The Academy Is Listening:

Leading up to a January 24th announcement of the 2012 Oscars’ Best Original Song nominations, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have short-listed 39 contenders, to be whittled down at their random discretion. Billboard has the full list. But for music biz buzz sake, avert your attention to heavy-hitter’s like The National‘s “Think You Can Wait” in Tom McCarthy sports comedy drama Win Win, Chris Cornell’s “The Keeper” in Marc Forster’s biopic of a biking preacher-defender of Sudanese orphans in Machine Gun Preacher and Mary J. Blige‘s “The Living Proof” woven into Tate Taylor’s adaptation of Kathryn Stockett novel The Help, among other hopefuls. Shockingly absent from the full list – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo‘s dynamic duo, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Parental Advisory Scheme:

A decade behind us like always – joke – the UK extension of the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) “Parental Advisory” sticker, implemented by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) across the pond, is broadening its all seeing censorship eye into digital content. The “scheme” as those wily Brits are aptly referring to it as, will now include Amazon, HMV, Napster UK, eMusic, 7digital, Tesco and Vevo, whereupon explicit lyrics and visual content will be emblazoned with a link to, hoping to tip parents off to what somebody else deems explicit; the gaping hole in this system being that said parents have to be monitoring their kids online media consumption in order to intervene.

Go Fly A Kite:

Texas via NYC via Texas indie-popster Ben Kweller has announced the launch of his own record label, The Noise Company, in a growing trend among new young sonic entrepreneurs. With a helping distribution hand from Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA), his first project, a solo album of his own design dubbed Go Fly A Kite, will drop February 7th, of which BrooklynVegan is plugging a Soundcloud stream with a quote from Kweller about the label being “not just an artist self-releasing his music,” but rather a push to “helping other artists achieve their goals too.”

Wanted Dead or Alive:

The latest victim of false death rumors on the intranets, steel-horse ridin’ rock cowboy Jon Bon Jovi is alive and well amidst reports on Monday by dailynewbloginternational – there’s your mistake right there gullible people of the intranets – that he “was pronounced dead [December 19th] after paramedics found him in a coma at his Empress Hotel, city and law enforcement of Asbury Park.” Quelling things quickly, Jovi posted a timestamped picture of himself with a cheeky quote about his Jersey stomping grounds via Facebook and Twitter, followed by a charity performance at the Hope Concert at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey.


Classic British rock crew Jethro Tull formed on this day in 1967 making the flute cool again for world-wide band-camp youth. Enter Ian Anderson, the winded warrior telling archaic tales of misfits: “In the shuffling madness/Of the locomotive breath/Runs the all-time loser/Headlong to his death.”