Friday, September 17th, 2004

Going Down: Kobe’s Transcript

I may be late on this, but here’s the entire transcript of Kobe and the cops, courtesy of the Vail Daily. It more than speaks for itself.

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Friday, September 17th, 2004

Schloss on Sampling Via Snoop

Joe Schloss Shizzolated!:

“I wuz actually surprised by this lawsuit, because da standard they set wuz what I thought da standard already wuz.”

Yo’ ass know, there are two sets of rights, da master rights ‘n da publishing rights n’ shit. The publishing refers da song as a conceptual entity ‘n da master rights a specific recording of that shiznit n’ shit. So my understanding has always been that questions ’bout how much of a song yo’ ass can use only has do wit publishing rights, ‘n that they are basically like any other plagiarism case, know what I’m sayin’? Like, exactly how many words can yo’ ass take before yo’ ass’ve stolen someone’s book? That is a hella subjective question, which is why that shiznit’s constantly being debated ‘n changed n’ shit. But master-wise, which is what this decision seems deal wit, my understanding wuz that *any* unauthorized sample of a recording is not legal ‘n never has been.”

The ‘unrecognizable amount’ standard wuz, ‘n I guess still is, de facto, know what I’m sayin’? If yo’ ass think ’bout that shiznit, that shiznit really doesn’t make any sense as a legal standard: if that shiznit’s unrecognizable, that shiznit’s unrecognizable – they can’t bust yo’ ass fo’ that shiznit, because they can’t recognize that shiznit.” Conversely, if they can bust yo’ ass fo’ that shiznit, then – by definition – that shiznit is recognizable n’ shit. Which brings me back why this decision is so weird: I’ll buy that shiznit as a statement of legal principle, but as a law, simple logic dictates that that shiznit’s totally unenforceable.”

Thanks to O-Deezy for the link to the link n’shit.

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Friday, September 17th, 2004


Because these days The Man won’t let us do pants.

+Jess Harvell on Ashlee Simpson.

+Popwherry on Kobe and R. Kelly.

+Yancey Strickler does DFA.

+Me on Talking Heads live.

+Hua on more live albums. Bonus! Racist Slate reader commentary!

Hey Hua, do you ever feel guilty for taking menial, low-word-count, shit-paying rock critic jobs away from good old red-blooded Euro-Americans?

Cause this laundryman sure fucking don’t!

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Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

Trade Kobe To The Rangers

Sports Illustrated reveals what Kobe’s lawyers were really trying to cover up.

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Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

Alright Alright

OK, so we didn’t get our onfield justice. (Come back tonight, tho.) But it won’t end there. (Here’s Ratto’s take.)

For the record, I was at the game sitting a few sections from where a fan threw a cell phone at Carl Everett. Even though Everett’s a punk who started it by turning around and giving fans the finger, that was dead wrong. If the cell phone had been flung from higher up and faster, Everett could have been injured.

So nothing excuses tossing a chair–bar-room brawl style–into the stands. It’s pennant time, you’re mad that your team has been clobbered all year by the A’s and has just as miniscule chance of getting into the playoffs as it did the year before. People are talking shit, as they always will. Deal with it. It’s the game.

I hope Francisco gets the book hurled at him.

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Tuesday, September 14th, 2004

We Mess With Texas

And, taking a cue from their former shrubby boss, they act like bitches.

Watch how we crush you tonight.

All due respect to Molly Ivins, Jim Hightower and Liam, this will not be Texas’s year.

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Tuesday, September 14th, 2004


Flash and the Five have been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! The great Randy Newman, also.

Dizzee, dead prez, TV On The Radio, Jaylib, Ty, Ghostface, and Joe Strummer have been nominated for the Shortlist.

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Monday, September 13th, 2004

No B-12 Injection, No Backstage Pass

Yeah, we love us some Prince. Two+ hours of His Badness and we still wanted more.

Lots of comments about MTV: “That’s a bass, betcha ain’t see one of those since 1975!” And it-ain’t-bragging-if-it’s-true patter: “My band is tight! T-I-T-E!” Renato Neto as Rick Wakeman! John Blackwell’s two-armed drumline! Plus “The Ballad of Henry and Sheila”, performed with acoustic panache and pinpoint comic timing. That’s craft, we ain’t see it in a while, and I don’t think there will be a better concert all year.

Meanwhile, he got rolled to center stage and off enclosed in a big speakboxxx. And here’s what awaited him backstage.

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Monday, September 13th, 2004

The Whole World Won’t Be Watching

You’re not likely to see this footage from Sunday’s Blackhawk Down-like situation in Baghdad, in which a US helicopter fired rockets on an abandoned US Bradley tank after receiving gunfire from near it, killing dozens of Iraqis including this Al-Arabiya TV reporter: Palestinian Reporter Dies in Baghdad Battle. More than 20 journalists have been killed. Yesterday’s death toll across Iraq alone was more than 100, nearly twice as many as those left dead by Hurricane Ivan.

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Thursday, September 9th, 2004

Chi-Chi Man Redemption? UPDATE

After protest from Outrage!, Ele and Vybz have had their MOBO nominations withdrawn. Discussion here.

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