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Jun. 8, 2017 9:45 pm
\ John Denver released his first album Rhymes and Reasons in 1969; the album included Leaving on a Jet Plane recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary (since Denver was barely known at the time), and it sold a million records for them; Denver does the song about a billion times better that the trio, but we digress... Denver often said that he thought Rhymes and Reasons was his best composition... ...  Read More
Sep. 21, 2016 12:09 pm had a small story (Big headline) and comment from John Legend (A musician whom I had never heard, nor heard of...); Mr. Legend's comments were made regarding Colin Kaepernick's protest of the National Anthem, whereby John Legend asserts a number of things, viz: “My vote is for America the Beautiful. Star spangled banner is a weak song anyway." And this: “For those defending the...  Read More
May 16, 2014 12:42 pm
Reinvent Yourself! You wake up and you wonder where the time has gone. You look down the road and you realize you have less time left than you have already used.Some of your goals seem out of reach because of the time and resources you have at hand. Well we can try and grasp the fact that our real goals have always been close at hand. They wake us in the morning and they quietly haunt us in...  Read More
Jan. 8, 2013 3:19 pm
After dealing with a contentious, mentally draining election and plenty of tragedy in 2012, including the inexplicable and ever-looming events in Connecticut a day prior, the capacity crowd at Warren Haynes' 24th Christmas Jam seemed to need the marathon Saturday night of music more than ever. Appropriately, there was a surplus of emotion, spiritual energy, and camaraderie in the venerable old...  Read More
Dec. 18, 2012 2:47 pm
If I replace a top “ten” albums or concerts of the year list with a number corresponding to the year, by 2030 I won’t even have to decide anymore. It’s dangerous and a bit cheesy, just like most popular music. But I will give in to the urge to not have to chop two more albums off this list and roll with my top 12 albums of 2012, in alphabetical order. Ben Folds Five – The Sound of the Life of...  Read More
Dec. 13, 2012 11:31 am
Now that gobs of money have been raised to help still-struggling areas of NYC and Jersey move forward in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, it's time to consider the musical impact of the marathon 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert at New York's Madison Square Garden. Though the lineup was considerably geriatric, I'd hope that people would take into account the dearth of worthy modern music before...  Read More
Dec. 11, 2012 2:53 pm
The Infamous Stringdusters traffic in a particularly gripping style of bluegrass, and listening to their new album, Silver Sky, is like sitting on the edge of your seat at the end of a great suspense flick. The band's instrumental work, already intensely dramatic, is magnified here by the production style of Billy Hume (Nas, Ludacris, Lil Jon, Nelly). The vocals are mixed clearly and intimately,...  Read More
Dec. 4, 2012 2:11 pm
Raleigh's Lincoln Theater felt just a little like Manchester, Tennessee when the Bonnaroo 365 tour stopped there on the first day of November. It wasn't because of heat or odors, but high-quality music. White Denim, who proved to be one of the real festival's biggest hits this past summer, anchored the show along with fast-rising Chicago quartet Maps and Atlases and brand-new Brooklyn duo Tiny...  Read More
Nov. 20, 2012 12:41 pm
There are many things to love about the way The Hold Steady does business in the live setting. Among them: The no-nonsense equipment setup, the case or so of Tecate that waits on stage, and the band's apparent inability to offer anything less than maximum effort. They can turn any situation into a dizzying life experience full of the vibrant characters and relatable tribulations that inhabit...  Read More
Nov. 1, 2012 5:53 pm
There are but a few certainties when it comes to the Hopscotch Music Festival: Attendees will experience music they’ve never experienced before, their tastes and perceptions will be challenged by much of this music, and they’ll love every shin-shattering city street step they take while doing it. Part of the beauty of Hopscotch is that one can experience all that a thriving major city has to...  Read More
Oct. 9, 2012 9:59 pm
Patterson Hood excels at crafting lyrics about southern despair and human fallacy. His third solo album, Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance, is a gripping listen, full of the desperate and downtrodden characters he’s so adept at understanding. Much like his work with the Drive-By Truckers, the songs here are full of hard times, hard liquor and hard lessons; the titular weather occurrence is...  Read More
Sep. 17, 2012 10:09 pm
There’s an awful lot of information to be gleaned from merely looking at Jimmy Herring’s latest disc, Subject To Change Without Notice. The album’s title seems to be a wry allusion to the 10 stylistically distinct tracks found within, setting the stage for variety. It was produced by southern studio stalwart John Keane, features Jeff “Apt. Q-258” Sipe on drums, lists Col. Bruce Hampton in the...  Read More
Aug. 24, 2012 3:35 pm
Spotify , the controversial music service that puts a good chunk of recorded musical history at your beck and call, is as beloved by its devotees as it is reviled by artists and naysayers. I use it daily and can’t think of a web-based music service with more depth and potential. The ability to “star” tracks means that users create a de facto playlist of their “starred” tracks. But Spotify’s...  Read More
Aug. 2, 2012 3:04 pm
If you attended college in the 90’s, there’s a good chance that the bands comprising the Last Summer On Earth Tour could be heard emanating from a dorm room or apartment near you, if not from your own. There’s an album’s worth of hits to be culled from the catalogs of Cracker, Big Head Todd And The Monsters, Blues Traveler, and Barenaked Ladies, and nearly every tune was trotted out at the...  Read More
Jul. 26, 2012 9:39 pm
After a series of steadily evolving but largely similar albums with his own band, Ryan Montbleau found himself evolving. He wrote songs for Trombone Shorty and collaborated on tunes with Eric Krasno, and soon found himself headed to New Orleans to record an album with “musicians for hire” – some of the city’s most revered, at that. Montbleau is backed by nothing short of a dream group on For...  Read More
