Sunday, May 31, 2009

What Is A Rock Musician

Some people would have you believe that rock and roll is all about the ascending of the musician to a higher plane, controlled by Good and Dark forces who have designed a path of enlightenment, just like the lady in stairway to heaven. But what the hell does it all mean? Do you drift away into a drug induced holiday like Iggy Pop or become a defiant anti-fascist punk band like the Plasmatics , pushing forward like a crazy wind that refuses to abate until all is cleansed, and blowing your car up in the process only to get the pulp beaten out of you by the Milwaukee Police somewhere between anarchy and madness.

What is Rock N Roll, and why does the bubblegum music that seems so pervasive, ala American Idol and some self anointed British bad boy judge dictate who the band of tomorrow should be, it's Paramount to telling you which political affiliation should be prescribed. Rock n Roll is not about some carefully gloved innuendo, packaged in cellophane and delivered by some guy in brown shorts, it's about the force that goes forward from all of us, like a pack of wild animals, mowing you down where you stand. It isn't safe and the idea of danger is imminent and it doesn't wear Prada, go ask grandpa.

A rock musician isn't a carefully contrived and ordained entity that is propelled to greatness through artificial infomercial like a package full of lies. A Rock musician is an animal that embodies the music they play, with such force that on occasion, his or her own inspiration will burn so intensely that it will blind you, and when it's over, you can only wish that it would never end.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Where To Find Free Music

Up to this point I've talked about much of the great music that exists and how it relates, but where do we find this music, legally. I'm all about doing things right, I don't like anyone ripping anybody else off. Remember children, these rock gods are making their living off of album sales and royalties, let's not deny them their paycheck. That said, if you're like me, you want stuff for free and you want it within a legal framework, so where do you start?

There are literally thousands of places where you can listen to new and old music, all you need to know is where to look. My favorite places for free music are music streaming radio stations that offer non-stop, non-commercial music for your listening pleasure, completely legal. Sites like are great places to start on your journey into new and old music, spanning many different genres that will literally blow your mind, and best of all they are completely free. I really like because these guys have got a lot of new Indie Music, presented by music lovers like you and me . Some of this music is out there, risky, old school, daring to shove it in your face I don't give a crap to the corporate pay cheque. Music man, it's all about sharing ideas and grooves that dare you to be brave and face life and Internet radio stations bring it to you.

Another great site that is also free and legal is, dude, you want to talk about the good guys here, they'll rock you for free no pay stubs or innuendos, legal shit and you will rock it, you will love it and it will be your own, hours of rock out madness. Whether you're looking for 50's 60's 70's 80's 90's 2000 30000 5000000, it's all there in a absolute package of rock you till you drop.

That's it children, the music that will keep you going and going and going and you will love it and it will love you and everyone is friends and love rules and shit is legal and everyone gets along kind of music that the world can cuddle up to. Rock out Man.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Rock Band Collection

Which Rock Band is in your Collection? Do you have a Favorite Rock Band in your CD Collection or are your tastes a little more eclectic?

I don't know about you, but I'm not one of those 'I only listen to Classic Rock, Man' type of dudes. I mean, seriously, how one-dimensional do you need to be to be stuck on one genre of music? I'm not going to hate on you if you are stuck in a rock era, I realize that it's hard for people to move on, and as we get older we also tend to lose touch.

Now, that's not to say that I love all new rock bands out there, there are quite a few that I consider crap. There's music out there, man, that often leaves me shaking my head wondering 'How the hell did this crap reach the radio?'. I'm baffled by the music, but not by the marketing because I realize that a lot of rock bands were not created out there, in the real world, but inside a board room. These rock bands were specifically designed and targeted to a specific group of kids, usually kids from middle to upper middle class backgrounds, which is where the money is.

The problem when you create music for a certain group of people is that it is often watered down, tapered at the ends with the intention of maximum penetration into other demographics. Record producers aren't the cowboys of old, those dudes have either passed away or have themselves been swayed or frayed by the economic tyranny that seems to permeate our culture. That is why many of you classic rock lovers out there are a bit pissed off and refuse to listen to anything made after a certain era. I realize that some of you are justified in feeling this way, some rock bands are shit, but there are a lot of great rock bands out there, signed up on Indie Labels, who are rocking it old school.

It's a topic that no one can win, the type of Rock band collection that you create will always be based on your personal experience and debating personal preference is more of a task relegated to thought persuasion than it is to music appreciation. There's no doubt in my mind that the rock bands that kids are listening to today will be the classic rock of tomorrow and that's a scary proposition man.