Keith over at bandpromo.me shared this graphic with me, and I thought it was kind of funny so here ya go!
I saw this band open for Sleigh Bells last Friday at The Stone Pony, and I was so impressed that I had to find them online the next morning. They have some really fun web pages (go make some beats here), which distracted me for most of my Saturday morning. By 9AM I found myself making beats on top of their beats, haha!
Mark Dowdell runs the music filtration site Bandcamp’s Best, which provides concise reviews of the best albums hosted on Bandcamp, and other music recommendations from Soundcloud. Mark is also an independent electronic musician. You can find him on Facebook & Twitter.
The album format has it tough these days. With all the FB posting, tweeting, and social networking going on, how can any musician hope to grab attention with a product that takes longer than three minutes to experience?
This week’s album is by a band that has been out of the game for nearly fifteen years. They performed one of my favorite songs on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, and are back to explore the absurdities of rock n’ roll.
Guitar virtuoso Paul Gilbert will be traveling around the world during his 2011 Mr. Big Tour, which officially started on April 2, 2011. He’ll be shredding with original band members Eric Martin, Billy Sheehan, and Pat Torpey. The day before the tour kicked off, Paul invited Bullet Cable designer Ted McCann to his practice studio so that the two of them could re-wire Paul’s pedal board with solder-less connectors developed by Bullet Cable, with the promise of cleaner tone and less clutter.
Work has been getting the best of me lately, so I apologize for the less frequent blog posts here on Tight Mix. I’m hoping things will pick up again soon!
This week’s featured album arrives a day late, but not because I am any less enthused or into this album. Brought to my attention by @ArkArsenal on Twitter, this album has a great sound, and an even greater back story.
This is a guest post from Susan Kilroy over at Criminal Justice Degrees Guide, a website that lists and ranks colleges around the world with the best criminal justice programs.
Whatever the reason — feel free to insert your own — there are plenty of musicians who’ve done time over the years, whether it’s for minor infractions, drug charges, or serious crimes. It just goes to show that no matter how many fans you get, you’ve still got to deal with the boys in blue.
I got a nice influx of e-mails this week from bands sending me their music. Unfortunately, most all of it was garbage (which is frequently the case). This week’s album, however, sucked me right in like any great pop/alt-rock album will do. It doesn’t help that I’m a total sap for British alt-rock, either…
So it seems that online music streaming company Grooveshark is under fire by our friendly neighborhood geniuses over at the RIAA. On April 1, 2011, Grooveshark’s mobile app was pulled from the official Android Marketplace by the request of the RIAA, and Grooveshark had no idea about it under five days later. The app is still gone from the market, so it definitely wasn’t an April Fool’s prank. Besides, I doubt those RIAA-types possess the capability to induce any sort of laughter.
In light of this event, Grooveshark wrote an extensive letter addressing the issue and even some bigger ones, giving a ton of reasons why Grooveshark is not illegal. At all.
But are their statements truthful? I don’t have much experience using Grooveshark. I hear things from the people that do use it though, and the conversation seems to be split. Some people think it’s awesome and not illegal, while others are calling it “The New Napster.”
What do you think?
David, a fellow Penn Stater, shared this shoegazey cover of Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation” with me via e-mail, and I liked it soooo here ya go!