Thursday, December 27, 2007
... you may as well as put all of those newly unwrapped mp3 players to use - JaGoFF is giving away our album, "There's One Born Every Minute" for the holidays. Feel free to download your brains out and by all means ... burn & share it. A little bit of funk goes a long way.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
I ran across this great story about how HAM radio operaters are coming to the rescue to those flooded in Northwestern US. What is ironic about all of this is, that with all of our "state of the art" tech, in the end everything comes down to what is a technology that was born in the first half of the 1800's.
For those of you who are not aware, HAM / Shortwave radio was the web, long before the internet arrived (global communications, broadcasts, data transfers). My older brother received one for a gift on his 10th birthday. I remember listening to late night and anonymous conversations taking place somewhere in space - halfway around the world. We would fall asleep to global station ids, insane appalachian preachers, data transfers and space noise. we'd tune in to eastern bloc/communist radio stations and wonder how it was that they could be so "evil & misguided" (please keep in mind, I was a child and the "Cold War" was alive and kicking.
When I was a teenager, I learned how to play "Stairway to Heaven" by turning knobs (BFO Pitch). While I wasn't a techie with it, my experience has been very memorable.
Years later, I dug it out the attic and and hooked it up to some effects processors and ran it thru a dj mixer with some foot pedals. Beyond providing otherworldly broadcasts it produced sweeps that were so ridulously thick and warm. It actually has made it one a couple of our recordings over the years.
The sad thing is that with it being on the road so much over the years, it definitely needs a bit of TLC.
Sorry if this post bored you ... but this was probably the only time that I could ever write about HAM radio. So take that one off of the list.
SUPPORT INDEPENDENT MUSIC OR BE FORCE-FED CRAP!
Download it. Burn it. Share it.
BIG NEWS:To mark the occasion, we have made OUR ENTIRE CD AVAILABLE FREE FOR THE DOWNLOADING. It doesn't get any sexier than that and you can't beat the price. Grab it while you can, it will be up until Sunday. DOWNLOAD IT. Burn it & Share it.
UPDATE: According to the BUY NOTHING DAY site, appearently AdBusters (the force behind BND) has made several attempts to buy commerical airtime on MTV which has refused to air it... from the site, ""MTV, the channel that markets itself to hip youth, has decreed that our Buy Nothing Day public service spot "goes further than we are willing to accept on our channels". Gangsta rap and sexualized, semi-naked school girls are okay, but apparently not a burping pig talking about consumption."
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Over the years and thru this site, we have met and had amazing discussions with some truely great people (both live and virtually). As corny as that sounds, it is simply the truth. And while we would like to thank each of you by individually, it is logistically impossible. You have helped to enrich our lives and we can only hope that we at least made you wiggle in return. Thank you & God bless.
Monday, November 19, 2007
BUY NOTHING DAY – NO PURCHASE NECESSARY
Hey folks, it's that time of year again! This Friday, Nov. 23rd marks the return of "BUY NOTHING DAY". BUY NOTHING DAY is timed to coincide with "Black Friday", which is one of the busiest shopping days of the year, in the US. (The rest of the of the world celebrates BND the following day/Nov 24th). So what do you to participate? Simply do not participate.
So who is invited to the party? Everyone and anyone. You can look at it anyway you want - going green for a day, not falling for the corporate overlord propaganda (this year the Christmas buying brain washing began just before Halloween), maybe you just want to be lazy and chill, or you might be a cheap ass looking for an excuse - well, now you've got one. Celebrate it.
JaGoFF will be celebrating BND by giving you your consumer consumption fix, and offering up the entire JaGoFF CD (via FREE download) on the 23rd-24th. Download it, burn it & give it to your friends.
Want to be part of the fun? It's fun and it's easy. If you do wish to participate on BND, the BUY NOTHING DAY website has some great ideas (along with several posters and stickers that you can download, print and use). You can organize credit card cut-ups, zombie mall marches, give away free samples of nothing, or just gather yourself and a couple hundred of your closest friends to walk around the mall and BUY NOTHING.
If that is too much effort for you ... here are some simple ideas you can do to participate in not paricipating. Go to the library. Read a book. Write a book. Draw. Paint. Listen to music. Record. Spend some quality time with your kids. Perform a free concert. Have a poetry reading. Clean your house or work on that project that has been hanging over your head for the longest time. Donate some time at the local soup kitchen/homeless shelter. Hang out at the beach with your significant other. Cook a meal for your significant other or stay home and get it on. Yup, it is just that easy.
Hmmmmm ... "What would Jesus Buy"?
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
- Out of 15 musical genres, conservatives were more likely than the rest of the respondents to listen to only two of them: country and gospel. What genre are they least likely to listen to, compared to the rest of the respondents? Not punk or hip-hop, as you might expect, but world music. World music is also the music genre where we see the greatest difference between conservatives and liberals.
- Conservatives are the least likely group to listen to jazz (34% vs. 44% vs. 53%) and reggae (8% vs. 20% vs. 26%).
