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Music is defined by Merriam-Webster Online as "(a) the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity; (b): vocal, instrumental, or mechanical sounds having rhythm, melody, or harmony." However, anyone will tell you music is much more than what is written in a dictionary.

Music has been around for thousands of years, according to artifacts found throughout the world. As the sound of music has evolved over centuries, so has the methods used to both perform and replay music. Early instruments such as the mandora and zuma have been replaced by the electric guitar and FM Synthesizer. In this day and age, people take advantage of the Internet for guitar lessons or lessons for any number of instruments. Vinyl records, 8-tracks, and cassette tapes are out, and compact discs (CDs) and MP3s are the latest ways to listen to music at home or on the go.

In fact, digital music has revolutionized the music industry in ways both legal (iTunes, the current version of Napster, Rhapsody) and illegal (peer-to-peer file sharing networks, the former version of Napster), allowing fans to stream or download music onto a computer or portable digital music player. The industry was initially surprised at the scope of the downloading craze, and it took some time before the RIAA stepped in and began to sue people of all ages for what they perceived to be rampant copyright violation.

What is next in the evolution of music? Only time will tell, but you can be sure that somewhere someone will be tapping their foot to the latest song they hear and enjoy.

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  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    I picked some Amazon ASINs more-or-less at random: The 2005 Grammy Nominees album was one of the first things that came up when I searched for MUSIC at Amazon, as was NOW 17. Ray Charles’ Genius Loves Company is a best-seller right now, and is darn good to boot. I love U2’s How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, and my wife loves Michael Bublé’s It’s Time.

    Feel free to suggestion additions or alternatives. :-)

  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com Eric Berlin

    How ’bout axing the Now 17 and throwing in a good indie band like The Distillers or the Von Bondies?

    It’s nit-picky, but you asked for it, Phillip!

    Very nice work with the open threads.

    ~ Eric B.

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    Whatsa matta? Don’t like the teeny-bopper NOW stuff?

    Neither do I.

    Hey, maybe I’ll stick in a Pedro The Lion album! :-)

  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com Eric Berlin

    I’m not saying, necessarily, that I dislike the NOW. I’m just saying it makes me want to stick a fork in my eye.

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    Try listening to Michael Bublé for a while!

  • SFC SKI

    The Now and Grammy comps have too much filler, U2 has padded two or three good songs into an album for far too long, male singers who aren’t fronting rock bands don’t turn me on, and I haven’t gotten the Ray Charles disc yet.

  • Eric Olsen

    the NOW’s aren’t typically my favorite material either, but remember that this was actually a big breakthrough when the labels agreed to get together to make greatest-recent-hits packages after years of refusing to do so in an effort to force more album sales

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    SKI, speak not such heresy of the mighty U2! :-P

    I updated the ASINs, removing NOW17, and adding albums by Pedro the Lion, The Distillers, and Nirvana. I love Bleach!

  • SFC SKI

    Sorry, Phil, but the best days of consistently good U2 are long gone. Worst part is, on their greatest hits comps, they have failed to put in songs like “A Celebration” or “11 O’clock, Tick Tock” form their earliest best days. Listen to “October” then listen to “Dismantle” and tell me which sounds fresh, new, and vibrant, and which sounds old, rehashed, and forced.
    Yeah, I feel a little strongly about this…;)

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    Ski, I listen to October relatively regularly, and my absolute favorite U2 album varies between Joshua Tree and Boy regularly. But HTDAAB is hardly a rehash. They are no longer young, but the appealing brashness of the early albums has been replaced with a weighty passion more recently.

    Different, but very good.

  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com Eric Berlin

    Phillip — Word up on The Distillers and Nirvana. I agree that Bleach is a great, raw, searing industrial/new wave/punk album. And “School” is such a great and cool track.

  • SFC SKI

    weighty passion = grandstanding histrionics on Bono’s part?

    Sorry Phil, I am willing to give ground on decriminalizing pedophilia or federally mandated sex-toy purchases, but music is something I feel much to strongly about to compromise.

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    Eric, after Bleach I love their Unplugged In New York, so how’s that for musical contradiction?

    I picked a random Distillers album based on your suggestion of the band; I’m afraid to say I’ve never listened.

    Ski, I don’t think I have anything to say to someone who can’t appreciate the brilliance of HTDAAB. :-)

  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com Eric Berlin

    I don’t think it’s a contradiction, it’s a testament to Nirvana’s range. An amazing listen is to throw on their two pre-Box Set albums: Unplugged and From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah.

    There’s an amazing, tantalizing track at the very end of the Box Set DVD, a cover of “Seasons in the Sun.” It’s so strange and sad and beautiful, and it may have signaled where Nirvana was headed as a musical force (though of course we’ll never know). It’s a shame it wasn’t included as part of the Box, or was never more widely publicized.

  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com Eric Berlin

    The Distillers’ self-titled album is my least favorite of theirs, though it’s still pretty good. I absolutely love “Coral Fang,” but any Distillers is better than none!

    By the way: The Distillers’ front-lady is Tim Armstrong’s (of Rancid) ex-wife. You can see strong Armstrong influence in The Distillers work, and indeed, I think they’re as potent a punk rock force as exists today.

    I love to think about them like this: they’re the band and the sound Courtney Love wishes she could create.

  • SFC SKI

    Nirvana wavered between brilliantly musical and unlistenable, and that was Cobain’s intent, when I listen to them I keep my hand near the FF button.

    The Distillers are much the same, I was given a lot of their songs, enough to know that I like them, but I also want to heaar their album before I buy it.

  • Eric Olsen

    music is good!

  • SFC SKI

    I can, and have, lived w/o TV or film for great lengths of time, but I go nuts if I don’t have my tunes with me at all times.

  • http://www.GoreallaEntertainment.com j.Diablo

    David Challenges Goliath… Texas independent record label threatens Wal-Mart with a 100 million dollar lawsuit

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    March 4, 2005, In a statement released today Kirk Phillips, chief executive of Houston based record label GoreallaEntertainment.com, is publicly putting Wal-Mart on notice: “Carry our product, in the original unedited format or face serious legal action.”

    Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer and record store have a standing policy since 1996 of not stocking CDs, which carry parental advisory labels. Phillips cries foul whenever the policy is mentioned.

    “It is time to level the playing field,” says Phillips “Wal-Mart has been making money ‘Just below the public consciousness’ off the sale of risqué, salacious, or otherwise objectionable entertainment items for years.” “While at the same, Wal-Mart’s ridiculously unfair policy aimed at keeping so-called indecent products of the shelves has been in effect and that very policy is financially oppressing independent record labels,” asserts Phillips.

    Wal-Mart is accused of trying to keep the independent record labels out of the lucrative global retail market by making it more expensive for them to compete. “ I must manufacture a whole separate run of edited product just for Wal-Mart… have you seen the edited version of Hollywood movie at Wal-Mart?” “Neither have I,” grumbles Phillips “and that’s just wrong!”

