What Else? AutoRip, Hack This, Def Leppard, SXSW, ASCAP, APAP, Skate and Surf, Nobs…

Oh, the trail of dead bodies, lawsuits, and ruined companies that led to this.  But alas, it’s 2013, and Amazon has just launched AutoRip, a program that automatically generates MP3s of a purchased CD.  AutoRip-eligible CDs now feature instantly-uploaded Amazon Cloud files, plus retroactive uploads for CD purchases dating back to 1998.

There’s another Music Hack Day on the horizon, this time in San Francisco.  Developers are being invited to deconstruct and reconstruct on February 16th and 17th, with promising concoctions showcased at SF MusicTech Summit two days later.  More at sf.musichackday.org.

Metallica masterfully plotted their major label escape, but that’s the rare exception.  And the latest legacy mega-band battling their major label is Def Leppard, which is trying to wrestle away its prized masters from Universal Music Group.  “We’re trying to wrestle back our career and ownership of these songs,” Joe Elliott told Classic Rock.  “They [Universal] own the originals, we’re at loggerheads with them over the digital rights. And as long as they’re playing silly buggers we’ll just keep recording them again.”

And, SXSW has just unveiled its latest and third round of artists, bringing the total past 1,300.  In other words, more than you can possibly even consider attending.  SXSW Music is happening March 12th-17th; the full list of bands is at sxsw.com.

ASCAP is now offering an automated, relatively inexpensive method for licensing performances for websites and mobile apps.  It’s $240 a year, more at ascap.com/licensing/digital.

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters is now readying APAP|NYC 2013 in New York.  The action starts right now (January 11th) and continues through the 15th, with roughly 3,500 attendees and 350 exhibitors on tap.  More at apapnyc.org.

Across the Hudson (more or less), the Skate and Surf Festival is now returning after an eight-year hiatus.  The action is happening May 18th-19th at the Plaza Green at iPlay America in Freehold, NJ, more at facebook.com/SkateandSurfFest.

And, the industry is now remembering Claude Nobs, founder and visionary behind the Montreux Jazz Festival.  Nobs, 76, died from complications related to a cross-country skiiing accident.


3 Responses

  1. jw

    I didn’t realize that Def Leppard was re-recording their singles so they could have them on streaming services. I guess this type of thing is becoming de rigueur, especially with 90’s bands, but you can hardly tell the difference between their 2012 recordings & the originals.

    • Jeff Robinson

      Somehow I’m guessing the re-recordings and subsequent sound NOTHING like the Mutt Lange/Mike Shipley versions of those songs. Mike is a masterful mix engineer. His services will be missed if he’s not involved. And something tells me he’d chose NOT to be involved re-visiting that material.

      • jw

        I mean, Spotify is free… you can go have a listen for yourself.

        The new renditions, Elliot noted, have also gotten the seal of approval from original producer Mutt Lange, as reported by guitarist Phil Collen.

        “[Phil] played him the re-records and [Lange] couldn’t believe how brilliant they were,” Elliot said to Billboard. “He was like, ‘Wow guys, incredible job!’ Phil was just raving about how much Mutt was raving about them.”

        They really are impressive, to be recorded so many decades later. Especially compared to other bands’ re-recordings.