Geeks&Beats Episode 50! FIFTY! Here Are Your Show Notes

I didn’t think we’d make it to fifty, but here we are.  And here’s what we discussed.

Nirvana meets the Jackson 5 in an awesome mashup.

A college course in…Miley Cyrus?

The ONE THOUSAND WATT boombox!  Want.

What’s the oldest commercial radio station in North America? becomes a casualty of the streaming music wars.

A.I. and the future of streaming music services.

Kanye buys Kimmy 10 Burger King franchises as a wedding gift.  How…sweet.

MDMA–yes, Ecstasy–as a cure for tinnitus

Thanks to Kevin Peterson for being a co-producer!

We have a winner in our Sony camcorder contest.

Kate Bush sales have gone CRAZY since she announced her London residency.

Did Elvis die of natural causes?

And yes, we’re doing episode 51 on the road.  Come see us!

Listen/download to any of our podcasts here.  And there’s always iTunes, of course.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Geeks&Beats Episode 50! FIFTY! Here Are Your Show Notes

  • April 2, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I think you guys kind of missed what “scrobbling” is. First of all, it doesn’t scan your collection. It only logs tracks as you play them. Michael said at some point “it sounds complicated” … it really isn’t. Run an app on your computer or phone, it takes care of the rest.

    From there it builds up your profile. Mine looks like this for example:

    Manually, you can compare it with your friends, meet people, or look at people’s profiles who have similar taste to you and try out other bands they like.

    It also has a fully-automated recommendation engine which I’ve had a tonne of success with. It’s far better than Rdio’s. (Though Rdio automatically submits everything I play to

    It’ll tell you about shows you will probably want to see. You can tag your photos on Flickr to show up on the event pages to share them with other concert-goers.

    One small feature I find rather nifty, which I think you actually mentioned, is where it can remind you about music you used to listen to but haven’t for a long time. On that note, I need to queue up White Rose Movement and Saturna.

    Anyway, I think it’s a pretty great service for music geeks.


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