    “Hollywood DVDs are sold unedited in Wal-Mart with a simple R rating and a perfunctory disclaimer; and likewise video games are sold unedited in Wal-Mart with just the “self-governing” rating system sans the cursory disclaimer contained on DVDs. They both contain the same type of potentially objectionable material that is required to be censored by record companies.”

    Wal-Mart has profited to the tune of hundreds of millions dollars off the sales of graphically violent, profanity laced video game titles (The Grand Theft auto series of games: GTAIII, GTA Vice City, and GTA San Andreas, to name a few).

    “Requiring independent record companies to edit their albums slated for sale in Wal-Mart puts them at a competitive disadvantage to big-budget record labels, big-budget video game producers, and big-budget Hollywood movie studios: our direct competition for the same retail entertainment dollars” says Phillips.

    “This is the Bottom line, if Wal-Mart uses their oppressive anti-small business policy to keep our forthcoming album off of their retail shelves, then they should get ready to face our legal team and a 100 million dollar lawsuit in return, period.”

    The upcoming release by GoreallaEntertainment.com artist X-Conn is titled “Mister Number One” and is scheduled for a May 17th release via prospective distributor Select-O-Hits.

    -END-

    For more information: http://www.GoreallaEntertainment.com/contact.html

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    I suppose that an open thread is just asking for press releases. Perhaps we should make a rule?

    For now, though I guess we’ll let this one be. For now.

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    I heard a commercial on the radio on the way home today, advertising (er, technically not “advertising,” because this was NPR, but it sure sounded ad-like) three upcoming concerts by “musical masters.” The masters in question? Pat Metheny, Elvis Costello, and Tori Amos.

    One of these three does not belong!

  • http://www.filteringcraig.com FilteringCraig

    Which one doesn’t belong? If you say Tori Amos, we might have a problem! :-)

  • http://victorplenty.blogspot.com Victor Plenty

    When they killed Napster I stopped buying CDs.

    Now they try to tell us Napster is back, but don’t be fooled. The thing that wears the name of Napster today is nothing but a shambling zombie.

    The soulless demonic forces ruling the music industry have ripped Napster’s rotting corpse from the grave, stuffed it with foulness and decay, and sent it forth on a mission to win over our hearts and minds. It’s no surprise they are failing. Let us all hope they continue to fail.

    The true Napster, the Napster that once was, held out a glorious promise. At its peak this promise was still only partly realized, but even then it came close enough to let us glimpse what we could have: a vast library, containing every piece of music ever recorded, instantly available from the moment someone says to you, “You might enjoy listening to this track I heard the other day.”

    To let this happen, millions of people donated their own bandwidth and hardware to the project. They upgraded their Net connections and their hard drives, so they could share (and acquire, of course) more music.

    For me, file sharing was never about “getting stuff without paying for it.” Once I had used Napster to preview an artist’s work, more often than not, I bought CDs to support that artist. Judging by the rise of CD sales during the rise of Napster, and the fall in CD sales after Napster was no more, I was far from alone in this.

    But then the RIAA stepped in, and killed Napster. Inadvertently, they also educated us all about the vast corruption in the music industry. We learned how precious few of the dollars we spent on CDs went to the artists we loved. We learned the ruthless RIAA was willing to threaten little kids and little old ladies with financial ruin, just for a slim chance to hold onto their ill-gotten gains in the face of technology that makes their business model obsolete.

    Now they want us to pay for crippled, low-quality music files, attempting to repackage their whole morally bankrupt business model in a shiny new digital format. Well, I’m not willing to pay them one dime for that.

    For the potential of the old Napster, for the universally open media library, I would have been willing to pay. But no major, legal, RIAA-sanctioned service is offering anything like that.

    I’m not going to support these many different subscription services, each with its own incompatible locked-down file format, each with its own exclusive content.

    Even if withdrawing my support from such idiocy means the only CDs I can buy are the ones being sold directly by the musicians that created them.

  • SFC SKI

    “The thing that wears the name of Napster today is nothing but a shambling zombie” Again with the zombies, cut it out man, you’re scaring me.

    Seriously, the industry needs to put ALL of their catalog online and let me get that hard to find stuff for a less-than-a buck-a-song price, and let me burn it, rip it, play it on everything I own, forever with no strings attached. Do that and I will gladly give them my money. I am no longer spending $12-$20 for a CD that I will only rip to my hard drive and my iPod and sell at a loss less than 24 hours later. Get with the program, RIAA, we want a “discless” musical commerce.

  • http://victorplenty.blogspot.com Victor Plenty

    Heh. Guess there is a bit of a pattern to my comments today.

    If done right, file sharing can and should be the moral equivalent of radio — a medium giving great publicity to music that might otherwise remain forever doomed to obscurity. Instead, the RIAA has attempted to brainwash all of us (again with the brains, sorry) into sharing its neoluddite view that file sharing is the moral equivalent of shoplifting.

    I’m not buying what they’re selling. Neither literally nor figuratively.

  • sydney

    I will make a plug for my fav album of all time. Anyoen who lieks kraut-rock, free-jazz, classical, and blues, all wrapped into a pill (a downer pill).. They should get:

    Spritualized’s “Ladies and gentleman, we’re floating in space”

    ..most amazing music experience.. (Pet sounds comes a close 2nd..)

  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com/ Eric Berlin

    Victor – I think the issue of intellectual property rights (print publishing, music, movies, documents, data) is going to be one of the defining ones of our time.

    You make a fairly good argument… but I can see, in part, the other sides view as well. It’s a really muddy picture, though I think everyone can agree that the RIAA and music publishing companies are even still lagging behind on what consumers want and are willing to pay for. Wider access to pirated films are going to up the ante several notches.

    I’m left with ambivalent feelings, to be honest. Therefore, I’m in the middle: I buy singles from iTunes now and then, snag a few tracks via filesharing, and purchase the occasional CD at a store or online.

  • sydney

    Nothing makes me more angry than when i hear the RIAA or the film industry compare downloading music to shopliffitng.

    Those fuckers ruin the whole fucking industry, they got us bent over a barrel for fucking years now and they have the nerve! BASterds. I want to rip down the movie screen everytime i see those sickeing ads before the film starts.

  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com/ Eric Berlin

    I’m glad you found a place here at BlogCritics to vent, Sydney!

  • Scoota Rey

    If you’re a fan of 50, pick up that “Massacre” CD. It’s as good as the first and its production is so far the best of 2005! (In my opinon)

  • http://unarocks.blogspot.com Una

    BLOC PARTY, SO HERE THEY ARE (an interview with Gordy)

    Now, at the beginning of 2005, it’s hard to determine what the most exiting thing about Bloc Party. On one side, you have a band as fresh, sharp and raw as a smack across the face from a hefty salmon, who, despite the assertive lyrical statements of “I’m on Fire!” and “I can give you life/I can take it away” appear utterly vulnerable. The other side in this unequal equation is the cause of that vulnerability, an unprecedented amount of attention from press, TV, radio and the public. So here they are, and there’s nothing much they can to about it but hold it down. Grabbing a lamppost in the gale force shouting of a media determined to transplant boys with guitars out of the basement clubs and on to the pages of ‘Heat’.

