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Click the play button, enjoy the groove and dance. Other great Webradios are listed here.


Noise of the Week: Bon Jovi is highest ticket earner of 2010

Bon Jovi have topped the ticket sales for touring acts in 2010. Their Circle The World tour of 2010 scored Bon Jovi over $200 million in ticket sales. The $201.1 million earnings beat out AC/DC and U2 by a huge margin of more than $41 million.

Lady Gaga's Monsters Ball tour netted her $133.6 million in sales (from 138 shows) and Metallica scored $110.1 million. Michael Bublé was the sixth highest-earner, followed by the Walking with Dinosaurs tour, Paul McCartney, the Eagles and Roger Waters rounding out the top ten.

When the list was limited to US ticket sales alone, Bon Jovi was first, followed by Roger Waters, Dave Matthews Band, Bublé and the Eagles. (From Music-News).


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Découvrez la playlist Rock/Indie/... 2009-2010 avec The Budos Band

Show me how you dance on good music

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Découvrez la playlist Let's dance in 2009/2010/... avec Wave Machines

ambient + electro 2010 (with some songs of 2009)

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Album of the Year: Top Ten

This selection is of course subjective and incomplete. But it's definitely worthy to listen to these albums very carefully.

  • Grinderman 2 by Grinderman (More info here)
  • Oh Land by Oh Land (More info here)
  • Aplause Ep by Aplause (More info here)
  • Backhand Fam by Backhand Fam (More info here)
  • Hearts on Hold by Tu Fawning (More info here)
  • Halcyon Digest by Deerhunter (More info here)
  • Concealing Fate by Tesseract (More info here)
  • Nothing Else by Lorn (More info here)
  • Black Noise by Pantha du Prince (More info here)
  • The Bride Screamed Murder by The Melvins (More info here)
2 more for the road:
  • Kill Devil Hills by DJ MUGS & ILL BILL (More info here)
  • 1 inch / 1/2 mile by Grasscut (More info here)


Blockbuster of the Year: Top Five

I made a short list of interesting "blockbusters" that have been released during 2010. This selection is of course subjective and incomplete.

- Senior by Royksopp (More info here)
- Rock Dust Light by Jamiroquai (More info here)
- Alpine Valley 2010 by Phish (More info here)
- Duppy Writer by Roots Manuva and Wrongtom (More info here)
- Tron Legacy by Daft Punk (More info here)

More "Blockbusters" of 2010 here


Buzz of the Year: Top Five

made a short list of interesting "buzz" that I mention in the blog during 2010. This selection is of course subjective and incomplete. 

- My Days by Kids These Days (More info here)
- BTSTU by Jai Paul (More info here)
- Same Dream China by Gold Panda  (More info here)
- Upside Down by Off! (More info here)
- Unbroken, Unshaven by The Budos Band (More info here)

For more "buzz" of 2010 click here.


Reissue of the Year: Top Five

I made a short list of interesting reissues that have been released during 2010. This selection is of course subjective and incomplete but those albums are great new year’s gifts ideas.

- Pretty Hate Machine by Nine Inch Nails (click here for more details)
- The BBC Sessions by Jimi Hendrix (click here for more details)
- Station to Station by David Bowie (click here for more details)
- Cowboys from hell by Panthera (click here for more details)
- Bitches Brew by Miles davis (click here for more details)

For other exciting 2010 reiusses, box sets,... click here.


Blockbuster of the Week: Alpine Valley 2010 by Phish

Taken from onlinephishtour (click on the link for a complete review) : "As written on the cover of Phish’s new DVD/CD box set, Alpine Valley is indeed “legendary.” The two concerts there over the weekend of August 14 & 15, 2010, anchored the second half of the band’s summer tour, with powerful performances on all fronts. The weekend at Alpine Valley included arguably the best two shows of August and possibly all of summer. This box set highlights the first night.

The set includes four discs: 2 DVDs and 2 CDs. Not only do the DVDs have the entire concert from August 14, parts (much) of the second night is included as filler material. The first disc has the entire first set of the second night, and the second disc includes the Ghost > Theme From the Bottom > Big Black Furry Creature from Mars from the second night. The packaging includes an impressive panoramic picture of the Alpine crowd, along with a booklet of pictures Dave Vann took during the concert. The inside pocket also contains a special, alternative style, Alpine Valley merit badge."

