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Music: Pass The Mic: Artists and 2007

Quick Links: Blacklisted, Bridge Nine Records, Bullet Treatment, Ceremony, Coalesce, Coliseum/Black Cross, Converge, Die Young (TX), Forensics, Fucked Up, Jena Berlin, Lemuria, New Idea Society, The Out Circuit, Oxbow, Pulling Teeth, Ready the Jet, Rise and Fall, Rosetta, Set Your Goals, Scouts Honor, Skin Like Iron, This Time Next Year, Tokyo Police Club

New Idea Society

Mike Law

Scene Point Blank: What are your top five albums that were released in 2007?

The ones I can think of off the top of my head are in no particular order.

  1. PJ Harvey - White Chalk
  2. Johanna Newsom - Ys. (New to me in 2007)
  3. Tegan and Saran - The Con
  4. Pet Genius - Pet Genius
  5. Seeing Sonic Youth play "Daydream Nation" outside in McCarren Pool in Brooklyn.

Scene Point Blank: How will you remember 2007? (In terms of music)

I suppose I made a very conscious effort to listen to current active bands.

Scene Point Blank: What kind of impact do you think donation-based releases like Radiohead, Saul Williams, etc? will have on the record industry?

I am not sure, and not really concerned. I don't have too much interest in the music industry. Radiohead is one of the worlds biggest bands, were on a major label for years and benefited greatly from that. They were a product sold by the label. I do not think that they are in any way related how my band is currently conducted so I tend to not think too much about them as businesspeople. They are wonderful artists, I think about that, but the world that they operate in is not like mine. Therefore I don't think about the business aspects of what they do. My world operates far from theirs. I have never charged $18.99 for a CD.

Scene Point Blank: 2007 saw the decommissioning of two prominent file-sharing groups - Demonoid and Oink. What kind of impact will the increased crackdown on file-sharing have on the record industry? Did it personally have an effect on you?

I am not aware of those websites. I am not willing to argue with anyone if they choose to take my music for free. I prefer they don't so that I can release more music faster, but I am not going to argue about it. I actually have never downloaded any music for free. I enjoy the process of getting an album and looking at the artwork, reading the liner notes and lyrics, but that is just me. I am not willing to argue about it. I have had people write me from other countries saying that they were able to hear the band via the Internet and actually apologize that they couldn't buy the album. I have also experienced the opposite end of the spectrum where some drunk guy at a show is complaining that the LP is $8 even though he just spent $30 on beer.

Scene Point Blank: What can we look forward to from your band in 2008?

This is something that I know about. New Idea Society will have a single out by March and we are currently demoing a new album. Definitely back to Europe, Japan, and U.S. dates throughout 2008. Hopefully no more tour ending bus accidents.

Scene Point Blank: What three records are you looking forward to most in 2008?

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Homepage: http://www.newideasociety.com

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Words by Michael on Oct. 16, 2010, 11:05 a.m.

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