    This new age of celebrity perhaps comes from the evolution of the traditional celeb, whose every action is run through a succession of PR filters before it reaches the hungry press. Rock stars in their twenties are a whole different thing altogether. There have very few minders to stop them going out getting bolloxed and throwing kebabs at photographers. Their drug use is displayed openly and almost with humour, not like the murky cover-ups of Hollywood starlets. The link between media-management-band is blurred. In fact, for this very article, I was tossed Gordy’s cell phone number to call whenever I liked on a given day. That doesn’t happen with even the most unheard of boy band.

    The outcome of this may be a media losing interest with the antics of smack-taking, guitar-smashing, gorilla-gigging and model-fucking twenty-two year olds. Or, it maybe the advent of a PR bastion usually reserved for pop artist and the rest of the celebrity ladder, A to D list.

    It was The Libertines who slowly kick-started this public relations revolution, along with the phenomenon of guerrilla gigging. The attention given to this band and their affiliates has been so intense that some have begun to even question their very existence, relating their presence to a Baudrillard media simulation in the meta-narrative of rock and roll. They are, of course real in flesh and blood, but now, not in many other terms.

    Fortunately for Bloc Party, they have one advantage for their survival in the near future. Their music screams louder and with more clarity than any battle cry of ‘THE NEXT FRANZ FERDINAND’. A beautifully curious collection of rhythms, riffs and yelps, Bloc Party, despite what you may read, are not particularly in tune with the Zeitgeist of The Killers and The Bravery (notice the very American obviousness of trend hijacking). Their noise is quieter than Kaiser Chiefs, far more constructed than The Libertines and with none of Franz Ferdinand’s irony. What emerges is a purity, perhaps not seen with such impact since Oasis. I for one certainly do not remember a band whose very existence (along, of course with their music) is having such an impact on the music media.

    Most importantly, it remains still remains a joy and on some level, a relief to discover that behind all the shit, Bloc Party make fucking beautiful music.

    It must be a busy day for you (today, the album, Silent Alarm is released)
    Yeah. We’ve done a couple of radio things, and a TV piece, which goes out tonight. I think this will be the last thing we do today.

    Are you worried about where the album will chart?
    Not worried, I never was particularly worried. We’ve done what we hoped to do, but I heard that maybe it’s heading for top three, which is, well, y’know.

    This last short while of your gigs, single releases, album recording, interviews and never-ending press. You’ve come under such scrutiny. Why do you think all of that happened?
    I don’t know. It’s a bit scary when you put it like that. I could understand it if it happened before. I think the press kind of seize on things when there’s something in the air. I think the Franz Ferdinand thing has something to do with it. Like, I think Franz Ferdinand came as a surprise to people. Now people say it could happen again. I’m not the best person to speculate on the reasons. The more we’re asked to speculate, the less real it becomes, and the less control we will have over what happens.
    People talk about the cycle of music, and how guitar music is in resurgence again. It’s difficult to say. Then, you begin to wonder, are we actually a product of a trend or not? My opinion is there’s probably been a gap for a band to really be taken to heart. That hasn’t happened of late, they’ve been more throwaway.

    Are you frightened of a backlash?
    It’s more a question of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’. The most important opinion of us is the people who listen to our music and buy our music. I suppose, it will be interesting to see what, creatively the outcome will be. None of us want to come under pressure and make an angry record. At the same time, we want to be kept on our toes.

    Could you sum up your personal experience of being in your position at this moment?
    What you’re really asking is what it’s like. What is it like? Em, it’s kind of a bit, well, for want of avoiding cliché, the rollercoaster. You find moments of complete rush. Like, last night, at the NME awards. The night was a bit of the scene congratulating itself but playing the song we did in front of such influential people, I came off stage and my heart was really pumping. Excitement like that is scary.

    What is your best memory from the NME tour?
    I think what I came out of that tour with was making a bunch of friends. My new best friend is Ricky from Kaiser Chiefs. We had to share a dressing room. We were the bottom two bands so, there wasn’t always a room for everyone. We found we got quite used to it. I think when you’re in a band, the more success you get, the more you’re handled with kid gloves, so it was nice to have those moments of camaraderie I suppose.

    When everyone wants a piece of you, how do you make sure there is something left for yourself?
    That’s a really good question. I think you purposely keep something back. We talk about what we’ve done, we don’t talk in great detail about stuff we do away from it. We are really busy with it, and you keep it in perspective. We aren’t the kind of band who will be falling out of trendy bars, because then, you’re life becomes public property. We see that it’s important to see that distinction.
    We’re mostly concerned with getting on with what we’ve been doing and creating music free of distraction. You can do it, sustain a personal life and family. Any artist should be able to work and relax and carry on a normal existence. I think like, you know, if you take modern artists and painters, these aren’t people that are followed around. The ideal is to be judged on your work and nothing else, not on the parties you go to or the people you hang out with it.

    I suppose Pete Doherty is a good example of how that can be screwed up…
    It’s a real shame, depending on who much you think of The Libertines as a band. The sad thing is, he potentially was one of the more human faces of the rock scene. He was looking to make it more honest and raw. But, maybe he got to close to that, maybe that was his problem. I think he got to exposed to it. He has become a shadow of what a musician should be celebrated for. It’s a real shame. Somebody is to blame. I’m going to say any names, but someone is, including himself. It’s quite sad really.

    What’s your favourite song on the album?
    It tends to change, which I suppose is a good thing. It used to be ‘Positive Tension’, but I always come back to ‘This Modern Love’. It seems to be one of the purest. We all love playing that song.

    If it all ended tomorrow, what memory from this experience would you take with you?
    I think there’s a lot. I remember how it feels to get played on radio, the real schoolboy excitement. I think going on stage at the Reading festival in front of 5,000 people…I suppose you’ll have to wait for the autobiography.

  • crooked spine

    Just a couple of years ago, I had given up on new music. It seemed like there was no originality in music anymore. I couldn’t imagine people buying a Korn CD 30 years from now, the way people are still buying the Allman Brothers or Van Morrison.

    Then I met a girl who turned me onto bands like the Dirty Three, Black Heart Procession & Calexico. If you’ve never heard “Ocean Songs” by the Dirty Three, you’re missing out on some of the most beautiful (and most original) music of the last decade. And those Calexico guys turn everything they touch to gold – check out Richard Buckner’s “Devotion + Doubt” or Neko Case’s “Blacklisted” for proof.

    I’m once again excited about music. I never got tired of listening to “Who’s Next” or “Led Zeppelin IV,” but it feels good to know that there are musicians out there who are putting out such great stuff. I would recommend “That Much Further West” by Lucero, “Rubber Factory” by the Black Keys, “It Still Moves” by My Morning Jacket and “Now Here is Nowhere” by the Secret Machines. All these guys put on great live shows too.

