Stranded In Stereo: Monday Morning Newsletter

Monday, January 5, 2009

Monday Morning Newsletter

The band Mt. Cooper is making their EP Teenager available as a free download. Free. Can't beat that.

John Byrne, former lead vocalist for garage-rock band Count Five has died. Their song “Psychotic Reaction” was listed among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll. He was 61. If you're too young to remember go listen dammit.

The long tragic saga of DMX is over. This week, X
cut a deal and plead guilty one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty, one felony count of theft, and one count each of felony possession of marijuana and a narcotic drug. He no longer can own any animals, not even a hamster. On the other hand he does not have to go to prison for 10 years. Give a little take a little.

The rising tide of the recession has cooled rapper Jay-Z's plans. The entrepreneurial had plans to build a hotel in New York City are on hold because his developer, Charles Blaichman, is unable to get the necessary $370 million in loans. Blaichman said "Even the banks who want to give us money can't." Damn you Paulson!

Stephen Bier, better known as
Madonna Wayne Gacy, is suing Marilyn Manson for $20 million dollars. He claims that Manson spent millions of dollars of band revenue on drugs, Nazi paraphernalia, a stuffed grizzly bear and the skeleton of a 4-year-old Chinese girl. Will Trent Reznor rat him out on the stand? Will ex-wife Dita Von Teese hand over the goods? Find out when the trial starts February 2nd.

Legendary jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard died yesterday. Hubbbard gained fame playing on several iconic albums including
John Coltrane’s Ascension and Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz. He had been ailing following a heart attack in late November. He was 70.

Bjork is getting into banking. The Icelandic eclectic has partnered with Audur Capital, a Reykjavik-based venture capital firm to establish a socially and environmentally responsible mutual fund. Audur Capital, has put down an initial investment of 100 million Iceland Kronur which is approximately ($826,000 USD). Investments are scheduled to close by March.


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