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Fred Durst to Star in Douchebag

October 14th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

This is not a joke.  At least I don't think it is.

Fred has apparently signed a deal with CBS to produce and star in a sitcom called, yes, Douchebag. (Well, that's the working title.  I find it hard to believe that CBS would actually let this one through, but I digress...)

CBS has committed to a script that will focus on a rock legend who is trying to maintain some kind of balance between being a star and raising a family.  

Uh, isn't this Gene Simmons Family Jewels or The Osbournes?

Need to Complain About Something? Put It in Song.

October 14th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Finland is a strange place.  Because Finns spend so much of the year in the dark, they find other pursuits. For example, they like to tango. They're deep into cell phones.  And they used to kill themselves a lot (but not so much anymore.)

Finland is also home to the Helsinki Complaints Choir, a group of singers who turn daily grievances into song.  This has become a worldwide phenomenon with similar choirs showing up in Canada, the US, Singapore, Germany, Russia, Australia, Korea, Japan and a dozen other countries?

Why?  Well, why not? 

The History of the Term “Rock and Roll,” Part 4

October 14th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

[Wait!  Start here for the full story. -AC]

Here is the last the piece of the puzzle in the history of the phrase “rock and roll.” 

When Alan Freed, the very popular Cleveland DJ and supporter of R'n B, was sued in the early 1950s for stealing the name “Moondog” from a New York street musician, he had to find a new catch phrase.

Freed was depressed.  His act--his very career--was under seige.  This required some heavy drinking with some buddies.

The Secret History of Rock Begins This Weekend

October 13th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

The new radio show is ready.  Finally.  Here's what to expect.

1.  Two hours instead of one.

2.  Up to six topics per show instead of one.

3.  A focus on classic alt-rock and what that music means to the music of today.

4.  Lots and lots of stories about all facets of music.  In other words, the usual stuff from me.

We're currently building network of affiliates.  Here are the early believers where you can hear the show.

A Very Interesting U2 Covers Album

October 13th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Later this month, Britain's Q magazine will continue to celebrate their 25th anniversry with a CD featuring some U2 covers.  This ties in well with U2's mega-reissue of Achtung Baby.  In fact, all the songs on the Q disc are from that album.

Here's the track list.  I'm especially interesting in the Nine Inch Nails take on "Zoo Station," which ranks in my personal top 3 of U2 songs. 

Nominees Announced for UK Indie Music Awards

October 13th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

I love the cheekiness of the categories.  Winners will be announced in London on November 10.

In association with Sound Performance

  • Ambiguous Records
  • Naim Edge Records
  • Smalltown America
  • Stolen Recordings


  • Adele - 21 (XL Recordings)
  • Bon Iver - Bon Iver (4AD)
  • Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (Bella Union)
  • Friendly Fires - Pala (XL Recordings)
  • Toddla T - Watch Me Dance (Ninja Tune)

Adele to Break a Beatles Record

October 13th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

It's not my kind of music (and possibly not yours) and you'll never, ever find it on my iPhone,  But I certainly admire the success Adele has had with her 21 album.  

The reason the album has sold 600,000 copies in Canada, 4 million in the US and more than 10 million around the world is because it's a good album.  

No crazy hype.  No flashy videos.  No glitzy over-the-top shows with a dozen costume changes.  Just a bunch of songs inspired by a bad break-up.  This album is about the quality of the music. Period.

Weirdest. Concept. Album. Ever.

October 13th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

WARNING: May cause bacon revulsion and pork chop psychosisBritish electronic musician Matthew Herbert spent a lot of time with a particular pig on a British farm.  Call it Morrissey's worst nightmare:  an album made of the sounds of the birth, life, death and subsequent feasting upon of a real pig.

One Pig not only features sample oinks, but drums with skins made of, er, pig skin and a wind instrument that somehow uses pig blood.  No wonder PETA was all over this guy.

The official press release video is below.  But if you just want to skip to a stream of the album, go here.

The Wife Says: Happy Couples?

October 12th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Win and Regine of Arcade Fire are among the latest couples to collaborate successfully. Snatching seconds as inspiration strikes. Home’s a musical Narnia where melody meets while making the beds.


A big fan of the husband’s work. Not in a fawning aren’t-you-wonderful-my-big-strong-creative-man kind of way. But coz sweat and talent is inherently irresistible.

We bounce ideas. Poke. Prod. Hopefully inspire. But I only ask for a serious opinion once braced and if not having a bad hair day. 

The History of the Term “Rock and Roll,” Part 3

October 12th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Wait!  To get started, you need to check out Part 1 and Part 2.

First, it was an African-American slang term for “sex.”  From there, "rock and roll" it was used as a euphemism for sex in a series of songs in the 20s, 30s and 40s.  And then, in 1948, a singer named Wynonie Harris had a hit with a song called “Good Rockin’ Tonight,” which inspired a a bunch of new songs featuring the word “rock” in the title or in the lyrics. 

The next step of this etymylogical revolution begins on July 11, 1951, when a white radio DJ from Cleveland named Alan Freed began to establish himself as a promoter of rhythm and blues the new name for recordings made by black artists.

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