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He’s Never Heard of You, Either

Plus, They Might Be Giants restart 'Dial-A-Song' and car rental companies in Sweden might soon pay music royalties

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 7, 2015
After Kanye collab, a bunch of people jokingly ask, "Who is Paul McCartney?" triggering more than a few freak-outs, They Might Be Giants restart its Dial-A-Song project, where fans can call a number (or use other tech) to hear a new tune every day and a royalty collections company wants a Swedish car rental company to pay for having radios in its cars.  

Mondays, Hold the Meat?

McCartney plugs "Meat Free Monday," U2's secret new format and Guided By Voices splits

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Paul McCartney signs on to help save the environment with the "Meat Free Monday" campaign, U2 and Apple have more up their sleeves than just a free new album and Guided By Voices call it quits again.   

Sandy Show Scores, Deadmau5 Tweetgagement & PSY Trouble

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The sometimes clunky 12.12.12 concert helps Sandy survivors, Dave Grohl's new movie and Paul McCartney's new album sales. Plus, Deadmau5 tweets a marriage proposal to Kat von D and PSY's career narrowly avoids implosion after "anti-American" lyrics mistranslated.   

Happy Hipmas!

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Pack your bags for a holiday retreat to the place where the dream of the 1990s and 1890s is alive. Portlandia might not return for Season Three until next month, but IFC has left a little gift in every hipster’s stocking with the holiday special, Winter in Portlandia.  

Yoko Cleared, National Outrage & Nirvana: The Musical?

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Paul McCartney says we can all stop blaming The Beatles' breakup on Yoko Ono and start pointing fingers at Allen Klein, the song The National donated to the Obama campaign four years ago gets co-opted by a college pro-Romney group and court transcripts reveal that Courtney Love is at least considering a Broadway musical based on her late husband's music.   

Bunbury Rocks, Def Lep Rewinds and Macca/Boss Cut Short

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The first ever Bunbury Music Festival draws tens of thousands to Cincinnati's riverfront for three days of great times and even better music. Plus, Joe Elliott says Def Leppard will be joining iTunes soon finally — after the band re-records all of its old songs so they can receive all the profits — and one of the jerks responsible for pulling the plug on Bruce Springsteen/Paul McCartney defends the decision and jerkishly says it "added legend to the myth."  
by Mike Breen 04.16.2012
Posted In: Music History, Music Video, Music Commentary at 08:22 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

This Date in Music History: April 16

Paul McCartney's 1973 network TV special and Ian MacKaye turns 50

On this day in 1973, Paul McCartney and Wings had their very own network TV special, James Paul McCartney. The variety/musical show was a bit cheeky and a bit sappy — in other words, pretty funny to watch now. Paul and Co. do a bunch a Beatles tunes and a bunch of Wings stuff, including the just released "Live and Let Die." Worth watching (or at least skipping through) if you were a fan of Sir Paul's kick-ass mullet, always wanted to hear a drunk Paul sing drinking songs in a crowded pub or wondered how "The Cute One" looks in a pink tuxedo and mustache. Paul's most recent adventures in visual entertainment contains a bit more star power:Click on for Born This Day with Dusty Springfield, Akon and Ian MacKaye.

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by Mike Breen 02.20.2012
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This Date In Music History: Feb. 20

Great White concert tragedy and Buffy Sainte-Marie's amazing journey

On this day in 2003, one of the deadliest concert/nightclub accidents ever occurred in West Warwick, RI, when pyrotechnics at the start of a show by ’80s rockers Great White sparked the flammable ceiling insulation and engulfed The Station club in less than six minutes. One hundred people died that night and more than 200 more were injured. It was one of the deadliest club fires in the U.S., but it increased awareness about concert safety, not unlike the 1979 Who concert in Cincinnati where 11 fans died in the crush to get into the venue. The Station tragedy is literally used as a worst case scenario example to train firefighters; the intense investigation also led to closer attention to safety procedures and crowd management in emergency situations. There's nothing worth the loss of those 100 Great White fans, but the lessons learned have probably saved many more.Pyrotechnics are still an old stand-by for many major touring acts at stadiums and coliseums; between fire codes, the insurance companies' interest and now technology, the pyro designers of the big Cincinnati shows by Paul McCartney (at Great American Ballpark) and Guns N Roses (at U.S. Bank Arena) last year proved that fans still love to watch shit blowin' up, as long as no one gets hurt. And those techs know their jobs as well as Paul and Axl know how to play, say, "Live and Let Die," the song during which both artists bring out the big booms. I wonder if they both use the same pyro guy, since the pyro routines are identical?Click the jump for "Born This Day" featuring video of a 1965 Buffy Sainte-Marie track sampled by Kanye West in 2004.

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Mope Rock, New Beatles and Prog

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The U.K., when not obsessing over the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, is abuzz right now with rumors about Paul McCartney’s possible involvement in the next Olympic games, which come to London next summer. According to NME, Macca is being coy but hinted that the whispers might indeed be true — he and Ringo Starr will perform at the opening ceremonies with a “new” version of The Beatles.