Archive for April, 2007

My Chemical Romance in Nashville!

// April 26th, 2007 // Comments Off // Music & Entertainment

Oh my, what a show… I really am old school because I love the theater aspect of their show. Explosions, fire, sparks from the top of the stage and 4 confetti canons that totally covered the whole place.

My Chemical Romance

The Black Parade CD was probably my top CD last year and I’m still listening to it. The sound in this venue wasn’t even close to what it was 10 years ago when I saw Rage Against The Machine, but it was still good. They did a set as The Black Parade and totally brought it, then came back as “My Chemical Romance”… still good stuff. There were tons of teens there… young teens… wow. I saw a whole family of rockers, makeup, goth clothing – from ages 10-50. I probably should have sat in the seats, but it’s cool I had fun. He said Rob Cavallo was in the crowd, that’s one dude I’d love to meet!!! Big time producer, too bad nobody there knew who he was!

MCR

Muse opened up for them and when they first started I thought.. cool, they are covering the Pixies!!!! My favorite band of all time…..BUT, nope.. they just totally ripped off the Pixies. They have a song called ‘Knights of Cydonia’ that is a pretty dang close rip of the Pixies ‘Cecilia Ann’ off the Bossanova CD… I mean so close I’m surprised they haven’t been sued!!!! Most of their stuff was like that, very artsy rock, some was a bit more aggressive too. But I could definitely tell they listened to the Pixies growing up. No problem here, I love the Pixies… most great artists and bands know how influential the Pixies have been.

BIG THANKS TO JILL!!!! My L.A. Warner music chicky friend who hooked me up with the passes!!!!!!! Thanks!!!!!!!

Spinal Tap To Reunite

// April 25th, 2007 // Comments Off // Funny, life, Music & Entertainment

Spinal Tap Reuniting

How appropriate for these guys to reunite for an Al Gore event. If you saw his “documentary/remember me” movie (which I didn’t make it through myself.. I tried!) then you’ll know why I think Spinal Tap’s classic mockumentary makes this even funnier!!! (Please don’t bash me if you like Al Gore, I’m sure the Earth is changing as it has been for millions of years… I just don’t think he’s the “answer” nor the spokesman to get anything done, especially with a lame-behind documentary.)

NEW YORK (AP)- Jake Coyle:

Spinal Tap is back, and this time the band wants to help save the world from global warming.

The mock heavy metal group immortalized in the 1984 mockumentary, “This is Spinal Tap,” will reunite for a performance at Wembley Stadium in London as part of the Live Earth concerts scheduled worldwide for July 7.

The original members of Spinal Tap will be there: guitarist Nigel Tufnel (played by Christopher Guest), singer David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) and bassist Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer). Rob Reiner, who both directed “This is Spinal Tap” and played the fake documentarian Marty DeBergi in the film, will also be in attendance.

A new 15-minute film directed by Reiner on the band’s reunion will also play at the opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on Wednesday. The slate for the opening gala, to be hosted by Al Gore, was previously announced, excepting the Reiner short.

The festival is to open with a showing of several global warming-themed short films produced by the SOS (Save Our Selves) campaign. SOS is also putting on the Live Earth concerts, to be held across seven continents.

Reiner spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday to explain the reunion of Spinal Tap — a band always known more as a parody of rock `n roll excess than environmental awareness.

“They’re not that environmentally conscious, but they’ve heard of global warming,” said Reiner, whose other films include “When Harry Met Sally” and “Stand By Me.” “Nigel thought it was just because he was wearing too much clothing — that if he just took his jacket off it would be cooler.”

Spinal Tap has reunited several times since the film, but hasn’t for a number of years. For the band — whose last album was 1992′s “Break like the Wind” — the occasion warranted a new single: “Warmer Than Hell.”

Reiner provided a sneak peak at the lyrics: “The devil went to Devon, it felt like the fourth degree/ He said, `Is it hot in here, or is it only me?’”

The director said the new short film explains what the band has been doing with their lives lately. Nigel has been raising miniature horses to race, but can’t find jockeys small enough to ride them; David is now a hip-hop producer who also runs a colonic clinic; and Derek is in rehab for addiction to the Internet.

Reiner, 60, has for over 20 years worked with the National Resources Defense Council, an environmental action organization. Though the Spinal Tap reunion will be a lot of laughs, he hopes the SOS short films program and the Live Earth concerts have a substantial effect.

“What I think is going to be nice about this whole effort is there will be marching orders for people,” said Reiner. “Not only from a personal standpoint of what individuals can do in their lives, but a macro perspective with respect to the public sector and government.”

Jon Foreman, Wow.

