The problem with releasing an album these days? Your fans might not want to pay for it, if they don’t have to. So: The year is off to a rotten start for the music industry, with the new No. 1 album setting a new record for the smallest sales total. Alternative rock band Cake debuted at No. 1 for the first time in its career after selling just 44,000 copies of its new album "Showroom of Compassion" during the week ended January 16, according to Nielsen SoundScan data issued Wednesday. Not saying there’s a connection, but if you google “Cake Torrent” to find places where you could illegally download their work, you get 4,160,000 hits. Might be a connection. Older Post The absolute very last post about the Golden Globes Newer Post Good news: Clooney now mostly resistant to malaria … [Read more...] about Albums just aren’t selling these days
He never gives interviews, does he? But he spoke at length to the Daily Mail. He’s still the rebel - why, he’s smoking cigarettes. Nicholson is everything you expect him to be in the flesh. He smells of expensive car-seat leather and nicotine. He speaks in strange, complex riddles. He allows a 30-minute interview to run on for an hour and 40 minutes as he talks about everything from mortality to drugs to heartbreak. He is charming, fascinating, funny, strangely vulnerable and completely original in every way. ‘I’m definitely still wild at heart. But I’ve struck bio-gravity. I can’t hit on women in public any more. I didn’t decide this; it just doesn’t feel right at my age.’ Maybe because he’s 73. He says he doesn't feel irresistible to women anymore, by the way. Does that fill him with sadness, a newfound sense of maturity, or does he think what the hell, I've had a good run ? Go read. It’s an … [Read more...] about Jack Nicholson is still just what you’d expect
The news that Minneapolis will host the Super Bowl in 2018 is undoubtedly good for the local economy. Die-hard fans will flood the downtown streets and no doubt fill hotels, as well as search out local restaurants to sample our signature staple, the walleye. But if you are a local business owner, don’t spend your projected windfall just yet. While cities do benefit financially from the Big Game, independent economists are nearly unanimous in saying that they don’t benefit as much as promised. Back when Minnesota announced it would seek to host the event, I contacted several university economists, none of them paid by the teams or the Chamber of Commerce. They said to expect one-tenth to one-fourth of whatever the NFL projects. “Strangely, whenever you start asking people for the actual economic report, you get missing-study syndrome,” Victor Matheson, an economics professor at College of the Holy Cross, told me. “When economists not related to the NFL … [Read more...] about Tevlin: Just what is the economic impact of a Super Bowl?
Commuters are experiencing a hassle-free drive on most mainline roads. The exception is some minor congestion on southbound 494 from the Fish Lake Interchange in Maple Grove to Rockford Road in Plymouth. It's 12 minutes to reach 394. You'll notice the squeeze on southbound 35E from Hwy. 36 to downtown St. Paul and the usual slow down on westbound 94 from Hwy. 61 into downtown St. Paul. Southbound 35W is moving just below the posted from Lexington Avenue to 694, but that won't cost you much time. The south metro looks good, with 17 minutes on northbound 35W to downtown Minneapolis and 19 minutes on northbound 35E to downtown St. Paul. Older Post 6:45 a.m. update: Current drive times Newer Post 7:20 a.m. update: Current travel times … [Read more...] about 7:05 a.m. update: Just minor congestion
Drive times on south metro highways and freeways are risings almost as quick as flood waters. Estimated travel times on northbound 35W from the Burnsville Split to 494 is now 25 to 28 minutes. Northbound Hwy. 169 is now 20 minutes from Canterbury Road to 494 as the highway absorbs traffic that normally would use Hwy. 41 or Hwy. 101 to cross the Minnesota River. Those crossings are flooded out and closed. Hwy. 212 is slower than normal from Powers Blvd. to Shady Oak Road. That is now at 17 minutes. Northbound 35E is looking just fine if that is your route. It's only 20 minutes from County 42 up to downtown St. Paul. Southbound 35W and 35E continue to drag in the north metro. A crash on 35E at County J has traffic coming to a halt at Tart Lake Road. After that, it's 20 minutes to downtown St. Paul. Southbound 35W is tight from 95th Avenue to 694 and 22 to 24 minutes to reach downtown Minneapolis. Older Post 7:25 a.m. update: Wreck on 94 in north Minneapolis Newer Post 7:50 a.m. … [Read more...] about 7:35 a.m. update: Drive times rising just like the flood waters