Author Archives: Alan Cross

Ever Hear of Spreaker? Think Twitter for Audio

December 23rd, 2011 | by Alan Cross

It used to be that you needed a massive amount of infrastructure to broadcast audio to the world.  Not any more.

Spreaker, an iOS app that has now been launched for Android, allows users to become DIY broadcasters/podcasters using just their phones and your social media connections.  You connect the app to your Facebook and Twitter accounts and voila!  You're an audio broadcaster to your friends and followers.

This Week’s Top 11 Playlist: 23 December 2011

December 23rd, 2011 | by Alan Cross

I don't know about you, but I'm tired of being bombarded by Christmas music.  If you feel that way, too, then check out this week's list of tunes that caught my attention.  Just click on the "Recommended Listening" link in the right-hand column.

Meanwhile, if you need some Christmas tunes, Mediazoic (who hosts this thing for me) can offer you this stream of seasonal tunes.

This is what you'll hear this week:

Is This Long-Lost Radiohead Song Really a Hoax? Or Is It Legit?

December 23rd, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Would Radiohead--one of the most erudite bands of a generation--really record a song called "Putting Ketchup in the Fridge?" Well, this is a band with songs like "Subterranean Homesick Alien" and "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box," so I wouldn't put it past them.

But there are those who smell a rat.  Or at least think they do.

The Posthumous Battle Over “My Sharona”

December 23rd, 2011 | by Alan Cross

In June 1979, an LA band called The Knack came out of nowhere with a single called "My Sharona" which rocketed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for six weeks.  It went gold faster (I seem to recall 12 days) than any record released in America since the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand."

The album from which it came, Get the Knack, went platinum in just two months and spent five weeks at #1.  Not bad for a record made in two weeks for a total cost of $18,000.

In short, the Knack was quite the sensation.  For a while.

Nine Years Ago Today, We Lost Joe Strummer

December 22nd, 2011 | by Alan Cross

When Joey Ramone passed away in 2001, I honestly felt like a friend had died.  The only other time I felt that way was when Joe's heart gave out in his kitchen after one last walk with the dog.  It was December 22, 2002.

I don't have a lot of musical heroes, but Joe Strummer is definitely on the list. To be honest, I didn't get the first two Clash albums; they were too raw, too class conscious, too...British for me to understand back then.  But when London Calling came out just before Christmas 1979--wow.

It was the title track that got me, especially the bits about "nuclear error" and "the sun zooming in."  But the best part for me is the desperate, angry hoarseness in Joe's voice as he wails about living by the river. Thirty-two years on, it still smokes.

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