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Protagonist Has Their Gear Stolen On Their Way to Record With Stephen Egerton

Monday, May 31st, 2010

As you may have seen today, unfortunately Florida band Protagonist had their gear stolen this weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  As if losing over $22,000 in gear and merchandise wasn’t bad enough, the band was on their way to record with Stephen Egerton of the Descendents, so it’s a major blow.  (Minor aside, if you haven’t checked out the album Seven Degrees of Stephen Egerton, you should, it rules.)  I really feel for the band, as I do for any band that gets their gear stolen on the road.  Here is an account from Brian of Protagonist as to what happened:

We’re all a little scatter-brained and shocked right now so I don’t even know where to begin, but our trailer was stolen off of our van sometime between 5-7:30am this morning from a Days Inn Airport Hotel/Denny’s parking lot last night in TULSA, OKLAHOMA. The van was parked right side of our hotel room in a very well lit parking lot that the hotel shares with a Denny’s Restaurant. That lot is where the hotel asked us to park it, and the staff at the 24-hour Denny’s told us the van would be safe there as well. But we were wrong. The pin lock was somehow removed, the chains were cut, and no trace of the trailer was left behind. We drove 18 hours straight from Florida to Tulsa,OK to record with Stephen Egerton. We were supposed to start early this morning hence pulling into town yesterday evening.

The thief made away with all of this:

(2)  4×12 Orange Cabinets

(1)  8×10 Ampeg Bass Cabinet

-Peavey 5150 II Head (In road Case with Protagonist Screened on top and sides)

-Marshall 1984 JCM 800 (in Road Case)

-Ampeg SVT Classic Head (in Road Case)

-1981 Gibson SG (Yellowing body, Black Dadario Tuning Pegs, Paper and Plastick Skull Stikcer on Back)

-2009 Sparrow Les Paul Body Guitar (Black Paper and Plastick Skull Stikcer on Back)

-2001 Epiphone Les Paul Custom (Black with Black and Gold Tuners, Georgetown University Sticker on back)

-1973 Gibson L6S (Wood, Cracked Headstock)

-1997 Fender P Bass (Black with Beat up Black pick guard, G string tuning peg does not match others)

-Black Toolbox (Boss TU2 tuner, Boss Noise suppressor, moded Ibanez tube screamer, Korg AB/Y box, Multiple Monster Cables)

-Black and White Back Pack Chord Bag (Boss TU2 Tuner, 5 Monster Cables)

-Black and Yellow Toolbox (Stickers All over, Boss TU2 Tuner, Sans Amp Inside, Multiple Monster Cables)

(1)  C&C Custom Drums (red and black stripes)

-16×26” Kick Drums

– 8×16   Rack Tom

-16×16            Floor Tom

-8×14 Snare Drum (black and red glass glitter)

(2)  DW Boom Stands

DW Hi-Hat Stand

DW 5000 Bass Pedal

Tama Iron Cobra Bass Pedal

Pork Pie Drum Throne (Black)

-About $700 worth of band merchandise


If anyone has any information please email PROTAGONISTSTOLENGEAR@GMAIL.COM or call BRIAN at (561)212-9879

We also set up a paypal account linked to PROTAGONISTSTOLENGEAR@GMAIL.COM so if anyone has a few extra bucks it would be greatly appreciated to say the least.

If you can help in any way, be it information or a donation, please help an independent band replace their gear.  This has been a real problem lately for traveling bands, as Alternative Press magazine has profiled.  Bands, please read up, take precautions like insurance if you can, and record your gear serial numbers if nothing else.  Also, try to figure out what hotels are better for touring bands than others in different cities, and do what you can to secure your gear.  The world for touring bands is tough enough, especially with the recent gear thefts, I feel for the bands that have lost gear to theft and encourage those out there to work to try to prevent theft.

You Let My Avatar Do What?

Monday, May 31st, 2010

I presented this weekend at the Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Section of the Florida Bar Annual Retreat in Palm Beach on the legal issues involved in licensing for music video games, particularly licensing of artists’ images for the creation of avatars for these games. In addition to the rights to the music involved, the focus has shifted as of late to the right of publicity rights artists grant to allow their images to be used in these games, particularly after No Doubt filed suit against Activision over the band’s depiction in the game Band Hero. No Doubt alleges in their suit that the feature of the Band Hero game that allows players to unlock the band’s avatars to not only play non-No Doubt songs, but also sing as other genders, particularly the Rolling Stones song “Honky Tonk Woman.” The band alleges that after asking that the feature be shut off in the game, Activision responded that doing so would be too expensive. Activision also mentions in its answer that the unlocking feature is public knowledge and that the band’s management should have known of it when the band signed the contract for their inclusion in the game. As I prepared for this presentation, an ethical question occurred to me, particularly since Activision’s answer states that No Doubt “signed after extensive negotiations with their representatives…who collectively have decades of experience in the entertainment industry.” The question that has come to mind in monitoring this case and other situations like it is how much artists and their managers need to know about new technologies before they license their music and images for use in such technologies? I would be interested in your thoughts on the matter, especially among the lurking attorneys out there and artists or content owners who have licensed content for such uses? Comment, e-mail or DM me on Twitter about your experiences.

