Not sure I’m feeling the Stone Roses reunion next year will end off all that well given their past history. Sometimes history needs to be left untouched.
Lots of easy money sitting on the table ready to be grabbed by bands for putting on these nostalgic shows. Can’t blame them, considering that 225,000 tickets sold out in a matter of minutes. Refilling the retirement fund!
Putting the cynicism aside very briefly, their debut album goes down as a classic. It still sounds as fresh and exciting as the first time I ever heard it. They probably only had that one solid album in them because everything after that was pretty dodgy. I saw them live in Toronto, and for all the excitement surrounding the show, it was one of the worst I’ve seen. The venue sucked (Marine Terminal anyone?), the sound sucked and the band came on a stage late and felt like they really didn’t want to be there.
Time will only tell where this reunion goes… but I really wish they kept the book on Stone Roses closed.
So I was getting my coffee this morning and overheard Feist on the shop’s soundsystem. Next thing I know I’m walking down the street humming Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi.” Dunno why - guess my head figgers there’s a connection there, maybe it thinks the melody is somewhat Feistian…?
So anyhow, the more I think about it, the more I think a Feist cover of that tune would in fact be pretty sweet.
“And, here’s a bizarro stat that got some attention: the average CD is listened to ‘fewer than 10 times after purchase,’ according to an estimate from NARM. It was mentioned last week during a presentation by MOG executive Anu Kirk.”—
Not so bizarro IMO. I’d assume a power law (long tail) distribution would apply to listening habits, as well as purchasing ones. So a very few CDs get a huge number of listens while most get almost none at all.
I’ll bet it holds true in terms of digital formats in peoples’ collections as well. Feels about right when I sort my iTunes music collection by number of plays. Someday I might even plot it on a graph.
Great great tune from this NZ band. It’s the lead track on their debut EP release, on sale for cheap today over at GroopEase.
The song is a short sharp blast of indie sarcasm. Most striking element is obviously the very witty lyrics, but the tune’s catchy too. Love the twisty guitars.
As these kids are kiwis, of course it sounds to me as if The Clean (legends!) are an influence. More contemporary or international points of reference: Los Campesinos!, especially vocal-wise, as well as early Cure and maybe early Pavement also. Anyhow a great track that deserves endless repeat.
Making way for the vocabulary of a new generation has led to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary removing ‘cassette tape’ from its pages.
Replacing old-school for new-cool will see words such as ‘retweet’ take a place on the dictionary’s pages instead as its editor-at-large Jesse Sheidlower branded the cassette tape “so past its prime that it was not worth keeping it in.”