Sarah Palin is the other whom Yoda spoke about.

calendar   Sunday - October 04, 2009


This is certainly NOT a normal posting for this site.
Look, the news is depressing.  And not just the vote in Ireland but yes, that plays no small part in things.

The Tories (Conservative Party) is saying that when they’re elected they are gonna start putting some teeth into law and order.  The opposition party is saying the same damn thing.  WTF is it with these ass-wipes? (Pardon me please) What is it with them?  Haven’t they seen what’s been happening in their own country for years now?  Or do things become miraculously visible only at election time? Bah ..

I’m pretty well PO’d over other things here as well. Nothing I can do of course. But one can’t help being rankled. Can one?

Well anyway .... to take my mind off things I went over to YT looking for something to help cheer me up.  Music is usually the answer and mostly from another era. One I kind of wish I could visit.  Although if I were around way back then, I would never have been able to catch all the great talent and bands the were going then.  But I can see em on YT, right in my own home. house.

Well, while there I found this wonderful video.  You might say, it struck a chord for me.  It so well reflects that time, just before the depression.  A time that history calls, THE ERA OF WONDERFUL NONSENSE. 


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calendar   Tuesday - September 29, 2009

Because Just Being a Tramp isn’t enough anymore

The latest musical life lesson your kids are being taught comes from that paradigm of class, Britney Spears, with the release of her latest tune 3. A song about the wonders of ménage à trois and orgies in general. Isn’t that swell?

It’s a pretty catchy little tune too, even though it’s machine generated to the Nth degree.

1, 2, 3
Peter, Paul & Mary
Gettin’ down with 3P
Everybody loves *** [sex grunts]
Three is a charm
Two is not the same
I don’t see the harm
So are you game?
Lets’ make a team
Make ‘em say my name
Lovin’ the extreme
Now are you game?
Are – you in
Livin’ in sin is the new thing
Are – you in
I am countin’!
1, 2, 3
Not only you and me
Got one eighty degrees
And I’m caught in between
1, 2, 3
Peter, Paul & Mary
Gettin’ down with 3P
Everybody loves *** [sex grunts]
What we do is innocent
Just for fun and nothin’ meant
If you don’t like the company
Let’s just do it you and me
You and me…
Or three….
Or four….

Total class. You can find the video everywhere, or go visit Just Jared.

I think her next album will have love songs dedicated to Tony the Pony, and tout the wonders of sexual chickenry.


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calendar   Thursday - August 13, 2009

Not Fade Away

Les Paul dies at 94

Les Paul, the guitarist and inventor who changed the course of music with the electric guitar and multitrack recording and had a string of hits, many with wife Mary Ford, died on Thursday. He was 94.

According to Gibson Guitar, Paul died of complications from pneumonia at White Plains Hospital. His family and friends were by his side.

He had been hospitalized in February 2006 when he learned he won two Grammys for an album he released after his 90th birthday, “Les Paul & Friends: American Made, World Played.”

“I feel like a condemned building with a new flagpole on it,” he joked.

As an inventor, Paul helped bring about the rise of rock ‘n’ roll and multitrack recording, which enables artists to record different instruments at different times, sing harmony with themselves, and then carefully balance the “tracks” in the finished recording.



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calendar   Tuesday - August 04, 2009

Chill Winds To Come

A little Jethro Tull for those suffering from excess summer this summer. Not that we’re getting any of that in New Jersey this year. It’s the 4th of August, and right now it’s 65°F outside. But at least it’s not raining. Yet. This is our 2nd day in a row without rain, which is just about a record here since mid-May.

Good morning Weathercock: How did you fare last night?
Did the cold wind bite you, did you face up to the fright
When the leaves spin from October
and whip around your tail?
Did you shake from the blast, did you shiver through the gale?

Give us direction; the best of goodwill ---
Put us in touch with fair winds.
Sing to us softly, hum evening’s song ---
Tell us what the blacksmith has done for you.

Do you simply reflect changes in the patterns of the sky,
Or is it true to say the weather heeds the twinkle in your eye?
Do you fight the rush of winter; do you hold snowflakes at bay?
Do you lift the dawn sun from the fields and help him on his way?

Good morning Weathercock: make this day bright.
Put us in touch with your fair winds.
Sing to us softly, hum evening’s song.
Point the way to better days we can share with you.

Ian Anderson


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calendar   Thursday - June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson also dead today

About an hour ago, Michael Jackson died. At first the gossip sites said it was cardiac arrest, but now the hospital and his mother have released a statement.

