Thursday, April 13, 2006

Today is a day that will live in shame....

The best music blog on the internet, The Indie Connection, has been continued as of today. This is a direct result of the pressure of legal matters over trying to promote obscure bands. He was doing a service to all of us, and some assholes brought that to an end. The outright thievery and price-gouging by major labels is a disgusting trend today and needs to be stopped. The day they realize that sharing music will not stop until they lower their prices to what the market demands is the day record sales will go up again. I am sickened by the stress that has been put on a guy who wanted nothing more than to get the word out about bands he personally enjoyed and wanted others to enjoy.

This puts me at a difficult cross-roads. I have seen a couple sites shut down over legal matters over the past couple months. With this site growing by leaps and bounds over the past month, I am worried about what may happen here. My choices currently are: 1) Continue unabated and deal with whatever comes my way, 2) Only post a couple songs from each album for you guys to sample, or 3) Shut this bad mother down.

I am really confused as to which direction I should go. Any comments from you guys would be welcome.

15 Comments:

Anonymous Verbal said...

Hi, Palaver! I'm not sure I can tell you what to do in the future, but I want you to know that you have introduced me to many great bands in the past and I'm very thankful for that. As long as there are people like you and Vincent (of The Indie Connection), kids will be able to get in touch with great indie music, and I'm sure they (we) will find the way to support favorite bands. Hopefully, you'll keep up the good work.

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Jewel Thief said...

I have feared this day, the inevitable day that I would see gorgeous, sometimes life-altering, music shut from us. I've worried that blogs would start shutting down, and they have. Because of this, I would plead with you to keep a fighting spirit. Changing that which disgusts us does not happen by laying down, and I, and hundreds, probably thousands, of likeminded people are behind you. We'll do whatever we can.

Music is not a commodity to package and inflate, it is hardwired into the human psyche. We need music like we need a body; leave it to America to try to sell us our own souls.

Love,
Juli

6:13 PM  
Anonymous skellington said...

Yeah, first Child Star, then The Indie Connection. I understand that you must be worried about your blog. But it'd be sad if you choose to close it.
It's not my role to tell you what to do, but maybe putting albums in streaming instead of putting them to download would keep you out of trouble?
It's a pity that a couple of jealous bastards ended up winning by closing Vincent's great blog.
But his blog and yours along with a couple of others bogs are among my favorite, they introduced me to some great bands and I hate to see some of them closing.
Please keep up your great work.

6:40 PM  
Anonymous Kevin said...

hey palaver. man, long days just get longe sometimes. it's my belief that sites like the indie connection are patriots to the music world. fact is cds sold for 20 dollars in the 90's. harsh truth is most people don't have the money to spend on taking a chance on bands no a days. we want to know that what we buy is what we want, and take comfort in that. i think that full ablum blog posting is a great service provided by brave souls. Personally, i would love for you to continue. you along with vincent have greatly improved the worth in my money, cause i've been able to buy a cd knowing that i'll be supporting a band that i've come to love. thanks again for all you've done so far, man. take care.

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

keep on keepin on. even if you get shut down, there will always be a way to get the music.

6:52 PM  
Anonymous RPG said...

I hope you keep going, and posting full albums.

It's awfully difficult to keep abreast with so many new releases. For instance, I grabbed the M83 album when you listed it, loved it, went and bought the back catalogue.

Without Palaver, I wouldn't have a) known about them, b) bought 3 records :P

Keep up the great work :)

7:13 PM  
Anonymous TheBlueWalrus said...

It would be really sad to see this blog disappear as well...

7:18 PM  
Anonymous ruben said...

dont forget about the fact that record companys need to stop putting all of their money towards artists that arent even good enough to be one hit wonders.

7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a great blog was lost, no doubt about it. unless you're some person who takes these great sites for granted, you can't help but think there are favorable chances that they will ultimately be shut down. and much like verbal has said, i'm not sure what course of action i could advise you to take. all i can say is whatever you do decide on doing, thank you for the very short amount of time i've known this site (only 3 weeks!) i've been exposed to several bands that i will definitely follow in the future, and that is all thanks to you.

if you do get shut down eventually, i'm sure i speak for everyone that's frequented this site in saying a very deep and sincere thank you,

- shakeel

9:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These blogs have certainly introduced me to a lot of new great music, so I gotta thank you for that. Can't tell you what to do. But it's sad that these blogs are mostly run by people who want to spread the word on smaller acts. I just hope blogs don't go the way of napster, which is seeming more likely with all the shutdowns recently. We certainly shouldn't let that go down again.

9:08 PM  
Blogger Koka Kola said...

Hey man, it's really a shame about what happened to Vincent at The Indie Connection, and I'm going through the same thing you are right now. I've been doing mp3 posts more often recently due to all the recent chaos, but I don't want to stop with the full album posts. I think we should just keep going on man, we'd just be giving in by shutting our blogs down. Plus you're performing a service to the industry of music, helping to attract fans of the bands you post. Beast of luck on whatever you decide.

-Sean (serial slingshot)

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think anyone has put it better. "The outright thievery and price-gouging by major labels is a disgusting trend today and needs to be stopped. The day they realize that sharing music will not stop until they lower their prices to what the market demands is the day record sales will go up again". The only thing I would add is that the day is coming where bands sell there music directly to there fans with no middle man. I will be there that day with money in hand. Great job on your blog, don't stress yourself about it, just keep on hunting for great music. Peace and best of luck to you.

10:13 PM  
Blogger mrfusion89 said...

i just started reading this today, however i gotta say what's most obvious and what everyone else feels "don't let the man get you down." i mean there will always be great music and SOME way to get it. to take from kevin, be our sam adams!

10:38 PM  
Anonymous Evan said...

Nobody can really tell you what to do because we don't face the consequences of whatever choice you choose. But your site has always been one i frequent every day and it would be sad to see you go but whatever your choice i am sure we will all be behind you.

1:13 AM  
Blogger Josh said...

Ok, I think I am going to keep on keepin' on for now. Barring legal pressure, I will continue as I have been in the past. Do me a favor though, and click on my google ads so I can afford legal fees in the future. ;)

There will be another post tomorrow. Keep an open eye.

1:46 AM  

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