Should Cleveland be offended that almost every major act
being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last weekend had at
least one no show? The Ohio city is supposed to get the induction
ceremony every three years now, but given how many honorees played hooky
this year, should the Rock Hall be thinking of, say, taking their
talents to South Beach?
In March, according to Rolling Stone,
Jack White celebrated his label Third Man Records’ third anniversary by
giving away all of the label’s “Blue Series” singles on an “easy to play
but impossible to hear” vinyl record designed to be “played” at 3 rpm.
An all-female Punk group in Russia has been jailed for protesting recently reelected president Vladimir Putin. According to The Guardian,
members of Pussy Riot were arrested after performing a guerilla gig on
the eve of election day at Moscow’s Christ the Saviour cathedral,
debuting the song, “Holy Shit”
The radio show hosted by former drug addict and defiler of
the sanctity of marriage (thrice divorced, so far!) Rush Limbaugh might
be loaded with a lot of dead air soon, and not just because advertisers
are fleeing the program like passengers on the Titanic.
Fans of East Coast Hip Hop institution the Wu Tang Clan
probably once never imagined that Method Man and Redman would become
deodorant pitchmen one day, so maybe the announcement that their fellow
Wu-man GZA is set to lecture at esteemed universities like MIT and
Cornell this spring about — what else? — physics isn’t a huge shocker.
Piano man Billy Joel and Gangsta Rap icon Tupac Shakur
finally have something in common. No, Joel hasn’t gotten a big “Thug
Life” tattoo inked across his ample abdominal area. Instead, Shakur’s
music is being used — Movin’ Out-style — as the basis for a planned Broadway musical from Tony nominee Kenny Leon.
Foo Fighters’ frontman Dave Grohl showed again why you
should be psyched about the half-hour Rock band comedy he’s developing
for FX. After comments at the Grammys about music being about human
passion and not “what goes on in a computer,” the hirsute rocker was
President Obama’s “2012 Election Playlist” was posted
recently on Spotify (credited to Obama and his young campaign staffers). There are
songs by James Taylor and Springsteen, plus his new karaoke jam “Let’s
Stay Together,” but there is a suspiciously large number of Country
songs (Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Sugarland, Zac Brown Band).
Thumping Hip Hop bass isn’t just for annoying your
neighbors anymore. Thanks to science, it’s now become a useful tool in
the medical field. AllHipHop.com reported that researchers at Purdue
University created “a new miniature medical sensor” implanted in the
body that gets power from low-end bass sounds (kinda like Luther
Newt Gingrinch has commandeered the bafflingly popular
trend of conservative politicians using songs in their campaigns by
musicians who would rather have their music soundtrack snuff films.
First, British Funk/Rock group The Heavy found out its hit “How You Like
Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart recently told Rolling Stone
the band has long resisted offers to license its image to sell
products, saying “You didn’t want to turn the Dead into a
knickknack-trinket business.” But, he added, “Times and attitudes have
Pop star Kelly Clarkson got an unexpected sales bump when
she announced her support for cult fave Republican Ron Paul and it
looked like her successful (if inadvertent) publicity stunt had given
some of her celebrity peers the bright idea to also endorse Paul.
When Spotify was introduced to the U.S.
last year, the streaming music service with a massive library seemed to
be the best thing to happen to music fans since P2P file-sharing. It was
fairly comprehensive, legal and, most shocking of all, free. But anyone
who has used the service without a monthly subscription knows how badly
Spotify wants everyone to pay to listen.