Master of Puppets Banjo Cover 

Just recently discovered this by a guy named Rob Scallon. I guess he’s doing covers for the “Maytallica” celebration. 

Generally, I hate most covers. Or at the very least I’m extremely picky with the ones I do like. 

But I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed this one. 

Only one problem: It’s missing vocals. 

I have a great recommendation for who could fill in that spot. 

It’s a man we all know and love called Mashed Potato Johnson. 

The Death of iTunes Ping: Apple’s Failed Social Network

Following today’s Apple Keynote, their music social network (called Ping) experiment silently received a death notice. However, most people didn’t even know about the social network in the first place.

Before we get into why this never worked, let’s detail exactly how we knew it came to an end. Apple announced an abundance of new gizmos, including the iPhone 5 and a new iPod Nano & Touch. Another huge announcement was the new re-imagined design of iTunes.

Tech Pundits quickly picked up from live blog screenshots that the new version of iTunes did not have the word Ping anywhere on it. This came with little surprise, as Ping had received what I call the “Buzz” effect.

To explain this effect in further detail, I’m relating this to Google’s first social experiment, called Google Buzz. Once Google allowed users to feed their twitter posts into Buzz, that was all users ever did. Myself included. I never saw a reason to actually visit Buzz’s website, even though their was a comment system there, and you could actually post original content into it. It seemed easier to just feed my tweets into Buzz and allow my followers to comment or “like” posts on there. This worked well for awhile, but it eventually became nothing but another twitter feed.

This is ultimately why Google shut down Buzz. This same effect happened with Ping. Users (mostly musicians — as it was supposed to be a music social network) simply re-pumped their tweets into Ping and that was that.

Also, the most important reason Ping failed was because nobody had any clue it existed. This was because of a disagreement between Apple and Facebook. Since the Mountain Lion release, and the latest version of iOS, Apple and Facebook have since patched things up — but all too late.

In theory, the idea of seeing what your buddies (or favorite celebrities) bought on iTunes was a great idea. But, you HAD to be in iTunes to see it. If Apple had made connections early on with Facebook to allow for “frictionless sharing” — then the network could have possibly survived.

However, CEO of Apple Tim Cook is quoted saying “We tried Ping, and I think the customer voted and said ‘This isn’t something that I want to put a lot of energy into.’“

So it’s a possibility that even if Facebook had allowed for this sharing early on, Apple still would be dumping it on the 30th.

It started in September 2010 and will be put to rest on September 30th, 2012.

Some users are generally worried about their data they have posted on Ping, and whether or not they’ll be able to retrieve it once the service does shut down. I’m sure Apple will have some sort of an export option, but I can’t think of very much important information that I’ve run across on Ping, let alone anything worthwhile that I’ve posted.

Apple has already killed all known links to the service from their site.  Also, if you try to sign up for an account (why on Earth you’d want to I’ll never know) you’ll see this message:


Maybe you didn’t know…Google Music

This isn’t exactly a new service, by any means, but I don’t think it’s gained nearly as much traction as needed.

Google Music (now known as Google Play Music) is a free service provided by our friends at Google that allows you to upload 20,000 songs to the cloud — and stream them anywhere on your Android or iOS device.  All of this can be done — completely free!

If you are that select few that has more than 20,000 songs, additional storage can be purchased. But, let’s face it, most of us don’t have that many songs — so this really is a great deal.

Also, the uploading couldn’t be more simple.  All you need to do is download Google Music Manager (available for Windows & Mac), which allows you to upload your entire iTunes or Windows Media Player library in the background — with little to no intervention needed on your part.  Plus, you can set it up to where new tracks added to your library are automatically uploaded to Google Music.

That’s frictionless sharing if I’ve ever heard of it!

Even if you don’t like the idea of streaming your music to your device (maybe because of bandwidth restraints) you should at least look into Google Music as a great backup resource.  And you really can’t beat the price.