- Over 90% of conservatives said they never enjoy reggae, electronic music or Latin music. Over 95% said they never enjoy world music and punk music.
- Liberals, on the other hand, are more likely than other respondents to enjoy almost every music genre, including world, punk, Latin, hip-hop and rap, blues, reggae, electronica, R&B and soul, jazz, folk and traditional music. Rock was the most popular genre among liberals (67%).
- Although all political types claimed they enjoy classical music, moderates were the least enamored with it (55.5% listen to it compared to almost 62% of the rest of respondents). Moderates also showed their distaste for folk & traditional music (72.5% said they don’t listen to it, compared to 62.4% of the rest of the respondents), and they joined conservatives in their distaste for world music (90% said they don’t listen to it, compared to 71% of liberals.)
- Moderates’ favorite music is rock (58%). Conservatives’ favorite music is classical (60%) followed by country (56%) and rock (55%).
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
We will be recording the audio for a future podcast.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
While the industry remains so far out of touch , they may finally have no other choice but to answer the call if they wish to remain relevant.
The truth is, from an independent artist perspective, who really cares what their fate is - as they have never represented the artist (or the listener) to begin with ... their time has come and is long past it's due date - any artist worth their wieght in dog crap already knows this.
Here is how the Saul Williams/Trent Reznor release is structured: For the cost of your email addy, the listener is allowed to download the entire album (CD artwork and booklet included - yippiiieee) in 192k/mp3/DRM free format! For $5, the listener can choose between 360k/mp3 or the lossless FLAC file. For listener AND artist, this is a win/win situation ... listeners unfamilar with the artist, the free model gets the word out (which leads to more potential sales), while the paying customer gets what they actually pay for. Considering there are no distro, manufacturing, shipping, warehouse and/or inventory cost associated with the download model, the $5 price tag looks to be right on target. Kudos to Trent & Saul for following thru and helping to map the future.
Many thanks to the good folks at TheRecordIndustry.com for the massive amounts of info.
and as always ...
SUPPORT INDEPENDENT MUSIC OF BE FORCE-FED CRAP.
Your ol' pal,
Download it. Burn it. Share it.
if you dig on it...
Buy it. Burn it. Share it.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
As if you needed another reason...
Support independent music or be force-fed crap.
Your ol' pals,
Download it. Burn it. Share it.
if you dig on it...
Buy it. Burn it. Share it.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
As one forum post read, "The defendant has been made a homeless slave to some of the world's biggest companies, and so have we all."
You can continue buying this garbage and supporting these asswipes, or support indie artists, knowing that the money that you're spending is truely going to the artist - in turn, allowing them to create more music. Anything that has ever been empowering for the artist/consumer, that isn't and cannot be controled by these evil bastards is sued, dismantled and destroyed. Look no further than the original Napster, MP3.com and now ... the new enemy in internet radio.
It may have taken the better part of a decade, but thank God that Radiohead, NIN and Prince have FINALLY stepped up to the plate. All these years that we (JaGoFF) were screaming from the mountain tops was beginning to make us feel as though we were the town madmen.
Rest assured ... you can download & share our work for free. You can burn our CD and share it. We won't ever sue you for that. But as with us and any artist out there, if you dig on it - go buy the cd, get the DRM FREE downloads, pick up a t-shirt or check out a show. Just stop supporting the a-holes that are suing you. There is an entire world of truely great independent music for you to explore and that deserve your attention.
Support independent music or be force-fed CRAP.
Download it. Burn it. Share it.
if you dig...
Buy it. Burn it. Share it.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
This time it is a Native American single mother of two from Minnesota that is the target...
Most of the jury apparently doesn't have a firm grasp of the technology:
"Some of the 12 panelists told the judge during jury selection that they lacked basic computer knowledge. Some said they had never been on the internet or don't use it now. None admitted to using a file-sharing network. Five said they had a digital music player and two said they copied a compact disc."<---(thieves!)
So, on the first day of the trial, a Sony BMG Executive helped clear things up by informing the jury that RIPPING A SINGLE SONG AMOUNTS TO THEFT. (She probably would turn in her ex-boyfriend for making her a sappy mix tape too!)
Fortunately though, they seem to be having a heart and are going easy on the defendant:
"The industry in this case is only suing over 25 songs, with damages up to $150,000 per violation, because it doesn't want to exact too big of financial penalties by going for all 1,700, testified Jennifer Pariser, Sony BMG's anti-piracy chief. "The damages would be substantial," she said. "We have no intent in pursing cases like that."
Isn't that nice? :-)
Makes you want to run out and buy records doesn't it?
p.s. on a side note: remember to make sure you don't sing "happy birthday" at your kid's party - public performance of it is copyright infringement.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Check out this classic clip from 1974 if you want to get funked like never before.
(...oh, and don't forget clean underwear!)
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Iraqi governor assassinated
Iraqi governor killed in roadside bombing
Progress in Iraq extremely disappointing -- US ambassador
US envoy says Iraq making poor political progress
US envoy unhappy with Iraq's progress
Female troop deaths in Iraq on pace to top record
'Maliki Government Non-Functional,' Says Armed Services Committee ...
