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Some Recent Music Trends

POSTED ON January 23rd  - POSTED IN Community, independent music, music, news, Opinion

Some Recent Music Trends

Seems that the ever-changing music industry is continuing to do just that. 2015 saw some interesting music trends.  First off, streaming is up and digital downloads are down. Even The Beatles are now available on streams.  In many ways, it makes sense that streaming is up.  You pay for a service, or get it free, and you don’t need to buy each release.  However, vinyl is making a comeback at the same time.

GuMix Radio 389 – 2015 on 33-45

POSTED ON January 17th  - POSTED IN house, independent music, music, Opinion, Review, Song and Music Reviews

Awesome House Track, GuMix Radio – 389 – 2015 on 33-45

I listen to many podcasts. One of them I enjoy much is GuMix. I will get to more about this artist in a bit… a good long bit. The track I am sharing below is a long, awesome house track. Listeners, get your groove on with GuMix 389 – 2015 on 33-45. Will talk more about this track after the break. This is, in my opinion, an awesome hour and a half groove.

GuMix Radio 389 – 2015 on 33-45

David Bowie Passes at Only 69 Years Old

POSTED ON January 11th  - POSTED IN alternative, Christmas, Community, Holiday, music, news, pop, rock

David Bowie Passes

David Bowie's star at Holywood.

David Bowie’s star at Holywood. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Numerous sources are reporting the death of the David Bowie. Both his publicist and son have confirmed the grim news. The talented artists had a career that spanned music, film, music video and stage.  He entertained generations of fans. The legend passed only 2 days after his 69th birthday. I am convinced his music will remain timeless and he shall be missed.

The talented artists had a career that spanned music, film, music video and stage.  He entertained generations of fans. The legend passed only 2 days after his 69th birthday.  I thought I would take a moment to share one of my favorite collaborations by the artist.

David Bowie and Bing Crosby

We send our condolences, prayers and thoughts to his family.

Radiohead – Spectre

POSTED ON December 29th  - POSTED IN alternative, Christmas, Community, Holiday, Movies, music, news, Opinion, Review

Radiohead – Spectre

Radiohead live at Portugal

Radiohead live at Portugal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While I am not a fanatical James Bond fan, I confess I have most of the 007 films except for a few of recent ones. I am also certain, I will get around to the more recent releases when I happen on them this winter at my local library.  (A quick stop at Wikipedia list 24 titles, of which I have seen 21.)

One can not deny that the character is timeless. Mr. Bond has entertained at least four generations of fans. One could also say the same about the soundtracks. I don’t own any James Bond movies, but I still have a few cassette tapes of James Bond movie soundtracks. Seriously, what musician wouldn’t want to do music for a Bond film?

Furthermore, I am not a huge fan of Radiohead. I respect their work and it is obvious they have much talent, but I rarely listen to works such as Magic Beans except when I am occasionally in the mood for such. I am more of  a blues, jazz or hard rock listener. However, after hearing Spectre work by Radiohead, I am amazed that it was not actually included in the film. They put it up as a Christmas gift to their fans at their SoundCloud Page. They had the following to say:

Last year we were asked to write a theme tune for the Bond movie Spectre. Yes we were. It didn’t work out, but became something of our own, which we love very much. As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it. Merry Christmas. May the force be with you.

In my humble opinion, they nailed it. It is perfect music for a Bond film. Especially since I went and listened to some of the material from the soundtrack.  It is a shame that “It didn’t work out”.  The track below is many times better than many of the tracks that are in the soundtrack.

The Beatles on Streaming Services and HD Videos

POSTED ON December 28th  - POSTED IN classic rock, music, news, Opinion, rock, videos

The Beatles on HD and Streaming Services

Wordmark of The Beatles, originally painted di...

Wordmark of The Beatles, originally painted directly on drum by Erwin Ross, Hamburg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am a Beatles fan. I have been since I was a small child. I actually remember the day Abbey Road was released. I was six years old. What was big news then is now history.

In case you missed it, they made what I believe will be, perhaps not historic, but at the least a milestone release on Christmas Eve. In the video below, a short 35-second mix of various Fab Four hits, announces that The Beatles are now available on nine streaming music services. (Source)

The Beatles are now streamable at:

  • Spotify
  • Apple Music
  • Google Play
  • Amazon Prime Music
  • Tidal
  • Deezer
  • Microsoft Groove
  • Napster/Rhapsody
  • Slacker Radio

In case you noticed that Pandora and iHeart are not on the list, it is because The Beatles have always been available on those services.  Tech Times has more details about why.

I think this is pretty awesome news. I also discovered that they have released many HD videos as well. I am going to share one of my favorites below and there will be a link to the Open Culture article which has many more videos at the bottom of this post.

The article at Open Culture also goes into how John, Paul, George and Ringo were ahead of their time. Obviously, these videos were not made any time recent.  While a few other bands in that era did movies and videos, The Beatles and The Monkees were likely the most progressive regarding what we now call “music videos”.  Most other videos of the time were more like documentaries or simply concert videos. Hopefully, more and more “main-stream” artist will get with the new media order and embrace what the listeners want and not treat new technology like a mobster.

