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Favoriting January 14, 2019: David Lowery (Camper Van Beethoven & Cracker) on music in the digital age

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Image above from the U. Georgia article, also linked below.

This week: David Lowery (of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker) talking about musicians in the age of Spotify and Google

Pointers to David Lowery

Upcoming NYC performance: Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven play this Sunday, Jan 20, in NYC. "Ever dreamed of a Harrison Ford hero swapping his blaster for a microphone? Then Lowery’s your man." -New Yorker

• David on Twitter: @davidclowery

• David's blog: Trichordist ("Artists for an Ethical and Sustainable Internet")

• Camper Van Beethoven: @CamperBeethoven and campervanbeethoven.com

• Cracker: @TheBandCracker and crackersoul.com

Meet The New Boss, Worse Than The Old Boss? (David's notes from his 2012 talk at the SF Music Tech Summit)

David Lowery and the future of artists' rights (U. Georgia, Nov 8, 2018)

A $1.6 Billion Spotify Lawsuit Is Based On A Law Made For Player Pianos (The Verge, March 2018)

• From 2016, David Lowery, Cracker Frontman and Artist Advocate, Explains His $150 Million Lawsuit Against Spotify (Billboard)... followed, the next year, by Spotify Settles $43 Million Class Action Copyright Lawsuit (Forbes)

• From 2014, David Lowery: Here's how Pandora is destroying musicians (Salon)

Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, aka the EU Copyright Directive, which is getting a lot of attention for its Article 13 ... leading David Lowery to write, At This Point We Have to ask Ourselves: is Google Opposed to Article 13 or the Nation State Itself? (Nov 2018) ... see also NBC News on Article 13 (June 2018).

...and finally,...

Recent News

...on the Bezos divorce...

For Owners Of Amazon’s Ring Security Cameras, Strangers May Have Been Watching Too (The Intercept, Jan 10): "Beginning in 2016, Ring reportedly provided its Ukraine-based research and development team access to a folder on Amazon’s S3 cloud storage service that contained every video created by every Ring camera around the world. . . . the video files were reportedly left unencrypted . . . [and] the Ukraine team was also provided with a corresponding database that linked each specific video file to corresponding specific Ring customers. . . . only a Ring customer’s email address was required to watch cameras from that person’s home."

Amazon Sends New Year's Greeting to Win Over New Neighbors (Bloomberg, Jan 9): mailers promise "a long and mutually beneficial partnership" from Amazon's "investment" (you know, the investment where New Yorkers pay Amazon three billion dollars to open an office!)

Apple announces new gadget stuff (WSJ, Jan 11, 2019), including "a triple rear camera for the highest-end model and a double rear camera for the two other models." Beavis & Butthead would have a field day. (Also, do users want multiple rear cameras? Or just to get back the headphone jack?)

I Gave a Bounty Hunter $300. Then He Located Our Phone (Motherboard, Jan 8, 2019): "T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are selling access to their customers’ location data, and that data is ending up in the hands of bounty hunters and others not authorized to possess it, letting them track most phones in the country." ... leading to, the very next day, this article: "Senators Kamala Harris, Mark Warner, and Ron Wyden are coming out against telcos who are selling their customers' location data."

CES News

• As CTO of Vizio says in this interview with the Verge (Jan 7) - data collection in Smart TV's is now offsetting the cost of the hardware to the point that a non-Smart TV would have a higher price tag. Just like android phones, user data is used to reduce costs and stay competitive (as Scott Manley puts it). On that point, Bruce Potter writes, "Don’t ever turn on your smart tv features, regardless of vendor. Ever. Just don’t. Don’t even configure the WiFi."

• ...on that same point, Samsung Phone Users Perturbed to Find They Can't Delete Facebook (Bloomberg, Jan 8)

• Here's a fun thread about CES idiocy, including some random product called "Sleep 2.0." Remember, "smart" = surveillance. As thread author Ed Zitron puts it, "Think you sleep good? You idiot. You rube. This is sleep 2.0"

CES’s Kitchen of the Future Is Sort of a Nightmare (Eater.com, Jan 8): "Camera-laden appliances, voice-activated faucets: Seriously, who asked for this?"

Others Worth Reading

On Facebook (The Ringer, Dec 2018): "almost everyone actually hates almost every interaction with almost every algorithm online" . . . "I miss the human internet with an intensity that borders on homesickness"

This Startup Wants to Launch Giant Glowing Ads Into the Night Sky (Futurism.com, Jan 8): Russian startup StartRocket says it wants to display enormous billboard-style advertisements in the night sky using arrays of cubesats, a vision it illustrates in a concept video featuring what appear to be the McDonald’s and KFC logos hovering in the sky like new constellations. . . . According to project leader Vlad Sitnikov, this commodification of the night sky is the next logical step in advertising. . . . “We are ruled by brands and events,” he told Futurism. “The Super Bowl, Coca Cola, Brexit, the Olympics, Mercedes, FIFA, Supreme and the Mexican wall."