Military Looking At Withdrawal Plans For Iraq
Two Senators Call for New Leader in Iraq
US officials call for al-Maliki to quit
US increases pressure on Iraqi prime minister
Iraqi PM blamed for deadly stalemate
Al-Maliki fails; it's time for new leader in Iraq
Iraq options focus on reducing US role
US senator urges Iraqi PM to quit
Levin, Warner pessimistic on Iraq
Sens. Warner, Levin: a bleak assessment of Iraq's government
Then there's FOX:
Positive Surge Results Don't Quell Calls for Iraq Withdrawal
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
Now we feel safe!
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
-Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
US author, diplomat, inventor, physicist, politician, & printer (1706 - 1790)
Friday, August 3, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Monday, July 23 marks the 40th anniversary of one of the United State’s most destructive riots ever.
History should be a lesson that we must never forget.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
"Damning testimony of Dr Richard Carmona, the surgeon general from 2002 until last year, has revealed that the Bush administration frequently censored him and tried to mould his public statements to fit political goals. He was even ordered to mention President Bush three times on every page of his speeches...
The Bush White House banned the Surgeon General from speaking or issuing reports on stem cells, emergency contraception, sex education, prisons, mental health and international health issues..."
Even the Special Olympics were deemed politically suspect, because they receive considerable support from the Kennedy family"
Damn bleeding hearts!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
While the music industry has been busy vehemently expressing it's outrage (out of fear of losing total control, in our opinion), Prince is laughing all the way to the bank . Simply put... in an industry where seasoned performers are routinely tossed on the trash heap in favor of the latest, autotuned, silicon mannequin - Prince has proven to be more relevant than ever. While the rest of the industry was, and still is, trying to bury it, Prince embraced internet music distribution early on and his past marketing ploys were nothing short of brilliant. Without his foresight, there is little doubt that he would be playing small local summer fests along side other oldies acts. Say what you will about his music, he has proven that he remains a bad ass. Funk 'em if they can't take a joke.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
JaGoFF will be featured on Fearless Radio's "Peace and Pipedreams" show tonight between 7:00pm and 10:00pm thanks to our good friend Jimmy! If you're on the web, you can check it out.
Don't forget clean underwear cuz it's bound to get 7 kinds of nasty...
Peace and love from the Southside of Chicago:
IN FUNK WE TRUST
Dick Durbin said it best: "It was wrong that we didn't stand by the military families who sit at home in anticipation, prayerful anticipation of the next phone call, the next e-mail. It was wrong that so many members of the Senate who boast about supporting our troops wouldn't stand for our troops when the Webb-Hagel amendment gave us a chance."
The real news though is that you can't find it in the news. Only here could we find the transcript.
Read it and weep.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Here's the long infuriating story.
...and it all started with a good conspiracy starring someone we all love to take for granted:
(Wait 'til you read this!)
Oh yeah, and while you haters are at it, you can blame him for these too:
National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act
Safe Drinking Water Act
Clean Air Act
Wholesome Meat Act
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
Freedom of Information Act
Damn liberals ;-)
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
0552 - Origin of Armenian calendar
1832 - Pres Jackson vetoed legislation to re-charter 2nd Bank of US
1862 - US begins construction of Central Pacific Railroad
1863 - Battle of Charleston, SC (Morris Island) [->SEP 06]
1863 - Battle of Jackson, MS - captured by federals [->JUL 16]
1890 - Wyoming becomes 44th state of US (1st with female suffrage)
1892 - 1st concrete-paved street built (Bellefountaine, Ohio)
1917 - Emma Goldman imprisoned for obstructing draft
1919 - Pres Wilson personally delivers Treaty of Versailles to Senate
1910 - Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park opens, visiting Browns win 2-0
1925 - Jury selection took place in John T Scopes evolution trial
1933 - 1st police radio system operated, Eastchester Township, NY
1938 - Howard Hughes flies around the world in 91 hours
1940 - Battle of Britain began as Nazi forces attacked by air (114 days)
1942 - Himmler orders sterilization of all Jewish woman in Ravensbruck Camp
1949 - 1st practical rectangular TV tube announced-Toledo, Oh
1956 - 650,000 US steel workers go on strike
1956 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
1962 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
1962 - Telstar, 1st geosynchronous communications satellite, launched
1962 - Martin Luther King Jr arrested during demonstration in Georgia
1965 - Rolling Stones score their 1st #1, "I Can't Get No Satisfaction"
1966 - US launches Orbiter 1 to the Moon
1972 - Democratic convention opens in Miami Beach Florida (McGovern)
1973 - Bahamas declares Independence from UK and adopts constitution
1979 - Chuck Berry sentenced to 4 months for $200,000 in tax evasion
1985 - French agents sink Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior in NZ
1981 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1975 - Gladys Knight and Pips Summer Series premieres on NBC-TV
Monday, July 9, 2007
Scientists looking for alien life have been recently encouraged to think outside the box in part because of what has recently been discovered right here on planet Earth.
