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The Top 7 Mixes of June 2020

Delivered... Caroline Whiteley | Scene | Tue 30 Jun 2020 4:18 pm

What a month on Planet Earth. The longer the dancefloor remains off-limits, the more important music becomes–not as a communal experience so much as a spot-relief balm for the tired and angry citizen. Headphones are a refuge and music (and speech!) connects us to each other, to history, and to our deepest-held identities. On top of this month’s best mixes, don’t miss Afropunk’s mixtape celebrating...

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Goodbye to the Portals – FCC to Continue to Telework at Least Until August 27 When Move to New Office Is Complete

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Tue 30 Jun 2020 4:18 pm

Multiple press reports yesterday said that the FCC has circulated a memo to its employees announcing that the FCC will not be resuming in-person operations at least until August 27 – and if work resumes then, it will be from the FCC’s new headquarters building.  The FCC has been planning for several years a move from its current headquarters at “the Portals,” where it has resided for over 20 years.  According to press reports, employees will continue to telework at least until the new building is ready in late August.  Employees will be returning to the current building only with individual appointments to clear their current offices. Starting in mid-August, the FCC will pack up and move furniture, equipment and other items from the Portals to the new building which is supposed to be ready for work by August 27.  The reports also note that the FCC will likely continue to allow telework to some extent even once the new building is ready.

The FCC sent all its employees home to telework in mid-March due to the pandemic (see our article here), and has been remarkably efficient in adapting to the new work environment – continuing to routinely process applications and to also work on the big policy decisions with which the agency must grapple.  We have written about many of the issues that the FCC has tackled on this blog and, from the list of regulatory dates in July about which we wrote yesterday, that pace of work does not appear to be slowing down at all.  While we outsiders won’t get our last visit to the Portals to bid it farewell, we look forward to when the time comes that we can visit the new building at 45 L St NE, just a few blocks from Washington’s Union Station and near to NPR’s current headquarters.

Goodbye to the Portals – FCC to Continue to Telework at Least Until August 27 When Move to New Office Is Complete

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Tue 30 Jun 2020 4:18 pm

Multiple press reports yesterday said that the FCC has circulated a memo to its employees announcing that the FCC will not be resuming in-person operations at least until August 27 – and if work resumes then, it will be from the FCC’s new headquarters building.  The FCC has been planning for several years a move from its current headquarters at “the Portals,” where it has resided for over 20 years.  According to press reports, employees will continue to telework at least until the new building is ready in late August.  Employees will be returning to the current building only with individual appointments to clear their current offices. Starting in mid-August, the FCC will pack up and move furniture, equipment and other items from the Portals to the new building which is supposed to be ready for work by August 27.  The reports also note that the FCC will likely continue to allow telework to some extent even once the new building is ready.

The FCC sent all its employees home to telework in mid-March due to the pandemic (see our article here), and has been remarkably efficient in adapting to the new work environment – continuing to routinely process applications and to also work on the big policy decisions with which the agency must grapple.  We have written about many of the issues that the FCC has tackled on this blog and, from the list of regulatory dates in July about which we wrote yesterday, that pace of work does not appear to be slowing down at all.  While we outsiders won’t get our last visit to the Portals to bid it farewell, we look forward to when the time comes that we can visit the new building at 45 L St NE, just a few blocks from Washington’s Union Station and near to NPR’s current headquarters.

TAYHANA’s Pride Month Mix Showcases the Power of the Queer Mexican Underground

Delivered... Caroline Whiteley | Scene | Tue 30 Jun 2020 2:35 pm

As Pride Month comes to a close, Mexico-City based DJ and producer TAYHANA steps out with a new mix of saucy house and hyper-charged rave queerness. A vital part of the LBGTQ+ scene in Latin America, the Argentinian-born producer’s debut album Tierra del Fuego on NAAFI fuses cumbia, dembow and reggaeton with next-gen rave sounds. Just two weeks ago, she dropped Desamor de Primavera, a new EP on...

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News | Sufjan Stevens To Release New Album, ‘The Ascension’ – The Quietus

Delivered... | Scene | Tue 30 Jun 2020 8:00 am
News | Sufjan Stevens To Release New Album, 'The Ascension'  The Quietus

News | 300 Zurich Clubbers Told To Quarantine After Attending Venue – The Quietus

Delivered... | Scene | Tue 30 Jun 2020 8:00 am
News | 300 Zurich Clubbers Told To Quarantine After Attending Venue  The Quietus

That Hans Zimmer ad, but it’s chiptune

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Mon 29 Jun 2020 6:39 pm

"In music, you're basically having a conversation..." Sometimes that conversation is best expressed in 8 bits.

