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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Pretty Soon You Might Be Able to Sing "Happy Birthday To You" Without Paying Up

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 11:53 AM

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Did you know that the "Happy Birthday To You" song is copyrighted? Or that in order to use it for commercial purposes, you have to pay a royalty? 

Well, you do. The song was written by the Hill sisters before 1893, though it wasn't published with lyrics until 1911. Long story short, the Hill sisters assigned the rights to the song to Clayton F. Summy, who copyrighted the song and then sold it to Warner/Chappell in 1935. 

Since then, Warner/Chappel, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, has held the copyright, but that's about to change...maybe. In September, a federal judge ruled that the music publishing company does not hold a full and valid copyright on the tune. In other words, the song's original copyright, obtained by Summy, only covered the ditty's musical arrangement, not the lyrics. 

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Premiere: Things Get Retro in Jet Trash's New Music Video "Photography Is Over"

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 10:01 AM

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There's something fitting about naming a lo-fi garage-pop song after a dying analog art form, not to mention shooting the music video for it with an 8mm filter.

Enter "Photography Is Over," the newest track from San Francisco band Jet Trash. The upbeat surf-rock song has a sun-baked, sand-in-the-cracks grit to it, replete with energetic guitar riffs and catchy lyrics. Singer/guitarist Paul Kemp says that the lyrics for the song were inspired by a conversation he had with drummer Robby Justesen about how cell phones and modern technology have effected society. "There seems to be a constant desire for instant digital entertainment these days," he says. "Very few young people are going to sit around patiently waiting for film to develop anymore [and] it just seemed like a really interesting theme to explore."

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Premiere: Things Get Trippy in Talkie's New Music Video "Mountain"

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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Once you hear the San Francisco folk-rock band Talkie, their name makes more sense.

"Instead of having one person sing," says Brad Hagmann, "we pretty quickly discovered that all four of could sing and had sung the lead in previous bands." The resulting sound is a mixture of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and The Flaming Lips, which is to say, there's a lot of harmonies and sweet, sweet guitar-driven melodies. 

In "Mountain," the quartet's first "official" music video and the first single to be released from their upcoming debut album, Hablas, the band frolics around Leonard Knight's trippy, technicolor Salvation Mountain ("It looks like a Play-Doh Sunday school drawing," Hagmann says) dressed in all-white attire. The drive there took a harrowing nine hours, and when they arrived, they discovered that it also happened to be Knight's birthday. Though the crazy genius behind Salvation Mountain passed away in 2014, his family was there to celebrate and do repairs on part of the mountain while the guys trounced around and explored the zany site. Though their original intent was to shoot photos for their album cover, Hagmann says, "at one point, we just started dancing. Later, when we looked at it, the footage synced up with the song. It was totally by accident, but it worked."

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A 50-Year-Old Chunk of John Lennon's Hair Can Be Yours for $12,000!

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 9:32 AM

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If John Lennon was your favorite Beatle then you can prove your love for the singer by bidding on a 50-year-old chunk of his hair. The sizeable bundle, which was snipped off in 1966 on the set of the film How I Won the War, Lennon's only non-musical acting gig, measures at four-inches long and is being auctioned off for the price of $12,000.

If you're wondering how the locks were saved all these years (or by whom), the answer is Klaus Baruck, the hairdresser on set who trimmed the Beatle's hair and then pocketed the scraps. 

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Earworm Weekly: "Party Lights" by Claudine Clark

Posted By on Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 2:00 PM

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I was really hoping to get earwormed by a song recorded in this century this week, but it was not to be. Instead, for some reason, I am stuck with the 1962 hit “Party Lights” by one-hit-wonder Claudine Clark.

The song is a straightforward girl-group single with harmonizing backup singers supporting Clark's solo vocals. Bass, piano and drums add the barest support; we're still in the era when a sax solo was de rigeur and an electric guitar is nowhere to be found. Clark, in a move uncommon for the era, wrote both the music and the lyrics herself. She released a handful of songs after “Party Lights” charted at No. 5, but none of them gained any traction and Clark disappeared from the music business shortly thereafter.

