Arts Arts in America
Andy Warhol: pop goes the easel.
—Terrestrial radio’s popularity wanes. The interweb—and the rampant, nefarious Clear Channelization of the airwaves—is to blame, if we may speculate. “The amount of time people tune into radio over the course of a week has fallen by 14 percent over the last decade, according to Arbitron ratings,â€ť reports the New York Times.
—Nonesuch Records marks American minimalist composer Steve Reich’s 70th birthday with a 5-CD boxed set titled Phases: A Nonesuch Retrospective. Further commemoration comes in the form of festivals in New York and London.
—Cuddly, adorable corporation Universal Music Group is fixin’ to get litigious with YouTube and MySpace. Your freewheeling days of copyright larceny are numbered, y’all. From the AP: “We believe these new businesses are copyright infringers and owe us tens of millions of dollars,” Universal Music CEO Doug Morris told investors Wednesday at a conference in Pasadena. “How we deal with these companies will be revealed shortly.”
—Andy Warhol gets yet another 15 minutes—or, rather, 240—of celluloid fame with Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film by Ric Burns.
—”Operation Tunesâ€ť offers sonic succor to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and to wounded soldiers in America, thanks to the Rock Ridge Music label.
—Finally, Brendan Kiley advises you to make some room in your busy schedule for the Meat Purveyors tonight.
The Meat Purveyors
(PUNK-ROCK BLUEGRASS) I first saw the Meat Purveyors five years ago in a ramshackle house in Chicago’s warehouse district that had been converted into an urban juke joint. The band was smart and funny, banged the holy hell out of their instruments (guitar, mandolin, standup bass), played originals and covers (ABBA, Ratt, Bill Monroe), and drank (beer, whiskey). I fell in love. Tonight is your last chance to see them—it’s their second-to-last show. Don’t miss it. (Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave NW, 789-3599. 9 pm, $13.) BRENDAN KILEY