Oh look, another wonderful music service that I won’t be able to access

No Entry News is that Google will be partnering with iLike and LaLa to provide a music service.  TechCrunch has been pimping the news the last couple of days, with the report being that an announcement is due next week. There is much discussion over what form it will take.  GigaOm’s Paul Bonanos is sceptical that the new feature will involve actually selling streaming/downloads, where as TechCrunch is more upbeat.

While I am interested in seeing what Google’s play will be with this (assuming that the rumours aren’t all hot air) it really underwhelms me, as I know pretty much for sure that I won’t be able to access it here in Australia. Or if it is just a music search engine, the vast majority of its results will be unavailable to me. Pandora is unavailable, last.fm has us on the ‘lite’ version, LaLa is locked down. Even iTunes, which we do have access to, is limited in what they can sell to us dirty non-Americans. 

This is not the fault of any of these sites.  This is the fault of the rights holders, the record labels.  Their inability to see the value in ‘foreign’ markets and their lack of imagination when it comes to monetisation has led to this ridiculous geotarding that we see not just in the music industry but also in the movie, tv and book publishing industries. As I’ve mentioned before, my money is as good as anyone’s (better than, if this trend continues) why won’t you let me pay you for your products?

Guess what the most played song on Songza is?

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A new music site launches, so what do people use it for? Rickrolling of course!

I’m liking Songza, it’s got a slick interface.  I can do most things on the page with AJAX, so I can keep listening while I line up other songs to play.  The speed is good & the audio sounds like standard MP3 quality.

You can register for an account now, here’s my profile. You can share the songs you find, the site gives you links to Twitter the songs, email them or embed them in your own site.

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Here’s some Jonathan Coulton for your audible pleasure:

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Oh my God

Sometimes I cannot forgive and these days, mercy cuts so deep
If the world was how it should be, maybe I could get some sleep
While I lay, I dream we’re better, scales were gone and faces lighter
When we wake, we hate our brother, we still move to hurt each other

Sometimes I can close my eyes,
And all the fear that keeps me silent
Falls below my heavy breathing, What makes me so badly bent?

We all have a chance to murder, we all feel the need for wonder
We still want to be reminded that the pain is worth the thunder
Sometimes when I lose my grip, I wonder what to make of heaven
All the times I thought to reach up, all the times I had to give
Babies underneath their beds, hospitals that cannot treat

All the wounds that money causes,
All the comforts of cathedrals
All the cries of thirsty children – this is our inheritance
All the rage of watching mothers – this is our greatest offense

Oh my God
Oh my God
Oh my God

Jars of Clay – Oh my God

xkcd & TMBG

The latest xkcd, Color Codes funny as always.  But the number there is the TMBG Dial-A-Song number.  Gotta love it. 

Also, did you know TMBG are releasing a kid’s book called “Bed Bed Bed” and they’ve also got a new kid’s CD/DVD called “Here come the ABCs“.  Must get these ones for my kids! There’s also their earlier kids album “No!“, such a great name for a children’s album.

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Angie Hart & Glenn Bennie's Devil's Eye

Angie Hart (of Frente! & Splendid fame) and Glenn Bennie (GB3, Underground Lovers) have collaborated on a cover of the Go-Between’s Devil’s Eye.  It’s a great cover of the song, with Glenn and Angie complementing each other’s talents.

The song is part of Love goes on Anyway, a tribute album to Grant McLennan, The Go-Betweens singer-songwriter who died earlier this year. It’s great to see that this tribute album is being produced by an indie label, Rare Victory Records, as The Go-Betweens were one of Australia’s great indie bands.

Love Goes On Anyway, A Tribute to Grant McLennan, is Rare Victory Records’ testament to just how much of an effect the Go-Betweens had on an entire generation of music fans and musicians. These new versions that we’re hearing as they trickle in from various artists are astonishing, and they seem to conjure up the very spirit of what Grant and Robert were after, picking up a piece of the past and making it live again.

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