Phish - Alpine Valley 2010 DVD - "Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan" from Phish on Vimeo.

Phish is unfortunately unknow in Europe but is very famous in the U.S. where many of their albums got gold or platinum certifications. Here is one of their classic taken from the 1989 album Junta.


Take the Double Buzz: Architects & Abe Vigoda

Two Buzz for the price of one: That's the Christmas spirit.

1. Crush by Abe Vigoda from the album Crush.

2. Day In Day Out by Architects from their forthcoming album The Here and Now.


Enjoy some good songs from 2009 and 2010

Discover the playlist Rock/Indie/... 2009-2010 with Daan

Reissue of the Week: Original Album Classics by Dave Brubeck

The 90th birthday of Dave Brubeck on December 6 has inspired a great deal of awards, tributes and reappraisals these past few months. But it all really begins and ends with the groundbreaking music he has made over the years. Time Outis an acknowledged classic, but there is so much more to the man’s career than that.

Sony Music Masterworks have just issued two Brubeck box sets highlighting some of the best music he ever recorded. The first Time was a five-disc collection focusing on his experiments with time signatures. The second, simply titled Original Album Classics explores five other monumental albums he released in the crucial ten year period between 1954-1964. (Taken from blogcritics: click on the link to read the complete review).

The albums on this 5 CD Boxset are:
1. Jazz Goes to College
2. Brubeck Plays Brubeck
3. Gone with the Wind
4.Brandenburg Gate: Revisited
5. Jazz Impressions from New York

The albums on the "Time" Boxset are:
1. Time Out
2. Time Further Out
3. Countdown: Time in Outer Space
4. Time Changes
5. Time in


Noise of the Week: Clinton sues Black Eyed Peace

George Clinton has filed a copyright lawsuit against members of the Black Eyed Peas, UMG Recordings and Cherry Hill Music for allegedly sampling his song "(Not Just) Knee Deep" on a Grammy-award nominated album.

According to the complaint, filed on Friday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Clinton's song wound up in remixes of the Black Eyed Peas' "Shut Up," first released in 2003.

Clinton's original song appeared on his 1979 album "Uncle Jam Wants You" and ran more than 15 minutes long. An edited version reached No. 1 on the Billboard Black Singles chart, besting Michael Jackson's first solo hit.

"(Not Just) Knee Deep" was later sampled by artists such as De La Soul, LL Cool J, MC Hammer, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac.

George Clinton, "(Not Just) Knee Deep"

George Clinton, a funk pioneer, has become more aggressive on the copyright front in past years with several cases involving his intellectual property. He's enjoyed some success in court, getting a judge to acknowledge his ownership in the legendary phrase, "Bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay" and winning a ruling that record labels violated his rights by re-releasing four of his 1970s albums. These victories seem to be emboldening him on the legal front.

He's now going after sampling, a music technique that's technically illegal from a copyright standpoint (depending on the nature of the use), but also something that is rarely pursed. Most musicians try to clear samples anyway, but violators have often been given a free pass.

According to the complaint, Clinton became aware of the Black Eyed Peas' use of his old song when a record producer for the band came to him in 1999 and requested a license for a new remix of "Shut Up."

Black Eyed Peas, "Shut Up (Remix)"

Clinton says he rejected the request, not knowing at the time that his song had already been sampled by the band in a prior version. He says the sample was used by the Peas anyway on the album "The E.N.D.," which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

Clinton is seeking maximum statutory damages of $150,000 per infringement and an injunction prohibiting further distribution of the infringing song. (Taken from Billboard).


Album of the Week: Applause by Applause

Album: Applause (EP)
Band: Applause
Origin: Brussels, Belgium
Label: 3ème bureau/Wagram
Info, tour dates, music: Myspace


BLockbuster of the Week : Michael by Michael Jackson

Without any surprise, this week's blockbuster is the """""""new"""""" album of Michael Jackson (or Sony ""wants"" Cash??). Please Sony let him rest in peace!


