Author Archives: Alan Cross

In an Indie Band? Then Here’s an Opportunity

October 31st, 2011 | by Alan Cross

It's called The First 15.  It's a grant program targeted at independent Canadian musicians that offers a cash prize of $5,000 plus a trip to Toronto for some studio time to record an EP.  The winner will be provided the services of an award-winning producer and a marketing plan.

Here's the press release with all the details:

10 Artifacts from the Era of the Record Store

October 30th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

It's no secret that bricks-and-mortar music retailers are going through tough times.  As CD sales continue to slide and as the DVD looks like it's out of breath, record stores are having to reinvent themselves.

Naturally, some people (like me) are going nostalgic for the glory days of record store shopping--which, when you think about it, wasn't all that long ago.  Here are some things worth remembering.

An Oral History of Goth

October 29th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

If I ever need to know anything about Goth culture, I go straight to Liisa Ladouceur.  She’s so deeply immersed

When a Band Goes Off a Cliff

October 29th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

This is the gist of a Leftsetz Letter today.  (It's not in the archive yet, but it's coming.  Eventually, you'll find it here.)

(1) You're big and adored for one album. 

(2) You go into the next album cycle feeling pretty good.

(3) When the follow-up album comes out. no one cares.  And it doesn't matter how good that record is.

This happens a lot more frequently these days given that CD sales are in an irreversable death spiral.

Counting Chili Peppers’ Guitarists

October 28th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Quick:  name everyone who once played guitar for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  Go!  Hillel Slovak was first but he left for a couple of years and was replaced by Jack Sherman.  But then Hillel decided he wanted to come back, so Jack was out.  

Then Hillel ODed and died, so DeWayne McKnight was brought in.  He didn’t last very long and was soon replaced by John Frusciante.  

John stayed with the Chilis for a couple of years before he quit and a dude named Zander Schloss filled in.

Mrs. Major Tom

October 28th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

William Shatner’s Seeking Major Tom album follows what happened to Bowie’s doomed spaceman after he dared leave the capsule.  One

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