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I Like This: Creep

December 8th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

Ooo.  Appropriately, er, creepy.  Anyone feel an early Sinead O’Connor vibe? Like Lion and the Cobra-ish? CREEP – Animals (feat

Elvis Found Alive! No, Really!

December 7th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

That’s the contention of this documentary, anyway.  Apparently, he’s been living as Federal Agent Jon Burrows in Simi Valley, California

Collectible Cassettes? Really?

December 7th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

Believe it or not.

Like vinyl, the pre-recorded cassette just won’t die.  In fact, there are places in the world—like India and Indonesia—where you can still walk into a music store and buy albums on cassette. A couple of years ago, I walked into a shop in Ubud, Bali, and the place was filled with pre-recorded cassettes.  And not just old titles, either.  Recent releases.

Then there are these hipster labels that keep popping up in the US and the UK that only distribute music on cassette. I don't get that, given that I haven't hooked up any of my cassette machines for years.

New Bio on Dave Grohl

December 7th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

There have been many, many books written about Nirvana.  But about the Foo Fighters?  Not so much. There are a

Weekly Music Sales Report: 07 December 2011

December 7th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

[I've buried the lead in this week's report.  You'll see it in bold further down. It's a truly amazing fact.  And I mean that will all seriousness. - AC]

Christmas shopping season is in full effect, which is why music sales are up 7% from last week, a figure high enough to keep 2011 pacing 1% of 2010.

Before we get into the meat of this week's report, it's interesting to note that:

And the New Inductees into the Rock and Roll of Fame Are…

December 7th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

The 500-odd critics, musicians and industry pros have spoken.  Here are my thoughts:

Beastie Boys:  Good choice.  Licensed to Ill was important for being the first rap album to top the Billboard charts and even though it came from a bunch of snotty white boys, it opened the public's eyes to what was happening with this new scene.  They also deserve credit for the edge-of-the-envelope sampling techniques of Paul's Boutique.  Both had massive impact on music.

Donovan:  I was never a fan, but acknowledgement of the his psychedelic folkiness is probably a good idea.

New Releases This Week: 06 December 2011

December 7th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

This is pretty much it for any meaningful releases for 2011.  With the music industry basically shut down between December 15 and January 15, no one is going to spend much time working new records to radio and the video channels.  

Playlists will soon be frozen and any singles that come out will be ignored. And when things start up again in the New Year, any singles pushed in December will inevitably be considered stone-cold dead.

The Euro Crisis Has Metallica (And Others) Worried

December 6th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

If you're at a certain level of international success, you have to become something of a foreign currency expert.  One of the great challenges of U2's 360 Tour was figuring out how to break even in dollars, pounds, euros, rand, pesos, reals, rubles, zlotys, kroners and who knows what else.

Now with the euro in crisis and the US dollar fluctuating against other currencies, other big bands are having to craft FOREX contingency plans.

The Wife Says: Chewbacca on Glee? WTF?

December 6th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

Remember the first season of Glee? Nerds dodging slushies, dealing with bullies.     Celebrating their outsider status. TV has always been good at this from My So-Called Life to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

I liked Coach Sue’s sarcasm juxtaposed to the unexpected sweetness with her sister.

Some of the kids weren’t bad like Corey Monteith’s perpetually stunned expression. I went to school with guys who always looked like they hadn’t shucked off the last football tackle.

Shortest. Break-up. Ever. Ministry’s Back.

December 6th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

Well, maybe it's not really the shortest break-up ever, but it's good to see Al back in the saddle.  No Paul Barker, though, so there will be those who quibble at the authenticity of this reunion.

A new album entitled Relapse will be out March 3.  Watch it all come together here.

And you do know about Uncle Al's Christmas song, don't you?

Why The Slow CD Rip?

December 6th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies

As I was ripping Let`s see CDs last night, an old question popped up:  why do older CDs--i.e. those released before about 2000--seem to rip faster than newer ones?

My computer had no trouble ingesting a pile of older discs from the 90s, ripping them at speeds of 20x and even faster.  But when I ripped discs from the last decade, the best I could do was somewhere around 9x. Why is that?

I posed the question on Twitter and got back some theories.

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