Selling Used CDs Getting Harder?

Trying to get rid of your physical media? It just got harder in certain parts of the US. Looks like the music industry is pressuring governments to make it hard for us to sell what we thought we owned.

New “pawn shop” laws are springing up across the United States that will make selling your used CDs at the local record shop something akin to getting arrested. No, you won’t spend any time in jail, but you’ll certainly feel like a criminal once the local record shop makes copies of all of your identifying information and even collects your fingerprints. Such is the state of affairs in Florida, which now has the dubious distinction of being so anal about the sale of used music CDs that record shops there are starting to get out of the business of dealing with used content because they don’t want to pay a $10,000 bond for the “right” to treat their customers like criminals.

The legislation is supposed to stop the sale of counterfeit and/or stolen music CDs, despite the fact that there has been no proof that this is a particularly pressing problem for record shops in general. Yet John Mitchell, outside counsel for the National Association of Recording Merchandisers, told Billboard that this is part of “some sort of a new trend among states to support second-hand-goods legislation.” And he expects it to grow.

Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

Einóma: Encam EP Trachanik Einóma’s (Icelandic electronic duo Bjarni Thor Gunnarsson and Steindór Kristinsson) ice-cold, ethereal brand of IDM-funk gets a dramatic workout on Encam, the group’s four-track follow-up to its 2003 Mille Tónverka album. Despite the passage of four years, the… [read]
Posted by Atmogat at 11:29, 08 May 2007

Gareth Hardwick, The Danger of Scenic Walks (business card CD Low Point)
I love the sheer audacity of these tiny so-called “business card” CDs that can carry no more than a brief taste of music. By their very existence, they proclaim, “This ought to be enough if you really care”. Indeed; why guzzle down a whole bottle of single malt whiskey when one nice glass to savour… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 09:29, 07 May 2007

Zipper Jazz Festival

This fest is taking place this weekend in the SF bay area.

Friday, May 11th
6:00 PM
D’Armous Boone’s Special Edition
featuring D’Armous Boone, saxophone.
7:30 PM
Andrew Voigt’s Sunday Night Band
featuring Andrew Voigt…the original “V” in ROVA Saxophone Quartet, saxophone and bass flutes, Ray Hill, trumpet and flugel horn, Ron Heglin, trumpet, tuba, and voice, Deborah Craig, drums, Terry Rolleri, guitar.
READ MORE About Andrew Voigt & the Sunday Night Band…
9:00 PM
Bush of Ghosts
featuring Damon Smith, bass, Phillip Greenlief, saxophone, Spirit, drums & percussion.

Saturday, May 12th
2:00 PM
Jim Ryan’s Forward Energy
featuring Jim Ryan, alto/tenor saxophone & flute, Aaron Bennett, reeds, Lisa Mezzacappa, bass, Vijay Anderson, drums.
3:30 PM
Bill Crossman – B-Free
featuring Bill Crossman, keyboard, Cheryl Schwartz, saxophone, Yele Sadiq, drums & percussion, Nzingah Smith, saxophone & flute,
5:00 PM
Nathan Clevenger Trio
featuring Nathan Clevenger, guitar.
7:00 PM
Patrick Cress’ Telepathy (including a visuals arts presentation)
featuring Patrick Cress, saxophone, Aaron Novick, bass clarinet, Tim Bulkley, drums, George Ban-Weiss, bass.
8:30 PM
Howard Wiley Quartet
featuring Howard Wiley, saxophone.

Sunday, May 13th
2:00 PM Dayna Stephens Trio
3:30 PM
The Lost Trio
featuring Phillip Greenlief, saxophone, Dan Seamans, bass and Tom Hassett, drums
5:00 PM
Ross Hammond in Trio
featuring Ross Hammond, guitar, David Boyce, saxophone and Alex Jenkins, percussion
7:00 PM
The Greatest Little Big Band in the History of the Megaverse
featuring Megan Bierman, tenor saxophone, John Gruntfest, alto saxophone, Jack Duvall, drums, David Casini, drums.
8:30 PM
Weasel Walter
featuring Weasel Walter, drums, John Gruntfest, alto saxophone, Damon Smith, bass.

AAJ Reviews

From AAJ:

08-May-07 Billy Martin / John Medeski
Mago (Amulet)

08-May-07 Camberwell Now
All’s Well (Ad Hoc Records)

07-May-07 Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly
Last Year’s Ghost (482 Music)

07-May-07 Bruford
Rock Goes to College (Winterfold Records)

07-May-07 Pat Metheny / Brad Mehldau
Quartet (Nonesuch Records)

07-May-07 Turtle Island Quartet
A Love Supreme: The Legacy of John Coltrane (Telarc Records)
07-May-07 Ellery Eskelin
Quiet Music (Prime Source)

Robert Rich on Tour

Robert Rich is touring this month and next.

Robert Rich will be on tour from May through June 2007, with a few big events:

Sunday May 27
Detroit MI
Detroit Electronic Music Festival
Noon – 2 PM
More info at

Friday June 1
Louisville KY
University of Louisville, Bird Recital Hall
More info at

Saturday June 9
Memphis TN
Location to be announced
(We’re trying to avoid the tornadoes this year)

Saturday June 16
Philadelphia PA
Stars’ End 30th Anniversary Concert
Iron Gate Theater, 37th & Chestnut, U. Penn campus
Duet performance with Ian Boddy (First time!)
Also: Jeff Pierce & Ministry of Inside Things

Thursday June 21
New York City
Bravin Lee Programs Gallery, 526 West 26th St.
Opening of video installation “Illumination I” by Michael Somoroff
with sound installation by Robert Rich

Sunday June 24
Bethlehem, PA
Nearfest – North East Art Rock Festival
Zoellner Arts Center, Leheigh University
Robert Rich performs from 2:45 to 3:15 on day 2 of the festival
More info at

Thursday June 28
Minneapolis, MN
Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave. South
More info at

Saturday June 30
Chicago IL