So Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, is touring Australia. Well, I hope he has a lovely time. Ticket prices are not atypical, but certainly pretty steep: For those sorts of prices, you could buy nearly all of Salman Rushdie’s novels. Or this many copies of The Satanic Verses:
I took my son to see Regina Spektor in concert, or I probably should say, he took me. He’s the fan. He’s the one who knows her work inside out and loves it. The fact that I recognised nearly every song she did is testament to his listening habits rather than mine, but I can […]
Got a spare hundred bucks (US)? You could do much worse than invest in the CD set Goodbye, Babylon. I’ll let them explain what it is: In February 1999 a college radio disc jockey named Lance Ledbetter set out on a mission to compile rare and essential recordings of vintage religious music. Four and a half […]
Just a passing observation. I happened to be listening to T-Bone Burnett’s 2006 solo album, The True False Identity, and a thought occurred to me again, something I wondered about when I first heard the album. Burnett doesn’t put out a lot of solo albums and is better known — nay, revered — for his work as a […]
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CD Review John Butler Trio April Uprising (Jarrah) The John Butler Trio might be the perfect example of a successful, ambitious independent Australian artist. I know I talk about this a lot, the way so many independent artists fail to put their best foot forward, so it something of pleasure to make note of a […]
Ever wondered how much money a musician can make through the various traditional and “new media” outlets? Information Is Beautiful have put together this revealing chart that shows how many units from a given source it takes for a musician to earn the average wage (US figures). Makes for interesting comparison.
Nice little site collecting together some horror album covers from years past. I remember a bunch of these very well from record retailing days, particularly the Heino. Anyway, I’ve popped up a couple below, but click through to see the rest. And feel free to contribute any others you know of.
CD Review Johnny Cash Ain’t No Grave (distrib Universal Music) I hope this really is the last of the Rick Rubin/Johnny Cash collaborations to get a posthumous release. Not that there is too much wrong with the album; just that it really does feel like the last roll of the dice and that maybe the […]
CD Review Patty Griffin Downtown Church (thru EMI) This is an album of gospelish songs performed by Patty Griffin and a stellar band that has one of my guitar heroes, Buddy Miller, at its head. It was recorded in a church in Nashville and it is pretty hard to find fault with. But I’ll do […]
Ever since rock music began, there have been those out to destroy it. The history of rock n’ roll is littered with examples of so-called concerned parents, scared authorities, fire-breathing preachers and other self-appointed guardians of what the hell you can do with your life lining up to tell us that this is the devil’s […]