I really liked his early musical career, but his personal life and his plastic surgery really turned me off.

This was a rumor at first, but it has now been confirmed.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/25/2009 at 06:03 PM   
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The Dead Have Arisen?

It’s not much of an admission, but I was a Deadhead back in my late teens and early 20s. Not one of those totally immersed in it, wild Children of Nature types, going On The Road and living out of a VW camper, making ends meet by selling grilled cheese sandwiches at concerts ... but I got myself to dozens of shows, owned all the albums, a bunch of bootlegs, and didn’t listen to much else in the way of music for several years. Eventually my musical world expanded, and my time at those concerts eventually led me to become an audiophile. In terms of sound, and to play with the old audiophile idiom, there was so much there there at the shows, that the issued vinyl, a plain old stereo, a good Fisher phonograph, and a good set of speakers was quite a let down. Hell, it was a disaster. And that was one of their better albums.

And that’s one of the things that made being a Deadhead difficult. You could talk forever about fusion, jug band music, blues, rock, jazz, musical communication, brain surfing, into, the whole bit. But you couldn’t share it via vinyl. Nor via cassette tape. The World’s Greatest Jam Band could not put together an album with decent sound. Ever. Never, not once. Europe ‘72 was about the worst thing ever pressed into vinyl. Well, maybe Live Dead on 8-track. Things got a little better towards the middle 80s, but not by much.

The band mostly broke up when Jerry Garcia died in 1995. I say mostly, because everyone in the band was almost always in some other bands at the same time, and after a couple of fits and starts there is once again a group touring called The Dead. It’s the surviving band members, lately with the help of Jeff Chimenti and Warren Haynes. Death never stopped this band; I’m pretty sure that more members have died over the years than are currently playing in the band. [see? that deadhead shit is still in me somewhere]

Anyway, pretty much the only way to make an outsider understand was to drag them to a concert. Sure, they could sort of glean something from albums or bootleg tapes, but it just wasn’t right. In the mid to late 90s a series of concert tapes were turned into CDs, the whole Dick’s Picks and From The Vault collections, and they were mostly great, but they weren’t really there.

I pretty much moved on with life. It’s only once in a great while that I turn out the lights, crank up the very fine stereo, and leave the world behind for a couple hours. But while surfing through Amazon last week, I traipsed down the Dead Aisle and read the reviews on a couple of throwback albums. Newer releases of old master tapes. And I gave it a try, just to see.

I needed a miracle ... and I got two. To Terrapin and Live At The Cow Palace are both albums from the end of the Keith & Donna era, what could be considered the peak of the wave for the Old Kingdom - First Intermediate Period of the GD. They’re published on HDCD, whatever that is, and the sound is ... pure. No hiss, no pop, no scratch. No filtering. The band doesn’t sound like they’re 5 miles away. The music actually has a soundstage, and not the millimeter tall, 2 foot wide kind you usually get even on most “good” CDs. Somebody, somewhere, did something right. Both CDs are concert recordings, but from the instrument feeds, not from microphones out in the audience.  So they don’t have the background noise and they don’t have that sense of power, that electric aural intensity of a few hundred thousand watts coming your way through 200 speakers in the old 4 story tall Wall of Sound. But these CDs do have a presence nonetheless. They’re quite forward, and here that’s a good thing.

I was prepared to be let down. I am thrilled to be let up. And further up. A 19 minute Sugaree, a 23 minute space jam filled Playing, and a 15 minute Morning Dew? With several Drums?? 2 albums with 5 CDs filled with into? With actual detail - you can sometimes hear Keith or somebody kicking the piano, keeping time. Takes me back, in the best possible way. And without the chemically induced ball of orange light travelling up and down my spine this time. I’m too old for that shit. But it’s nice to wake up the memory that the best Snoopy Dance is done to a kickin’ rendition of Sugar Magnolia [the 8 1/2 minute S.M. on Cow is darn good, but it isn’t truly magical].

When in doubt, twirl.


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calendar   Monday - June 08, 2009

Red State Rockers


Obammunism got you down? Feel like banging your head on some piece of metal out in the garage? How about turning all that around, and doing some garage metal head banging instead?

Joe Corcoran from DM Records brings us the group Red State Rockers ... doing their tune No Socialism!. Sounds good to me, in sooo many ways. Now, if I only had a V8 powered pickup truck, manual transmission, no emissions controls, and a pretty healthy amp on the stereo ... it would sound even better.

