News …

Wanna buy the “world’s greatest music collection?” – The Guardian Unlimited U.K.

Apple announces 2GB Shuffle, drops 1GB price to $49 – Cnet /

Do men and women perceive music differently? – The Times Online U.K.

Thieves target Matt Costa, steal half his gear from venue storage locker – Winnipeg Sun

The old Montreal Spectrum faces the wrecking ball – Montreal Gazette

Brit Awards organizers take steps to prevent a “Naked Ozzy”The Star U.K.

Views …

Van Halen in Florida – ” … guitarist extraordinaire Van Halen and showman’s showman Roth looked genuinely pleased to be sharing the stage again; almost as glad as the crowd was to see them there.” – The Tampa Tribune

Wilco’s Chicago residency – ” … this was a weekend for exceptions, breaking format and breaking out of ruts.” – The Chicago Tribune

Ladysmith Black Mambazo in Fort Worth – “For more that 90 minutes, Shabalala and Ladysmith Black Mambazo were simply dazzling, delivering syncopated harmonies clearly and cleanly enough to make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end.” – Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Tesla in Kansas – “Loud guitars, with no shortage of solos, marked Tesla’s performance Sunday night during its sold-out concert at the Cotillion Ballroom.” – The Wichita Eagle

Ornette Coleman in Vancouver – “Pulitzer shmulitzer: this dude can wail.” – The Vancouver Sun

Bjork in South Korea – “Bjork is a ringmaster. On Saturday night at Olympic Hall in southeastern Seoul, her band, her music and her audience were the circus.” – JoongAng Daily

They Say It’s Their Birthday … (Or so says Associated Press)

Smokey Robinson is 68

Bobby Rogers ( is 68)

Lou Christie is 65

Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven And Hell) is 60

Jeff Daniels is 53

Dave Wakeling (General Public, The English Beat) is 52

Seal is 45

Haylie Duff is 23