Apologies for not posting much these past few weeks. I’ve been very busy and, honestly, it’s been nice to have a break from the blog. So nice, in fact, that I’m considering stopping it altogether. Whenever I sit down to choose new music or research new posts, it’s difficult to muster up the enthusiasm I once had. It’s beginning to feel like something I have to do, as opposed to something I want to do. Doing this blog has subtly changed how I listen to music (everything I hear is measured as a potential Vitamin) and I’m not sure that’s a good thing.
But, all that being said, there is a part of me that does want to continue, it just may not be in the current format. I’ve been mulling over recording a weekly podcast, although I’m not crazy about the sound of my own voice. Or I may just end up posting whenever I feel like it, not necessarily every day.
Anyways, I turn it over to you. I honestly have no idea how many regular readers Audible Vitamins has but if you’ve made this blog a part of your daily, or even weekly, browsing habits and would truly miss it if it were gone, let me know in the comments. You guys may give me the inspiration to continue.
South African singing legend Miriam Makeba, who was forced into exile due to her outpoken anti-apartheid views, died of a heart attack. Kevin Cogill, the blogger who was arrested for posting tracks from the upcoming Guns N’ Roses album Chinese Democracy, agreed to plead guilty. Michael Stipe has designed a polo shirt for Lacoste. A biopic based on the life of Jeffy Garcia is reportedly in the works. Santogold is now going by the name Santi after being threatened with legal action by an artist named Santo Gold. Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell died at the age of 62. A woman who was rejected for American Idol was found dead outside the home of Paula Abdul of an apparent suicide. Satellite radio stations XM and Sirius merged. The next New York Dolls album will be produced by Todd Rundgren, who produced their debut album 36 years ago. A copy of The White Album numbered 0000005 is up for auction on eBay. Folk singer Odetta is in a New York hospital with kidney failure.
Def Jam Executive VP Shakir Stewart commited suicude. Testimony opened in the murder retrial of Phil Spector. Peruvian singer Yma Sumac died of cancer. Deftones bassist Chi Cheng is in a coma after a car accident in CA. Jimmy Carl Black, drummer and “the indian of the group” in Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention also died of cancer. Frank Navetta, founding member of the Descendents, died after a short illness. Ray Davies announced that the Kinks are writing new material together. Missing Persons frontwoman Dale Bozzio was charged with animal cruelty after neighbors found several sick and dead cats in her home. An arrest warrant was issued for Mos Def in Las Vegas after he allegedly got into an altercation with a photographer. Jamaican music legend Byron Lee died of cancer as well. Hall & Oates are suing their publisher for allegedly not protecting the rights to their 1982 hit ‘Maneater.’ Come announced they’ll be reuniting for a performance at the Tanned Tin Festival in Spain.
Keyboardist Merl Saunders, who played with The Grateful Dead, B.B. King, Miles Davis and many others, died of complications following a stroke. Rumors of a Smiths reunion at next year’s Coachella were quashed by Johnny Marr’s management. The Cure’s new album 4:13 Dream is streaming on their MySpace page. AC/DC topped the Billboard Top 200 chart in the US and came in first on the UK album charts for the first time in 28 years with their latest album, Black Ice. MTV launched a Hulu-like website for music videos at mtvmusic.com. MTV also announced that they and Harmonix, the developer behind Rock Band, have licensed the Beatles catalog for a new video game. John Paul Jones has confirmed that Led Zeppelin will tour without Robert Plant and that they are currently auditioning for a replacement vocalist. Wal-Mart lowered the prices at it’s digital download store with some songs selling for .74. Jermaine Jackson confirmed that the Jackson 5 will reunite in 2009, although Michael released a statement saying he would not be participating. Alan McGee, co-founder of Creation Records and former manager of Oasis and Jesus and Mary Chain, amongst others, announced his retirement from the music business via his Facebook page. Ben Gibbard, of Death Cab For Cutie and Postal Service, was stung by a scorpion. Wilco performed on the Colbert Report. Neil Young Archives: Volume 1 (1963-1972) is available for pre-order from Amazon.
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