// April 23rd, 2007 // Comments Off // life, Music & Entertainment

So I spent the day doing the GMA thing… in case you don’t know what this is, it’s where you meet a whole lot of people… if you work for a label they love you, talk to you, tell you about their family-dog-high school-wrecks-previous life of sin-travel-God’s call-why they are good-why everyone tells them to sing- YES, I heard all that and most of it with in the first hour and a half of walking around. I got there about 10:30 and was ready to come back home by 1. I didn’t… I stayed. I hooked up with some friends, the guys of Our Hearts Hero, we had dinner and then decided to check out the EMI-CMG showcase.

The EMI-CMG showcase had a few bands:

  • The first was a band named something about forests?? Don’t remember… they were ok, nothing out of the ordinary, but ok.
  • The next band was called The Beautiful Republic ( I think ).. they too were ok.. maybe a little better than ok, I’d say they were pretty good.
  • Third was the band NeedToBreathe from Possum Kingdom, SC. No, I have no clue where that is… even growing up in SC, I still don’t know where that is. They were good, the cool thing was the music, the soulful singer and the ability to find a melody in the songs. Don’t get me wrong, I love the new rock stuff, but sometimes the pain of yelling gets seriously annoying… the whining, seriously annoying… the screamo… seriously annoying… you catch what I’m saying. This band was a mix of Gavin Degraw, Matchbox 20 (early good stuff), and even a hint of Third Eye Blind all with a modern rock twist. I really dug these guys and will look for the record out on Atlantic this fall (yes, Atlantic, not sure how they lucked out on the EMI stage but I’m glad they did).
  • Next was Sanctus Real, I didn’t realize who this band was, they had some songs that I recognized and they put on seriously tight rock show.. singer dude has some great intensity and passion that really came through in the songs.

Jon Foreman

So, the title of the post.. Jon Foreman, Wow. That is exactly what he did to me, he “wow-ed” me. I like Switchfoot, I’m not the diehard superfan but I like some of their stuff so I was expecting a bunch of acoustic versions of Switchfoot songs. Not the case at all… this guy is a talented songwriter and performer. He played some songs he called “murder-mystery” songs, one was called Revenge which was really cool and another was a song he co-wrote with one of the cats from Nickel Creek that also was a great song. The last song was a cover of the Bad Religion song called Sorrow… and he nailed it. GMA week was definitely the last place I thought I would hear a Bad Religion cover, but he did it and did it well!

I gotta go to bed. More later….. rock and roll.

The Sweet Sound of Hustling Christian Music People…

// April 21st, 2007 // Comments Off // Funny, life, Music & Entertainment

GMA Music Week

Gospel Music Week has begun in Music City. I went to my first little seminar this morning, it was going to be about Leadership and how I, an independent person/label, can compete in todays market. I get there right on time, and sit down in my cozy little chair. I notice I’m the only one not dressed up… and I mean ‘DRESSED UP’. Everyone had on slacks and nice shirts, even some ties… not me, black t-shirt with ripped jeans and sandals.

The speaker gets up to talk and says “Welcome to Fundraising University”, my mind says “WHAT??????”, but those who know me, I sit quietly and think this may have something to do with leadership and maybe it’s just the first session. I don’t question things, especially in large group settings… so Leadership is coming… NOPE. At the break I was informed they switched rooms on me and I had just sat through 45 mins of how to raise money for non profit radio stations… ummmm…. ok.

Needless to say the first day was off to a weird start and I left. The music and hanging out with people I know happens on Monday… will keep you posted if I see or hear anything good. One of the bands on Tone Box Records, Kennebec, will be playing the indie impact showcase @ 12th and Porter on Monday at 4:30 pm. Come and check it out!

Anyone else floating around this weekend? Hit me up, we’ll drink coffee and eat! Isn’t that what these things are for?

Snow Patrol vs. The Police = Snow Police?

// April 20th, 2007 // Comments Off // Music & Entertainment

Check out this “mashup”… pretty cool… weird in spots, but somebody has a lot of time on their hands!

Finally…

// April 18th, 2007 // Comments Off // Music & Entertainment

Goodbye Sanjaya.

When I'm 90…

// April 18th, 2007 // Comments Off // life, Music & Entertainment

The Zimmers

What song will I cover? Check out The Zimmers, the world’s oldest rock band… literally. They give new meaning to this song. Check the video below… What will you want to cover when you are 90?

Kelly Clarkson Does It Again

// April 13th, 2007 // Comments Off // Music & Entertainment

This is gonna be a HUGE hit… Check out her new single “Never Again”.

This is a stream from AOL.


Kelly Clarkson : Never Again

Dinosaur Jr. Rocks My Face

// April 13th, 2007 // Comments Off // Music & Entertainment

Check out their new video… you’ll see why.

Can’t find it on youtube or video sites yet, so check it at the link below:
Dinosaur Jr. : Been There All The Time

OK, I’m getting back to work.  Just thought you should know.

