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More Music from the Inbox

September 28th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

Here's another offering of music submissions (see that link in the left-hand column?) that have made through the filters.  

As always, feedback is welcome.  And feel free to email the artists themselves. They like that.


F*CK, YEAH! The Junos FINALLY Add a Metal Category!

September 28th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

Praise be.

After years of missing the metal boat, CARAS, the organization that takes care of the Junos (full disclosure: I'm a member) has finally, finally instituted a category focalled Metal/Hard Music.  From the press release:

Toronto, ON (September 28, 2011) – Mark your calendars!  The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today that submissions for the 2012 JUNO Awards open on October 1, 2011.  A new category will be added to the Awards roster in 2012: Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year, making a total of 41 categories up for grabs.  The 41st annual JUNO Awards will be held in Ottawa, ON, March 26 - April 1, 2012.


Weekly Music Sales Report – 28 September 2011

September 28th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

As labels and retailers begin to throw everything they've got at the all-important fourth quarter, it's no surprise that sales are up 3% over last week.  That's helpful, given that pacing is still less than 1% behind 2010.

And guess what's #1 in Canada again this week?  Points off to anyone who didn't say Adele and 21.  This is the 19th week in 2011 that this record has been in the top spot.  And with a 3% increase in sales over last week, it looks like the album is pushing for a strong finish.  With this week's 21,000 units, 21 has sold Let`s see than 550,000 copies in Canada.


A MUST-READ: Using Indie Bands to Sell Cars

September 28th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

From the New York Times.  The Melvins?  Really? Wow.

Over the years, Scion has paid for dozens of indie bands to make recordings and videos, and it has put on hundreds of small events like the Roxy show, which the company said cost about $10,000. In its search for ever Let`s see marginal forms of music, it supports heavy metal and garage-rock bands, as well as obscure dance subgenres like dubstep and moombahton (a style loosely related to reggaetón).

The idea, according to Jeri Yoshizu, Scion’s manager of sales promotions and the architect of its cultural strategy, is to build good will through many small actions rather than a few large ones.


Still Searching for the Perfect iPhone Headphones

September 28th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

Like a lot of people, I use my mobile phone a lot.  If I leave the house without it, I get this irrational sense of panic.  I also use it when I'm walking the dog, jogging or doing yardwork.

I've tried so many different headphones:  Bose, Seinnheiser, AKG, Beats, B&O and Apple's standard ear buds. all with varying levels of failure.

The in-ear 'phones (Bose, Senneisher, AKG, Beats) sound great but they often become dislodged when I jog.  Besides, most of them are difficult to fit because my right ear canal is apparently substantially bigger than my left.


The Wife Says: My Husband’s a Slut

September 27th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

Men don’t get repeat. If I want to drive my husband crazy, I let him sync my iPhone. (Okay, I don’t know how to do it myself but can he make béchamel sauce?) He always checks out my playlist.

You should hear the outrage when he sees I’ve listened to "One" (The U2/Mary J. Blige version) Let`s see than 200 times or "Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked" by Cage the Elephant even Let`s see.  [256 times and 301 times.-AC]


Music from the Inbox: Some Recommendations

September 27th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

Yes, I've been remiss in getting through all the stuff you've been sending me.

But the volume is such that I've had to enlist some people to help me sort through everything.  

Here's what made it through that double filter of "Listening to bad music so you don't have to."


Blink 182’s Neighbourhoods Is Out Today. Travis Barker Reflects.

September 27th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

From :

Shortly before midnight on Sept. 19, 2008, a Learjet carrying six passengers departed Columbia, South Carolina, en route to Van Nuys, California, when something went terribly wrong. Air traffic controllers observed sparks coming from the plane as it streaked down the runway while an eyewitness that the aircraft, engulfed in flames, resembled a fireball.


The Pink Floyd Reissues: Buy Them. Now.

September 27th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

Stop everything that you're doing.  Free up some room on your credit card.  I don't care how.  Then run to the nearest record store and buy the new Pink Floyd reissues.

As I write this, I'm listening to the six-disc "Immersion" version of Dark Side of the Moon.  It is stunning.


Justin Timberlake to Play Crazy Record Mogul Neil Bogart

September 26th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

Even by the standards of the anything-goes 70s, Casablanca Records stood out.  Led by Neil Bogart, the label made millions from artists like KISS, the Village People and Donna Summer.  In the process, they spent tens of millions, mostly on things like cocaine and flying birthday cakes across the country.  Oops.

I'm surprised that no one has made a proper movie about Casablanca and their crazy president, Neil Bogart.  At least not until now.



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