Saturday, May 23, 2009

Mighty Mao!!! 022

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For the longest time I struggled to come to terms with how Jill Sobule, whom I've been a fan of since I was just a wee lad of 13, put together her newest album, California Years. You see, she paid for its production entirely through fan donations (as seen here). But when the album hit the stores, to my dismay, it was just as pricey as the next guy's shit. That fundamentally bothered me. It seemed dishonest to make a record with the hard-earned bucks of starry-eyed fans and then turn around and make a profit off of it. And it was probably a huge profit too. You don't get a review in Rolling Stone and coverage on CNN without making a huge profit. So for a while I struggled with what to do about this conundrum from one of my favorite recording artists, and in the end I opted to just steal the damn album online, because that would fucking show her. So I did.

It came to pass that one day, as I was walking my sister's dog through the reeds and yuppies in bustling Bear Creek Park and listening to Jill's illegally downloaded new album, that I had an epiphany. Jill did what she did because of people like me. I haven't had a music budget in nearly six months (not even for some inexpensive online service, like eMusic), but that hasn't stopped me from acquiring the newest albums from my favorite artists, sometimes weeks before their release. I'm far from the only one doing this. Everyone with a computer steals music. Jill did what she had to do because she's an indie artist trying to get by, and thanks to everone's ability to torrent music, making a living has probably become a lot more difficult than it used to be. It all made sense.

So I ain't hatin' anymore. If she can make an album on the backs of fan donations and still come out ahead, more power to her. Maybe if she does it the next time around I'll be in a place where I can actually pitch in. On the other hand, in this new album she's singing about driving a Prius and getting massages while I, being the broke fuck I am, have been driving the same car for 12 years and can only afford a massage when I jerk off, so I'm completely secure in my continued use of various, shady file-sharing programs. So everyone wins, apparently.

In other news, here's an article about some broad who killed her toddler in a playground, and hastily buried his body in the gravel for soccer moms to discover later. It's a fucked up world we live in (says the guy who draws comics with people getting capped all the time. Check it out if you have the stomach for it.

And lastly, I've discovered that Craigslist has removed its "erotic services" postings, thanks to some asshole who was killing hookers he met through the site. Here's an article about it. Amazing how it takes one person to ruin things for the rest of us. I suppose everyone wants hookers to just wander the streets like they used to, once again becoming targets for the real criminal element who don't have the funds or necessary levels of sanity to operate a computer. Seriously though, I used this site quite regularly for an upcoming project, and now I'm fucked (not literally). If anyone knows where the escorts are hanging around online, posting their wares and whatnot, do let me know. Seriously, it's just research. I can't even afford Jill Sobule's new album, let alone a $200 slice of poon. Research.

That was a lot of rambling. Obviously the girlfriend's out of town. I'll shut up now.

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