    I don’t think I would have given any of these bands a shot if it hadn’t been for that girl. It’s now been about a year & a half since I’ve heard from her, but I still think about her every now and then. She probably thinks that all she did was introduce me to Ryan Adams, M Ward & Aimee Mann. But she opened up my mind, and I wish she knew how much I appreciate that.

  • SFC SKI

    Guys like #31 have got to be stopped.

  • Eric Olsen

    Harold Arlen rules! Checking out the 2-CD Centennial Collection on Concord and I had never realized what a stud he was. Working on a review

  • http://www.sphinxmontreal.com/audio_files/underground.html SphinxMontreal

    I will gladly protect my vinyl record collection with my life than purchase an online song that only plays when it is inserted into the RIAA’s greedy ass.

    With the advent of CDs and digital files (that offer inferior compressed sound and limited options), the vinyl has become the master recording. Try copy protecting that!

  • http://www.mondoirlando.com Aaron, Duke De Mondo

    regarding the distillers, from way up yonder – i once had a dream wherein Brody Dalle was my girlfriend. This wasn’t so long ago, actually. anyway, it spurred me on to purchase coral fang and the one before that. i can’t remember the name. Both are wonderful. I knew of them pre-dream, obviously, but just heard karaoke-courtney. Suddenly they becmae the best band ever, most likely. very odd.

  • http://www.mondoirlando.com Aaron, Duke De Mondo

    regarding 50 cent, from comment 30, and The Massacre. it’s pretty alright, although the cds i bought today, Lucinda Williams, Josh Ritter and Kaiser Chiefs, are liable to get more exposure. The Massacre is fine, though, and it’s never less than entertaining hearing 50’s bored-as-hell-sounding yattering.

  • http://www.mondoirlando.com Aaron, Duke De Mondo

    * by more “exposure”, i of course mean that i’ll listen to them more. i doubt Josh will trouble 50 in the billiards board table or whatever.

  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com Eric Berlin

    Duke — ’tis was I that was yammering about The Distillers. I agree that on some days I consider them to be just about the best band ever.

    (If you ever need to scream your lungs out until tears are rifling down your face as you drive along the Pasadena Freeway north of LA, throw on “Sick of It All” — brilliant anarchy, that.)

  • http://www.mondoirlando.com Aaron, Duke De Mondo

    eric, i belive i have vented my spleen enough this weekend. very cathartic. COUGH! PLUG! COUGH!

  • crooked spine

    I’ve noticed in the credits to the movie “The Kids Are Alright,” that Rick Danko (of The Band) is supposed to appear in the film somewhere. I’ve watched it several times & haven’t been able to spot him. Any Who fans here able to tell me where to find him in the movie?

  • http://www.itsaplane.com Una

    We need more love for European music here!

    Listen to a new song from JJ72, they’ve got a European tour coming up including a support slot for Garbage in London and OZZFEST!

    The new song is called ‘Heat’. Download it for free:

    http://www.xtaster.co.uk/assets/2817/heat.wma

    raaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwk

  • http://victorplenty.blogspot.com Victor Plenty

    Some of my favorite European music is from the Norwegian group Bel Canto. Unfortunately, their best album so far, the 2003 Dorothy’s Victory, does not seem likely to ever be released in the United States, and the price of the import disc is quite steep.

    Before taking that plunge, check out their 1992 release Shimmering Warm & Bright and their 1996 album Magic Box for a taste of their energetically ethereal electronic-flavored music. Dorothy’s Victory is much like these two albums, only better.

    Their earlier albums, White Out Conditions (1987) and Birds of Passage (1989) are also works of great beauty, and I like them, but in smaller doses. They are more tinged with the band’s origins in the Arctic region of Norway.

    Their later albums change tone somehow, in a way I can only describe as warmer. So their work from Shimmering Warm & Bright onward gets more repeated listens in my player.

    I would be remiss if I failed to mention their hardest-to-find work, the 1993 album Music Channel which was recorded in honor of the “Oslo Channel” secret peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators. The members of Bel Canto melded their talents with Israeli and Palestinian musicians. The result is a heartbreakingly beautiful blending of musical styles.

    Sadly, Amazon.com still seems completely unaware of this recording’s existence.

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    Victor, I blame the RIAA. :-)

  • http://victorplenty.blogspot.com Victor Plenty

    It would not surprise me to learn the RIAA is at fault in truth for this lamentable lack in the otherwise lavish offerings of Amazon.com.

  • Sfc Ski

    Well, in the 2 weeks I have been conscientiously downloading from iTunes, I have spent about $60, I got exactly what I wanted, was able to sample songs before purchase, thankfully. Now in a record store, before I purchase a CD at list price, I count how many good songs there are, and they need to amount to more than 70% of the total or I don’t buy the disc. On iTunes, if I don’t like the song on an album from the sample or otherwise, I can buy only one song that I really like, but unlike a record store, I am likely to spend the money on song downloads until I reach my budget. So I am spending more and the industry is happy, but I am getting what I want, so I am happy too, and likely to purchase more.

    Now, I check through iTunes for a song, and if I can’t find it as a download there, I am more willing to purchase the CD that is otherwise unavailable as a download.

  • orangewine

    I wanted to drop a line for a new band, Pistol Star. They have a great CD, worth buying (more than 70% fantastic…) if you enjoy actual good music. Fronted by Paul Kimble, who used to be in Grant Lee Buffalo, their sound is, well, pure rock and roll, really. They are an indie band, but if you ask me they have a lot more ‘chutzpah’ than a lot of these other boys. and Kimble has killer vocals. go to their website and listen, perhaps buy, if the standards meet your requirements. (www.pistol-star.com) and spread the word. they dont have much buzz outside of Seattle. but they definitely stand out!

  • http://yes The_rocker

    If u want to listen to a REAL band, check out demon hunter-everything u need in a good metal band. They’ve got PLENTY of metal madness, mixed in with some brief melodic tunes for the chorus…THEN MORE METAL MADNESS!

  • http://www.shatteredfaith.us Mike Henderson

    Shattered Faith just released a 28 song CD that is really amazing. The songs span 1978 – 2004. Their guitar player is Kerry from the U.S. Bombs and there is no mistaking his overdriven raw sound. They have free rippable complete Mp3’s on their web site under the audio tab.

    http://www.shatteredfaith.us

  • jody

    okay, here it is..The old man sitting on top of the mountain of vinyl, cd’s and dvd’s. All you kids out there missed it. Yep you missed it. Here’s why. What movement is driving the music scene now?? I don’t mean there are no good bands because there will always be good bands, you just have to find them; but the question is what genre can you really point to right now and say this is it…this it something that has a look or sound that is new..

