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Surprising Beatles News, and Americans Drink HOW Much Natty a Year?!

Monday, November 15th, 2010 | Steve Hardy

Hey, Steve Hardy here, Cadenza’s music editor. Look for my updates on Stratocoaster each Tuesday for the hottest music news (and other fun news too). Today we present – beer and Beatles!

iTunes has been hyping big news to be revealed today, promising Monday on their home page “Tomorrow is just another day. That you’ll never forget.” Wow, that period really lends some gravity to the situation. It’s like a movie trailer featuring Denzel Washington. Anyway, if you believe the Wall Street Journal, Apple has finally bought the rights to the Beatles’ back catalog, so maybe the period is justified.

Although it is not known if the iTunes selection will feature just studio releases or live albums and rarities, this is huge news, as the Beatles are one of a small and shrinking number of major acts to withhold their releases from the online world. Led Zeppelin was the last big classic rock band to put their music on iTunes, and they caved over three years ago.

So anyone who can’t afford to buy all 12 studio albums (pretty much all of us in college) and still doesn’t pirate music (there’s got to be a few out there, right?) now has the opportunity to check out at least the classics from what is probably the greatest band of all time. Check out the Beatles in action below.

In completely unrelated news, Americans drink — are you ready? — a billion dollars of Natty a year. That’s a billion like $1,000,000,000.00. Stratocoaster wants to know if any of that comes from people over the age of 25. What of it, readers? Can you claim some of that billion? Does it make you kind of sick (physically or spiritually) if you do? Let us know in the comments, and check back daily for more entertainment news at The Funcooker.

Oh, hey, it’s the Beatles.

\”Come Together\”

A “Runaway” Success

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 | Georgie Morvis

Stratocoaster will be Cadenza’s “sexy and aggressive” music blog, according to our Music Editor, Steve Hardy. Tune in every Tuesday for music musings from Hardy and his garrulous crew of writers.

Generally, music videos aren’t supposed to last 35 minutes. But Kanye West’s music video for the song “Runaway” is more short film epic than music video. It follows the love story between a phoenix that fell to Earth and West himself. Alas, humanity does not understand the phoenix or West’s love for her, and she flies away. Parallels to West’s career are clear. Short dialogue breaks are taken between samples of West’s new album, and it even has a full credit sequence.

The moments “Runaway” works best are when it stays truest to form as a music video. The 8-minute long section centered around the title song features ballerinas, a table full of aristocrats, and Kanye standing on a piano. West took a huge risk with the entire film, but especially this section, and it more than pays off. (Sidebar: is this the year ballet makes a comeback? Between visionary director Darren Aronofsky’s ballet psychothriller “Black Swan” and this short film, it certainly looks like it.)

Selita Ebanks stars as the phoenix and does surprisingly well at capturing the movements of a bird, although her phoenix cries were unintentionally funny. And while the acting is more reminiscent of “Scream Queens” than “Schindler’s List,” and the dialogue seem to have been pulled straight from a telenovela, I still think that West succeeded with “Runaway.” The lensing is easily the best cinematography in a music video of all time (to crib a phrase from the master himself). He directed it himself, and although there are times it feels like a student film, it’s a fine job and easily one of the better directing debuts in music videos. This is his vision through and through, and it shines.

The music is also phenomenal, and “My Dark Twisted Fantasy” could be his best album yet. Rihanna’s guest spot on “All of the Lights” probably will be the best thing she’ll be involved with all year. West’s restyling of Bon Iver’s “Woods” for his song “Lost in the Woods” is incredible, as is his sampling of spoken-word artist Gil Scott-Heron. The only disappointment musically is that he didn’t include the song “Monster,” something I expected after hearing Nicki Minaj as the Cockney-accented narrator.

Is the 35-minute run time necessary? Not in my opinion. It could have been shorter, and some of the scenes of dialogues are definitely unnecessary. Should you still watch it despite the run time? Yes. The music and visuals more than make up for it. It’s sort of like Avatar, except without being spoon-fed metaphors and having to wear annoying 3-D glasses to truly appreciate the scenery. West’s album drops on November 22, 2010, and it’s sure to be one of the biggest events in music this year.

Record Store Day

Friday, April 17th, 2009 | Student Life Staff

Get excited for the greatest day of the year, vinylphiles. Saturday marks the second annual Record Store Day, a celebration of independent record stores across the country. (And they are independent—each participating store has to clear certain criteria. An indie record store is defined as “a physical retailer whose company is not publicly traded and whose ownership is at least 70% located in the state operation,” according to their website.)

Our very own Vintage Vinyl is in on the festivities, and they’ve got an awesome lineup of guest DJs and sweet deals. Members of So Many Dynamos and Story of the Year will be in attendance, as will Radio Rich Dalton and Gentleman Jim Gates. The best part of the day is the number of exclusive Record-Store-Day-only releases. The full list is at, but some of the notables are records by Wilco, The Smiths, Bad Religion, Oasis, Slayer, Radiohead, Queen’s first EP ever (!!!), Flight of the Conchords, Andrew Bird, etc. etc. etc

Still not convinced? There’s free beer and no sales tax.

It doesn’t get much better than that.

Happy hunting!