Do black leather pants qualify as a tax deduction for rock stars?

December 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

Loren’s long awaited legal music database has finally arrived!

here is the official video:

and here is the official press release:

From writing-off leather pants to copyright disputes: New database chronicles legal side of music industry

School of Law’s Center for Empirical Research in the Law and a recent law alum launch thediscography.org

By Jessica Martin

Do black leather pants qualify as a tax deduction for rock stars?

Fans, musicians, journalists, researchers and anyone else interested in music can see how the courts dealt with this question and nearly any other legal issue involving the music industry at The Discography: Legal Encyclopedia of Popular Music accessible through thediscography.org.

The site was created by Loren Wells, JD, musician and recent graduate of the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and is supported by the Center for Empirical Research in the Law (CERL) at the School of Law.

The site’s database — the most elaborate of its kind — covers 2,400 court opinions spanning nearly 200 years of the music industry.

The opinions, ranging from copyrights and contracts to taxes, torts and more, are fully summarized and searchable by a number of variables such as artist, location, timeframe issue and more.

“You can see nearly all of U.S. law through the cases and while the cases are educational, they’re also immensely entertaining,” Wells says.

“The Discography is for anyone who legitimately wants a balanced perspective of the music industry and an appreciation for the people who make it happen.”

Wells started in the music industry with small rock shows and then moved onto playing the House of Blues and record label showcases. He strayed from the stage briefly to attend law school.

Thediscography.org also features a blog that highlights interesting cases, artwork by Wells and a news section on current legal events in the music industry.

CERL provides the technical platform to deliver Wells’ database to anyone who would like to access it.

“We took an uncut gem and presented it in a defined form,” says Andrew D. Martin, PhD, CERL director and professor of law.

“The Discography is exciting because it’s an extraordinary collection of information that did not previously exist.

Martin says the project is being driven by a “very passionate student” and is a departure from the staid, faculty projects that CERL normally supports.

“The value of the database is immense,” says Martin, who is also professor and chair of the Department of Political Science in Arts & Sciences. “Through the lens of music cases we’re able to understand a great deal of American law.”

CERL’s research technologist Troy DeArmitt says “Wells put a lot of energy and knowledge into constructing this body of information.

“It would be criminal if this information was not accessible to the world,” DeArmitt says.

Editor’s Note: Loren Wells, Andrew Martin and Troy DeArmitt are available for live or taped interviews using Washington University’s free VYVX or ISDN lines. Please contact Jessica Martin at (314) 935-5251 or jessica_martin@wustl.edu for assistance.

yer boy matis is back, and this time he’s wearing a santa suit

December 1, 2010 § Leave a comment


Matisyahu also ice skates and dances in a Shakira Loba cage.

Happy Hanukkah, Channukah, Hannukah, Chanukah, Feliz Janukah…
(or all of the above)

gracias a la vida

September 7, 2010 § 3 Comments

Recently, I’ve been feeling pretty blue. My papi, being the wise man that he is, tells me to think about all the wonderful things I have going in my life- a family that loves me, a husband that adores me, a wonderful group friends that support me, and a drive and determination to make art at whatever means possible.

He is right- I am a VERY lucky girl.

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto.
Me dio dos luceros que, cuando los abro,
perfecto distingo lo negro del blanco,
y en el alto cielo su fondo estrellado
y en las multitudes el hombre que yo amo.

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto.
Me ha dado el oído que, en todo su ancho,
graba noche y día grillos y canarios;
martillos, turbinas, ladridos, chubascos,
y la voz tan tierna de mi bien amado.

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto.
Me ha dado el sonido y el abecedario,
con él las palabras que pienso y declaro:
madre, amigo, hermano, y luz alumbrando
la ruta del alma del que estoy amando.

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto.
Me ha dado la marcha de mis pies cansados;
con ellos anduve ciudades y charcos,
playas y desiertos, montañas y llanos,
y la casa tuya, tu calle y tu patio.

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto.
Me dio el corazón que agita su marco
cuando miro el fruto del cerebro humano;
cuando miro el bueno tan lejos del malo,
cuando miro el fondo de tus ojos claros.

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto.
Me ha dado la risa y me ha dado el llanto.
Así yo distingo dicha de quebranto,
los dos materiales que forman mi canto,
y el canto de ustedes que es el mismo canto
y el canto de todos, que es mi propio canto.

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto.

sea eleanor

August 12, 2010 § 1 Comment

My beautiful and incredibly talented cousin Eleanor Dubinsky has just released a new album entitled sea inside. I bought my copy last night and listened to it over and over… eventually falling asleep to her voice. My favorite tracks on the album are Missouri Sky and Estoy Sola.

sea inside is available on iTunes for $6.95.


eleanor sings

January 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

mi prima…

Indie-soul songstress Eleanor Dubinsky combines sultry, jazzy vocals with global pop to create hot original music with international appeal. Her music fuses French pop, canto nuevo and new American soul, using multiple languages and global rhythms to tell a story that is personal and universally accessible. Based in New York City she performs her original music throughout the New York City area, the United States and internationally.

In addition to singing, Eleanor plays cello, guitar and hand percussion. She writes in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese and her international background and ease with many languages and cultures enhance her personal appeal as an artist to people from all over the world. Eleanor independently released her debut EP “Us” in May 2009 and is currently finishing her debut LP for release in 2010.

Check her out at EleanorDubinsky.com.

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