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The actions and arguments of the Recording Industry Association of America and some of its most powerful members exemplify a complete and utter disregard and contempt for the interests and behavior of musicians, independent record labels, and, most importantly, the music-buying public. The RIAA seeks to regulate the behavior of consumers and actors in a free market via unreasonable means and at their expense, financially and otherwise. Its claims of supporting "creative vitality" and "artists' rights" are disengenuous, as the RIAA represents the corrupt and exclusionary oligopoly of major record labels, Hollywood film studios, and corporate entertainment media outlets. That certain "indie" labels have membership in this association is not indicative of an RIAA looking out for their best interests.

Among our grievances...

The RIAA and the aforementioned colluding oligopolists are enemies of music and of consumer rights, therefore we at Brainwashed.Com call for the immediate dismantling of the RIAA.

  1. We call for all recording artists and independent labels that are currently members of the RIAA to immediately separate from this group in an act of protest, hopefully to form a more progressive association that better represents their interests.
  2. We call on music lovers worldwide not to purchase the products of major record labels and to ask others to do the same.
  3. We call on individuals who own stock in the oligopolists cited above, in mutual funds or otherwise, to divest immediately and refuse to invest further.
  4. We call on the United States Congress to halt all ruling on DMCA until there are more organizations at the table deciding these laws which apply to the entire music industry.

The undersigned individuals agree with these statements and stand with Brainwashed.Com in solidarity against the RIAA.

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Review of the Day

Nada Surf, "The Proximity Effect"
It's the same story we've all heard countless times. Band has hit single on MTV Buzz Bin. Band's album does reasonably well in US, selling a couple hundred thousand copies. Label wants new record to capitalize on success. Band goes into studio, records album far superior to first record, but artistically more challenging. Label says they don't hear a single. They want a song that sounds a lot like the big hit single. Band balks, and asks to be let out of contract. Label agrees, but holds on to rights to album, making it hard for band to release it. It seems the label in this story always seems to be Elektra, by the way, and it is in this case. The band this time is Nada Surf, and the album is the recently released "The Proximity Effect," originally scheduled for release in 1998. The album was available on import for a while, as, curiously, Elektra DID release it in Australia. But now, the record gets it's domestic debut, with a few changes. It's missing their cover of "Why Are You So Mean To Me?" that was on the import, but they add an original bonus track to take its place. It also features some multimedia content. But what about the songs? Nada Surf's big hit, the quirky and funny but otherwise totally forgettable high school anthem "Popular," gave no indication of where this band could go musically. "The Proximity Effect" is a tour-de-force record, showing off the strengths of the band members brilliantly. From the opening track, "Hyperspace," the listener is introduced to the new Nada Surf. More high-energy than slacker, more melodic than speakeasy, and better songwriting than before, the band is musically light years beyond "high/low." and Matthew Caws' voice sounds great. They do it all here: high speed rockers, angry tell-offs with loud power chords, gorgeous slow power pop, and mid-tempo rockers with a message. It's a fantastic album, and well worth your hungry ears. Since the band released it on their own label, it may be hard to find, but that just makes you appreciate it more, doesn't it?



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