The music industry sucks ass and we all know it. One of the problems is a huge lack of creativity. Mash-ups aren't new, but their idea is exactly what we need more of. Creative repurposusing is more than just sampling and I'm a hige fan. Of course Danger Mouse and the Grey Album was the perennial break out. ccc did an awsome mash-up of the beatles Revolver ("Revolved"). The creativity is out there, unfortunately it's being stifled by the labels..
Today is "Dean Gray Tuesday" and I urge you to protest with me. See, Dean Gray (an alias) has released a mashup based on the Green Day album "American Idiot" and it's pretty damn good. Obviously the labels have been trying to stop it's release. Today it's being hosted all over the place for download and we the public are being urget to download and distribute it as a protest. The website coordinating this effort can be found here.
Here is their blurb :
Only 10 days after its release, the mash-up album American Edit, which pays tribute to the acclaimed Green Day album American Idiot through some of the best mash-up productions of 2005, was shut down reportedly after received a cease & desist order from Green Day's label, Warner records, despite the fact that it was released as an internet only release with no commercial gain for the team of mash-up artists involved. In fact, the only possible profit to be made from the release was a plea from the creators of the album (known only by the shared alias Dean Gray) for fans who enjoyed the creation to donate to one of three possible charities that Green Day have been known to support. Furthermore, the mash-up versions were such fantastic productions that they were truly a departure from the standard Green Day performances and would not compete for consumptive dollars.
We hope to mobilize the online Mash-Up community by organizing a simple one-day organized event. Participants would be asked to post the American Edit album online for 24 hours only starting on Tuesday, December 13, at 12:00AM. Doing so is not intended to be a mass organization of music piracy but, rather, one single display of the consumptive power of the mash-up and home remix community in the hopes of encouraging the labels, publishers and artists who are curious about the mash-up community to consider giving the high quality productions of "illegitimate" music a legitimate consideration as a promotional avenue for all music.
We also hope to encourage club DJs and radio DJs to air portions of the American Edit release on "Gray" Tuesday and refer to this site by reporting their planned airplay in advance.
I'm a big fan of "Dr. Who on Holiday".. I miss the Daleks..