The post That Hans Zimmer ad, but it’s chiptune appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Freebie: Valhalla’s SpaceModulator is a luscious flanger/doubler plug-in

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Mon 29 Jun 2020 6:17 pm

The fine plug-in-smith of Valhalla gives us another free plug-in. And this time, it's a gorgeous flanger / doubling effect, perfect for thickening up your tracks.

The post Freebie: Valhalla’s SpaceModulator is a luscious flanger/doubler plug-in appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

July Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters: End of the TV Repacking, Quarterly Issues/Programs Lists, Children’s Television Reporting, EEO, Carriage Election Public File Information Deadline, LPTV Settlement Window, Rulemaking Comments and More

Delivered... David Oxenford and Adam Sandler | Scene | Mon 29 Jun 2020 4:58 pm

July is usually a month of family vacations and patriotic celebrations.  While the pandemic has seen to it that those activities, if they happen at all, will look different than they have in years past, there are plenty of regulatory obligations to fill a broadcaster’s long, summer days.  Here are a few of the dates and deadlines to watch for in July, and a quick reminder of some of the significant filings due right at the beginning of August.

On or before July 10, all TV and radio stations must upload to their public file their Quarterly Issues/Programs Lists for the 2nd quarter (April, May and June).  Stations that took advantage of the FCC’s extension of time to file their 1st quarter (January, February and March) list must also by July 10 upload that list to their public file.  As a reminder, the Quarterly Issues/Programs Lists are a station’s evidence of how it operated in the public interest, demonstrating its treatment of its community’s most significant issues.  The FCC has shown (see here and here) that it takes this requirement seriously and will fine stations, hold up license renewals, or both if it finds problems with a station’s compliance.  For a short video on complying with the Quarterly Issues/Programs List requirement, see here.

Also, on or before July 10, television stations must file their first annual Children’s Television Programming (also known as KidVid) Report.  The report was initially due in January, but the due date was pushed back to March 30 to allow licensees to become familiar with the new forms and then the Commission announced a blanket extension to July 10 due to coronavirus.  The report to be filed in July covers September 16, 2019 through December 31, 2019.  The next report, likely due in January 2021, will cover all of 2020.  For a deeper look at how to comply with the new programming and reporting changes, see our posts hereherehere, and here.

By July 3, TV stations assigned to Phase 10 of the incentive auction repack must have completed their transition to their post-auction facilities.  This group includes stations originally assigned to Phase 10 and Phase 9 stations that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated delays with tower and construction crews and station personnel compliance with stay-at-home orders, were granted a waiver to move to Phase 10 (we wrote about the waiver process here).  The FCC recently granted one station an extension until September to complete its channel change due to delays from the pandemic and directed the Media Bureau to review requests from any other stations that may need a little more time.  See the FCC’s Order here for more details.  The July 3 transition deadline marks the end of a ten-year process to reallocate TV band spectrum that began in 2010 with the release of the National Broadband Plan.

There is another important date in July dealing with cable and satellite carriage elections for all television stations.  Broadcast TV stations and multichannel video programming distributors (e.g., cable and satellite providers) have until July 31 to upload to their public file or the Cable Operations and Licensing System a phone number and email address to be used for receiving signal carriage notices and questions.  This information must be kept current and will be used in the must-carry and retransmission consent carriage election statements that must be uploaded by stations to their online public files by October 1 of this year for the 2021-2023 cycle.  Under new FCC rules adopted last year, stations now upload their elections to their public file every three years on the normal election cycle and notify MVPDs of their must carry/retransmission consent election only if that election changed from the prior cycle (see our article here).

By July 24, the 35 stations randomly selected by the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau to be audited for their compliance with the EEO rules must upload their responses to their public file.  Among the items requested as part of the audit are copies of EEO annual reports, copies of advertisements, bulletins, emails, and other documents used to disseminate information about open positions, data supporting interviewee referral sources, and documentation about the station’s recruitment efforts.  See our article here about the audit and EEO compliance.

Applicants for new LPTV and TV translator stations filed back in 2009 who filed earlier this year to move their operations because of the TV spectrum repacking, and ended up mutually exclusive with another applicant filing to move because of the repack in the same window, have until July 31 to reach a settlement with any mutually exclusive applicant or to make technical changes in their facilities to resolve the conflict.  Also, LPTV and TV translator stations on channels 38, 44, 45 or 46 must vacate their channels by July 13 to allow for new wireless uses.  For more about these deadlines, see our article here.

The FCC will hold its next Open Meeting on July 16 though, in contrast to recent months, no broadcast-specific items made it on the agenda.  The FCC will, however, review its rules on cable leased access obligations.  The agenda and draft items can be viewed here.