Big government bought Detroit today

With another loan from China

Mainstream media didn’t know what to say

The devil’s in the details

Washington owns all the banks and we must pay the toll

( no more bailouts! )

The man behind the teleprompter

Wants complete control!

I’m no Socialistic puppet on a string

A bird without a wing

I’m Red, White, and Blue

I work all day for me

And not for you!

No Socialism!

No Socialism!

No Socialism!

30 second micro-video snippet at YouTube:

Since I was never able to figure out how to embed an .mp3 in this blog, here’s the link to download the whole tune and play it on your own PC.


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calendar   Friday - May 15, 2009

A painting on a CD sleeve banned in some stores. Right or Wrong?

I didn’t have a clue that I’d be posting this for your opinions. In fact, I don’t even know who the heck they are talking about.
Here’s another one of those ... BUT…

I was off checking my email just now and on the left was a question, I read the question and thought, what’s that all about?
I didn’t have to read far as the ‘so called art’ caught my eye.  A bleeding beaten girl? It a painting but why?  And it’s on a CD cover.

Well, I’m not one for censorship and I do understand that what I call dreck (crap, something worthless, junk) others see as art. OK. Not my taste and I don’t think much of the person who creates this stuff.  Just another thing that coarsens the culture. What’s left of it anyway.

One thing that did surprise me were the comments made at the end of the story. (see the link) I am definitely in the old fart minority I guess.
Truth to tell however, I didn’t care for this sort of ‘art?’ when I was 20. I don’t understand it and don’t see the point of it. I also don’t understand the so called music group(s) with odd or silly names that are generally made up of would be musicians who haven’t really learned their instruments but simply bang away, bump and grind and screech the same tired line a hundred times to an equally talentless and tone deaf crowd ... BUT. 
That is NOT the subject here.

Some stores found the painting so distasteful that they have refused to stock the CD in it’s sleeve with THIS PICTURE .

But some of those complaining about this decision are also trying to compare magazines with sexy women and bare butts or photos of guns, with a picture of a girl with a bleeding face and a black eye, as though she’s been beaten.  I don’t see that comparison at all.  Do you? 
Alright. Some of you may not approve of semi-nude young women on display in the papers and magazines. But would you compare that to the picture here?

I’d rather see a photo a pretty lady or a beautiful car or even a blank cover, then be confronted by this at the checkout. But that’s me. Others will disagree.

Tastes sure have changed radically. And what a title.  Journal for plague lovers?  Oh how inventive and literate. But I’m sure it matches whatever they call music on that CD.

Manic Street Preachers Banned

Posted Fri 15 May 2009 11:34AM BST by Dave Rumour in Snap, Crackle and Pop

You probably wouldn’t know it looking at their rather tired 21st century image but the Manic Street Preachers used to be a quite terrifying prospect for some, full of provoctive teen rage, playing “Top Of The Pops” in balaclavas, while tragic lost member Richey Edwards famously slashed the words “For Real” into his bloody arm in a bid to impress former music journalist Steve Lamacq.


They might be a lot older now but that’s not stopped their new album being banned by four of the UK’s big retail giants, with one supermarket calling the artwork “inappropriate”.

The cover for “Journal For Plague Lovers” (pictured) depicts a girl seemingly with a bloody and battered face and has been painted by acclaimed artist Jenny Saville. The record is considered a follow-up to the Welsh rockers’ landmark 1994 album “The Holy Bible”, which also featured one of her controversial works.

Sainsburys, Tesco, Asda and Morrisons have all refused to stock it with the original image, as Nicola Williamson, music buyer for Sainsbury’s explained: “We felt that some customers might consider this particular album cover to be inappropriate if it were prominently displayed on the shelf. “

The Manics have reacted with bafflement at the news, calling their decision “truly bizarre” and pointing to the fact that such shops regularly display products of a similarly graphic nature.

“We just thought it was a beautiful painting. We were all in total agreement”, explained singer James Dean Bradfield, continuing: “You can have lovely shiny buttocks and guns everywhere in the supermarket on covers of magazines and CDs, but you show a piece of art and people just freak out”. “Journal For Plague Lovers” is released on Monday but will only be available in these stores in a special sleeve provided by the publisher.


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calendar   Friday - October 24, 2008

I used to like MTV

Yes, I used to like MTV, back in the day of paid cable TV. Remember those days? Remember when the biggest selling point of cable TV was ‘because you pay for it, there are no commercials’?

