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Me and Slacker Radio at CMW 2012

March 9th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

I've been drafted by Slacker, the streaming radio site and title sponsors of Canadian Music Week 2012, to host a radio station featuring nothing but artists performing at this year's festival in Toronto.  

Here's the official press release.  I hope you can check it out.

And if you're an artist coming to CMW, make sure you track me down in the Slacker Artists' Lounge so we can get you interviewed and up on the radio station.

SAN DIEGO – March 8, 2012 – Slacker, Inc. today launched “Canadian Music Week 2012,” the official radio station of Slacker Canadian Music Week. This free station, curated and hosted by Alan Cross, highlights the bands and artists performing at this year’s Slacker Canadian Music Fest. “Canadian Music Week 2012” can be found in Slacker’s Festivals/Events station category on the web, on applications for all major smartphones and also at this direct link:

This Week’s Top 11 Playlist – 08 March 2012

March 9th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

I spend most of my time working in my home office and home studio, so there's music playing from early morning through most of the day.  But by 3pm, I need to give my ears a rest, so I turn on the doubleheader of Jerry Springer and Maury Pauvich for my fill of cheating lesbians and baby-mamas uncertain about the parentage of their children.  Does this make me a bad person?

But back to music.  Here are eleven songs that caught my attention this week.  You can click on the player below now or use the player in the right-hand column anytime.  A full playlist is available after the jump.

Lemme know you what you think.  And thanks, as always, to Mediazoic for the help.

Marilyn Manson Returns

March 8th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

I’ve had some very peripheral dealings with Mr. Manson over the past couple of weeks and I can confidently state

More Music from the Inbox: 08 March 2012

March 8th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

I had to send the bull terrier to doggie daycare today.  A squirrel has taken up residence in the neighbour's shed and the damn thing has spent the morning scampering along the tops of the fences.

The bull terrier was quite unhappy with this trespassing.  But because squirrels go up and bull terriers are restricted by gravity, she's been driving me nuts with her frustrated barking.  Meanwhile, the squirrel just points and laughs.

Now that she's off playing, I can concentrate on my writing and the posting of things like another round of recommendations from the inbox.  Passing final judgement on the two-step filtering process is Brent Chittenden.

The Next Music Industry Revolution Is Here

March 8th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Starting with Edison's cylinder, the evolution of music and technology have always marched in lockstep. Every time we see some kind of technological advance, the way we obtain and consume music is affected: cylinders to discs to tape to CDs to digital.

After a few years of experimenting with mobile, apps are the next great frontier.  Getting into geek-speak, everything is becoming about APIs, application programming interfaces, the source code that allows different pieces of software (and thus hardware) to talk to each other.

Put another way, the music industry is finally jumping deep into developing apps as not only a way of distributing content but to harvest data and to monetize the sale of music.  

Consumers love apps, too, because they allow fans to communicate more directly with their favourite artists and with other fans.

I Like This: Jonquil

March 8th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

You remember the first time you heard Peter, Bjorn and John, a-ha or Haircut 100?  That’s the same effect you’ll

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