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And the Most Depressing Song of All Time Is…

February 1st, 2012 | by Alan Cross

According to a (very scientific, I'm sure) study by theatre producer David King, the most depressing song of all time is "Everybody Hurts" by REM.

He says one in five females "often" begin to cry when they hear the song.  There doesn't seem to be any data for dudes.

Second most depressing?  Elton John's "Candle in the Wind."  (I agree, but I get depressed for different reasons upon hearing it.)  And in third place, Mike and the Mechanics and "The Living Years."

To all of the above, I call "bullshit."

Nothing--and I mean nothing--beats "Gloomy Sunday."

What?  You've never heard of it?  That's probably a good thing because it was banned by the BBC for its blow to morale and its rumoured ability to drive people to suicide.

Steve Jobs, Father of the iPod, Was Actually a Vinyl Freak

February 1st, 2012 | by Alan Cross

That's according to Neil Young, anyway, as part of an interview at the D: Dive tech conference in California.

Steve Jobs was a pioneer of digital music. His legacy is tremendous.  But when he went home, he listened to vinyl.

Yes, Jobs gave the world iTunes (with its AAC compression), the iPod (which promolgated the need for compressed music files) and even offered up something called iPod Hi Fi.

What?  You don't remember that?  Or Steve's statement "This sounds so good that I'm going to get rid of my stereo."  The date was February 28, 2006.  The iPod Hi Fi was discontinued in September 2007.

More quotes from the Godfather of Grunge (via 9 to 5 Mac):

5 Billion Songs Shared on Facebook So Far

February 1st, 2012 | by Alan Cross

With talk of Facebook's bazillion-dollar IPO the talk of the financial world, it's worth noting that since song sharing was introduced back in September, five BILLION songs have been shared by users.

This has the attention of the music industry.  They're talking about something called "frictionless sharing" at the MIDEM conference going on now in France.  Decoded, that means apps that interface with Facebook on some level and share your activity without you doing anything.  Or controlling anything.  Or even knowing about it.

New Releases This Week: 31 January 2012

January 31st, 2012 | by Alan Cross

The music industry has finally awoken from it's winter's nap with a slate of releases that will have people talking.  Some quick thoughts on a few of them.

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour/Out of Frequency:  You know that Heineken commercial with the band featuring the blond singer?  Those guys.

Leonard Cohen/Old Ideas:  Lenny's first album since 2004.  Who will be the first to dare write an even a lukewarm review of such a sacred cow?

Lana Del Rey/Born to Die:  Wow.  Can the media get any more harsh?  Doesn't matter, though, because I still like her.  And she's smokin' hot.

The Cult Returns After Five Years with a New Album

January 31st, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Bob Rock produced it?  Sounds promising.  Get the download of a track called "Lucifer" as of 2pm EST today (January 31) here.

From the press release:

One of the finest British rock acts to have enjoyed worldwide success over the last few decades, The Cult has wrapped up recording ‘Choice of Weapon’, the group’s first studio album in five years.  Released on 21st May 2012 on their new UK label Cooking Vinyl, its 10 tracks reveal the band at its rawest and most visceral, encapsulating cinematic visions and themes of love, revolt, and redemption. 

More Music from the Inbox

January 31st, 2012 | by Alan Cross

There's a squirrel living somewhere in my back yard and it's driving the dog nuts.  From her perch in the living room, she sees the thing scampering over the shed, along the fence and up into the maple tree. There's much barking and whining, none of which will stop unless I let her outside to suss the situation.

Naturally, squirrels go up and dogs can't.  That only serves to frustrate her further.  She then comes back into the house, resumes her perch and in five minutes, the whole thing plays out ago.

This means I'm not getting much work done.  It's because of days like this I'm glad I have someone like Juliette Jagger to sort through the dozens and dozens of song recommendations that come in each week.

Anyone wanna buy a dog?

Black Sabbath as a Tourist Attraction

January 31st, 2012 | by Alan Cross

With Tony Iommi good prognosis for the treatment for his cancer, Black Sabbath fully intends to carry on with their reunion plans.  And while ever metal fan in the world is looking forward to the tour, there are also a couple of politicians pulling for them, too.

City councillors in Birmingham, the birthplace of Sabbath, are hoping to turn this reunion into something of a tourist attraction for the city.  

The NFL Has a Problem and Its Name is Gary Glitter

January 31st, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Anyone who's been to any kind of sporting event since the middle 70s has heard "Rock and Roll, Part 2" (the "Hey" song to the uninitiated) played to rile up the crowd.  Each time it's played, its composer earns public performance royalties.

"Rock and Roll, Part 2" was written in 1972 by Gary Glitter, the former British rock star who is now convicted child molestor.

He's made millions from the song over the years and stands to make a good chunk of change with the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Why?  Because it's the theme song of the New England Patriots.  

Ancient Audio Recordings Discovered

January 31st, 2012 | by Alan Cross

When Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, he had no real use for music.  He believed that his rotating cylinders should be used as telephone answering machines, dictation machines, educational tools and for capture the words of the great and famous. 

Music?  Bah.

Yesterday officials at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park announced the existence of some truly remarkable spoken-word recordings.  

The cylinders, made in 1889 and 1890, featuring some of the oldest examples of audio recordings.  

Why the Ting Tings Deliberately Deleted Their Second Album

January 30th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

The Ting Tings--Katie White and Jules de Martino--looked like they were on some kind of career fast track when they released We Started Nothing in 2008.  But where is the follow-up?  In a virtual trash bin somewhere.

They spent nine months working on something in a German jazz club but when a bunch of label suits showed up to check on their progress, they kinda freaked out.  Although they seemed to love what the Ting Tings were doing, they way they expressed their pleasure was, um, unsettling.  

So they deleted the album.  Every.  Single.  Track. 

Because You Can Never Have Enough Copies of “Ace of Spades”

January 30th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Lemmy, the owner of the most awesome facial warts in rock, has agreed to release a special package entitled Motör-Bag.  If you get your hands on one, you'll own just one of 4,000 copies being issued.

Inside Lemmy's bag, you'll find a couple of special vinyl albums, a backstage pass and (very cool!) a piece of the actual backdrop used on the 2010-11 world tour, mounted and numbered.

And in case this isn't enough, let's not forget about Motörhead's new wine (a fine shiraz) and Motörhead vodka. Check your booze local retailer.

A full tracklisting for The Wörld is Yours after the jump.

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