a-ha will be no more

Having lost track of this Norwegian band after the release of their Lifelines icon album in 2003, I hadn’t heard that the band was going to officially split up at the end of this year, two years short of their 30th anniversary.

Apparently their latest release, Foot Of The Mountain, was quite the success in Europe and the trio had decided to go out with a bang, appropriately naming their final tour the “Ending On A High Note Tour“.

Not only was the album critically acclaimed but it topped the German charts, reached #2 in Norway and had debuted in the United Kingdom charts at #5 last summer.

It’s rather sad to see this pop institution go, Take On Meicon being one of the best known music videos of the MTV generation, followed closely by The Sun Always Shines On TVicon.

These videos, along with the videos for Train Of Thought, Hunting High And Low and their incredible cover of The Everly Brothers’ Crying In The Rain aired quite frequently on Canadian music video networks Much Music and Musique Plus from the mid 80’s to mid 90’s.

But of course these stations had pretty much dropped most of their music videos by the time Forever Not Yours and Lifelines were released in 2002 so their Lifelines icon album didn’t chart higher than the 28th position here in Canada at the time. And this album had topped the charts in Norway, Germany, Latvia and Estonia.

Actually, I don’t even remember hearing anything from Analogue (All I Want) on the radio when it was released in 2005, which was the band’s first UK top ten hit since 1988.

Well, at least Toronto residents will be lucky to see them perform live for one last time on May 10th at Massey Hall. I understand tickets are still available for the gig.

a-ha

Blogger raided by Police over iPhone

Times Online reports that the blogger that broke the iPhone 4G story has had his residence raided by police.

YIPES !

Click here for the Time Online article.

Free Music Downloads Via iCoke

Just thought I’d post this tidbit of info :

Canadians can redeem iCoke Points for music downloads from chooseyoursongs.com, in increments of five download credits for 5000 iCoke points.

Specially marked Coke, Sprite and Nestle products contain codes that can be redeemed online at icoke.ca for 500 to 1000 points each individual product purchase.

Basically you get 500 points per individual specially marked 591 ml or 2 L Coca Cola, Coca Cola Zero, Diet Coke product purchase, 500 points per individual specially marked 591 ml Sprite product purchase and 1000 points when you purchase specially marked 12 packs of Nestle iced tea (Zero and Green Tea versions included).

If you join iCoke’s mailing list you can also redeem 3500 points instead for this 5 song download credit package.

Please note that to redeem the points and download the music you will need to register at iCoke and chooseyoursongs.com. And the later is mostly limited to Universal Music Canada artists so you should probably browse the site.

Sheet Music/Music Book Source Listing Added

I’ve added a rough version of my sheet music and music book listings to the blog. It will of course be updated at random.

Whoops !

It appears that a software engineer at Apple forgot their test version of the new iPhone 4G at a bar in Redwood City, California.

This device was found by a blogger for Gizmodo, who explains how he found the iPhone in this blog entry. He also reviews the device in this blog entry.

Oh well. At least STATE SECRETS weren’t involved ! :-/

International Record Store Day

I’ve expanded my vinyl source listings in honor of International Record Store Day. But unfortunately I had accidentally put the wrong date in so I’ve had to edit this blog entry.

Well, better late than never, eh ? 🙂