File this story under "you couldn't make it up"; midget, cross-dressing, comedy-act Prince is bandwagon jumping (which makes a change from the usual shark), and suing The Pirate Bay for piracy.
As the first commenter on El Reg mentions, Prince's most recent album was given away free with a low-brow UK newspaper at launch, so it's hardly high-value content. In fact for added perspective, I bought said paper just out of curiousity, recycled the paper (well the pet rabbit did) instead of reading it, and lost the cd before it was ever played. I'd even forgotten the entire event until today; so, what's the value of Prince's work? Not a lot, I'd say...
Given that Ewan slipped up and didn’t come out with one of his “best of” decades show for TPN Rock 101–110, here’s my take what I think are the best bands in the last decade of shows. No doubt Ewan will actually find a better selection if he does TPN Rock 111 as a decades show.
At first glance it looks really expensive to order from CD Baby if you're not a US-ian.
However, checking out CD
Baby's delivery prices properly, it appears that if I order more
than one cd it shouldn't cost much more than 2 usd per cd, and with the
usd worth less than 50 pence, you're quids in with CD Baby's pricing.
The shipping price for international orders comes down a lot if you
choose slow delivery and bin the crystal boxes, which is nice. I can
buy crystal boxes cheaply in bulk in the UK, so I don't need to pay a
high postage rate to send one or two of them across the Atlantic.
A simple digital distribution option might be even better, a couple
of links to an iso or similar and some scans of the cover paperwork;
we have colour printers and CD burners in Europe too! If the bands were
concerned about potential piracy, it'd be easy to brand the iso and
paperwork with my name or CD Baby login. That's better security (DRM
ha) than they get with the physical CDs anyway, as it's trivial to rip
and redistribute a CD if you were so inclined. CD Baby guys, could you
For non-Europeans Eurovision is a litle hard to explain, but imagine
a karoake contest where the electorate (and candidates) belong to
rival in-bred feuding families. That might certainly give you some
the feeling of the inter-nation friction, and for added confusion the
singers and bands cover such a broad range of music that direct
comparison is nigh-on impossible.
Despite this however there are clearcut winners, one is this year's entry from Finland, Lordi.
Ok, the contest is not until tomorrow night, but how can these guys fail to win? They ROCK!!
Followers - or sufferers - of my link blog will have noticed a few links to rock bands going through tagged with forEwan - I know this isn't the traditional for:nick del.icio.us tagging style exemplified in Joshua's plea for new music, but as far as I know Ewan doesn't use del.icio.us, and it seemed a good way to suggest bands that I reckon ought to be on TPN Rock. Some of the ones I've spotted so far are great, and I'd suggest using the same tagging trick if you spot a band that'd fit nicely in TPN Rock's wide range of music.
Well, I thought I had been here before, and heading back into the mists of blog-time I’ve found that I was raving (or was it ranting?) about them back in April 2003. As I still like and listen to the guys, I believe they are very worthy recipients of the band of the week award.
This week’s band are Swedish classic rockers Hoof. With hints of Deep Purple, Hendrix and a significant nod in the direction of the funky Paice, Ashton and Lord, Hoof are original and they’ve got a bundle of great tracks available for download on their website.
I’ll start with the oldest set of tracks, So Long. The slowest set of tracks, melodic, and almost Doors like (I’m a big Hammond organ fan), these three tracks from 2002 featured an early lineup of the band, the full history of the band being available on their excellent website. My favourite of this set being And You Are There the third track.
There’s also a third set of songs – Live In Replokal. These won’t win any awards for musical fidelity being unmixed and merely recorded on a single stereo microphone at Hoof’s rehearsal studios, but they prove that Hoof can actually play and are a tight and together band, rather than the product of some painstaking studio work piecing together samples.
Hoof are smart guys, they’re the only TPN Rock featured band I’ve seen so far using Last.fm to promote their music, surely this is an obvious route for small bands to get their music heard?
So, in summary, great band, superb tunes, stylish website, the only downside being they don’t seem to gig very often. Next time they play in Stockholm I’m very tempted to grab a cheap flight and beg some floor space from Gustaf for the night (in exchange for a few beers, natch).
Yet another top band, it’s going to be tough finding something for next week, or is it?
Can I solo artist be "band" of the week, sure, it's my
category, what I say goes!
Just to muddy the water further, Arthur's actually more of a song writer
than a full-on rock star, and he didn't even play on Cool Creek his most famous track to date, but
with a tune this good that really doesn't bother me, and it's an
admirable bit of ego-control by Arthur. Cool Creek appeared on TPN Rock 15
and can be downloaded (alomg with 9 other cracking tracks) from Arthur's weblog,
personally I'm really looking forward to hearing the other 11 tracks
recorded by the guys.
