The Null Device
Australian indie/folk-pop label Candle Records, home to the likes of The Lucksmiths, The Guild League and Mid-State Orange, is closing down at the end of March next year:
It's with a heavy heart that after 12 years of running Candle Records, I have decided to close the label on March 31, 2007. Candle Records has been a big part of my life, run on the passion and love of music. I have made so many good friends and have worked with an incredible group of talented people. Great friendships have formed and the Candle family has in fact felt like a family. My job has involved managing bands, releasing albums, booking shows, publicising gigs, selling CDs, running the mail order and website and it's all been an absolute pleasure. But now is the time for change.
Hopefully you've enjoyed the music and the shows. The bands will continue on but with new homes next year. We'll keep you updated. The last candle concerts will be held in February. I hope you can make it. After March, I plan to take a well deserved holiday and will continue to run Polyester Records in Fitzroy.
Product Music, a collection of tracks from American "industrial musicals" of the mid-20th century. Despite the name, these do not consist of Einsturzende Neubauten-style metal percussion and propane-powered death-juggernaut organs, but rather of songs, varying from cheesy showtunes to cheesy faux-country numbers to lounge grooves, with lyrics (of varying degrees of clunkiness) about whatever product, brand or company it is that is changing our lives and/or leading us into a bright future. In other words, like Leave-It-To-Beaver-era America's equivalent of Popshopping.
(via Boing Boing)
Recent research has shown that the film and TV industry is one of Los Angeles' largest air polluters, giving off more emissions than aerospace manufacturing or hotels, or indeed any other sector with the exception of petroleum manufacturing. A lot of this is apparently due to generators on film sets and special-effects explosions. (That sounds a lot of exploding cars/helicopters/buildings.)