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Here's Your Chance to See Pussy Riot Ham It Up at The Warfield on Wednesday Night

Posted By on Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 11:06 AM

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Most bands don't get assaulted by civilians, publicly beaten and maced by police, or imprisoned for protesting against Russian President Vladamir Putin. But then again, most bands aren't Pussy Riot.

On Wednesday night, the Russian feminist punk-rock group will head to The Warfield for a conversation with SF-based Russian-American writer and spoken word artist Zarina Zabrisky. No, this is not a show, it's a talk. But don't let that bum you out. These are fascinating, fearless women who (as evidenced above) do more than just make music. At the event, you'll get to hear their thoughts, insights, and opinions on basically everything, which is a rare opportunity indeed. 

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Premiere: Listen to Bonnie and The Bang Bang's New Album, Distance

Posted By on Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 9:33 AM

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With their third album, Distance, the Oakland quintet Bonnie and The Bang Bang have finally nailed down their sound. "The two previous albums were created when we were in our gestation period," explains guitarist Joe Warren. "With this album, we've been born and now sound like the band we want to be."

A mixture of post-emo and indie alt-rock ("that sounds like it wants to have happened 15 years ago"), Distance is chock-full of heavy-hitting guitar riffs and melodies that are so precise, you'd almost think there was a mathematical formula behind them. Compared to the previous albums, Ode To Darkness and The Dark Dream, the new album is less swampy and acoustic, with a more streamlined, produced feel to it. Plus, adds Warren, "everyone is light years better than when we started." 

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Live Review: Despite The Hiatus, Philly Punk Band, The Loved Ones, Are Still Very Lovely

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 12:30 PM

The Loved Ones vocalist, Dave Hause, borrowed Gandalf's staff for the show. - WILLIE CLARK
  • Willie Clark
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There are some things — like Furbies — that should never have been revived (Hasbro reintroduced the line in 2012).

Then, there are other things, like the Philadelphia punk band The Loved Ones, that should never have faded away to begin with.

The Loved Ones’ self-titled EP dropped in 2005 and was followed by two full-length albums. But after their 2009 EP Distractions, the band decided to take a hiatus. Frontman Dave Hause released two solo albums (his 2013 release Devour is one my favorite albums of the past few years), and, as is generally the case when a band member leaves to pursue their own projects, it seemed that The Loved Ones might, sadly, be a thing of the past.

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Live Review: A Metal Virgin Goes to Her First Metallica Show

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 9:39 AM

James Hetfield doing his scary demon voice. - JESSIE SCHIEWE
  • Jessie Schiewe
  • James Hetfield doing his scary demon voice.


Let me start this by saying: I don’t like Metallica. It’s nothing personal against the band, I just don’t like metal to begin with (be it speed, heavy, or thrash). And yet, when I was invited to Metallica’s show at AT&T Park on Saturday night (a.k.a. CBS Radio's The Night Before), I figured why not? Could make for an interesting article.

My coworkers gave me warnings. They told me to bring ear plugs and to expect a lot of black clothing and men — particularly men with long hair who like motorcycles and beer. As a lone female who had to take two forms of public transportation (gasp!) to get to the show, the over-abundance of testosterone and close quarters sounded less than appealing, but such is the life of a journalist. Sometimes you’ve got to dive into the trenches and squish into narrow train cars and breathe the same air as bewildered tourists, Super Bowl fans, and drunk fuck boys to get your story.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

How to Prepare For Saturday's Super Bowl 50 "Urban EDM Fest"

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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This year marks the Super Bowl's first ever attempt to throw a huge EDM festival as part of their plethora of pre-game events. The 18+ party, comically dubbed the "Urban EDM Fest," takes place at the Oakland Coliseum this Saturday, Feb. 6. from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Weird hours, huh? Thank you, OPD.)

At Saturday's festival, superstar DJs like Diplo, Alesso, and The Chainsmokers will be manning the turntables, as well as over a dozen more electronic and dance acts. Like most EDM festivals, there are a lot of restrictions and "no-no's" that one should know while packing for the event, so All Shook Down has gone through the trouble of finding out what those are for you. In other words, we got you, ravers. 

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