Today's lesson will be covering Extraterrestrials vs. Extremophiles!
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
It has been reported that Marines in North Carolina drank water contaminated by dry cleaning fluid for 30 years (as many as 75,000 people).
"...the effects of consumers' exposure to drinking water contaminated with PCE are not known. Some health studies have found adverse effects in occupational settings. However, exposure to PCE alone typically does not mean a person will experience adverse health effects," the CDC said.
Especially if that necessitates medical treatment.
Once again, supporting our troops comes up as a pathetically empty gesture.
Ring a bell?
Okay class... Now say it with us:
"9/11 first responders".
Monday, June 25, 2007
After getting off to a great start with the astounding limitations on the rights of employees to seek legal remedies for past employment discrimination and the radical about-face on the Congressional effort to ban a type of abortion-- the new face of the US Supreme Court once again showed how truly fugly it is today!
Where do we even begin?
First there was a ruling that benefits business in an environmental dispute over endangered species.
Another ruling weakens the court's prior precedent regarding campaign finance law in support of Wisconsin Right to Life (i.e. "free" speech if you can afford it).
Next, in a move that many feel violates the seperation of church and state, the court ruled that U.S. taxpayers lack legal standing to challenge a White House initiative that gives religious charities federal money... (which is only fair seeing as how religious types have to pay taxes toward stem cell research).
...and last but not least, a high school kid lost his fight for student free speech involving a silly banner:
There will be no bong hits for Jesus after all.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
-- Thomas Jefferson, Jan. 16, 1787
In an unprecedented move, the agency that oversees postal rates in the United States has approved a plan that would unravel much of what the founding fathers accomplished. Earlier this year, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) rejected a postal rate increase plan offered by the U.S. Postal Service. Instead they opted to implement a modified version of an extraordinarily complicated plan submitted by media giant Time Warner...
...The Time Warner plan represents another step (albeit a giant step) in the gradual reversal of the Founders' public service principles of supporting democracy through the postal service.
Stop the Rate Hikes, Stand Up for Independent Media:
Send a Letter to Congress and the Postal Service.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
From stupid to scary.
The following excerpt regarding ridiculous patents that have actually been granted is from www.thelawyer.com:
"The McDonald's patent for "method and apparatus for making a sandwich" is hard to beat for shear legal overkill. Imagine Jamie Oliver saying: "The food worker removes the sandwich filling 38, which may be cold or unheated, from a refrigerated source, for example, from the flash steamer, and places it on top of sandwich S optionally with cheese 42." Mouthwatering.
Remember, always consult your local IP litigator before making a cheese sandwich at home. The last thing you need is an expensive patent dispute against McDonald's."
That is where we stumbled upon the motherload that is www.patentlysilly.com - enjoy.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
The future of file sharing gives a whole new meaning to the old saying "think before you speak" (hopefully that isn't under copyright protection).
Just don't let the record industry anywhere near it!
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
It seems as though movies will now also be rated R for... smoking.
JaGoFF made it on the WGN News and CLTV last night, for their coverage of LOOPTOPIA !!!.
Thanks to all of you that came out to the JaGoFF performance @ MF Chicago's LOOPTOPIA party. The turn-out was absolutely amazing, we reached capacity (our apoligies to those of you who missed out). Bottom line is that it had to be the best stage we ever played on, period. How often can you throw a party, on the loading dock of a landmark, Louis Sullivan building for you and a couple thousand people on the streets of Chicago and bomb the bass to such ridiculous levels? (We could be heard 3 blocks away). Ha Ha. Let alone, have a massive trash compactor and a hundred surveillance cameras as part of the stage set-up. Everyone involved threw down amazing sets.
Our dressing room was the entire Carson, Pirie, Scott Dept Store - it was very creepy, as it was completely empty, so we explored all 4 floors and sub-basements. We were expecting to see some ghosts. Maybe we will see some when we get the photos back.
There were a whole load of news crews out and about, so we are certain that it will be popping up here and there.
In terms of the overall event, there were so many shows that we wanted to catch, but time simply did not allow it. The city streets were still teaming with people at 2am. With the weather being so cool, we were thinking that the crowd would have been thin, pleased to see that we were wrong. We are certain that it will be around again next year.
The city threw one hell of a party last night. Kudos to the City of Chicago, Mayor Daley and the crew of MF Chicago for throwing such an amazing bash.
... one last note: This was our last performance with Mistress Kimchee Love, who is moving to Hawaii to start a new life. Thanks for some of the craziest shows, performances and memories, thank God for video and photos. We wish you the absolute best. That was one helluva send off!
... and last, but certainly not least, many thanks to Phat Tony for busting his ass to get to the show for another installment of incredible photos. the results of which, will be posted asap.
Video coverage can be found on:
WGN Click on "Looptopia" in the video player.
