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Attorney General Sessions Memo Frees Federal Prosecutors to Pursue Marijuana Cases – What Does It Mean for Broadcast Advertisements?

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Fri 5 Jan 2018 4:17 pm

Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a one-page memo (here) advising Federal prosecutors to use their discretion in pursuing marijuana prosecutions – even in states where state law has made marijuana legal for either medical or recreational use.  Even though some states have removed state law restrictions on the sale or use of marijuana, marijuana remains illegal under Federal law as we wrote here when the FDA, under the Obama administration, refused to remove the drug from “Schedule 1” – the category of drugs most restricted under Federal law.  As we wrote here, because marijuana is illegal under Federal law, and broadcasters are Federal licensees, running advertising for a substance that is generally illegal to use or possess under Federal law poses real risks for broadcast licensees.  Yesterday’s action by the DOJ, essentially repealing guidance given to Federal prosecutors not to pursue marijuana cases where there was no abusive conduct (e.g. no sales to children, no attempts to sell outside states where the drug is legal under state law, no cooperation with international drug dealers, etc.), does nothing to lessen the risk to broadcasters of running such ads, and in fact likely ups those risks.

Some broadcasters may have taken hope from a decision of a federal appeals court from 2016 finding criminal prosecutions by the Department of Justice of entities and individuals who were complying with state laws decriminalizing medical marijuana were barred by a rider to a federal appropriations bill. Some saw this decision as a broad statement that the federal government would not be enforcing its marijuana laws in any context. But, as we wrote here, the bar on the spending of any money on prosecutions applies only to the DOJ (not to other federal agencies such as the FCC) and only to medical marijuana. Moreover, the decision practically quoted the same warning that I have included in my articles on the topic – the rider does not change the underlying law declaring the sale and distribution of marijuana illegal under federal law.  Moreover, the Court observed that administrations can change (as they did), changing prosecution priorities.  This rider can also expire, increasing the potential for prosecutions in the new atmosphere at the DOJ.  Given the DOJ decision yesterday, broadcasters need to remain very cautious about marijuana ads of any sort, and seek counsel on any such ads that they are considering.

Sampling Stories Vol. 13: Chino Amobi

Delivered... Thomas Burkhalter from Norient | Scene | Fri 5 Jan 2018 7:00 am

Chino Amobi is a musician and visual artist of Nigerian origin living in Richmond, Virginia. He is co-founder of the transnational network NON Worldwide and also known under the artist's name Diamond Black Hearted Boy. In his tracks he is heavily sampling, from airport soundscapes to chicken clucks and – not least – gun shots. In this short quote he explains why the latter are in fact uniting people. From the Norient book Seismographic Sounds (see and order here).

Has more than one self: Chino Amobi of the meta-national art & music collective NON Worldwide (NON, 2017)

I work with samples of gunshots from games and movies. This does not mean that my music preaches violence. Gunshots are part of our lives. Guns are not used only to kill. In fact, in many places people fire them to celebrate – though this is indeed dangerous because bullets can still fall down and kill. People also play games that are packed with gunshots and explosions. Gamers all over the world recognize these well-designed sounds – they have entered the collective consciousness. In this way, gunshots are capable of uniting people rather than separating them.

I use sci-fi gunshots in my music, not recordings from regular gunshots. Science fiction is prophecy, I believe, for future models of class, gender and warfare. Sci-fi gunshots therefore challenge me on higher levels: people identify with them, and yet I cannot know what they really mean to them. It’s probably about context, knowledge, experience and personality, far beyond my control as a producer of music. This is what motivates me. In working with these well-known sounds I open spaces for diverse, dialectic and controversial interpretations; I raise questions and inspire discussions both small and large.

When I produce, many forces fight each other. It’s a battle. I try to find my personal voice, knowing that my music can never be isolated from the world. Every movement is full of echoes of distant lands and forgotten wars.

A Collection of Gun Shots in Recent Electronic Music
Compiled by Hannes Liechti – please send us more tracks

The quote was recorded on Skype, 21.4.2015. The text was published first in a very short version in the second Norient book Seismographic Sounds. Click on the image to know more.

Read More on the Web

> Hannes Liechti: «Sampling Stories Vol. 3: Moro»
> Philipp Rhensius: «Overwrite Your Mind and Body»

Read More on the Web

> Red Bull Music Academy Daily: «An Introduction to NON Worldwide»
> Reddit List: «Best Gunshots in a Song»
> The Muse – Jezebel: «‹Our Politics Is Our Lives›: Chino Amobi Makes Abstract Music from Concrete Ideals»

From Chinese communes to Durban taxis: how dance music went global

Delivered... Matthew Collin | Scene | Fri 5 Jan 2018 7:00 am

While western dancefloors are often full of jocks craving Instagram moments, the internet is helping techno, psytrance and more reach uncharted territory

• ‘I’ll be going through a slum to a rich club’: India’s upside-down rave scene

After darkness falls, there are strange phantasmagorical rumblings deep in the guts of cities around the world: a disused slaughterhouse near the Danube in Belgrade, an old air-raid shelter beneath the streets of Shanghai, a vast concrete swimming pool under a football stadium in Tbilisi, an unsignposted apartment building in the cobbled back alleys of Istanbul.

Over the past three decades, electronic dance music has spread to places such as this on the way to becoming a worldwide culture, establishing a home in some of the most unlikely places, mainly because of the relentless enthusiasm of the iconoclasts, misfits, fanatics and hustlers who have embraced the music and sought to build communities around it.

Vegas clubs can feel like showpiece sports tournaments with lines of fans facing the stage, holding up phones

Related: 'I'll be going through a slum to a rich club': India's upside-down rave scene

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‘I’ll be going through a slum to a rich club’: India’s upside-down rave scene

Delivered... Tara Joshi | Scene | Fri 5 Jan 2018 7:00 am

Magnetic Fields, a three-day festival in the Rajasthan desert, saw the country’s burgeoning dance scene go overground. But there are concerns that clubbing is a corporatised ‘rich person’s game’

‘Before this, there was Bollywood, and everything else was deep underground.” These are the words of producer Karsh Kale, describing India’s music scene as recently as 10 years ago. It is telling of just how much has changed that Kale is saying this by a fireplace in the middle of a desert in Rajasthan, where an electronic music festival is taking place.

Now in its fifth year, with a capacity of more than 3,000 (having started at less than 500), Magnetic Fields is one of many events catering to a burgeoning underground music scene in India. Sets from Four Tet and Ben UFO that go on until 8am in the grounds of a magical 17th-century palace are remarkable in themselves (as are surreal moments such as a local hip-hop DJ dropping Big Shaq’s Man’s Not Hot under the stars), but what is especially noteworthy is the number of Indian acts and attendees.

Related: The Ska Vengers: 'The worst that could happen? We could get lynched'

The ability to build a cultural community through music is severely hindered by the fact these events are corporatised

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