Author Archives: Alan Cross

Me Vs. Denise (and Denise’s) Creator, Round…I Forget

August 31st, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Denise, in case you're coming in late, is the non-human AI DJ that's being used at a station in Texas in place of a real live radio announcer.  I've been railing against this move for the last couple of weeks while Denise's creator has been offering counterpoints to my objections and outrage.

Meanwhile, the radio industry has picked up on the story.  This appeared in consultant Fred Jacobs newsletter today.

Wednesday Morning Music News

August 31st, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Is it really the last day of August?  How is this possible? 

The good news is that September 1st falls on a Thursday, which means we really don't have to worry about reality until September 6th.  Then again, we'll pay for it come January when the first work week of the New Year comes early.

On that cheery note, here's some music news for your morning.

Radio for Facebook

August 31st, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Why do I have the feeling the next great play for Facebook is in the music arena?  I'm sure we'll hear more with the upcoming f8 conference.  Meanwhile, an app called Radioplayer has been introduced.  Facebook users can now share their favourite radio listening amongst 250 available stations.

Music (and Video) from the Inbox

August 31st, 2011 | by Alan Cross

The new tunes just keep rolling in through the "Music Submission" link that you see on the left-hand side of the page.  Here's a new batch that made it through the filters.



I Like This: Huddle

August 31st, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Arty indie pop from a five-piece Toronto who released their debut album, All These Fires today.  Extremely catchy.  And grab

Tuesday Afternoon Music News

August 30th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Tuesday tends to be a better day for music news than Monday.  And given that this is the last full week of summer, things will get back to normal one week from today.  I have a feeling that it's going to be an EXTREMELY busy fall.

David Bowie’s Ice Cream Commercial

August 30th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

I just finished reading a brilliant Bowie biography called Starman by Paul Trynka.  I've read most of the Bowie books out there and this is easily the best.  (If you're going to buy it, use for the best price.)

In one of the chapters on Bowie's pre-"Space Oddity" wilderness years, Trynka mentions how Bowie took a job in an ice cream commercial which was directed by Ridley Scott.  Yes, THAT Ridley Scott.

Tuesday Morning News Round-up

August 30th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

I didn't sleep well again last night.  This time, it was the dog.  I don't know what my wife fed her, but she was extremely gaseous--an it's-so-bad-the-smell-blisters-the-tongue" gaseous.  I think I may be suffering from some sort of poison inhalation this morning.

If you see some typos in the following post, I'm going to use lethal dog farts as my excuse.


Music (and Video) from the Inbox

August 29th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Part of the mandate I want to follow for this website is to recommend music that you might not otherwise hear, hence the "Music Submission" link on the left side of the page.  

Here's another rundown of some of the material that's come in recently.  Give it a listen and please feel free to spread the word on anything that really moves you.

And by all means, offer up any input to the artists involved.  They love that.



The Black Punk Archive

August 29th, 2011 | by Alan Cross

Here’s how this page is introduced: “This page has been compiled and maintained by David Ensminger, writer for Maximum Rock’nRoll,

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