Everybody on social media is freaking out about having the new U2 album—and I’ll use their word for it—forced upon them by Apple. Personally, I don’t think it’s ever a bad thing when one of the biggest bands in the world decides to give you their new album for free.
It was apparently a smart move by U2 because since the Songs of Innocence album appeared in everyone’s iTunes, their back catalog started to sell like crazy. The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby, and The Unforgettable Fire saw huge spikes in sales. When you start looking at the albums that shaped U2’s career, you begin to realize that there were some amazing songs that you probably paid for at some point in your life. Here are my top ten favorite U2 songs.
10. “UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD”
9. “TWO HEARTS BEAT AS ONE”
8. “A SORT OF HOMECOMING”
7. “SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY”
6. “NEW YEAR’S DAY”
5. “WITH OR WITHOUT YOU”
4. “BULLET THE BLUE SKY”
3. “WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME”
“Pride” has to be my all-time favorite because it is such a thoughtful song with an important message. It also came out when I was in my early teens and opened my eyes to so many social issues that I hadn’t seen in my life. It also was the song that got me hooked on U2.
Once again the future does one thing really good: it makes it so we don't have to wait for the future to hear new music. Though Alt-J's new album isn't due out until next week, the future has made it possible for you to hear it now.
The downside is the stream is on Spotify, so by the time you actually hear any of the album it may actually be next Tuesday and you can just buy it. Spotify works okay on my phone, but I only open it on my desktop when I feel like crashing my computer.
If you manage to hear it, let us know how it is.
Alt-J will be performing at The Complex on October 27th. Get your tickets for that show here.
Radio From Hell interviews the charming Margaret Cho.
Bill: Did you just do a pilot?
Margaret Cho: I just did a pilot earlier this year with the wonderful people that worked on 30 rock with me well, I worked with them. Tina Fay, Robert Carlock, Matt Hubbard and so that ended up not happening and ended up doing something else. It’s.. uh.. more like I..I want to get back to doing standup comedy and getting back out there so the new show that I’m doing tonight is called There’s no I in team but there is a Cho in Psycho.
Margaret Cho is Performing September 11-13 at WiseGuys Comedy
X96 hit up the The Oddball Comedy Festival at USANA Amphitheater this past Saturday.
Saturday's Oddball Festival featured a solid line-up: Jeff Ross, Whitney Cummings, Chris Hardwick, Demetri Martin, Hannibal Buress, Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari, and Louis C.K.. A comedy show that started with the sun still out, in an amphitheatre seemed odd, but once the joking started the crowd was ready to laugh. It was fantastic to see so many people out to support comedy. The crowd's energy would fuel a great evening of comedy.
Brody Stevens of "Funny or Die" welcomed the crowd. He told them about the discussion with Will Ferrell about bringing the show to Salt Lake City and entertained the crowd before welcoming the first comic, and host and Roastmaster General, Jeff Ross brought his energy to the main stage.
Brody Stevens welcoming the crowd
Jeff Ross, sporting a new look, turned his roasting skills to the crowd before introducing the first comedian.
Jeff invited several members of the audience on stage to subject themselves to the verbal blows of Roast Master.
Jeff Ross Roasting the crowd
Following Jeff's honorary local roast, the hilarious Whitney Cummings took the stage.
The self-pronounced single and on-the-prowl, Ms. Cummings, best known for her NBC sitcom "Whitney" and as the writer and creator of the CBS hit, "2 Broke Girls" put on a very casual and hilarious set about her relationships and where she is at in life, most of which consist of men's odd, intimate expectations of her.
The Nerdist's and @midnight host, Chris Hardwick was welcomed by a warmed-up crowd. Even though Chris had just performed at WiseGuys Comedy a few months back, he kept his set fresh and interactive. Within the first few minutes, Chris climbed down from the stage to join the crowd and see the fans. Chris' set also talked about the recent death of his father, the legendary Bowler Billy Hardwick.
Following Christ Hardwick's set, the always hilarious Demetri Martin took the stage. Demetri brought his quick, witty comedy and of course his guitar to his stand up show. Demetri's set was everything his fans have expected. It was strong from the start and left everybody in stitches.
Hannibal Buress took the stage next, wearing a one piece jumpsuit featuring Hannibal Burress - brilliant!
Sarah Silverman's crowd work was absolutely hilarious, sitting on fans laps and surely making some of those guys year. Sarah's set is a small glimpse inside her Emmy winning special "We are Miracles" - out September 23rd.
Aziz has reached a point in his stand up where he can't stop writing great comedy. It's rare to see a stand up that can continually write a new hour every year or every other year. Following his Netflix's special last year, Aziz hit the stage with fresh material and kept the crowd laughing. He talked about relationships, vegetarians, his heritage and more.
Then the headliner: Louis C.K. - welcomed with a standing ovation, the rain began to pour. No one left. This was the comic people were here to see.
Louie checking on the rain
Louie was aggressive, yet light hearted.
The Oddball Comedy Festival was an amazing time and something that every comedy fan needs to experience. Thanks to Funny or Die and all of the comics for bring the show to Salt Lake City. No doubts with the enthusiasm and laughter it will be back next year.
Not only are we getting new, bigger, slimmer iPhones this month, but we are getting the new U2 album today and it's free. If you are already an iTunes subscriber just go into the iTunes store, click on "purchased' link on the right hand side and download it as you have already purchased it for $0.00 whether you like it or not. If you aren't an iTunes subscriber you have 5 weeks to sign up and get it for free.
The band announced the offering after performing at the Apple announcement today, which can as a surprise because the band had said the album would be pushed to 2015. Lies! Then again, the band also said they wouldn't be at the event just two days ago.
You can watch the keynote and more about the event here.
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