Friday, August 31, 2007

Don' Mess with Marley, Mon

Why you wanna mess with a reggae man's family? Further proof the musick industry has no shame. I haven't used the word bloodsuckers in this blog for awhile... must be getting soft with all those paid ads from the Big Labels. Ha!

What Are You Playing Today?

According to All Good Tabs, the Web site that offers - what else but - all the good tabs, today's most popular guitar tab downloads are:

  • Green Day - Time of Your Life
  • Lustra - Scotty Doesn't Know
  • Osbourne Ozzy - Ozzy Crazy Train
  • Three Doors Down - Here Without You
  • Three Doors Down - Kryptonite
  • Jack Johnson - Better Together
  • Nancy Sinatra - Bang Bang
  • Gavin DeGraw - I Dont Want To Be
  • Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Dreams
  • Bill Withers - Aint't no Sunshine
  • Audioslave - Be Yourself
  • Green Day - Holiday
  • Damien Rice - The Blowers Daughter
  • Jay Chou - Qing Tian
  • Sum 41 - Pieces
  • HOOBASTANK - The Reason
  • Green Day - American Idiot
Ya'll liking Green Day or something here?


Thursday, August 30, 2007

Cruise to a New Career

There's no need to be a beauty school dropout - If you want to be a part of the fastest growing beauty school in the United States, you will want to look into what regency beauty institutes has to offer. Regency started with just two schools and in five years has expanded that to nearly 30 campuses in nine states and more on the way.

What Regency has to offer that is unique is its placement relationships, which include gigs on cruise ships and runways (yeah, fashion runways, not airport runways). Can you imagine getting paid for taking a cruise? That's a sweet life.

Visit Regency's Web site for more information.

50,000 Fans Can't Be Wrong

In the age of file-sharing can 50,000 music fans compete with major labels in an uncertain music industry? 26 year old Florida resident Karol Gajda thinks so.

Mr. Gajda has started a new Web site,, that will bring together 50,000 music fans to launch and run their own record label. These 50,000 fans will choose the label's name and the first 5 bands to sign to record contracts worth $200,000 each. From there they will have input into every aspect of how to market and promote the label and its artists.

Joining is free until 50,000 members have joined and expressed interest in being a part of music history. Once that threshold is reached, each of those members will be required to pay $25 for access to the nomination and voting area. In sum, this will raise $1.25 million to sign bands and to pay for expenses including office space and staff.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Get Yo Moog On

Master keyboardist and prolific Moog synthesizer user Erik Norlander will perform at the prestigious Moogfest, the annual festival commemorating and celebrating the groundbreaking achievements of maverick inventor Robert Moog and his namesake synthesizer. Beginning at 7:30PM on Saturday, September 22nd, the fourth annual Moogfest boasts some of the most renowned keyboardists in the world. Along with Norlander, other performers include Thomas Dolby, Jordan Rudess, Adam Holzman, Spiraling, Don Preston, Gershon Kingsley, Nail, and Herb Deutsch.

B.B. King's Blues Club, located at 243 West 42nd Street in New York City, will once again host Moogfest. Moog Music, located in Asheville, NC, designs and manufactures electronic musical instruments including synthesizers, effects modules, and theremins.

Musical Metal

Monday, August 27, 2007

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Devil Hits the Fringe

DRM free? Oh, Wal-Mart ...

Give it up, you'll never be cool.

The big box Satan/Santa (depending on your viewpoint) decides it's going to offer DRM-free downloads. OK, that's sweet. But two suggestions:

1. Stop censoring the music you sell
2. Actually make these downloads work on the most common MP3 player in the iUniverse.

Yes, that would be the iPod.



Friday, August 17, 2007

Garage Band Kool

It's hard to have a garage band if you've got no garage organization. This is no joke. If your car won't fit in there, your drum kit sure won't.

Lucky for us, the Car Guy Garage has some cool options for getting all those useless tools and stuff off the floor and off the stage. What I think is best about their flexible systems is the number of colors they offer. Go stainless steel, white, green, red - whatever matches your guitar. Or your outfit. Personally, the diamond plated garage cabinets have my vote.

But for beyond-koolness - look at the Von Dutch-style refrigerator. That's some real Kulture, daddy-o!

Online Listening tips

You've got your mp3 players, your streaming whatnot, you might even have an old CD player or two hanging around. But let me guess, you still can't get enough music, right? Luckily for us, Mr. Peter Butler of Webware (Cool Web Apps For Everyone) has written up a review of his 8.5 favorite free web music players.

If you're the sort of Web surfer who hangs out on social-networking sites like MySpace and Facebook or someone who frequents MP3 blogs, you've surely seen and used one of the free Flash audio players in this article. All of the Web-based apps below let you add a functional music player to your home page or blog with no muss and very little fuss.

Go. Read. Download embed listen make yo' mama crazy!


Monday, August 13, 2007

DRM-Free Suddenly All the Rage

In an apparent last-ditch attempt to prove they are listening to their artists and consumers, some high profile companies are rolling out tunes with restriction against copying. Some proof:

Darrin at Slippery Brick: Universal Music Group has announced that it is going start offering 99 cent downloads of its online music without any copyright restrictions as somewhat of a trial starting August 21 through Jan 31.

Nicholas at
: Universal Music Group will make some of its music available without digital rights management (DRM) software, and Best Buy has announced plans to sell it.

