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Options January 26, 2012: FreeLoading author Chris Ruen's "Elegy for the Piracy Wars"

While the internet high-fived itself over last week's successful SOPA/PIPA blackout, Chris Ruen protested against the protest. In An Elegy for the Piracy Wars, the Slate Magazine, NY Times and NY Press contributor lamented how sensationalism trumped informed discussion because these proposed laws might not have inherently evil intentions. So is the author of the forthcoming book FreeLoading in favor of American Censorship? Tune in at 11am to find out as we pour one out for Megaupload!

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Artist Track Album Label Comments New / Special Approx. start time
Sneakers  Ruby   Options Nonsequitur of Silence  Collectors' Choice Music      0:00:00 (Pop-up)
Laddio Bolocko  Goat Lips   Options The Life and Times of: Strange Warmings of Laddio Bolocko  No Quarter      0:02:11 (Pop-up)
Thrones  Senex   Options Day late, Dollar Short  Southern Lord      0:09:16 (Pop-up)
Throbbing Gristle  What a Day   Options Greatest Hits  Industrial    *   0:16:26 (Pop-up)
Sun Araw  Bump Up (High Step)   Options         0:20:48 (Pop-up)
Drippy Gun Productions  Earth (feat. Early One)   Options Multply / Earth        0:27:45 (Pop-up)
Takagi Masakatsu  Uter 1   Options Journal For People  Carpark      0:32:49 (Pop-up)
Mark Van Hoen  I Remember   Options The Revenant Diary  Editions Mego    *   0:39:04 (Pop-up)
Rail Band  Duga (Bambara Version)   Options 1 - Soundiata  Sterns      0:44:52 (Pop-up)
Humphrey Eshitool  Jirani na Waganga   Options Before Benga Volume 1: Kenya Dry        0:52:53 (Pop-up)
Austin Pitre & The Evangeline Playboys  Don't Shake My Tree   Options Hypnotic Cajun / Obscure Zydeco  Moi J'Connais    *   0:55:57 (Pop-up)
GZA  Cold World (radio edit)   Options         1:07:53 (Pop-up)
Dinosaur L  You Can't Hold Me Down (extended version)   Options 24->24 Music Box Set  Sleeping Bag / Traffic    *   1:13:00 (Pop-up)
DJ PM  O Ultimo Grito   Options Bazzerk : African Digital Dance (V/A)  Mental Groove      1:17:33 (Pop-up)
DJ Eslam Elamier  Zaky Ya Zaky   Options         1:20:47 (Pop-up)
Jadakiss  Who's Real? (Feat Swizz Beatz & OJ Da Juiceman)   Options     Swizz Beatz is the CEO of Megaupload    1:27:40 (Pop-up)
Dizzee Rascal  Kryme   Options         1:30:28 (Pop-up)
faust            1:32:55 (Pop-up)
Max Tundra  Will Get Fooled Again   Options Parallax Error Beheads You  Domino      1:37:19 (Pop-up)
Timmy Tumble  Come On Sit Down   Options Oh, Those Wild Wild Wednesdays  Party Party Partners      1:39:57 (Pop-up)
Sic Alps  Breadhead   Options Breadhead 7"  Drag City    *   1:42:10 (Pop-up)
Hot Knives  You Can Get Anything You Want   Options Hot Knives  Grown Up Wrong    *   1:45:14 (Pop-up)
Beti  Bikasi   Options Rangarang: Pre-Revolutionary Iranian Pop  Vampisoul    *   1:48:19 (Pop-up)
Graham Repulski  Everyone Likes My Three Dollar Shirt   Options My Color is Red  Big School    *   1:53:48 (Pop-up)
Chris Brokaw  Point of Egress   Options Stories  Limited Appeal      1:56:15 (Pop-up)

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Chris Ruen 






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Karen Cooper Complex  Jerkin' Pretty   Options Shinjuku Birdwalk [1981]  Artifacts/yclept  Free Music Archive    2:23:57 (Pop-up)
Single Bullet Theory  Miss Two Knives   Options SBT: 1977-1980    Free Music Archive    2:25:57 (Pop-up)
Smersh  Greasing Wheezer   Options Smersh Library Sampler    Free Music Archive    2:28:59 (Pop-up)

Chris Ruen

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Chris Ruen  talking about SOPA / PIPA and protesting the protests   Options       ***   2:34:10 (Pop-up)
Jonathan Coulton  Re: Your Brains   Options JoCo Looks Back    Free Music Archive    2:52:17 (Pop-up)
Fine Steps  Tomorrow for All of Today   Options Boys, Co  no label (yet!)  Free Music Archive
memb Mayyors, Ganglians, Raleigh Moncrief production
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Listener comments!

