When music formats die, it’s not just the pieces of music that are rendered useless — the equipment electronics companies built and sold to listen to the music also went the way of the Victrola. If you have a stash of 8-tracks from the 1970s or MiniDiscs from the ’90s, you’re shit out of luck if your original players break down. Even though, like vinyl (only far less so), the cassette tape has found a little underground cult following amongst some music heads, that cutesy niche (really, we think it’s just hipster music fans trying to be difficult and “unusual”) isn’t enough to keep Sony from ceasing the production of its famous “Walkman.” The company announced its last Walkmans (Walkmen?) are in stores now and when they’re gone, they’ll make no more. (The Walkman, for those under 35, was the now-cumbersome-seeming forefather of the iPod, only a couple pounds heavier and about the size of a small brick.) The biggest question raised by the announcement? “Sony was still making Walkmans?!”
We often make fun of the scant few D-list “celebrity-backers” Republicans often get stuck with every campaign cycle, while seemingly 99 percent of the music, film, art, television, dance, opera, etc.
What Would Be On Hitler’s iTunes Celebrity Playlist?
A new report (which has many experts skeptical) has surfaced that says that after Adolf Hitler killed himself, a Russian intelligence official stole boxes of the Nazi leader’s albums. Feeling guilty, he stashed them in his attic, where his daughter found them and, following her father’s death two months ago, she’s now telling the world about the Fuhrer’s favorite music. No, it wasn’t just Wagner’s complete discography — the onetime artist actually enjoyed non-Nazi-approved music by composers like Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, as well as what was surely his embarrassing Spin Doctors album he tried to hide from friends — music by two Jewish musicians — and, remarkably, Michael Jackson’s Thriller (see — everyone had that album!).