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Just read a hilarious letter to Lily Allen.
Literally LOL - http://kickupthefire.wordpress.com
this is good
from the Simpsons episode 'Homer Goes Back To College'
'cos I'd like to see that
and tells us what to think
Long articles that end with a single swear word are rarely good.
I'm guessing that guys doesn't have much luck with the ladies....
you know what I meant...
which have yet to be proved one way or another.
purely as a result of her being a member of the music industry, but that's generally how people work: they tend to only appreciate the veracity of a problem once they are affected by it. A person might contribute towards a cancer charity, for example, only once a member of their family has died from the disease, but we don't accuse them of only looking after their own interests. Indeed, in that instance, it would be completely nonsensical to do so, yet there would be no denying the link between their own personal tragedy and their decision to contribute to the relevant charity.
So maybe if Lily Allen were an actress or a gardener, she'd feel no need to lend her voice to the cause in question, and I think there are plenty of flaws with the way she has done so - quite often, she has come across as narrow-minded, misguided and confused - but there's nothing to suggest that she's being disingenuous when she says she fears for emerging artists and the problems illegal file sharing could create for them.
is it's become a two dimensional issue partly because of Lily's massive showbiz media presence. Lily says filesharing is bad, hooray for her standing her ground, boo, FAC, boo! for somehow sticking up for free music (how have the Futureheads become the bete noires in all this, by the way?) As FAC have pointed out it's nowhere near that open and shut a case on either side - and I know of at least three self-funded bands involved in the FAC meetings, the people Allen's diatribe suggests will be hit hardest - but filesharing is The Bogeyman. And now she's ducking out of it, having seemingly appointed herself the public's own anti-filesharing tsarina then found people disagreeing with her (I mean, of this abuse I'm sure most of it was on the Dean level, but plenty of other defensive flaws have been pointed out)
Quite a lot of it, really. It was getting to the point where most of the comments were just personal insults rather than criticisms of what she was actually saying. I guess you could say that, being in the public eye, she should be able to handle it better, but whether she has the ability or desire to put up with it, only she could say, and I don't think the fact that, in her mind (giving her the benefit of the doubt), she was trying to do a genuinely a good thing would make her any more likely to answer in the affirmative.
when she gets a bit of a ribbing herself. i like her,but this 'i'm quitting music' nonsense is a little bit sad
just that she had no intention of renegotiating her record deal, and had none before starting the blog. The point was supposed to be that she didn't stand to gain anything from any of the laws she was arguing in favour of, not "LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE TO ME".
i've fallen for media spin i think so.
Whether or nto this come back letter is amusing, potent, incorrect or plain boring, the facts still remain. The unignorable fact that Lily Allen is A CUNT.
A gaping axe wound of a woman who's do offense, she belowings between the legs of some old slapper in 60+. A giant, labia faced, pube covered, walking, talking, ignorant CUNT.
A MASSIVE CUNT. Basically.
you're an asshole
Acting like a complete cunt in the process = not so fine
I mean, I don't agree with Lily Allen on this matter but that's only because I think she's viewing it from a massively skewered perspective. I don't think she's been forced into, or that's its a publicity stunt in they way some are implying.
Plus, the core of her argument is that illegal downloading is wrong, which even people who illegally download probably agree with. The issue is she's ignoring the positives and I'd rather people try to get them across than to just start insulting her and ranting about "proper musicians"...
Jesus, the guy's band sounds so bad it renders everything he says pointless.
and fucking hilarious!
Or a soap star? (oh, you’re too rough for Hollyoaks, soz)
And the nasty man upset the DiS elite too! XD
Not one for giving 2 shits and a fuck about Lily Allen but the funny thing is this is some Kwik Save indie band vying for attention by slating someone a thousand times more successful than they'll ever be - s'crazy embaraassing.
when I saw this:
"to write that great wrong"
but he lost it big time about halfway through with the unpleasant sexual stuff, which kind of tells us more about him that we really needed to know.
You may or may not agree with what she's got to say, but taking any argument about principles down to unpleasant personal stuff is unnecessary and wrong. Makes a peron come across like a complete dick.
There are a lot of people who'd say that by putting herself so relentlessly in the public eye she deserves the kind of ribbing she gets, but they're the sort of people who find it funny when a celebrity rag hag has a nervous breakdown in front of the entire nation.
It's from the perspective of a music blogger. I talk about how music journalism is becoming rendered obsolete and the future of file-sharing.
