It’s that time of year again when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame puts forth its nominees for induction into its hallowed halls. Maybe it’s just me, but I have to say, this year’s ballot is the least exciting one that I can recall.
Perhaps the biggest surprises are the inclusion of Green Day and Nine Inch Nails, both of which released their first albums in 1989, meaning that they have just passed the 25-year qualification for eligibility. Also, in the “How are they not already in?” category we have Stevie Ray Vaughn, War, Kraftwerk, and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Rounding out the list of nominees is: N.W.A, The Smiths, Lou Reed (solo work), Sting (solo work),Chic, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, The Marvelettes, The Spinners, and Bill Withers.
Downloaded Director: Alex Winter
Cast: Shawn Fanning, Sean Parker, Don Lenner, Hilary Rosen, Henry Rollins, Billy Corgan, Lars Ulrich, Trent Reznor VH1 Rock Docs
Not Rated | 106 Minutes
Release Date: March 10th, 2013 (SXSW)
Directed by Alex Winter (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Freaked), Downloaded chronicles the evolution of digital media, focusing primarily on the rise and fall of the pioneering peer-to-peer file sharing Internet service Napster.
Featuring exclusive interviews with Napster co-founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, software developers, musicians, and the music industry elite, Downloaded explores the controversial file sharing software and follows Napster’s rise in 1998, through the gauntlet of copyright infringement lawsuits, to its acquisition by Rhapsody in 2011.
Some of those interviewed for Winter’s documentary include Henry Rollins, Billy Corgan, Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, former Sony Music Chairman Don Lenner, former CEO of the RIAA Hilary Rosen, Beastie Boys’ Mike D, and Noel Gallagher of Oasis.
Although there were already networks that facilitated the distribution of files across the Internet, such as IRC, Hotline, and USENET, Napster specialized in MP3 files, a user-friendly interface, and lightning-fast search speeds. At its peak, Napster had about 80 million registered users and revolutionized the music industry for better or for worse.
Amazon currently has 100 MP3 Albums For $5 Each for the month of December 2011, so today’s the last day to grab the items in this sale. There’s plenty of great music from artists like Nine Inch Nails, Dio, Beck, Bruce Springsteen, and more, as well as soundtracks for Tron: Legacy and Book Of Mormon.
Below is a sample of some of the albums in this $5 sale, so grab it now before it’s over at 11:59pm PST tonight!
The release of David Fincher‘s much-anticipated remake of the epic Swedish crime thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is less than three weeks away. Today, composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who previously collaborated with Fincher on the Oscar-winning score for The Social Network, have released a 6-track, 35-minute sampler of their three-hour soundtrack for Dragon Tattoo available for free download.
You can get the sampler by entering your e-mail address in the widget here below and a link to the download will be sent to your inbox. The six songs are also streaming online, so you can listen right here below as well.
The British music magazine Q celebrated the 20th anniversary of U2′s seminal album Achtung Baby by assembling a tribute album comprised of songs from Achtung covered by some of the biggest names in pop rock. The CD, which was included free with last month’s issue of Q, is entitled AHK-toong BAY-bi Covered. Listen to three of the songs from the album here below.
Among the artists Q brought into the fold for this project are Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, the Killers, Jack White, Patti Smith, Garbage, and Snow Patrol. Songs from Achtung Baby have been covered before, most notably “One,” which has been covered by artists such as R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Warren Haynes, and the late Johnny Cash.