The Trouble With Nickleback

// April 3rd, 2007 // Comments Off // Music & Entertainment

I couldn’t have said this better.. so here is a repost from one of my favorite sites: The Kings of A&R

The Trouble With Nickelback

From The Kings of A&R

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Nickelback (formed in Alberta, Canada, 1995) didn’t actually have chart topping success until 2001 with Silver Side Up and the track “How You Remind Me.” They then struck gold again with the same song, this time called “Someday.” They have sold about 14 million albums to date, just in the US. They currently have about 12 songs in heavy to medium rotation on US Rock, Alternative and Active Rock stations, and a number of crossover hits. Compare that to one of rock’s more overplayed bands, Nirvana, with only 10 songs in medium to light rotation and zero crossover hits.The band has won nine Juno Awards, an American Music Award, an MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film (Hero), and a World Music Award for World’s Best-Selling Rock Artist. The band was also nominated for seven Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards and ten Juno Awards. On December 4, 2006, Nickelback won three Billboard Music Awards out of five nominations. [wiki]

Formula? You bet! They even discussed it on NPR’s All Things Considered. Just because they have an obvious formula does that mean they aren’t any good? Well, according to their sales numbers, no one really cares. If you like one song, you like them all, but unfortunately if you don’t like one song, you probably won’t like any of them. Many people have been speaking out against Nickelback recently, implying that they don’t deserve their success because they lack originality in their music. Others believe that the sales numbers indicate just how great the music is. In the end, sales numbers indicate little aside from how well it is selling. It doesn’t speak to the quality of the music outside of the fact that people are clearly connecting with it on some level.

This band is polarizing because they are one of the only rock bands that’s been successful when it seems no one else can do it. Why is this happening? Is it that they’re the greatest rock band of all time? Or do they just have a great business plan, a formula that works, and good timing? I don’t doubt a valid argument could be made either way, since we have been seeing those arguments on KOAR for a while now. The truth of the matter is, for the right band, the ‘old industry’ is just as effective now as it was before, if not more so since there is less real competition in the mainstream. The revolving door of hype and fad bands mean nothing when compared to a band that consistently delivers with no surprises. Although many are singing the praises of satellite radio, iPods are selling like hotcakes and hardcore music fans are scouring the internet for free music, don’t underestimate the stronghold the mainstream has on the South and the Midwest. The South and the Midwest ARE the mainstream. In these parts of the country, commercial radio is still king and established artists like Nickelback aren’t even screened before being thrown into heavy rotation, while new artists have to jump through all kinds of hoops before being considered. Labels aren’t the only ones interested in hit songs. Radio needs them too and they are less willing to gamble on something without a proven impact.

However, in these parts of the country, there are pockets of listeners who rebel against the mainstream . They’re online, they listen to satellite, they attend every show that comes through their town on an endless search for great new music. They are desperate to connect to something the way their neighbors have connected to Nickelback, but at this point, they’re on their own. Even with all of the options and access they have through technology, finding the one great band in the endless ocean of shit is a full time job many of us are being paid to perform. There is great potential for an industry to exist outside of the ‘old system,’ but as of right now, it is in no way regulated and there are no clear leaders yet. MySpace seems to be the website of choice for artist self-promotion, but it’s a site that’s so huge and so poorly designed, artists are reduced to spamming to justify having a profile there. How often does it happen that you are spammed on MySpace by a band and they end up being the greatest thing you’ve ever heard? It never happens. Maybe because artists are spending more time spamming and updating profiles than actually working on their music and building their careers.

For those NOT interested in the mainstream and the major label system, where mass appeal hits are required with great consistency and the ‘game’ must be played, there isn’t really a working system for them, but it’s getting there. Bands CAN pick up a certain amount of traction and make waves almost solely through the internet, but there are no examples of that resulting in a legendary, great or even really good artist. We know it’s coming. We know it will eventually happen, but it hasn’t happened yet. There are literally thousands of music sites and internet-based third party companies of varying quality, taste and ability. As the better ones rise to the top, better opportunities will be available to those looking for other options. So, at some point a great band will come along and opt for this system and they will be successful at it, by anyone’s measurement. Until then, it is still a struggle.

Great music is out there. Great artists still exist. Whether they choose to be a part of the major label system or blaze their own trail, their true value can never be measured in album sales or awards. A band’s quality can only be determined by the connection they establish with their fans, and no one can say one connection means more or is worth more than another. ‘Success‘ means different things to different people and although labels may define it as ‘millions of copies sold,’ I’ve met very few artists who share that definition. There is no right way or wrong way to be in this business, there is only truth and lies. If you’re an artist or if you work with artists, you have to love the music you’re working with and believe in what you’re working towards. If you simply see it as a cash cow or a means to an end, you’re missing the point. I think Chad Kroeger has no problem sleeping at night. I believe he looks himself in the mirror and likes who he sees. No matter how I feel or don’t feel about Nickelback’s music, I think Chad Kroeger is a good dude and has a lot to be proud of. It’s not right to belittle his success or his fans just because the new system we would like to see isn’t in place yet or because things didn’t work out the same way for another artist.