  9:08am Bad Ronald:

Morning Jason, digging Goat Lips, thanks!
  9:09am BSI:

Goat lips sink ships!
  9:10am -> Ming The Merciless <-:

This surely rocks. Best greetinggs from Berlin, Germany!
  9:11am Van in DC:

Morning! I thought the tunage just before this was the FMU fire alarm going off again...?
  9:15am harvey:

  9:17am Bad Ronald:

You broke the table on your playlist...
  9:18am still b/p:

I thought goat lips ate the formatting.
  9:18am Bad Ronald:

and I believe this is the correct image URL:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:29am jasons:

morning everyone! welcome to Talk's Cheap we got a great show lined up, playing the hits for now, talkin about protesting the sopa protests later with Chris Ruen
  9:31am pierre (non-listener listener):

Bonjour Jason, (sigh) i'd love to be part of this. Still here in thoughts though.
  9:34am Cecile:

you're definitely here in spirit, Pierre.

Hello, all!
  9:36am Chris:

That picture of Dotcom, man. I mean... that guy.
  9:43am pierre (non-listener listener):

@ Cecile : ^^ merci
  9:50am dc pat:

great sounds...how did you know I wanted to hear this Jason?
  9:52am Dead Corporate Eyes:

hey, good morning, just getting in...
  10:02am Cecile:

de nada, pierre. :D
  10:04am Cecile:

Ha. There's a fertilizer/chemical company out here in farmland called Cenex...
  10:05am joe:

'ello folks
  10:06am joe:

Joe Preston also did a DJ spot on Diane Kamikaze's show a couple of months back too.
  10:09am PKNY:

Good to hear some GZA this morning, thanks for playing!
  10:09am Cecile:

I think when artists get paid, they don't have to take jobs other places. Then they can make more art.

I try to pay whenever possible because I have done free-lance writing and art, and i know what goes into it. I commission small works from artists when I can.

I think there should be freedom, but too many people cop out of honoring the work of artists.
  10:09am Cecile:

As ESG said, "Sample credits don't pay our bills."
  10:11am Cecile:

also, cold world by Jamie Principle and Frankie Knuckles would sound awesome. It's on the Trax box set.
  10:18am Cecile:

how is that 24 24 boxed set?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:20am jasons:

hey Cecile it rules and Noah from Coffee Break for Heroes & Villainis helped put it together!

Word Joe, check out the Joe Preston DJ set

well DC Pat, since you asked, we take a survey of what the public listenership wants to hear, and then we play the opposite, which is apparently waht only you want to hear
  10:21am glenn:

so.....sort of like the republicans, then?
  10:22am Cecile:

nice, Jason. Another reason to check it out.

No, glenn, they just BS a lot.
  10:26am glenn:

well, here in the great white north, every statistic shows that crime rates are falling, and have been for years, but our current right wing regime says " we don't listen to evidence, we listen to what our voters want". that's a direct quote. this is the justification for new laws and many megaprisons being built.
  10:27am joe:

I love this DJ Eslam Elamier track
  10:30am Cecile:

I think politticians here often either lie about what voters really want or convince them they want something else.
  10:32am dc pat:

thanks for the info Jason.

A politician's job, like a salesperson's, is to tell you what you want.
  10:33am joe:

US politics is run the same way as the marketing department at Mcdonalds or any other high profile "pop" retail establishment.
  10:34am Joe Isuzu:

I take offense to your remark, dc pat. By the way, that color looks really good on you!
  10:35am Cecile:


Most Americans are either in favor of or don't give a rat's ass about gay marriage/partnership. Polls have shown this over and over again. But it still seems to be a hot button issue. Most Americans don't mind higher taxes - IF they are being spent wisely. but it keeps getting turned around and around.
  10:35am glenn:

politics is about who gets the money, and that's all. right wingers think corporations and rich folks should get it. liberals more or less think the same way. socialists, like me, think that the working folk should get most of it, since we create most of it.
  10:38am PB:

Jason, apologies because you have probably been asked this a number of times but what is the title of the Faust track you speak over? It's great. I am just getting into Krautrock (yeah, about 40 years late) and am trying to learn as much as I can.
  10:41am joe:

I dont' belive that 90% of all politicians have any other motive but carrer advancement any more or less then your average CEO and there is no social intrest what so ever.
  10:42am PB:

@joe, I couldn"t agree more but might put the percentage even higher.
  10:42am dc pat:

socialists are just as corrupt as anyone else--and I consider myself a socialist. give anybody power and they will fuck us.