It's All Over (Justin Smith, Jan 2019)

Korean taxi drivers protesting ride-sharing app: thousands have been protesting for months; two taxi drivers have died already from setting themselves on fire in protest.

• If you get the TV show, "Adam Ruins Everything," Season 3, Episode 3 - "Adam Ruins Tech" - is excellent. Lots of truth about Amazon, Google, surveillance capitalism, and the tech monopolies.

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Artist Track Album Images Approx. start time
  David Lowery on how tech is changing the music business, causing musicians to make less and less money, and how things might improve in the future.
Tomaš Dvořák  Game Boy Tune   Favoriting Machinarium Soundtrack 
  Mark's intro    
  Interview with David Lowery    
0:18:49 (Pop-up)
  Your calls and comments 201-536-9368    
0:39:14 (Pop-up)
  Uncanny Valley    
0:41:39 (Pop-up)
Camper Van Beethoven  Take The Skinheads Bowling   Favoriting Telephone Free Landslide Victory 
0:54:35 (Pop-up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:00pm annie:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:00pm ultradamno:

Hello Mark! Techreational Vehicle Van Beetons!
  6:01pm ike:

Good evening!
Avatar 6:01pm Beast of Boonton:

Greetings Technoids
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:01pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Ahoy there, Techtofleet!
Avatar 6:02pm TDK60:

yeah yeah....no.
  6:02pm melinda:

Hi Techsters
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:02pm Rich in Washington:

Hello everybodeez!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:03pm queems:

hello folks
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:05pm Webhamster Henry:

Hi Tchtnc fans <<< startup brand
Avatar 6:05pm BigCat:

tek no
Heck, no!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:05pm Aitch:

Paranoia levels rising.
  6:05pm kevlicki:

I’m just here for the bytes
  6:05pm farmerrye:

Got you lock out here in cali! Stoked for the show! Thanks
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:06pm ultradamno:

Well, the president called him Jeff Bozo, so he's done.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:06pm Rand al'Thor:

Evening, all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:06pm dale:

cuomo should have steered amazon to buffalo or rochester or someplace that needed an infusion of money.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:07pm Tome:

< Is in brooklyn has a pinkie ring camera not required ,,,,
Avatar 6:07pm Sean d:

Hi! Still freaked out from last weeks episode!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:08pm Webhamster Henry:

Nice frightening set of stories this week!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:08pm mrdonutsu:

My friends have a Ring. Not only do they get to see the FedEx guys literally tossing packages through the air onto their porch, they also get to see when the neighborhood deer come to visit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:09pm Webhamster Henry:

The distant spawn of the Trojan Room coffee pot cam!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:09pm herb.nyc:

can the Ring Doorbell be hooked up to our smart toilets?
  6:10pm wahoo:

Great show bro! I'm with you till we pass out of range headed south.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:10pm northguineahills:

I don't even have an audio doorbell, you have to knock on my house's door like the good Lord intended!
  6:10pm Robert Tables:

Amazing that amazon's own dev team can't properly secure an S3 bucket.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:11pm Tome:

...agrees with the above wholeheartedly
Avatar 6:11pm BigCat:

let's all be Mister Al Go Rhythm
he's impervious
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:11pm ultradamno:

How could a piece of technology named after a novel and movie about a supernatural monster that crawls out of a piece of technology to kill people that used a piece of technology go wront?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:13pm Tome:

triple rear camera ,,not even gonna touch that one ...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:13pm ultradamno:

...or wrong, for that matter.
  6:14pm The Butterman:

I love my Walkman. Still use it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:14pm Webhamster Henry:

They really should just have a device that really is a camera. Like the Android Samsung Galaxy Camera.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:15pm chris:

hi, Mark and folks. i'm here now. whew.
Avatar 6:16pm BigCat:

hey Chris is here!
Avatar 6:16pm TDK60:

"moral compass"? where can I buy that?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:17pm Webhamster Henry:

2.0 is so 2.0 .
Avatar 6:18pm BigCat:

"Fad Gadget" was years ahead in termz of name = future
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:18pm ultradamno:

I'm pretty that died with Jake 2.0
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:19pm herb.nyc:

If Sleep 2.0 comes w a rear camera then I'm in!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:19pm chris:

"faucet! i'm schmaltzy!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:20pm northguineahills:

That's why I name my products n.x^y
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:21pm Webhamster Henry:

I got an IoT Lightbulb for Xmas. While it could do a lot of tricks, what it needed was its own "soft" on/off switch, so it wouldn't need my phone to control it, but also not really turn its brain off.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:22pm Rand al'Thor:

I know of Camper Van Beethoven by way of Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza, over on the Give the Drummer stream.
  6:22pm Benji:

Now I'm even more paranoid!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:22pm Webhamster Henry:

