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The Recommendation Project Part 17: Songs to Have Sex To

November 5th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

If you check here, you'll find a The Wife Says column about how Nickelback is the biggest musical turn-off as far as sex goes.  

Bottom line is that if you ever hope to have sex with someone other than yourself, never, ever admit that you like Nickelback.

Fine.  But what songs are acceptable for boinking?  We could be doing a big public service here, people.

Here are the rules for The Recommendation Project:


The Wife Says: Chris and Madonna?

November 5th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

The Star has a story about why Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna are no longer BFFs. (Yeah, I know. But I can’t spend all my free time toggling back and forth between T.S. Eliot and The Economist.)

Gwyennie and Madge were best buds back in the day. They practiced their mid-Atlantic posh accents, mean-girled lesser cellulite-ridden mortals with their macrobiotic diets and vomited side by side after doing a million crunches. They were tight.

And then, nothing. The paparazzi sightings in matching gym wear were over. Nobody knew what happened.


The Scar Tissue Rift

November 4th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

If you’re a fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, maybe you’ve read singer Anthony Kiedis’ biography Scar Tissue, which came out in 2004.  

It’s a pretty crazy book, detailing some pretty crazy behavior.  What you may not know is that the book created some serious friction inside the Red Hot Chili Peppers, especially with Flea, a guy Anthony has known since high school.  

Apparently, some unspoken promises of keeping certain things secret were, uh, violated.  That included the time that Anthony slept with Flea’s sister.


And the World’s Most Valuable Album Cover Art Is…

November 4th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

In the Olden Days, album cover artwork was a big deal.  Artists has a 12 x 12 canvas on which to create something marvelous.  Gatefold sleeves offered exponentially more space.

Then along came the compact disc, reducing the workspace to just 5 x 5.  Sure, you can do things with the booklet, but it just wasn't the same.

MP3s?  Forget it.  Despite efforts to include artwork with downloads and through various tagging, album artwork will never be what it once was.

But there will forever be a place in rock history for these works. And an interesting collector's market has emerged.


Detroit Lions Fans to Nickelback: “You Suck!”

November 4th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Few things in America are as cherished as Thanksgiving football. It's one of the NFL's best weekends, especially for Detroit, where they always host a game on that Thursday. It's a tradition that goes back to 1934.

However, things are not well in the Motor City, despite the Lions being off to their best start in decades. The problem is the band signed to perform the halftime show.

Nickelback.

Fans have launched a petition demanding that Nickelback be replaced.


Book on Mint Records

November 3rd, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Over the years, Canadians have been awful at documenting the history of the domestic rock’n’roll. Happily, though, that started a change several years ago and we’re now building up a very good library of books that tell the musical stories of various Canadians.  

And a few of these books are pretty specialized.


The Secret History of Rock Welcomes a New Station

November 3rd, 2011 | by Alan Cross

This is good!  I've always wanted to be on HTZ-FM.  The press release:

97.7 HTZ-FM Welcomes the Godfather of Modern Rock,

Alan Cross to the on-air line-up

Niagara, ON – Southern Ontario’s heritage rock station, 97.7 HTZ-FM is proud to announce that Alan Cross will be joining the on-air team with The Secret History of Rock beginning Saturday, November 5th, 2011.

The Secret History of Rock with Alan Cross, offers the perfect combination of music and storytelling. Written and hosted by Alan Cross, this 2-hour weekly feature focuses on the roots of the hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s.  Cross brings the stories and personalities from the music scene to life with his incredible amount of history, knowledge and excitement to HTZ-FM.


How Smartphones Are Luring Kids Away from Radio

November 3rd, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Here's another reason the radio industry needs to move toward IP delivery of their product and content. Pretending that the industry will always be a vital and indispensible over-the-air analogue is sheer folly.

Radio CAN compete in the digital world.  It just won't be through just AM and FM.

From Brandchannel:

It’s no secret that how consumers spend their time on media varies with age, so it’s fascinating to look at two recent studies (US and UK) to get a bead on how the generational shift in media consumption is advancing.

According to the latest Generational Strategies study from Frank N. Magid Associates, during the 9-5 workday more consumers use Facebook than watch television. The sole exception is Boomers, who prefer TV to Facebook, although 26% of those surveyed use the social network during work hours.



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