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

Maura | April 24, 2009 - 5:00 pm

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… More »

Maura | April 21, 2009 - 11:45 am

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]… More »

Elvis Costello Continues A Series Of Curious Career Moves

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

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? More »

I’ve Officially Lost Touch With Urban Youth Culture

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

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… More »

The Legacy Of Elvis Must Be Defended!

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

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… More »

Lyor Cohen Gets A Raise, World Officially Insane

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

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… More »

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

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

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. … More »

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

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

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. … More »

Please, Save The Washington Nationals From Themselves (Musically)

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

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… More »

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

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

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… More »

Attention Ladies: Keith Sweat Is Back

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

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… More »

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

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

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. … More »

Wal-Mart Not Thrilled With Pepsi’s Free Downloads

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

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

Starbucks Screwing Up Just Like A Real Record Store

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

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… More »

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

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

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

What Will Take For This Man To Get Fired?

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

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. More »

Clear Channel Will Stop You From Enjoying Radio In Any Form

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

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… More »

Adventures In Imagination: The $5 Download Fee

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

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… More »

Phyllis Schlafly Still Alive, Not A Kimya Dawson Fan

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

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… More »

Kate Nash Thinks One Lousy Record Entitles Her To An Opinion

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

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. More »

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