Author Archives: Alan Cross

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.

Ex-AOF Dude Wade MacNeil Speaks About His New Gig with Gallows

January 30th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Frank Carter was pretty popular as the frontman of Britain's Gallows.  It's up to ex-Alexisonfire guitarist Wade MacNeil to get Gallows' fans to forget Frank.  From Front magazine (via the NME):

There's a lot of people that are rooting for me in the UK and they're a lot of people who against me. I'm excited to shove it down their throats...

In the next year I want to put out a record that we'll still be proud of in 2030. I think that it's that strive to do something that's a nod to the past, looking at the music that inspires you, but still doing something new, pushing punk and hardcore.

Doc-in-Progress About Radio DJ Greats

January 29th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Back when I was hoping to break into radio, I had a series of DJ heroes to whom I listened religiously.  These guys (and a couple of women) informed me about how radio could be done.  To me, what they could do was magical.

Old-school radio types will remember names like Bobby Ocean, Larry Lujack, Machine Gun Kelly, Turi Ryder, Ron Abel, Bob McBride and Charlie Tuna, most of whom worked at flamethrower AM radio stations back in the day. I took the attributes I liked from each and incorporated them into my own personal style.  

I still revere the abilities of good radio jocks, past and present.  That's why I was so happy to be asked to participate in a documentary called I Am What I Play.

Another New Revenue Stream for Artists

January 29th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Getty Images is a giant repository of images that can be licensed for use by websites, newspapers, magazines, books, TV--anyone who needs a specific picture of...something.  Photographers, amateur and pro from around the world, contribute to this ever-growing cache.

I guess someone in the organization had a revelation:  "If we can do this with photographs, why can't we do something similar with music?" So they did.

The Wife Says: When Politicians Won’t Pipe Down

January 29th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Did you catch Barack Obama channelling a little Al Green at a recent fundraiser at the Apollo Theater?

The President’s cover version sent sales soaring by almost 500%. The YouTube Video has been viewed more than 4 million times.

We like musical politicians. A way to personalize, get past the PR sheen. We think this helps us know the real person. A nice conceit.

The Truth About Megaupload, Kim Dotcom and the Recording Industry

January 28th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Good reading from a blog called Wayne's World:

Yesterday Digital Music News ran a post titled “What Really Killed MegaUpload? MegaBox, That’s What…” promulgating a conspiracy theory essentially claiming that Kim Dotcom’s new music platform so intimidated the record industry that they conspired with the government to shut down a foreign entity, Megaupload, in order to save its own ass.

I Like This:

January 28th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Some nice gentle stuff that’s somehow reminiscent of Fleet Foxes in places..  Thanks to Keith for the recommendation

The NFL Now Grows Their Own Football Anthems

January 28th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

As much as I love football, I won't be watching the Pro Bowl this weekend.  No one on the field cares.  All the players want is to enjoy their week in Hawaii and to not get hurt going into the off season.  

The Super Bowl--that's another story.  I'm intrigued by what sort of performance Madonna has planned. Not because I'm a fan but because this is an unbelievable opportunity for her to create some controversy ahead of the release of a new album.  But I digress.

The NFL is probably the most successful sports league the planet has ever known.  And it got that way by being very, very smart.  Check out this gem I found in the Hollywood Reporter about the NFL's deal to create proprietary themes for all 32 franchises.

Why?  To save money.

Documentary on the Langley Schools Music Project

January 28th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Some of the eeriest, bleakest and yet most interesting music I've ever heard came out of a school in Langley, British Columbia.  In 1976 and 1977, a music teacher named Hans Fenger led a choir of 9-12 year-olds in renditions of songs by David Bowie, the Beach Boys and others.

Eventually, these recordings became part of the study of "outsider music" which in itself is a fascinationg area of exploration.

A VH1 documentary on the original LSMP is now available online.  A sample of the music after the jump.

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