Speaking of new technologies, I am excited to announce a new addition to my practice: a virtual law office. What is a virtual law office, you ask? It is a secure online interface that allows you to request and receive legal services on the Internet, much like you can do with online banking.

The idea is to provide my existing and future clients with the convenience of being able to register, log on, fill out forms and contracts, along with other legal services, when it works for you, whether it’s after work or out on the road. In addition, you can handle billing and invoicing, as well as pay via check or credit card for the services received. To get started, log on to my site, click on the ‘New Client’ button, then register and ask a question for a free, personal and confidential consultation. After a conflict check, you will receive a quote for the services requested, and if you choose to accept the quote, you can begin to receive legal services through the virtual law office for Scelsi Entertainment and New Media Law. In addition to asking a question to request legal services online, you can also request to schedule a phone or in person consultation. The virtual law office allows me to provide not only typical legal services online, but also what are called unbundled legal services, where you can request to have a document prepared for a fixed fee instead of at an hourly rate. Compared to traditional legal services, unbundled legal services can be cost effective, especially for independent artists and companies. So if it’s something you’re interested in, visit the site, register and ask a question to get started. Also, if you have suggestions as to features you would like included on the virtual law office to help you in your endeavors, send me an e-mail.

More Mohawks and Bowling Shoes- Days 2 and 3 of Punk Rock Bowling

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Day 2 of PRB

Punk Rock Bowling was a crazy weekend, there was so much going on from one end of the resort to the other.  Walking into the bowling on Saturday was overwhelming yet fun, bowlers and spectators in every type of uniform and getup you could imagine, including some really great mohawks. Here’s a small sampling of the scene:

I hung out with the teams from No Idea Records and The Fest for the tournament, great group of guys.  I ran a bit of interference to keep an eye on the scores between the different lanes.   The No Idea team started out against an all female team of damned good bowlers, MFM.  They had one bowler who got several consecutive strikes, it was impressive. The Fest team started off against No Coast Death Squad, and ultimately made it to the Sunday playoff tourney.

With bowling wrapped up for the day, some of the guys and I went to check out the outdoor music festival.  The first band we caught was the Swingin’ Utters, who put on an active set that the crowd responded to with a fast moving circle pit.  Following them up was Gainesville’s own Against Me!, who played a solid set with favorites like “Sink Florida Sink” and others.  The outdoor slate concluded with Flogging Molly, who were entertaining and lively as ever, and provided the stoked crowd with some drunken lullabies.  I caught part of the Revival Tour later in the Madrid Lounge, it was a relaxing interlude among the madness, which was set to start early the next day for the final round of bowling.  Ok by early I mean 11 AM, but as you have probably learned at other multi-day punk events, your perception of early starts to change.

Day 3 of Punk Rock Bowling

If Saturday was crazy at PRB, Sunday was sheer madness as the playoff teams squared off against each other to determine the winner of the 2010 tournament.  There were more than a few bleary eyes among the lanes, but there was definitely an air of excitement as everyone waited to get going.  The excitement built as The Fest team kept winning games, eventually making it to the top 16, where they ended up bowling one of Fat Wreck Chords’ teams, Las Bowlachas, featuring Fat Mike himself. 

It was a lot of fun to watch, I think the guys bowling definitely had a great time bowling with the Fat team, to whom they unfortunately ultimately lost.  Another Fat Wreck Chords team, the Pin Ladens, went on to win the tournament over Northeast Records.

My evening moved on to hanging with friends new and old, which is half the fun.  It was great to meet Lisa from AMP Magazine, as well as to enjoy the Tia and J.P. comedy show.  I got brave and ventured out to try and catch D.R.I.’s set, though the weather was hardly cooperating Sunday night.  The wind was blowing so hard outside it felt like it would pick you up off of the ground.

The lounge show Sunday night was probably my favorite of the weekend.  Starting off the show was Burlington, Ontario’s own St. Alvia.  Despite singer Ben fighting a cold, he enlisted the crowd for some help on a couple choruses to buoy the set along.  Their set was strong that demonstrated the wide range of influences that make this band tick.  Check out some video I took, the sound isn’t great, used my digital camera for some reason instead of my Flip cam, which rules.

Following up was another band I was stoked to see, The Cute Lepers, whose bouncy music and retro background singers made for a really entertaining set.  Check out the video below.

