Steve Vai Nominated for Grammy Award for ‘Lotus Feet’

From Vai.com:

Steve Vai GRAMMY Nomination!

Steve Vai has received a GRAMMY nomination in the category of “Best
Instrumental Rock Performance” (For solo, duo, group or collaborative
performances, without vocals. Includes Rock, Hard Rock and Metal. Singles
or Tracks only.) Following is a list of this years nominees:

“Beat Box Guitar”
Adrian Belew
Track from: Side One[Sanctuary]

“Birds Of Prey”
Stewart Copeland
Track from: Orchestralli [Ponderosa]

“69 Freedom Special”
Les Paul & Friends
Track from: American Made World Played [Capitol Records]

“Mercy”
Joe Perry
Track from: Joe Perry [Columbia Records]

“Lotus Feet”
Steve Vai
Track from: Real Illusions: Reflections [Epic/Red Ink]

The 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

DRM Crippled CD: A bizarre tale in 4 parts

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This article on The Big Picture tells a bizarre story about DRM crippled CDs. This actually hits home for me as over the weekend I found that the new G3 – Live In Tokyo CD (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and John Petrucci) came out and is also DRM protected. iTunes only has the partial album – no Petrucci. Disappointing. This story is a pretty interesting read and shows how rediculous this copy protection thing is and how petty one company can be.

Frank Zappa Catalog Available on iTunes

I hit Dahl.com this morning and saw an ad on the site about the Zappa catalog being available on iTunes.

I hit Google News to see if I could find some announcements on this, but came up empty. I then did a Google search and found tons of references to it, mostly on web logs.

My Google search did, however hit something else as well. Over on Zappa.com, I found this proposal, written by Frank himself, for a service for making available back catalog items via digital download (over cable).

I found this really interesting. Just another example, I guess, of how far ahead of his time this guy was.