Author Archives: Alan Cross

Using Street Musicians to Predict the Economy

August 11th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

My knowledge of economics can be summed up in this old joke: "If you line up all the economists end to end, you still couldn't reach a conclusion." I shall add proof to that with something called the Quality of Street Musicians Index.


I Like This: Astrid Swan

August 11th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

She’s Finnish and she likes loves Pavement.  So much so that she’s recording nine of their songs under the title


Geohot Rap

August 11th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

If you’re aware of what goes on in the hacking community, you’ll know about George Hotz (otherwise known as Geohot),


Streaming Services: Too Good to be True?

August 10th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Hah! Found that article from yesterday's Globe and Mail on music streaming services in which I was quoted. (And this is kind of cool: My quotes were delivered via email whilst I was on a ship in the Adriatic Sea somewhere off the coast of Albania. Ain't the Internet grand?)


I Like This: In My Coma

August 10th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

A debut album entitled Magnets & Miracles is coming August 30th.  They’re streaming the whole thing right now on Soundcloud.


Saving School Music Programs

August 10th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Here's how you can help with music programs in Canada's schools and look sharp at the same time. Guataca Music Wear sells t-shirts with proceeds going towards an organization called MusiCounts (a charity that I also support.) Give it a look.


Weekly Music Sales Report

August 10th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Remember how the industry was all excited that things were looking better than last year? I'm afraid that the party is over. That's what happens when there's nothing new and exciting in the pipeline for summer.


I Like This: Gotye

August 9th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Cool-sounding song via Andrew, a Canadian ex-pat living in Brisbane, Australia.  Apparently, this track by Gotye is extremely hot this



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