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The U2 Academic Conference: What Will Be Discussed?

January 21st, 2013 | by Jon Bunnies

U2 is one of the handful of bands that get academic excited.  This year's , an internatinal gathering of critics, scholars, teachers and fans will take place at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on April 26 and 27.  

What will be discussed?  I'm glad you asked.  Here's a selection of papers that will be presented.

  • “From the Ground Up: A Post-Structuralist Account of U2’s Transformation in the Achtung Baby Era.” Veldon Coburn
  • “’I Go There With You’: The Dimension of Place in U2’s Studio Recordings, Videos, and Concert Sites.” Joel Deichmann
  • “I Just Keep the Bottom End Moving: Adam Clayton’s Minimalist Bass Aesthetic.” Brian Wright

The Messed Up Violent World of Lullabies

January 21st, 2013 | by Jon Bunnies

Samuel L. Jackson spoke for every parent when he read the children's classic, Go the F**k to Sleep

But Sam wasn't speaking just for today's parents.  He speaks of a tradition of trying to get the little buggers to bed that's as old as humanity itself.

The first written lullabye dates back 4,000 years when some ancient Babylonian wrote down the words of a song a mother sang to her baby.  And it's not a very nice song.  It basically tells the kid to shut the f**k up because all that crying is disturbing the house god and if he/she doesn't shut the f**k up, this demon will eat him/her.

Music Composed by Bird Poo (Big Deal. Al Jourgensen Got There First)

January 21st, 2013 | by Jon Bunnies

There's a famous story about the time Al Jourgensen of Ministry was asked to remix "Give It Away" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  

He arrived at the studio with a chicken which he then set on the mixing console. Taking a big drag on a giant spliff, he blew smoke into the chicken's face.  This made the chicken really quite stoned and it began staggering all over the mixing desk. 

Legend has it that on whatever fader was pooped upon by this stoned chicken received extra emphasis in the remix.

This was 1991.  Today comes news of a composition by British musician Jon Hering and artist Kerry Morrison made entirely of bird shit.

New Order Reviews Peter Hook’s New Book on Joy Division

January 21st, 2013 | by Jon Bunnies

If you're afraid that the chasm between New Order and their--ahem--estranged bass player is irreparible, I've got some bad news for you.  It is.  In fact, it may be worse that fans imagined.

Here's an excerpt from an interview featuring Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert from the Telegraph.  They review Hooky's new memoir, Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division.

New Order are about to head off on the final lap in almost a year’s worth of touring. Also on the horizon when we meet is Lost Sirens. The fly in the ointment is Hook. The bass player appeared on that album. But since then, relations have deteriorated catastrophically.

“He’s given it his thumbs up,” claims Sumner. “I don’t think he’s got much choice. But we’ve just got to…” he begins, then sighs.

LA Punk Gig Sees Brawl, Leaves One Dead

January 21st, 2013 | by Jon Bunnies

There was a brawl early Sunday morning at the Apline Village Centre in Torrance, California.  Something went very wrong at a gig by a band called Agression, a skatepunk band from Oxnard that's been around since the early 80s.  

Here's a sample of Agression from a gig at Gilman Street in Oakland from 2006.

People spilled outside.  One man was shot to death and other was stabbed.  

Hands-On with the Connected Car

January 21st, 2013 | by Jon Bunnies

GigaOm writer Kevin Tofel talks about how well his smartphone plays with his Chevy Volt:

My Volt came with a satellite radio trial, yet I haven’t tuned in to it. Not once. I know what the service is like: I was a subscriber a few years back and I enjoyed it. I just don’t see the need given that my mobile device has far Let`s see options for music. Options that I like, use every day and have refined for my musical tastes.

For example, when I want my fix of the Beatles — which is nearly all the time — I use which has .

Worst. Radio. Edits. Ever.

January 21st, 2013 | by Jon Bunnies

Radio people will understand exactly what this is all about.  However, it’s COMPLETELY unfair to say that radio edits are

10 Covers Better Than the Originals

January 20th, 2013 | by Jon Bunnies

I agree with about half of . But where's Soft Cell's "Tainted Love?" You could also make a case for Jimi Hendrix's "All Along the Watchtower" or the Who's Live at Leeds version of "Young Man Blues."(Thanks to Greggory for the link.)

By the way, here's one of my all-time favourite covers.

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