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Mylo Xyloto? WTF, Coldplay?

Coldplay’s fifth album, the Eno-fied Mylo Xyloto (pronounced MY-lo ZY-le-toe), will be out October 24th.   Expect a digital version, a basic CD, a deluxe edition and 180-gram vinyl packages.  From the looks for things, EMI is spending a lot on packaging.  And let’s face it:  to say that the fate of EMI is resting [&hellip.. more

New Trent Reznor

Here’s our first taste of what Trent and Atticus Ross are cobbling together for the Hollywood remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, directed by David “Fight Club” Fincher and due this December.  .. more

Weakest. App. Ever.

And I say this as a former accordion player. Savageapps has introduced an iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad app simply called Accordion.  “Play the accordion, and sound like a pro!  Chords on the left, scales on the right!”  And they have the guts to charge 99 cents for the thing. Then again, it has been rated 4+ stars [&hellip.. more

Coolest. T-Shirt. Ever.

There was a concert in Gera, Germany, recently that attracted a large number of far-right whackos. Many of them were given free t-shirts. And when they finally did their laundry, boy did they get a surprise. .. more

Using Street Musicians to Predict the Economy

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. .. more

a-ha to Reunite for Memorial

A-ha (sorry, but it’s the beginning of a sentence, so I had to capitalize that “a”) is going to reunite for a memorial for the victims of the July 22 massacre in Olso and Otoeya.  As Norway’s biggest-ever band, they want to honour the victims and the families of those affected. More on the story [&hellip.. more

Muse’s Matt Bellamy’s Semi-Nude Fiance

In case you’re not into magazines like Elle or US (I’m not, but my wife is), you’ll be excused for not knowing that Muse’s Matt Bellamy is engaged to actress Kate Hudson.  In fact, they just had a baby a couple of weeks ago. Should you need to know more about why they’re not married [&hellip.. more

Puddle of Mudd Covers Stones

Covering an uber-classic is frought with risk and danger.  Props, though, to Puddle of Mudd for giving this one a shot.  It’s from their upcoming album Re:(Disc) Covered. Gimme Shelter by puddleofmudd. Uploaded with BandPage by RootMusic.. more

DENIED: MuchMusic’s Request to Play Less Music

From Billboard: Canadian Music Television Stations Denied Request To Play Less Music August 10, 2011 By Karen Bliss, Toronto “Canada’s leading music television stations have been denied their request to broadcast less music programming, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the public organization that regulates Canada’s broadcasting and telecomm.. more

I Like This: Astrid Swan

She’s Finnish and she likes loves Pavement.  So much so that she’s recording nine of their songs under the title Hits (Pavement for Girls).  It’ll be August 17.  Meanwhile, fill yer boots.   Astrid Swan – Hits (Pavement For Girls) by Soliti.. more

Geohot Rap

If you’re aware of what goes on in the hacking community, you’ll know about George Hotz (otherwise known as Geohot), the guy who’s getting sued up the wazoo by Sony for the heinous crime of jailbreaking Playstation 3/PS3.   He’s not sorry at all.  Nope.  Not a single bit.. more

Streaming Services: Too Good to be True?

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?) .. more

I Like This: In My Coma

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

Saving School Music Programs

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. .. more

Weekly Music Sales Report

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. .. more

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