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The Music Meltdown – January 8, 2012

– The Last Word on 2011 –

Aside from Adele, the music industry pretty much shit the bed this year. Sales show an increase in album sales and digital downloads, but another drop-off in physical media.

  • Alan Cross does a great job humanizing the numbers on his blog.
  • In the US, Vinyl is up near 40%,
  • Here’s a list of the best Selling Vinyl of 2011.
  • Digital sales surpassed physical, and CNN has a great story about it.
  • Similar story in The UK, but CD is still king there.


    Keeping with Adele. All this attention she has received has got the 23 year old to the point where she is considering “Sexing Up her image”. Perhaps this is the influence of her New Boyfriend!! When he dumps her, it’ll make another killer album.

    This is a religious symbol, in the church of Kopimism


    Hey Hipsters, if you want to get ahead of the trend, you should convert to this season’s hot new religion, Kopimism. The government of Sweden has officially recognized this religion, which is based around the ‘holiness’ of Pirated Music. This stuff writes itself. To find out more, including where to go to convert, and all their religious ‘laws’ Click Here


    New Pearl Jam!! (Sorta). Cameron Crowe stopped into Pearl Jam Radio earlier this week, to premier a demo that he used a sample of in the score of his film, “Pearl Jam: 20” – The tune is mostly instrumental, with the exception of a few ohhhs and ahhhs from Eddie. The stream is below, and the tune “Chinese” starts at approximately 1:53 into the clip. Enjoy:



    Well, it’s been 2 or 3 weeks since the last time we mentioned anything from the Radiohead camp, so sure enough something new is out. This time, it’s 2 new, mostly instrumentals from Thom Yorke, and (as usual) you can find them below:




    OMFG!!! Beyonce had the baby:



    Recently, Exclaim Magazine listed their Most Anticipated Canadian Albums of 2012. ***Spoiler alert, #1 belongs to the new solo record from John K. Samson (Propagandi, The Weakerthans), and I wrote all about the first leaked tunes earlier this week.


    NME & Soundcloud have teamed-up to present “100 New Bands For 2012” – you can see the list/hear a tune from each band here. Real underground stuff too. I’ve only heard of 3 of the acts listed. One of the ones I know is Montreal’s Grimes. She recently singed to 4AD, and will be releasing her new record ‘Visions’ on that imprint February 21st. Here’s a video from the upcoming record, and it’s NOT for the song featuring in the NME list, but for the song “Genesis” (Get ready to stare at your footwear):

    NME is reporting that Miles Kane & Alex Turner will record as The Last Shadow Puppets again, as early as the end of the year. Kane has been busy, supporting Turner’s other band Arctic Monkeys. Turner also celebrated his 26th birthday earlier this week.


    Another Rock & Roll birthday this week belonged to John Paul Jones (66) of Led Zeppelin and more recently Them Crooked Vultures. Here’s footage of Cameron Crowe discussing how (at age 15!!!) he convinced a reluctant LedZep to be on the cover of Rolling Stone [Where do you think that movie, Almost Famous came from?]


    NOFX’s Fat Mike is brutally honest in a recent interview with The Phoenix New Times. He speaks about A New Record, Alcoholism, Being part of the 1%, Interviews and so much more. It’s awesome.


    Johnny Marr of The Smiths is getting his own signature Fender Jaguar.

    In a recent interview with Wired, Carrie Brownstein talks about her band Wild Flag, her TV Show, Portlandia, and the prospects of a Sleater-Kinney Reunion. More here


    Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke went on The BBC this week to confirm that they are still a band, and are working on a new record! More about it here.

    I don’t know how I missed this one, but here’s a story about rapper Matisyahu kicking a photographer in the face, while performing.


    Best Coast singer/songwriter Beth says she no longer wants to be known as that ‘stoner, cat loving’ girl. Did she get rid of the cat?

    Dave Grohl worked with someone else recently. This time it was 80’s Hair Metal stars Ratt. In the article linked here, they discuss when the tune will come out, and what else Dave has been working on (it’s new Foo Fighters stuff).

    I can’t wait until I get famous. Then, I could just work for the merit of the art, and not trying to follow the trends. Like Jack White. Following rather obscure work with Loretta Lynn, Wanda Jackson, Stephen Colbert & Insane Clown Posse, White has announced the next release on his label, Third Man Records, will be a single from Tom Jones. White has also been tapped to appear on an episode of American Pickers on History. The hosts will go through Jack’s memorabilia archive and NME has the details.


    Perhaps to prepare for her impending record with Mastadon, Feist has beefed up the content of her live shows, as evidenced by this footage from Mexico City of her covering the Guns N’ Roses classic “November Rain” – Note the Pinata, and the Slash look-a-like:

    Photo Challenge

    Here’s a new thing. Basically, I’ll give you a theme, and then next week I’ll post the best ones. Send me an E-Mail – Phil@TheAlbumDrop.com or post on our Facebook page, or use the hashtag #AlbumDropPC on twitter to enter. This week’s challenge: Album Covers with The Dead Guys Removed. Here’s some inspiration, as well as one I did myself:

    From the gallery of Album Covers, with dead guys removed


    New Tunes

    Wilco have a whole concert available on their website, recorded in Chicago late last year. Check it out.

    The new of Montreal record, ‘Paralytic Stalks’ hits shelves in February, but the first single, “Dour Percentage” is available for free from Pitchfork.


    New Cage The Elephant! No word yet on a new record, but here’s a new song they’ve been playing on the road lately, called “Dr. Dr. Dr”



    The Flaming Lips & The Plastic Ono Band recently cut an EP, which they distributed to fans at their New Years Eve Show. If you were not lucky enough to be there, you can now stream the tunes here.


    The Cancer Bats have a new record coming out later this year. No official release date has been set for ‘Dead Set On Living’ but April seems to be what people are saying. Regardless, the first single is called “Old Blood” and you can hear it here:

    D’Angelo covers Soundgarden. It’s a little rough, but it’s interesting:

    Also, nearly 700 unreleased Thin Lizzy songs have been unearthed. Expect a boxset. More info here.

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