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Is Rick Rubin Done at Columbia Records

Well, according to the New York Post, yes. Legendary music producer Rick Rubin is out at Columbia Records, amid a culture clash at the Sony Music label between the suits and the creatives, sources tell us — but he may land on his feet at Warner Music Group. The grizzly-bearded Columbia co-chairman, the co-founder of Def [&hellip.. more

Courtney, Courtney, Courtney

At the same time ex-Mrs. McCartney Heather Mills is being sued for $80K by her hairdresser over unpaid bills, the Widow Cobain has been found liable for $100K of missing jewellry that she borrowed last year for extra bling on her way to a charity event. From the New York Post: The baubles she borrowed [&hellip.. more

I Like This: Monument Valley

Monument Valley is a dude. He was moved to write the material for an EP called Tongues by gathering a vast collection of supposedly “lost” photographs.  Most evocative.  The EP will be out next month. Monument Valley – Round and Round by Partisan .. more

The Shatner Tour Diary: Day 3 (On the Bus)

[SOMEWHERE EAST OF SWIFT CURRENT SK] - I’ve never travelled by tour bus before.  After last night, though, I have new respect for anyone who does.  We left Vancouver at 1pm PDT on Wednesday.  H.. more

New Features on AlanCross.ca

We’ve added a couple of new on-demand features to the site.   First, if you click on the Weekly Top 11 Playlist icon on the right side of this page, you’ll notice that every playlist that’s ever been posted has now been archived.  Click on the week you want to hear and the stream starts. [&hellip.. more

U2 Can Get You Arrested in Burma

If you’re travelling in Southeast Asia and you somehow wander into the country of Myanmar—the place the rest of the world still calls Burma—and the customs guys discover you have a copy of U2’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind, you could end up being sent to prison for twenty years.   How is THAT [&hellip.. more

Where Are All the Classic Alternative Stations?

If you take a look at the album charts, you'd be forgiven if you feel a little time-warped back about fifteen years given all the alt-rock acts that have staked their space.  Pearl Jam, Jane's Addiction, the Foo Fighters, the Red Hot .. more

An Early Review of Apple’s iCloud

From Billboard: Syncing music from your iPhone or iPad across computers has got to be one of the least enjoyable experiences in Apple's computing ecosystem. The advent of iCloud was meant to lift the he.. more

And the Hardest-Working Modern Rock Band Is…

…30 Seconds to Mars?  Could be. Come December 7 at the Hammerstein Ballroom n New York, 3StM will play the 300th gig in support of their This Is War album, a record that came out in December 2009. According to the Guiness Book of World Records, this is a new standard for the most shows [&hellip.. more

The Shatner Tour Diary: Day 2 (Vancouver)

William Shatner is in full performance directorial mode.  We're onstage in a darkened Centre for the Performing Arts running through the second rehearsal of the day.  He's calling the shots through.. more

The Contract Rider

Are you familiar with the term “contract rider?”  It’s the part of the contract between a band and a promoter regarding what items need to be provided to the performer on the day of a show.   This covers everything from electricity requirements and stage size to the food served in the dressing room. Some [&hellip.. more

The Wife Says: More MTV Love

Britney Spears’ guy Jason’s in her new video “Criminal.” He plays the lead but it’s really a supporting role. Tattooed is shorthand for bad but really good, rescuing her from an.. more

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

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