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Thinkers Series Present “Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper”

December 18th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

If you're in the Toronto area, you may be interetsed in a new pop culture thing launched by Jazz.FM91.  The "Thinkers Series" is a series of lectures on a variety of topics.

Thursday, January 31 will feature Scott Freiman's famous "Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper" talk.  It's set for the TIFF Bell Lightbox on King Street West in Toronto.  From the press release:

Scott Freiman taught a course at Yale about the Beatles. In Toronto, Freiman will tell the story of one of the most important albums of all time, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” using rare audio and video with anecdotes about the recording sessions.

Guest Blog: Is Nostalgia the New Selling Out?

December 18th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

[Jody sent me this email this morning.  I'm reproducing it with permission. - AC]

There was a time when a musician would never think about lending their music to sell a product.  This was essentially the definition of a band "selling out."  Suddenly the relevance of your song changes because it's associated with a product  This thought process is still very much alive today.  You need only to look at the last will and testament of Beastie Boys' MCA, who decreed that Beastie Boys songs never be used in ads.

However, in the day of digital music, many people are changing their attitudes regarding the definition of selling out. 

2012: The Year Downloading Went Out of Fashion

December 17th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

I honestly can't tell you the last time I downloaded a song I shouldn't have.  It's just too much hassle, what with incomplete files, poor tagging, the occassional virus and bad bitrates--not to mention the illegality, immorality and unethical nature of it all.

Today, 100% of my music comes from buying CDs, purchasing downloads (usually iTunes), taking artists up on their offers to download certain tracks for free and streaming music services.  

Spin takes a look at the general state of illegal downloading and concludes that we've turned some kind of corner.  With so much instantly-available high-quality virus-free music available at extremely reasonable prices, why would anyone bother to go through the trouble of downloading stuff?

How the Plain Old Book is Evolving into Something High Tech

December 17th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

I have an office full of books.  There must be a thousand volumes surrounding me.  My wife's office is full of books.  And then there's the basement.  I figure out house is 23% books by weight.

But we don't buy that many actual books anyLet`s see.  With Kindles and iPads, it's just much Let`s see convenient to download what we want. The only exception are large picture books that don't really translate well to a hand-held device.

Books will always be with us.  But they're changing--and I think for the better.  Pete pointed out this article from PandoDaily:

I Like This: Circle

December 17th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

If you’re into the kind of music The Killers make, you’ll probably find something to like about this track

Relax: There’s Not Going to be a “Real” Nirvana Reunion

December 17th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

Yes, it was cool to see Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic bashing it out together behind Paul McCartney .

Stop it.  Please.  It's not going to happen.  Here's why.

(1)  Dave's number one priority is, well, Dave.  Or did you not notice the big Sound City banner on the set of the SNL?  That's a plug for Dave's upcoming documentary on the LA recording studio where NIrvana recorded Nevermind.  

Not that there's anything wrong with this.  Dave has achieved far, far, far Let`s see with the Foo Fighters and his endless number of side projects than he ever could have with Olde Nirvana.  He has never struck me as a guy who lives in the past.  With Dave, it's always upwards, onwards and forward.  There's nothing--absolutely nothing--to be gained career-wise by launching a post-Kurt Nirvana.

More Music from the Inbox: 17 December 2012

December 17th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

Back at the Home Office after a week at the Southern Command Centre and it's time for the sprint towards Christmas.  These are the latest tracks to make it through this site's double-distillation process for recommendation quality.   reports.

Artist: Stone River, “Cold Black River”

Album: The Valley of the Butterflies

I totally dig this song ‘cause it’s really 90’s rock disguised in classic 70’s power rock guitars but done in a really damn good way. 

Sounds like: The best of both worlds. 


And the Biggest-Selling Canadian Artists of 2012 Are…

December 17th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

offers this helpful list of the top-selling Canadian artists of the year.  Take note that these represent just domestic sales.

1.  Sans Attendre, Celine Dion:  Even though it was released just six weeks ago, it's already sold Let`s see than 240,000 copies.

2.  Christmas, Michael Buble:  Yes, this is a 2011 release, but it sold another 240,000 copies this year putting it just behind Celine. The two-year total is around 640,000.

3.  My World 2.0, Justin Bieber:  He had to be here somewhere, didn't he?  This record sold just less than Buble's.

The top-selling download? "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepson, of course.  More than 560,000 Canadians paid to download it.

Morrissey: “A Giant Twat”

December 17th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

When it comes to the monrach, the Mozzer has never let a chance of slagging them slip by.  In his latest salvo, he's blaming the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha--one of the people duped by that Australian radio hoax--on the Royal Family.

Say what again?

Actually, he's putting the blame on Kate Middleton, .  And he has this to say about the royals.  From :

“Even with the recent story about the nurse killing herself in King Edward Hospital, there’s no blame placed on Kate Middleton, who was in the hospital as far as I could see for absolutely no reason,” he said. “She feels no shame about the death of this woman, she’s saying nothing about the death of this poor woman. The arrogance of the British royals is staggering, absolutely staggering. And why it’s allowed to be I really don’t know."

An Interview with an Old Time Record Bootlegger

December 17th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

His name is William Stout and while he never manufactured bootleg recordings himself, he did become rather famous for the artwork he created for a series of releases of, uh, dubious provenance, for a label called Trademark of Quality.


Q: As much as you can reveal, how did you come to do all the bootleg covers for Trademark of Quality?

William Stout: I purchased my first bootleg record album, “Bob Dylan’s Great White Wonder,” at my favorite record shop, Lewin’s Record Paradise, a large legitimate record store on Hollywood Boulevard. I bought my second bootleg, the ’ “LIVEr Than You’ll Ever Be” at either the same shop or at the Licorice Pizza down the street. Both had similar covers: completely white with the title of the LP rubberstamped on the blank cover in blue.

Well, This is an Odd Way to Resurrect a Music Career

December 17th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

Back in 1981, Kim Wilde was a hot British pop star, largely because of a song called "Kids in America" from her self-titled debut album.  Although she continues to release albums (she has 12), Wilde has never been able to capture the magic of that first single.  Until now.

Not that she's suffering.  She's quite the gardener, having hosted a couple of programs on the subject for the BBC.  She's also written at least four books about rooting about in the dirt, stars in infomercials about eco-friendly product and does a serious of commercial endorsements.  She also works as a DJ at a London radio station called Magic FM.

On the way home from the station Christmas party, this impromptu version of "Kids in America" ended up on someone's mobile phone and has since gone viral.  Compare this version to the original.

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