Remember the video that Phillip wrote up a post on a few days ago from the McCracken campaign centered on comments made by Lee Leffingwell that the city must be prepared to “hunker down” due to the economic slow down?
Well, it appears that there is nothing else going on in the Mayor's race that the big story this week is about a YouTube video that was only seen 150 times. You see, the song used in McCracken's video Hunker Down by Josh Ramstek, aka Captain Josh, of Orlando, FL was used without the artist's permission, which is of course, slightly more embarrassing because McCracken has made such a big deal out of the music & film industries in Austin in his campaign.
As a result, the YouTube video has been pulled and replaced with a stripped down version which is posted below (which I actually find more to the point than the Obama speech laden one originally posted).
Oh, and the artist is now going to do a performance/fundraiser for the Leffingwell campaign as part of his tour through Texas in May.
“I'm a working musician, and I certainly don't appreciate having my music stolen,” said Josh Ramstek, aka Captain Josh, of Orlando. “Everybody knows that Austin is one of America's great music towns, so I'm sure all the working musicians there will appreciate exactly how it makes me feel to learn that my song was used in somebody's campaign commercial without my permission. I'm not happy about it, to say the least.”
Captain Josh said he will play a benefit concert for Leffingwell in Austin at Leffingwell's downtown campaign headquarters as part of a scheduled tour through Texas in early May. “I don't know anything at all about the mayor's race in Austin,” said Ramsteck , “but I do know that if one guy is willing to steal somebody's music for his campaign commercial, then I'm for the other guy.” The benefit concert is set for 6 PM on Monday, May 4th.