David Lynch, Copyrights and the Return of the STRFKR 

STRFKR in danger of being confused for being local band

Welcome back, Starfucker/Pyramiddd/STRFKR/whatever the hell you call yourselves now.

photo by Tyler Kohlhoff

Welcome back, Starfucker/Pyramiddd/STRFKR/whatever the hell you call yourselves now.

No longer content with confusing the bejeezus out of people visually, filmmaker David Lynch is set to release his debut album, Crazy Clown Time, on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Good Day Today, an advance single from Crazy Clown Time posted on Pitchfork, is a heavily effected, auto-tuned electro-pop dance song that could just as easily pass as the work of an up-and-coming indie act rather than an aging cinematic trickster.

Lynch wrote and performed most of the material himself, but there are guest vocals from Karen O of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

As for old recordings, The Daily Beast is reporting that Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Loretta Lynn, Tom Waits and others have filed to reclaim their 1978 recorded works from the record companies that own them. They're able to do so thanks to the Copyright Act of 1976, which says that contracts on audio recordings may be terminated after 35 years. One catch: Artists must apply two years in advance.

In related news, Rolling Stone is reporting that Victor Willis, original singer for the Village People, has also filed to regain copyright credit for his work in the band. However, the publishing companies that own the material aren't giving it up without a fight. They're arguing that Willis was not an artist they sponsored but an employee hired as a member of a concept band, meaning he has no claim to the material.

Katy "I-kissed-a-girl-and-then-married-Russell-Brand" Perry just followed in the footsteps of Michael "I-kissed-a-boy-and-then-married-Elvis'-daughter" Jackson when she became the second artist after Jacko ever to have five singles from one album hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Recordings that aren't lucky enough to be in the hands of Katy Perry or the Copyright Act of 1976 include those previously housed in a Sony/PIAS Distribution warehouse in London. We say previously because rioters burned the warehouse to the ground on Aug. 9. The fire is estimated to have destroyed 25 million CDs, decimating the stock of many small labels. Exactly how many cover versions of London's Burning were destroyed in the fire they inspired may never be known.

In touring news, dirty-namers-in-chief, Starfucker, are returning to Boise for a show at Reef on Sunday, Sept. 4. According to their Facebook page, they let you and none of your friends in for free. Volunteer as a member of their street team and you get a ticket to the show. But only one person per city, so get in there quick.

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