One of the social media company’s backers has made an apparently sudden exit of his own from his native Switzerland for St Kitts in the Caribbean
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Wednesday 22 July 2009
Friday 03 July 2009
With the Blur reunion up and running to rapturous acclaim, it would be perhaps appropriate if their US counterparts Pavement (left) – often cited as a major influence on Blur's post-Britpop reinvention – were to make a comeback too. The band split after their 1999 album, 'Terror Twilight', which was good but showed signs they were running out of steam. Since then, there have been rumours that they might reform – most recently, the band's guitarist Scott Kannberg sent out some smoke signals in January. But don't hold your breath; frontman Stephen Malkmus has struck out on his own, while bassist Mark Ibold has hooked up with Sonic Youth. Prior to that, Kannberg had his own band, Preston School of Industry, but now, at least, he's become somewhat nostalgic by reverting to his Pavement-era stage name, Spiral Stairs. Under the moniker, he will release a new album, 'The Real Feel', in October. The first taste of it is "Maltese Terrier", a jangly, jaunty slab of guitar alt-rock, complete with Sixties harmonies, banjo plucking and tinkling piano lines. Listen to it at tinyurl.com/lnjq2r.
Thursday 25 June 2009
Twitter's founders haven't decided how to cash in on their internet messaging service. But this approach may not prevent a gold rush among opportunistic outsiders.
Wednesday 24 June 2009
Much indignation at the European Central Bank over Business Diary's story about a new design for euro coins (we were rather rude). The ECB points out it isn't responsible for these designs, with each eurozone member's national bank issuing its own coinage. An ECB spokesperson adds, diplomatically, "I make no comment on the article itself, as obviously tastes do differ: some like modern symbolism, others prefer old-fashioned naturalism."
Wednesday 24 June 2009
MySpace is to slash two-thirds of its workforce outside the US, just a week after a huge cull at home, as it struggles to compete with rival social networking group Facebook and the economic downturn takes its toll.
Wednesday 24 June 2009
Outlook Perhaps we should forgive the technology industry for a short-term memory lapse. After all, FSA boss Adair Turner said yesterday that some in the City had already forgotten the lessons of last autumn's financial crisis, so to expect the social networking industry to remember what the dot.com boom and bust taught us 10 years ago might be considered unreasonable.
Tuesday 23 June 2009
MySpace, the social networking website owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, said on Tuesday it plans to cut about two-thirds of its international workforce and close at least four of its offices outside the United States.
Sunday 21 June 2009
Wednesday 17 June 2009
MySpace, the social networking site owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, is to slash its workforce by 30 per cent after its new chief executive said staffing levels were "bloated".
Monday 08 June 2009
'I've not seen my mother since I was three. I do not know anything about her, but I would like to ...'
Saturday 30 May 2009
Wednesday 20 May 2009
Friday 15 May 2009
Even three years since her breakthrough album 'Begin to Hope' was described as "one of the rare albums where the talent practically sears the speakers" by The Onion's AV club, Regina Spektor's quirky piano pop is still as bizarre as anything indie music has to offer. It's been a busy week for the Russian pop fairy (left), with her new record release beset with artwork problems after the wrong images were distributed, leading Spektor to speculate on the chances of her forthcoming album, "Far", being released with a "t" added to the end of its title. "We had a million comps, ideas, and we posted the wrong ones," the starlet mused on her MySpace blog, adding: "I'm giving up trying to make things perfect, because they never are". Gastric mix-ups aside, though the album doesn't hit the shelves until 23 June, anyone looking for a sneak preview can check out the star's MySpace page for the brand new "Laughing With", described by the Spektor herself as "a new song that I never played for people at shows before". Along with some older hits, it's available at tinyurl.com/nypxo
Friday 01 May 2009
Vocals - Lou Reed
He has the most wonderful, lived-in, voice I've ever heard. There's so much theatrical drama to it but he still sounds really sincere.
Monday 27 April 2009
They would elect a Green government but they condone capital punishment. Energy would come from solar-power and the leader would be Barack Obama or perhaps Robin Hood.
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