The Beatles – Revolution


More Videos at Open Culture

The FuMP Hits 1000 Releases with “1000 FuMPs”

1000 FuMPs – The 1000th Release by The FuMP

The Funny Music Project

The Funny Music Project

The FuMP are one of my favorites. They have helped us much by sharing their music. I am very happy to an awesome announcement about The Funny Music Project. They have just released their 1000th song, 1000 FuMPs.

Disclaimer and WarningThe podcast and music discussed in this post contain explicit lyrics and are NSFW (Not Safe For Work). If this type of freedom of expression might offend you, we suggest you exercise your freedom of choice and navigate to another post.

Reserved for Rondee – Back In Velvet

POSTED ON December 19th  - POSTED IN Album, Community, Entertainment, independent music, music, New Media Order, news, Opinion, Review, rock

Kick Ass Rock n’ Roll – Reserved For Rondee – Back In Velvet

Reserved For Rondee - Back in Velvet

Reserved For Rondee – Back in Velvet

I always dig through all submissions to find the gems. Reserved For Rondee contact me a long time ago asking that I review Back in Velvet. While it took me way too long to get to it, excellent music is timeless. Rock n’ Roll, kick ass and awesome were my first thoughts on the LP.  In my opinion, this ten track LP belongs in the library of anyone who likes superb rock music.

I will share my thoughts on the album in one moment, first let us hear what the band has to say about themselves:

“A melting pot of the NYC indy rock scene, Reserved For Rondee draws inspiration from classic artists like Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, U2 and contemporaries like the White Stripes, the Black Keys and Arcade Fire, blending imagination and style into a mystic rock journey. On the strength of their live performances and their debut EP RFR, released in February, 2012, the band launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds necessary for the recording of their debut album Back In Velvet. Receiving support from an international audience, the band quickly met and exceeded its targeted goal. Recorded in Brooklyn, NY and released in August 2013, Back In Velvet captures the vibrant sound of a band reflecting the energy that can only be found in New York, the greatest city in the world.”

The Band Members are:

  • Trevor Vaughn – vocals
  • Billy Magnussen – guitar
  • Nick Fokas – guitars
  • Tom Degnan – bass
  • Warren Hemmenway – drums

Bronx Cheerleader – Psychedelic Rock

Bronx Cheerleader – Psychedelic Rock from Saint Catharine’s, Ontario

If you like creative jammin’ psychedelic rock and roll, safe bet you are going to love Bronx Cheerleader. From Saint Catharine’s, Ontario, this band has a great psychedelic sound. These Canadians use dreamy vocals, great effect guitar, some steel pedal guitar, and lots of simply great music. While they heavily use guitars and vocals, they do eclecticism well mixing in other musical events in a pleasingly unexpected way.

Bronx Cheerleader - Real Punks Don't Sing About Girls

Real Punks Don’t Sing About Girls

 

In my opinion, one of the hurdles an artist can be confronted with is sticking largely with one genre.  It is too easy for the music to start sounding “all the same”.  In order to leap the obstacle, the musician must do the genre superbly well.  Bronx Cheerleader is as good an example of perfectly making such a jump.

They have a good number of releases, both singles and LPs, dating back to 2005, many great tunes. They are also hip enough to offer Real Punks Don’t Sing About Girls on 12″ vinyl. They offer Tough Guy Cliches as a free download.

Victory Kicks

POSTED ON December 16th  - POSTED IN alternative, Community, independent music, music, New Media Order, news, pop, Review, rock

Victory Kicks – The Young Flood and More!

Victory Kicks

Victory Kicks

A long time ago, in an inbox overstuffed, I was contacted by Victory Kicks. Originally, I was asked to review two tracks which were released back in February. While I enjoyed Smoke and Last Night, it merely served as an enticement to listen to more of their excellent alternative music.

First let us hear what the band says about themselves:

Victory Kicks are an alternative rock band from the Isle of Wight and now based in London. Formed originally as a home recording project by singer/songwriter John Sibley, the band continues to produce and release all its records independently on its own label, Unmanned Aerial Vinyl.

This band has been around for a while and, hopefully, they stay around even longer. Originally a solo project, their Facebook bio states they are now a quartet. A really, really good quartet. Once I listened to the two tracks they requested me to review, I was simply thirsty for more and spent hours doubling back and listening to everything they have released. I don’t often binge listen to a band but this talent is a worthy exception. It was time well spent and I am certain I will be looking for more from them in the future. They now have 7 releases. They also offer their entire discography at 50% off at bandcamp.

Black Satellite – Don’t Forget My Name

The Black Satellites – Don’t Forget My Name

BlackSatellite-DontForgetMyName-CoverIf you like driving get-jam-on rock and roll, you will love the four track release, Don’t Forget My Name, from the New York City-based group, Black Satellite. It is driving, hard-hitting, fantastically energetic, and leaves one wanting more.

As I almost always do, let me have the band speak for themselves. According to their bio:

“Delivering a fusion of hearty blues, hard rock with a pop undercurrent that doesn’t undermine its complexity and originality. Melodic, fragile, authentic, built with emotion and groove before giving way to powerhouse vocals and screaming guitars. In a nutshell a sound with every song to make your heart beat a little bit harder”

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