What happens when a Beatles fan controls the most influential music outlet in the world and its high-powered marketing arm? Well, nothing good. After weeks of hype and rumored cloud-computing advancements to iTunes, Ringo-lover Steve Jobs announced today that The Beatles' catalog is now on iTunes. Meh.
If one needs proof of the existence of a cosmic overmind or benevolent deity, the
recent re-emergence of Bettye LaVette should be all the evidence required. On her new album, classics of British Rock expand into simmering Soul gems of indescribable power and emotion.
The Beatles, once designated "Bigger than Jesus" by John Lennon, are now Vatican-approved. Perhaps because of the changing culture (or maybe designed for an approval-ratings boost timed to "Beatles Week" on American Idol), the Vatican newspaper honored The Beatles with special editions timed to the 40th anniversary of their breakup.
Defunct Cincinnati-bred rockers The Afghan Whigs have a great rare track posted on their MySpace page: a cover of John Lennon's "Woman," originally recorded for a planned (then shelved) Lennon tribute album in the mid-'90s. The group had trouble with the song initially because it was based around a looped sample from The Beatles' McCartney-penned hit "The Long and Winding Road," and Sir Paul refused permission for them to use it.