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The Shatner Tour Diary: Day 1 (Vancouver)

William Shatner and I are eating oysters.  He reaches across the platter for a plump Kumomato.  Eschewing any tobasco, horseradish, sauce or even lemon, he chews it thoughtfully. "Nice...texture.  Fleshy without bei.. more

Dine Alone’s Annual Garage Sales is On!

Toronto-based indie label Dine Alone launched their annual garage sale today.  But don’t worry.  You won’t have to camp out in front of an actual garage. So what can you get?  The last remaining copies of releases that are officially sold out and those that have been out of print for a while.  Also available [&hellip.. more

The Elaine Benes Syndrome

Do you have a friend who just doesn’t “get” music?  I’m talking about a person who has an overall bad sense of music:  they can’t sing or dance or even tap their foot along to a song.   Think of when Elaine tried to dance during that episode of Seinfeld.  Don’t be too hard on [&hellip.. more

Good Site for Fans of the Golden Age of Radio

Back in the Olden Days, radio stars were every bit as huge as, say Lindsay Lohan and her ilk, except on a much more local level.   When I was getting into radio, these were some of the people I looked up to, idolized and envied.  If you’re at all associated with the radio industry, [&hellip.. more

Looking for Free Music? Here’s 100 Legit Sources.

Am I glad I found this site?  Is a bear Catholic? From Large Hearted Boy: Every day I offer 10 free and legal mp3 downloads and bonus live recordings in this blog’s Daily Downloads feature. In almost 10 years of music blogging, I have gathered quite a collection of bookmarks to repositories of free and legal music [&hellip.. more

UB40 Goes Bankrupt

There's the carbon cycle that makes life on earth possible. There's the cycle of life and all that Lion King stuff.  And there now there's a new cycle UB40. For the uninitiated, "UB40" is a form Brits filled out to.. more

Winter’s Coming. Are Your Car Seats Warm Enough?

If not, maybe you need some Rock-n-Ride seat covers.  Nothings says ROCK’N’F’N’ROLL like covering up that cold, cracked vinyl, that ratty fabric or that tired leather than one of these babies. The initial collection features officially licensed material from KISS (naturally), AC/DC, Judas Priest, ZZ Top, Ozzy, The Who and, er, Lil Wayne. Remember:  only [&hellip.. more

Gig Flyers As Art and Social History

David Esminger has obviously spent a lot of time staring at utility poles, construction barriers and club walls.  Over the years, he’s come to regard the graphics used on flyers to promote gigs as art. Collecting the best of this stuff, he’s published Visual Vitriol:  The Street Art and Subcultures of the Punk and Hardcore [&hellip.. more

Cassettes Are Making a Comeback. Why?

Last week as I was preparing the first episode of my new radio program, The Secret History of Rock, I need to get some music from a cassette.  It was the legendary "Mama Son" demo tape that got Eddie Vedder the job with Pearl Jam. .. more

YouTube Gets Even Deeper Into Music

Upwards of 3 BILLION videos are viewed on YouTube every day.  Google--owners of YouTube--say on a typical day, 800 million people visit.  Let that sink in for a bit. A lot of those visitors come for music.  I can't remember.. more

Even More Music From the Inbox

Weekends tend to be slow for music news, so it's a good time to get caught up on some of the new tunes floating around out there.  Have a listen to these recommendations filtered by contributor .. more


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