Thursday News Threads

  • Per the New York Daily News, the economy’s “so-o-o bad” that Governor Paterson is proposing an “iPod tax” (among 87 other new taxes and fees), which would charge New York residents for the sale of downloaded music and other “digitally delivered” entertainment. Which leads to the question: What’s Guv Gregoire thinking? She has referred to her proposed budget (coming out today) as “ugly“…

  • The trailer for the first volume of The Neil Young Archives has been released — and the 10-disc set purports to be the “The Most Ambitious Artist Collection Ever Produced.” Volume 1 will document 1963-1972, the first ten years of Shakey‘s career, and it’s to be released in February. Cost? Unclear, but a dead Amazon link suggests we’re looking at a ballpark of $300. Ambitious indeed.

  • After an acrimonious break over 10 years ago, The Stone Roses have not seemed even close to a reunion — until now? According to the UK’s Guardian, frontman Ian Brown is “the only obstacle” at present. (Granted, a significant obstacle.) Bassist Gary “Mani” Mounfield has indicated that the three remaining members of the band are ready to reunite — but that Brown hasn’t said much to anyone since 1996. “Next year is the 20th anniversary of the first album,” Mani explained. “It’s the ideal time to do it. It’s something I would love to do before we are all fat and bald. Start the campaign.” Brown’s last take on the subject? This last August: “[there is] no chance… not in the next three lifetimes.”
  • British rapper and Mercury Prize Winner Dizzee Rascal has been arrested — or, more specifically, “detained on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon.” Sounds bad right? But all that offensiveness may have amounted simply to a baseball bat. Something we’re missing here? Cue the cricket jokes…
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