Stuff White People Like #93, Music Piracy

“When (not if) you see a white male with a full iPod, ask him if all of his music is legal. If he does not immediately launch into a diatribe about his right to pirate music, you might have to nudge him a bit by saying “do you think that’s right?” The response will be immediate and uniform.”

So gold. (via Kevmo)

New Ladytron: Black Cat

New Ladytron track Black Cat available at MySpace. Coming to a town near you this summer. Coming to a town near me in June, on the heels of the release of Velocifero. (via Big Stereo, where an mp3 of the new track awaits your downloading.)

Morrissey “That’s How People Grow UP” video

To coincide with yet another compilation, Morrissey has released this new single as the featured track on his new Greatest Hits record. I haven’t the faintest idea how this compilation differs from all the others, but have no doubt that Morrissey knows how to milk a market share (“reissue, repackage…”, never mind). His star has re-risen in the past few years more out of nostalgic sympathy than an actual resurgence of good records, though You Are the Quarry had its moments. I will give the man his props for performance, however, as his live show is still a rocking affair, replete with all the required Smiths gems as well as his own equally substantive early solo singles. But “That’s How People Grow Up” is a phoned-in single. With its surprisingly meaty guitars and aggressive back beat, Morrissey feigns his beleaguered angst in a laboriously un-catchy chorus that amounts to little more than nebulous twaddle. Ugh. The video is amusing only because it showcases those lifeless twits that scamper on stage desperately in an attempt to hug the aged vegan. I have a feeling that when Morrissey watches the footage back he laughs at them all.

Kristin Hersh debuts performance piece in UK

kristen_hirsch If you’re a Throwing Muses fan or at least even quasi-familiar with Kristin Hersh’s solo material, then you’re well aware that her mental anguish is serious if not altogether frightening. Well, Hersh has made strides battling mental illness over the past two decades, and she’s put together a spoken-word performance piece entitled “Paradoxical Undressing”, which debuted in the UK this week. The text from the show is excerpted verbatim from Hersh’s forthcoming memoirs, which recounts her life in the music industry as well as her infamous battle with mental illness. Quoth Hersh, “I thought I’d have to be dead or at least very old before I wrote ‘memoirs’, but re-reading diary entries from my teenage years, I realized I wanted to hear these essays voiced. They’re my stories, so my choice of actors was limited!”