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Pink Floyd takes on Pandora
Posted by madhack on Jun 27, 2013
The remaining members of Pink Floyd have written an op-ed for the USA Today on their problems with the Pandora music streaming service, specifically mentioning Pandora's lobbying to change how royalties are calculated for online streaming. While a cynic might wonder if it has anything to do with their recent addition on Spotify, it's worth noting that their opposition actually began in November. If there's any relationship, it seems more likely that their Pandora opinions led them towards Spotify than anything else.
In the interest of fairness, we'll also link to Pandora's response at their corporate blog disputing the band's claims and numbers. musicFIRST has more details on how they arrived at the 85% figure, and it's clear that the debate isn't going away just yet.
Pink Floyd catalog coming to Spotify -- with your help
Posted by madhack on Jun 14, 2013
Via the official Pink Floyd Twitter account, the band's catalog will be coming to the music streaming service Spotify. There's a catch, though: as part of the promotional campaign, the catalog will only be unlocked if 1 million people stream Wish You Were Here at the service. We're sure they'll have no trouble reaching that goal, but if you'd like to do your part, you can do so here.
Storm Thorgerson passes away at 69
Posted by madhack on Apr 18, 2013
Storm Thorgerson, the legendary designer responsible for numerous albums' artwork, has passed away at the age of 69. He is, of course, almost certainly best-known for the iconic cover of Dark Side of the Moon, but created the art for 15 of Pink Floyd's albums in total, not counting special editions and re-releases.
His family released the following statement:
"Yes, Storm has died. He passed away, on Thursday 18th April in the afternoon. His ending was peaceful and he was surrounded by family and friends. He had been ill for some time with cancer though he had made a remarkable recovery from his stroke in 2003. He was in his 70th year."
"He is survived by his mother Vanji, his son Bill, his wife Barbie Antonis and her two children Adam and Georgia."
David Gilmour has shared thoughts and memories of his own on his official site, and the official Pink Floyd site echoes his statements. We'll follow up as the remaining surviving members of the band post their own thoughts.
To quote my own father, who introduced me to Pink Floyd: "A diamond just stopped shining."
Yankee Stadium tickets
Posted by madhack on Jul 6, 2012
CBS interviews Roger Waters
Posted by pulse on May 22, 2012
On May 20th, the CBS news program 60 Minutes aired a wonderful piece on Roger Waters and his The Wall Live tour. Extra online content from CBS not included in the 13 minute segment are posted below. The clip Roger Waters: Why I left Pink Floyd is particularly amusing.
Roger Waters rebuilds Pink Floyd's "The Wall"
Extras not included in the segment:
Roger Waters: Why I left Pink Floyd
Conceiving of "The Wall"
"This is not '60s b.s."
Googling Nick Mason
Posted by pulse on Mar 29, 2012
The @Google Talks program sat down with Pink Floyd drummer and founding member Nick Mason as part of their Musicians@Google series. The interview lasts one hour and though much is discussed that most Floyd-heads probably know, Mason's take on things is fascinating. The questions are well-thought and you may find them quite interesting, especially towards the end.
Musicians@Google: Nick Mason
Roger Waters on the Howard Stern Show
Posted by alb on Jan 18, 2012
Roger Waters appeared on Howard Stern's radio show this morning. According to sources who listened, the interview lasted approximately one hour. Of course, Roger was asked about a potential reunion. He responded that while there is no animosity, he is currently too busy for such a thing and he assumes the other members of Floyd are too busy as well.
I have uploaded the 57 minute interview to YouTube for your listening pleasure.
No Olympics reunion for Floyd
Posted by madhack on Jan 4, 2012
Despite a recent report that Pink Floyd would be reuniting for the 2012 Olympics, David Gilmour himself has denied that such a reunion was happening. Nick Mason in particular has stated in the past that they'd consider it for the right reason, but it appears the Olympics are not the right reason.
Roger Waters on the Occupy movement
Posted by madhack on Nov 11, 2011
Roger Waters has posted a video speaking out in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement and the related protests around the world, both on his Facebook page and on Vimeo. Because it's a serious and polarizing issue, I've decided not to add any personal commentary, but our readers should feel free to do so on our forums.
Limited edition vinyl for Black Friday
Posted by madhack on Nov 11, 2011
The folks behind Record Store Day have announced special limited-edition LP releases for Black Friday. The full list of records is available at the links above, but the highlight (for us) is a box set of singles from The Wall. Head on over to their site to find participating independent stores near you!
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