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Bryan Ferry Marrying His Son’s Ex-Girlfriend Is Weird–But Not As Weird As This

January 11th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

I've been a Roxy Music fan for...well, forever, really.  Bryan Ferry has also struck me as the epitome of cool, even when he's doing those H&M commercials.  

And I kinda admire his ladykiller reputation.  He does have an eye for women.  I mean, some of those Roxy Music album covers were good enough when my buddies chickened out from boosting copies of Penthouse from the drug store.  But this is a little weird.

Bryan, who is 66, has just married his 29 year-old girlfriend.  That's fine--good on you, Bryan--except for the fact that Amanda Shepherd used to be his son's girlfriend.  Somehow that just doesn't feel right.

But it's not the weirdest relationship father-son-girlfriend arrangement I've ever heard of. Far, far from it.


Radio Moscow’s Bloody Breakup

January 11th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Radio Moscow broke up after bloody (onstage) meltdown last Saturday. According to witnesses, the drummer grabbed frontman Parker Griggs’ guitar


Weekly Music Sales Report: 11 January 2012

January 11th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Yes, things took a dump on both sides of the border, but in the week following the holidays, it's perfectly normal. No one is panicking.  Yett.

Actually, 2012 has started with some good news.  Sales for the first week of this year are 11% higher than this time in 2011.  Catalogue sales are strong (up 22% for recent items, 25% up for deep catalogue), which probably means people are still redeeming the gift cards they got for Christmas.  

Sales of CDs continue to suck.  They're already trailing last year's numbers by 6%.  It's nice that digital track sales are up 39% over 2011 and album-equivalent sales (which are counted when someone buys ten or downloads at a time) are up 18.5%.  But we all know how slim the margins are there, right?  


Jack White’s :$12,500 Elephant Heads

January 11th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Nobody can predict what Jack White is going to do next: collaborations with Stephen Colbert, Tom Jones, Insane Clown Posse, and his most recent project with Gnarls Barkley and Danger Mouse to create a soundtrack for a film that doesn't exist are just a few examples of his rather diverse---and weird---resume.

And what about White’s many movie cameos? It’s a well-known fact that Jack White has always had something of an acting bug: that’s him doing that James Bond theme with Alicia Keyes; playing Elvis Presley in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story; playing alongside Nicole Kidman in Cold Mountain (as the musician); etc. And here’s a trivia question for you: Can you name Jack White’s very first on-screen role?


The iNuke Lives!

January 11th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

This, by far, is the goofiest iPod/iPhone dock ever conceived.  I wrote about the iNuke just before Christmas, back when


A Note from Primus’ Les Claypool

January 11th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

From a note to fans today:

A LETTER FROM LES...

Ahoy there all,

I just wanted to thank everyone for the support my nephew Matthew has received over the last year. It has been amazing how many folks have put forth the effort to help my brother and his family. Unfortunately, just at a time when he's learning to walk, little Matthew has had a major relapse and is back at Stanford Medical Center for treatment. To see what this little guy has gone through these last twelve months has been heart wrenching and to think he has to go through it again is just beyond comprehension.


Cool App: Animoog

January 10th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Sixty years ago, electronic keyboard synthesizers were so big that they filled entire rooms in places like university campuses.  “Portable”


Ford Talks Radio at the Consumer Electronics Show

January 10th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Ford has sold a lot of vehicles based on the gadgetry they've develop for the dashboard.  Despite a few glitches, their SYNC system has been a big hit.

Other automobile manufacturers are following along because they realize that consumers are demanding tighter integration between their cars and smart phones.  The easier and cooler the integration, the more cars they'll sell.  That's one of the new marketplace realities.

In an interview with Radio Ink on Monday, Ford executive Jim Buczkowski gave his thoughts on where radio fits in this new environment.



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