Among my favorite channels was MTV. Why? That takes some background.

Meet the inventor, if you will of MTV:


According to Wikipedia

recorded a number of LPs for his label, and had a moderate worldwide hit in 1977 with his song “Rio”, the single taken from the album From A Radio Engine To The Photon Wing. More importantly, ------- created a video clip for “Rio” which, in a roundabout way, helped spur -------’s creation of a television program called Pop Clips for the Nickelodeon cable network. The concept was sold to Time Warner/Amex, who developed it into the MTV network. His single “Cruisin’” was the first video of the MTV generation.

See More Below The Fold


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calendar   Tuesday - October 07, 2008


This might possibly be my only post today ....

I used to play Steve Goodman in my DJ years ....
Imagine getting paid to play this kind of thing.  LOVED it while it lasted.  And this is so spot on.

Goodman was a great talent and sadly died age 36 of Leukemia.  What an unfair loss.  The MIL is 93 and worthless and useless and keeps breathing day after day.  A talent like Steve Goodman dies at 36.  ???  Well anyway ... I hope you folks enjoy this.  I’m sure you’ll let me know if ya don’t.


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calendar   Friday - October 03, 2008

A VERY SAD GOODBYE.  Richard Sudhalter Cornettist and historian of pre-war ‘hot’ jazz.

Leave it to the Brits to remember this American.

Most of you I’ll bet never heard of this guy.  Unless like myself you’ve had an overriding passion for the period’s music and BIX in particular.
This fellow wrote the bio on Bix that for me was the definitive word on the subject.  (my lic. plate read, BIX LIVS)

My heroes since childhood have mostly been musicians and there wasn’t any higher calling that I could see.  All I lacked was talent. Gee, in today’s musical world, I couldda been a contenda. I couldda been a star. A talentless one but perhaps a wealthy one. 

So, today was a sad start to the day when I opened the morning paper and found this obit.
Had this man been a Brit, I’m almost certain there’d have been a Sir before his first name.

RIP, Richard Sudhalter

Richard Sudhalter
Cornettist and historian of pre-war ‘hot’ jazz whose playing was much influenced by Beiderbecke.

Last Updated: 12:31AM BST 03 Oct 2008


Richard Sudhalter, who died in New York on September 19 aged 69, was a jazz cornettist, critic and biographer; his career also included a period with United Press International (UPI) in Europe, first as political correspondent and later as a bureau manager.

Sudhalter’s playing style was an elegant variation on that of Bix Beiderbecke, and his main interest was in the jazz of the 1920s and 1930s. Friends often observed that he seemed to have been born 30 years too late and was busily making up for the error.

Richard Merrill Sudhalter was born on December 28 1938 in Boston, Massachusetts, into a musical family. His father, Albert Sudhalter, had been a professional saxophonist and Dick’s brother and sister were also musicians.

Dick took up the cornet at the age of 12 after hearing Bix Beiderbecke for the first time. The actual Beiderbecke solo, he recalled half a century later, occurred in Paul Whiteman’s 1928 recording of San: “I couldn’t wait for my father to come home so I could ask him, ‘Who is Bix Beiderbecke?’ From that day on I was hooked.”

Through his father’s contacts he met, and later sat in with, many distinguished jazz musicians of the older generation, encounters which strengthened his attachment to “hot”’ jazz.

Between 1956 and 1960 Sudhalter studied Music and English Literature at Oberlin College, at the same time studying trumpet privately with Louis Davidson of the Cleveland Symphony. Shortly after graduating he moved to Europe, living first in Salzburg and later in Munich, where he taught English and played in the Bavarian State Radio jazz ensemble.

Sudhalter joined UPI, in Berlin, as political correspondent for West and East Germany in 1964, moving to London as UK correspondent two years later. In 1968, when the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia seemed imminent, he flew to Germany, and from there succeeded in reaching Prague just before the Russian troops moved in. He was one of the very few Western journalists on the scene and his reports were front-page news.

Leaving UPI in 1972, Sudhalter settled in London to concentrate on music and begin work on a biography of Bix Beiderbecke with a fellow-Bixian, Philip R Evans. The book, Bix: Man and Legend, was published in 1974 to great critical acclaim and was nominated for a National Book Award in the United States.

In the same year Sudhalter and the alto saxophonist John RT Davies assembled in London the 29-piece New Paul Whiteman Orchestra, dedicated to recreating the music of the band of which Beiderbecke had been the star soloist.

