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Update on Jack White’s Balloon-Delivered Record

April 14th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Earlier this month, Jack White released a new record in a rather, er, unusual way.  Instead of offering "Freedom at 21" through a digital download, CD or vinyl, it was pressed onto a flexi-disc.  

Copies of that flexi were each tied to their own helium balloon and released from the parking lot of Jack's Third Man HQ in Nashville.

The distribution model was simple:  the records would go wherever the wind took them.  People would find the records.  Or not.

Some of these flexis have begun to turn up

For Those Following the I Mother Earth Reunion…

April 14th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

...Jag Tanna has a great blog called "The Openmouth."  He's been posting some interesting stuff including thoughts on digital audio formats and the prospects of IME every making money from selling recordings.

We in the band have come to a basic understanding that we will probably never make any money from writing and recording music again… We have absolutely zero expectations of that ever happening. (I honestly don’t ever recall any fat payouts in the past for going platinum many times over so the bar has been set really low!). You would think it natural for us to be bitter and angry about that fact, but surprisingly, we aren’t.

Releasing this song ["We Got the Love"] has given us an opportunity to share some new concepts with regards to the relationship between band and fan, and given us some new things to believe in.

This Week’s Top 11 Playlist – 14 April 2012

April 14th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Okay, so it's a day late.  But I spent all day yesterday flying home from Doha, Qatar, battling aircraft problems, delays, security and a guy in the next seat who farted constantly on the 12 1/2 trip from Doha to JFK.

Thanks to Mediazoic for the help.  A full playlist is available after the jump.

I Like This: 22-20s

April 13th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

These guys are severely underrated. This track is also available as a free and legal download here. (Recommended by Shawn.)

The 13 Unluckiest Alt-Rock Musicians in History

April 13th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Give the supposed auspicious nature of today’s date, I thought it might be work looking at musicians who have suffered some excruciating bad luck. Not that I’m superstitious or anything...

13. Tony McCarroll

First ridiculed and then fired from Oasis by Noel Gallagher for being a bad drummer, McCarroll worked up the gumption to sue for wrongful dismissal and a share of royalties from Definitely Maybe, the only Oasis record to feature him his sometimes wobbly drumming (But hey, it works in the opening bars of “Live Forever,” don’t it?) He might have had a case had he not waited several months too long. By the time he decided to take legal action, the time frame under which he could sue for such things under British law expired and Tony. No Oasis royalties for you!

Top 10 Live Albums

April 13th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Once again "Mr. List"  Brent Chittenden- AC

The live album has been a staple of everyone’s music collection since the soundtrack to the Woodstock movie came out. But how can one decide what is a good live album and what is a bad one? Which ones are worth picking up and which ones are worth tossing? Well here’s a little list of what are my top ten live albums of all time.

10) Daft Punk – Alive 2007

It may seem odd to a lot of people to place an electronic act such as Daft Punk anywhere close to this list but the proof is in the pudding. Alive 2007 not only gives you the best of Daft Punk (up until that point) but also shows how they changed and remodelled songs for a live setting and really bringing it to their audience. High energy and just great tunes.


The Junos Did Their Job When It Comes to Boosting Record Sales

April 13th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Let's face it:  the primary reason awards shows exist is to goose the sales of existing product, whether it be music or movies.  No one would participate otherwise.

As far as the 2012 Junos go, it's mission accomplished--at least for a select number of artists who appeared as part of the telecast.  

Album sales in the week following the Junos:

         City and Colour - up 57%
         Feist - up 100%
         Lights - up 60%
         Dan Mangan - up 52% 

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