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Okkervil River's carbon neutral tour

We released our review of The Stand Ins earlier today, but we just saw the press release about Okkervil River‘s current tour. Their goal is to make the national tour “completely carbon neutral” by encouraging fans not to drive to their shows. According to an uncited statistic in the press release, “80% of a tour’s CO2 emissions are created by fans commuting to the show.”

The band hopes to cover the remaining 20% by selling stickers for $2 which will be used to “offset 300 pounds of CO2 emissions.” Interesting idea. If they were super hardcore, they’d bike themselves from show to show, lugging their gear behind them in one of those Burley trailers.

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Springsteen to Rock Super Bowl XLIII

Six years ago yesterday on Glorious Noise, Johnny Loftus compared the NFL season to a world tour by your favorite rock band. Specifically, he explored the similarities between Bruce Springsteen and the Chicago Bears:

Brian Urlacher is not Bruce Springsteen. While the Chicago Bears’ leading tackler and unassuming team leader was a free safety, wide receiver, AND punt returner at New Mexico, Urlacher could not at press time sell out the United Center based on his strength as a songwriter, singer, and bandleader. Nevertheless, Urlacher’s weekly onfield heroics and meat and potatoes demeanor are a rallying point for many Chicagoland football fans. And while he’s never sold out the UC, Urlacher’s passion between the goalpoasts is a big reason why so many Chicagoans make the trip to downstate Champagne for Bears home games, played away while Soldier Field is on the DL. He gives them something to believe in, and please don’t make any Poison bits here. Because the NFL’s highly-paid heroes are, for many Americans, as singularly heroic as a rock and roller like Bruce Springsteen.

I guess we were a little ahead of our time because the National Football League has announced that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will play the halftime slot at the Super Bowl on February 1 in Tampa Bay.

Is Loftus some kind of crazy prophet or something? GLONOstradamus, baby!

Napster Bought by Best Buy: Why?

NapsterI guess I do not understand big business. Best Buy To Buy Napster For $121 Million. Why? What the fuck can Napster possibly offer to anybody? The kitty’s been dead since 2001. Or shortly thereafter.

Looking at the details, it’s obvious that $121 billion is a bit of an exaggeration: “Included in the deal is approximately $67 million in cash and short term investments held by Napster, meaning the net price of the deal would be $54 million, the companies said.” Still $54 million dollars? What for? Oh wait: “The companies said the proposed acquisition includes Napster’s approximately 700,000 subscribers, its Web-based customer service and mobile capabilities.”

700,000 subscribers? Are you kidding me? There are 700,000 people who think think spending $12.95 a month to stream tracks is a good deal? Wow. I guess I do not understand people.

Britney's Mom's Book Deal Back On

Lynne Spears - Through the StormLast year, shortly after her 16-year-old daughter got knocked up, Lynne Spears lost her book deal. Well, it looks like the deal is back on, since Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World is due next week from Christian publisher Thomas Nelson.

Originally titled Pop Culture Mom: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World and described by the publisher as “a parenting book that’s going to have faith elements to it,” it had been set for publication on Mother’s Day, 2008. Retitled and appended to include Jamie Lynn‘s pregnancy, it’s sure to contain lots of helpful advice for new parents.

The AP obtained an early copy. MTV sums it up.

The Sun has some shocking details (Sex at 14! Cocaine at 16!), but the publisher denies them and clarifies that Through the Storm “is not a ‘tell all book’ nor a parenting book.” Uh huh.

MP3: Britney Spears – “Gimme More”

35 Places for Free, Legal Mp3s

The gang over at The Download Squad has compiled a handy list of 35 sites where you can download free, legal music without fear of subpoena from the RIAA. As they say:

In the interest of helping our readers stay out of jail and avoid massive fines, here are a bunch of places you can get tunes without fear of finding a summons in your mailbox. There’s plenty of good, free, and legal music on the net for you to download.

Sources range from the obvious (stereogum, garageband, and Spinner) to the more obscure (altsounds, honc, and 3hive). Of course, they failed to mention GLONO, who’ve been providing links to free, legal music since 2001!

Anything else you’d add to this list?

Internet Radio Is Doomed

The Washington Post looks at webcaster Pandora‘s imminent demise in spite of its popularity (“about 1 million listeners daily” and “40,000 new customers a day”): Giant of Internet Radio Nears Its ‘Last Stand’.

Thanks to the music inudstry’s lobbyists, web radio has to pay twice as much per song as terrestial radio, which only pays a publishing royalty to the songwriters and publishers. In addition to that, web radio also has to pay the record label a “performance royalty” for the master recording:

Traditional radio pays nothing in performance royalties, though SoundExchange is pressing to change that. Satellite radio pays 6 or 7 percent of revenue. And then there are webcasters, which pay per song, per listener.

