Most recent entries for November 2009

On Monday, Randy Bachman and Fred Turner, core members of the hit-making rock group Bachman-Turner Overdrive, announced that they would be reuniting for a new album and a world tour.

Greig Dymond looks back at BTO's estimable catalogue and chooses five classic tunes.

No gift recipient is immune to the seasonal scourge known as Present Face.

The Matrix, re-Lego'ed

A decade after the original release of the first Matrix film, a Lego Matrix is revealed.

Bohemian Rhapsody, Muppet style

Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, as performed by a cast of dozens of Muppets = felty magic.

Today marks the release of Boyle's much-anticipated debut album,I Dreamed A Dream. The recording will surely be a massive popular success (as well as a popular holiday gift), considering it hit the top of the pre-sale charts three months before it hit stores. But does the album deliver the same weepy emotional punch as Boyle's original Britain's Got Talent performance?

Haydain Neale, the charismatic lead singer of Canadian band Jacksoul, passed away on Sunday after a battle with lung cancer.

The man not only fought cancer, but bounced back from a serious road accident in 2007. A genuinely kind and generous man in interviews, Neale was a gifted performer with charm to spare, as these clips attest.

No one tuning into the American Music Awards on Sunday night could have been expecting a display of decorum. The AMAs have always been the most dubious of the major music award shows -- crass as hell, with no pretense of rewarding true artistry. Sales is the main determiner of who wins, but there are also bizarre handouts that defy logic altogether.

But the handing out of awards is merely a stop-gap between the performances, which set new standards of debauchery every year. The big talking point today is Adam Lambert's first post-American Idol performance, of his debut single, For Your Entertainment, which featured, among other things, simulated fellatio and what looked like a gay kiss.

Year-end lists are a beloved institution with the music press, so you can imagine the excitement among record geeks when an influential rag like Britain's New Musical Express (NME) publishes its list of the top 100 albums of the decade.

NME polled a gaggle of musicians, producers and other biz types, who collectively determined that the best album of the 2000s was... The Strokes' Is This It.

Say wha'?

With brother Noel out of the picture, Liam Gallagher has announced he's starting a new band with the rest of his Oasis bandmates.

How on earth did Owl City's cloying synth-pop ditty Fireflies take the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts?

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