Thursday, November 15, 2007

Oasis Back in the Studio

The tumultuous British rockers Oasis are at it again. They are back in the studio recording for their next as yet untitled album due out sometime in August of next year. According to Liam Gallagher, the groups singer/songwriter/badass, all the recording should be done mid-December, and then it is in LA for mix-down and mastering.

They guys, like Radiohead, are currently sans-Record label. However don't expect any handouts. According to Gallagher, it would be over his "dead body" that he would be seen giving his hard work away for nothing.

As with the bands last album "Don't believe the truth", they guys are working with producer David Sardy.

The Worst Possible News.

I am afraid that I have some Bad news today. The Backstreet Boys are coming back again. I might just cry a little.

They have released their 6th album "Unbreakable", which is now near the top of the Billboard 200 charts.

I thought we were done with this whole craze. Of boy bands, and comebacks. I guess if there are still fans...

Giving the XO laptop the Edge.

The XO laptop, the flagship laptop design of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) campaign got the "Edge" it needed recently. The rocker's edge that is. Long time member of U2 Edge created a startup sound that will play as the laptop starts up.

“I'm delighted to support One Laptop Per Child," said Edge. "It's an amazing aim to use this new technology to help children all over the world."

For those of you who aren't in the know, the OLPC campaign is an educational project founded by Nicholas Negroponte. The goal of the foundation is to provide children around the globe the opportunity to learn and explore the world around them through a bright green laptop.

Here is a video on the XO:

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Get Rich Really Slow - Marry a Super Star!

What is a sure fire way to inherit millions of dollars without lifting a finger? Marry a super rich - super star and then divorce them, take half etc. etc.

What's that, no one will even look your way? That's easy, all you have to do is claim to have married one then. In the most desperate cry for attention I have heard in a long time, a woman has claimed to have been married to, had children with, and lived with the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown back in the 1950's.

If it's that easy, why doesn't every one try it. Oh that's right because it doesn't work. If you have to have "claimed" to have married someone, chances are very high that you were never actually married to them at all. It's like the time that my friend Bob married Angelina Jolie on a dare...

Sex Pistols, the Epic Monster

The Sex Pistols, an angry mob of teens from the London Underground who changed the world of music as we know it, are kicking off a bit of a reunion tour. The foursome will be doing an exclusive set of shows in the UK starting off with Brixton Academy in London.

It has been 30 years since their album "Never Mind the Bollocks, here's the Sex Pistols". The album has been labeled by most as the turning point in the underground punk genre of music. But do they still have it. Each surviving member of the band is past their prime, and dare I say it "washed up". It may or may not be a pretty site. Only time will tell.

Country Music's Finest Hour.

The CMA, Country Music awards show was held last night in Nashville, TN. The top honors this year went to relative newcomer Carrie Underwood, who beat out some veteran acts Reba McEntire, Allison Kraus, and Martina McBride. This is for sure the best that any American Idol winner has (or most likely ever will) done.

Here is a list of the winners:

Entertainer of the Year: Kenny Chesney

Single: "Before He Cheats," Carrie Underwood.

Album: "It Just Comes Natural," George Strait.

Song: "Give It Away," Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon and Jamey Johnson.

Female Vocalist: Carrie Underwood.

Male Vocalist: Brad Paisley.

Vocal Group: Rascal Flatts.

Vocal Duo: Sugarland.

Musical Event: "Find Out Who Your Friends Are," Tracy Lawrence with Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney.

Musician: Jerry Douglas.

Music Video: "Online," Brad Paisley.

Horizon Award: Taylor Swift.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The life of Hip Hop.

I just couldn't pass this one up. Four notorious rappers all made separate appearances in the same building today. They weren't promoting, or rapping, or even cooperating on a new track. They were in court, all for separate charges Busta Rhymes, Ja Rule, Lil Wayne and Remy Ma all appeared in a Manhattan Court today for a variety of legal troubles.

Now I know the legal troubles help give street cred to a promising young hip-hop star. But really, that is just laughable. Perhaps the foursome should vest more effort in honing their musical ability.

The Real American Ganster.

Jay-Z the semi-retired rapper came out off the woodworks this week to release his new work which was themed around the recently released Ridley Scott movie "American Gangster". Upon seeing a screening of the film, he was moved by the storyline which had some similarities to his own growing up in ghetto.

The music features work by none other than P-diddy and his gang mixing in some classic 70's grooves under the rapping style of the the 'Z'. I suspect the the album, which is on it's way to the top, is due to outshine the film for sure.

Cheapskates Unite!

Radiohead fans everywhere, you should be ashamed of yourselves. According to a recent independent survey completed by Internet research group ComScore, more than half of those that downloaded the new album didn't pay a dime. Tsk Tsk.

It was a move the has shaken the music industry at the very core, and really a sign of the times. I applaud Radiohead for the guts to allow users to set their own price for the bands latest release. I personally paid 4 pounds for the album, and I thought it was worth every last quid.

If it were up to me, and thankfully it is not, every last one of you who got the album for free should send the boys from across the pond at least $4 USD. That is the least you can do.

How much did you pay for the album? let me know

The Battle of the Britney

Always a good picture.

If you had asked me towards the beginning of the year who would have had the number 1 album in November, last on my list of acts would have been Britney Spears. After having lost her children, her hair, and more than enough dignity to last 4 lifetimes, Britney has ended up with a number one album on the US charts. Her album "Blackout" has music industry experts everywhere scratching their heads. I personally wonder, when did she ever have time to cut a record in the studio what with all the court dates / Partying that has been going on.

But she has some fierce competition. The Eagles in an exclusive deal with Wal-Mart stores have sold more than 700,000 albums in their first week of release "Long Road Out of Eden". The politically charged album is a first for the Eagles in a really long time.

Tell me - did you buy blackout?

The Homeless side of Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson, just another of the homeless rabble...

It had been rumored in the early nineties that Michael Jackson would prominently burn Benjamin's (really burn with like a match) because he had so damn much of it. But now it is reported that he may lose the farm. If he neglects to pay up on a $23 million dollar loan on his Neverland Property just south of Santa Barbara, CA it may just end up in the foreclosure listings.

The only problem is... who is going to want it?

Would you buy a ranch as tainted as Neverland? leave a comment.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Who's Your Favorite Band?

We are trying to get an idea of who our readers are... or rather, who are the people that visit this blog. In order to do this, we are posing the question - who is your favorite band? If you don't have a favorite band - who are you listening to right now?

Simply leave a comment and let us know. We appreciate your participation.