Paper Covers Rock

Alex Pierson says shares in rock are through the roof.

You knew something like this was coming sometime…

The Songwriters Association of Canada has just put forth a proposal it hopes will reconcile the chaos that is the music industry’s starving-in-the-desert royalty system.

A.) The public has an insatiable appetite for music, B.) most people are downloading music from the internet, and C.) most of them are downloading that music for free.

They’re proposing a music levy of 16 cents a day—which adds up to around $5 a month—tacked on to your internet bill.

For Canadians, it’s a familiar deal. About ten years ago a similar levy was introduced on blank audio recording media—like tapes and CD-Rs.

For file-sharers, $60 a year might not seem like a lot for you to be able to stuff your ears with an nearly unlimited amount of music. But on the other hand, just say you’re one of the diehards who still gets their music from the local record store—why should you help pay for file-sharing? And who divides up the gravy? How could it be split up between songwriter, artist, label, and publisher? That could get real ugly.

I think the real glimmer of hope here is that an organization of repute is finally taking strides in a realistic, forward-thinking direction instead of trying to figure out how to sue everyone on the planet.

Take a look at the proposal at and let us know what you think. Our e-mail is

65 reasons
Richard Terfry, otherwise known as Buck 65—aka Dirk Thornton—aka Jesus Murphy—has been touring to promote his newest album The Situation relentlessly since it came out in October of last year. And now, fresh off a stint in Europe, he’s finally hitting the East Coast.

The Situation—the name is borrowed from Situationist International, a group of leftist European political activists founded in 1957—is Buck’s 10th full-length.

Also joining him on the Canadian Tour is ‘Montrealifax’ DJ Skratch Bastid, who was nominated for a Juno as producer of ‘The Situation’, and Edmonton’s Cadence Weapon, who is touring to promote his newborn second release Afterparty Babies.

These bombs will hit Club One on April 11th. You don’t see hip hop artists like these fine gents come through here too often, so don’t miss it.

Her Majesty’s Secret Tickets
After literally days of hearsay and hushed voices interspersed with evil cackling, turns out the rumours are true: desert rock superstars Queens of the Stone Age are, in fact, playing Mile One Stadium on May 15.

It also turns out that all the tickets somehow ended up sealed inside cases of Canadian beer. This being the case (boo!) it can only mean the show is 19+. If that’s true, it’ll mean a serious letdown for the band’s younger fans. Judging by the tour dates, they have a space of about 17 days between Halifax and Europe. Plenty of time to play some sort of surprise all-ages show… maybe with the tickets embedded in specially marked packages of [insert popular consumable favoured by youth of today]…?

Duane Andrews recording new album
Multi-award winning Jazz/Folk guitarist Duane Andrews and his gang of Gypsy cohorts have entered the studio to record their third album, which is set to be released this coming June.

2007 was a very successful year for Mr. Andrews. His second album, Crocus, was well received indeed, and even garnered him a coveted USA Songwriting Competition award in the Jazz category. He also played the Newport Folk Festival, Tasmania’s 10 Days on the Island festival, and tons of places in between.

Duane and crew will hit the Canadian Jazz Festival circuit this summer beginning in Ottawa, ending up as far as Vancouver, and then back home for the St. John’s Jazz Festival this July.

And just in case you missed the recent leap year concert at the D. F. Cook Recital Hall with the Atlantic String Quartet, it was recorded by the CBC, and will be airing soon on CBC Radio 2’s Concerts on Demand, after which it’ll be made available online at

Accordion to Legend
From everybody here at The Scope, to legendary Folk musician Frank Maher: happy birthday! We hope this past March 6 you had an excellent time.

We’re not sure how old Maher is now, but we know it’s somewhere in the what he calls his ‘extremely late forties.’
(pssst… I say that we all chip in and get him one of those newfangled electronic squeeze boxes—the Roland V-Accordion with extensions—as demonstrated here:

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Check it out but don’t spoil the surprise.)