In the orchestra’s ranks were musicians of several generations, including Britain’s veteran master of the bass saxophone, Harry Gold. After a triumphant debut at the Roundhouse, the orchestra gave numerous concerts and BBC radio broadcasts.

Sudhalter returned to settle in New York in 1975. To his writing and playing schedule he now added the duties of administrator of the New York Jazz Repertory Company. For this band he produced a Duke Ellington retrospective series of four concerts at Carnegie Hall, followed by programmes devoted to Whiteman, WC Handy, Hoagy Carmichael and others. In 1975 and 1976 he also acted as artistic manager of the annual jazz festival held at Nice. Despite all this activity the flow of articles, radio scripts and album notes continued unabated.

In 1978 he became jazz critic for the New York Post, and from 1983 to 1987 joined three like-minded musicians to form the Classic Jazz Quartet. At first they wanted to call themselves Bourgeois Scum, but were advised that not everyone would see the joke.

Sudhalter’s biggest, and most controversial book, published in 1999, was Lost Chords: White Musicians and their Contribution to Jazz 1915-1945. This scholarly and apparently innocuous title caused a furore on the American jazz scene, poisoned as it had become by racial politics.

At public lectures, where he sought to explain and defend his book, he was often shouted down by a claque of opponents accusing him of racism and of attempting to belittle black jazz musicians. To the impartial reader, Lost Chords is nothing like that. It seeks merely to give due recognition to white players, such as Billy Butterfield, Bud Freeman and Pee Wee Russell, in the context of jazz history.

His last book, published in 2002, was Stardust Melody, on the life and music of the singer and songwriter Hoagy Carmichael.

Sudhalter normally wrote as “Richard” and played as “Dick”. The impression left by the recordings of Dick Sudhalter is of a player of great sensitivity and charm, regardless of his admitted debt to Beiderbecke. His 1999 album, Melodies Heard, Melodies Sweet, catches the flavour of the man to perfection.

He is also to be heard on the soundtracks to a number of films, notably Zelig, Broadway Danny Rose and The Shooting Party, unmistakable for his mellow tone and bright articulation.

In 2003 he suffered a stroke, which put an end to his playing career, and his health declined thereafter.

Richard Sudhalter was married and divorced. He is survived by two daughters.


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calendar   Tuesday - September 09, 2008

A hoot From Newt

No political movement is truly mainstream in this country until it has at least one country song sung about it.

Newt Gingrich sends out an email today, pointing to Aaron Tippin, who has a song (for sale of course) called Drill Here Drill Now

Hello…..Is anybody out there listenin’ in Washington D.C.?
This is the suffering voice of America crying out for relief
Now I don’t know what a gallon of gas costs up on Capitol Hill
But we sure know what it costs down here in Realityville
And the damage already done has been a mighty heavy toll
And if we’re gonna fix it we gotta start right here at home

Drill here, drill now
How ‘bout some oil from our own soil that belongs to us anyhow
No more debatin’ we’re tired of waitin’ everybody shout out loud
Drill here, drill now

Every time a foreign tanker pulls up to our shore
They got us over a barrel while they bleed us a little more
And think how much it costs just to bring it all that way
And how many American jobs that’d make if we were drillin’ in the USA
Oh and God forbid if our oily friends should decide to cut us off
We’d be standin’ around with our britches down now listen to me ya’ll


Well the winds of change are blowin’
Yes and we recognize that need
But tractors, trucks, cars and planes can’t run on tomorrow’s dreams
So while we’re workin’ on the future we can’t ignore today
Cuz who knows how much time the alternative might take
Somethin’s gotta be done right now cuz friends it won’t be long
Before this great big country comes grinding to a halt

You can hear a little sample over here. You can also buy the tune for 99¢. Of get the T-shirt!

I give it 2 1/2 stars. It’s a bit singable, but it doesn’t much sound like dance music to me.

Newt then goes on to point out that

In light of President Bush’s July announcement to eliminate the executive ban on offshore drilling, the U.S. Minerals Management Service has decided to initiate a new plan to increase energy production on the outer continental shelf (OCS). As part of the regulatory process, the agency is calling for public comments on offshore oil and gas development through September 15, 2008.

In the meantime, unfortunately, the Democratic Congress is planning votes on bills that would actually make all or part of the offshore drilling ban permanent. Now is the time to let the federal government know we need full and unfettered access to America’s offshore energy resources.

