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…
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?
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…
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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 attentio…
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.
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…
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…
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.