    IT ain’t hip hop which is older than most of you bloggers..it aint Punk, New Wave, Techno, Grunge, Disco, Industrial, Garage, Psychadelic, Surf, Hardcore, Alternative, Indy, Britpop, Country Rock, Pop, Folk, Merseybeat,soul, skiffle, Blues, Goth, Glam, Funk, etc…you understand the point here kids? During the last 40 years every sound had a look that was part of the music..a look that was somehow considered dangerous, odd or in someway made you a member of the scene.

    This is not true anymore. Yes a lot of a look was part of the hype but today what type of music scene will get you beat up because of the way you look? Some new and threat generating look..the Beat music of England with the long hair and pointy boots? The ripped and subersive obscene look of Punk? The combination vintage and sublime romantic look of new wave? The platform shoes and polyester absurdity of Disco?

    Literally every aspect of pop music today is a repeat of something at least a decade ago… And of course a bunch of you will write about your favorite bands and say how fresh or re freshing they are but again that’s not the point. The point is the death of a breakout genre. At the age of 43 I have seen many genres and sub genres come and go but I remember the questions so well..Hey do you like New Wave? Do you like Punk? Do you like Techno…I had to go and search out this “NEW” genre and then I was able to sort out the bands…

  • http://coldplayellow101.blogspot.com Cal Anistone

    We’ve been had. COLDPLAY, which made the song YELLOW into an international hit with these opening lyrics:

    Look at the stars,
    Look how they shine for you,
    And everything you do.
    Yeah, they were all yellow.

    Now [2005] singer lyricist Chris Martin tells the truth. A slap in the face to his fans.

    “The world yellow has all this meaning attached to it now [2005], but here’s where the mystery ends. It’s not quite so romantic. The whole song makes lyrical sense except for that word. I needed a two syllable word when I was composing the song, and there was a book lying next to me in the studio with the word “yellow” on the cover somewhere, and there it was, I just stuck that word in the lines I was writing, without rhyme or reason. And now the mystery is solved, or shattered. But it worked.”

    Rock and roll is so fake, sometimes, and we been had.

  • http://www.shawnharvey.com Shawn

    Hi,
    My new album “In the Hills” is out…features country guitar legend Albert Lee,Boz boorer (Morrsey) and John David ex Dave edmunds….if you like Rockabilly/country then its for you….
    you can also hear sounds here

    and dont forget a vote if you like it!
    my main site is here.

    enjoy…there is a lot of music and video for download!

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    A simple joke does not equal satire whether funny or not. Satire has a much finer tradition.

    Please if you are going to post a satire piece it needs to be given the Culture: Satire subcategory.

    Also there is a place for those short almost thoughts that should not be separate posts at blogcritics. That place is the open comments thread under each section – http://wp.blogcritics.org/culture / music / books etc.

    Thank you. Temple

  • HW Saxton

    I’ve just picked up (once again,my last
    copy was borrowed and not returned)a CD
    of “The Frog Tape” by Mr Quintron.

    Quintron is a one man band from down in
    New Orleans (a city well known for world
    class lunacy)who plays organ,theremin &
    a handmade percussion device called The
    Drum Buddy. Which is the coolest and the
    cheezeist sounding drum machine you’ll
    ever hear.

    He took tapes of real life frogs from
    his own backyard and mixed them with the
    keyboards and drum machines of his for
    an out of this world disc. He looped and
    mixed the frogs in such a way that the
    musical aspect of their voices is just
    surreal as all great give a f**k!

    The music is so eerie,creepy,swampy cool
    it is unreal.This is just the greatest
    shit I have heard in a long long while.
    Admittedly it’s not for everyone. But it
    has wowed and impressed even the most
    jaded of the musically inclined folks I
    know.Check it out.Five Stars.Two Thumbs
    Up! and so forth,etc.

  • nathan

    ok……

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    Dave Mustaine sues bassist over, use of Megadeth name in advertisng.

    Peace Sells, but Who’s Crying?

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    Is Rush, the group, prog rock? OK, I didn’t want to hijack a thread but I hav eNEVEr thoughtof Rush as progr rock.

    Doesn’t mean many others haven’t. But are they?

  • http://selfaudit.blogspot.com Aaman

    I think, yes, they are.

    Do music labels mean much anymore? Can anyone make sense of all those sub-categories in the mt interface? Why are there so many anyway? Eric?

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    Does emo = prog rock of yore?

    Well, I listen to Rush and I hear music. I listen to Yes, and I hear .. well, I don’t because I wouldn’t listen to Yes.

  • http://www.magnacarta.net Brian Garrepy

    Hooooorayyy for BearShare!!
    http://www.bearshare.com

    Anyways… You wanna hear some funny stuff?? Wesley Willis!! That’s it… Find his stuff and you’ll see.
    (Hint: Use the link at the top)

    RUSH is just a great band with some creativity and talent…People get that confused with prog today because there is such a lack of talent on tv or the radio!!!

    Here’s some good stuff:
    Ayreon-“The Human Equation”
    Magellan-“Symphony for a Misanthrope”
    Strapping Young Lad-“Alien”
    Opeth-“Damnation”
    Tomahawk-“Mit Gas”

    If you want more:
    guppusmaximus@yahoo.com

  • D.C.

    DAVE MATTHEWS SUCKS.

  • Steve

    Hmm, interesting posts guys…re. Rush, although I agree they are talented, alas, I just can’t stand Geddy Lee’s voice! I would have put them in a prog rock category myself, and I don’t mean that negatively, there has been some good prog rock in the past, in my opinion anyway. It was progressive in it’s day, though that stuff sounds kinda 70’s to me now (which much, though not all of it, was of course).
    Re. Dave Matthews, I can see why people like him, his music is quite a complex of influences, but I guess I’m not that crazy about singers who snarl when they sing lol.
    Finally, re. the comment about Coldplay, the whole hyped mystique about rock music being ‘about something’ is often..well..just hype! I’ve heard many bands (not just rock bands, of course) say words to the effect…well…the song isn’t really about anything specific, we are quite happy to let the fans read into our songs whatever they want!!!
    I hear ya, Jody, that’s one of my gripes today too, re. a lack of original genres, the ‘new’ music is pretty much retreaded stuff these days, alas. Someone who can read music should have another look at those musical notes, bars etc. and see if there are blank spots waiting to be used for the first time with a more original sound! lol

  • http://none.com Bob A. Booey

    D.C. is a genius.

    That is all.

  • Brian Garrepy

    Ya Know….

    Too often I see all these rants about music and where’s the culture gone but no one ever mentions the true underground stuff. Yeah, they may nod their head to it that it exists, but no one ever does any research anymore. They just complain about the redundancy and monotonous BULLSHIT of todays’ music scene. Rock’s got the big hard on because of Duran Duran rip off bands. Hip-Hop..Blah,Blah,Blah…Their all in it to make clothes. Next time instead of pointing out the obvious(like Jody)try listing some shit that would make us wanna punch you in the eye for being different!!