I concur about Adam Ruins Everything.
Avatar 6:22pm BigCat:

oh yeah hamster
I got a smartphone made of maplesugar candy for xmas!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:23pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Win a free Tesla Model 3! All you need to do is hack into the car. newsroom.trendmicro.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:23pm dale:

would have been funnier if it was a camper van.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:24pm annie:

if anyone you know is playing the game on FB of the "First and most recent" photo, then you are helping them to keep an eye on you and your aging face. bleh!!
Avatar 6:24pm Jeff Moore:

Is he one of the principals behind the great song "Truckload of Art"?
Avatar 6:27pm BigCat:

"Some cowboys on acid..." first caught my ear back then
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:27pm dale:

annie - those will show up in geritol ads someday.
Avatar 6:28pm TDK60:

C.V.B. got *lots* of airplay on college radio in the '80s. I wonder if they ever did "take the skinheads bowling"...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:29pm dale:

getting closer to skynet, and eventually carousel.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:33pm annie:

yep, very close to skynet!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:36pm annie:

oh, did anyone watch the dropping of the Tappan Zee?
Avatar 6:36pm TDK60:

Saw Cracker back in the '90s. Good show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:38pm Webhamster Henry:

Bandcamp is pretty good!
Avatar 6:38pm Beast of Boonton:

'Shartify' music service
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:39pm Fuzzy:

@annie: was rescheduled for Tuesday 10am:
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:40pm Tommy in Neversink:

Is this guy in the witness protection program ?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:41pm Webhamster Henry:

Antitrust broke up the Bell system, but it's kind of back together again.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:41pm annie:

thanks fuzzy
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:43pm dale:

beast - ewww. but funny.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:44pm Fuzzy:

Thank you annie for bringing it up -- I've been over that bridge a few times before and was looking for a video of the demolition.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:44pm dale:

hopefully a live stream of it going down.
Avatar 6:44pm BigCat:

I made this cheery clip
with a special guest at the end: bit.ly...
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:45pm chris:

how did i miss the eff corruption scandal?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:45pm annie:

it's my favorite bridge in NYS... when we were kids we'd count the "tha-dumps" of the seam-strips across the bridge
  6:45pm JakeGould:

@mrdonutsu: When you say this, “Not only do they get to see the FedEx guys literally tossing packages through the air onto their porch…” it actually plays into an idea I have about a lot of this stuff. Were any of the tossed packages actually broken? Probably not. In fact most packages are tossed and tussled every day without issue.

But thanks too 24/7 monitoring of things, you can now be made to distrust your neighbors and the people who deliver items to you each day. Why trust your neighbors? Trust Google! Or better yet trust Amazon who wants to put traditional package delivery company’s out of business!!!

TRUST NO ONE!!! (Except the company that sold you the product, tho…)
Avatar 6:46pm tak:

Avatar 6:47pm tak:

i... can see it
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:47pm ultradamno:

If the night sky was good enough for Hunger Games obituaries, it's good enough for the Coke bear.
Avatar 6:48pm BigCat:


Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:52pm melinda:

I'd like a Tesla show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:52pm northguineahills:

There are always neighborhood cats and dogs sunning themselves on my porch, so, I just have to go out to give tummy rubs....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:53pm melinda:

Shartify made me laugh out loud.
  6:54pm JakeGould:

FWIW, there actually is a Thomas the Tank Engine transformer toy out there. Easy to find in most any Chinatown in any city. i.ebayimg.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:55pm melinda:

@annie it would be fun to do fake photos for that first and last selfie thing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:55pm ultradamno:

Came across this review of Bandersnatch that observes that the show becomes and exercise in schadenfreude but winds up pretty positive about it: filmschoolrejects.com...
Avatar 6:55pm Sean d:

Mark! I'm still freaked out from when you said something like "Facebook and brains"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:56pm annie:

oh,melinda,i've seen some extremely creative mock-ups...
  Swag For Life Member 6:56pm paulo:

I am not familiar with the argument that EFF is a sellout to Google. footnotes?
Avatar 6:56pm BigCat:

hey good FMU people
in case you're feeling delusional -- er, disillusioned -- start tagging #2019groundswell on TWTR, LI, FB, ...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:57pm dale:

a guy has a youtube channel who bought a dead tesla. his channel is about getting it going and tesla's ( the company) trying to block him every step of the way because they own the software and hardware that makes a tesla car go.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:57pm northguineahills:

Thanks Mark & David!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:59pm Henry in Hopatcong:

I just got a sponsored Facebook post about the Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven show in NYC. I guess my phone was also listening to the interview.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:00pm Mark Hurst:

@paulo - find my interview with Yasha Levine a few months back. Read the playlist links, too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:01pm Mark Hurst:

@Sean - thanks for the clarification :)
@dale - post (or email me) the youtube channel, sounds interesting!
@Henry - nice to see FB surveillance operating so efficiently
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:01pm Mark Hurst:

Thanks, everyone, have a great week!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 7:01pm chresti:

Thanks Mark!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:04pm dale:

mark - it's 'rich rebuilds'
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:06pm dale:

mark - watch this one for the gist of it all

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