18. Jun. 2007, 8:02 von GURT
11. Aug. 2006, 8:07 von GURTThe first time I heard The Luxury Flats I was some time in June at Revolution Hall. I didn't get to see the performance, but I did get to hear it, and I loved what I heard. Considering who they were opening for, I didn't expect to hear what I think is some good refreshing rock with interesting melodies. a piano and some female vocals as well. I bought their CD "The Wax Demo" as they call it (which has some great packaging) and I watch them quickly take over my listening habits on last.fm. A few weeks later I see that The Metroland has named the best band of 2006. This past week they appeared on the cover of that same publication.
Check out The Luxury Flats cover story by John Brodeur in the August 3rd 2006 Metroland.
The Luxury Flats website
The Luxury Flats MySpace
21. Jan. 2006, 18:56 von GURThttp://journal.davidbyrne.com/2006/01/drm.html
Happy New Year. Don’t Buy CDs from the Big 5.
CDs from the big five run the risk of damaging your computer, opening you up to security risks, and you can’t rip the music onto your iPod. Stop buying CDs now. At least until they guarantee us that they will never try this shit again.
O.K., I’m exaggerating, but if I need to carry around a list to know which CDs I can safely buy it’s getting out of control.
For those of you who don’t know. Sony, BMG and EMI have been adding software to their CDs to create a kind of copy protection. Warner’s and Universal I don’t know about yet. This software is designed to stop you from copying your CD for your friends or making MP3s…which means you can’t copy it to your iPod, or even copy it to iTunes, which is how an awful lot of music fans listen to an discover music these days.
In addition, some of these CDs contain software that will burrow and worm into your hard drive and do damage — creating security leaks etc. Mainly, as usual, for Windows users, but who knows what else they do. New reports are that the damage Mac operating systems too. The software is very difficult to remove, intentionally so. The record companies have offered repair kits but who knows how effective those are, and the damage is done, guys!
So, first they start off suing their customers, and now they are maliciously making it hard for their customers to even listen to music, and they will cripple your music and media player to boot. These guys deserve to go out of business, they obviously don’t love music, and they don’t understand their own customers. They must have a deathwish or be run by….who? FEMA? Rumsfeld? Bin Laden?
Here are some CDs to avoid at all costs. At least for now.
1. Neil Diamond — 12 Songs (supposed to be a good CD, too)
2. Trey Anastasio — Shine
3. Foo Fighters — In Your Honor
4. Dave Matthews Band — Stand Up
5. Alicia Keys — Unplugged (standard)
6. Angie Stone — Stone Love
7. Babyface — Grown and Sexy
8. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club — Howl
9. Charlie Wilson — Charlie last name Wilson
10. Imogen Heap — Speak For Yourself(I almost bought this one)
11. J-Kwon — Hood Hop
12. Kasabian — Kasabian
13. Kings of Leon — Aha Shake Heartbreak
14. Maroon 5 — Live Friday the 13th
15. My Morning Jacket — Z
16. Pink — Try This
17. Santana — All That I Am
18. Sarah Mclachlin (her too!?) — Bloom Remix
19. Velvet Revolver — Contraband
20. Silvertide — Show and Tell
There are more, but that’s a shocking top 20. To be fair, I don’t think a lot of these artists, maybe none of them, were told this was being done. But they know now.
-David Byrne (former member of the Talking Heads)
9. Jan. 2006, 15:08 von GURT
19. Okt. 2005, 5:13 von GURTThis came across my inbox today from the E. O'dwyers mailing list..
Hello Music Fans,
It is with great sadness that we write to you today to let you all know that due to circumstances beyond our control, E. O'Dwyer's will be closing its doors at the end of the month. Unfortunately, the building that houses E. O'Dwyer's has been sold, and keeping a live
music venue in the space currently occupied by E. O'Dwyer's does not appear to be in the new landlord's plans. We would like to give a big thanks to all of you who have come out over the last several months to support live music.
I'm pretty sure he meant "over the last several years".
please comment to this entry with artists you've seen play at E. O'Dwyers over the years