Seems like a good idea. Another few thousand emails couldn’t hurt.


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calendar   Wednesday - September 03, 2008


Yesterday I received some news that someone in the music industry had died.  He was one heck of a super picker, as musicians are referred to in Nashville no matter what instrument they play.  He was also a heck of a good actor. He was Jerry Reed.  Long before I ever met the man, I was playing his records when I was a DJ.  I also MC’d one of his shows a time or two and got to know him that way.

Once we moved to the Nashville area I’d visit his office on Music Row on the odd occasion.  He was two months older then I am. He was born in March of ’37, I was born in May of same yr.

What a loss it is. Truly.  Jerry was a picker’s picker.  And he was a very funny man as well and did lots of novelty songs. He stared with Burt Reynolds in the Smokey movies and sang the theme.  He was also in The Survivors with Robin Williams and Walter Matthau. I thought he stole the movie.

A memory I will always carry was a private concert with only the two of us. OK, it wasn’t actually a concert and it wasn’t planned. 
Between shows he went to his dressing room just off the stage area where he’d finished a show in open air. Hot KY. summer and no cover on the stage.
Everyone who ever played there complained about that, and Loretta Lynn once almost fainted.  So anyway, Jerry Reed went to the dressing room and I followed about 15 minutes later thinking I may as well get an interview for our station while I was there.  I’d MC’d his show and saw no problem.
But I never got to ask.  When I knocked and walked in he was practising and doing runs and I simply stood there like a deer caught in headlights.
Honest.  I was memorized. I was awed by this guy and never asked for an interview and didn’t even think about it.  There was more then an hour between shows, in fact I think now it was a couple of hours. But anyway, there were just the two of us and he played and played and I wouldn’t have been able to think of questions anyway.  I’ve always been in awe of talent which made me the very worst person to try and do an interview anyway. So I stood there and listened to a great guitar master and entertainer.

Sad .... RIP Jerry.  Til now I hardly appreciated how damn lucky I was to be there.


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calendar   Monday - March 24, 2008

Let’s Hope There’s a 3rd Company In Start-UpDATE

XM and Sirius merger approved

The DOJ has given satellite radio companies XM and Sirius approval to merge, more than a year after asked for permission. This means the Department Of Justice has looked at the satellite radio market, and determined that the only two companies that exist can now merge and form a monopoly. And that merger doesn’t the old Sherman Anti-Trust Act, or show itself to be anti-competitive. Nope, before we had two companies, competing a new and fairly expensive luxury market, where consumers had to buy expensive special tuners just to listen, and then they had to pay monthly membership fees. Now we’re going to have one company owning the entire market, no competition, and who can say what will happen to the prices. And DOJ says this is a good thing. Gosh, YOU MORONS, no it ain’t!

I hope some other companies are about to get into this game, or else the customers are about to get the shaft. It doesn’t matter if most of them already have plenty of money to spend, nobody is supposed to be able to sew up an entire market in this country. Nor does it matter if both of them have enormous operating costs, and have to merge just to stay alive. Which I haven’t heard, but I wouldn’t believe if I did hear it, considering what one of these companies is paying Howard Stern for his worn out old schtick.

Ah ha, here’s the con:

In its decision, the Department of Justice had to determine whether an XM-Sirius merger was anti-competitive, or if other media companies such as Clear Channel (CCU, Fortune 500), CBS (CBS, Fortune 500), or even Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) with its iTunes software and iPod music player served as alternate options for music and media customers.

So it’s pretty obvious we have some Luddites at DOJ, who let a bunch of lawyers convince them that one means of musical playback equates to all the others. Yes, Clear Channel owns damn near every radio station around the world. But none of them are digital satellite broadcasters. Oh wait, not true. Clear Channel owns a dozen or so of the stations that broadcast through XM. Sure, you can buy a tune for you iPod and carry it with you. Hey, you can put a CD in your car’s player too, or just roll up the windows and sing yourself happy. Apples and Oranges, people, apples and oranges. This is a little chip at our freedom, and it doesn’t taste good to me.

UPDATE: Brietbart says Sirius is buying XM for $5 billion. Stocks of both companies have risen. This is going to suck for half the merged customer base, because Sirius and XM use totally different receivers.

Gizmodo also covers this, but snarks that the merger might not be able to reanimate either company, since “they were both already on life support”. Hey, if both companies are doing that poorly, where did the FIVE BILLION DOLLARS (thank you, Dr. Evil ) come from??


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