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Another Reunion: Bow Wow Wow

Bow Wow Wow were known for three things: 1.  They were Malcolm McLaren's managerial project after the Sex Pistols. 2.  The singer was Annabella Lwin, a British girl of Burmese decent.  McLaren found.. more

New Track from NEXT Noel Gallagher Album Project

Here’s a track called “Shoot a Hole in the Sun” from his upcoming psych-y project called Amorphous Androgynous which he recorded at roughly the same time as High Flying Birds. This will be the B-side to “Dream On,” which is the next High Flying Birds single.  The psych record will be out sometime this summer.. more

The Ticketmaster iPhone App

Yes, you can now use an app on your iPhone to purchase tickets for that show you so desperately want to see.  Or maybe it’s just another way for the scalpers and ticket resellers to get at those seats before you.  The good news is that the app comes with seating charts and set lists [&hellip.. more

I Like This: Pepe Deluxe

Another recommendation from my email correspondent, The Lonely Vagabond.  Listen all the way through because there’s a big shift about halfway through.. more

Radiohead Tries to Avoid Scalpers and Ticket Resellers for New Tour

Back in the 90s, Pearl Jam, annoyed at service fees charged by Ticketmaster, tried to organize a tour around them by using another ticket seller.  It didn’t work out so good and eventually, Pearl Jam had no choice but to use the company. We still hate service fees but more of us are more concerned [&hellip.. more

Cool! Flying Robots Play Theme from James Bond

Engineers with too much time on their hands, methinks.  But does OK Go know about this?  They should get together.   Watch the video before YouTube decides this is copyright infringement and takes it down.. more

Dataplay Discs

Around the time MP3s were starting to take off, the recording industry was looking for a new physical format for music.  They tried three:  something called Super Audio CDs and also DVD-Audio, both of which improved on existing CD technology which, let’s face it, is still rooted in the 1970s.  And although you might have [&hellip.. more

Great. Someone is Already Trying to Draw a Link Between Music and a School Shooting

Those snooping around the life of TJ Lane, the alleged shooter in the Chardon High School shooting, apparently found Facebook entries where he shared links to Grimes, the indie flavour du jour and Blood on the Dance Floor, a band the fire-and-brimstone website Christwire calls “the most vile music band in human history.” The cause-and-effect [&hellip.. more

The Canadian Music Industry’s New Regulatory Demands. Holy Crap!

This is freakin’ frightening.  If you’re Canadian, do anything online or even just own an iPod, read this post from Michael Geist.  Jeezus! The steady procession of Canadian music industry representatives to the Bill C-11 committee continues today with the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) ready to add to an already long list of industry [&hellip.. more

RIP The Monkees’ Davy Jones

When a couple of filmmakers saw the Beatles' Hard Day's Night, they had an idea.  Why not put together a pop band featuring cute and quirky members who could also star in a TV show?  The result was The Monkees, one of the first manufactured rock ban.. more

Things That Happened in Music on February 29

Every four years, we have to work an extra day just so we can make sure our calendar doesn't spin out of control with the solar system. This makes February 29th a rather special day historically. With only one such .. more

It’s Almost March. Time to Start Thinking About St. Patrick’s Day.

Although I’m not of Irish extraction, I do appreciate a good Irish-style piss-up on St. Paddy’s Day. This means music from the Dropkick Murphys, the Pogues and, of course, The Mahones. The Mahones have embared on their 22nd (!!!) annual St. Paddy-Punk Tour.  How can this result in anything but a glorious hangover?  Details at [&hellip.. more

Johnny Rotten Challenges Queen to a Cake Fight

Now this is something I’d pay to see. Back in 1977, the Sex Pistols did their very best to sabotage the Queen’s Silver Jubilee with “God Save the Queen” and a flotilla past the Houses of Parliament on the same weekend as the big celebrations.  Now, thirty-five years later on the occasion of her Diamond [&hellip.. more

Weekly Music Sales Report: 29 February 2012

With Grammy hype over, the furor over Whitney dying down and a generally like release date, it's no surprise that music sales took a bit of a dump over the last seven days.   But although overall sales are down 20% over the p.. more

Top 10 Soundtracks for Bad Movies

[A nice list contributed by Brent Chittenden.  I like lists.  Got any?--AC] With all the fuss about the Oscars this past weekend (for the record, the only time in the past 12 years I’ve watched the Oscars was while in the Emergency Room after I had mysteriously passed out. I got to see a good ton of James Franco’s mug while have 8 staples smacked into my skull. The .. more

Air Restores and Colourizes the First Science Fiction Movie

A Trip to the Moon, a 1902 film by George Méliès, was quite possibly the first science fiction movie.  Okay, so the special effects are a little, well, weak–but this was 110 years ago.  At the time, though, it was considered to be a landmark in motion picture production and has long since been considered [&hellip.. more

Was Elvis’ Manager Actually a Killer on the Lam?

There are plenty of stories, myths and legends about Col. Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, but here's one I'd never heard before:  he was a actually a killer on the run from the law.  (Apologies to hardcore fans of the King.. more

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