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The Sams Hardcore Orchestra in studio next month/year

Posted by Sams Hardcore Orchestra at 1:04 pm

Soooooo, hello you all, I don't know if I'm posting this on the right area of the site, I'm totally lost, and my english is not really good, so please forgive me for writing like a six year old.

The thing is: next month (ok, not exactly next month, but January) we'll be getting in studio to record our first album, featuring (around) 15 songs, we have no idea of the name or the art or anything, but as soon as we get things done we'll put'em up for whoever cares, and with the new album comes a new tour, this year we played almost every weekend and we intend to expand our tour to all latin america at first, and with a little bit of luck and a considerable amount of money and help, to non-latin north-american countries later.

that's all for now, thanks Joe and all the good and true artists here in copyleft!


New merch and website from Pink Pills

Posted by Joe at 1:14 pm

Our friend Pink Pills has added an update to his Myspace page concerning his new website and the addition of merchandise:

"ok, so first things first - i got a small batch of some very lovely t shirts made up...i've got all sizes (s/m/l/xl). you can go to get one for only 7.50 (UK) and 8.50 (the rest of the world) and that price includes p&p. bargain!

which brings me on to the second thing! i've botched together a basic website (see above address). there's nothing really on it just now, but i'll be adding to it when i get some more time...i've got 1 new song finished, and a cover recorded; so hopefully it won't be long until i've got another collection of songs to give to the world.

a few other awesome things will be happening over the coming days and weeks too, so keep your eyes peeled!"

So keep your eyes peeled for new material from pink pills, and buy a T-shirt from him!


Pirate Radio, a retrospective

Posted by Joe at 11:38 am

As a warning, there might be some spoilers in this post, if you haven't seen Pirate Radio yet and don't want anything ruined, don't read this.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." -George Santayana

This post doesn't really have anything to do with the record label, I just figured I'd post it as food for thought. The other night I went and saw the movie "Pirate Radio" at my local movie theater. Although the movie was advertised as "based on true events", a quick check on wikipedia showed that the boat and its crew that the movie centered around was fictitious. However, the basis for the movie (boats anchored off the coast of Great Britain broadcasting music) is historically accurate.

The movie focuses on the boat Rock Radio, which is made up of a motley crew of radio DJ's, broadcasting rock 'n' roll 24/7 off the coast of Great Britain. Although it is illegal to make such broadcasts in Britain, technically they are not breaking any laws since they aren't stationed on land. Throughout the movie, the government keeps trying to find ways to shut the radio station down, despite the fact that what they are doing isn't illegal.

Halfway through the film, the British government manages to outlaw pirate radio so that any boat broadcasting rock 'n' roll will have its crew arrested. The captain of the boat informs the crew that their services will no longer be needed. After a short silence, each crew member/DJ stands in turn and announces how they refuse to stop what they are doing, and that their music is more important than their safety. Phillip Seymour Hoffman's character says something to the extent of "I intend to broadcast until the day I die...and then for a few days after that."

As I was watching the movie, I suddenly realized the similarities between what I was seeing onscreen and what was happening currently in the music industry with music piracy and the fall of The Pirate Bay. I'm not sure if the filmmakers meant for me to draw such a conclusion, but after I noticed it, it seemed painfully obvious to me. Like Rock Radio, the owners of The Pirate Bay were not technically doing anything illegal (their service really doesn't do anything more than Google does), but governments all over the world have been trying to bring them down forever. When they were finally arrested and brought down, did they quietly concede to the powers that be? No way! They fought tooth and nail in court. The owners of The Pirate Bay weren't doing it because they wanted to be millionaires or because they wanted to steal from artists. They were doing it because they believed it was right. I know that if I was alive when these events actually occurred, I would definitely have supported the radio pirates, just as I currently support the owners of The Pirate Bay 100% (as a note, this is just a personal statement, I can't speak for all the artists signed onto Copyleft Records).

I might be way off base here, but I just thought that the similarities were amusing. If you have seen the movie or plan to see it, go into the theater with this in mind, and let me know what you think.


A few new artist announcements

Posted by Joe at 11:04 am

It was just brought to my attention that I never announced the arrival of our friend Pink Pills to Copyleft Records. Pink Pills is based out of Edinburgh, Scotland and has quite a unique, groovy sound. If you haven't already, go stream his album or download it from his artist page.

I'd also like to announce the addition of punk/ska act, The Sams Hardcore Orchestra. These guys are located in Sorocaba, São Paulo Brazil and are really excited to join the Copyleft family. Their sound is reminiscent of such punk acts as NOFX and The Offspring, as well as ska acts like Streetlight Manifesto. Unfortunately, the only format available for their EP is mp3, although they have told me that they plan on recording their new full-length within the next few months, and I mentioned to them that they should get a lossless version of it as well as mp3.

One final note I'd like to make, it has been brought to my attention that there might be some websites out there charging for our artists' music. Keep in mind that any music released through Copyleft Records is free of charge, so unless you are donating to the artist or purchasing DIRECTLY from the artists themselves, do not pay for their music! The artists are not receiving any sort of compensation from these sites.