I’d expect most visitors to Music Fan’s Mic — a blog that many would classify as an “mp3 blog” first and foremost — would find the subject of file-sharing a tiresome one. But reading the perspective of someone who would by some, be accused as a culprit of file-sharing, could be interesting, maybe? I hope so.
A vast amount of my blog’s visitors (a good 70/80%) come via. Hype Machine. Therefore, they’re on the blog for just about five seconds – enough time to click on the link to the blog post, scroll down to the mp3 and click “save link as”. My aim when Music Fan’s Mic started was to build an online community of people who shared the same taste as mine. I found it increasingly difficult to draw in visitors, particularly those who comment on a piece, and was always in limbo as to whether to continue publishing my reviews on the site. Nowadays, mp3’s are a ways and means of attracting those who might come to MFM to stay. I want them to read the content more than anything, but everyday I’m reminded of the fact that in reality, the majority of those who find MFM couldn’t give two fucks about what it stands for or its thoughts on a particular song.
There is no way around this. Music journalism used to be prized, far more important. It used to be a nudge towards someone actually going out and buying a record. But nowadays, album leaks allow everyone around the world to hear an album before reviews are even published. Therefore, they allow their own individual thoughts to simmer, making an average music review as useful as only having a toaster when you want to heat up some soup. Yet something still compels me to write, essentially, hoping that people might care and might value the way I write and what I have to say. I didn’t start Music Fan’s Mic as a means of making a living, I started it because I’d always written reviews, as a way of gathering my thoughts and putting them to one side. It was just a storage space at first, now it’s one of the highest priorities of my every day.
In the UK, momentum in gathering behind a collection of musicians’ efforts to decrease the rate of file-sharing in the country. They’re not naive, expecting to completely remove the problem, but they’re meeting together in order to gather ideas, smart ideas in fact. The latest in the line of thoughts is the plan to “squeeze bandwidth” from internet users who choose to file-share on a regular basis. Admittedly, someone who’s had their internet restricted will find ways around the measure, such as using a friend’s computer or getting a friend to make a copy. There will be loopholes, but it will at least cover some ground in restricting the movement of file-sharing in this country. Lily Allen is seemingly the head of the meetings, although in no way should there be a “leader” of sorts. This should be a unison, not an elite. But it speaks volumes that members of Radiohead and Pink Floyd are joining hands in an effort to curb the impact of illegal downloading.
But it’s too late. File-sharing is global and can only evolve. Across the world, (cue Bono) every time I click my fingers, an artist loses out on £2. It’s a vicious circle but if file-sharers can find ways around the proposed measures from Allen and co., musicians should also be making efforts to find ways around not being able to make a living out of their music. And they are, iTunes, ‘In Rainbows’, ‘Intimacy’, we’ve seen experimentation.
It would be wonderful if release dates mattered again, if anticipation returned and if reviews would once again have importance. But it’s all too farfetched. It’s difficult to see how it can evolve from here but the internet will only become faster, more dangerous for musicians who want to make a living. Music journalism is also on its last knees, but it can also evolve. There will always be interest in interviews, opinions from top-class journalists. As file-sharing increases in volume, as does the chance that an everyday teenager will come across an LCD Soundsystem or the “next big thing” where without the internet, they never would have.
The next decade will see similar efforts being made to those currently emerging through Allen and her cronies. But at the same time, music downloading will never cease and can only grow with faster broadband speeds and an ever-growing cloud of hype that surrounds acts like Washed Out, The Drums, The Xx, in a matter of days. Music press and its efforts to find the next Vampire Weekend/Strokes/etc. only spurs on this ridiculous movement of buzz that in turn, increases the rate of downloading. It’s undecided as to whether a blog like Music Fan’s Mic will survive as an effort to match intelligent journal input with the link to a song that everyone seeks.
Right now, mp3 blogs aren’t the big culprits. Most urge a hypemachine user or someone on a forum to “check out this amazing band/song/show”. A lot of passion is involved. Torrents and .rar files are the enemy, but yet in a matter of minutes, you can have a fantastic album on iPod. That temptation is understandably, too much for most. In my position, I believe that music journalism probably won’t exist in music blogs after a few more years, but passion and energy, the key components to making a music blog, will still remain.
but it should have ended with "Much Energy, Alan".
Sure it's OTT and not for the easily offended but I think it is very much tongue in cheek.
he makes a fair point. about her being paid to say it, not the ropesex stuff.