Earlier this summer, EMI made its digital-music catalog available without DRM restrictions and Apple began selling EMI's DRM-free songs from the iTunes store. Amazon also announced plans to launch a DRM-free digital music store.

What next? Will they finally start paying musicians their fair share? Haha! Funny.


Saturday, August 11, 2007

Xiomara Breaks Out

Independent record label Medination Music announces the release of recording artist Xiomara Medina's debut album titled "Temperatures of my life."

"When I first got into the studio, I decided I wanted to make an album that represents who I am. I made a conscious decision of merging English and Spanish tracks because that is how we Latinos are very bi-lingual baby!"

For her funk/pop/rock album, the singer teamed up with Will Taylor (Sub Funk Productions), Scott Marz and Sabor as producers. As featured artist, Def poet/Hip-Hop performer La Bruja and Zalomon were tapped to work on several tracks.

Medina recently collaborated as a songwriter with Hollywood Records recording artist Jeannie Ortega on a track for Jeannie's upcoming sophomore production.

For the past few years, Xiomara Medina has been in the background collaborating with local groups in New York as a performer/songwriter. She's worked with local acts, such as Retumba, and the group Aphrodites . She has been featured in several MTV shows such as Global Grooves and Jams. Her song "Sex in New York City" was licensed by TBS as part of their commercial campaign for the hit show Sex in the City.

Now it's her time to step up and show the world what she has to say. Every artist yearns to find the style that defines them but nothing defines ones self more than life experiences and this is what "Temperatures of my life" is about. This debut album by the songstress captures her moods and feelings, which she transcends in her lyrics and melodies.


Crowded House Interview

It's that time again - time for a jolt of Puremusic, latest issue online now.

Look for interviews with Crowded House, John Doe, Bitter:Sweet and Diana Jones, along with all the witty, pithy, jazzy, thought-provoking asides you've come to expect.


Friday, August 10, 2007

Bedroom Furniture

Next time ya'll are looking for a great Houston furniture store, you might give Gallery Furniture (6006 Interstate 45 North - Between Tidwell and Parker) a look. I did, and found this bed of my dreams:

I'm being modest and selecting the queen size, plenty of room to stretch in this girl. What I really like about this bedroom piece - beside the color of the wood - is the opposing curves of the head board and foot board. It's not the usual take. The symmetry of the posts is nice and really off set the opposition of the end pieces.

I like when a bedroom furniture designer - or any furniture designer for that matter - looks for the obvious design of a piece and then tweaks it to do the unexpected. This is a really cool look.

If you don't live in Texas you can still browse There's more furniture here than in all of Trump's hotels. (Maybe a slight exaggeration.) They don't just focus on bedroom furniture, you can furnish out your whole house. One really cool part of the web site is that they have showroom floor video of the furniture and the view is just like being there. You can't smell the wood or the leather, but it does make comparison so much easier.

High style.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Sistas Rock Da Mic, No Q

Wake up, girl! The 3rd Annual Can A Sista Rock A Mic? Music Festival (CASRAM) is happening right now in Washington, D.C. You've got until the 12th to catch some of the hottest lips cosying up to the microphone you're ever gonna hear!

Here's the scoop:

This unique music festival will highlight positive images of women and showcase some extraordinary local and national female talent.

This year’s festival boasts an exciting array of established and rising stars in hip-hop, neo-soul, spoken word, and R&B. CASRAM opens in grand fashion at The Rock and Roll Hotel where the mic will be set ablaze by female hip-hop phenoms Bahamadia and Emoni Fela. Subsequent nights will include live performances from neo-soul sensations Carol Riddick (Musiq Soulchild), YahZarah is Purple Saint James (Erykah Badu, Foreign Exchange), Sy Smith (American Idol, Ally McBeal), and Afi [pronounced ah-FEE], a Washington D.C. native in rotation on VH1 Soul and BETJ.

While highlighting the exceptional talent in the Washington, D.C. area and beyond, the founders also plan to give back to the community by donating the festival’s proceeds to the DCTV Kids Video Festival.

You so owe this to yourself. Go. Listen. Love.


Magnatune Reports - Brad Sucks!

Now/New at Magnatune straight from Shannon's keyboard:

Brad Sucks: Mixter Two - I Don't Know What I'm Doing

Best-selling Brad Sucks has always been exceptionally down with the whole "derivative works" thing, so we were excited when we heard he was assembling two albums' worth of his favorite remixes of his own music by more than a dozen different artists. Veteran remixers Deutscheunschuld and Sharp make great contributions here, as do more than a dozen of the other mad scientists over at ccMixter. We especially like Blackberry's
futuristically gritty treatment of "Dirtbag" (CD1) and Teru's languid, Indian summer take on "I Think I Started a Trend" (CD2).

I love a good mixer. Think I'll get a blowback and go.


Thursday, August 02, 2007

Perfuma Releases Cash Cover

After watching the movie "Walk The Line" the band Perfuma was so inspired they recorded their own version of the legendary Johnny Cash's tune "Folsom Prison Blues." The song is available for download exclusively through through Perfuma's MySpace.

According to Audio Crush Perfuma is currently in the studio with producer Jesse Cannon (The Cure, Hot Rod Circuit) recording its debut full-length album. The much anticipated thirteen-track effort will not include the "Folsom Prison Blues" cover, but the band does promise euphoric melodies and jubilant harmonies like you've never heard from Perfuma before.