Parties in opposition to the federal government’s petition to the U.S. Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari in Federal Communications Commission, et al. v. Prometheus Radio Project, et al. have until July 21 to submit an opposition brief.  The original due date of May 20 was pushed back to allow new counsel for Prometheus and its co-parties to get up to speed and in acknowledgement of the difficulty of organizing a response during COVID-19.  This is the appeal by broadcasters of the Third Circuit decision throwing out the FCC’s 2017 order changing many broadcast ownership rules – including the abolition of the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rule.  You can catch up on this issues in this appeal here.

Finally, there are lots of comments in rulemaking proceedings.  Reply comments in the FCC’s video description proceeding are due by July 6.  Video description refers to the insertion in TV programming of spoken narration of what is happening on the screen to aid blind or visually impaired persons.  As we wrote here, the Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeks comment on expanding the video description rules to require more stations— beginning with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox stations in markets 61-100 and later expanding by an additional 10 TV markets each year for the next four years—to provide described programming. In the first round of commenting, the National Association of Broadcasters urged the Commission to delay by 9 months (from January 1, 2021 to October 1, 2021) the imposition of this new obligation.  NAB cites the difficulty for stations that are already deep into budgeting for 2021 to accommodate this new financial outlay, especially as many stations are trying to recover from the economic downturn brought on by the pandemic.

By July 13, reply comments are due in the FCC’s proposal to expand the use of Distributed Transmission Systems (DTS) by television stations operating with the new ATSC 3.0 transmission system.  In short, use of a distributed transmission system by a TV station allows the station to extend—within its noise-limited service contour—the strength of its signal, to serve viewers who were unable to receive a clear signal.  Parties interested in submitting reply comments can read the first round of comments that were submitted here and read our post from May with more detail about DTS and about the questions being asked in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

On or before July 23, interested parties can share with the FCC their comments on a proposal to allow broadcast licensees to originate programming on FM translators.  A group of broadcast licensees has asked the FCC think bigger than the proposals put forth in the recent FM boosters zonecasting proceeding and to allow translators to originate up to 40 hours of original programming per week.  The proposal also suggests allowing translators to locate within the primary station’s 45 dbu contour, rather than within the 60 dbu contour of an FM primary station as now required.  See our post here for more details about the proposal and expected next steps.

As a preview of what is to come in early August, full-power TV, Class A TV, TV Translator and LPTV stations in North Carolina and South Carolina and full-power AM, FM, noncommercial educational FM, FM Translator, and LPFM radio stations in Illinois and Wisconsin must file an application for license renewal by August 3 (the actual filing deadline date is August 1, a Saturday, so the deadline shifts to the next business day).  Stations are no longer required to air pre-filing announcements but should already be working on their renewal applications with an eye toward the August 3 deadline.

Full-power TV, Class A TV, LPTV, full-power AM, FM, and noncommercial educational FM stations with August 1 (and, as noted above, August 3) license renewal dates in any year are also required to post to their public file and on their website an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Report, detailing the station’s compliance with the FCC’s EEO rules over the preceding year.  Those August 3 renewal stations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, and Wisconsin must also file a Broadcast Equal Employment Opportunity Program Report (FCC Form 396).  The license renewal application requires the Form 396 file number, so that form must be filed before you can finalize your renewal application.

As you can see, we have highlighted many important dates upcoming in July, so be sure you are in touch with your station’s attorney and staying on top of not only these dates, but also any other dates and deadlines that apply to your operation.

Catnapp’s New EP Will Reunite You With Your Teenage Angst

Delivered... whitney | Scene | Mon 29 Jun 2020 3:00 pm

Listening to even just the first few minutes of Catnapp’s new EP, Damage, which is out now on Monkeytown Records, it’s not hard to imagine how the Berlin-based producer’s careening sound developed from a youth spent listening to what she describes “alternative trash punk rock” in crowded, sweaty basements in her hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Not even a minute into the EP’s first song and...

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News | PJ Harvey Reissue Campaign Continues With ‘Rid Of Me’ – The Quietus

Delivered... | Scene | Mon 29 Jun 2020 8:00 am
News | PJ Harvey Reissue Campaign Continues With 'Rid Of Me'  The Quietus

News | Bill Callahan Shares New Track, ‘Pigeons’ – The Quietus

Delivered... | Scene | Mon 29 Jun 2020 8:00 am
News | Bill Callahan Shares New Track, 'Pigeons'  The Quietus

Arca: Kick I review – dissonance meets overground ambitions

Delivered... Kitty Empire | Scene | Sun 28 Jun 2020 9:00 am

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The Venezuelan electronic innovator adds guests and party tunes to her trademark glitchy sounds

The Venezuela-born, Barcelona-based electronic innovator Arca has long made a feature of colliding sound-worlds and destabilising identities. Across three albums (four, if you’re counting the 62-minute track @@@@@) of mercurial productions, chaos and beauty have intertwined. Hand in hand with Arca’s fluid, writhing music have come inquiries into post-gender and non-binary selves.

