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A dead dolphin would not be the strangest thing ever found in the waters of New Jersey, but it is probably the strangest thing found outside Jon Bon Jovi’s house. The dolphin was part of a family that had been trapped in the Jersey waterways for several months, and Federal officials resisted moving the dolphins…

Mike Barthel | April 20, 2009 - 4:15 pm

YouTube’s Take On Columbine Is Predictable Yet Disturbing

Today is the 10th anniversary of the Columbine shootings. I was curious to see if there were any tribute-style YouTube clips about the event, since it did take place before the advent of widespread online video. Surprisingly, there are quite a few; more surprisingly, most are not altogether different from the graduation montages I looked…

Mike Barthel | April 20, 2009 - 3:45 pm

Dotshop, a Scandanavian wholesale and online retail specialty music store, is closing down. The announcement blames it on decreased sales due to piracy, and makes an eloquent plea that seems to take another poke at The Pirate Bay: “pirates have hi-jacked concepts that are too important to be misused the way they are: democracy, freedom,…

Mike Barthel | April 20, 2009 - 2:30 pm

“Pepper” Reminds Me Of Getting Into Bands Past Their Prime

The excellent tumblelog pre-durst, dedicated to videos from the era between 1990 and nu-metal, posted the video for the Butthole Surfers’ “Pepper” last week, and it reminded me that I have actually, technically, been to a Butthole Surfers concert. It was probably 1996, and it was at the local modern rock station’s summer “festival” (if…

Mike Barthel | April 20, 2009 - 12:30 pm

The Black Eyed Peas Search For Master Control

The Black Eyed Peas pull what we would have referred to last year as a “Chris Brown” but we will now have to call a “Dreamgirl” or something–turns out “Boom Boom Pow” is an ad for the new HP Touchsmart! …

Mike Barthel | April 20, 2009 - 11:15 am

The Pirate Bay Conviction Highlights The Difference Between Art And Politics

On Friday, the folks who run the torrent site The Pirate Bay were found guilty in a Swedish court of violating copyright, and were sentenced to a year in jail and a fine of about $3.6 million. Serious stuff, to be sure. But no one seemed to be taking it as such. This weekend, TPB’s…

Mike Barthel | April 20, 2009 - 10:45 am

VV Brown Spearheads Britain’s Post-Winehouse Pop Economy

Much current British pop seems a reaction to Amy Winehouse’s success, seeking to capture the qualities that made her popular without the self-destructive issues that make her personal popularity unsustainable. Adele, for instance, was a clear ploy to work the retro side of the Winehouse equation without the crazy drug addict stuff, while Lady Gaga’s…

Mike Barthel | April 13, 2009 - 12:30 pm

Higher Prices On iTunes: Bad For Sales, Good For Business

In a move that lots of people talked about—because this is the Internet and people have nothing better to do than discuss than the business practices of companies they have nothing to do with—iTunes last week instituted a variable pricing scheme whereby songs could go for more (or, presumably, less) than the $0.99 base rate…

Mike Barthel | April 13, 2009 - 11:30 am

Steven Tyler May Be Cryin’ After He Reads This Analysis

I know I said Friday that we shouldn’t be…

Mike Barthel | April 13, 2009 - 4:30 am

Remember Josh Freese?

Mike Barthel | April 13, 2009 - 4:00 am

Teen Pays $20,000 for Day With Josh Freese

Remember Josh Freese?

Mike Barthel | April 13, 2009 - 4:00 am

Remember Josh Freese?

Mike Barthel | April 13, 2009 - 4:00 am

Remember Josh Freese?

Mike Barthel | April 13, 2009 - 4:00 am

Remember Josh Freese?

Mike Barthel | April 13, 2009 - 4:00 am

Does The Dearth Of One-Hit Wonders Mean We’ve Hit Rock Bottom?

Yesterday I was half-watching VH1’s countdown of ’80s one-hit wonders (because there is nothing on TV on Sunday afternoons except America’s Next Top Model marathons and you can only watch those so many weekends in a row), and it got me thinking. Are there less one-hit wonders than there used to be? Certainly they’re still…

Mike Barthel | April 13, 2009 - 3:30 am

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Mike Barthel | April 13, 2009 - 2:00 am

If you’re an indie rock nerd, you’ve probably…

Mike Barthel | April 13, 2009 - 2:00 am

If you’re an indie rock nerd, you’ve probably…

Mike Barthel | April 13, 2009 - 2:00 am

Slint’s ‘Spiderland’

If you’re an indie rock nerd, you’ve probably…

Mike Barthel | April 13, 2009 - 2:00 am

If you’re an indie rock nerd, you’ve probably…

Mike Barthel | April 13, 2009 - 2:00 am

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