What’s next for The Beatles catalogue

I’ve written before about why it’s important for The Beatles to sort out making their music available digitally, but it seems like what’s next is a videogame from the the makers of Rock Band and… some new CDs. The original albums, plus a new version of Past Masters will be remastered and released on theContinue reading “What’s next for The Beatles catalogue”

Come Saturday by The Pains of Being At Heart

Was the last song stuck in my head. Yes, it’s a terrible name for a band. Although they had no problem grabbing the domain name. And it’s a great song, with that whole 80s chiming guitar thing going on, and floaty-light vocals. They’re offering it as a free download, which is just as well asContinue reading “Come Saturday by The Pains of Being At Heart”

I would like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we’ve passed the audition

‘I would like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we’ve passed the audition’ – John Lennon,¬† after the Beatles’ final gig, which took place on the roof of the HQ of Apple Corps, just over 38 years ago. What’s surprising is considering all the fights that hadContinue reading “I would like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we’ve passed the audition”

A music post: What if Beyonce was your Gran? What if she could predict economic turmoil?

Yes, what if? Well, wonder no more – this very odd picture (which may or may not be photoshopped) was used by the Guardian to illustrate a story about how there’s apparently an inverse correlation between the stability of the stock markets and the regularity of beats in pop songs: “Beyonc√©’s worldwide hit, Single LadiesContinue reading “A music post: What if Beyonce was your Gran? What if she could predict economic turmoil?”

It Won’t Be Long: The Beatles and MP3

I’m a big Beatles fan, and had a post cooked up all about those reports that, thanks to Norweigan Broadcasting (NRK), you could download Beatles MP3s for free, legally. NRK’s site said: “Some weeks ago, NRK – Norwegian Braodcasting – signed a deal with music rights holder organisation TONO in Norway. The new deal givesContinue reading “It Won’t Be Long: The Beatles and MP3”

Can You Hear Me Calling? Vampire Weekend cover Fleetwood Mac

At some point, I will launch a blog entirely devoted to cover songs – they’re a great way to hear musicians taking on melodies and choruses they’d never normally write, and there’s great pleasure to be had in the way a cover puts the stresses in other places: different lyrics, different parts of the melody.Continue reading “Can You Hear Me Calling? Vampire Weekend cover Fleetwood Mac”

What I’m Reading This Week

Noel Gallagher’s blog1. Don’t worry, it’s funnier than Be Here Now. Now, Noel might not have written a decent tune since back when Tony Blair was popular, but if you’ve ever seen him in an interview (or the excellent documentary, Live Forever2) you’ll know that he’s very funny and pretty savvy. Oasis have a newContinue reading “What I’m Reading This Week”

Ghosts in rooms with the lights out

With The Lights Out, the long overdue Nirvana box-set finally has a release date: November 22nd 3 CDs and a DVD, including versions of all the apocryphal songs that you can glimpse on the file sharing networks… This month’s Q magazine has a decent page-long review. There’s a lousy official site here, and this siteContinue reading “Ghosts in rooms with the lights out”