Jerry Reed 1937-2008

This is a sad day for me.  Jerry Reed was the first musician I really connected with as a kid.  I wore the Live From Exit-In album out.  I mean, son, I Wore. It. Out.

When I was a kid I liked him because he was funny and charismatic, and I loved him as Snowman in Smoky and the Bandit.  But when I got older and started playing guitar I became a true fan.  The guy was a real genius, and a lot of people don’t really know just how great a musician he was and how many great songs he wrote (“Guitar Man”–Elvis, “Thing Called Love”–Johnny Cash).

And I’ll tell you folks about the way I feel

Too lazy to work and too scared to steal

B’sides pickin’ and singin’s all I ever done that’s ever been worth a damn!

Son!  Thank you Jerry Reed for being you all of those years.  East Bound and Down!!!

The End of Pandora? I Hope Not


This article says free online radio, specifically Pandora, may be in trouble.  I really hope this isn’t the case.  I’ve found so much cool new music on Pandora recently, and it’s great to hear old favorites there too.  I would think with the number of people using it they could become make some nice coin.  Even though it’s free for listeners, they have ads and also let you buy music through iTunes and Amazon, which they get commissions for.   According to the article, it’s the heavy web legislation that’s giving them a problem:

Last year, an obscure federal panel ordered a doubling of the per-song performance royalty that Web radio stations pay to performers and record companies.

Traditional radio, by contrast, pays no such fee. Satellite radio pays a fee but at a less onerous rate, at least by some measures.

Let’s hope they’re able to stick it out.  Pandora is the best thing to come along for music on the web since Napster in the late 90s.

The Peso Down Mexico Way

Earlier this week I posted a John Prine video that’s no longer available on YouTube.  I feel really bad about that…let me make it up to you.

Yep. That’s Steve Earle…before he was fat, or on The Wire, or a heroin addict, or a communist. And that’s Guy Clark who says, “Listen to that song!” at the beginning.

Damn. That’s good.

Baby Poop That Is–The Worst Kind

A few years ago one of my friends was waiting on his wife to get ready for a Christmas party we were both attending and, undoubtedly, enjoying a few cool beverages. He passed the time by putting together a mix CD for me. I never told anybody about all the beautiful love songs he included on it and how touched I was by it, but I’ve played the CD full of badass country songs he also made for me that night for anyone who will listen.

I was just joking about the CD full of love songs.

He put a couple of John Prine songs on the badass country CD. Newscoma posted a video of one of these songs because it makes her happy. Here’s the other one…

Yahoo! Music Store Closing

You know all those songs you “bought” through Yahoo!?  Turns out you were just renting.

After September 30, 2008, you will not be able to transfer songs to unauthorized computers or re-license these songs after changing operating systems. Please note that your purchased tracks will generally continue to play on your existing authorized computers unless there is a change to the computer’s operating system.

Oh wait, there’s a fix.  You can burn all of your songs to CDs and re-rip them DRM-free.  It doesn’t really matter to them that reason you bought an electronic copy was to avoid the CD…thanks for being such a great customer!

Backing up your music to an audio CD will allow you to copy the music back to your computer again if the license keys for your original music files cannot be retrieved.

I strongly recommend Amazon for buying music–totally DRM free.  You can copy and move it around as much as you want.  Once you pay for a file it is yours.

HT–ReadWriteWeb

Peace Sells

Here’s a little bit of classic Megadeth for you, and something to think about this election year. This is one of the best metal songs ever, IMO. If metal isn’t your thing, at least watch enough of the beginning to get the gist and then forward the video to 2:15 for the payoff.

Whattaya mean I don’t support your system?
I go to court when I have to.

Pure genius.

Amazon’s Friday Five Deals For This Weekend

One of the, um, “advantages” of featuring Amazon products on this site is that they email me whenever they have new promotions and good deals.  In a lot of cases, that means I end up spending money I normally wouldn’t have.  To quote the great Patrick Ewing–“Yeah, we make a lot of money, but we spend a lot of money too.”  It’s very fitting, outside of the fact that I don’t make a lot of money.

Anyway, Amazon just launched a new promotion for their MP3 store that has some really good deals.  Every Friday they will have five albums on their site that you can download for $5.  They’re calling it Friday Five and it runs through the weekend as well.  I already love it.  The five albums for this week are Sublime/Sublime, Rumours/Fleetwood Mac, Detours/Sheryl Crow, Birth of the Cool/Miles Davis, Consolers of the Lonely/The Raconteurs. Three of those are must haves in my book–can you guess which three?

They also have some other albums for $6, $7, and $8.  Again–these are full albums with no licensing.  You can copy them and play them whenever and wherever you want (unlike iTunes).

Back When There Was Some Good Music

I’m away (far away) and had to set this post to publish ahead of time.

Badass, huh?  Do you remember seeing this video and thinking how cool U2 was?  I was watching a special on VH1 Classic about classic albums and they covered The Joshua Tree.  It was a pretty cool show because they intereviewed the engineers and producers, not just the band, and showed how they built the sound for the album.  Remember albums?

Check it out and Tivo if you catch it.

Wu Tang Financial

A lot of people are worried about these unstable financial times. A few years ago Dave Chappelle tried to help America, but I’m not sure how many people listened. I don’t think you have to be down with the Wu to understand how funny this is, but references to the Ol’ Dirty Bastard help if you know a little something about him (or Dirt McGirt). We can only speculate as to why he wasn’t able to be at the conference.

Green. Get the money. Dollar dollar bill ya’ll.

T Minus Eleven Days

Until Rock Band for Wii is released. I’m so looking forward to the hours I’m sure to lose learning to play the drums. I’ve been getting amped up for this release by watching guys who are good at it play on YouTube–the ultimate in dorkdom.

I’ve always heard that Neil Peart of Rush is an amazing drummer, but I never fully understood why until I was able to watch what it takes to play Tom Sawyer on Rock Band. This guy is good–and it’s cool the way he has the cameras set up so you can see the foot pedal, drum pads, and the screen at the same time.