thanks for reminding me i missed them in hull on saturday :(
if they were, i missed them, and i'd be slightly fucked off if not for the fact that i saw them at the adelphi in hull not a month later. ha.
i do agree that sites like rapidshare are operating in a bit of a dodgy area, profiting from ads when most of their traffic comes from illegal downloads, but there is a definite and legitimate need for these sorts of sites as well (they are very frequently used by people distributing any sort of original content that they dont have the bandwidth to do themselves, including, yes, independent musicians).
they do usually remove illegal content when they notice it - its just hard to tell without human intervention whether a file is pirated or not, and the immense popularity of theses sites makes examining every file a very impractical thing to do that would probably end up destroying them. i would treat it like ebay - the place is absolutely loaded with fake stuff, but its clearly an incredibly useful site for all sorts of legitimate reasons as well.
your "solution" number one but its 3am where i am at the moment and i'm too drunk to make any coherent argument against it. its utter bollocks though. if someone else would care to rip it apart i'd be grateful.
i'm not one of these little wankers who thinks all music should be free forever and fuck the artists, but the problem of illegal downloading is a complex one and copying china's draconian internet policies is absolutely not the way to go. although i'm sure the uk government would jump at the chance.
thats supposed to be under the really long one
and i do wish apple would fuck off and leave the digital revolution to someone else. the limitations of ipods never cease to amaze me sometimes. (they do have nice user interfaces though, i'll give them that)
links in article text look exactly the same as the text, that could probably do with being changed
when i posted that last one i was told i need to be staff to post here, even though it had gone through already. hence me posting it twice
really white. but i've had a poke around and layout/organisation-wise i prefer it to the old one quite a bit. so, yay, i think. (still too white though)
and the pictures don't work but i suspect that's happening to everyone at the moment
Castle Bloody Donington
but this one in particular seemed a bit, i dunno, rushed, a bit childish even, like he got back from the pub after a few beers to find someone on the DiS boards had called his mum a slag and he wanted to get a retort in five minutes before they went to print. there are plenty of ways he could have legitimately had a pop at this site and music sites in general without invoking the old "all internet users are geeks" stereotype.
they cancelled a gig in hull to do this, it'd serve you fucking right :(
"Perhaps their forthcoming Dystopia LP will clear up exactly what they want to be – a DFA-style rock combo or slick modern dance deities."
not a comment on this review or that single as such (which i haven't heard) but i've been reading that sort of thing a lot around here, "x need to decide whether they want to be y or z", to the extent that it's getting on my tits a bit.
i mean, do they? do they really? can't they be both, perhaps at different times, or just be somewhere between the two? if they're just coming off as a watered down version of one thing with a bit of the other, i'd rather they got better at both and had a shot at combining them in interesting ways rather than just plumping for one or the other and treading a path many have done before them.
leap to the defence of the whip, but i've realised i have never actually heard them on record and i was completely shit-faced when i saw them live
so, carry on, i suppose. i'm off to determine if i actually like them or not
supposed to be playing Hull (at the Welly) on the 14th of Feb, a date that's mysteriously absent from both here and their myspace. so either they're ashamed to admit they're visiting hull, or they've bloody gone and bloody cancelled.
I've kind of got used to the new design, even its stupidly small main column, but not being able to see more than five reviews on the main page is still more than a bit crap.
It wouldn't be so bad if you could click on something to see a list of reviews by the date the review was posted, but as far as I can work out you can only view them by release date, which doesn't particularly work if you're wanting to look at the latest reviews rather than the reviews of the latest releases.
when the design gets in the way of the content, it becomes a problem.