the Accordion Guy published a great piece today on the Cowboy Junkies today prompted by the fact that Margo Timmins, the Junkies’ lead singer, is giving a solo performance at Sam Bulte’s fundraiser, being held tonight in Toronto. DeVilla notes that when the Cowboy Junkies second album was released independently, the buzz created by word-of-mouth and spreading around cassettes of the song is probably what propelled the band to a major label contract in the first place. There’s also this: A buck doesn’t go as far anymore, contrasting the $250 total that it cost the Cowboy Junkies to record The Trinity Session with the price per plate of the Bulte fundraiser.
Cory Doctorow’s op-ed from Saturday: Trademark political shenanigans. On Copyright law, corporate political funding, and artist-unfriendly DRM.