Reissue of the Week: My Favorite Things by John Coltrane

Tommorow a digitally remastered and expanded edition of this classic album will be released by the label Ais. It contains the complete original Coltrane album My Favorite Things, which includes the original classic studio version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. A complete September 1960 session by the Coltrane Quartet with McCoy Tyner, Steve Davis and Billy Higgins has been added as a bonus.

Track List:
1. My Favorite Things 13:44
2. Everytime We Say Goodbye 5:43
3. Summertime 11:35
4. But Not For Me 9:34
       Bonus Tracks
5. One And Four (aka Mr. DAY) 7:38
6. Exotica 4:33*
7. Like Sonny [version 2] 3:57*
8. Exotica [alt tk] 4:33*

Original version of My favorite things taken from The Sound of Music (Music by Rodgers and Lyrics by Hammerstein).

John Coltrane Version (Coltrane: Soprano Sax - McCoy Tyner: Piano - Steve Davis: Bass - Elvin Jones: Drums). How woud you qualify this piece? Perfection? Incredibly beautiful?

More tunes, info and orginal version of My Favorite Things' album right here.


Sad News of the Week: Aretha Franklin confirmed to have cancer

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is battling pancreatic cancer, The Detroit News has learned from three sources close to the singer's friends and family.
Franklin, 68, was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has earned 18 Grammys in her storied career. Her fiery, soulful voice and peerless musicianship has led to accolades like music critic Dave Marsh's remark that she is the "greatest female voice of her generation." With a track record of hits including "Respect," "Chain of Fools" and "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Loved You)," it's hard to find anyone who disagrees.  (From The Detroit News)

We all hope that she'll pull through this!


Album of the Week: Backhand Fam by Backhand Fam

Album: Backhand Fam
Band: The Backhand Fam
Label: Unsigned
Tour Dates, Info : Official Website
Listen to the album on: Official Website
Don't miss these songs: Doing it, Rage, Homies, Piff & Orangemen, Do What I Does


Blockbuster of the Week : Tron Legacy by Daft Punk

You waited for this? Here is finally the soundtrack of Tron Legacy. Surprisingly, this could be the best release of Daft Punk...

You can hear a 21 minute mix of Daft Punk's Tron Legacy on myspace.



New Radio of the Month: Funky time

Since a couple of days the radio of the month (up above this page) is SpaceFunkParty. The name says it all: FUNK, FUNK, FUNK and GROOVE. Enjoy and dance!


News of The Week: Bright Eyes reform for new album

According to Conor Oberst website, Bright Eyes will release the band’s seventh studio album The People’s Key on February 15th, 2011 on Saddle Creek Records. Recorded in Omaha, Nebraska, at ARC Studios, The People’s Key was produced by Mike Mogis and engineered by Mogis and Andy Lemaster.
In support of the album Bright Eyes can announce two very special shows next year: 
Radio City Music Hall in New York City on March 9th  with special guests Superchunk and Wild Flag(Pre-Sale Begins: December 1 at 12PM EST. Public On-Sale: December 4 at 10AM EST) and
London’s famed Royal Albert Hall on June 23rd (Pre-Sale Begins: December 1 at 12PM EST. Public On-Sale: Saturday, December 4 at 9AM GMT).
Full track list for The People’s Key:
1 Firewall
2 Shell Games
3 Jejune Stars
4 Approximated Sunlight
5 Haile Selassie
6 A Machine Spiritual (In The People’s Key)
7 Triple Spiral
8 Beginner’s Mind
9 Ladder Song
10 One For You, One For Me
We can only dream that the new album will be as good as their masterpiece Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground relased in 2002.


Album of the Week: Hearts on Hold by Tu Fawning

Album: Hearts on Hold
Band: Tu Fawning
Label: Provenance/Jealous Butcher/Polyvinyl
Tour Dates, Info : Official Website, Myspace
Listen to the album on: deezer
Don't miss the song: Diamond in the Forest
Reviews: cokemachineglow, groovemine.


Blockbuster of the Week : Body Talk by Robyn

The disappointing Body Talk by Swedish singer Robyn is the blockbuster of the week. It's made of 5 new songs and 5 old songs. Here is one of the new one:

Robyn's international career started in 2005 with the album Robyn and the single With every Heartbeat.