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David Bowie Enters His Golden Years This Weekend

January 7th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

I'm pretty sure I first became aware of David Bowie in 1975 when my friend Charlie showed up at school muttering a strange monotone chant.

"Golden years, go-o-old, whop, whop, whop."  

He went on like that for the entire day.  No other words, just that weirdly hypnotic mantra.  Finally I asked him what the hell he was saying.

"Some song from the radio.  British guy.  I think the DJ said his name was 'Booey' or something."

David Bowie would eventually become one of my musical heroes.

Why Rock Still Rules on the Road

January 7th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Every couple of years, there are bleats of "rock is dead."  I've been hearing those pronouncements my entire life.

While it's true that rock doesn't enjoy the sort of supremacy it once did, it's far from dead.  When it comes to touring, though, rock rules.  Check out this article from Billboard:

These days it's rare to see any musical artist make the jump from playing large clubs and theaters to arenas. But after 10 years of development in the touring space, the Black Keys will support their latest album, El Camino, with a North American arena headlining tour, beginning in March. The Arctic Monkeys have been tapped as support.

This Week’s Top 11 Playlist: 06 January 2012

January 6th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

My dog is driving me crazy.  It doesn't matter what the wind chill is, she demands to be walked. That's because down the block someone has set up a squirrel feeding station.  The bull terrier loves to interrupt their meals like all those damn telemarketers interrupt mine.  And she won't take no for an answer.

The only thing I can do is give in.  Here are the tunes I've been listening to as my dog drags me down the street to frighten the crap out of a bunch of rats with fuzzy tails.

To listen, click on the Top 11 link in the right-hand column.  You can also review any previews Top 11 lists.  And as always, this is made possible by the folks at Mediazoic.  Good people.

Radical New Headphone Idea

January 6th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

They’re called Aftershokz and work unlike virtually every other headphone on the consumer market. They use a technique called “bone

The Chernobyl Disco Where They Drink and Fight to Forget

January 6th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Guillaume Herbaut. Click on the image to see more of his work.I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news about the Chernobyl disaster on April 26, 1986. I was living in an apartment on Taylor Avenue in Winnipeg.  

I had just woken up after having worked the night shift at the radio station and turned on the TV to see if anything was going on.  Dan Rather popped up with the news of the meltdown. 

I've been fascinated with the Chernobyl story ever since.  The fate of those who stablized the meldown. The effect on the environment. The cancers and birth defects.  The people who refused to leave the forbidden zone.  The abandoned town of Pripyat. Launches a Car Company

January 6th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

He calls it IAMAUTO. Horrible name.

Anyway, he was on The Tonight Show (video below) to announce it.  Apparently, it'll use parts from Chrysler--which is not good, really, unless he's planning to build a Sebring--in which case he should just stop right now.

(Will: I will take it back if you say you're going to use the same V-10 that's in the Viper.  Or maybe Chrysler's Fiat masters will offer you something Ferarri-like from Modena.  But I doubt it.)  

It appears that Billy has a thing for Chrylser.  He's driving a 300 in the video for "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)."

All Hail the Metal President of the USA

January 5th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Well, not yet.  But it could happen. In some universe.

Randy Blythe enjoys being the frontman of Lamb of God but apparently feels a higher calling.  He's just announced that he wants Barack Obama's job.  He wants to be President of the United States.

Here's what he told Guitar World:

It’s 2012 now, the year some are saying the Mayan calendar predicts a cataclysmic upheaval across the board for our planet, perhaps even the end of the world as we know it. I don’t know if these doomsday predictions have any validity, but I do know one thing: the potential candidates in the race to decide who will be elected President of the United States look like pure shit.

Further Proof That Dave Grohl Will Work with Anybody

January 5th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Let's make a quick list of all the people Dave Grohl has appeared/played/recorded with outside of Nirvana and the Foo Fighters.  

I know I'm going to miss something, so please help out:


  1. Them Crooked Vultures:  Self-explanatory
  2. Lemmy:  The Probot project, among others.
  3. Nine Inch Nails:  Drums on several songs on With Teeth
  4. Killing Joke:  Recorded and toured with on drums.
  5. Mike Watt:  Appears on Ball-Hog or Tugboat?

The Fascinating Story of Def Jam’s First Rapper

January 5th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

From Grantland:

In 1995, the head-trauma wing at a nursing home in Bensonhurst began acquiring the lost memories of Def Jam's first rapper. Terry Keaton, a new patient at Haym Salomon hospital, had emerged from a coma unaware that he was T La Rock. Or that T La Rock had a hit in 1984 called "It's Yours." All of this was news to Keaton, as it was to neurologists. What was known is that the history of T La Rock — and perhaps the time of his life — had been purged from Terry Keaton's mind with a blunt instrument.

Sweden’s Newest Official Religion: File Sharing. Seriously.

January 5th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Click on the image to learn more from GizmodoIt's called the Church of Kopimism and its pope/archbishop/caliph/high priest/spiritual leader is a philosophy student named Isak Gerson.

And this isn't some weird unilateral declaration, either. Kopimism has been officially recognized by the Swedish government as an actual official religion complete with a clergy, dogma and prescribed methods of prayer and meditation.

So what does a good Kopimi (that's the official name for an adherent) believe in?

  • Copying of information is ethically right
  • Spreading information is ethically right
  • Coping or remixing informatin from another person is an act of respect and an expression of faith.

Busted! Canadian Parliament Filled with Media Pirates

January 5th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

If you haven't checked YouHaveDownloaded, a site that knows what you've been torrenting, you should. Yes, it keeps track of your, uh, habits but it can also be a useful tool when it comes to finding out what other peopel have been up to.

Case in point:  the Pirate Party of Canada's investigation into copyright infringement originating from the House of Commons.  They pumped out a press release:

“It’s pretty funny, given that this very same group of people is working on harsher copyright law with Bill C-11, ” says former Pirate Party Candidate for Vancouver Centre Travis McCrea, “It just highlights how absurd and unenforceable this copyright monopoly is. Just as in the Hurt Locker lawsuit, we can tell where the files were downloaded but it is impossible to tell which individual is responsible.”

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