30-Apr-2007 (Mon) Wherein topics include the under-21 permits, band photos, youtube, and the death of internet radio.

First things first: I'm sure you're all wondering what's going on with the under-21 thing. I'm sure of this because I've gotten a bunch of emails from people wanting to know what they can do to help, or who to write letters to... Well, we're still figuring that out. We've been getting advice from some people who know their way around situations like this, and we're working on our strategy. Our advisers are advocating a quieter, more political approach than what we did last time around. This goes against my instincts, of course, since I'm more of a frontal-assault, "let justice be done though the heavens fall" kind of guy. But we're going to give that a shot first. If and when the time comes for public outcry and letter-writing, you will certainly read it here first... Thanks for the support!

Photos are up of a few recent shows: Betty X, The Lovemakers, and The Nice Device. You probably didn't know The Lovemakers were playing here, because that was at a private party for CNet. And apparently there was a gargoyle that night: this guy with a camera on his head who webcasts his life was there. (Too bad his video clips don't play for me...)

Speaking of, there's now a DNA Lounge YouTube user and group, which is our attempt to catalog the videos that customers have posted of our past events. If you've shot video here, add it to the group!

I've also gone back and embedded some videos into some of the older photo galleries. There were more than a hundred of them, so I'm not going to list them all here; it'll be easier for you to find them by just clicking on the DNA user anyway.

And... webcasting still under assault, yadda yadda. There has been a new bill introduced in Congress that would make the license fees charged to Internet radio stations be similar to the fees charged to, e.g., satellite radio stations, instead of much, much higher: if this bill passes, the fees will be a percentage of revenues instead of a fee per song per user. Rusty from SomaFM has a good, brief explanation of the situation. Support H.R. 2060, the Internet Radio Equality Act.

2 Responses:

  1. Because I'm a grammar fiend, I couldn't let this typo go unchallenged:

    wherein a topics.

  2. dasht_brk says:

    Some romantic part of my mind wants to think of the whole bruhaha as, well, kind of Mayberry. Quaint. And, with luck, ultimately to the benefit of all.

    Ok, on the one hand, we have all of these totally legitimate philosophical theories about the nature of regulation, private property, law enforcement, yadda yadda yadda.

    And, on the other hand, on the ground, let's be real: we get all these legacy technicalities in the law and, in practice, they often wind up just being the mechanism that forces there to be a, well, conversation.

    Club owners and cops, I think we all recognize, at the end of the evening, pretty much have each other's backs. You know that. They know that. Your bouncers know that. Your bartenders and wait-staff know that. And, heck, probably 90% of your patrons know that. The beat cops in your neighborhood know that. But there's only so many ways to really talk about it, in an official capacity, without running afoul of this or that legal gotcha. And this is, really, their last chance for quite a while to insist on that conversation.

    Is a club more or less work for the cops? A net plus or minus to civil order? It can obviously go either way: "plus" when the resulting street life and economic activity contribute to vitality, eyeballs on the scene, numbers of responsible stakeholders, etc.; "minus" when it's just a cheap gin-joint happy to take anyone's money so long as there's a net profit. What's your orientation, particularly in light of the original licensing process sunshine your fame cast? Well, I know, and you know, Mr. Whitehat, but... don't act so surprised that sheriff Andy wants to raise the question with a throaty cough.

    I'll bet you get the license, in the end (sexual imagery unintended and completely denied). Chin up, hang in there, and don't forget to tip your hat like a proper gent. And, to the thin blue line folks: get real -- your resident blight/dead-zone fighter here is friend, not foe.