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New Releases This Week: 31 January 2012

January 31st, 2012 | by Alan Cross

The music industry has finally awoken from it's winter's nap with a slate of releases that will have people talking.  Some quick thoughts on a few of them.

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour/Out of Frequency:  You know that Heineken commercial with the band featuring the blond singer?  Those guys.

Leonard Cohen/Old Ideas:  Lenny's first album since 2004.  Who will be the first to dare write an even a lukewarm review of such a sacred cow?

Lana Del Rey/Born to Die:  Wow.  Can the media get any more harsh?  Doesn't matter, though, because I still like her.  And she's smokin' hot.

The Cult Returns After Five Years with a New Album

January 31st, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Bob Rock produced it?  Sounds promising.  Get the download of a track called "Lucifer" as of 2pm EST today (January 31) here.

From the press release:

One of the finest British rock acts to have enjoyed worldwide success over the last few decades, The Cult has wrapped up recording ‘Choice of Weapon’, the group’s first studio album in five years.  Released on 21st May 2012 on their new UK label Cooking Vinyl, its 10 tracks reveal the band at its rawest and most visceral, encapsulating cinematic visions and themes of love, revolt, and redemption. 

More Music from the Inbox

January 31st, 2012 | by Alan Cross

There's a squirrel living somewhere in my back yard and it's driving the dog nuts.  From her perch in the living room, she sees the thing scampering over the shed, along the fence and up into the maple tree. There's much barking and whining, none of which will stop unless I let her outside to suss the situation.

Naturally, squirrels go up and dogs can't.  That only serves to frustrate her further.  She then comes back into the house, resumes her perch and in five minutes, the whole thing plays out ago.

This means I'm not getting much work done.  It's because of days like this I'm glad I have someone like Juliette Jagger to sort through the dozens and dozens of song recommendations that come in each week.

Anyone wanna buy a dog?

Black Sabbath as a Tourist Attraction

January 31st, 2012 | by Alan Cross

With Tony Iommi good prognosis for the treatment for his cancer, Black Sabbath fully intends to carry on with their reunion plans.  And while ever metal fan in the world is looking forward to the tour, there are also a couple of politicians pulling for them, too.

City councillors in Birmingham, the birthplace of Sabbath, are hoping to turn this reunion into something of a tourist attraction for the city.  

The NFL Has a Problem and Its Name is Gary Glitter

January 31st, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Anyone who's been to any kind of sporting event since the middle 70s has heard "Rock and Roll, Part 2" (the "Hey" song to the uninitiated) played to rile up the crowd.  Each time it's played, its composer earns public performance royalties.

"Rock and Roll, Part 2" was written in 1972 by Gary Glitter, the former British rock star who is now convicted child molestor.

He's made millions from the song over the years and stands to make a good chunk of change with the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Why?  Because it's the theme song of the New England Patriots.  

Ancient Audio Recordings Discovered

January 31st, 2012 | by Alan Cross

When Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, he had no real use for music.  He believed that his rotating cylinders should be used as telephone answering machines, dictation machines, educational tools and for capture the words of the great and famous. 

Music?  Bah.

Yesterday officials at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park announced the existence of some truly remarkable spoken-word recordings.  

The cylinders, made in 1889 and 1890, featuring some of the oldest examples of audio recordings.  

Why the Ting Tings Deliberately Deleted Their Second Album

January 30th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

The Ting Tings--Katie White and Jules de Martino--looked like they were on some kind of career fast track when they released We Started Nothing in 2008.  But where is the follow-up?  In a virtual trash bin somewhere.

They spent nine months working on something in a German jazz club but when a bunch of label suits showed up to check on their progress, they kinda freaked out.  Although they seemed to love what the Ting Tings were doing, they way they expressed their pleasure was, um, unsettling.  

So they deleted the album.  Every.  Single.  Track. 

Because You Can Never Have Enough Copies of “Ace of Spades”

January 30th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Lemmy, the owner of the most awesome facial warts in rock, has agreed to release a special package entitled Motör-Bag.  If you get your hands on one, you'll own just one of 4,000 copies being issued.

Inside Lemmy's bag, you'll find a couple of special vinyl albums, a backstage pass and (very cool!) a piece of the actual backdrop used on the 2010-11 world tour, mounted and numbered.

And in case this isn't enough, let's not forget about Motörhead's new wine (a fine shiraz) and Motörhead vodka. Check your booze local retailer.

A full tracklisting for The Wörld is Yours after the jump.

I Wish This Would Happen to Me at a Bank Machine

January 30th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

The biggest reunion story in the UK this coming year will be the bury-the-hatchet tour featuring the original line-up of the Stone Roses.  They've already sold a bazillion tickets for their festival appearances and the money has begun to roll in.

Imagine, for a second, that you're Mani, the band's bass player.  He zipped out to buy some bread and milk the other day only to realize that he was short cash.  Stepping up to an ATM, he withdrew a few bob and then took a quick glance at the balance on his receipt.

It read £1.8million.

The Original Happy Mondays to Reunite

January 30th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Word is that all seven members are getting back together the first time in almost two decades.  I guess if the Stone Roses can do it, so can the Mondays.

This comes as something as a surprise to me because I've gotten to know drummer Gaz Whelan quite well. He and his wife decided to escaped Manchester by moving to Burlington, Ontario (!!!), where they're quite content.

(Gaz:  "She saw one of those real estate shows on the telly and said 'Ooo.  I want to move there!' So we did.")

Wind-Up’s Generous Alan Meltzer

January 30th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

A few years ago, I was invited by Wind-Up records to a showcase featuring one of their new bands.  The group never amounted to anything--they were called The Exit and featured one of Edgar Bronfman's kids (the one who's engaged to MIA)--but I'll never forget the evening that followed.

After the gig, Alan and Diana Melzter, the husband-and-wife owners of Wind-Up, invited us back to their apartment on Park Avenue.

When the doors of the private elevator opened on the penthouse, the first thing I saw was a piece of furniture from the home of the recently-murdered Gianni Versace.  Hanging on the wall were two mini-Warhols.  And that was just the start.

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