[Rumori] People Like Us new album release at UbuWeb

Ed Special edspecial at digitalrealm.net
Tue Jul 20 00:31:19 PDT 2004

Thank you Vicki!
Do you mind if I post this on WCBN's dj list?

Also, this Thursday, July 22nd from 12 to 3 PM (EST), I'll be 
broad/web-casting my quasi-annual Ann Arbor Art Fare radio 
sarcasti-blowout (during the aforementioned Ann Arbor Art Fare).
If you have any suggestions, samples, etc. regarding art, art fairs, 
buying art, making art, what art is....., please let me know.

Ed Spitup edspecial at digitalrealm.net

On Sunday, July 18, 2004, at 06:39  PM, Vicki Bennett wrote:

> People Like Us is pleased to announce the exclusive release their new 
> recordings "Abridged Too Far" on the internet at www.ubu.com.
> Mon. 19 July -- Following last year's posting of their full 14 year 
> discography for free download, People Like Us is going one step 
> further in releasing a new album exclusively online. Given the poor 
> state of music/media distribution for non-major label music, PLU are 
> favouring circulation of one's work as the ultimate goal, in the 
> belief that the gift economy ultimately reaps as much, if not more 
> rewards by reaching more people.
> "We strongly believe in the power of profit through free distribution. 
> Often people have never heard of an artist because they aren't being 
> distributed through as many channels as they should be, due to the 
> very poor state of music/media distribution for non-major label music 
> coupled with ignorance of the way that avant garde art forms 
> infiltrate mainstream culture. Also many prints of a work are allowed 
> to go out of circulation or are deleted for no reason other than cost 
> effectiveness by a label/publisher. This makes perfect sense 
> financially, but no sense whatsoever that a year's work by an artist 
> should also disappear for such reasons. So get all of this while you 
> can, and we completely endorse getting one's work out there, no matter 
> what. If you don't share, your profit is limited."
> "Abridged Too Far" is a collection of audio work first conceived 
> through experimentation through or on radio. Given that this was the 
> initial point of inspiration, it feels most appropriate to release 
> this on the internet which has similar 'on the air' qualities. The 
> experience found from internet broadcasting and sharing is very 
> different to that of the world of retail - the effect is immediate and 
> far fetching, plus the feedback can be immense. It is a good feeling 
> to know the work is far more likely to reach it's intended audience 
> since it transcends physical borders.
> On Abridged Too Far, People Like Us continues its pastiche of 
> impressions of popular music from Europe and America from the 1920s 
> thru to 1990s. Bennett's work is an examination of  the affect of 
> hearing well known tunes and lyrics in fragments, then putting those 
> elements to play-- resonating, intermingling and recombining with the 
> listeners own associations and shards of memories. But this music, 
> countering the pathos of straight tear-sucking nostalgia never settles 
> in a place for its listener to cozily reflect times past.  Rather, the 
> deft recontextualization and juxtaposition of individual elements 
> creates an alchemical space of sublime and satirical transformation. 
> This work is justified only because it is transformative; that it 
> reflects something that may never have even been what it was perceived 
> to be.  People Like Us weaves a  revealing nether-narrative to 
> accompany  popular culture's monolithic straight telling of its own 
> history.  The reality of which is columned by the sinister 
> underpinnings of rapacious consumer culture and empty marketing.
> This is not background music. It is  engaging, inclusive and 
> reflective. Not only a conduit of dialogic criticism  for Ms. Bennett, 
> People Like Us is also personal and personable to a stranger given our 
> shared experience and running commentary of the Western World.
> Do not buy this album!
> http://www.ubu.com
> http://www.peoplelikeus.org
> http://www.peoplelikeus.org
> http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/PL
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