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Interesting Soundtrack Coming for Underworld: Awakening

January 18th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

This might have potential.  Even if it doesn't, you can stare at Kate Beckinsale in her impossibly tight bodysuit.  Full track listing after the jump.  (Note that "Renholdër" is the pseudonym for Danny Lohner, the former member of Nine Inch Nails.)  Underworld:  Awakening opens Friday.


Weekly Music Sales Report – 18 January 2012

January 18th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

The big story (to me, anyway) is the success surrounding Walk Off the Earth.  First, though, a few general numbers.

The post-Christmas crash came last week with only one album selling more than 10,000 copies in Canada (Quick:  guess who?) and sales dropping 21% over the week before.  Still, it's not all bad.  Sales are pacing 7% ahead of where they were last year.

Sales of physical CDs continue to drop, selling 10% less than they did over the same period in 2011.  All the growth is in digital:  +43% for digital albums, +25% for digital tracks and about 14% for "track-equivalent" sales (that's where people buy ten tracks, which sort of equals one album).

Back to the album chart.  Adele's 21 moved another 14,000 copies--doesn't everyone own a this record yet?--putting it at #1 for the 26th non-consecutive week since its release.  Total Canadian sales are around 969,000, meaning that the magic million milestone is doable by the end of the month.


Is Indie Rock Dying?

January 18th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Here we go.  More hand-wringing over the state of rock and its inevitable and imminent demise.  Even as indie music


Guns Don’t Kill People, Headphones Do

January 18th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

From the Dept. of Duh comes a new study from the University of Maryland that cites listening to music through headphones as a good way to get yourself killed.  

The problem lies with "inattentional blindness," which is a fancy way of saying "you were so into the music that you had no idea what was going on around you and you ended up getting yourself killed, you dumbass."

The researchers poured through mountains of accident statistics from across the US and published the results  in a British journal called Injury Prevention.  

Here are the highlights:


New Releases This Week

January 17th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

It's still a bit slow, but things are starting to pick up with first quarter releases.

Ani DiFranco/Which Side Are You On?

Anthony Green/Beautiful Things

Attack Attack!/This Means War

Bombay Bicycle Club/A Different Kind of Fix

Guided by Voices/Let's Go Eat the Factory

Kathleen Edwards/Voyager


Eddie Vedder Wants eddievedder.com Back

January 17th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

I would love to own www.alancross.com, but somewhere in England, a guy with whom I share a name already has it.  And despite some very nice emails from me, he won't give it up.  In fact, he won't even answer my emails.  

If he was using the address, I'd understand--but he's not. There's just the image of an English flag blowing in the wind.  It's been that way for years.  Literally.

You'd think he'd want to sell the domain to me given that he's probably getting a lot of unsolicited email that's intended for me.  Go figure.

This is why I feel a particular kinship with Eddie Vedder who wants his Internet name back.


The Long Goodbye to CD Players in Cars Begins

January 17th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

The last time anyone could buy a new car with a factory cassette deck in the dash was with the 2010 Lexus SC 430.  I'm surprised the technology last that long.

When the story broke, people immediately began to speculate how long it would be before the CD player followed the cassette deck and the 8-track playerto the grave.  The answer is now starting to become clear.

Chevrolet might be the first company to kill the CD player.  According to a report in AutoNews, the 2013 Chevy Sonic RS and the 2013 Chevy Spark will feature an infotainment system called MyLink which comes with a nifty LG-supplied 7-inch display.  

But you can look as hard as you want and you won't find any CD player.


Kurt Cobain Gets a New Guitar

January 17th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Kurt may stubbornly remain dead but his estate (read:  The Widow Cobain) continues to benefit from his legacy through the licensing of Cobain-related products. The latest is the Fender Kurt Cobain Mustang.

Kurt played a variety of guitars in his day including a Fender Jaguar (there's an official Kurt version of one of those, too) but he had a soft spot for the Mustang.  That's what he's playing in the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video.



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