Jesse Cannon, the man behind Cannon Found Soundation Recording Studios (Man Overboard, The Menzingers, Transit, Lifetime) and Musformation, is back with a great new Industry feature in our ongoing series. In this week’s feature, Jesse gets to the bottom of his thoughts on the recent Future Ghosts controversy, Skrillex entering streaming, Trent Reznor and Dr. Dre, the Grammys, and Courtney Love on Nirvana. Check it all out below!
Full disclosure: I work with Future Ghosts (North Carolina) and produced their latest record.
In what continues to be a trend in the subject for this column—-this week the group Future Ghosts (North Carolina) were the victim of another abuse in trademark claims by another group named Future Ghosts (Chicago). Just as we discussed recently, when Panic Records abused the power they have as a rightsholder and unjustly pulled Pentimento’s music down from YouTube. Future Ghosts (Chicago) served notice that they were the owners of a trademark claim. After telling Future Ghosts (NC) that “A period of 5 business days should be sufficient for a grace period.” Within 12 hours the NC Future Ghosts saw their Facebook page, ReverbNation and Bandcamp all removed following a complaint from Future Ghosts (Chicago).
Despite the fact that Future Ghosts (Chicago) has been a largely inactive group (which is needed to hold rights to a Trademark) and has no presence on many of music’s main commerce sites (in order to lay claim to a Trademark a musician must sell their music over state borders for the Trademark to be active), they aggressively abused the powers they granted themselves through registering a Trademark. Like the Pentimento incident, this is another showcase of how easily the trademark system is abused by those claiming rights over others’ intellectual property. Without sufficient notice, Future Ghosts (North Carolina) had their hard work and ability to communicate with their fanbase destroyed by an amatuer at trademark law.
The abuses all of the music services (ReverbNation, Bandcamp and Facebook, in this case) allow, by running scared whenever someone claims to be a rightsholder have very little oversight. Even if you are the only person using a particular band name—-ex-lovers, angry fans or other disgruntled troublemakers can all abuse this system and destroy a musician’s progress and fanbase with very little documentation and recourse to correct the mishap for the musician who is the victim of these attacks. These abuses need a better oversight system.
Your favorite haircut… errr… I mean DJ, Skrillex’s label is the latest to try to attempt to make subscription services be appealing to a rabid fanbase. Despite past failures, Skrilly’s OWSLA label is now offering a subscription service, entitled The Nest—-which will offer fans goodies including early access to OWSLA releases, weekly Nest-exclusive downloads from up-and-coming artists and ticket presales all for $12 a month. The endeavor is powered by subscription backend Drip.FM which powers many other label and musician subscriptions. With a fanbase as rabid as Skrillex’s it could just work. Afterall, who would’ve thought the dude from a teenage screamo band would become one of the biggest electronic artists in just a few short years?
- Emmure’s frontman’s clothing line was shut down over a controversial Columbine shirt.
- Ronnie Radke of Falling In Reverse was arrested for domestic abuse.
- Insane Clown Posse are suing the FBI.
- CNN falsely labeled Hatebreed as a white supremacy band.
- Taking Back Sunday’s Tell All Your Friends Tour was announced with support.
- All Time Low announced a tour with The Summer Set, The Downtown Fiction, and Hit The Lights.
- Chiodos hacked PureVolume in 2003 in order to get signed.
- Pierce The Veil and Sleeping With Sirens’ tour was officially announced.
- Incubus are going back on hiatus following their upcoming tour.
- The AP Fall Tour dates were revealed.
- Fireworks are writing new music for their next release.
- Skrillex is set to earn $15 million this year.
- Glassjaw confirmed the release of a DVD.
- Patrick Stump opened up about Fall Out Boy’s discography.
- The Acoustic Basement will be returning to Warped Tour in 2013.
- The Story So Far are doing pre-production for their new record.
- Mayday Parade and The Maine announced a full US tour.
- Dustin Kensrue of Thrice started a religious-focussed band.
- Cartel are aiming for a late-fall release of their new record.
- The Hush Sound released reunion tour dates.
- Yellowcard streamed their new album, Southern Air.
- Set Your Goals are recording their new album with Chad Gilbert in the fall.
- Alexisonfire posted their farewell tour routing.
- All Time Low’s new album was given a title and release date.
- Owl City has interest in writing a screamo record.
- Into It. Over It. announced a full band tour with Make Do And Mend.
- Brand New will not be writing “happy” music like they once claimed.
- All Time Low, The Summer Set, The Downtown Fiction, and Hit The Lights announced a full US tour.
- Skrillex is set to earn $15 million from over the past year.
- The Bouncing Souls were robbed on tour.
- Patrick Stump commented on Fall Out Boy’s discography.
- Koji, Geoff Rickly, and other Warped Tour members were in a bus accident.
- Lollapalooza will be expanding into Israel.
- Glassjaw are releasing a DVD.
- Taking Back Sunday and Motion City Soundtrack fall tours are combining for one night.
Chris Kamrada of There For Tomorrow has posted a drum cover of Skrillex’s “Summit.” You can watch the video below by clicking “Read More.”
The All-American Rejects will be releasing Kids In The Street on March 27th. It has now been confirmed that the deluxe version of the record will feature a remix from Skrillex in addition to three other songs. Check out the deluxe track listing below by clicking “Read More.”
- Breathe Carolina signed to Columbia Records.
- blink-182’s music video for “After Midnight” was released.
- Daytrader began the recording process for their debut album.
- That’s Outrageous! started the writing process for their second album.
- The Hush Sound announced two reunion shows.
- Skrillex and other acts were added to the Bamboozle lineup.
- Details for Sleeping With Sirens new EP were revealed.
- Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra is recording a new split.
- Rumors of an At The Drive-In reunion sparked up once again.
- Sleeping With Sirens are beginning to write a new album.
- Good Charlotte may write a new album.
- Bring Me The Horizon’s new album may be post-rock influenced.
Bon Iver has been nominated for four Grammy awards for the Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Alt. Music Album, and Best New Artist category. “Holocene” was nominated for both Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year. Read a tweet from Justin Vernon below by clicking “Read More”.