  • http://www.waynewurst.com WWroch

    Redeeming qualities of “A Bigger Bang”

    Section 442 Soldier’s Field, Chicago, Il. 9/10/05- The five best things about sitting above it all:
    1. The Stones look better at this distance (Jagger prances look appropriate at 1/4 mile away).
    2. The sound comes in in waves vs. steady bombardment of bass and drums.
    3. Watching the moveable stage from satellite range was very cool with the huge crowds below.
    4. I could stretch my feet in the aisle after the third song and relax.
    5. Smoking was definitely not prohibited as fireworks belched their clouds into and over us. It smelled like seniorspirit.

  • http://www.rateitall.com/topic.aspx?OrderBy=&gender=B&Age=0&TopicID=2529&show=all Garrett

    Vote for your favorite deserving but overlooked artists or bands into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at:

    or here’s a shorter link

    The top 20 vote-getters at this point are:
    1. Van Halen
    2. Blondie
    3. Rush
    4. Joan Jett
    5. Black Sabbath
    6. Doobie Brothers
    7. Lynyrd Skynyrd
    8. Dire Straits
    9. Def Leppard
    10. Chicago
    11. Yes
    12. Pat Benatar
    13. Peter Gabriel (solo)
    14. Genesis
    15. Heart
    16. Alice Cooper
    17. John Mellencamp
    18. Pete Townshend (solo)
    19. Deep Purple
    20. Journey

  • http://supergroup.netfirms.com Garrett

    A lot of music blogs talk about your ultimate dream band or supergroup. What if we made it a reality. I think it would be the ultimate reality TV show where the UK Supergroup takes on the USA Supergroup in a charity battle of the bands.
    My pick for UK Supergroup:
    Paul McCartney – bass
    Eric Clapton – lead guita
    Pete Townshend – rhythm guitar
    Phil Collins – drums
    Elton John – piano
    Steve Winwood – keys

    My pick for the USA Supergroup:
    Bruce Springsteen – rhythm guitar
    Eddie Van Halen – lead guitar/keys
    Billie Joe Armstrong – rhythm guitar
    Dave Grohl – drums
    Stevie Wonder – piano
    Flea – bass
    website at:
    http://supergroup.netfirms.com

  • http://www.scoopstories.typepad.com Scott Butki

    Who would sing?

  • http://www.gretchenmusic.com Iris

    I’m writing to tell you about a new artist I just discovered named Gretchen Lieberum who sings with a voice like Sarah Vaughn and whose music reminds me of Zero 7 and Rufus Wainwright’s beautiful, moody daughter. I don’t know about previous releases, but she’s just put out a new album called SIREN SONGS which I can only find at Cdbaby.com/lieberum and her webpage can be checked at http://www.gretchenmusic.com if you want to hear a cut or two.

  • http://justine_4782 Justine

    i just watched an Eagles concert on TV and it was AWESOME. they have been playing for over 30 years and never lip sync their concerts. it just made me think about all of the “artists” now days who actually just have pretty faces, and arent too great with their voices. they should get out of the music business or be real. its annoying.

  • Tony Rigotti

    check this out peeps. It was at Metal Maniacs..

    METAL VETS UNITE FOR NEW BAND

    Has the trumpet of Gabriel finally ushered in a new era of Rockdom? It was at the hallowed halls of Hollywood’s Rainbow Bar and Grill where a possibly new Renaissance of Rock and Roll was begotten. That is where, on a sultry summer night two years ago, original Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth ran into another notorious Hollywood luminary Tommy Lee. The two rockers hoisted a few spirits, swapped rock and roll war stories, and before long, Roth found himself hijacked and taken back to Tommy Lee’s home to listen to tracks Tommy was planning on using for a solo album. What began as a few suggestions from Roth culminated in a full blown collaboration with the two former hair head rockers whipping up a batch of ten original tunes in two weeks.

    Confilicting schedules and personal issues precluded Roth and Lee from consummating with an album and tour at the time, but The Stomp Box caught up with David Lee at a cafe in Manhattan’s Lower West Side, just two blocks from one of New York’s most prominent rehearsal studios where Dave has been hashing out the Roth/Lee compositions with former KISS lead guitarist Vinnie VIncent and ex-Ozzy Osbourne bassist Bob Daisley. Ray Luzier, who has toured with Roth since the nineties, was handling drum duties.The hyperactive huckster of rock was in high spirits and, to our surprise, somewhat comprehensible as he gave The Stomp Box the skinny on his new project.

    According to Roth this CD will provide some “combustible and inextinguishable rock and roll that will shake the world out of its lethargic hip hop and alternative slumber.” This will not be a Roth solo project according to The Diamond One, but a full on musical unit! “Robert, Vincent, Thomas, and myself have sampled more than our fair share of bitter fruit in this crazy business called show. We’ve decided to harness that negative energy and channel it into the music.” So, what will these disgruntled, dishonored, and disgusted rock and rollers call themselves? BITTER PILL according to Roth. When we asked for a possible album title , he replied, “What else would you call it, Bubba?…SWALLOW.”

    Precisely when this album would be recorded is still up in the air. Vinnie VIncent is currently unattached , but Bob Daisley is set to make a new CD with his band LIVING LOUD featuring guitarist Steve Morse, this Fall. Also open for speculation is whether or not Tommy Lee himself will step in behind the drum kit for the recording sessions or even a tour. “That remains to be observed”, says Roth. ” I sent Thomas a recording of the rehearsals and he almost jumped out of his skin. When he recovers after being knocked out by the vibe, the flash, the attitude, the pomp, and the circumstance, we will await his reply.”

  • erqo

    “If you ain’t no punk holla ‘we want pre-nup”we want pre-nup, yeah!”

    Kanye rocks!!

  • BM1989

    LONG LIVE THE STRINGED INSTRUMENTS!!!
    \m/

  • Tristan

    agree or disagree
    I like all the music i have not yet heard. Than when i hear it it’s another story.

  • http://www.scoopstories.typepad.com Scott Butki

    B5 have broken up.

    Long live B5.

    Ok, not really.
    Just seeing if anyone was paying attention.

    B5 r da best evr and shd win every GRAMmy and emmy and TONY it is nominated for

  • http://www.scoopstories.typepad.com Scott Butki

    If you want to hear some good Halloween-related music check out this post at Stereogum

  • http://www.GetRealWorld.com Jim

    You guys gotta check out this band.. I cant beleve somone isnt making huge bucks off these guys!

    They got 2 Hot female singers!! I’ve seen’em play Live.. and They Put On A SHOW.. like Fully produced performance.

    Me being a man who Loves his concerts, I would Very much tell anyone “If you havent seen Get Real play live, your missing one of the best live shows I have ever seen.

    They’re shows can last over 3 hours! I’ve seen 1000’s of people, absolutly Love them on stage.

    I loved the show so much, I bought 2 CD’s, one for myself, and one for my friend.

    I would travel to another state.. if I could see this band play live.

