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A Moment Of Gratitude (With An Assist From Big Star)

As you might have noticed, this is a bittersweet week around here; because of budget cuts, we’ve had to say goodbye to pretty much all the Idolator contributing writers, from columnists to daily bloggers. The site is going to go on as a solo project of sorts, although the news cycle might run at a…

Maura | April 24, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Today on WNYC’s music-centric show Soundcheck, which airs at 2 p.m. ET: Idolator’s Dan Gibson expands on his reconsideration of Record Store Day in a “smackdown” segment where he’ll be pitted against the general manager of New York City stalwart J & R Music. (NB: Ne-Yo will not be there, unless he calls in.) [WNYC]…

Maura | April 21, 2009 - 11:45 am

Elvis Costello Continues A Series Of Curious Career Moves

When you’re Elvis Costello, you certainly have the luxury of doing largely whatever you please. Record an album of opera? Sure. Reissue your catalog three times? Whatever. Marry a borderline smooth jazz singer? Maybe that was a bit too far, but who am I to judge?

Dan Gibson | March 21, 2008 - 11:30 am

I’ve Officially Lost Touch With Urban Youth Culture

I like to think of myself as having my finger on the pulse of youth culture (not literally, as per my agreement with the state of Arizona). When I spent a evening at the local skating rink, I managed to keep up with the pre-drinking age DJ’s and their “Does The White Guy Know Urban…

Dan Gibson | March 21, 2008 - 11:05 am

The Legacy Of Elvis Must Be Defended!

Elvis fans, as you might have guessed, are a bit of a nutty breed. When I was the sort of person who collected and sold records, a woman begged me to sell her a copy of the soundtrack to Roustabout. (Actual begging, I assure you.) She needed it, apparently, to complete her collection of all…

Dan Gibson | March 21, 2008 - 10:30 am

Lyor Cohen Gets A Raise, World Officially Insane

First, Edgar Bronfman, now his right-hand man, Lyor Cohen. You’d actually think that Warner Music Group was a successful organization in the midst of a growth industry, the way they’re handing out raises to executives around there. While it’s not an especially good time to be a WMG employee, if you’re Lyor Cohen, Chairman and…

Dan Gibson | March 21, 2008 - 9:30 am

One Man’s Innovative Tour Is Another Man’s Depressing Career Move

Times aren’t generally good for the alternative rock stars of the ’90s; after all, how many state fairs and Indian casinos are there, anyway? Still, a man’s gotta eat, so the Verve Pipe’s Brian Vander Ark is making do playing for a market that Fastball hasn’t gotten to yet: People’s backyards. …

Dan Gibson | March 21, 2008 - 5:15 am

Idolator’s Good Friday Christian-Rock Tribute: Joy Electric

I’ll take any excuse to write about Christian rock, it seems, but Good Friday is probably the tackiest yet. Nonetheless, I’d like to take a moment to pay tribute to the strange genius of Christian alternative music, Ronnie Martin, and his synthpop project, Joy Electric. …

Dan Gibson | March 21, 2008 - 4:15 am

Please, Save The Washington Nationals From Themselves (Musically)

There’s a lot of planning that goes into a new stadium. “Can we break the $10 barrier on the price of nachos?” “Where do we locate the hot dog topping station?” “How much extra security do we need for Bat Night?” In order to focus on those pressing issues, the Washington Nationals have passed the…

Dan Gibson | March 21, 2008 - 3:30 am

I Take It Back: “Rock The Cradle” Is A Great Idea

Despite what I might have said earlier, MTV has hit gold with Rock The Cradle. The show itself isn’t terribly interesting to me, especially since most of the celebrity parents. weren’t that interesting to me anyway (the less I have to think about Dee Snider, the better, frankly). However, the program has done us all…

Dan Gibson | March 21, 2008 - 3:00 am

Attention Ladies: Keith Sweat Is Back

Keith Sweat, the sexiest former stockbroker around, is back with a new album, and the thousands of women who have followed his twenty-year-long career are probably quite excited. Who wouldn’t be? During his late-’80s/early-’90s heyday, Keith Sweat was the man, with hit after hit, and although singers like J. Holiday try to pick up that…

Dan Gibson | March 21, 2008 - 2:30 am

Warner Music Group: More Like The Bluth Company All The Time

While Jim Cramer isn’t quite saying “I love these guys! They beat the treason charges! We had it as a ‘Don’t Buy.’ Let’s bump it up to a ‘Risky!'” just yet, there’s some good news for Warner Music Group as the status of its stock been upgraded from “Sell” to “Neutral” by Pali Research. …

Dan Gibson | March 17, 2008 - 12:30 pm

Wal-Mart Not Thrilled With Pepsi’s Free Downloads

Perhaps someone at Pepsi should have through through their promotion with Amazon a bit further before signing off.

Dan Gibson | March 17, 2008 - 11:30 am

Starbucks Screwing Up Just Like A Real Record Store

Although Starbucks has made itself one of the most powerful music retailers in the country–one in which “prestige” albums can be sold at full retail price, refueling the dreams of every record executive in Burbank and Manhattan–they have largely flown under the music media radar. The Hear Music label has received most of the attention…

Dan Gibson | March 17, 2008 - 11:00 am

The New R.E.M. Accelerates Past Its Release Date To The Web

accelerate.jpgARTIST: R.E.M.
TITLE: Accelerate
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2008
WEB DEBUT: March 15, 2008

Dan Gibson | March 17, 2008 - 10:00 am

What Will Take For This Man To Get Fired?

Perhaps buoyed by the status upgrade for their stock from “revulsion” to “indifference”, HITS is reporting that Warner Music Group CEO Edgar Bronfman has been given a new five-year, $1 million-per-year contract, which can be extended indefinitely.

Dan Gibson | March 17, 2008 - 5:30 am

Clear Channel Will Stop You From Enjoying Radio In Any Form

While it’s interesting than anyone would care what Clear Channel thinks of the prospective XM/Sirius satellite radio merger, Mel Karmazin and his posse have weighed in with the FCC with their take on the whole matter. As experts on radio monopolies, it makes sense to consult Clear Channel, a company deeply concerned that any satellite…

Dan Gibson | March 17, 2008 - 4:30 am

Adventures In Imagination: The $5 Download Fee

South by Southwest–or any occasion when industry types and hanger-ons get together–can be the source of a number of bad ideas, but the most buzzed idea to circulate post-Austin this year seems to be the flat fee to download whatever music you please legally. Like most completely implausible concepts, this one has its ups and…

Dan Gibson | March 17, 2008 - 3:00 am

Phyllis Schlafly Still Alive, Not A Kimya Dawson Fan

Google searching for material occasionally leads you to some odd places, and today it took me to Human Events, a publication that apparently has been “leading the conservative moment since 1944″ for a Phyllis Schlafly review of the movie everyone was talking about several months ago, Juno! It turns out that Phyllis and I, despite…

Dan Gibson | March 17, 2008 - 2:30 am

Kate Nash Thinks One Lousy Record Entitles Her To An Opinion

Kate Nash, who according to Maura is “a lot less cloying than on record/in the press,” probably should consider visiting every single person who reads British music coverage, because at this rate, “cloying” is leading “not completely self-absorbed” by six lengths.

Dan Gibson | March 17, 2008 - 1:30 am
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