It’s been almost four weeks since I sat in this chair in front of the keyboard and thought about this blog. All the recent posts were composed in a frenzy of energy before I went on holiday and put into a daily schedule. I’ve been back from Canada for well over a week but left so exhausted/jet-lagged by the trip, not to mention feeling rundown from having a chest infection that won’t shift, that I haven’t had the energy to get my brain in gear.
I’d love to spend ages boring you rigid with the events of the past two weeks – after all you should have to suffer the same way my colleagues at work have heard over and over again about my adventures in Toronto and slightly further afield, but I will resist that self-indulgent temptation. For now anyway.
Instead let me share with you something two things that have annoyed me in recent days.
It’s now been the best part of six weeks since the original TVV met its demise at the hands of blogger. Thanks to advice from a number of readers I have been able to access some of the material in an indirect way which is why I’m able to fill the new place with inane ramblings from the old place.
One of the things that often accompanied a dmca notice was a notice being served on the place where I pay a monthly subscription to host my files (box.com) saying I was breaching copyright. Box, without failure, always immediately deleted the ‘offending’ file. The thing about many of these dmca notices was they were in respect of posts that were week, months and in some cases years old with the links having often been long removed so I wasn’t all that bothered that the box file was ever deleted.
With TVV having gone forever I thought that, unless a dmca was served in respect of stuff at T(n)VV then my box files were safe. But I came back from Canada to find four separate e-mails from box advising that they had received notices about breached copyright. But with none of the songs being available via a link I’m bemused as to how someone could serve such a notice…unless off course it’s the fact that summaries of the old posts with the tracks featured can be found over at Hype Machine and the continued appearance on those pages is causing offence.
And it’s worth mentioning that in three of the four emails from box, I was informed that the files removed were in relation to around ten different songs by Belle & Sebastian (the other was an obscure b-side by Echo & The Bunnymen). Any of you other bloggers had similar experiences??
The other annoying thing? It’s probably saddened me more than anything now I’ve had time to reflect on it.
I was initially excited by the news that High Land Hard Rain, one of my favourite LPs of all time, was going to be performed by Roddy Frame at a special show at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 4 December. It is one of just three specially arranged shows which will mark 30 years since the LP was released. The one fly in the ointment was that the date coincided with a planned week’s holiday with Mrs Villain but with nothing having been booked I was going to ask her to look at either going out early or delaying by a few days so that I could go to the show.
Until I saw how much I would have to pay for a decent seat – £45 plus booking fee.
This is just greed on the part of all involved and I’m sorry to say that I can’t absolve Roddy from blame. If he was going out on tour with a new record there is no way as an artist whose hit-making days are behind him would go dare dream of asking for more than maybe £20. I’m sure that as a sop to his fans such a gig would include a handful of tracks from the LP for which he is most fondly regarded by most. £45 is just too rich for my tastes…and I know I’m not alone as there’s a couple of other long-time fans who equally have shied away from the gig.
I’m sad because this marks the first time in my life when I have put the cost of a gig before the value of the experience of being there. It’s not that I can’t afford the ticket – and even if I was that skint I’d save the money by not doing something else such as miss out on a couple of football matches.
It’s the plain and simple fact that I’m not having my fandom and dedication taken for granted. I’ve seen Roddy Frame play live many times over the years and I’ve always enjoyed it. I’ve bought all the records/CDs over the years and I even got a an overpriced but attractive t-shirt the last time I caught him in Glasgow (it’s a bad habit of mine but when I really enjoy a gig I do buy something to commemorate it such as a t-shirt or tour edition CD).
But this time I’m giving it a miss. Right now I have no regrets. But just to make sure I will be taking that holiday so I’m out of the country on the night of the gig.
It’s good to be back dear friends.
mp3 : Belle and Sebastian – The Boy Done Wrong Again
mp3 : Roddy Frame – The Boy Wonders (live at Ronnie Scott’s, 2005)