Jello Biafra was invited to participate in the Plug In conference put on by Jupiter Media Metrics in New York last week. He was asked to speak to major label and dot com music executives regarding the future of "digital music".
Jello took the opportunity to tell the people in attendance what he thinks of the major's horrible music and why they deserve to be file-shared and downloaded and how happy he would be if they all went out of business.
Only about 5% of the people walked out during Jello's talk.
Hillary Rosen of the RIAA gave the keynote speech.
There were certain discussions such as "What Teens Want" which featured 4 actual teens. 3 of the 4 teenagers said they acquire ALL of their music via filesharing. Another discussion was "Artists Are Brands". Hopefully at least one show biz executive left the room with some grasp as to why Jello doesn't consider himself a brand.
He then took the info from the Plug In conference across town to the H2K2 hackers conference put on by 2600 Magazine (the hackers quarterly) as a last minute addition to the bill.
Biafra updated his "hack the planet" piece from "Become The Media" (which was recorded at the last H2K) and spoke of his experience at the Plug In conference and at the end of the night he put on his DJ hat and played tracks from his newly acquired corporate sales convention LPs, such as : "the pepsi universe", "pepsi is everywhere", "the big bottling plant up in the sky", "the exon dealer's wife", and "atom and evil" - from a GE musical performed for executives.
In other Jello news : Jello recently performed at 2 Democracy Rising rallies alongside Ralph Nader and Patti Smith (in Portland, Maine and in New Haven, Connecticut) He is currently hard at work putting the final touches on his new spoken word album, "Machine Gun In The Clown's Hand", or "the BIGGER Ka-Boom" if you will. His new album is slated for release October 7th and looks to be 2 or 3 LP's in length and 2 to 3 CDs in length. It contains far more detail on the War On Terrorism Incorporated; Ashcroft in your bedroom; the Florida election follies, and more.
Jello hopes to line up alot of shows in the Fall, primarily in October, so make sure to check out our website for Tour Date updates. He will be performing on August 3rd in San Francisco at the Great American Music Hall together with Earth FIrst Activist, Darryl Cherney.
And if certain lawsuit addicted greed-heads can leave him alone long enough a new Jello Biafra music album or two may arise.