Author Archives: Alan Cross

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

The Recommendation Project Part 16: Halloween Songs

October 28th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

I know that we only have a couple of days for this, but I think it's worth it.

I think we're all tired of the same old Halloween songs.  Oingo Boingo's "Dead Man's Party" or "Weird Science.  That stupid "Monster Mash" thing that's trotted out every year.  I'm even bored with the standard Bauhaus edition of "Bela Lugosi's Dead."  We can do better.

Give me your best scary songs.  Hell, there are a million psychobilly songs alone.

Here are the rules for The Recommendation Project.

Want to Play Canadian Music Week?

October 28th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Yes, it's true that about 700 bands (really!) play Canadian Music Week each March, which means competition is fierce. At the same time, though, it's one of the best occasions to show off your stuff to radio, video, web and record company people.  It's worth the hassle.  Really.

To help new bands along, a new initiative called The Road to CMW has been launched.  Read all about it.

Music from the Inbox

October 28th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

After ten days on the road with Capt. Kirk, I'm back home for a while before we pick up the tour in Toronto on Thursday.  Meanwhile, LOTS of music has come through the inbox.  Fortunately, I have guys like Gilles at ROCKthusiast to help me filter through it all.

Recommendations and submissions are always welcome, by the way.  Just use the link on the left-hand side of the page.

Let's get started, shall we?


October 27th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

If you’re into Nirvana, you may have heard of a release called Hormoaning and wondered what that was all about.  Yes, it does exist.  

This was a six-track EP released in Australia and Japan in February 1992 to coincide with a tour through that part of the world.  

Four songs are covers from bands like Devo and more obscure groups like the Vaselines.

The Shatner Tour Diary: Day 5 (Winnipeg, Part 2)

October 27th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

How Time Flies crew in rehearsal in VancouverThe Shat and his charming wife, Elizabeth, spent the day at the spa. I hung out with my parents.  Mom took care of the laundry (she asked!) and pressed up my shirt and pants for the gig.  She also prepared some dill pickles for everyone.  

Wait.  Back up.  I'll deal with the pickles in a moment.  First though, I really should mention the people who are making the How Time Flies tour possible. This is one great group.

Looks Like We’re in for a Year of Rock’n’Roll Movies

October 27th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

This past year, it was the rock doc.  Pearl Jam, U2, Neil Young, Paul McCartney and a bunch of others I've forgotten all got the royal documentary treatment.  The classic 1991:  The Year Punk Broke was reissued in a 20th anniversary form.  Hell, even I've been working on a documentary film project.  (Still a secret.  Sorry.)

Next year, though, is shaping up to be the year of the rock'n'roll movie.

The Wife Says: Halloween Blows

October 27th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

[Note:  In case you're late to the party, this is another in a series of occasional missives from my real-life long-suffering wife.  I put her in charge of Halloween because I cannot stand the idea of disguised extortionists threatening me from my own doorstep.

And parents sanction this kind of behaviour?  And they think it's cute when the little brats show up smeared with fake blog and an axe sticking out of their forehead?  Doesn't that strike anyone else as bizarre? - AC]

Stock up on candy for the kids. Eggs and toilet paper for the ne'r-do-wells. Halloween. Again.

New Megadeth (Well, Sort Of…)

October 26th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Megadeth has released “Black Swan,” a former fanclub-only bonus track that’s been completely overhauled.  The new album, TH1RT3EN, comes out

Weekly Music Sales Report: 25 October 2011

October 26th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Another ho-hum week, really.  There are just two new entries in the top 20, keeping overall album sales flat over last week and down 8% over the same week last year. Year-to-date pacing remains unchanged at 1% over 2010.

Digging a little deeper, we can see that physical album sales are flat over last week and down 9% from last year. It makes you wonder where things might be without digital sales.  Album downloads are higher by 36% and single track sales are up 41%.

And yes, Adele's 21 is the #1 album in Canada.

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