Jul. 19, 2012 4:32 pm
View a slideshow of my best photos from Bonnaroo 2012, including Phish, The Beach Boys, Bon Iver, Foster the People, D'Angelo, The Roots, The Avett Brothers, Ben Folds, Umphrey's McGee, Puscifer, Trampled By Turtles, The Word, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Orgone, White Denim, Alabama Shakes , and some atmospheric shots! VIEW SLIDESHOW  Read More
Jun. 24, 2012 3:13 pm
Frank Zappa’s gigantic and strange musical legacy, fraught with continuous lineup changes and eternal disagreement among those involved, is no less complicated in 2012. The notoriously fickle Zappa Estate is, presumably, less than pleased with the continued existence of the GrandMothers of Invention, a group that currently features three prominent Zappa alumni from the original Mothers. (The...  Read More
Jun. 7, 2012 3:08 pm
It seemed as if the great Ray Bradbury always was and always would be, and it does not seem possible that he could die. Many will praise the extraordinary literary legacy he left behind with his death at age 91 - more than 27 novels, 600 short stories, and many classic short story collections, including "The Martian Chronicles," "Fahrenheit 451," "Dandelion Wine," and one of the the greatest...  Read More
May 10, 2012 3:58 pm
Cake’s appearance at the Raleigh Amphitheater didn’t include their disaffected traffic serenade “Long Line of Cars,” but it did contain a long line of songs from the band’s 20-year career. In fact, “Long Line of Cars” was about the only song they didn’t play that would be expected by the 3,000 or so people in attendance. Armed with a disdain for cameras of any kind and a relatively modest...  Read More
Mar. 23, 2012 3:54 pm
Just what is best thinking, anyway? Ask that question today, and you’ll consistently get answers like “well ordered, systematic, linear, rational”. Most Americans applaud the thinking process of an academician and disparage anything else as being out of it, ditzy, or (God forbid) fuzzy thinking. Of course, most of us have a combination of thinking styles – sometimes sharp, sometimes fuzzy,...  Read More
Feb. 17, 2012 12:42 am
50% more people watched the Grammy's 2012! Why? Because the young superstar Jennifer Hudson was to sing Dolly Parton's song made legendary by iconic song bird Whitney Houston who had just died the night before. 50% is a staggering number. We all know Jennifer Hudson can sing. Her performance on American Idol and "Dream Girls" proved that. We love Dolly Parton's song ' I Will Always Love You'...  Read More
Dec. 5, 2011 2:10 pm
Whether you are a novice or an expert, Dave’s Guitar Instrumentals, Vol. III ( DGI V III) might be just the thing for you! Comprising 104 different groupings of eight chords each, seven of which, usually, are randomly generated (the ones in red are purposely included), the challenge is to construct for each grouping an instrumental piece that is tonal, i.e., one which “sounds good to the...  Read More
Jul. 30, 2011 3:55 pm
Having recently heard a fundraising pitch by indie music distributor Nogeno, and looked at competitors like Bandcamp, I was again struck by the potential of FairPay pricing to change the game -- for the music business and/or the game business. Both music and games are dominated by the Apple iTunes Store, which disrupted the old distribution models. But there are many chinks in iTunes' armor --...  Read More
Jun. 24, 2011 5:21 am
Eguchi Aimi, the newest (and cutest?) member of the all-girl Japanese pop group AKB48, was revealed this week to be NOT HUMAN. While being perfectly cute, Eguchi is nothing more that a computer composite of her six band members, and existed only in a virtual world. While being extremely clever, the bizarre publicity stunt was revealed in the video below - showing exactly how the lovely, virtual...  Read More
May 31, 2011 7:27 pm
In the New Music Business we have gone from six major labelsto just four, which are mostly or wholly owned by overseas parent companies.The executives continue to play musical chairs as they try to find the answers while being moved around like pieces on a game board. If you don’t fall into the category of major artist distributed by a major label you may well be faced with the task of funding,...  Read More
Apr. 6, 2011 3:37 pm
Tutorial is a great way for musicians to connect to other musicians online and exchange music and ideas. It is also a great way for listeners to discover new bands and musicians they might like as they can search for bands and musicians by genre. Several bands and musicians are featured on the home page, and the most played songs are listed in on the home page. Registration To...  Read More
Mar. 7, 2011 8:59 am
Singer-songwriter Stew spins improvisatory songs drawn from his seemingly endless stable of stories and ideas. His musical Passing Strange won a Tony for Best Book in 2008. Singer/raconteur Stew combines elements of cabaret, soul and subversive pop to create a unique style he's dubbed "Afro-baroque." Frequently likened to Cole Porter and Burt Bacharach, Stew spins songs with hook-filled...  Read More
Oct. 4, 2010 6:08 am
I am commencing a M.A. in multimedia through my own University. It open-ended and research based and will bring traditional practice and internet together. The project is centred on a site specific location which involves a local art centre (Cornerstone Didcot Oxfordshire), an abandoned railway track (now a public thoroughfare) and internet resources specifically GPS locative applications...  Read More
Sep. 13, 2010 3:34 am
This morning comes news of Penguin/apple tie-in or is it exploitation? Is this where the digital literature wars really start? One has to purchase Mr Fry's new novel which actually called 'The New Adventures of Stephen Fry' so far there only the MyFRy (abridged) iphone app for this on not only monetising income streams but subdividing by hardware platform warned... ...  Read More
Sep. 7, 2010 8:47 am
I have spent the last couple of days seriously investigating the area which for want of a better word one can call ‘Transmedia’. Coined by Henry Jenkins in his book Convergence Culture (2008) who said (and here I thank Alison Norrington for compiling the quotes) “transmedia represents the integration of entertainment experiences across a range of different media platforms,” Jenkins defines...  Read More
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