Using listener figures from Arbitron for XM Satellite Radio, it is possible to estimate that the company will pay about 1.6 cents per hour per listener when the new rates are fully adapted in 2010. By contrast, Web radio outlets will pay 2.91 cents per hour per listener.

Gee, that hardly seems fair. These industry lobbyists are the same people kicking themselves for “allowing” MTV to promote their products (i.e., albums) without paying them a royalty for airing promotional videos.

More insanity after the jump…

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Stream New Oasis – Shock of the Lightning

Official streams of the new Oasis single: “Shock of the Lightning” (Windows, QT), from Dig Out Your Soul, due October 7 on Big Brother/Warner Brothers.

Sounds a lot like something from 1997’s Be Here Now, which I guess is a mixed bag.

What I liked about Don’t Believe the Truth (2005) was that the band finally incorporated some vintage production to support their vintage influences. They finally got comfortable with sounding like the bands they were emulating. This might be a return to the bombastic, sometimes bloated, production of their earlier albums, which may please pub rockin’ waterheads but not the more discerning fans who generally dismiss Oasis as less than the sum of their idols.

MP3: Oasis – “Falling Down” (Chemical Brothers remix)

Trailer: Oasis – Dig Out Your Soul

Previously: Oasis – Lord Don’t Slow Me Down (DVD), New Oasis Video – Lord Don’t Slow Me Down, Noel Gallagher interview.

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Taro Sound Finally on eMusic!

Quasar Wut-Wut - Taro Sound

Almost four years after we launched Glorious Noise Records in order to release Quasar Wut-Wut‘s album, Taro Sound, the album is finally available for download at eMusic. So if you don’t already own it (for shame!), now’s your chance to pick it up.

Both of our other two GLONO releases have been available on eMusic since they came out, Riviera‘s At the End of the American Century… and Capital.

In other Quasar news, they have finished recording their original score for Buster Keaton‘s 1927 classic, The General. We’ll let you know as soon as the DVD becomes available.

MP3: Quasar Wut-Wut – “Stiletto”

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Warner Music Exec Sells Out

Doh! Guess what happens when a major label honcho sells a quarter of his stake in his company? Well, the stock tumbles more than 10%, of course.

[Warner Music Group‘s top U.S. executive for recorded music, Lyor Cohen] sold 800,000 shares on Monday at $8.45 each for around $6.8 million, according to the filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday. He retains ownership of another 2.6 million shares.

Warner shares fell more than 77 cents to $7.27 on the New York Stock Exchange.

Surely, Cohen must see the writing on the wall that the major label system is doomed, right? Not so fast, commie! It turns out that $6.8 million is the exact price Cohen paid back in June for a new crib:

Warner Music Group chairman Lyor Cohen is spending $6.8 million for a teardown in the Hamptons. Sources say Cohen has just closed on the property in North Haven after a bidding war erupted for the bayfront home, which was listed at $5.5 million. […]

While the four-bedroom Contemporary is nothing to crow about, the stunning 2.5-acre property has 170 feet of waterfront. Meanwhile, Cohen has taken his Bridgehampton estate with a $9.5 million price tag off the market in anticipation of his lengthy construction project.

Things are tough all over, aren’t they? Dudes are having to sell off their own companies in order to make their house payments! I bet you feel terrible now for snatching that Death Cab torrent, don’t you?

MP3: Death Cab for Cutie – “Cath…”

Via the rope.

Jay Bennett Back in the Studio

I don’t care what anyone says, I miss Jay Bennett in Wilco. The albums produced by that band during his tenure remain some of my favorites by any artist and the albums released since his departure just don’t ring the same for me. I get that he and Jeff Tweedy had to part ways, but I wish it weren’t so.

So, we know that Wilco headlined the second night of Lollapalooza capping off a couple years now of ever higher profile shows and opportunities, but what’s Jay been up to? For one, he relocated his Pie Holden Suite Sound from Chicago to “the beautiful twin cities of Champaign/Urbana, IL.” In an email to fans, Bennett catches up on the last 18 months and his plans for the future, including the release of THREE albums and another collaboration with an old friend…no, not THAT old friend.

That’s right, I’ll be releasing three new records in the upcoming months – I’ve just finished writing and recording a new solo record, to be called “Kicking at the Perfumed Air.” Also, during the move I came across some half-finished material by my previous band, Titanic Love Affair. Not only did this lead to reconnecting with “the original cast” of TLA, but these songs left us wondering why they never made it on earlier albums. We’re going to change that, as we’ve now finished a whole album’s worth of “new” TLA songs. And finally, I’ll be reuniting on record with my longtime musical collaborator, Edward Burch, on a 6 song EP “Tribute to a Tribute” to Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds.

You can check out some of the works in progress and also some of that fabulous gear Wilco’s missing on Jay’s MySpace page.