CLTV Click on "Chicago holds first all-night Looptopia" in the video player.
Our heros at TheRecordIndustry.com have asked us to write a series of articles, covering current issues in the industry that we just love to hate. This looks like the beginning of a beautiful relationship. How could we say no? Below is the first of many ramblings to come.
Used CD Stores Under Fire
So you have filled up your iPod/MP3 Player and have decided to clean out the closet to get rid of all that dead weight. Piles of old CD that haven't seen the light of day for years, much of the music you've outgrown a decade ago. So you bust out the broom, cut open the cardboard boxes and sift thru the mess. Some of the CDs you decide to keep, most are going to the second hand store to fill up the tank with $4/gallon gas and rent money. You lug your way to the used CD store and place the box of cds on the counter. Not so fast .
The stoned store clerk, asks to see your ID, collects your personal information and prompts you for your fingerprints. Your eyes dart around the room and wait for the S.W.A.T. team to bust thru the door ... to add insult to injury, you are then informed that you cannot receive any cash for the transaction and must settle for an in-store credit - you know you gotta line some pockets. Somebody needs a royalty and daddy needs a new pair of alligator shoes.
Sound ridiculous? Well, it would if it wasn't happening. It seems that our friends in the "recording industry" have finally gotten what they have been gunning for. After failed attempts to collect royalties on second-hand CD sales and never content with "first-sale doctrine" - they have been squeezing the balls of Mom & Pop and CD resale shops for years.
Facing declining CD sales coupled with years of resistance to adopt a consumer friendly format, not to be outdone by suing everybody under the sun - . the recording industry has added a new low to their bag of dirty tricks, (under the guise of piracy - naturally). Pawn shop laws "designed" to stop the sale of bootleg and stolen merchandise are now rearing their ugly head in Florida, Utah, Rhode Island, Wisconsin. In some cases, taking it to the extreme forcing resellers to pay a $10,000 bond and hold the CDs for a "waiting period" of 30 days until they can be resold. One of my favorite record stores (in Chicago's Hyde Park) closed their doors a couple of years ago, as a direct result of this ridiculousness.
Never mind that the CD is over a quarter century old and is on it's deathbed. Never mind that we are now in a digital singles driven market and ringtone sales are thru the roof. Never mind that there is an entire, post-Napster, generation who have never bought a CD in their lives and view them, as my generation did the cassette tape and 8-track. Never mind the fact that music buying is purely a disposable income purchase, that now finds itself competing with movies, DVDs, tech gadgets and video games - which will all make it to the crap pile faster than you can say Colecovision. And oh yes, then there that thing known as the cost of living.
This new legislation will, no doubt, wipe out whatever exists of the brick and mortar, mom & pops and leave responsibilities of selling to the big box stores, sporting an ever shrinking selection of music to the consumer. This, in turn, will only drive down sales further, at which point, they will have to find a new scape goat. Sooner or later they are going to run out of boogie men.
Support indie music or be force-fed crap.
This will be our first Chicago performance in almost a year ... so, come party with us and a couple hundred thousand of our closest friends THIS FRIDAY, MAY 11TH, on the streets of Downtown Chicago at the incredible premiere of LOOPTOPIA - the party is FREE and goes from dusk till dawn ...
JaGoFF will be playing several tracks from our upcoming album and will be supported by the MF Chicago video gang, along with our lovely dancers and the whole crew. This performance is bittersweet, as we bid a fond farwell to Mistress Kimchee Love, who is packing her bags for Hawaii, just hours after her performance. That said, bring your cameras because who knows what tricks she has up her black latex thigh highs. Please come by and wish her well. At this time, we would also like to thank the deliciously evil Clandestina, who after joining the JaGoFF crew onstage for several past performances, has left the country for a new life in Mexico City. We will miss you and wish you all the best.
And now on with the show...
JaGoFF will be performing on the
MFchicago Showcase Stage
We will be transforming the loading dock of the old Carson's building (Just east of State St. at Madison) into an electronic dance and visual spectacle. Each music act is either a live AV show or accompanied by live video artists.
5pm - 11pm
with VJs Big mini & 3pHaze
with VJs pixeldixie & Mason Dixion
DJ Adonis TFU
with Video Janitor
From the site:
Premiering May 11, LOOPTOPIA will be America's first dusk-to-dawn cultural and artistic spectacle showcasing the vibrancy and excitement of Chicago's historic Loop neighborhood through musical and theatrical performances, unique shopping and dining opportunities, indoor programs, outdoor exhibitions, architectural tours, artistic installations and mesmerizing light displays.
As many of you who read our posts, may know ... internet radio is under serious threat of being wiped out - courtesy of your not so friendly neighborhood RIAA (the recording industry lobby). "The strategy of playing only non-RIAA songs won't work though because the RIAA has secured the right to collect royalties on all songs regardless of who controls the copyright. RIAA operates under the assumption that they will collect the royalties for the "sound recording copyright" and that the artists who own their own copyright will go to SoundExchange to collect at a later date."
