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The Recommendation Project Part 2

Here’s another playlist assignment. An alien lands on your street.  “It’s a long way back to Velpecula, so I’d appreciate it if you made me a mixtape.  What songs best exemplify Canada?” Here are the rules for The Recommendation Project. 1.  Look me up on Rdio (www.rdio.com/people/AlanCross) and find the playlist marked The Recommendation Project [&hell.. more

A Visit With the Nevermind Baby

Spencer Eldon--aka The Most Famous Penis in Alt-Rock--is back in the spotlight thanks to the upcoming 20th anniversary re-release of Nevermind. If you remember when the album first came out, prepare to feel...old. .. more

South Korean Pop Payola

Think payola is confined to the American and British music industries? Think again. Or, more correctly, think 증회. .. more

I Like This: Hooded Fang

I keep getting emails from a mysterious person who signs his name “-Ben-.”  I always look at them because the dude–whoever he is–has very good taste in music. His latest tip is Hooded Fang, a Toronto band who have a release entitled Tosta Mista.  This track is called “ESP.”   ESP by HOODED .. more

Jay-Z and Kanye Piss Off Record Stores

I think it's safe to say that the biggest stars in hip-hop are Jay-Z and Kanye. To have them collaborate on an album should be a record retailer's wet dream. Normally, yes. But not this time. And lots of people are supremely pissed off. .. more

Best. Superhero. Ever.

Brent Chittendem writes an opinion column for Comic Book Daily called Just a Thought. He's working on an upcoming column which resurrects the eternal nerd argument of who is the best superhero ever. .. more

FM For Your Mobile, Would You Use It?

If this survey is anything to go by, probably not. According to today's newsletter from Mark Ramsey Media, over 1,300 Americans aged 15-69 were polled about radio listening and mobile phone use. .. more

Interesting News for Vinyl Fans

According to new figures released by the UK’s Entertainment Retailers Association, sales of vinyl albums climbed 55% in the first half of 2011. That’s sounds impressive, but it only means 168,296 vinyl records.  Still, that’s better than the 108,307 a year earlier. Leading the resurrection is Radiohead who sold 20,000 copies of The King of [&hellip.. more

Why Amy Winehouse is Like Jeff Buckley

  We’re hearing a lot about the spike in sales of Amy Winehouse albums since her death on Saturday.  And yes, death can be good for business.  Ask anyone in the Jackson family or at Sony Music. Since the weekend, Winehouse album sales have shot up 3,400% in America to a total of 55,000 albums. [&hellip.. more

Could “Car Tones” Be Next?

Not long ago, I was almost injured at an airport.  An employee was speeding through the concourse on a golf cart in the same direction I was walking.  As he approached from behind, he barely missed me as I moved from one side of the hallway to the other.   I never heard him coming. [&hellip.. more

Internet Radio in Cars Coming On Strong

From Audio4cast: Six percent of automotive aftermarket car radios sold this year will be Internet radio capable, according to the Consumer Electronic Association. That number will increase to 14% by 2015 based on projections from the CEA. In sync with that trend, Ford will no longer put cd players in the dash of their cars, [&hellip.. more

The Pixies GET Modern Marketing

  From the Pixies’ latest email blast to fans: Hello. We are pleased to announce the new-fangled PIXIES mobile app (available for iPhone and Android) is now out and ready. And FREE. Stream the Purple Tape. Download Coachella 2004. Listen to live shows from ’88 and beyond. There is even an acoustic show in there. [&hellip.. more

U2’s Private Jet

It was just sitting there on its own in the general aviation area of the Winnipeg airport.  My sister and I got within 40 feet of the thing.    .. more

Facebook Yanks Nevermind Cover for Nudity

Yes, Spencer Eldon’s doodle caused some people discomfort when Nevermind was released in 1991.  But now? Apparently, the robots at Facebook are good at spotting errant weiners because they’ve pulled the picture of the album from a page promoting Nevermind’s 20th anniversary.  They say that such knobbery violates their terms of use.  They write: “Facebook.. more

The Recommendation Project Part 1

  Summer is a great time for new tunes.  And unlike other times of the year, we actually have time to listen and savour the music we find. But there’s still too much music out there for any single person to comb through.  That’s why music discovery and music recommendation are such buzz phrases these [&hellip.. more

Weekly Music Sales Report

Before you ask, there’s nothing to report about Amy Winehouse.  The announcement of her death came too late in the week for any posthumous sales spike to register before the charts closed Sunday night.  Next week will be a different story, though.  Watch for Back to Black and other releases to dramatically re-enter the charts–perhaps [&hellip.. more

U2 in Pittsburgh

A nice way to end the show.  Thanks to Larry for the video.  The 360 Tour wraps up for good in Monction, New Brunswick, on Saturday night.  .. more

RIP the In-Dash CD Player

The last six cars I’ve owned have all come with in-dash CD players or changers.  I used them quite a bit, especially when I started burning my own mix CDs.  But then, in 2007, something happened.  I pretty much stopped playing CDs in the car.  When I wasn’t listening to terrestrial radio, I was either listening [&hellip.. more


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