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Neil Young Archives Update

Neil Young Archives, Vol. 1: 1963-1972 (10 Disc)Some new info on Neil Young‘s Archives. First of all, they’ve been pushed back from January 27 to February 24, 2009. You can pre-order them on Amazon (Blu-Ray, DVD).

And Thrasher’s Wheat set up a Q&A with the Archives team that answers a lot of questions. Here’s what we know:

• There will be 128 audio tracks. Including 48 unreleased tracks. This 48 is comprised of 15 unreleased songs and instrumentals, 24 unreleased versions, 8 unreleased mixes, and 1 unreleased “montage” (whatever that means).

• The 80 previously released tracks include Live At The Fillmore East and Live At Massey Hall, but not Live at Canterbury House.

• 20 special feature videos, film clips and film trailers, 55 extra audio tracks of interviews, radio spots and concert raps.

• No Mynah Birds.

• There will be Blu-Ray downloads available to those who have purchased the Blu-Ray set and have a BD-Live compatible player…connected to the Internet.

MP3: Neil Young = “#1 Hit Song” (courtesy of Warner/Reprise)

Smiths Reunion? Unlikely.

There’s been a lot of hot air being blown around over this tabloid article from the UK’s Daily Mirror: Morrissey and Johnny Marr heal rift raising hopes of a Smiths reunion. But come on. Look at the content, and you’ll see this is all silly speculation:

Singer Morrissey, 49, and guitarist Johnny Marr, 45, are said to have healed their bitter rift and are now regularly in touch with each other.

One source said yesterday: “The very fact they are talking again is the most hopeful thing in years. The industry has been buoyant with talk of them getting back together.

“A lot of people think of them as the best thing since the Beatles. They’d fill stadiums many times over.”

We’d love to see it. But it’s not going to happen. Johnny Marr just joined the Cribs, for one thing, and they’re going on tour next year. Plus, Morrissey very publicly loathes Smiths drummer Mike Joyce, who sued Morrissey and Marr in 1996 over profits from the Smiths, and was awarded over £1 million in back pay. And without Joyce and bassist Andy Rourke, it’s not the Smiths. It would be cool to see Morrissey and Marr together, but it wouldn’t be the Smiths.

Not to mention the fact that Morrissey has said, “I would rather eat my own testicles than reform The Smiths, and that’s saying something for a vegetarian.”

Ever notice how these kinds of headline-grabbing rumors start up every time somebody’s got a new album to promote?

MP3: The Smiths – “Rusholme Ruffians” (courtesy of Rhino, but not included on The Sound of the Smiths: review.)

Maybe He Can Get the Buick Gig Tiger Lost

Little Steven“Let’s see. . .IMG”—that’s IMG Sports & Entertainment, which participates in “product and brand licensing; consulting services; event ownership and management; collegiate marketing, media, and licensing; fashion events and models representation; golf course design; and client representation in golf, tennis, broadcasting, speakers, European football, rugby, cricket, motor sports, coaching, Olympic and action sports”—”represents Tiger Woods, Eli and Peyton Manning, Venus Williams, Jeff Gordon, and. . .Stevie Van Zandt.”

So says Steven Van Zandt, who, according to the IMG bio, “is a musician, songwriter, arranger, record producer, actor, human rights activist, and radio disc jockey.” And can we now add corporate flack?

Satriani Sues Coldplay

Guitar phenom Joe Satriani is suing Coldplay claiming the band’s single “Viva La Vida” ripped off his 2004 song “If I Could Fly.” This sort of thing happens a lot, especially if the defendant is a mega-selling powerhouse, but the similarities are compelling. A crafty Youtuber has combined the songs for you to hear for yourself and has apperently stoked the anger of Coldplay fans. Yes, they get angry when they’re not shopping at World Market.

Video: Did Coldplay copy Joe Satriani?

Via The NME.

Techdirt vs. ASCAP (Round 2)

Piracy is not theft

Six months ago, we linked to a Techdirt article wherein Blaise Alleyne challenged the premises of ASCAP’s “Bill of Rights” for Songwriters. One of our regular commenters immediately rebutted Alleyne’s arguments (“That post is BS and uses disingenuous comparisons to make untenable points.”). It took him a while, but Alleyne finally responded:

The problem with the copyright crutch is that digital audio files are an infinite good. The price naturally tends toward zero because the supply is infinite. Musicians and music fans alike would be much better off leveraging the infinite value of digital music (i.e. spreading thread music as far and wide as possible), and capitalize on the scarcities associated with their music (e.g. physical goods like CDs, concert tickets, access to the musician, the ability to create new music, etc.).

