First off, you’d think that a newly-released Rolling Stones live album from the early 70s would be a cause for celebration, but as it is confined to Google’s Android platform, it’s as cause for consternation and the spur for a long, serious discussion about how music exclusivity — whether via artificially high prices or artifically enforced platforms — encourages piracy.
Not only do artists like U2, Nirvana & Bob Dylan end up burying musical treasures in “Super Deluxe” box sets with exorbitant prices, it’s gotten so bad the Elvis Costello wrote a blog post encouraging his fans not to purchase his recent live album until next year. (2:20 – 23:20)
Then, on the heels of a report that she might be pro-life, we do an interview with the iPhone’s built-in personal assistant, Siri, to try and determine what her politics are once and for all. (23:30 – 30:15)
Finally, even though Kirk’s mix is a bit of a mess, he still has time to talk about the new album from Tom Waits, reissues from the Rolling Stones and the entire Linton Kwesi Johnson catalog. (30:16 – 40:30)
One More Thing
- Tim – An intern for NPR takes his first listen to Patti Smith’s Horses. (40:40 – 41:25)
- Kirk – What happens when a flight attendant asks you to turn off your Kindle? (41:26 – 44:15)
- Jim – Is reminded just how much he loves Some Girls. (44:16 – 47:55)
Medialoper Bebop Episode 24: Steal This Podcast was recorded at 9:05PM on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 via Audio Hijack Pro over iChat. It was edited in Audacity. The opening and closing music of the Medialoper Bebop podcast is “Big Hand on the Seven” by our close personal friends, The Miss Alans.
May The Rolling Stones rest in peace.