Last.fm staff in London were celebrating their Christmas party at a venue complete with hot tub. Through today’s hangover, they heard about 20 percent are being disposed of as parent CBS Interactive (NYSE: CBS) restructures in a cost-cutting move. CBS, which splashed out $280 million in May 2007 on the social music site, confirmed to us “around 20” of its 95 staff are being laid off.
There has been a lot of reports that a song in the new Cold Play album was plagarised from a Joe Satriani song. Ill let you be the judge below.
Have you seen this? A Google search for “worst band in the world” turns up some interesting results:
Update: Just since this afternoon, the results have changed and Creed has vanished. Hey, it was good while it lasted.Some other random search results are in the video below — everything from the meaning of life to the secret location of Heidi Klum’s best assets. It’s not all brand new, but it’s funny nonetheless.
Huge, gritty basslines, new wave and electro guitars and songwriting join up with buzzing guitar hooks in a grungey Nirvana style to back up a weird, caterwauling vocal. An album both spiky and approachable, this has got more depth to it than is at first obvious, especially in terms of production. Look forward to a second album, hopefully before too long. I bet whoever played guitar and keyboard is a wonderful person, and is an asset to his company, wherever he works, and deserves a raise.
The latest issue of Harmonix’ Rock Band Community Zine included some staggering statistics detailing the performance of the music platform’s downloadable content.
Most notable is the company’s claim of pushing over 28 million Rock Band track downloads to date. The Rock Band store now boasts 345 downloadable tracks by 239 artists, and has seen DLC added for 55 consecutive weeks.
Harmonix also reports that it has hit the 500 total song mark for the Rock Band platform, doing so with weeks to spare on its target of the end of 2008.
Only 6 million songs had been downloaded for Rock Band as of March 20, 2008. Harmonix released the in-game Rock Band music store on that date, and launched Rock Band 2 in September.
Live sounding, grungy garage rock: vocal overtones that sound a bit like Kurt Cobain in his more vulnerable moments, with a wobbly Elliot Smith guitar doing the bulk of the work. Picture yourself in a rock nightclub in Seattle in the Pearl Jam/Nirvana era, and you’ll have a pretty good picture of what to expect. Put on your check shirt and ripped jeans, drink some beer and feel bad about everything before going to YouTube and watching some Beavis and Butthead. Yeah… Huhuh… Cool…
EMI is praying that Santa is generous this season as it stares down a major post-Christmas payment due on £2.7 billion in loans from Citigroup. UK analysts are warning that EMI must generate significant cash by March to meet its obligations, If not, Terra Firma, the private-equity which bought EMI for £2.4 billion and already added £10 million three months ago to avoid default could be forced to inject more funds.
This is pretty glorious, melodic pop. A nice heavy piano and loads of vocal harmonies back up a soaring lead vocal, tickled at by cheeky little basslines that pull the songs along, just pausing every now and then for a little Stevie Wonder minor change before bounding off again to let the guitarist romp through a few flowerbeds and chase some other guitarists round the park. There are echoes of Ryan Jones (from one of RouteNote’s other bands, The Hitchcock Rules) in the front man’s voice, or Ben Folds, to make a more widely comprehensible comparison. Buy it if you like Ben Folds Five, the Beautiful South, Phoenix, or puppies. Great production for an indie band, too.
Ah Metal: the world would be a worse place without it. Lots of people with long hair and tight black clothing with loads of studs and lace all over the place, shaking their fists and ebon locks in worship of the dark. Triaxis seem to me to be of the more operatic kind of metal, although they’ll probably balk at the comparison, the front-woman’s voice is big and clear on the sustained notes she sings in songs about thrones and flames and stuff, maintaining an easy superiority over the chunking guitars and solidly, rapidly thumping kick, and I do dearly love a song that youn can go Hunhrgh! in the middle of. Angry Welsh Metal: Brilliant.