Yer right on Cecile, as usual.
  10:43am Yair Yona (Tel Aviv, Israel, Earth, Milky Way):

so. how are you all, beautiful people?
  10:43am joe:

@PB well since I wasn't stripping out local politics and stuff like that I wanted to be generous :)
  10:44am Cecile:

Great, and congrats on your new, beautiful record!
It's great seeing you in heavy rotation.
  10:44am Dead Corporate Eyes:

the sick sick sounds of Sic Alps draw me to the comment board.
  10:45am PB:

I really like a number of the bands in the current SF scene (Ty Segall, tThee Oh Sees, Wooden Shjips, Sic Alps, Mikal Cronin, Weekend, etc.) but they sure are prolific, aren't they.
  10:45am r i s k y:

Sic Alps! Go Jason!
  10:46am Yair Yona (Tel Aviv, Israel, Earth, Milky Way):

Cecile - thanks. Heavy rotation? where?
  10:46am joe:

@PB have you been able to check out Cope's book Kraut Rock Sampler yet. Like your self new to the game it has been a cool resourse
  10:47am Cecile:

WFMU, silly!
I've heard tracks on 'FMU on three shows in the last three days
  10:47am PB:

@Joe, thanks. Yes I have checked out Cope's sampler. Very informative.
  10:49am Cecile:

They have a fertile rock scene considering supposedly no one can afford to live there!!!
  10:49am Cecile:

SF, that is.
  10:50am Yair Yona (Tel Aviv, Israel, Earth, Milky Way):

@Cecile - wow. didn't know that, thanks!
  10:50am BSI:

In addition to Cope's book, THE CRACK IN THE COSMIC EGG is a great one. Bigger trade-softcover; might be out of print but it's out there somewhere.
  10:51am PB:

@Cecile, yes it is currently a very cool music scene.
  10:51am PB:

thanks @BSI.
  10:51am BSI:

Steve Freeman & Alan Freeman = co-authors of the Cosmic Egg book, if it helps.
  10:54am Cecile:

PB: how do they do it? Rent control? Living in the 'burbs or Oakland? Or has the housing crash helped the arts?
  10:55am glenn:

yair yona, you might like this. -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzbAj279g5g
  10:57am Yair Yona (Tel Aviv, Israel, Earth, Milky Way):

Glenn - thanks! she's brilliant. I want her house too.
  10:58am PB:

@Cecile, I have no idea but seeing as they are all pretty young maybe they adopt more communal living arrangements. I really don't know.
  10:59am Cecile:

that makes sense. You can deal with 10 people in a house more readily in your 20s than in your 30s.
  11:01am Cecile:

  11:01am glenn:

i'd settle for the guitar. she's pretty good, huh?
  11:03am Yair Yona (Tel Aviv, Israel, Earth, Milky Way):

the woman is cool, that Gibson 195(?) is cool , and I need a house with a porch. the dog gotta stay somewhere
  11:06am Jason Brougham:

Chris Ruen is a genius. Right on for getting him as a guest.
  11:07am glenn:

she's 15, when that was done, anyway.
  11:07am LPC:

I don't like this guy. Detuning.
  11:08am glenn:

also this. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tU-6-gDelBE&feature=related
  11:08am strawman:

I'm glad to be in the argument.
  11:09am Mike East:

I'm jealous of that house and porch. (@glenn/yair)
  11:10am JT:

Except SOPA would break the internet. Fucking with DNS is a bad, bad idea. And forcing companies to censor anything anyone says or does on their website IN ADVANCE of publishing would break the internet. These are real consequences of SOPA.
  11:12am some other guy:

I'm confused. These are all reasonable points about how unfair piracy can be, but I don't hear anything addressing the huge problems with SOPA that have nothing to do with piracy.
  11:12am earwax:

Why SOPA is bad: https://www.eff.org/sites/default/files/One-Page-SOPA_0.pd
  11:13am JT:

Sorry, the idea that one must support Anonymous if one knows SOPA is bullshit is a false choice. Smear someone else with Hobson's choices, troll.

Digital determinism is silly, but being against it by anthropomorphizing "the Internet" is dumb.
  11:14am joe:

I understand what Jason is saying here, but I think there is a third group that gets swept up in the battle and lose because there is a sweeping attack that could be made.
  11:15am joe:

I'm sorry I meant to say Chris not Jason
  11:15am topofthepops:

digital determinism? exploiting the artists? cruel world...
  11:15am WinstonSmith:

Who is this apologist for the corporate state? He mentions the good of "open dialog" vs direct action. Where in this society do the people have access to direct dialog with power? The political apparatus of the state has been completely purchased by the corporate tyranny. Blocking access to any dialog or meaningful criticism of their abuse has been a first priority. Direct action is our only option and it thankfully, works.
  11:16am Cecile:

I thnik the record and movie companies are theorectically in the right on some points. However, they have muddied the water by years of ripping off artists.
  11:16am bruceleh:

You are doubleplusgood duckspeaker!
  11:18am joe:

The theory here is that the majority is criminal so we have to set the system to account for that as opposed to the other way around.
  11:20am earwax:

The US constitution seems to make a point that copyright is not just to promote corporate profits but to promote social utility by promoting useful arts and sciences. Copyright is a legal issue not a moral one. Current copyright laws are one sided and support corporate middlemen over artists and society in general.
  11:20am andymorphic:

death panel was all lies....censorship is a potential reality
  11:21am WinstonSmith:

@Joe Correct SOPA would have created a situation where all of us would be accused in advance and then it would be up to us to prove our innocence.
  11:21am JT:

What does the guest think of the fact that the big content companies are themselves persistent copyright criminals? Even the politicians supporting SOPA have turned out to be illegally using copyrighted photos on their own websites, several times.

When SOPA hits the real world, a company with lawyers on staff or retainer have more rights than the rest of us. They get a call to their lawyer. The rest of us get shut down with no recourse. Even something the size of WFMU could get blacked out with no due process.
  11:22am Nathan:

He sounds a bit contrarian to me simply for the sake of being contrarian. The MPAA and RIAA and the Chamber of Commerce did essentially write this bill. It was a poor bill, with very wide ranging wording that removed some traditionally legal traditions such as presuming innocence until proven guilty under a court of law. The Megaupload shutdown only proves that the gov't has all the tools necessary to do what it needs to do without creating more laws which could stifle a very young and rapidly growing technology. We don't need further legislation to prop up legacy industries that can't or won't adapt, we need innovation.
  11:22am Dom Chico:

The war on piracy will be one the same moment the war on drugs is won. never gonna happen, just something we all have to accept
  11:22am FrenchToast:

Chris' voice is so warm and beautiful sounding.
  11:24am Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks for the conversation with Chris Ruen. It's been very interesting.
  11:24am andymorphic:

exactly jason
  11:25am Cecile:

Nathan, I believe strrongly in artist rights. However, as you said, Having the RIAA and MPAA sponsor this bill is like wolves setting up a preserve for rare mountain goats. The impulse is good, but you know the goats are not really going to benefit from it...
  11:29am WinstonSmith:

@Dom: That is an excellent point. The most ominous aspect when considering the affects on our society created by the "war on drugs" is just how much of our freedom and how many of our rights have been compromised over the last 30 or so years under the excuse of the drug war. SOPA has the potential to open up a whole new chapter of the abuse of our rights in the largely untamed digital realm just as the war on drugs has been used to abuse us in the physical realm. Piracy of copyrighted material is simply the new pretext.
  11:30am Dom Chico:

One should never underestimate whats capable of a determined soul, and in the end theres more people determined to keep P2P file sharing ALIVE then there are those that are trying to stop it. Money has absolutely no bearing on this issue at all.
  11:30am andymorphic:

cyber lockers provide a service. its the users commiting the potential crime. why not blame the gum makes for murder rate?
  11:30am joe:

What has to be understood here is there a many diffrent arguments that are being lumped togeather. There is an issue of copyright violation weather we like it or not that is the fact though, but there is also the fact that others who don't feel the need to create under the larger system that exists are being indirectly effected in this process and it seems that those that are in the "game" for commerce purposes (which is there business) are having there needs taken into consideration more so then others.
  11:30am andymorphic:

  11:33am andymorphic:

chris' response of "i just feel like" isn't really a sound argument
  11:34am joe:

By the way is he wearing a Stones hat in that picture?
  11:39am joe:

The other issue with the RIAA suits was that they were "representing" companies that they technically did not "represent"
  11:39am Ed Zeppole:

That is quite a lovely picture. All he is missing is a large bloody piece of meat hanging out of his mouth and some Burger King garbage on the ground next to the Benz-O.
  11:46am Ed Zeppole:

I wonder if that Stones hat is an officially licensed product?
  11:47am FrenchToast:

sopa, more like NOpa!!
  11:48am fishmonkeystew:

mmmmmm, sopapillas....
  11:48am Dom Chico:

A website doesnt need to rely on being listed in google in order to thrive.
  11:50am William:

Chris Ruen seems to downwater his arguments to banalities: "Be mindful".
  11:54am andymorphic:

chris you keep saying "i think" and "i feel". site some presidence. who are you?
  11:55am Parq:

I have a milion thoughts about all this, and I will spare you all of that. But I am *so* downloading this "Brains" song!
  11:57am joe:

@Parq I'm with you on the song
  11:57am Mike East:

was just listening to a planet money about Jonathan Coulton last night, featuring this song. This guy made half a million on his own...with almost no overhead. Great business model.
  11:57am blah:

well, I think that amateurish stuff like that SHOULD be downloaded for free, "I feel".....
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