Break time

Andrew Sullivan is running a contest on his site to find the best cover of an original hit. He pulls this one up, and it is a two for the price of one production.  It is a snarky treatment by the Pet Shop Boys of U2′s song “Where the Streets Have No Name.” Snarky in the sense of treating U2′s classic anthem as no more profound or creative than the pop hit “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” The Boys run the two songs together seamlessly.

U2′s response was “What have we done to deserve this?” That plays off the Pet Shop Boys hit “What Have I Done to Deserve This?,” featuring Dusty Springfield.

Apple announces Beats purchase

Dr. Dre may indeed be on the stage at Apple’s 2014 keynote at WWDC on Monday. Apple has issued a press release announcing the acquisition.


Apple® today announced it has agreed to acquire the critically acclaimed subscription streaming music service Beats Music, and Beats Electronics, which makes the popular Beats headphones, speakers and audio software. As part of the acquisition, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple. Apple is acquiring the two companies for a total of $3 billion, consisting of a purchase price of approximately $2.6 billion and approximately $400 million that will vest over time.

“Music is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “That’s why we have kept investing in music and are bringing together these extraordinary teams so we can continue to create the most innovative music products and services in the world.”

Immediately after the announcement, made after the markets closed, Apple is up slightly.

Eurovision winner

The winner of the Eurovision music awards is Conchita Wurst, an Austrian drag queen. She has a beautiful and powerful voice.

From the AP in Austria:

Bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst has made a triumphant return to Austria after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in what the country’s president called a victory for tolerance in Europe.

Wurst drew criticism from eastern Europe before Saturday’s show, with some blasting her as an example of Western decadence.

However, Austria won points even from Russia. Wurst told a news conference after landing in Vienna that shows “you can’t reduce a country to its tolerance or intolerance.”

Given that Russia participates in Eurovision, I can’t think of a better winner striking a blow for gay rights in that country.  Many Russians certainly watched the show.

All new song is classic house

I love this song, called My Love by Route 94 featuring Jess Glynne.

Route 94 – My Love ft. Jess Glynne (Director’s Cut) from Pomp&Clout on Vimeo.

(via Andrew Sullivan)

Red Hot Chili Peppers sang to recorded music

At the Super Bowl, none of the musical instruments used by the Red Hot Chili Peppers were actually functional. All the music was pre-recorded. And now Flea has explained:

When we were asked by the NFL and Bruno to play our song “Give It Away” at the Super Bowl, it was made clear to us that the vocals would be live, but the bass, drums and guitar would be pre-recorded. I understand the NFL’s stance on this, given they only have a few minutes to set up the stage, there a zillion things that could go wrong and ruin the sound for the folks watching in the stadium and the T.V. viewers. There was not any room for argument on this, the NFL does not want to risk their show being botched by bad sound, period.