So here's part 1 of an irregular "band of the week" slot on
Feet up. Funnily enough most of my
choices will be pretty similar to the criteria for inclusion on
podcast, the band have to fit one or more of the three U's:
Under-appreciated, unsigned, and unknown. To which I'll add one
proviso; if the band doesn't have at least 2-3 downloadable mp3's
I'll probably not mention them, after all, how can I recommend someone you
can't listen to?
I'm going to start the series with a great Danish rock band, the
they've featured on TPN Rock a couple of times now, first on
and just last week on
with the very appropriately timed Apollo 13
- for those of you with heads in the sand, Nasa were having yet another
potential space disaster at the time the podcast aired...
Good stuff, I'd love to catch these guys live, good all-around
listening, not too heavy or dull and pretty varied to boot.
Being of a certain age my Friday night radio listening used to revolve
around the late
Tommy Vance'sFriday Rock Show,
which I'd invariably tape and re-visit during the week, rather like a late
70s/early 80s style podcast. Now I'm listening to Ewan's
every Friday on the Podcast Network, Ewan seems to variously title it TPN
Rock, or just "The Rock Show". Whatever, it's all good to
He's discovering new bands that I've never heard of, which sounds grim at
first, but the majority are superb and I've not heard a truly duff one yet.
If you're into pretty much any genre of rock music I'd suggest giving Ewan's
rock music podcast
a few listens.
On Friday night BBC 4 had
an Eric Clapton special,
part of which was a documentary of
final concert in 1968 at the
Royal Albert Hall.
A few things struck me about this, chiefly how sublimely great and tight
Cream were as a band, secondly how superb
was/is a wall of noise drummer, and thirdly how bland everything that
Eric has done since then appears in the context of Cream.
Now nearly 40 years on, Cream are playing four reunion concerts at the
Royal Albert Hall, for those lucky few with tickets - it's
a total sell-out - tonight, Tues, Weds, and Thurs should be very
special nights indeed.
4. Tell us the title of the next ten songs that show up (with their
musicians), no matter how embarrassing. That's right, no skipping that
Carpenters tune that will totally destroy your hip credibility. It's time
for total musical honesty. Write it up in your blog or journal and link
back to at least a couple of the other sites where you saw this.
5. If you get the same artist twice, you may skip the second (or third,
or etc.) occurances. You don't have to, but since randomness could mean
you end up with a list of ten song with five artists, you can if you'd
I've managed to drag a good handful of the
"massive" kicking and screaming onto
you can see what
like listening to (some of it's rubbish, some's even worse than that).
Maybe I should round up my playlist and herd it into a
So 20 years on and there's another Band Aid song, and
quite frankly it's crap.
20 years back Bob famously said "just send the fucking
money", well that still applies, but please for the love
of god don't buy that excreble song. Buy the old one if you can
or buy pretty much anything else. Failing that, if you feel you
really have to buy the new one, do so
and destroy it.
You'd think that today's singers with their almost continuous
diet of covers would have been able to make a good fist of covering
Feed the World...
And as for Bono, it looks like Justin was right, hell my dog
could have sung that line better.
A busy schedule, it's a shame the BBC stick with the grotty Real
Audio nonsense for their streaming though.
Update (20040810): Looks like the Virgin session is
now going to be on Weds, the Johnnie Walker show was pretty good,
although Tim's voice seems to have a a life and tuning of its own.
I guess recordings will turn up on the
ftp site shortly.
The tickets for the
for the UK leg of the Finn Brothers tour (15th Oct to 5th Nov) go on
sale today. With a
on November 2nd (tickets on sale 19th June) too. There's also a fan club
gig in the UK, which'll be well worth getting to if you're a fan club member.
A quick round up of some of the updates on the new
Finn Brothers album:
it appears that the US release will be on the 24th of August and North
American tour dates have been
- starting on 9th July in Vancouver though to 4th August in Austin, an
in Rolling Stone, and rumours of a UK tour after the North American tour.
Does it strike anyone else that it's a bit odd to tour 7 weeks before the
album comes out?
Personally I can't wait, thank god for the
site for some good old Crowded House and Finn Bros. tunes to keep me
sane until the new release creeps out.
Entitled "Everyone Is Here", from
a working title of "Where the fuck is everyone?",
it looks like the album is going to have the
following track list:
1. WON'T GIVE IN
2. NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU
3. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN
4. LUCKIEST MAN ALIVE
6. DISEMBODIED VOICES
7. A LIFE BETWEEN US
8. ALL GOD'S CHILDREN
9. EDIBLE FLOWERS
10. ALL THE COLOURS
11. PART OF ME, PART OF YOU
12. GENTLE HUM
There were 4 other tracks recorded, which no doubt will
creep out in bootlegs, b-sides and club cds. They were
"Way Back Down", "The Land and the Sea",
"Sunset Swim" and "Everyday Alright".