All of these services Google started offering really makes sense, especially after the release of the Nexus Q and Nexus 7.

Let me know what you think in the comments, or get at it me on Twitter.

Lou Reed & Metallica Present: LuLu

This review will start out simply saying Good Grief, Good Grief, GOOOODDD FREEEAAAAKKIINNGG GGRIEF.

That’s putting it nicely. This album is so damn terrible, I can’t even laugh at how terrible it is. Apparently, I’m not alone either. If I was a betting man, I’d bet that 9 out of 10 people think this album is shit on a shit covered plate.

Honestly, I know it’s supposed to be this big “theatrical stage like” experience in an album. Ha! I’d rather go to the Opera Hungover. (And I don’t even get hangovers)  I’d rather have 20 sick kittens puke on me then listen to this album from start to finish in it’s entirety.

What in the world was Metallica thinking when they agreed to do an album with this burnout Lou Reed? Sure, he was good in his day, but he sounds just awful on this album. The Music isn’t terrible, I mean it’s nothing fancy, but it does at least sound sortof Metallica-ish.

Lou Reed doesn’t even “sing”. Like he could before, but this time around he didn’t even try.  It’s completely spoken. WOW that’s exciting.

Sad thing is, I heard a rumor they were talking about doing another one. PLEASE DON’T.  One is bad enough.

However, this new phase going around saying that “Metallica’s new album is TERRIBLE” along with something Megadethy is really getting quite old.  This isn’t a new “Metallica” album, it’s a Lou Reed & Metallica Compilation album. Very different folks.

I don’t even have a rating system but I’m about to create one just for this album.


That’s right, my new rating system just for this album is corn cobs.  No, it won’t stick — so don’t worry.








Big Rock Candy Mountains

I love this song…

One evening as the sun went down and the jungle fires were burning,
Down the track came a hobo hiking, and he said “Boys, I’m not turning.”
“I’m heading for a land that’s far away beside the crystal fountains;”
“So come with me, we’ll go and see the Big Rock Candy Mountains.”

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains, there’s a land that’s fair and bright,
The handouts grow on bushes and you sleep out every night
Where the boxcars all are empty and the sun shines every day
On the birds and the bees and the cigarette trees,
The lemonade springs where the bluebird sings
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains, all the cops have wooden legs
And the bulldogs all have rubber teeth and the hens lay soft-boiled eggs
The farmer’s trees are full of fruit and the barns are full of hay
Oh I’m bound to go where there ain’t no snow
Where the rain don’t fall, the wind don’t blow
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains, you never change your socks
And little streams of alcohol come a-trickling down the rocks
The brakemen have to tip their hats and the railroad bulls are blind
There’s a lake of stew and of whiskey too,
And you can paddle all around ’em in a big canoe
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains the jails are made of tin,
And you can walk right out again as soon as you are in
There ain’t no short-handled shovels, no axes, saws or picks,
I’m a-goin’ to stay where you sleep all day
Where they hung the jerk that invented work
In the Big Rock Candy Mountains.

Obviously not the original video for this song, but a fan-made one. Quite great if you ask me.

Metallica Confirmed Box Set

Just at the title says, Metallica confirmed the box set for their new CD, “Death Magnetic”

Death MagneticI wasn’t for sure if Blabbermouth was lieing or not, but it seems they really are coming out with one.. With quite a bit of stuff too.

For you collector types out there we just had to put together something next level when the new record comes out in the Fall . . . how about “Death Magnetic” in a coffin box? The special edition box will come out the same day the album does (we’ll tell you when that is soon . . . very soon) and will of course include the full CD (duh!), along with everything next level cool relating to “Death Magnetic!” Seriously, there will be a CD with the demos of the songs, a DVD of even more “making of the album” footage not seen on Mission: Metallica, a t-shirt only available in this box, a flag, guitar picks, and a fold out poster along with a collector’s credit card embossed with a code to redeem a free download of a special European show happening in September (yes, details coming soon!).

Read more here.