Google Music launched this morning to much fanfare and kerfluffle. Top!
But: “we’re sorry. Google Music is currently only available in the United States.”
Even if you hate Apple, you have to give them points for making their content deals globally.
Actual not-made-up lyrics from the #1 US Country album:
Well every time I turn around,
I see some dude dressed like a clown,
Baggy pants and a cap on sideways,
They don’t say ma’am or sir no more,
They won’t even hold a door for a woman,
Well it’s a cryin’ shame.
All together now:
Tell me where did all the good ole boys go,
Must be working on a farm,
Or out there chasin’ rainbows,
Are they back in Oklahoma,
Or at a Texas rodeo,
Tell me where did all the good ole boys go.
Ok, so far so good. But then:
Are they drivin’ cattle and ridin’ high,
Livin’ life the cowboy way,
Or down there on the front line,
Fightin’ off the bad guys,
Givin’ ‘em hell for the good ole USA.
Uh, what? WHAT? It would be funny if it wasn’t real.
Al Kooper’s tribute to songwriter & producer Jerry Ragavoy:
In 1963, Frank Sinatra booked a session in a New York studio with 46 musicians, then canceled less than a week before the session. So the record company (Warner-Reprise) sent out notices to all their producers that if anyone wanted to use the musicians, it was theirs because Warner’s had to pay for it anyway. Jerry grabbed it and then stayed up for three days with arranger Garry Sherman, as they feverishly wrote out the parts for 46 musicians to be ready on time.
At 7pm Jerry convened the session, gave out the parts, and began rehearsing the band. Lorraine was singing live on the session and Phil Ramone was engineering. At 7:30, they took take one. It was perfect except that Lorraine had flubbed the first line in the second verse. They gave the band a break and Lorraine punched in the mistake, also in one pass, and at 7:45 they thanked the musicians and bade them goodnight. Phil Ramone’s stereo control room mix was used as the final mix. This track you are about to listen to was recorded and FINISHED in 45 minutes! It is a legendary, one-of-a-kind performance.
Hoping to convert the youth who wrongly left them off the triple j 100, The Triffids will reform to play through Born Sandy Devotional at Victoria’s Queenscliff Music Festival.
Mess & Noise break down triple j’s Hottest 100 Australian Albums (more readable list), including the preponderance of ‘bogan prog’:
Bogan prog is a genre that originated either in Bondi or Perth (no one’s really sure) featuring men with weird goatees and Tool t-shirts (dreadlocks optional); loud-soft-loud dynamics; emotive “yardling”; odd time signatures; five string basses; and more notes than sense.
I’m still mourning the absence of The Triffids classic Born Sandy Devotional.