A new Pixies record has dropped, their first physical release of new material since Trompe Le Monde in 1991, being a total Pixies fanboy I ordered it on release day.
I was offered a ticket for last nights Radiohead King of Limbs concert at the O2 Arena last week and after some serious procrastination, largely over the £70 cost of the ticket and not really having liked the King of Limbs album particularly, I decided to bite the bullet and go.
I think that The Good, The Bad and the Queen album is my favourite of the last decade but I thought my chance of seeing it performed may have passed so I was all over it when the tickets were released for this gig at the Coronet.
The Who’s Pete Townshend has taken Apple to task in a strongly worded attack at the 2011 Radio Festival in Salford.
The legendary songwriter and guitarist called on the company, who run digital music retailing giant iTunes, to take more responsibility for developing artists, referring to the computer giants as ‘digital vampires’.
I was really sad to read about the death of Gil Scott-Heron at the weekend, a true great and pioneer in music and, in my opinion, an absolute legend. It’s just over a year ago that I was excitedly blogging about the release of his last album, I’m New Here. Unfortunately it’ll be his last but he leaves behind a large and brilliant catalogue of music.
Been reading lots of articles about the upcoming changes to Spotify Free/Open accounts, a very interesting development I feel.
…At the moment tax law ensures that companies based here, with branches in other countries, don’t get taxed twice on the same money. They have to pay only the difference between our rate and that of the other country. If, for example, Dirty Oil plc pays 10% corporation tax on its profits in Oblivia, then shifts the money over here, it should pay a further 18% in the UK, to match our rate of 28%. But under the new proposals, companies will pay nothing at all in this country on money made by their foreign branches…
Great article by George Monbiot, I knew nothing of these plans until I read this.
Went to see Joan As Police Woman at the Barbican on Sunday with support from James Vincent McMorrow. It was a superb gig and, despite having been to the Barbican numerous times, the first time I’ve been in this amazing concert space.
I think I am officially in love with her, don’t tell the bread knife though.
I’d normally run a mile, actually I’d probably run a marathon, at the thought of going to see a musical. Perhaps the most painful two hours of ‘entertainment’ of my life was watching the musical Chicago, I could’ve really thrown some chairs after that one.