ASCAP is stuck trying to enforce artificial scarcity on music through draconian copyright measures. Good luck with that. Musicians would be better off not to get sucked into the sinking ship, but to leverage the economics of abundance to their advantage.

I’m linking it to here so it doesn’t just get lost in the itty bitty comments section…

Play Christmas songs with Weezer on your iPhone

Christmas With Weezer

As if Weezer fans need to get any nerdier.

Weezer and the programmers of popular iPhone application Tap Tap Revenge have teamed up to create “Christmas With Weezer” featuring six Christmas classics recorded exclusively for the game (“Oh Come All Ye Faithful”, “First Noel”, “Hark The Herald Angel Sings”, “O Holy Night”, “Silent Night”, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”) and two bonus tracks (“Pork And Beans”, “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived”). Players “tap and shake their devices to the tunes of the music” in the iPhone equivalent of Guitar Hero/Rock Band.

“Christmas with Weezer” will be available for $4.99 in “a couple of days.” More Weezer news at Karl’s Corner.

Full press release after the jump…

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Most Popular GLONO Items: Nov. 2008

Current Chart

1. Review: Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy (November)

2. Review: The Sound of the Smiths (November)

3. Fun with Forkcast, Round 11 (November)

4. MP3: Third Eye Blind – “Non-Dairy Creamer” (November)

5. Review: Julian Koster – The Singing Saw at Christmastime (November)

6. A Hard Day’s Night: Finding The Beatles Lost Chord (November)

7. Review: AC/DC – Black Ice (November)

8. (1) Jeff Mangum, Astra Taylor Married (January)

9. 2008 Albums Sold – Year To Date (November)

10. (4) Fun with Forkcast, Round 10 (September)

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Whatever happened to the Chicago Alternative Class of 1993?

Chicago Sun-Times pop music critic Jim DeRogatis takes a look back to the promising music scene in Chicago in the mid-90s: The curse of alternative nostalgia: What the heck happened to the Class of ’93? For those of you too young to remember or too otherwise occupied to give a shit at the time, the Class of ’93 included Urge Overkill, Liz Phair, Veruca Salt, and Smashing Pumpkins. DeRo checks back after a decade and a half to see where they are now:

“Alternative to what?” we may once again ask, and finally the answer is obvious: “Absolutely nothing.” Like so many rock bands before them, 15 years down the road, the most promising members of the Class of ’93 are treading dangerously close to that sad but true scene in “Spinal Tap” where the aging metal legends find themselves playing at the state fair.

Of course, this is the same conclusion that famously grouchy Steve Albini came to, well, fifteen years ago in his fantastic letter-to-the-editor of the Chicago Reader in January 1994, Three Pandering Sluts and Their Music Press Stooge:

In your rush to pat these three pandering sluts on the heinie, you miss what has been obvious to the “bullshit” crowd all along: These are not “alternative” artists any more than their historical precursors. They are by, of and for the mainstream. Liz Phair is Rickie Lee Jones (more talked about than heard, a persona completely unrooted in substance, and a fucking chore to listen to), Smashing Pumpkins are REO Speedwagon (stylistically appropriate for the current college party scene, but ultimately insignificant) and Urge Overkill are Oingo Boingo (Weiners in suits playing frat party rock, trying to tap a goofy trend that doesn’t even exist). You only think they are noteworthy now because some paid publicist has told you they are, and you, fulfilling your obligation as part of the publicity engine that drives the music industry, spurt about them on cue.

Does rockcrit get any better than the phrase, “Weiners in suits playing frat party rock”? I’m going to incorporate that phrase into my everyday language.

Top Ten Most Popular GLONO Items: Oct. 2008

We abandoned our GLONO charts a while ago after spambots started compromising the data. Turns out that some spammers really love the Neil Young album, Living with War. Who knew?

Our methodology remains the same: If it’s from the current year (2008), it’s current. If it’s older than that, it’s catalog. Spambots are not filtered from the results, but trust us, they really love Neil Young.

Current Chart

1. Jeff Mangum, Astra Taylor Married (January)

2. Beatles From Above (May)

3. MP3: Bob Dylan – Dreamin’ of You (October)

4. Fun with Forkcast, Round 10 (September)

5. Review: The Clash – Live At Shea Stadium (October)

6. My Bloody Valentine: Live in Chicago (September)

7. Apple Genius? Not So Much (October)

8. Jeff Mangum and Julian Koster Play Engine (October)

9. Todd Rundgren: A Wizard, A True Bore (October)

10. Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Live in Chicago (October)

See the Catalog Chart after the jump…

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