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Rally Rock

Posted by T Rex on January 31, 2008

Macy Gray, check…..Wilco, check….. The Grateful Dead????

The Daily Kos claims Barack Obama is going to hold a huge rally in San Francisco with the surviving members of the Grateful Dead (sans Billy Kreutzmann) backed by Phil’s Friends. It’s a get out and vote rally before Tuesday’s primary election set for Monday night at the Bill Graham Civic Center.

2/1/08 4:07 EST- Just heard from a very reliable source that this is definitely happening…..venue to be confirmed…..Warfield??????


“Dead Heads for Obama” Featuring Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh & Friends

Monday, February 4, 2008

The Warfield

Doors: 6:00 pm | Show: 7:30 pm

Tickets on sale at 8pm EST/5pm PST tonight online only. Go here for tickets.

The video website Iclips will be producing a live simulcast streamed via the Internet on at approximately 7:30pm PST!!!!!



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New Jermaine Rogers Prints Friday!!!

Posted by T Rex on January 31, 2008

Tomorrow at 4pm Eastern Jermaine Rogers is releasing four new prints including 2 Ween posters. One per buyer, first come, first serve.


See all the prints after the jump……. Read the rest of this entry »

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The 8th Freaks Ball

Posted by T Rex on January 31, 2008


Next Saturday I’m heading up to Brooklyn to The 8th Freaks Ball at Southpaw.

I just saw Russo and Metzger a few weeks ago in Chris Harford and The Band of Changes. Next week is a entirely different big sound when Dave Dreiwitz of Ween joins them to form the powerful Bustle In Your Hedgerow. The 8th Freaks Ball is…..

Bustle In Your Hedgerow
Mocean Worker
American Babies

Tickets available now or if you are feeling witty and lucky our friends over at Hidden Track are giving away a pair of tickets for anyone who can describe in 10 words or less what being Freaky means to them.

Freaky– 1. Conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual.

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Don’t Get Them Involved

Posted by T Rex on January 31, 2008


This is crazy. Will it ever end?

The music industry has been testifying in a case before the US House of Representatives which could impose a $1.5m fine for copying a CD.

The Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2007 is being called “the most outrageously gluttonous intellectual property bill ever introduced in the US”

The proposed legislation seeks to increase the fines for copying or counterfeiting music, and would criminalize the copying of individual CD tracks. This would make the fine for copying a 10-track CD as much as $1.5m

Read it all here.

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Richest Woman in Music

Posted by T Rex on January 31, 2008


Madonna is at the top of list of the top 20 “Cash Queens of Music,” earning $72 million between June 2006 and June 2007.

This doesn’t include any of the money from the LiveNation deal back in October.

Madonna, LiveNation ink up 120 million deal.

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Live Music-Allman Brothers

Posted by T Rex on January 30, 2008


Woflgang’s Vault concert of the week is in celebration of the legendary southern rockers The Allman Brothers Band announcing that they will in fact continue their tradition of playing a multi-night engagement at New York’s Beacon Theatre this spring.The band has lined up 15 shows at the historic venue starting May 5 and running through May 24. Tickets–which go on sale Feb. 9 to the general public–will be priced at $149.99, $99.99 and $59.99 so start saving up now.

This week Wolfgang’s Vault presents Allman Brothers at the Cow Palace in San Francisco from 1/1/1974.

To listen to the concert click here.

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Rock Art Wednesday-John Seabury

Posted by T Rex on January 29, 2008

On the quest to discover artists and posters for Rock Art Wednesday I decided this week to go straight to Gigposters and ask who should I know about? I didn’t want to just focus on the artists who’s work I was familiar with so I asked the pros for help. The response was overwhelming and I can assure everyone there are many great Wednesday’s ahead. Going forward along with the interviews I’m going to try to start giving some tips on framing, preservation, value, exhibitions, stores, etc….As I started to sift through all the recommended names I quickly found my artist after seeing his aquatic, animal themed Les Claypool poster. For the last Rock Art Wednesday in January welcome to the world of John Seabury.

On a side note…..

The art gallery at University of Maryland is having a poster exhibition that showcases artists and the techniques taking place in silk-screened rock posters. Sweet: The Graphic Beauty of the Contemporary Rock Poster features twenty-nine of the leading artists/groups of silk screened contemporary rock posters, on view Wednesday February 6 through Saturday March 29. 2008.

John Seabury was born in 1956 drew a lot of pictures, learned how to play music and is still alive playing and drawing in 2008.

RD- How did you get started?

JS- I was going to art school(SFAI) and doing freelance graphics for Berserkly Records when we started the Psycotic Pineapple. I got fed up with art school and quit, and doing graphics for the band became my main artistic outlet.

RD- What is The Psycotic Pineapple?

JS- A “Rock” band. And a description of the band’s spiritual leader, Pynoman.
RD- Describe your technique.

JS- I have worked in many techniques, if you mean currently making posters, I do combinations of traditional silkscreen, (multiple layers of drawings, rubylith), and computer aided layouts. The Megadeth poster was a full color digital file made of scans of four drawings and typography scanned from a library book.Printed four color process litho. Much of my imagery comes from freehand ink drawings and paper collages made from old engravings and textbook illustrations. My wife Roni, is also my model, and I have worked from life and from photographs of her.

