Now that the five-month investigation into Dylan’s case has been closed, the same charges he faced have been brought against Rolling Stone France publisher Michael Birnbaum, who faces up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of 45,000 ($62,000) for publishing the remarks. Neither his lawyer nor representatives from the U.S. edition of Rolling Stone gave comments to the Wall Street Journal.
"It’s weird to talk about this, but it is interesting when you look at a song like ‘Some Nights.’ I remember when writing it, the thought was, ‘No ones gonna understand this. This isn’t gonna happen. And this is the last chance, and then I gotta go get a real job,’" he said. "The first song on this new album is like the opposite of that, lyrically. You know, ‘You got what you wished for. What the fuck are you wishing for now?’
Revelation Records will be re-releasing Soul Search's 2013 7 EP Nothing But A Nightmare — which was originally released on Back To Back Records and soon out of print. This version has been remixed by Taylor Young (Nails, Twitching Tongues), remastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, and will be presented with brand new artwork. Look for a release later in 2014 along with the band’s debut LP on Revelation.
Music attorney Lee Phillips believes that labels made a mistake by not doing a deal with Napster. Hindsight is twenty-twenty and all that — but the article raises some good points.
The labels will pay anything to keep prestige acts, he says, pointing to his recent handling of negotiations on behalf of Barbra Streisand to re-sign with Columbia Records. But there are only a handful of artists in that category. In signing new acts, its not only about talent, but what kind of following you bring to the table. Thats why labels have started signing these 360 deals. Since theyre not making money from albums sales, they want a piece of touring, publishing merchandising and endorsements.
As for things Ive learned that arent about the craft of writing: Dont say shit thats controversial or antagonistic unless youre sure you mean it or you REALLY dont care. The internet is full of trolls and all they want to do is hurt people who make stuff (even stuff as inconsequential as a dumb blog or thought catalog listicle). Thats just their general MO. If you insult something they like, watch the fuck out.