Andy Gill busting on Dave Allen, 2015:
Gang of Four Have Been Taking the Piss Out of Pop Culture Since 1979:
"His main point is that he doesn't think musicians should get paid," says Andy Gill, laying into his ex-bandmate turned digital music guru Dave Allen, now an artist relations specialist at iTunes. "He thinks music should be free. And when you actually push him on that, he comes up with things like, 'Earn some money on ringtones.' Literally." Sniggers ripple across Andy's new band members. "So what better person to work for Apple, having come from Gang of Four," he concludes of his ex-comrade, "although so briefly."
To be fair to Dave Allen, that last "briefly" dig at him lands slightly off the mark. The bassist, who quit suddenly during a 1981 US tour, played on both Entertainment! and Solid Gold, the two Gang of Four records the world at large cares about.
The press response was predictably confused: 'XTC meets G4NG' should mean herky-jerky agitprop or a bleak industrial take on the Beatles, surely? Not this understated, deeply arty, bottom-heavy and lyrically inscrutable piece of weirdness, edging -with 'here comes my handclap' -into avant-garde difficulty.
An hilarious flame-war took place in the NME between Dave and Andy Gill (shades of me and Andy Partridge). Dave had accused the G4NG -in one of the recent articles, and in response to the inevitable 'why did you leave?' question, of lacking ideological commitment.
When 'Tench' came out, of course, Gill retaliated: 'Dave dares to raise the banner of ideology then releases an album about a fish' he fumed. The Two Headed, Revisionist Running-Tench that he clearly was.
"I'm infuriated, I'm angry," San Francisco Recreation & Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg told KTVU Tuesday. "Over the weekend, some idiots broke into the construction site and did about $100,000 worth of damage."
Ginsburg said intruders stole a construction cart, hotwired it and did donuts on a newly sodded field, damaging a new irrigation system.
Vandals also tagged the cement roof of the park's new storage facility and even lit a campfire in a corner of that facility to roast s'mores, leaving behind marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers.
I'm not going to SXSW this year for the reasons I outlined in my SXSW RIP post. TL/DR: much worse curation, worse scheduling and massive price increase means it's not worth my effort and time.
As such, I'm not sure I'm even going to bother doing the deathmarch through this pile of MP3s this year, since I expect that rather than finding new artists from all over the world (like it used to be) I'm instead going to find a bunch of established, signed artists from LA who already have soundtrack and TV commercial deals (like last year).
Interestingly, the creators of the torrent found it less difficult to create this year, because unlike last year, SXSW is back to posting MP3s instead of hosting everything on Soundcloud, wrapped in tasty DRM for your protection and convenience.
Why might that be? Might it be because someone stopped paying? Might it be because this year, Soundcloud is no longer on the "Super Sponsors" list on their front page? Hmmm?
McDonald's Esurance AT&T By Southwest.
If you're going, you might find my SXSW Scraper useful, though I haven't tried it against the 2015 web site. It will probably require patching.