Monday, August 20, 2018

Certain Songs #1298: Neko Case – “South Tacoma Way” | Medialoper

Album: Furnace Room Lullaby
Year: 2000

On each of her first three studio albums, you could see Neko Case move ever forward: if her debut, The Virginian was an equal amount of covers and originals, and her third album, Blacklisted — which is where I think I came aboard — is pretty much all songs Case wrote on her own, her sophomore album, Furnace Room Lullaby, was all collaborations.

But there was no question that Case was running the show, and Furnace Room Lullaby is probably my favorite of the records she made during this period, with the highlight being the torch elegy, “South Tacoma Way.”

A slow-burning waltz, “South Tacoma Way” contains sparse guitars that underscore the painful lyrics Case is singing about choosing not to go to the funeral of a loved one who had clearly touched her life in a very real way.

I put on that sweater you gave me
I woke up in the kitchen a few minutes later
I didn’t know how I had gotten there
Did you guide me?

It’s clear from the song that she’s made it as far has her hometown, driving down South Tacoma Way, where everything reminds her of him, and it’s clear from the song that’s enough. Because it’s really too much.

Couldn’t pay my respects to a dead man
Your life was much more to me
And I chased away with sticks and stones
But that rage kept following me
Following me
Following me

On the second “following me” she really really lets it loose, accompanied by secret weapon Kelly Hogan, who showed up for Furnace Room Lullaby, and remained a key component in her music for over a decade.

But that said, it’s still up to Neko to get across all of the mixed emotions — love, rage, sadness, wistfulness — she’s feeling in “South Tacoma Way” — and it was her first truly transcendent moment on a record, but not even the most transcendent moment she had that year. But more on that in a couple of weeks.

“South Tacoma Way”

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Mozilla accuses FCC of abdicating its role, ignoring comments in net neutrality lawsuit | The Register

Legal battle #433 over Pai's push to kill off rules

Mozilla has filed its legal brief against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), accusing the telecoms regulator of abdicating its role, ignoring public comments and failing to understand how the internet actually works.…


No Ban for ‘Stealing’ and ‘Theft’ Terms During Cox’s Piracy Liability Trial | TorrentFreak

Earlier this year, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit overturned the $25 million piracy liability verdict against Internet provider Cox.

The panel of three judges concluded that the district court made an error in its jury instruction and ordered a new trial.

This means that music publisher BMG Rights Management and Cox will go head to head again in a new trial, which starts next week. Both parties are working on the final preparations and have filed a series of motions to preclude certain information from the proceedings.

One request, submitted by the Internet provider, stands out as it deals with terminology used to describe copyright infringement. The entire case revolved around Cox’s alleged failure to disconnect “repeat copyright infringers.”

While Cox doesn’t deny that copyright infringement is the central issue, it does object to some of the terminologies BMG used during the previous trial.

During the opening statement, BMG’s lawyer stated that Cox aided and abetted “stealing,” “illegal conduct,” and “illegal infringement,” among other things. In addition, Cox accuses the lawyer of making other prejudicial statements.

The ISP, therefore, asked the court to ban argumentative statements that prejudice Cox and risk confusing the jury. In addition, terms such as stealing or theft should be prohibited as well.

“Cox requests a ruling that requires BMG’s counsel to refer to the alleged conduct as an ‘alleged violation of the Copyright laws,’ ‘alleged infringement of BMG’s Copyright rights,’ or something similar — not stealing, theft, or any other related term,” the ISP asked.

During the first trial, the court acknowledged that the use of the word “stealing” by BMG’s counsel was inappropriate. At the time, Cox had no reason to believe that BMG would use these characterizations, but that’s different now, hence the request.

“Based on the existing record, however, Cox now has reason to believe that BMG’s counsel will indeed engage in the same improper practice and thus seeks a preemptive order restricting BMG’s counsel from doing so,” Cox writes.

In an order issued a few days ago, US District Court Judge Liam O’Grady doesn’t share Cox’s concerns. According to the Judge, terms such as “stealing” and “theft” are not a major problem.

“Specifically, the Court does not find it appropriate to bar BMG from referring to copyright infringement as stealing, theft, or some other related term, as such language is not unduly prejudicial to Cox,” the order reads.

Judge O’Grady expects that both sides will stick to the rules during their opening statements. Should any objectionable issues arise, these can be dealt with during the upcoming trial, which Cox will start without a DMCA safe harbor defense.

While Cox’s request to exclude the “stealing” and “theft” terminology may be unusual, it’s certainly not unique. Previously, the file-hosting service Hotfile submitted a similar request when it went to trial against the MPAA. This request was granted.

A copy of the relevant order is available here (pdf).

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Spotify Responds To Nicki Minaj's Accusations | hypebot

Nicki ManjiTweeting that Spotify "took away my promotion," Nicki Minaj lashed out after her new album "Queen" failed to debut at #1.  Minaj also called out Drake and Travis Scott during an epic series of tweets. Now, Spotify has responded to the accusations.

A Spotify spokesperson wrote:

Spotify new"Spotify supported Nicki Minaj with a Times Square billboard, a host of the largest playlists, New Music Friday and the new music release shelf. er song ‘Bed’ actually saw an increase based on the promotions put behind the campaign. The company continues to be big fans of Nicki.”

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