To make a long story short - we were forwarded this form letter that is fairly simple to use and send off to your Congressional representative.
Thus far, the public and artistic outcry against this downright dirty, money grab seems to be picking up steam, as quite a few Congressmen and women have co-sponsored the bill opposing this absolute ridiculousness.
While the momentum is certainly growing, this fight is far from over and WE SINCERELY NEED YOUR HELP! Let the entertainment lobby know that they cannot continue to walk all over your/our rights, as artists and consumers. READ, FILL OUT & SEND THE LETTER BELOW. And please, feel free to repost.
Support indie music or be force fed crap.
(A big shout out to our buddys Mike Arkus, DangerDoom & Gene Leone for keeping this issue out there.) ==============================================
Look up your representative and e-mail them this:
Dear [put their name here]
As one of your valuable constituents, I urge you to please look into this. It's urgent. The future of independent music and small radio stations on the Internet is at stake.
Internet Radio Equality Act, H.R. 2060,
Introduced April 26 by Washington Democrat Jay Inslee and Illinois Republican Donald Manzullo. The law would nullify the CRB's ruling and put webcasting on the same footing as satellite radio -- that is, with a royalty rate of .33 cents per listener-hour or 7.5 percent of total revenue, chosen by the provider. (According to estimates by tech site BetaNews, AOL would owe $916,000 for 2006 under H.R. 2060, as opposed to $23.7 million under the CRB's scheme.) July 15 may seem a ways off -- until this Tuesday the deadline was May 15 -- but Maloney and McSwain urge everyone to call their representatives in Congress now.
[Put your name here]
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Researchers in the US say they have firm evidence that apes communicate using gestures - shedding light on the development of human language.
Although all primates use vocal and facial expressions to communicate, only the great apes - chimpanzees, bonobos, orang-utan and gorillas - use gestures as well, an ability they share with humans.
Monday, April 30, 2007
For those of you who think that playing only music authorized by independent artists would bypass the big dogs, think again. "The strategy of playing only non-RIAA songs won't work though because the RIAA has secured the right to collect royalties on all songs regardless of who controls the copyright. RIAA operates under the assumption that they will collect the royalties for the "sound recording copyright" and that the artists who own their own copyright will go to SoundExchange to collect at a later date."
Whether you are an indie or not, the way the deal is structured, makes no difference.
Time to get off your ass before it's too late.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
I (Sir Real) just had a flashback of my own and thumbed thru the "Acid Hits 50 ... The 50th Anniversary of LSD Issue" of REACTOR Magazine #6 (4/93) that we (David Prince, Little Green Matt, Kevin Martin and myself as Sir Real) put out on the Chicago streets back in the early 1990's, ("somewhat monthly") - it now looks a bit crude, but at the time it was the shit. Some of you around from back in the day, might still remember it. So many of the names & events in there bring back fond memories ... Mystic Bill, Derrick Carter, Miles Maeda, Drop Bass Network, Josh Werner, Hyperactive, DJ Heather, James Johnson, Tom Pazen, Drew, Mr. Bill, Jethro X, Jedidiah, Phantom 45, DieselBoy, Frankie Bones, Adam X, Terry Mullan, Psychosis, Ripe, Incredibeets, Rejoice, Further, and the of course Even Further.
For those that actually had a copy: I had forgotten all about that ridiculous Sir Real "Acid Hits 50" double-size pullout poster in the middle of the magazine. I saw that thing hanging on so many apartment walls - even years later. Most by that point, had been bleached by the sun and were grease stained - but they were up still up. Looking at it now, it was pretty creepy. Haha. What was I thinking? Whew!!!
If I can find the original digital copy laying around somewhere (if it still exists at all), I will post it at some point. Don't get too excited though, it was done on a 486 33Mhz system with no video board, so the whole thing was a guessing game. Too much fun.
Ahhh, the good ol' daze. Little did I know that I would grow up to be a JaGoFF. Ha Ha.
Since I have it in front of me, I figured I may as well type out the table of contents from the issue, it will probably be the last you see of it.
Interview with graff artists:
Gerb, Futura 2000 and Stash.
