The Bad Plus throw out convention and breathe fire into next week's Jazz Alley calendar, with startling original material mixed amongst their acclaimed reconstructed covers of classic and contemporary rock. Definitely hot.
Also hot, these days, is the topic of Digital Rights Management (DRM). There are a number of blogs discussing the pros and cons of the technology. The most nefarious scheme I've heard of was created by Sony BMG. They embedded a DRM application in some CD's, including (ironically) TBP's Suspicious Activity? that used malware techniques to install and cloak itself in PC system software, sometimes resulting in system crashes and data loss. Mark Russinovich of SystemInternals helped break the story and expose Sony last year. The Bad Plus, to their credit, are good guys and had no prior knowledge of Sony's foul play. Sony later settled with their violated customers. You've got until December 31st to claim your
pittance compensation if you got smacked by one of those bad CDs.
More images: The Bad Plus live at Bumbershoot 2004