Author Archives: Alan Cross

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

I Like This: Matheiu Santos

August 9th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Mathieu Santos, the bass player in Ra Ra Riot, has a new Animal Collective-ish-sounding album entitled Massachusetts 2010 where he

The Recommendation Project Part 3: Covers

August 8th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

I'm convinced that social music--the ability to share music recommendations among friends and strangers alike--is gonna be hot. To test that theory, I've launched The Recommendation Project. Time for part three of the experiment. What's your favourite cover song of all time?

AoF Break-Up: Should Have Seen It Coming

August 7th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

When I heard about the break-up of Alexisonfire, I had a flashback to a drinking session with George and Wade over two years ago. Suddenly, everything that they said that day made sense.

Spreading the Word on a Musical Term

August 5th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

The word boffins in charge of the complete Oxford English Dictionary--the language police, if you will, for those of us who speak English--are constantly editing and re-editing their work. That used to be extremely difficult when the OED was solely a physical published work. But now that it's all online, new words are being added all the time. That's where I'm hoping to enlist your help in getting a particular word into the next edition. Why? Because I helped invent it. And yes, this does have to do with music.

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