Author Archives: Alan Cross

The Who Announce Director’s Cut of Quadrophenia

September 1st, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Not the movie; the original album from 1971.  If you're a Who fan, you'll want this.  Here are the box set details.

Discs 1 and 2:  A total remaster of the original double album.

Discs 3 and 4 - Twenty-five unreleased demos from Pete Townshend's archive.

Disc 5:  An eight track DVD remixed for 5.1 surround.

A 100-page hardcover book featuring at 13,000 word essay on the project from Pete

Thursday Morning Music News

September 1st, 2011 | by Alan Cross

A very smart man once told me that the hardest-working time of the year the period from the beginning of September to the end of November.  "Think about," he said.  "September, October and November is back to school time and the start of a new fiscal year for many companies.  Meanwhile, the weather starts to turn, so people's attention is on work.  

"But then comes December and we're all about Christmas.  We do some work in January and February, but many people steal away for sunshine vacations.  March is all about spring break for the kids.  Then, with the nicer weather in April, we start drifting outside because we're tired of winter.  By mid-May, we've all got spring fever.  And forget about getting anything meaningful done in June, July and August."

In other words, the only time of year here in the northern hemisphere when everyone agrees that it's time to get down to work begins today.

The good news?  It only lasts three months.  Bring on Christmas, I say.

Meanwhile, where's some music news to start the month.

Facebook’s Music Play Coming September 22?

September 1st, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Troy Carter, the very smart manager of Lady Gaga, believes that the next game-changer will come when Facebook integrates a killer music app.  

That day might be September 22.

Facebook has something called the f8 Conference, the event that showcases all their new stuff.  We've been hearing about some kind of skunkworks project involving music, but while there have been plenty of rumours, it's been all smoke and no fire so far.

But things are begin to resolve into something coherent.  Thanks to people who like to divine things by looking at developer code, it's now expected that Facebook will announce a music and media platform in three weeks.

Wednesday Evening Music News

September 1st, 2011 | by Alan Cross

I've been out at meetings and doing interviews all day, so I've been a little lax in my duties here.  Apologies.  I'll have much more time to write tomorrow because I have a plumber coming around to figure out why that toilet in the powder room is making demonic noises.  

I hope it's not a poltergeist. I'd hate to think what a plumbing exorcism may cost.

CBSC and Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing:” “Never mind…”

September 1st, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Back in January in a ruling that was ridiculed literally around the world, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council--the self-policing body of private radio in this country--ruled that the original version of 1985 song, "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits was offensive and therefore unworthy of space on the nation's airwaves.

At issue was the word "faggot," which was used by a bigoted character depicted in the song.  The complaint was brought forth by a single person--a listener to OZ-FM in Newfoundland--triggering the procedures laid out in the CBSC's code.  Not only was the ruling skewered by just about everyone, it also shon a light on how a SINGLE person could affect what the nation was allowed to hear on the radio.  

Why the End of Analogue TV Tonight is Important to Radio and Music

August 31st, 2011 | by Alan Cross

At midnight tonight, most of the analogue TV signals that have been bouncing through the atmosphere since the 1950s will disappear.  With the temporary exception of some CBC stations and a few small-market broadcasters, the familiar channels from 2-6 (VHF low-band), 7-13 (VHF high-band) and 14-83 (UHF) will vanish into history.

Why?  Analogue TV signals are fat, inefficient and incapable of carrying the kind of data we see with digital signals.  It's time to retire the technology, just like the Americans did a couple of years ago.  

All TV channels (with the above exceptions) have been transferred to digital signals, both over-the-air (i.e. free) and through your cable/satellite company.  That's why we've seen an explosion in HD channels.

Weekly Music Sales Report – 31 August 2011

August 31st, 2011 | by Alan Cross

The operatove word this week is "flat."  Sales are flat from last week, flat from the same week in 2010 and flat compared to year-to-year pacing.  I could give you a bunch of other statistics, but they all equal the same thing:  flat.

And with a dearth/drought of big-name and hot new releases this summer, there's been little to get excited about.  Maybe that will change with next Wednesday when we get first-week numbers for the Red Hot Chili Peppers' I'm With You.  Or maybe not.

Me Vs. Denise (and Denise’s) Creator, Round…I Forget

August 31st, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Denise, in case you're coming in late, is the non-human AI DJ that's being used at a station in Texas in place of a real live radio announcer.  I've been railing against this move for the last couple of weeks while Denise's creator has been offering counterpoints to my objections and outrage.

Meanwhile, the radio industry has picked up on the story.  This appeared in consultant Fred Jacobs newsletter today.

Wednesday Morning Music News

August 31st, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Is it really the last day of August?  How is this possible? 

The good news is that September 1st falls on a Thursday, which means we really don't have to worry about reality until September 6th.  Then again, we'll pay for it come January when the first work week of the New Year comes early.

On that cheery note, here's some music news for your morning.

Radio for Facebook

August 31st, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Why do I have the feeling the next great play for Facebook is in the music arena?  I'm sure we'll hear more with the upcoming f8 conference.  Meanwhile, an app called Radioplayer has been introduced.  Facebook users can now share their favourite radio listening amongst 250 available stations.

Music (and Video) from the Inbox

August 31st, 2011 | by Alan Cross

The new tunes just keep rolling in through the "Music Submission" link that you see on the left-hand side of the page.  Here's a new batch that made it through the filters.



I Like This: Huddle

August 31st, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Arty indie pop from a five-piece Toronto who released their debut album, All These Fires today.  Extremely catchy.  And grab

Tuesday Afternoon Music News

August 30th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Tuesday tends to be a better day for music news than Monday.  And given that this is the last full week of summer, things will get back to normal one week from today.  I have a feeling that it's going to be an EXTREMELY busy fall.

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