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The Temptations Will Help Me Leave On The Wings Of Love

I’ve been trying to write a piece on The Temptations’ Wings of Love for some time now and have never been able to squeeze in the time to say something profound about it. I can’t say anything super-profound about it now, other than it serves as a cautionary tale to those adhering to critical and…

Lucas Jensen / April 23, 2009

Prince Makes Bad Photoshop Into A Video

When was the last time that Prince had a good album cover, the reissue of The Black Album? Beats the heck out of me. His purple paisley hippie-dippie outer space Photoshop filter aesthetic was tired ten years ago, and it has only seemed to get worse. Now he’s decided to visualize it in an admittedly…

Lucas Jensen / April 23, 2009

Music Piracy In 1897

Think music piracy is a product of the internet era? The New York Times archives contain a story–dated June 13, 1897–-with the title “Music Pirates in Canada” (warning: link leads to a .pdf). More than a century ago, our supposedly friendly neighbors to the North were taking our sheet music, copying it, and selling fake…

Lucas Jensen / April 23, 2009

Bob Dylan Has Tampered In Jann’s Domain

Boy, who did the Bob Dylan cheese off over at Rolling Stone HQ to lose his Most Favored Artist status? His new album Together Through Life only received four stars from Jann Wenner’s ostensibly rock-and-roll magazine. Usually, they hand out five-star raves to Dylan records like weird versions of Mountain Dew at college radio conventions.

Lucas Jensen / April 23, 2009

What Happens To An Album’s Pre-Release Cycle In An Era Of Leaks, Low Sales, And Dead Magazines?

One of the main reasons for album leaks is the nature of the traditional press cycle. Press outlets–in particular, print outlets–have what’s called a “lead time,” a reasonable (but sometimes unreasonable) amount of time necessary for them to have the record in order to cover it around its release date. The industry standard is three…

Lucas Jensen / April 23, 2009

Eminem Gets A Virus That Sends Him To Rehab

Eminem is not known for timeliness, which is why it’s perhaps unsurprising that he has decided to jump on the viral marketing chain nearly eight years after the whole viral marketing thing went big-time. (Yep, it’s been that long since the AI marketing campaign that was kinda way better than the movie.) At least he…

Lucas Jensen / April 23, 2009

Recession-Proofing Your Band

Earlier this week, the Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot asked a few Chicago-area musicians about how they were fighting through the tough economy. Some formed cover bands (Led Zeppelin 2… ha!) and went out with stripped-down outfits on the road. Part of me is a little “yeah, duh” about musicians having second jobs, and in the…

Lucas Jensen / April 17, 2009

Phoenix Tours A Museum And Films It

For Phoenix’s video for the pretty catchy single “Lizstomania” the band… visited a Franz Lizst museum and filmed it. Then, they performed and filmed it. Um, and then I guess someone edited the footage together. And that’s it. Huh. Excitement, she wrote! They do have this nifty personalized-zeppelin thing they carry around with them, and,…

Lucas Jensen / April 16, 2009

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

This past weekend, Dan Deacon played a show at the Masquerade in Atlanta that ended…poorly. The club cut him off mid-set, and mild chaos ensued. Deacon fans were livid at the club, but the DJs who were scheduled afterward said that Deacon and Co. (and the opening band) went over their allotted time. Now you…

Lucas Jensen / April 16, 2009

Eric Carmen More Than Just That Drunk From The “Dirty Dancing” Soundtrack

So Eric Carmen pleaded “no contest” to a drunk driving charge yesterday, the result of an incident wherein he got drunk-ish (three times the legal limit!) and drove his car into a fire hydrant outside of Cleveland. Starting April 25, the “Hungry Eyes” singer will spend a month in jail. Wait, “Hungry Eyes” singer? Don’t…

Lucas Jensen / April 16, 2009

The Rentals Return With A Preponderance Of Content

When Matt Sharp started his cutesy little Weezer side project (ahem, excuse me: musical collective), The Rentals, back in 1994, I thought, “That’s nice. They’ve given the bassist his own little band to play with.” I said that in a baby talk voice. Now I look back fondly on the reliable pop charms of the…

Lucas Jensen / April 16, 2009

Marilyn Chambers’ Disco Past

Porn star and Ivory Snow model Marilyn Chambers passed away yesterday at age 56. She left behind quite the legacy of pornographic work, and appeared in adult films as recently as last year. She was the lead in Behind the Green Door, which, along with Deep Throat, helped push pornography at least partially out of…

Lucas Jensen / April 14, 2009

Britons Wander Through Their Playing Cards Almost Anywhere They Go

or a while, I could not go anywhere without hearing Three Doors Down’s atrocious “Kryptonite”… and that was three years after it was a hit. That song is up there with Stroke 9’s “Little Black Backpack” and anything by Puddle Of Mudd as my least favorite Modern Rock song ever, so it felt like I…

Lucas Jensen / April 14, 2009

Michael Jackson Says No To Auctions, Baby Elephants

Your chance to pick up you very own Michael Jackson-as-Peter Pan golf cart may be in jeopardy, as Jacko has balked at next week’s auction of Neverland Ranch esoterica. The reason? He claims he didn’t get a chance to go through the Neverland collection to weed out personal belongings, even though every single item u…

Lucas Jensen / April 14, 2009

Eminem Punishes Us

On two different covers for the June issue of XXL, Eminem embraces his inner Frank Castle, appearing as Marvel Comics character The Punisher and what in God’s name is going on with his Frankenstein brow? Was it always like that? Did they photoshop it to make him look… browier? Will this issue be packaged with…

Lucas Jensen / April 14, 2009

Raphael Saadiq Live Tracks For Free

Go over to Daytrotter right this very instant and…

Lucas Jensen / April 14, 2009

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Lucas Jensen / April 14, 2009

Randy Cain, R.I.P.

Tonight is Quentin Tarantino Night on American Idol, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the passing of Delfonics founder Randy Cain (left), considering the Delfonics figured so heavily into the most charming scenes of QT’s Jackie Brown. The Delfonics were one of the first Philadelphia soul bands, and the perfect harmonies and dramatic…

Lucas Jensen / April 14, 2009

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