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Thunderpussy vs the trademark office

Seattle rock band Thunderpussy are currently embroiled in a battle with the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) in a case that will see some form of a resolution today, April 15th

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Seattle rock band Thunderpussy are currently embroiled in a battle with the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) in a case that will see some form of a resolution today, April 15th.

The case surrounds the trademark of the ‘Thunderpussy’ name, which the band want to trademark. The USPTO however, have denied the band the claim on the grounds that the word “pussy” is “immoral” and “scandalous”. These guidelines were set in the Truman-era Lanham Act of 1946, with the USPTO even citing UrbanDictionary(!) as a source for labelling the word “pussy” as “immoral”.

The band are hoping that a Supreme Court case that will be settled today will help resolve this issue for the band. The Supreme Court is ruling on the court case of Iancu v. Brunetti, which sees FUCT clothing brand owner Eric Brunetti fight to keep the name of his clothing brand.

Thunderpussy are also looking at a case a few years ago where Asian-American band The Slants won their right to trademark their name.

In the meantime, Thunderpussy released a cover of the Jefferson Airplane song “Somebody to Love”, a cover the band explains as a way to bridge divide and bring love to the forefront in a time of need;

“At a time when it feels like empathy and compassion are lost and the polarization of thoughts and ideas is paramount, maybe it’s time to stop looking for someone to blame and instead find someone to love.”

The band have also said that their desire to trademark the name, similar to why The Slants trademarked their name, was to take away the negativity of the word, and that their desire “has always been to shed a positive light on a word that has been used in a derogatory manner and seen as a joke or weak. Because it is exactly the opposite – the word pussy is powerful.

Thunderpussy of course aren’t the first rock n’ roll band to use the word. But I’m guessing Nashville Pussy couldn’t care less about trademarks.

Check out Thunderpussy’s cover of “Somebody to Love” below. The band released their self-titled debut album last year on Stardog / Republic Records.

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Corridor reveal new song “Domino”

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Montreal francophone band Corridor have revealed a new track from their upcoming album Junior. The new Sub Pop Records signees have been previewing new music since their signing back in July and most recently released the animated music video for “Topographe“.

The new song features the band’s trademark spirally guitars and infectious percussion work. Speaking about the new track, Corridor’s vocalist/guitarist Jonathan Robert has said the song is about the sometimes stressful effect of being a musician/creative on those around you;

“Art doesn’t necessarily make you a better person. There can be angst, stress and so on. It can have a negative, direct impact on the people closest to you. Domino is about navigating just that.”

The song was also the first song the band wrote for Junior and has been a staple in their recent live sets.

Corridor will embark on a European and North American tour starting late October and their new album, Junior, will be released October 18th. You can pre-order the album digitally and physically here.

Check out the new song “Domino”:

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Chrissie Hynde covers The Kinks’ “No Return”

“Jazz is something I grew up around and I’ve always had a soft spot for it”

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Singer-songwriter Chrissie Hynde has given the Kinks track “No Return” a jazz makeover in her rendition of the song. The cut comes from her upcoming new covers album Valve Bone Woe, where Hynde takes on some noted singers and songwriters including Brian Wilson, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Hoagy Carmichael, John Coltrane, Nick Drake, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and of course, Ray Davies. The original, written by Davies, was released on The Kinks’ 1967 album Something Else.

The new album was produced by Marius de Vries and recorded with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble at Air Studios in London. In discussing the new songs, Hynde talked about the genesis of what would become the new album and how it came to be;

“I thought that was a perfect title for the album I’d been working on with producer Marius de Vries. After we’d recorded “I Wish You Love” for the Eye Of The Beholder soundtrack I’d often expressed a desire to do more along those lines. What eventually emerged was the idea to do what we refer to as our Jazz/Dub album. I’m not hugely interested in branching out into other musical genres, being a devout rock singer as such, but jazz is something I grew up around (thanks to my bro) and I’ve always had a soft spot for it.”

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Photo by: Jill Furmanovsky

Other covers from Valve Bone Woe include the Beach Boys’ “Caroline, No,” Frank Sinatra’s “I’m a Fool to Want You,” Nancy Wilson’s “How Glad I Am,” Charles Mingus’ “Meditation on a Pair of Wire Cutters,” Johnny Mathis’ “Wild is the Wind,” and John Coltrane’s “Naima”.

Valve Bone Woe is out Friday, September 6th via BMG. The famed Pretenders’ frontwoman last released a solo album in 2014, titled Stockholm, while The Pretenders last studio album was 2016’s Alone.

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