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More Music from the Inbox

December 5th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

One of the most pleasant things about running this website is the chance to listen to all kinds of new and interesting music.  Everything is heard; not everything makes the cut.  But then that's why you come here, right?  

Here's what made it through the filters this time.  Thanks to Juliette Jagger for the help sorting things out.


Confused About Vinyl, CD, MP3, AAC, WAV, Lossless Etc? Read This

December 5th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Thanks to Dave for sending this link.  I hope you find it helpful, too.  It's from Rockerzine.com ("The Magazine for Mature Hipsters").

Q.: With so many different formats of recorded music to choose from (mp3, vinyl, CD, AAC, FLAC, .WAV, .AIFF), how do I know which one sounds closest to what the artist originally intended?

A: This question has been with us ever since recorded music became available in multiple formats. The answer requires a quick trip down memory lane, and a look at the dark art of mastering. First, the history:


Most Honest Musician Ad Ever

December 5th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

I was tipped off to this posting on Craigslist Toronto.  Brilliant.

To all your morons trying to find bandmates with a few sparsely descriptive lines of text: SMARTEN THE FUCK UP.

Post your goddamned music, nobody gives a shit what bands you're into, and how fucking dedicated you are. The proof is in the pudding.

You're like the millions of fucking landlords who post here and don't list the price of rent. What, do you think that after we go out of our way to respond, that we'll be more inclined to find your myspace page enthralling?

And if you're worried about somebody ripping off your tunes, fucking copyright them. It's easy and cheap. Mind you, I don't recall ever hearing anything from these ads that was worth the precaution.


A Riot Grrl Documentary

December 5th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

The Riot Grrl movement–a short-lived genre that emerged from the US Pacific Northwest at around the same time as grunge–didn’t


The Wife Says: Madonna Triggers My Mean Girl

December 5th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Madonna will star in the Super Bowl halftime show.

The Hollywood Reporter helpfully notes that counting Madge, since the infamous wardrobe malfunction in 2004, the average age of the half-time performers is 54.8 years old. The average age of the Super Bowl viewer is 43.

Now if they can convince Madge's toy boys to watch the game, that number will be cut in half.

See what I did there?  I can't help it.

Madonna triggers my inner mean girl.


The BBC Releases Their Long List of Hopefuls for 2012

December 5th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Around this time every year, the Beeb releases the BBC Sound of 20XX Longlist, their picks of the artists that they believe will break out in the next twelve months.  

The list then is whittled down to five through polling of various music journalists and tastemakers.  One act is named the winner.

I look forward to this list every year because it always features acts I've never heard of.  I'll admit that I'm completely clueless about half of this year's nominees.  That's fine.  It gives me something to do over Christmas.

Here's the BBC Sound of 2012 Longlist:


Canadian Supreme Court Tackles Some Copyright Issues This Week

December 4th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

I know, I know:  the very mention of the words "copyright law" is enough to put people into a coma.

But the Canadian Supreme Court will hear five different cases this week involving everyone from the Canadian Recording Industry Association to SOCAN to Apple.

The one I'll be watching deals with something called "user's rights" in a case involving iTunes and other online music stores.


Gift Idea: Deluxe Edition of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack

December 4th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are going for another Academy Award with their soundtrack to David Fincher's Hollywood remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which opens in theatres on December 21. 

The soundtrack is set for release on December 9th in a digital form (you can get a six-song sampler for the price of your email address here).  But as all good NIN fans know, Trent Reznor has been a pioneer in the tiered pricing model for physical releases.

In the case of GWtDT, there are four offerings at different price points.

Digital ($12.00):  320 kpbs MP3 delivered on December 9.  

CD ($14.00):  Digipak.  The full soundtrack on three CDs plus digital version (as above) delivered on December 9.

HD Digital ($14.00):  Pick form Apple Lossless of FLAC.  Delivered December 9.

Deluxe ($300.00.  No, that's not a typo):



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