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February 6th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Damned Air Canada.  I'm stuck in Winnipeg--in the new airport, mind you--awaiting a late, late night flight back to Toronto because the airline forgot to schedule pilots for the 6:35pm departure.  I've been sitting in the Maple Leaf Lounge since 5:30, watching the Super Bowl (pretty good--and I was pulling for Eli), The Voice (AARRGGHH) and now The Big Bang Theory (I haven't seen this one, so...)

Normally, I'd publish Juliette Jagger's music recommendations Monday morning, but since I won't roll home until at least 4am, I might as well take the time to do them now.

How do you forget to schedule pilots for regularly-scheduled flight on one of the most heavily-travelled routes in the country?  Anyone?

Some Hot Music Apps Worth a Look

February 6th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

The next big music conference on the schedule is SXSW in Austin, Texas, in March.  Preceeding the music madness, though, is the tech conference.  This event has become so huge that I'm told that it actually attracts more delegates that the music end of things.

What's not in dispute is the fact that the SXSW Tech Conference is that it's become THE place to introduce hot new products.  Twitter, for example, had it's coming-out party at SXSW.  

So what might cool stuff might we expect this year?  These highlights come courtesy of

Readers Rate Madonna’s Super Bowl Halftime Performance

February 6th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

I offered a chance to comment on Madge's halftime show.  Here's a sampling of what came back.

Best reaction to Madonna of the evening: my two-year old starts whining "No, Daddy. DON'T LIKE THIS!!!! NO!!!!!!!"  I love my kid.


I swore Madonna sang,"I sixty and I know it."


I'm would wondering if the decision to cover the arms was conscious or a recomendation from her PR people. 


The Other F Word

February 6th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

  Getting older is inevitable. Even hardcore punk rockers grow up and start families. It’s just that we don’t think

Should All Albums Be Unbundled?

February 5th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Ever since iTunes convinced the labels to sell songs a la carte, people have been carping about the death of the album.  There's a point to be made on both sides of this debate.

No one can be blamed for wanted to buy individual songs.  Before Napster came along and after the labels effectively killed the CD single, we were screwed.  If we wanted a a specific song, we had no choice but to buy the entire album for $15 or $20.  We got the song we wanted, but we also ended up with 11 or 12 pieces of crap we didn't.  

No wonder consumers went nuts for purchasing individual songs.  Now if we could only to the same things with cable channels.  But that's another story entirely...

There are holdouts, artists who, while happy to be on inTunes, refuse to have their albums broken up into their individual pieces.  They say that these works are complex, comprehensive creations that are meant to be consumed as a whole in a specific order.

Noble.  But anachrontistic and wrong.

Outsider Music

February 4th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

If you’re looking for some truly different music, maybe you should look into the strange universe of “outsider music.”

This is best described as “extreme alternative music,”stuff so strange and surreal that it defies any kind of description.  Outsider music favourites include Philosophy of the World, a 1969 album by an American group called The Shags.  The father of the three daughters in the group honestly thought they had talent.  But in, wow.

A New Music Discovery Tool

February 4th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Music streaming services have gone a long way towards making the discovery of new music easier.  I’ve found really amazing

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