotheque”
04 Emily Rodgers – “Bright Day
05 The Mendoza Line – “Triple Bill of Shame”

 

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The wonderful folks of Stereogum premiered “Tropics of the Sand” by Motel Beds with Kelley Deal. The song is one half of a very limited Record Store Day 7″ with Torres. Torres’ song is titled “The Harshest Light” and is a never-before-heard gem.

The 7″ is out this weekend, along with Misra Records “15 Years: Adventures in Obstinacy”. Tracklist for the comp is below.

SIDE A
01 R. Ring – “Fallout & Fire”
02 Shearwater – “Whipping Boy”
03 Crooks On Tape – “If Feelings Mean A Thing”
04 Motel Beds – “Smoke Your Homework”
05 Summer Hymns – “Beginning to See”
06 Centro-Matic – “Triggers and Trash Heaps”
07 Sleeping States – “Rivers”

SIDE B
01 Phosphorescent – “I Am a Full Grown Man (I Will Lay in the Grass All Day)”
02 Southeast Engine – “Adeline of the Appalachian Mountains”
03 Holopaw – “Discotheque”
04 Emily Rodgers – “Bright Day
05 The Mendoza Line – “Triple Bill of Shame”

 

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NPR First Listen is streaming “Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina”. The album is a compilation of covers, featuring Centro-matic’s Will Johnson, The Black Swans, Water Liars, and Wooden Wand. Also included on the compilation are Memorial Electric Co., Bottomless Pit, My Morning Jacket, Catherine Irwin, and much more.

Here is the description via NPR:

“Jason Molina never sang to — or for — the many. The singer-songwriter, who died last year at 39, gave voice to despair and solitude, and to a lonely pursuit of the comfort and strength necessary to face each day. Whether he performed as Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co or Jason Molina, his big, yearning voice encountered only a small but intense cult following that heard in him a crucial combination of fatalism and fighting spirit.

Like many whose fan bases run narrow but deep, Molina was widely beloved by musicians; anyone who’s ever tried to channel the blues would know how pure his were. Within the last year, Molina has already inspired two double-length tribute albums, each intended to help his family and spread word of his work. Both, while naturally uneven in execution, nicely convey the sturdiness of Molina’s songcraft — not to mention his considerable gift for quotable melancholy.

Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina is the newer of the two collections — the other is last year’s Weary Engine Blues — with proceeds split between the singer’s family and a charity called MusiCares, which battles Molina’s twin demons of alcoholism and depression. In 27 songs and just less than two hours, it provides a fine overview of the singer’s best-known work, highlighted by My Morning Jacket’s suitably epic take on the title track.

Given the reverence in which Molina’s work is held, it’s no surprise that Farewell Transmission rarely strays far from the singer’s original intentions, though it’s intriguing to hear Squares recast the almost impossibly desolate “Get Out Get Out Get Out” as a bold rock song. Molina’s former bandmates even come together as Memorial Electric Company to perform a new track, “Arm in Arm,” as well as to tackle the unrecorded Molina song “Trouble in Mind (Fade to Blue).” Between the incredible source material and a fine assortment of contributors — including Sarah Jaffe, Murder by Death, Catherine Irwin, Wooden Wand and another past Molina collaborator, Will Johnson of Centro-Matic — Farewell Transmission marks a fine way to both celebrate a great career and mourn a man for whom mournfulness was stitched into the fabric of his art.”

 

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Stevie Chix, the writer responsible for the phenomenal MOJO piece on Dayton legends Brainiac a bit back, recently interviewed John Schmersal of Crooks On Tape, Vertical Scratchers, Brainiac, Enon, Caribou & more about Crooks On Tape, Vertical Scratchers, Brainiac, Enon, Caribou & more. You can read the interview via The Quietus. Thanks, Stevie!

 

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Thanks to the Agit Reader and Kevin J. Elliott for the wonderful write-up of the Misra SXSW Showcase 2014. Head here to see pictures (like the one above of Swearing At Motorists’ Dave Doughman) and read the warming piece.

 

MISRA RECORD STORE DAY 2014

TORRES b/w Motel Beds with Kelley Deal has been picked up as an official Record Store Day 2014 release! More info below.

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TORRES b/w Motel Beds with Kelley Deal
“The Harshest Light” b/w “Tropics of the Sand”
Record Store Day • April 19, 2014

Pressed on high-quality vinyl in The Netherlands

 

MISRA RECORD STORE DAY 2014

Misra Records 15 Years: Adventures in Obstinacy has been picked up as an official Record Store Day 2014 release. The comp celebrates Misra’s 15th anniversary and features Phosphorescent, R. Ring (Kelley Deal), Shearwater, Crooks On Tape, etc. Track listing below.

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Misra Records 15 Years: Adventures in Obstinacy
15th Anniversary LP Compilation (MSR075)
Record Store Day • April 19, 2014

SIDE A

1. R. Ring (Kelley Deal) “Fallout & Fire” [listen]
2. Shearwater “Whipping Boy”
3. Crooks On Tape (Mem: Enon, Brainiac) “If Feelings Mean a Thing” [listen/watch]
4. Motel Beds “Smoke Your Homework”
5. Summer Hymns “Beginning to See”
6. Centro-matic “Triggers & Trash Heaps”
7. Sleeping States “Rivers”

SIDE B

8. Phosphorescent “I am a Full Grown Man (I Will Lay in the Grass All Day)
9. Southeast Engine “Adeline of the Appalachian Mountains”
10. Holopaw “Discotheque”
11. Emily Rodgers “Bright Day”
12. The Mendoza Line “Triple Bill of Shame”

Pressed on high-quality vinyl in The Netherlands • Download Included

 

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Thanks to Stuart Berman and the fine folks at Pitchfork for giving COT a nod in their recent review of Vertical Scratchers—the other brand new band of John Schmersal (Brainiac, Enon, etc). It’s appreciated. You haven’t seen the end of Crooks On Tape.