RD- Favorite concert you ever went to? Who are your top 3 bands?

JS- I really hate those “top ten” type questions, because there’s so much that I love, I always have to leave out so much. I’ll pick three bands out of my hat, in no particular order: The Coasters, The Sonics and The Mother Of Invention.
The same goes for concerts, three out of the hat: AC/DC and Ted Nugent at Monsters of Rock 1979, Oakland (Aerosmith sucked, though),the Sex Pistols at Winterland, and any of the Roky Erickson and the Aliens shows we opened for at the Mabuhay and other venues.

RD- What are you currently working on?

JS- The last couple of weeks have been quiet, trying to figure out how to make more money doing what I do. Most of December, besides Xmas and my wedding, I did two CD package designs, one for Rhino, Zuzu’s Petals “Kicking our Own Asses”, and one for a local blues band, the Howlers “Red Handed”. I did two European posters, one for QOTSA and one for Megadeth. I also painted a “tribute” faux album cover for a show honoring Alex Steinweiss, father of the illustrated album cover. Executed entirely in nail polish. I’ve also been doing my music homework, since the gigs have been pretty thin lately, I’m “going solo” to get more local work.

RD- Name 2 posters not yours that you own.

JS- Little Richard at Berkeley Community Theater,1969,I think, and Scrojo’s “John Seabury Solo at Beckett’s Pub” 2007.
RD- How can people contact you and buy your work?

JS- Just ask my email is . I also have stuff up for sale on classifieds and on ebay, occasionally. It’s always good to come to the various poster shows I attend, I’ll be at Off the Wall Gallery Feb.16th, we’re having a “going away” show, since they’re moving out. Too bad, I love that place. They’ve been very good to all the poster artists over the years. Check out John’s website here.

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Free Tracks

Posted by T Rex on January 29, 2008


Finally EMI gets some good press.

EMI will give away three free tracks by including codes with the NY Daily News on February 3 (Super Bowl) and February 10 (Grammies). To redeem the codes, NY Daily News buyers will visit the newspaper’s website and enter the codes. NY Daily News paid EMI a lump sum which the label will pass back to the artists.

“The Daily News’s impressive Sunday readership gives EMI a great chance to showcase our talented family of artists to the large and diverse population of New York City and the surrounding areas,” said Ronn Werre, Executive Vice President of Global Sales for EMI Music. “Our agreement with the Daily News will help us expose new audiences to the ease and quality of digital music while ensuring our artists are compensated for the music they create.”

See Wired article here.

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Paul McGuinness Speech Calls on ISP’s

Posted by T Rex on January 29, 2008


There is other buzz at MIDEM besides the QTrax debacle . Yesterday, U2 manager Paul McGuinness made a passionate speech on the state of music.

(You can’t get a better Irish name than McGuinness.)

“It is time for ISPs to be real partners. The safe harbours of the 1990s are no longer appropriate, and if ISPs do not cooperate voluntarily there will need to be legislation to require them to cooperate.” Paul McGuinness

The full script of the speech as made byPaul McGuinness here.

The IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry)  is also calling on the ISP’s here.

Read Bob Lefsetz’s equally passionate reaction to McGuinness’s speech here.


“Paul McGuinness just pulled a Metallica here. Another uninformed rich music industryite with no idea how the Internet and technology truly work is only going to end up a sideshow, with egg on his face. Metallica has spent almost a decade trying to come back from the brink. Will it take McGuinness that long? It will take the music business at least that long if they listen to him.” Bob Lefsetz

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Business 101

Posted by T Rex on January 28, 2008


I think everyone with even the slightest amount of business knowledge is trying to figure out how a company could make a huge announcement at MIDEM but not have signed contracts from the companies they claim to be partners.

QTrax: The Non-Launch here.

Alley Insider has done a great job and was all over the QTrax story the past 24 hours. For those keeping score here is the latest from QTrax CEO Allan Klepfisz……

“The response to the service is clearly unprecedented. We launched at MIDEM, the leading music industry conference, precisely because of the degree of support we have had and continue to enjoy from rights holders,” said QTRAX President and CEO Allan Klepfisz. “We believe the exact nature of that support will be publicly clarified within a very short time. As the world’s first free and legal P2P service that has chosen to spend 4.5 years on licensing and not to violate IP rights, we have decided that we will provide activation keys shortly upon final execution of all pertinent contracts.”

From Digital Music News.…..If the whole thing sounds unbelievable, perhaps it is. Major misunderstandings aside, executives are now considering the possibility of stock manipulation, or at least the issuance of seriously misleading statements.

Qtrax is owned by Brilliant Technologies (BBLN.PK), a penny stock that enjoyed a big surge on Friday – and a major sell-off on Monday. At the bell, shares had fallen 43 percent to 0.0525, a cliff prompted by the non-deals. “There is a lot of concern that something is going on that nobody really understands,” said one source, pointing to the possibility of a manipulated stock run-up.

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