The Music Vault – An Amazingly Impressive Archive of Live Concerts
If you are a Grateful Dead fan, you will love this YouTube channel. As Open Culture notes, The Grateful Dead have the most dominant presence on the site but, considering how many shows they did, shouldn’t that just follow as reasonable?
The abundance of the dead can make it a bit tough to find other bands. However, try searching YouTube using “Music Vault + [insert band name here]” to filter out some of the Grateful Dead.
I spent about a half hour browsing the site. It is not that difficult to find artists other than The Dead. In my opinion, the site is well worth the browsing time. You may also wish to explore the link to Open Culture as they have many links to many artists. I picked one they didn’t mention to share after the break.
2016.01.04 – POD – Blue Monday, The Most Depressing Day of the Year
Featureing I Don’t Want to Work Today Music of Beatnik Turtle
Today is the first Monday of 2016 and it is, allegedly, the most depressing day of the year. This unofficial holiday is called Blue Monday. This day is celebrated annually on the first Monday of each year unless New Year’s Day happens to fall on a Monday.
However, one should note that there is no evidence that it actually the most depressing day. In fact, there is debate as to whether it should be the second or third Monday of January.
2016.01.03 – A Day to Toast the Birthday of J. R. R. Tolkien
Featuring Music from Marc Gunn
On this date in 1892 John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born. Most know him as, J.R.R Tolkien, the creator of Middle Earth, Gollum, and Bilbo Baggins. An alternate world fabulously crafted, spinning tales, an adventure that has entertained generation. The Hobbit has been selling books since 1937. The legendary works have become movies, inspired games and music.
Today, those who wish to honor Professor Tolkien, as asked by The Tolkien Society, will stand and offer a toast by saying “The professor!” at 9 o’clock today. The society also has a page where you can find out where others are toasting and to let others know where you will toast.
Since today is a day to toast the creator of hobbits, I thought Don’t Go Drinking with Hobbits by Marc Gunn would be a fitting song to close with. You can find Marc at the links below.
- His Website
- @marcgunnmusic on Twitter
- Brobdingnagian Bards
- The Irish and Celtic Music Podcast
- The Celtic Geek Podcast
- The Bards Crier Ezine
- Marc also does small group intimate tours through Celtic Invasion Vacations
Also of note, there is another day associated with J.R.R. Tolkien. That is “Tolkien Reading Day“, annually on March 25th. Fans are encouraged to get together and read their favorite Tolkien passages.
National Science Fiction Day – Jeff Ronay – Open the Pod Door HAL
Happy 2016 listeners and welcome to the first “Pick of the Day” for 2016. Today is National Science Fiction Day. The second of January has been because it also the birthdate of Isaac Asimov. I will let you know more about today’s artist, Jeff Ronay, after the break and some trivia fact about today.
Brian Eno on Music
In the video below, electronic music pioneer, Brian Eno gives his opinion on music. In particular, he discusses how technology has changed music… in today’s era, he states that it “.. with software-based instruments we have a revolution equivelent to the grand piano every day”. It is an excellent perspective from someone who has not only witnessed the changes in music but lived them as well. It is an interview about the John Peel Lecture by Brian Eno on music on culture.
Radiohead – Spectre
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 HD and Streaming Services
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:
- Apple Music
- Google Play
- Amazon Prime Music
- Microsoft Groove
- 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
Here Are a Few Places to Find Christmas Music
Merry Christmas All,
While many of my fellow Americans are enjoying our usually warm December weather, it is not for me. I want the ground white, especially on Christmas. I am doing what I can to get myself in the spirit. I already pulled out my CD of Bing’s White Christmas and am now listening to The Celtic Music Podcast. It is working and I thought I would share some of the places I find Christmas music. The links I am about to share should give you more than enough music to get you though both the eve and the day.
- If you like Marc Gunn’s Irish and Celtic Podcast, he has all his Celtic Christmas Music.
- For you podsafe buff, Uwe Herman has a great list of podsafe Christmas music.
- Openculture.com alos has a great list of Christmas music, 22 hours of it in total.
I also found this Scott Weiland Winter Wonderland video over at Open Culture and thought I would share it here.
We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season and new year.
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1000 FuMPs – The 1000th Release by The FuMP
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 Warning – The 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.
Kick Ass Rock n’ Roll – 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 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.
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.