CONCERT Vault is a new subscription-based mobile app that gives you access to hundreds of performances by bands like U2 (recorded at Madison Square Garden on the Joshua Tree tour in 1987), Pink Floyd live in 1977 or Fleetwood Mac in 1975. Yes, the app is free to download, but you'll have to pay $3.99 per month to be able to download two performances over the month.
If you're a fan of classic rock and live concert bootlegs, this is the type of app that's worth its monthly subscription rate. The iPad version should be even better to stream the audio and video most of these concerts come with.
George R.R. Martin recommendations
HBO's hit epic fantasy-drama Game of Thrones is back, but if you were a fan of George R.R. Martin's series before it took over the airwaves -- or if you're one of those people who believes the book will always be better than the show and have been diligently reading all of Martin's writing -- the author has pointed out some reading recommendations on his blog, Not a Blog. He starts with the fantasy genre, including obvious stuff like J.R.R. Tolkien, Jack Vance and Richard Adams, to name a few. He also rattles off some contemporary writers to check out like Daniel Abraham, Patrick Rothfuss and Joe Abercrombie.
Apparently fantasy isn't the only thing he reads -- Martin mentions a few of his favourite historical writers, too. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Thomas B. Costain and Nigel Tranter all made his list. That should give you multiple starting points to dig deeper into the authors who influence Martin and his A Song of Fire and Ice series.
Norm Macdonald Live
After a failed attempt at a sports show on the Comedy Network, standup comedian and former Saturday Night Live alumnus Norm Macdonald is launching a new program on the web. Macdonald's live show will air weekly via the Video Podcast Network. Co-hosted by Adam Eget, the show will take Macdonald's dry, witty humour and match it with a couple of interviews and comedy segments each show. Super Dave Osborne, a.k.a. comedian Bob Einstein, was his first guest.
You can subscribe on YouTube; new episodes are also available via iTunes.
Video of the Week: Boats! -- Getting Worst.jpg
Shot by Winnipeg filmmaker Mike Maryniuk, Getting Worst.jpg is the kind of weird video -- complete with magicians, kaleidoscope-style visuals, skeletons, crafts, lasers and, of course, a cat -- that you would come to expect from local band Boats! and Maryniuk. The band recently returned from an extended tour across North America that saw it play shows at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, Canadian Music Week in Toronto and a bunch of other dates in support of its new album, A Fairway Full of Miners, on Kill Rock Stars.
The band wraps up the tour with a show at the Windsor on April 4. Pop Crimes and Viridians are also on the bill.
MP3 of the Week: Dinosaur Jr -- Entertainment
Fuzzy guitar gods Dinosaur Jr offer up their own remix/cover of Phoenix's Entertainment, a new single off the band's forthcoming album. Bankrupt is available in stores on April 23.