February 17, 2008 |
The first time Jose Freeman heard his tribe's lost language through the crackle of a 70-year-old recording, he cried. "My ancestors were speaking to me," said Freeman of the sounds captured when American Indians still inhabited California's Salinas Valley. "It was like coming home." Although the last native speaker of Salinan died almost half a century ago, more and more indigenous people are finding their extinct or endangered tongues, one word or song at a time, thanks to a late linguist and some UC Davis scholars who are working to transcribe his life's obsession.
January 11, 2008 |
Sony BMG Music Entertainment plans to sell digital music without copyright protection through Amazon.com Inc., stepping up competition between the Internet retailer and Apple Inc.'s iTunes. Sony BMG is the last of the four major record companies to sell music without piracy protection through Amazon.com, the world's largest online retailer.
January 10, 2008 |
Iran on Wednesday accused the United States of fabricating video and audio released by the Pentagon that shows Iranian boats confronting U.S. warships near the Persian Gulf. Defense Department spokesman Bryan Whitman said that the "allegation is absurd, factually incorrect and reflects the lack of seriousness with which they take this serious incident." The video from Sunday's incident shows small Iranian boats swarming around the U.S. ships in the Strait of Hormuz.
December 24, 2007 |
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Jack Frost ripping a CD. Online piracy is creating a modern-day twist on "The Christmas Song." Nat King Cole's recording of the holiday standard is among the most popular downloads on file-sharing networks this year. More than 1.2 million people were offering digital copies of Cole's version on file-sharing networks recently, according to BigChampagne, a Beverly Hills-based online media measurement firm.
December 16, 2007 |
How to characterize the new edict obliging coaches to wear microphones and do interviews during nationally televised games? Gee, what a novel idea. Or not. Dallas Coach Avery Johnson, obliged to take part in the inaugural, noted the NBA was trying to "catch up to NASCAR and baseball" . . . to name two more sports that tipped off their desperation by letting TV intrude in their events.
December 9, 2007 |
Despite efforts to portray it as an art for the aging, classical music has always been a young person's game. No other form of art or entertainment requires such early training. Kids often learn Bach on the piano long before they get around to mimicking Jimi Hendrix on the guitar. Prodigies, in fact, are classical's business model.
December 4, 2007 |
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to free Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) from having to pay damages to House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) for letting reporters hear an illegally recorded 1996 phone call among House Republicans. Without comment, the justices let stand an appeals court ruling that the Constitution's free-speech guarantee doesn't shield McDermott from Boehner's lawsuit. A judge ordered McDermott to pay Boehner $60,000 in damages plus legal fees and costs.
November 30, 2007 |
Osama bin Laden called on Europeans to stop helping the United States in the Afghanistan war, according to excerpts of an audiotape broadcast Thursday on Al Jazeera television. Bin Laden called it unjust for the United States to have invaded Afghanistan for sheltering him after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, saying he was the "only one responsible." The message appeared to be another attempt by Bin Laden to influence public opinion in the West. U.S.
November 6, 2007 |
Garth Brooks officially is the bestselling solo act in U.S. music history. Again. Brooks collected his latest hunka-hunka precious metal Monday from the Recording Industry Assn. of America, certifying total album sales of 123 million copies, allowing him to surpass Elvis Presley to reclaim the No. 2 slot. The Beatles have long been No. 1 on the RIAA's ranking of U.S. album sales, currently showing sales of 170 million and counting, but the No. 2 position has shifted over time.