Author Archives: Alan Cross

New Trend in Concert Photos

November 10th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Whenever you go to a show, there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of people just like you snapping pictures with cell phones.  

But now the performers are also taking some pretty cool pictures of you.  Some people called them “gigapixel shots,” wide-angle (or even 360 degree panorama) photographs taken of the crowd with super-high resolution cameras.

Weekly Music Sales Report: 09 November 2011

November 9th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

There's a big sea change with the Top Ten this week with six new entries, pushing the numbers up 7% over last week and keeping things 1% ahead of last year.  Barring an economic disaster or an extinction event-sized asteroid (didn't one just zing past yesterday), the Canadian music industry should have a slightly better 2011.

The Wife Says: Can Music Age Gracefully?

November 9th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

"Give Me All Your Love" is the new leaked Madonna track. Supposedly leaked, though I wonder if this is like politicians who float policy trial balloons to test public opinion. In the case of the Madonna song, the online response is good. It’s an 80’s style, Bangle-ish sort of ditty. Catchy enough for a pop tune, but does anyone want to see middle-aged Madge perform this live?

Nostalgia’s one thing. Hearing "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" or "Fight For Your Right to Party" reminds us of when we were young. But seeing the now-wrinkly or overly botoxed artist perform can be off-putting.

Sloan “Bootleg” For Sale

November 9th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Okay, so it's not a real bootleg--the band is behind it 100%--but it began as a real bootleg.

Back on September 20, 1993, a fan recorded a Sloan show in Winnipeg on cassette.  That recording eventually made its way to the band which has decided to issue it as a vinyl record reminiscent of what used to be found under the counter at indie record stores back in the day.  They were reserved for "special" customers.

Jay says:

See, I’ve always been a big fan of the live bootleg LPs that began to appear in hip underground record stores in the 1970’s and into the 1980’s. So, here's our very own (legal) tribute to that tradition.

The Weirdness That Is Record Collecting

November 9th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

While I buy the majority of my music through digital outlets these days (hey, it's unavoidably convenient), I still spend a fair amount on CDs and vinyl, too.  And not all of my purchases are new.  I've long since descended into the obsessive world of record collecting.

The chase is almost as fun as the find because along the way, I inevitably stumble across things I didn't know I needed--like that Japanese 7-inch edit of The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" circa 1971.  

This past weekend, I went to the Downtown Record Show in Toronto.  As is tradition, a group of fellow sad obsessives met for a greasy breakfast at the conclusion of which someone is required to declare "Gentlemen!  Prepare to empty your wallets!"  And we do.

The Revolution in Media Choice

November 9th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Another important piece of advice for traditional broadcasters of all stripes.  In today's world, infinite choice is just a click away.  Read what Seth Godin says that means for those who want people's attention.

In the traditional model, you can only play one program at a time. One radio show or one movie or one show...

Scarcity of spectrum has changed just about every element of our culture. Scarcity of shelf space as well.

There are just a few radio stations in each market, and each station gets precisely one hour to broadcast each hour. Scarcity of spectrum, inflexible consumption (listen now or it's gone forever).

Music With Me: Combining Social Sharing and Discovery

November 9th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

I have an app on my iPhone called Bump that allows me to share my contact information with another iPhone user just by doing a Obama-like fist bump.  I've long thought it would be cool to be able to share music the same way.

I still can't do that, but Android users can. 

Enter Music WithMe (yes, it's spelled like that), a wireless sync application that works with your phone, desktop and friends.  From their website:

Share music with friends, wirelessly sync iTunes between your phone and desktop.

Music WithMe uses ParkVu╩╝s technology to intelligently sync users iTunes music to their Android device without the need to upload an entire music collection. Music WithMe delivers an unequalled music experience on any device.

More Music from the Inbox

November 9th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

There is more music out there than anyone possibly has time to sift through.

That's why this site provides the public services of doing some of the heavy lifting for you.  

Here's the latest filtered results from the inbox, courtesy of Gilles LeBlanc.

The Ziggy Stardust Guide to Social Media Superstardom

November 9th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

[I found this from Mark McGuinness, a coach for creative entrepreneurs.  This is pretty good stuff. -AC]


Some are born famous, some achieve fame easily, and some work out how to make fame happen.
David Bowie’s career hit lightspeed when he became Ziggy Stardust, but it was anything but a fluke or an overnight success.
In the seventies, Ziggy was futuristic. We are now living in the future— where news guys tell us earth may well be dying, and our brains hurt like warehouses from information overload.
Back then, fame was for the chosen few. Now, it’s part of the job if you want to leverage the internet to find an audience for your art, subscribers for your blog or customers for your business.
Here are 7 tips to help you shine, based on the glittering example of Bowie’s space-age alter-ego.

Where Bands Got Their Names

November 9th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

It’s time to at where various bands got their names.  

Simple Minds comes from a line in David Bowie’s “Jean Genie.”  “Radiohead” was copped from the title of a Talking Heads song on their 1986 album, True Stories.  

Killing Joe was based on a Monty Python skit about a joke that was so funny that it actually killed people.

Clever Video from Pennan Brae

November 8th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Using Max Fleischer’s 1935 cartoon, “Dancing on the Moon,” Pennan Brae pulls together something pretty cool.  (Note:  Co-pilot Belinda is

Smells Like Iggy

November 8th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Iggy Pop continues to make up for all those decades that he jammed any profits up his nose or into

An Oasis Bio-Pic?

November 8th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Well, the story certainly has enough drama.  And since Liam is already dipping a (six-toed) foot into the movie business,

New Releases This Week

November 8th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

We're entering the home stretch for the Christmas shopping season.  With Black Friday approaching (that day after American Thanksgiving), all the labels want their big stuff in the stores now.

Here's what's new in the stores today.

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