Meat Beat Manifesto
Sheep on Drugs
Acid Hits Fifty:
A History of LSD
Still On Top of His Game:
Terrence McKenna's Trip
SPIN CYCLE: 04/1993
The monthly DJ Spins:
Dajae - You Got Me Up
Planet Love - Structure
R-Tyme - use Me
Martha Wash - Runaround
BMC - Night at the M
50% - Thight Up
Workin' Happily - EP
Lonnie Gordon - Bed Mood
Serro Unique - EP
Fabulon - Say Anything
DJ Heather the Female Preacher:
Funkdoobiest - Bow Wow Wow
Boss - Deeper
Black Madness - Igplay Atinlay
Run DMC - Down with the King
Digable Planets - Where I'm From
Brand Nubian - Pass The Gat
Groove Garden - Your Not Coming Home
Mad Kap Loud - Da Whole Kit and Kaboodle
Pete Rock and CL Smooth - It's Not a Game
Showbiz - Bounce Ta This
N.S.E. - Life's So Bright
Direct 2 Disc - Don't Stop
Family of Few - Interroles
Brian Transeau - Moment of Truth
Ghetto Bros - Musik EP
Morenas - Hazme Sonar
Stealth Sonic Soul - Apollo
Tribeka - This Side Up
Gayle Lynne - Rain Comes Down on Me
Subterranean Mascots - Love Can't Wait
Jouie - Blackgoose
Deep Blue by Exodus to Paradise
OK Armando - ANON
Monkey Forrest - X-Tatic
Why Don't Ya - OHM
Keep Givin' Me Love - Jazz 'n Groove
My Life in the Bush
Topcat - Timeless
The Moment of Truth - Brian Transeu
Yup. That was April of 1993.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
so we've been working on the new CD for the last year or so, after mulling around a dozen names for a possible title, we finally settled on the name, "One Nation Underdog" which we thought fit perfectly. We were well on the way, had the artwork in the works, etc., etc....
On Friday, we get an e-mail from one of our friends...
It seems Disney (of all things) is using it as a tagline for the new Underdog movie. Now, ain't that a bitch.
Guess, we will have to make room for another song on the record.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
For those of you who don't know, here is a little history on one of the most influential guitarists in the history of American music.
"Maggot Brain is perhaps the definitive musical statement by Funkadelic, and the titular track's ten-minute guitar solo is Eddie Hazel's defining moment, and the one piece of music for which he has remained a legend." (wikipedia)
We will forever be grateful for the gift that Eddie Hazel gave to the World.
Much love to his wife Brenda.
Monday, April 9, 2007
For those of you in the Marketing Dept. at Chicago's Columbia College, Sir Real of JaGoFF will be giving a lecture on "Culture-Jamming and Guerilla Marketing Tactics" on Monday at around 6PM. If you have ever attended any of his past speaking engagements, you know things get down and dirty. For those of you unable to attend, we are currently editing past speaking engagements into a series of podcasts that we plan on making available through TheRecordIndustry.com soon.
Until then ... DIY or DIE.
Support Indie Music or be force-fed crap.
"Don't believe the hype." or We have seen the light ...
This is truely one of the most laughable pieces of news that we have run across in a quite long time. A group of "major labels" are now telling bands not to send in demos but to set up blogs and music on a site sanctioned by the labels themselves. To add insult to injury they try to play it off as if they are doing a service to the planet by saying that it is a waste of plastic. Ha!
Collectively, the "record industry" have been staunch & militant copy-proctection advocates, locking up music thru DRM, lawsuits, some even taking the extreme measure of infecting consumer computers. By stifling technologies under the guise of piracy, they continue to crap on the rights of both artists and consumers alike.
While they continue to restrict policy ... now they want us to do their work for them? Masked in a fantasy that, we the artist, can get a "record deal"?
So what's in a record deal???
Well, if you are "lucky" enough to get signed, first prize is that you lose all rights to your music "throughout the universe and in perpetuity." - um .... that means FOREVER. In addition, you also get the chance at losing the controlling interest to your publishing. Sound exciting??? We're not thru yet!!! You also get the opportunity to give the labels your income from your touring, your merch sales, plus any and all forms of digital distribution (with the added bonus that they get to sue your fans on your behalf and collect money that will never be paid to you). And that's just the beginning!!!
Yes, you can have all this and more for a $200,000 advance (loan) that must be paid back (with interest) not to mention the fact that some of the revenue generated won't even go to recoup your supposed costs (hey, like we said: it's not as though the publishing belongs to you... or the money from digital downloads, or your merchandise, or your name, image and likeness for that matter. You should've read between the lines before you signed on the dotted one).
If you are a failure and under-perform (sell less than one million copies), maybe you will get dropped from the roster if you're one of the fortunate ones. Too bad your music is no longer yours though.
What a deal!
"Don't believe the hype..."
DIY or DIE.
Support indie music of be force-fed crap.
Sunday, April 8, 2007
US peace activists said Friday they plan to skip the traditional egg-role and stage an Easter "cluster-bomb" hunt outside the White House to demand that Washington implement a ban on the deadly munitions.
Saturday, April 7, 2007
Friday, April 6, 2007
Thursday, April 5, 2007
At least this is better than snorting them (as Keith Richards recently claimed to do with a loved one).
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Monday, April 2, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
The RIAA (Recording Assocication of America) has been voted "THE WORST COMPANY IN AMERICA 2007" beating out Halliburton and a host of others. We stand utterly , dumbfounded as to what could possibly make people despise the RIAA so much. It remains a mystery to us. Shame on you for being such bad consumers!
Now go out and get that "record deal" !!!
Support Indie Music or be force-fed crap!
Your ol' pals, JaGoFF
Download it. Burn it. Share it.
if you dig...
Buy it. Burn it. Share it.
