Archive: Feb 2007

Satellite Radio’s Music Channels Slightly Less Compelling Than Stern, C-Span

Eliot Van Buskirk of Wired’s Listening Post blog is at the Digital Music Forum East this week, and he noted a somewhat odd statistic:

But at the first day of the Digital Music Forum East conference yesterday, Music Choice CEO David Del Beccaro, who occasionally affected an overly calm voice in a possible…

Maura | February 28, 2007 - 12:38 pm

Liner Notes: Could Somebody In America Please Do Something Interesting?

- Police are looking into whether singer James Blunt committed a “foot-and-run” in Los Angeles earlier this week.

Brian Raftery | February 28, 2007 - 11:57 am

Leak Of The Day: T-Pain Bellies Up To The Bar

Oh, T-Pain–how you torture us! Every time we start falling for one of your dumbed-down strip-club odes, you kick in with those ridiculously hammy vocal effects.

Brian Raftery | February 28, 2007 - 11:26 am

Track Marks: How The Bird & The Bee Became This Week’s Biggest Band In The World

Welcome to another edition of Track Marks, in which your Idolators perform an autopsy on the latest band burning up the MP3-blogger charts.

Brian Raftery | February 28, 2007 - 10:55 am

Aggregated Assault: What The Music Blogs Are Posting Right Now

- More Beatles covers than you can shake a silver hammer at. [Power Pop Lovers] – A few cuts from the Seattle funk scene of 40 years ago. [The Smudge Of Ashen Fluff] – “Christina Aguilera is a hell of a lot more fun, and aurally rewarding, to listen to than Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s.”

Maura | February 28, 2007 - 10:25 am

L.A. Police Investigating Puff Daddy’s First Hit In Ten Years

Not everybody had a dull time on Oscar night: According to, the LAPD are looking into an alleged Sunday-evening run-in between Diddy and a lowly commoner: Gerard Rechnitzer was at a post-Oscar bash Sunday night with his fiancee at Teddy’s at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.

Brian Raftery | February 28, 2007 - 9:50 am

Tabloid Hopes To Speed Robbie Williams’ Recovery By Deluging Him With Unflattering Pictures Of Himself

From the Sun, which will apparently deliver these en masse to the beleaguered pop star once some sort of critical card-mass has been reached. Isn’t there a photo researcher over there who could have picked a somewhat more flattering picture of Williams?

Maura | February 28, 2007 - 9:20 am

Videodrone: Cheap Trick Does It For The Kids

Last week, we found a vintage clip of Patti Smith playing to an audience of adorably cheery moppets during an appearance on Kids Are People, Too; and now, a tipster has sent along footage of a Cheap Trick performance from the same show.

Brian Raftery | February 28, 2007 - 8:50 am

Ending On A Good Note: Wednesday’s MP3 Roundup

PICK TO CLICK: Stars – Elevator Love Letter [more info] The Bird & The Bee – Fucking Boyfriend / I Hate Camera / La La La [more info] T-Pain feat.

Maura | February 28, 2007 - 5:00 am

RIAA’s Brand-New Web Site Slaps A Happy Face On Its Legal Entanglements

The RIAA has launched a Web site for people who want to settle their file-swapping lawsuits, and it’s exactly as cutting-edge as you’d expect. Not only does it have lots of drop-shadow graphics (check out that reflection!)

Maura | February 28, 2007 - 4:24 am

Tila Tequila Worth 99 Cents To At Least A Few Of Her MySpace Pals

Last week, we told you about Tila Tequila’s plan to prove to the world that her 1.7 million MySpace friends are willing to buy her music, especially if it’s packaged with a “fucking HOT!” (her words) video.

Maura | February 28, 2007 - 3:46 am

The Idolator Request Line Is Open, And Wants Your Attention

Sometimes we need a little help tracking down the songs we so desperately want to prattle on about. If you happen to have DRM-free MP3s of any of the following, please drop us a line at, and we’ll hook you…

Brian Raftery | February 28, 2007 - 3:19 am

Who Charted?: Norah Jones Slips, But Stays At No. 1

Despite a 53% dip in sales last week, Norah Jones’ third album, Not Too Late, remains atop the Billboard 200.

Maura | February 28, 2007 - 2:40 am

The Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files: Stars Find Love In An “Elevator”

Time for another installment of the Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files, where we raid our archives in search of a lost gem. Artist: StarsSong: “Elevator Love Letter,” 2002What happened: Before finding indie-rock infamy with 2004’s Set Yourself On Fire, Canada’s Stars released the sparkling Heart.

Brian Raftery | February 28, 2007 - 2:07 am

The Infofilter Torrent Chart: A Quick Glance At What Those Little Bastards Are Illegally Downloading This Week

Every once in a while, we check in with Infofilter’s “Top 50 Music Torrents” list, for two reasons: 1) It provides a quick snapshot of the general public’s random, bonkers, and randomly bonkers musical preferences; and 2) it demonstrates how the music business is inching ever so closer to full-on…

Brian Raftery | February 28, 2007 - 1:35 am

Idolator’s American Idolatry: The Guys Celebrate Silly Hat Day

Welcome to Idolator’s American Idolatry, our episode-by-episode breakdown of the American Idol process. Last night’s episode, which featured the 10 remaining guys in the competition, was full of bad decisions–there were ill-advised hats, yawn-worthy song choices, and creepy innuendoes that came out of the dedications slapped on to each performance.

Maura | February 28, 2007 - 1:03 am

Liner Notes: It’s Trey Day

- Phish’s Trey Anastasio is expected to appear in an upstate New York court today to face felony drug charges stemming from his December 2006 arrest. He’ll address an outstanding 1988 warrant for “excessive noodling.”

Brian Raftery | February 27, 2007 - 12:50 pm

Timberlake’s Pop Secret: Who’s The Object Of His Deflection?

OnSmash has the video for the Timbaland/Timberlake/Furtado track “Give It To Me,” in which each performer takes on an anonymous big star: Timbaland lashes out against a “piano man” who is, alas, probably not BIlly Joel, and Furtado disses an anonymous hyphenate.

Brian Raftery | February 27, 2007 - 12:14 pm

Finally, Amy Lee Will Make Bank From “Buffy” Fan Videos Set To “Lithium”

From today’s Wall Street Journal: Google Inc.’s YouTube is broadening its efforts to legitimize music and videos posted on its video-sharing site through a deal that will authorize the use of hit music by several acts signed to a prominent independent label.

Maura | February 27, 2007 - 12:00 pm

The Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files: Sweating It Out With The Glands

Time for another installment of the Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files, where we raid our archives in search of a lost gem. Artist: The GlandsAlbum: The Glands, 2000What happened: The second album from this Athens, Ga.

Brian Raftery | February 27, 2007 - 11:40 am
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