sufjan’s second strike

im a casual bedroom guitar player. occassionally i’ll google guitar tabs so i can learn some songs to maybe one day impress a girl.

tonight, i thought id try to learn some sufjan stevens since he is hot on my playlist and girls seem to like him/his music. but since im honestly only a new fan of his, the only tab i recognized was for his “all delighted people” song.

so i clicked on the “all delighted people” link and was greeted with a blurb of text informing me that the user created transcription had been removed via a takedown notice claiming copyright infringement:

“The material that was posted to this page was removed from the site. Ultimate Guitar received a takedown notice from the copyright owner claiming that the user submission was an infringement of their rights. In compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act we have removed the submission as requested by the owners.”

now just the other day, sufjan (via his record label) put out a statement attempting to disrupt the free market by suggesting his fans pay more for his forthcoming new album as a courtesy to sufjan and the elves behind his production. strike one.

tonight, this bullshit takedown of guitar chords is strike two all-the-way-across-the-fucking-sky. what are the forces trying to control here? do they fear that my learning sufjan’s chords and playing them to my future ex-wife will only remove him from the equation of getting a blow job from said future ex-wife?

for an artist who values his creative work, it is sad that his controlling ego extends all the way into my bedroom as a wannabe musician who actually finds inspiration in his creative work. now i will never be able to learn from sufjan’s work. if i ever succeed as an aspiring musician, i will only ever output kings of leon-caliber work thanks to sufjan who has locked away interpretations of his musical transcriptions.

so already having his new album in digital format via a leaky internet faucet brings me minor satisfaction. stay dusty ol’ guitar.

sufjan stevens/asthmatic kitty blatantly ask fans to spend more money

so earlier today, sufjan steven and his label asthmatic kitty issued a statement providing fair warning that when sufjan’s forthcoming new album, “the age of adz“, comes out it will be available through amazon at a discounted price (likely). BUT, the statement goes on to blatantly ask fans to spend more money by purchasing it from undisclosed alternatives at a non-discounted price.

why the forward greediness? well, they ‘claim’ that discounting music ‘devalues’ the artists’ work, and the promotion and distribution of physical product costs ‘more than a latte’. i dont drink lattes so i do now know what they are talking about.

but clearly, these people have been under a non-digital rock and do not understand that digital distribution costs nothing and the way people are consuming content these days is changing (rapidly). i mean, it would be a fair assumption that sufjan and asthmatic kitty do not know what lolcats are.

moreover, they go on to state that they ‘believe’ in you. um… who cares? as a consumer, you (the fan) is going to make the right choice AS A CONSUMER. do they believe that as consumers, their fans will fall prey to a guilty conscious built upon out-dated expectations of capitalistic entitlement?

for a half-second, i actually respected sufjan as a talented artist. but after hearing about this plea/demand, likely co-authored by lars ulrich, asthmatic stevens is clearly in the game to make ends meet.

here is the complete statement:

“So. We have it on good authority that Amazon will be selling The Age of Adz for a very low price on release date, not unlike they did with Arcade Fire’s recent (and really terrific) The Suburbs. We’re not 100% sure Amazon will do this, but mostly sure.

“We have mixed feelings about discounted pricing. Like we said, we love getting good music into the hands of good people, and when a price is low, more people buy. A low price will introduce a lot of people to Sufjan’s music and to this wonderful album. For that, we’re grateful.

“But we also feel like the work that our artists produce is worth more than a cost of a latte. We value the skill, love, and time they’ve put into making their records. And we feel that our work too, in promotion and distribution, is also valuable and worthwhile.

“That’s why we personally feel that physical products like EPs should sell for around $7 and full-length CDs for around $10-12 We think digital EPs should sell for around $5 and full-length digital albums for something like $8.

“So you might wonder why we’d ‘allow’ Amazon to sell it for lower than that.

“There are several reasons why, but mostly? It’s because we believe in you. We trust you and in your ability to make your own choice.”

after all this, i kind of regret buying a digital copy of the “all delighted people” ep at full price. i could have saved $1 buying it from amazon that could go towards my first ever latte. or i could have downloaded it for free from an mp3 blog. in that case, i could have had my first AND second ever lattes.

anyways, enough attention to this silliness… im off to download “the age of adz” leak…

yelle drops new supermicroscopicnanomix

lady electro pop tart, yelle, has a dropped a new minimix via kitsuné teasing her new single “la musique”. the minimix is, in fact, so mini that smaller than my patience for dedicating a full blog post announcing a mere 1:45 minute-long snippetpreviewsampleexcerptteaser.

i like yelle but if you care to waste your time with a silly preview, go here: