Having legendary singer/songwriter Alex Chilton die during the weekend of Austin's massive music showcase/conference South By Southwest is kind of like if Stan Lee died on the first day of Comic-Con. You'd be hard pressed to find an event where Chilton would be more understood, appreciated and instantly missed.
Reuters reported that Pink Floyd has succeeded in stopping its label, EMI, from unpackaging its albums and selling individual songs as downloads or ringtones. There goes our plan to hold the record for the world's longest ringtone, sides 1 and 2 of 'Ummagumma.'
A rumor that suggested that Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards had quit drinking was squashed when Richards told Rolling Stone magazine that “the rumors of my sobriety are greatly exaggerated,” which may well be the best rocker quote of the past quarter century. Jack Daniels shareholders thank you, Keith.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which fights for “civil rights” on the Internet, struck a blow for all parents who want to videotape their toddlers dancing to inappropriate songs when it got a judge to agree a woman was owed money after having a 29-second clip yanked from YouTube.
The wet willy of the Internet, Rickrolling, has reached the end of, well, something. Seems the original YouTube video used to prank people with a Rick Astley video clip has been yanked due to copyright violation. Sadly, there are now only about 75 billion other Rickroll videos available on YouTube and elsewhere online.
After blessing a Vatican MySpace site that featured a list of apparently Pope-endorsed songs that included ones by 2Pac and Fleet Foxes, the Vatican newspaper/Web site The Holy See recently released another list of “good/Godly” Pop songs.
Did you know that this year is the 160th anniversary of the kazoo, the cheaply made "wind instrument" that everyone masters when they're about 2? Did you know there are kazoo enthusiasts? How about professional kazoo players? Meet Rick Hubbard.
Reports say any Guns 'N Roses fans attempting to sport Slash-related shirts to a concert in Canada recently were asked to turn them inside out or go home. In other music news, Hip Hop Artist shun clothing line for oil company and Steven Tyler does karaoke.
The nearly $2 million file-sharing fine leveled by a judge on behalf of the recording industry against a Minnesotan mother of four has been reduced 97 percent (to a still hefty $54,000) by a U.S. District Court judge who called the original fine "monstrous and shocking." (The woman reportedly "stole" 24 songs.)
Like most of us, politically-minded British Folk singer Billy Bragg is disgusted by the way the banking industry has continued to hand out giant bonuses, despite being given huge "bailouts" from we the taxpayers.
Recently released documents show some of the complaints to the FCC over American Idol loser Adam Lambert's allegedly shocking performance on the American Music Awards broadcast last year, during which he made out with a bandmate (who was a dude!) and simulated oral sex with a dancer (who was also a dude!). Dude!
Chris Cornell announced Soundgarden would reunite in 2010, "tweeting" about it on New Year's Eve. The band has been gone for about 12 years, and the other members have done a better job keeping their dignity. You know what all this means? We are one Kurt Cobain zombie away from the Grunge Oldies Allstar Revue Tour!
Mini Gauge has never been a KISS fan. OK, growing up in the ’70s, there was a month or two we listened to them, but, like Dungeons & Dragons and crystal meth, it was just something we tried because our friends were all into it.
The son of John Mellencamp doesn't seem to be in any hurry to collect his sure-to-be-huge inheritance check. Speck Mellencamp, 14, started a Facebook page designed to get his dad to stop smoking, a move that appears to be coming from a genuine place of love. See, even Minimum Gauge's Grinch-heart can swell during the holidays.
Late night talk show writing staffs around the globe rejoiced when it was announced that Rolling Stone magazine was planning on opening a restaurant chain. Music news hub site The Daily Swarm went with the straightforward snark of “Everything is served stale” to jab the Old Tie-dye Lady.