KiCk I offers up an even broader palette than previously, while keeping up a steady diet of trademark dissonance alongside those slightly more overground ambitions. Stark album opener Nonbinary comes out fighting on behalf of “self-states”, while a handful of tracks plumb Arca’s Latinx heritage even more assiduously than previously: Mequetrefe is as close to pop as this artist has come; Riquiqui features a plethora of rhythmic Spanish voices over intricate clatter.

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News | Daniel Avery Releases New Album, ‘Love + Light’ – The Quietus

Delivered... | Scene | Sun 28 Jun 2020 8:00 am
News | Daniel Avery Releases New Album, 'Love + Light'  The Quietus

This Week at the FCC for Broadcasters: June 20, 2020 to June 26, 2020

Delivered... David Oxenford and Adam Sandler | Scene | Sat 27 Jun 2020 8:43 pm

Here are some of the regulatory actions of the last week of significance to broadcasters, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations:

  • FEMA announced that it has canceled the 2020 test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), which is the technical infrastructure that delivers EAS messages to radio and TV stations. FEMA noted the “unusual circumstances and working conditions” brought on by the pandemic and acknowledged that post-test reporting would place additional burdens on station personnel already stretched thin to keep their operations on the air.  (Broadcast Law Blog)  (News Release)
  • Through a Public Notice, the FCC announced July 13 as the effective date for certain technical rules for LPFM stations. Though some of the new rules, like changes to the waiver process regarding interference between Channel 6 TV stations and noncommercial FM stations operating on the reserved band and use by LPFM stations of FM boosters become effective next month, other rules, like changes regarding the use of directional antennas and a revision to the definition of a minor change will not be effective until a later date, as yet unannounced.  See the Broadcast Law Blog post here for more detail.  (Public Notice)  (Report and Order)
  • The FCC announced in April that, in light of the shifting economic situation facing many broadcast advertisers, it would allow stations to air certain PSAs, using time donated by commercial entities to organizations involved in the pandemic relief effort, without identifying the commercial entities paying for the time as would otherwise be required by the sponsorship identification rules (see our Broadcast Law Blog article on that decision).  The waiver was to expire on June 30, but this week it was extended through August 31, 2020. (Order)
  • The FCC denied an Application for Review submitted by a West Virginia LPTV operator making clear that the Communications Act and FCC rules do not require mandatory carriage of LPTV stations on satellite television systems. (Memorandum Opinion and Order)
  • In a reminder that stations must file an application whenever there is a change in control of a broadcast station, even one caused by the death of a controlling shareholder, the Commission upheld the Media Bureau’s decision to dismiss an application for license renewal of a Mississippi FM station because it failed to do so, which effectively terminated its right to operate. (Order on Reconsideration)
  • Comments were due this week in the FCC’s video description proceeding. Video description refers to the provision on a subchannel of spoken narration describing what is happening on screen in TV programming to aid blind or visually impaired persons.  The Commission sought comment on expanding the video description rules to require more TV stations to provide this service. In the first round of comments filed this week, the National Association of Broadcasters urged the Commission to delay the effective date of the proposed expansion of the video description requirements by 9 months (from January 1, 2021 to October 1, 2021).  NAB cites the difficulty for stations that are already deep into budgeting for 2021 to accommodate this new financial outlay, especially as many stations are trying to recover from the economic downturn brought on by the pandemic.  (MB Docket 11-43)  (Broadcast Law Blog)
  • The FCC dismissed an application to deliver Chinese programming from a studio in the US to a Mexican station which places a signal back into the United States. Federal law (Section 325(c) of the Communications Act) requires FCC approval for US-produced programming to be exported to a foreign station with significant US coverage.  This procedural decision suggests that all parties producing the programming need to be co-applicants.  (News Release)  (Order)
  • The five FCC Commissioners visited Capitol Hill to participate in a Senate Commerce Committee oversight hearing. The statements, questions and answers focused mostly on non-broadcast matters, but the Commissioners reiterated their support for press freedom, discussed Broadcast Internet services, the C4 radio station class and the minority tax certificate.  (Commissioner Prepared Statements and Archived Video)
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