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    Friday, February 28, 2003

    posted by Randy on 10:59 AM | permanent link to this entry

    Thursday, February 27, 2003

    • Not the Bad Boys of Radio
      ClearChannel should immedietly have all their broadcast liscences taken away from them based on this quote alone, from CEO Lowry Mays:

      "If anyone said we were in the radio business, it wouldn't be someone from our company. We're not in the business of providing news and information. We're not in the business of providing well-researched music. We're simply in the business of selling our customers products."

      Read the article and get in contact with our friends at the FCC to let them know what you think.

    • Curiosity bumps sales slightly for Great White
      From 20 sales a week to 40 sales a week in one chain in Boston, according to the above linked article. How much trouble would it have been to get actual SoundScan numbers to check it out nationally? They really should've contacted P2P tracker Big Champagne or CD-To-Internet tracking service Gracenote for more reliable numbers. Do your part to support death as a career move and pick up some Great White.

    • Evan Dando Solo Record Due April 22
      Baby I'm Bored is the ex-Lemonheads singer's solo debut, unless you count the 2001 live album Live at the Brattle Theatre/Griffith Sunset. Circle your calendars or pre-order it here.

    • George Michael against 'War Aid' song
      George Michael has urged young pop stars to abandon plans for a new Band-Aid ("Do They Know It's Christmas?")-style charity song. Apparently, a boy band called Blue is trying to put together some sort of anti-war song, but Michael thinks that todays pop acts are far too corporate and controlled for these messages to be taken seriously.

    • Cam'ron And The Diplomats Associates Involved In Boston Shooting
      Be careful of the company you keep. People traveling with Cam'Ron and The Diplomats were arrested for shooting at a car on on Interstate 93 in Boston early Wednesday morning (February 26). None of the artists were arrested, however.

    • Gets Investment from RealNetworks
      "A spokeswoman for RealNetworks said the company made the investment in a MusicNet competitor as a way of supporting the entire legal digital music sector. These new services are struggling to gain a foothold against popular free and unauthorized online music services like Kazaa."

    • Grannies Go Gaga for Bon Jovi
      I'll summarize the above story-- the mother of Bon Jovi's manager took her friends to see one of the band's concerts and got V.I.P. treatment. This might have been a cute story-- if she wasn'[t the mother of the band's manager. It's not like she was a big fan of the band or anything. How does this get past the Associated Press' assignment editor? Shame on them.

    • Selections from My Name is Blanket, 2046 Blanket Jackson
      Very funny excerpt from the book that Prince "Blanket" Jackson II will release in 2046.

    posted by Randy on 11:56 AM | permanent link to this entry

    Wednesday, February 26, 2003

    posted by Randy on 12:34 PM | permanent link to this entry

    Tuesday, February 25, 2003

    posted by Randy on 12:39 PM | permanent link to this entry

    Monday, February 24, 2003

    • Norah Jones Sweeps Grammys, Boss Wins Three, Avril Shut Out
      Well, The Grammys weren't as terrible as they often are, but me thinks history will not look kindly upon bestowing Norah Jones' Come Away With Me and it's single "Don't Know Why" with so many awards. For the record, I don't think Bruce Springsteen's The Rising would've been such a great choice to sweep like Jones did. So many other albums to chose from, how those two became front runners..well, it isn't a mystery, but it doesn't inspire a lot of confidence in the academy.

      Other Grammy Thoughts:

      -Nelly's performance of "Hot In Herre" was off-putting for two reasons: 1) That big-videoscreen-wall-of-fire behind him was just a little-too-close to the tragedy in Rhode Island. and 2) He segued from "Hot In Herre" to "Dilemma" too quickly-- am I the only one in the world who wanted to hear a Madion Square Garden full of conservitive Grammy voters shout out "Girl, I think my butt's getting big!"? Plus, Nelly is no longer wearing his band-aid. Not becuase the guy he was wearing it for is out of jail, but becuase the media was concentrating too much on it.

      -The Clash tribute was by far the best part of the show. I had feared they were gonna go for something non-political like "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" or "Train In Vain" or "Brand New Cadillac," but bully to them for playing the fuck out of "London Calling." Here's the rub though-- During their life as a group, The Clash were never nominated for a Grammy. This year, they got the tribute and a win for "The Clash: Westway To The World", a documentary about their career. Later this year, they'll be admitted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame

      -That 'NSYNC tribute to The Bee Geeswas pretty good-- though a bit too barbershop quartet like for my tastes. Except for the "Stayin' Alive" part-- that was pretty good. My beef is with the director, who gave us long shots when he should've given us close ups so we could see who was making what noises. You would think this was something they would've covered in rehershals.

      Other interesting Grammy articles:
    • Are The Grammys Out Of Touch With Popular Music? (short answer: yes, but they're better than they used to be.)
    • Grammy Night: Real Musicians, Actual Instruments What Next? By Kurt Loder
    • Vignettes From the Grammy Awards (Most importantly-- Frenchie Davis covered the Grammy's for Entertainment Tonight!)
    • Shankar Thrilled With Jones' Grammy Wins (Ravi Shankar is a proud papa-- big ups to the Associated Press for tracking him down in New Delhi, India for a comment.
    • Jonesing for Norah ('s The Sports Guy on the Grammys.)

    • Bullets Riddle Busta Ride
      Somebody shot up Busta Rhymes ' GMC Suburban on Friday night just minutes after he parked it The title of his latest album? It Ain't Safe No More, of course.

    posted by Randy on 1:46 PM | permanent link to this entry

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