News Roundup: Nine Inch Nails, Peter King, Beck, Online Radio
--New York Congressman Peter King is thrilled with the response to his slightly insensitive YouTube video. "I think I hit a raw nerve," King told the New York Post. The congressman, who is considering a run for senate, said his office has been flooded with hundreds of phone calls and e-mails, 60 percent of them positive. Jackson fans are notoriously rabid in their devotion, and don't seem too happy with King's underwhelming sensitivity. A Jackson fan created a site to raise money for whoever runs against King in the race for the third congressional district in 2010. So far, more than $3,000 has been raised.
--Following his Velvet Underground-cover series, Beck has announced another feature on his website, an interview series called "Irrelevant Topics." The series will be "conversations between musicians, artists, writers, etc. on various subjects, without promotional pretext or editorial direction." In the first installment, Beck chats with the usually reclusive Tom Waits. The two discuss the plausibility of home submarine building, the origins of the rock festival, and whether a definitive song about Los Angeles exists. And that's just part one.
--Internet radio isn't screwed. After two years of negotiations, record labels and online radio stations have agreed on new royalty rates for online streaming stations. Previously, online companies argued royalty rates were so high they would be forced out of business. So feel free to continue to listen to Pandora while your torrents download.