Benn Jordan on Spotify

Benn Jordan (aka The Flashbulb) takes a smart and objective examination at the internet and musician’s obsession with ‘Spotify Hatred’

Benn Jordan (aka The Flashbulb) blogged an informative, accurate, and interesting piece approaching everybody’s hatred of Spotify with a bit of common-sense. Read the entirety of I Can’t Believe It’s Getting Better on Benn’s blog,

If you are looking for more interesting things to read on this topic, now is a good time to revisit Frank Zappa‘s writings from 1983 where he basically predicts the future of digital music purchasing and streaming, “A Proposal For A System To Replace Ordinary Record Merchandising.” in addition to our previous posting on Why Music Shouldn’t Be Free

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2012 Listening Habits

A glimpse at my listening habits in 2012 as charted by last.fm

This is pretty self-explanatory, every year I try and get a quick snapshot on 1-Jan of the previous years’ listening habits through Last.FM. 2012 was a bit different; I started using Spotify radio playlists, which explains how the Air, Mogwai, and Christopher Cross tunes ended up on the top tracks list for 2012, in the midst of a bunch of seemingly unrelated artists.

2012 Top Artists (Last.FM)

2012 Top Albums (Last.FM)

2012 Top Tracks (Last.FM)

RIP Ray Collins

Obituary for Ray Collins, falsetto singer and member of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention group, who passed away December 24, 2012

 

This happened a few days ago, but I figured I would wait a few days for the cluster of Christmas to settle down before expecting traffic on the site to pick up. Ray Collins, original member of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention lineup passed away on December 24, 2012 after days of being in a medically induced coma

I will always appreciate and remember Collins’ falsetto contributions on Cruising With Ruben and the Jetsone of the earlier and often overlooked albums from Zappa and the Mothers; a full album ode to the bands’ appreciation for doo-wop.

Take a chance today to enjoy the album, and Ray Collins’ voice, through the Spotify stream of the album below.

“Too much comedy, too much making fun of stuff,” Collins said in an interview with the Daily Bulletin. “I just wanted to make beautiful music. I was raised on Johnny Mathis and Nat King Cole.”