“We are launching this campaign to make society aware,” Tebas said in Marca. “In England there are 11 million pay-TV subscribers, and just over three million in Spain, the same as Portugal. This must be recognised and corrected. We must pay our professionals and we must collect for that which is consumed, because if this keeps going we will become the poorest league in Europe. If we do not fix this, it will bring down the sports industry. This is one of the most important campaigns ever.”
I’ve been watching a lot of Kids in the Hall the past couple of weeks. I like the whole cast, but I think Bruce McCulloch is the most important cast member, followed by Dave Foley. I think if you were to take either of these guys out, the tone and style would be very different. They bring the Canadian oddball humor that makes the Kids in the Hall different from other sketch comedy shows. Also, the skits that immediately come to mind when I think of this show are Bruce McCulloch skits: ‘Eradicator’; ‘Doors Fan’; ‘The Daves I Know’; the Gavin skits, in particular ‘Spoon Millionaire’; and this, my all time favorite.
At the mid-way point of 2013, Daft Punk’s recently released album “Random Access Memories” is by far the year’s top selling dance/electronic album. With 614,000 copies sold in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, the set has sold more than 500,000 copies more than the second-biggest dance/electronic set, Atoms For Peace’s “Amok.”
That we can call Atoms for Peace ‘EDM’ seems like a pure technicality (their music is danceable and mostly synth driven), but I’m surprised that Amok reached over 100,000 in album sales and trails only Daft Punk’s release, albeit by a margin wide enough for an RIAA Gold Certification. I have both of Tom Yorke’s solo releases on vinyl, but it seems more like the kind of side project that’s not really meant to sell a lot of albums, more like stuff that’s for people who really like Radiohead. 100K may not seem like a lot, but in the post internet era where only a tiny sliver of albums even make it to over 15,000 sales, this is a huge number for something that in my view has very limited appeal.
Did you know the first drum machine started making music in 1931? And that early commercial drum machines were popular among church organists in the 1960s and 1970s?
It’s these little bits of knowledge — and more — that you’ll find in the new book “Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession,” written by Malden hip-hop producer and voracious drum machine collector Joe Mansfield.