Author Archives: Alan Cross

Flaming Lips Decide That a 6-Hour Song Is Too Short. Next Project: a 24-Hour Song Inside Human Skulls.

October 1st, 2011 | by Alan Cross

The last time I talked to head Lip Wayne Coyne, I asked him "Isn't it great to have a job where you get to be weird?"  He looked and me strange and asked "What's weird?"

Well, this might qualify.  After raising money from fans to record a 6-hour song, the Lips are prepping a song that will last 24 hours--a full day--which they will then release inside a real human skull.

Why Some of Us Should Never Sing. But It’s Not Our Fault.

October 1st, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Florence Foster Jenkins, history's most famous bad singer.Outside of "O Canada" when we win hockey gold at the Olympics, you will never, ever hear me sing.  Not only am I too self-conscious but I don't want to offend those around me.  

I have this feeling that I sound like a kid I used to stand next to in fourth grade assembly.  He was so tone deaf that I'm pretty sure his family had their own parking space at the mall.

I just used to chalk it up to a lack of talent.  But maybe it goes deeper than that.  Perhaps people like me and that kid from elementary school have a genetic defect.

More Music from the Inbox

October 1st, 2011 | by Alan Cross

I don't know about where you are, but the weather around here isn't great.  Perhaps it's best just to stay inside and explore some new tunes.  Here's what made it through the filters this round.

The Recommendation Project Part 12: Instrumentals

September 30th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

I'm a big fan of instrumentals.  Without lyrics to fall back on, the music has to bear all the weight of the composition.  What, in your opinion, are the best alt-rock instrumentals of all time?  

Better yet, do you know of an obscure alt-rock instrumental that everyone should really know about? (See my pick involving Isa and the Filthy Tongues.)

Here are the rules:

Music Piracy Drops As People Adopt Streaming Services

September 30th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Give people what they want when they want at a reasonable price and they'll stop stealing.  From Techcrunch:

The Swedish polling company, Media Vision, has released a study (in Swedish) about downloading habits in the country where Spotify was born. Their results? 23 percent of Swedes download music illegally, down 2 to 3 percent since 2010. In short, music piracy, at least in that market, is falling rapidly and much of that decline can be attributed to the popularity of services like Spotify.

Facebook Music: Why It Should Bug You

September 30th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Because Spotify remains verboten to Canadians, this isn't an issue for us yet.  But it should raise some serious red flags about how creepy the people who run Facebook are coming.  

According to what I've heard, new Spotify users couldn't sign in unless they signed in through their Facebook account.  Why?  So Facebook and slurp up even more data about you.  No Facebook account? Well, I guess you'll need one if you want to use Spotify.

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