Punk Rock Bowling ended on a seriously high note with the ultimate punk lounge act, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.  The small venue was pretty packed for this show, and everyone was jazzed for the show.  The band did not disappoint, applying their unique stylings to songs like “Jolene,” “I Believe I Can Fly,” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”  My favorite was their rendition of Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road,” it was a blast to sing along and enjoy the music.  I live for live music, just makes me feel alive, especially to be among other fans enjoying the show.  A young couple ended up getting engaged onstage during the set, like I said it was craziness.   And so my time at Punk Rock Bowling has come to an end for this year, check out the pics and enjoy this video of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes playing “Jolene.”

I can’t wait for next year, maybe to bowl but definitely to hang and meet more online friends, who I keep finding were there and I missed meeting.  Oh, and the Festival Roundup continues, stay tuned!

Day 1 of Punk Rock Bowling, Festival Roundup

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

So life in Punk Lawyer Land has been a bit hectic with work, my apologies for not posting for a while.  To catch up, I’m doing a festival roundup for the festivals I’ve been checking out lately.  This weekend I’m out in Vegas for the 12th Annual Punk Rock Bowling put on by BYO Records.  It’s like a punk invasion of Henderson’s Sunset Station Casino and Resort, with every variety of punk outfits and hairstyles you could imagine.  I was amused eating dinner last night by some older patrons gesturing wildly to a waitress about the mohawks several people at the neighboring table were sporting.  The casino crowd is certainly interesting this weekend, a mix of the PRB crowd and the regular patrons.  Sounds like people are enjoying the poker tournament, though everyone is geared up for the bowling tournament that starts today.  Last night kicked off the music festival, which featured Guilty by Association, Tony Sly from No Use for a Name, Teenage Bottlerocket, Fucked Up, Hot Water Music, and wrapping up with NOFX.  I really enjoyed Teenage Bottlerocket’s set, especially their cover of Youth Brigade’s “Punk Rock Mom” in honor of Mother’s Day for all the moms.  It was a perfect night for an outdoor show, think it’s the first time in a while I’ve gone to a show without getting all sweaty.  Fucked Up put on an energetic set, and the crowd loved it.  I particularly enjoyed Damian’s statement to the crowd, “Look at me, I’m a 300 pound bald guy and I’m up here doing this.  Any of you can do this, any of you could start a band, start a fanzine,” and emphasized that punk is not a scene where people typically just sit and listen.  Motivating words for sure.  Gainesville’s own Hot Water Music put on a powerful set including favorites like “Free Radio Gainesville.”  The scenery of the surrounding mountains as the sun set and night fell also provided a neat backdrop for the evening’s music.

NOFX wrapped up the outdoor show for Friday, kicking things off with “Seeing Double at the Triple Rock.”  Fat Mike certainly demonstrated why he advises not to bring your kids to a NOFX show, as he defined a number of sex acts to the crowd after noticing that a Dad in the front row had his 9 year old with him.  Eek.  Their set continued on with favorites like “Leave it Alone” and “Linoleum”  A fuse was blown at some point on stage, prompting a few sound guys to charge the stage from the tent with cables to try and remedy it.  The band took it in stride, even doing a brief yet funny cover of The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Got a Feelin.”  Can’t wait for the Me First and the Gimme Gimmes lounge set Sunday night for sure.  So that was my Friday at Punk Rock Bowling, I’m looking forward to watching the bowling today, hanging with Florida friends and meeting new people, and of course more music tonight.  The lineup includes Broadway Calls, Old Man Markley, Cobra Skulls, Riverboat Gamblers, Swinging Utters, Against Me!, and Flogging Molly outside with the Revival Tour playing a sold out lounge show afterward.  Get me a Red Bull, it’s going to be a long night.

The Show Must Go On

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

I took a jaunt up to Gainesville yesterday to do meet with clients and check out the Rehasher show at the Atlantic.  I always have a great time up in Gainesville Rock City, and this time did not disappoint.  It turned out to be one of the craziest confluences of events around a show I’ve seen in a while.  It had been raining, but as I got closer to the venue the skies seemed to open.  It was an interesting lineup, including the Japanese band SNM, who were in town recording with Roger from LTJ.  The crowd was pretty jovial and friendly, which was good because just as SNM started to set up, the power went out, not just at the venue but all around the Atlantic as well.  Good thing the bar computer was on backup, a lot of people hung around talking in the darkness, there were plenty of jokes about leaving our rave glow sticks at home.  But the show must go on, and after learning that 1982 had power, the bands and the show proceeded over there.  SNM put on an energetic set for sure after all the drama.  Rehasher was awesome, well worth the wait and craziness.  From Roger’s posting on Facebook, sounds like it was a great evening for the band too.  Had some great meetings with clients about exciting projects, I’m really feeling energized and excited, bring on Punk Rock Bowling!