Morning Music Notes – An Inanimate Object Pays Its Respects to Dick Clark

Celebrities Pay Their Respects to Dick Clark Over Twitter

Dick Clark, a man who died yesterday at the age of 82, lived to see many technological advancements in his lifetime. I bet he never thought receiving 140 character tributes on “Twitter” on the “Internet” on “computers” was something that would happen to him when he died – probably because he thought he was going to live forever. Below are some of the tweets from celebrities impacted by Dick Clark’s death, as well as a sad tribute from the Times Square Ball, which oddly has a Twitter account.

@RyanSeacrest: I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life.

@questlove: Dick Clark. A Great Philadelphian. Thank You Very Much!

@denisleary: Dick Clark dead. Okay so now I’m starting to get a little more concerned about all this 2012 Mayan shit

@JanetJackson: Dick Clark changed the face of musical television. He was wonderful to many artists including our family. We will miss him. God bless.

@jimmykimmel: I had the pleasure of working with Dick Clark many times – great guy. Some trivia: did you know he HATED music?

I hate music, too, Jimmy! That’s another thing that Dick and I have in common, besides a love for uniquely scented candles.

Blur to Release Massive Boxset with 65 Unheard Tracks

Blur are going to release a new boxset called ’21’, which will be a re-issuing of all of their albums, along with unheard songs (via Gigwise). Surely someone must’ve heard them, or else they have no clue what they are releasing to the public. The boxset will consist of the 7 studio albums, 65 unreleased tracks, more than 130 rarities, 3 DVDs, and a book with photos. There will also be an interview with the band, and a limited 7″ vinyl. It will cost $1 million

If you have some of the albums and don’t want to buy the entire boxset, you can get the albums individually, each with their own second disc of B-sides and rarities. The aptly named boxset will contain 21 discs, and will be released on July 30, 21 years after their debut of Leisure. I guess with this boxset and the Hyde Park show in London, this really will be the definitive end to Blur.

Occupy This Album Benefit Album Will Feature Yoko Ono, Tom Morello, Mogwai, Yo La Tengo, and more

An Occupy Wall Street benefit album is being released by Music for Occupy on May 15, and will feature new and previously released tracks (via Consequence of Sound). The album is massive – 4 CDs and 78 songs. If you get the digital version, you get 99 tracks and 1 hidden track, which is clearly not hidden. Proceeds from the album will go to the (hopefully not mismanaged) Occupy Wall Street movement, which is still going strong, despite the dwindling media attention. There’s even a 5 song sampler for you to listen to below.

Artists on the benefit album include Yoko Ono, Willie Nelson, Michael Moore covering Bob Dylan (is Michael Moore doing a documentary on this? It seems up his alley), Thievery Corporation, Tom Morello, UNKLE, Our Lady Peace, Yo La Tengo, Mogwai, and more many. Check out the full tracklisting at Amazon.

Siri Has Competition After Months of Rejection from Apple

If you don’t have the Apple iPhone 4S, and are craving some kind of voice recognition software, it’s your lucky day. After months of rejection from Apple, Voice Answer is now available in the iTunes Store (via Tech Crunch). The app is based on data from Wolfram Alpha, which is also what Siri uses. You can ask questions verbally or type them in if your mouth is full of candy.

The app will set you back £2.49 / $3.99 and you can grab it from the iTunes Store. The app is also planning some upgrades, such as adding a face to match the voice. The imagination of what the voice looks like is half the fun though! Check out what the Voice Answer robotic face might look like below, and let the nightmares begin.

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