    Those girls are Awsome. (the next Gwen Stefani, if not better)

    :)

  • http://www.corneilius.net corneilius

    Hiya, I have just released a parody of Bob Geldofs song, “I don’t like Mondays” entitled “I don’t like geldof” .. it’s a hoot, and accurate, as it describes his relationships with the corporate loan sharks and mind control politicians.

    You can hear it on my website, it’s on the news page, or download it for free!!

    If you do, and you drive a car with a stereo, open the windows and play it loud!! You know, like, do SOMETHING usefull with the thing. The car I mean.

    ALL CORPORATE MUSIC SUCKS!!

  • http://hometown.aol.com/fingmatizer/01index.html Nicholas

    These bloggy things are surely of limited usefulness? If everyone sends heaps of text it’ll
    take forever to read them.. still I digress, back to Music!

    Hear mine via the links on site.. and keep on truckin’ (though preferably with E-lektryq Trukz)

    S H A M E L E S S S E L F – P R O M O T I O N !

  • Mike

    I just wanted to say that I think Weezer is perhaps the worst professional band I’ve ever heard… worse than the Spin Doctors, worse than Chumba Wumbu… just plain old bad. I don’t know why anyone listens to them except to annoy their parents.

  • http://www.milkmusic.net Rob Johnson

    I’ve heard about MILK through a post seen on the net. Their video on their site is pretty good and a good introduction to the band. Milk’s new album was produced in Los Angeles and Liverpool by Fran Ashcroft (Gorillaz, Dandy Warhols, Damon Albarn) and is available according to their website on iTunes, Realnetworls, AOL Musicnow. Check them out

  • christy

    I just heard this song on the radio – new song. Diggin it. I found out who the artist is – a new guy named Wade O Brown. Here’s a link to catch his new video…

    Some more jams

    Nice stuff esp. if you like the Luther….

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    anyone else dig Lambchop? Ryan Adams? Evan Dando, Moby, Chemical Brothers? ~ right now i’m getting seriously into French pop and rap like MC Solaar which is excellent stuff if you’re into it and speak French fluently or even a little bit, though it’s not necessary to like the song – you can hear it and not understand a word and get into it.

    For the moment, i’m into:

    Carla Bruni
    Moby
    Evan Dando, Baby I’m Bored
    Death Cab for Cutie, Transcendeltalism
    Bob Dylan, as ever and all…
    T-Rex, everything
    Propellerheads

    you get the idea…. but there are so many right now that i just can’t get into the song of the moment unless it’s Take California (which for me is pretty great) or PM Dawn and Enigma doing “Memory Bliss” or Quelqu’un ma dit by Carla Bruni or Stuck inside of Memphis… by Dylan…

    hard to pick.

    but who says i have to?

    cheers,

    sadi

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    evan dando’s an interest specimen of being able to stay in the biz and evolve from the Lemonheads.

    Death CAb . .. hit and miss. They seem kind of a flavor of the moment but maybe there’s a suprise inside like a tootsie roll. :-)

  • SR1

    I hear all this hype about micheal jackson making a song for the katrina victims. i’ve already written and recorded a song for the hurricane victims. it’s called ”we will rebuild ”. check it out at Range records in Ardmore Pa. Proceeds of the sale of the song will go to the red cross relief fund.

  • http://selfaudit.blogspot.com Aaman

    Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity then they really are.
    – Henry Fielding

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    temple stark – agree, Death Cab for Cutie are hit and miss, but Evan Dando is pretty consistent so is Ryan Adams who i like a lot, and i love Propelleheads and Chemical Brothers and Lambchop…. a pretty broad range and as i said, these days i’m into French pop = Sting singing Ne Me Quitte Pas, which is pretty incredible…..

    cheers and rock on,

    s.

  • http://leoniceno.journalspace.com Sam Jack

    It’s pretty sad that 3 out of the 5 most commented on posts in this section are about B5. Heh.

  • http://tofine rodeline

    B5 are sooooooooooooooooooooo freak’in fine me and my friends will fight over patrick,Dustin,kelly and bry bryan.

  • Why?

    Mariah’s nose job and plastic surgery looks a bit orgrish! Why did she feel the need to get work done again! The barbie boobs are enough. She looks like she has had a minor lift done to her face too! Mariah please stop. Don’t be such a heartbreaker. Isn’t there a lambchop, rainbow, butterfly, or daydream that can save her!

  • lana lee

    Has anyone else noticed Mariah’s uneven nostrils? The left side is niblet that has lost all hope! Where is the rest of it. Her plastic surgeon is so wrong for making one side of her nose more nipped than the other!

  • http://freewayjam.blogspot.com uao

    Hadn’t noticed.

    I’m worried about that blotch on Iggy Pop’s neck; he should have that thing looked at.

  • gary

    Whatever happened to decent black music? I used to love the greats in the past, but absolutely loathe rap. It still gives me tingles down my spine to listen to old tracks of Otis, but this modern day stuff leaves me cold. Is it me getting old? Recently saw Susheela Raman in London, though not black soul, its the first time for years I have been excited by a real original singer who does not copy the pap in the charts. Never thought I’d like music with an indian feel to it, but soul is soul wherever it comes from, and this girl has got it in abundance

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    I come here to bury Caesar not to praise him. Er, in other words, I was goign to the Culture open thread to say I can’t load the Fatima thread at all now.

    And in the attempt of tryng to comment on the Culture Open COmments thread i find it points to the Music open thread.

    So, it must be tap time. da-duhn-dada da-duhn-dada.

    Daaaaaaa, I’m crashing I’m so tired.

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    #94 is still true. Knock. Knock. Anybody care?

    Here’s what I was going to post under culture. Vermont judge no longer believes in punishment, gives child rapist 60 days

  • SonnyD

    Sci/Tech as well as Culture Open Comments end up on the Music thread. I’ve been wondering if anyone noticed.

  • http://www.artistlaunch.com/theartistlaunchhour Radiofreetunes

    I’ve been listening to some great indie music on the syndicated radio show called The Artistlaunch Hour. This week’s show features a female fronted rock band called Karma that was produced by Lucinda Williams producer. There’s also songs from The Sullied, Lonnie Plaxico, Soular, and Adrina Thorpe. It can be heard as a Podcast at iTunes or Remy Lambert is the host.

    If you bored with the some old classic rock tunes they repeat endlessly on broadcast radio, hear some brand new tunes from outstanding indie artists on the Artistlaunch Hour.

  • sdpr711

    Hey guys I just heard this amazing new song called “Still in Love” by Tyra. You should definitely check out her music on myspace.com/tyrab.

