With its shares of stock worth little more than a dime, Sirius XM will reportedly impose a rate increase on March 11th. The company will seek an extra $2 per additional subscription per user, plus charge $2.99 to stream Sirius XM online. The latter fee comes with an upside: all Internet subscriptions will stream with a 128k “premium” feed. According to customer support reps, current Sirius XM users can lock in at their current rates for the next three years if they re-up before March 11th.
Whether the price hikes have any effect on programming remains to be seen. While the increase isn’t exactly wallet-draining, it’s just another straw on the camel’s back for those Sirius XM who told Rolling Stone in November that they were upset with the company since their respective stations merged into one entity in November 2008. Many listeners’ favorite channels and genres were causalities of the station-merge, and customers complained of too much song repetition and DJ bantering.
Despite their huge, anti-trust-avoiding merger back in July 2008, Sirius XM has struggled to climb out of its cavernous debt. The current economic situation and a slow holiday season likely didn’t help Sirius XM’s problems, so the rate hikes are likely an attempt to help the company stay afloat. Fact is, radio itself is a bad business to be in right now, as even terrestrial radio suffered its worst year since 1954 in 2008. So if things are that bad when the radio is free, imagine how bad it is when you have to pay for it. Still, we’re hoping our ordeal with Artie Lange and “The Howard Stern Show” these past few days have at least helped sell a couple radios.
Courtesy of Rollingstone.com
Remember the band Sons of Angels? Hard Rock Hideout featured them in Rare Rock Rewind a little over a year ago. Their debut CD has been out of print since the mid 90’s. It is a good disc that is not typical of the hair metal coming out in the late 80’s or early 90’s.
The fine folks at Wounded Bird Records have finally given this CD the reissue treatment.
Check out the song “Cowgirl” below. This CD is available for purchase at this link.
Scott Weiland, legendary lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, and Christopher Wicks, designer and owner Rock & Roll Religion, have announced the launch of their much anticipated contemporary men’s collection — Weiland for English Laundry. This inaugural collection will debut at Magic Las Vegas on February 17, 2009.
Christopher Wicks, designer and owner of English Laundry, Fender: The Clothing Collection, and The Jimi Hendrix Experience, has teamed with Scott Weiland to create a collection that embodies the iconic style of the fashionable STP front man.
“From early on, I was inspired by rock icons like David Bowie and Keith Richards who helped in molding my personal sense of style,” said Weiland. “I am really looking forward to launching this line with Christopher Wicks and English Laundry.”
“I have the utmost respect for Scott Weiland, both as an artist and as a designer,” said Wicks. “He is truly one of the last great rock stars, and his impact on style and music is undeniable. I am proud to be joining forces with him for this collaboration.”
Weiland for English Laundry is a lifestyle brand for the true rock rebel. The overall concept is derived from the rock decadence of the 1960’s, and inspirations were taken from Savile Row circa 1965 and renowned bands such as The Kinks, Beatles, and Rolling Stones. Eclectic combinations of fabrics, patterns and color have been reformulated to replicate the rich rock culture that defined that era.
The collection boasts a variety of wovens, vests, t-shirts, pants, hats, ties and scarves. All fabrics are based on original vintage patterns circa 1965 through 1979 and have been reproduced for modern-day wear. Pants have a tailored narrow fit with flat fronts, and wovens feature bold chalk stripes, Prince of Wales plaids and tonic two-tone solids.
Retail price points range from $40 – $120 with a targeted distribution to better department and specialty stores. Weiland for English Laundry has successfully combined English Laundry’s famous craftsmanship with Scott Weiland’s infamous flare. Weiland for English Laundry can be found at the English Laundry flagship store (7519 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, California) and at www.globalrebels.com in February of 2009.
If you live in the Midwest like I do, you’re probably pretty freaking sick and tired of the freezing cold and snow.
Imagine if you could get away on a cruise to some place warm and beautiful. Now imagine you’re on a cruise with Lynyrd Skynyrd. I didn’t have to imagine it; I lived it. This was my second year in a row going on the Lynyrd Skynyrd Simple Man Cruise, and it was just as amazing as the the first year. Well…maybe not as amazing because the first year, my fiance proposed to me, but you know what I mean.
There are SO many great highlights from this year’s cruise, but with this post, I just wanted to stick to one thing: Leslie. No, it’s not a girl. Leslie is one of the most amazing bands that I was introduced to on this cruise. Sure, there was Skynyrd and .38 Special and Molly Hatchet and Marshall Tucker, but there were tons of other amazing bands on the cruise as well. Leslie just happened to be one of those kick ass other bands.
Hailing from South Carolina, this trio returned to the Simple Man cruise this year with their dirty, classic rock. I have no f-ing idea how I missed Leslie last year (I totally remember seeing them running around the boat, but I never got a chance to see them live), but boy am I glad I saw them this year! There was quite a buzz about them from the moment I stepped on the boat and got my fruity drink with the umbrella. Everyone was telling me how great they were. These boys also did a fine job of promoting themselves; I’m pretty sure they put flyers on just about every other cabin door on every floor. This year, there was no way anyone was stepping off that boat without knowing who they were. And everyone should know who they are because they are THAT good.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from three long haired, skinny white boys, but what I got was a slap in the face. It’s very rare that I go see a band I’ve never heard of and am actually impressed. Leslie impressed the pants right off of me. They attacked their instruments like freaks and made some incredible music. In my last post, I asked the question, “What rocks?” There is no doubt in my mind that these boys f-ing rock. I don’t know how else to describe their music to you except to tell you that it sounds like they took the basic elements of everything you love about classic rock as you know it and made it dirrrrrty. It doesn’t really sound like anything you’ve heard on the radio, and that’s another thing I love about them. Leslie is fresh but dirty at the same time.
Take a moment and go check out some of their stuff: www.myspace.com/leslierock. If you’re not impressed, then you should probably get your hearing checked. Seriously.
And to learn more about Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Simple Man Cruise, go to my blog.