We won't sue your a$$.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
over half a million people have died with twice that many having been mamed, injured or orphaned. Meanwhile, in the "real world", Halliburton is moving to Dubai, New Orleans is still in ruins, Britney's gone bald, Anna Nicole died leaving a dozen people fighting for her baby and "Dancing with the Stars" starts tonight...
Now that's progress.
...and this says it ALL!
PRAYING TO THE PUMP at the WAILING WELL:
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
March 23 -25th / MIAMI
Following the success of last year's over the top, raunch fest, FREAKEND : MIAMI has invited JaGoFF back again. This year's outing is scheduled on land for the first 24 hours and day 2 takes us into international waters ... so bring plenty of sun-screen and and all of your favorite toys. Expect massive booty, bass and even more booty - it's gonna be a dripping wet, pretty mess.
For those members attending here's the lowdown n' dirty:
JaGoFF performing LIVE
w/ - Lady J &. Teacher's Pet strappin' on the big boss.
Fetish Fashion Show.
Naked sushi buffet.
The legendary banana eating contest.
Cherry Jello Wrestling Smackdown
w/ guest referee Dildo: The World's Happiest Clown.
A naughty buffet of Honey, Strawberries, Whipped Cream, Banannas, Chocolate Syrup, Cherries, Cucumbers & Ice Cubes will be provided for your delicious pleasure. It's all you can eat - Hope your hungry. ;)
12" inch bootytech marathon.
PLUS, everything that you have come to know and love in one deliciously discreet and sinfully secluded location.
Fri, March 23rd:
7PM - Gates Open.
8PM-10PM - Lick to get to know you better & Naked Sushi Buffet
10PM - Gates close. Let the festivities begin.
11PM - Jello Wrestling Smackdown.
1AM - JaGoFF
2AM - Fetish Fashion Show
3AM - ? Bootytech until sunrise.
Sat, March 24th:
10AM - Breakfast is served.
12PM - All aboard The Love Boat
1PM - The Love Boat leaves for open sea.
3PM - Meet your NEW Mommy.
8PM - Festish Ball until sunrise.
11PM - JaGoFF performs
Sun, March 25th:
9AM - Freakend arrives back on land.
What to bring:
Lotion (all flavors)
Latex (all colors)
Toys (all sizes)
Extra batteries (rechargable = better)
10 Gallon Hats!
any & all toys welcome.
Once the gates lock at 10PM, no entry will be allowed. Members are welcome to leave at anytime, however there is no re-entry. No exceptions.
As always, Freakend is a themed, MEMBERS ONLY EVENT, 21 and OVER and NO CAMERAS PLEASE (this includes cellphones!). What happens at Freakend, stays at Freakend. Sorry, ONLY TICKET HOLDING MEMBERS will be allowed entry. Their rules, not ours. See your A$$E$ there.
We're gonna FUNK you up!
Friday, March 16, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Thursday, March 8, 2007
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Many thanks to the folks at TheRecordIndustry.com for turning us on.
Support indie music or be force-fed crap!
Thursday, March 1, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Happy Valentine's Day by the way, better get back to that hot date.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Now that it has become standard music business practice to sue your customer base ( over 18,000 served , thus far) while those who legally purchase product are punished, or at best are stuck with product which sports copy protection and is locked up tighter than a misquito's ass.
Nevermind the fact that the CD, now over a quarter century old, is well past it's expiratioin date. Nevermind the fact that, inferior sound quality, digital music downloads and ringtones sales have been skyrocketing - and generate nothing but PURE PROFIT for the label (beyond the recording and marketing costs - there are no manufacturing, production, printing, inventory, returns, vinyl breakage, shipping or distribution costs). One digital copy is as good as 100 million. Nevermind the fact that the artist, on the label sees pennies per download - if they are lucky (which, of course, all goes back to the label to recoup "costs" and expenses ).
Unfortunately, we are in a climate of pre-fab garbage, where artistic expression, by and large, is null and void ... where the main concern in "the industry" is now, "Can I sell this as a ringtone?". For the independent and depending on the situation - this can be a very different story indeed ...
With today's technology, there is nothing holding an artist back that has the balls (or ovaries) to do it on their own terms - it is simply, the decision to go DIY rather than becoming an indentured servant. Both artist and listener deserve far better than that. It is happening by inches every day. There is nothing stopping someone from creating a masterpiece in their bedroom and instantly turning around and selling hundreds of thousans of units and reaping the rewards, while giving the listener something that is worth spending their hard-earned money - but more importantly, investing their precious time.
When mass culture wakes up and realizes that they are being brainwashed by a corporate culture that sells them brand name "performers" on the morning & evening news, who are more talented at flashing their genitals in public than creating something worth listening value, maybe things will change. For now, we have reached a new high in low and anything less is status quo.
Alright, enough of the ranting.
You can thank these folks for the inspiration for today's dive off of the deep end.
As always ...
Support Independent Music or be force-fed crap.
Download it. Burn it. Share it.
if you dig it...
Buy it. Burn it. Share it.
What do you think of the record industry?
'nuff said. Indeed.