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Pyrex is a miracle   no comments

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Written by admin on February 28th, 2010

What makes that song so darned good….   no comments

If you have a great song they probably include at least one, if not more, of the following:

  1. Clapping (eg OK Go’s Get Over It)- Who doesn’t like clapping? And when you have a song that has clapping it’s like you actually have friends that like to clap to good music with you. Who doesn’t want friends?
  2. Counting (eg the start of any Ramones song, Jackson 5’s ABC) – Everyone likes when they know a part of the song, and if you kow how to count you know some part of it. ABC just happens to slyly parlay this this twice, with the alphabet and counting. Why do you think the letter people were to popular?
  3. The Bo Diddley beat (eg anything by Bo Diddley) – It’s made to stomp your feet and clap your hands to, and you already know hand clapping is good, add in the foot stomping and the song just made you dance. BAM! It’s like frickin’ magic.
  4. A good SCREAM (eg Blues Explosion’s Skunk) – If you have a guy who can scream well, you have a band. Look at Jon Spencer, Guitar Wolf, Little Richard, and the Sonics. You could have the guy from the Sonics screaming into a microphone and have Kenny G playing behind him and it would still kick you ass 17 ways to Sunday.
  5. Dusty Springfield (eg Son of a Preacher Man) – Seriously, Dusty Rocks.
  6. Heavy floor tom (eg any Ramones song) – If it keeps the 4/4 rockin’ it, then it will keep you rockin’ it. This is kinda like the Bob Diddley beat, but you’re much more likely to find it. how does the floor tom have this power? It was probably made by Link Wray or some other deity.
  7. Chicks who sing and play piano not named Tori Amos (eg Chantal Kreviazuk or A Fine Frenzy) – I have no idea why this works like this, but it does. Maybe it’s because they tend to have a voice that just cuts you, who knows? Tori Amos no longer does this after I saw the picture of her having a pig suckle her on one of her CDs.

Some bands regularly use all of these and they are great, like the Ramones (2,6), Guitar Wolf (2,3,4) and the New York Dolls (1,2,3,4). Other great bands have captured some crazy force of the universe and have forgone any of these requirements to make not just awesome songs, but awesome catalogs…basically that’s Link Wray and Dick Dale, but they’re beyond the scope of human comprehension.

Written by admin on March 7th, 2008

Was this just dumb?   no comments

I joined eMusic again. I had been on it before and used the get 50 free downloads offer. I got the Pippettes album and some other random stuff. I’m not exactly sure why I signed-up again, but it’s only $10/month for 30 downloads. If anyone wants to suggest something I should get, maybe only 1 or 2 songs from an album I’d otherwise not like, lemme know.

Written by admin on February 6th, 2008

Time magazine?   no comments

So I guess punk really is mainstream, and no I don’t mean Green Day sold more albums. This is pretty cool and recommended watching. http://www.time.com/time/photoessays/2007/punk_1977/.

Written by admin on August 30th, 2007

…And make people wait 5 years for an album   no comments

Oh Dick Dale….
The guy can be a prick at times, but he always takes the time to talk to people (he did 3 interviews with me), and has tons of stuff to talk about, most of which he’s done himself. Listen to the man.

By the by, he’s gonna be on HDNet this month, which is pretty awesome. And he’s out touring again, so you can see him pull the same schtick he has for the last 10+ years, and still walk away being amazed by it (I’ll be doing that).

Written by admin on April 5th, 2007

Just cool   no comments

This is just an awesome video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VskbxuehP3I

Written by admin on December 18th, 2006

I know I’m not the only one excited…   no comments

Written by admin on August 9th, 2006

Just an update   no comments

First off, for those of you who didn’t hear, Arthur Lee, of Love and general kooky rock guy fame died. I was not a huge fan, but I also don’t know the whole of his work. He was a huge influence on music though, so you do owe it to yourself to at least check him out.

Something that has been bothering me lately is I haven’t been hearing as much new music as I used to. I know a lot of this has to do with not being at the radio station anymore, and I know it’s cyclical, but seriously. I would say in the last 2 years or so 60-70% of the music I have boughten is from at least 10 years ago, if not 20. I also don’t go to nearly as many shows as I used to. Mainly, this is due to not getting into everything for free, and I’m just too damn snobby to pay for stuff I don’t like. Somebody please tell me it’s that there aren’t nearly as many good shows, or new bands, as their used be, and it’s not me

I’ve been on a big kick lately of listening to music from the 30’s and 40’s, not like jazz or blues, but goofy stuff from then. Stuff like zydeco, or quirky pop stuff. This reminds me of what my friend Rev Tommy listens to. He used to host Sideburns & Switchblades, which is where I learned about radio, and introduced me to people like Billy Childish and the Mummies, then he completely moved away from that into early blues, then tin pan ally stuff, and just going on from there. Is this what happens to people when they hit their late 20’s and want nothing to do with commercial music?

Written by admin on August 8th, 2006

Some worthwhile reads from the NY Times   no comments

Written by admin on May 29th, 2006

Dr. Frank does like the kiddies!   no comments

Written by admin on May 8th, 2006