August 1, 2004

It’s definitely cool to see the incredible digital technology that exists these days being used in creative—and legal—ways. Case in point: The Pixies reunion shows have been selling out faster than you can say, “monkey gone to heaven.” But that doesn’t mean you have to miss the excitement of critiquing the band’s every note. They’ve made a deal with DiscLive, a company that has figured out a way to turn a live show into a CD a mere 15 minutes after the concert has ended, so you can go up to and order a limited-edition CD of the music from whichever show you wished you’d seen. Likewise, a company called eMusic Live has devised a way to distribute music to fans immediately following a show.

The idea is that after you’ve seen your favorite band, you can buy a keychain-sized, reusable hard drive which you then hook up to a machine that zaps the live recording right into the drive—later to be uploaded to your computer and burned as many times as you like. EMusic plans to get these little recording kiosks installed in small-to-medium-sized clubs, providing a new way for smaller acts to distribute their music. Brilliant!. . . In keeping with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s presence in totally rockin’ locations, plans to open a satellite museum in Phoenix, Arizona, sometime next year were recently announced. Located near the America West Arena in downtown Phoenix, the museum will feature traveling displays,rare memorabilia, and educational exhibits. . . .

At the age of 61, Paul McCartney is still rocking so hard that he incurred noise complaints in May, while practicing at the Millennium Dome in London. He had rented the dome to rehearse for his upcoming tour. Said one of the complaint filers: “I don’t care who it is. It is bad enough that he arrives every morning in a noisy helicopter. I thought it was quite unacceptable, and even my cat was disturbed.” McCartney has since agreed to keep the noise down to 92 decibels. . . .


Jazz guitar legend Barney Kessel died from a brain tumor on May 6. He was 80. Kessel performed with many of the biggest names in jazz, as well as contributing tracks to countless recordings, until he was incapacitated by a stroke in 1992. Look for a full tribute in the next issue.

—Emily Fasten  

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