  • JM

    I know Eric Olsen has done his own list of the top 10 best bands of all-time for MSNBC but here is one I found concerned with the top 30 American acts. Check it out:
    Part I:

    Part II:

    Part III

    JM

  • R-U-REDEE

    Here’s what the list looks like so far:

    30. Earth, Wind, and Fire
    29. MC5
    28. Lynyrd Skynyrd
    27. The Byrds
    26. Fugazi
    25. The Miracles / Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
    24. Rage Against the Machine
    23. Patti Smith Group
    22. Soundgarden
    21. Creedence Clearwater Revival
    20. KISS
    19. Crosby, Stills, Nash (and Young)
    18. Van Halen
    17. The Stooges/Iggy and the Stooges
    16. Sonic Youth

    Source: http://www.moregoatthangoose.com

  • mastersoulstar

    tyra bolling is an upcoming artist ya’ll should check out!! she has a new album coming out Feb. 14th called “Introducing Tyra ‘The Entertainer’ B.” shes got the voice of alicia keys…she will give you chills shes so good!! shes performed with destiny’s child and her single “country boy” is hotter than hot and topped the charts…

  • wayne

    Anybody got a heads up on what the Stones will play at the Superbowl?

  • nugget

    thanks Aaman. (#86)

  • maia

    has anyone listened to siddhata? they’re a rock group from slovenia. they also have music in english, but the versions in slovenian are really cool, even if don’t understand a word.

  • http://thisisbenslist.blogspot.com/2006/02/fox-confessor-brings-flood.html BWM

    Posting a couple of songs from Neko Case’s upcoming album to release in early March. Sounds like some great stuff!

  • Guppusmaximus

    A few bands that should get reviewed here on B.C. but get overlooked:

    1. The Haunted-“rEVOLVEr”
    2. Darkane-“Layer of Lies”
    3. Manes-“View”

    F*CK YEAH!!!

  • Dave

    I visited a blog that had a tape of a song from 10 years ago (according to the webmaster) whose opening riff sounds exactly like ‘When I’m Gone’ by 3 Doors Down. If that’s true, 3 Doors Down has been a’cheatin. Its here:

  • Guppusmaximus

    3 Doors Down SUX!!

  • Guppusmaximus

    BTW… I checked out that tune, It’s much better than the crap that 3 Doors Down bothers to record.

  • http://www.LocateBands.com LocateBands.com

    Hey everyone http://www.LocateBands.com is a music community for bands and music listeners. The membership is free so make sure you come and check it out and sign up. Thanks

  • http://www.thegousters.com Walt Cronin

    Vietnam Vet & Punk Rocker hit # 36 on Roots Music Report !

    Hi Folks: My name is Walt Cronin. Our band hit #36 on Roots Music Report 3-10-06
    ( Roots/Americana Country ) no small feat and without a label ! Everyone else on the chart has a label promoting them but we must have come thru the back door ! No money behind us, just a demo CD. We’re looking for a label, a review or more airplay. All the music was written by Zander Schloss, bass player of “The Circle Jerks” and myself. Please check us out for yourselves. Please excuse my request for a shameless plug :-) or please forward to somebody you think might like reading about these accomplishments. Music available on http://music.podshow.com/
    Thanks for listening,
    Walt Cronin
    “The Gousters”

    Walt Cronin
    “The Gousters”
    http://www.thegousters.com ( Bio & Music available on website)
    ( google The Gousters )
    Los Angeles, CA

  • Lane

    I’m throwing out a plug for a Northern Virginia band called Bandanzion.

    They play UVA occasionally, have an EP cut on CD and are finishing up a CD soon.

    Check them out. They need support, and are truly an impact band.

  • Alison

    I would sue the crap out of 3 Doors Down if they stole my song. It strikes me as odd that this other band didn’t.

  • http://www.trumpetherald.com Michael

    *Note: I attended this concert as part of a trip. Please bear with my review below- it’s for a class!*
    ********************************************************************

    Michael Mauskapf
    “Acoustic Stagnation in New York”

    Concert information: New York Philharmonic, March 18th, 8 pm, Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center Plaza; featuring Xian Zhang, conductor and Ingolf Turban, Violin; program included Rossini’s Overture to L’Italiana in Algeri, Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in Eb, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 5 in E minor.

    Unlike many plausible concert situations, this particular performance did not include FOH, mains, monitors, or snakes. Instead, an out of date acoustical warehouse and my own measly pair of ears were all that I was equipped with for this particular trip to hear the NY Philharmonic. While I could talk at length about the music they played and its variable degree of effectiveness, I think it more appropriate to touch on some interesting choices that were made (whether intentionally or not) that affected the production (and reception!) of sound.
    To start with, some basic information: I was seated, along with some friends, in the third tier, center, of Avery Fisher Hall. In other words, the stage is far, far away. Too far away, in most instances. For the opening overture, the orchestra was reduced in size- in a 6-6-4-4-3 setup for strings, and no doubling of the winds. Normally, this would create a smaller, more intimate (and in the case appropriate) sound. However, in Avery Fisher this meant that only unison or tutti lines could clearly be heard, while more sparsely orchestrated sections became lost in the space. Similar things took place in the violin concerto; here, however, the soloist also suffered. While he made a valiant attempt at mastering Paganini’s technical prowess, the musicality more than suffered. Out of tune double stops and flubbed technical passages were the norm, and the hall swallowed up ever harmonic that sounded from the soloist. Interesting note: The soloist chose to play in the original key, D Major, while the orchestra played in Eb. The soloist tuned his violin down to match the orchestra pitch-wise, producing a technique known as scoldatura. Supposedly, it’s supposed to highlight the key of D Major against Eb, showcasing the soloist with the ‘bright’ and ‘brilliance’ of D Major. Alas, the hall won again, and if anything the process was an experiment in original performance practice.
    The feature work on the program, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, lived up to it’s hype. The degree of color and lushness is not paralleled, in my opinion, in any of his contemporary’s works. Here, the orchestra was at full size (7-7-6-5-8), with doubled winds, and (not surprisingly) doubled trumpets as well. While Tchaikovsky wrote for only two trumpets, it is modern performance practice to have two others sit in and join/relieve the section in ‘big’ moments. Also, the horn section featured a ‘bumper.’ More typical in European orchestras, this player helps carry the principal player’s load, usually before and after solo sections. The hall was more receptive here than before, but still swallowed up the more technical sections (particularly in the third movement). While an ‘acceptable’ hall for bombast and reverberation, Avery Fisher does little to aid listeners in distinguishing orchestral timbre and technique.

    *an interesting note: To the best of my knowledge, the strings were set up (from left to right) firsts, seconds, cellos, violas. I’ve never seen a setup like this (first, seconds, viola cello (20th century/American); or firsts, cellos, violas, seconds is more standard), and am not sure for the reasons it was used- perhaps an alternative to the usual American set up However, it didn’t seem to affect the ensemble.

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  • Vern Halen

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  • Vern Halen

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    So, what does everyone think about Blender’s list of the 50 worst things to ever happen to music? Freebird!!! (That’s No. 49.)

    AC

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  • LadyHeyoka

    I was innocently Googling, looking for lyrics…and saw an entry about the “Son of Schmilsson” song ‘You’re Breakin my Heart’ and how it was one of the worst songs ever?! Ohhh maaan!!! Don’t say that, it’s a cute song!! Although I do have to admit the part about ‘breaking my glasses too’ is kinda dumb – but it’s not a bad song!! LOL