Brand New Heavies (featuring Gang Starr) - It’s Gettin’ Hectic
“Heavy Rhyme Experience: Vol. 1,” was one of the earliest (and still best) examples of how a rapper could play with a live band behind him. I listened to this record a ton in the early 90’s and 17+ years later, I’m still wondering what happened to Vol. 2.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Oh Well (Fleetwood Mac cover)
Tom Petty’s “Live Anthology” won’t be released for a few days, but anyone who bought a “ticket” to his Superhighway Tour now has access to half of the 48 tracks that are on the multi-disc album — Petty’s been releasing them one at a time over the past 8 weeks and the rest will be available on the 23rd. It’s an amazing mix of covers and originals recorded between 1978-2007. Everything I’ve heard so far is incredible, including this version of Oh Well, recorded at Bonnaroo in ‘06. Can’t wait to hear the rest.
And so we’ve grown used to a world with one dominant search engine, one dominant online encyclopedia, one dominant online retailer, one dominant auction site, one dominant online classified site, and we’ve been readying ourselves for one dominant social network.
But what happens when a company with one of these natural monopolies uses it to gain dominance in other, adjacent areas? I’ve been watching with a mixture of admiration and alarm as Google has taken their dominance in search and used it to take control of other, adjacent data-driven applications. I noted this first with speech recognition, but it’s had the biggest business impact so far in location-based services.
A few weeks ago, Google offered free turn-by-turn directions for Android phones. This is awesome news for consumers, who previously could get this only in dedicated GPS devices or with high-priced iPhone apps. But it’s also a sign just how competitive the web is getting, and just how powerful Google is getting, because they understand that “data is the Intel Inside" of the next generation of computer applications.
OK, so maybe this doesn’t touch the balls out rock I think this band sounds like live, but I’ll still buy the album when it comes out. For now, this is their sneak preview (released for free on iTunes).
My friend Todd got me hooked on MBAR’s first album, so naturally I wanted to hear the second. I was surprised to hear how sonically expansive it is, then I noticed that Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio) was the producer. Everything that guy touches just works.