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Music Roundup – 1.30.09

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First he palys President Obama’s in auguration, next is the Super Bowl, but the reason that Bruce Springsteen is making headlines this week is because he’s selling his new Greatest Hits album exclusively at Wal-Mart. The Boss is taking some heat over it.

Bruce Springsteen himself, Mr. Smalltown America didn’t see that being in bed with Wal-Mart would be a bad idea? Wal-Mart is to the music industry what ‘American Idol’ is to…well…the music industry.

Why sell exclusively at Wal-Mart? Money? Don’t you think the Boss is doing alright? It can’t be that he wants his music to reach the largest possible audience, because if that were the case he’d release it online.

Bruce should’ve tried to emulate Radiohead on this one. The man of the people should’ve let the people name their price.

It was also announced today that Paul McCartney is headlining the Coachella Music festival in California this April.

I’m sorry, did I read this correctly? Paul McCartney? It would’ve been cool 40 years ago.

One more thing. Since when did The Grammys become a place to promote records that aren’t even out yet? U2 to play the Grammys.

Get On Your Boots

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I expect a lot from U2. They’ve always set the bar pretty high for themselves. You won’t find a bigger fan of the band than me. I, like many U2 fans count down the days until a new album. I purchased their new single today off of itunes.

Another great song, a great single. The Foo Fighters wish they could release a single this good. And listen to it closely because I’m sure that this is exactly what Coldplay will sound like in two years. Things just always seem to work out that way.

The only disappointing thing about the song is that it’s a little bit predictable. This band is starting to become very, very predictable. They’re a corporation, I get it. It’s a business, I understand. But for the last few albums, I guess going back to Achtung Baby, they have a formula that they follow and you can see what’s coming.

They’re telegraphing their punches.

First comes the fast-paced single with relatively meaningless lyrics that is hip enough to grab some younger fans but also familiar enough not to disappoint the faithful. The Fly, Discotheque,  Beautiful Day, Vertigo and now Get On Your Boots.

Next will come the preliminary press where Bono says that this is the album that U2 has always wanted to make. But he’ll also explain that there were many battles fought over this one and that Larry was often pissed off.

And then at last they will embark on a world tour in which they’ll play the exact same setlist every single night for three years and wear the same costumes.

I love U2 and I’m sure I’ll love the new record. I’m just looking for them to mix it up a little bit.

Bono On Frank

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It was sure a treat when Bono recorded ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’ with Frank Sinatra on his ‘Duets’ album in 1993. It was the highlight of the record. There was even a music video that went along with it.  Bono then presented an aging Sinatra with the Grammy’s Lifetime achievement award in 1994. (It really took until 1994 for them to give this award to Ol’ Blue Eyes?) Bono gave an awesome speech for Frank. The sad part was when the director had the music play Frank of of the stage. Even though Frank wasn’t exactly at the top of his game, but I’d say that the Chairman of the Board deserves a little more respect than that.

Sinatra has been gone since 1998 and Bono now writes another beautiful piece for him. It’s the U2 frontman’s first OP-ED for The New York Times. If his future writings are are anything like this, I’d love to see more. 

Do yourself a favor and read it here. It’s a must.