The Year In Spotify:
Breakout Swedish music streaming service Spotify was all over the intranets this year, making the jump to mobile phones, third-party apps and Facebook, and thus is a great snapshot of what the kids were listening to in 2011, broken down by country on their website. Sugar-hip driven rock set Foster The People conquered American ears, followed by Gym Class Heroes and Adele. While Veronica Maggio trumped the service’s native Sweden. The Nordic lands? Jennifer Lopez, of course.
The King of Hoaxes:
Beyond the confusion of why the Radioheads would ever call a tune “Putting Ketchup In The Fridge,” the series of purported Bends-era demos that popped up in that last couple of weeks have seen their legitimacy debunked by at least one dude from America, who actually composed the tune, also known as “How Do You Sit Still.” CNN has an enlightening interview with the creator, who penned the melody in 2001. No word from the Radiohead camp yet, per cryptic usual.
A Deschanel & Gordon-Levitt NYE Message:
Reprising their star-crossed 500 Days of Summer chemistry, Zoey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have taken to Youtube to sing-song a darling little folk rendition of jazz singer Nancy Wilson‘s “What Are You Doing New Years Eve.” Of course we all know Deschanel’s lounge-crooning She & Him skills. But who knew Gordon-Levitt could hold a tune. Either way, what are you doing on New Year’s Eve?
Fussin’ an’ a-Feudin’:
One of rock’s most infamous singer-guitarist split is seeing some light at the end of the tunnel with Slash’s recent opening up to Esquire about the GNR glory days and a possible reunion surrounding the band’s induction into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. On Axl: “The split between [he] and I was a quiet one. But because there was so much attention on the breakup — and are we going to get back together? — it got built up into this monster that led to a kind of animosity that wasn’t the focus for me. Neither one of us wants to be down each other’s throats for no reason. At this point, I’m trying to put it to rest. So I try to avoid the subject.” And more importantly on rockitude: “When I see footage of Guns N’ Roses, I see that fucking hunger and attitude. You could not fuck with those five guys. It was just raw. It was this lean, hungry thing on its way up. It was as sincere as any rock ‘n’ roll that I’ve ever heard, and I’m proud of that.”
Bo Diddley was spawned in McComb, Mississippi on this day in 1928. A.k.a. “The Originator,” a.k.a. Ellias Otha Bates, the late Diddley is largely considered the strongest bridge between pre-war blues and modern rock for his bare bones, chug-a-lugging “Bo Diddley Beat” that everyone from Buddy Holly to the Stones aped without giving credit. Dig on his 1958 eponymous debut’s “Who Do You Love?” to piece it all together, Diddley shuffling, “Tombstone hand and a graveyard mind/Just 22 and I don’t mind dying”: