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Rock Biz

Kansascity.com – Coleman launches inquiry into RIAA’s piracy crackdown

Coleman launches inquiry into RIAA’s piracy crackdown
Could it be that “The Industry” might be trampeling on your rights? Nah, impossible. “The Industry” care about you the consumer and you the artist too much to do that. (You may now turn off your sarcasm alarm).
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Features

“more bands but less originality”

I just read an interview with one of my all time rock and roll heroes, Peter Buck of R.E.M. on Murmurs (an excellent R.E.M. fan site) and was struck by his comment that, compared with the ‘80s underground that existed when R.E.M. first started out, he feels that there are “more bands but less originality” today except for some of the new “alt-country” bands gigging around. Who am I to argue with Peter Buck except to say that “originality” is an extremely subjective term. A lot of music that I like some people would consider to be “retro” or worse (from, Sloan to the High Dials to Oasis to….R.E.M.) but is that a lack of originality?
Now, if I had a comments system for this site I would be hoping to get some feedback from anybody reading but I don’t (yet, stay tuned..) so let me know what you think here. Are there in fact more rock and roll bands but less originality? In fact, what do you consider to be “original?” Inquiring minds want to know.
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Rock Biz

The wheels are in motion for a BMG Warner merger

The wheels are in motion for a BMG Warner merger
Wonderful! Now the “BIG 5” become the “BIG 3”! When will this madness stop?
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Record Labels

Billboard: Rhino ‘Feeling’ Punk On Four-Disc Set

BILLBOARD
I love Rhino Records! This will be a perfect companion to the 2 Nuggets boxed sets that they have already put out. So much music, so little money!
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Record Labels

The Record Label Spotlight is on: Dionysus Records

One of my favourite past times is searching out cool record labels. Yes they do exist! As a matter of fact, they have reinforced my belief that there is a ton of great music being made today that we never get to hear about because of the current “BIG 5” record label monopoly (that is not to say that there is no good music made on the BIG 5, there is and I’ll talk about it, it’s just that it is often hidden in the far corners of the BIG 5s catalog with little or no support behind it, just ask Wilco). Not only is there great music being made now, there was some great stuff being made in the past that you might never have heard about. Until now. Part of the reason for starting “The Rock and Roll Report” as you may have guessed by now, is sharing these discoveries with whomever might stumble across this little niche on the ‘net. And there is no better example than the Dionysus Records “Empire.” I have talked about Orange Sky Records in a past post but I want to bring you up to speed on the rest of their offerings. They include Dionysus Records, the Bacchus Archives and Hell Yeah Records. Offering everything from records from bands that “sounded like they walked out of a mid-60s time warp” to “over-the-edge modern punk” Dionysus offers a real treasure trove of great sounds and cool fun. Jump in and buy, buy, buy! There will definitely be something there to tickle your fancy. Let the adventure begin!
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Live Rock and Roll

Good times roll

Good times roll
It was an event more than a concert but overall I think that the “really big shoow” that has been dubbed “SARS-stock” was a great success for everyone involved and hopefully the money raised will help those health care workers and their families most affected by SARS. No matter how you look at it, for $21.00 bucks Canadian a ticket, it was the deal of a lifetime. TV coverage sucked but when has TV coverage of any Rock and Roll concert really worked out (remember Live Aid?). Let’s hope Toronto has turned the page on this unfortunate part of their history. If you really want to help out, visit Toronto! It’s a great city.
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Rock History

Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Sam Phillips dies

Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Sam Phillips dies
A sad day indeed. The man who founded Sun Records and signed Elvis has passed on. All fans of Rock and Roll should bow their heads and give a moment of silence in tribute to a man who was one of the architects of Rock and Roll. Thank you Sam Phillips. Rest in peace.
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Artists and Bands Features

I Still Love the Stones

You know, I still love the Rolling Stones. What you say? Those old farts? Ah, they’re just in it for the money you scream. Then you use that famous line that drives me bananas: “They’re just not relevant anymore.” Hoo boy I hate that statement, proclamation, opinion or whatever you want to call it! They are relevant to me and the approximately 470,000 people crowded into an old air force base in Toronto that’s who. What do you expect Keith Richards to do? Retire? The guy would die if he couldn’t tour anymore. And Charlie Watts? Coolest man in rock and roll. I think that this article, though written in 1997, puts everything into perspective perfectly. Read it and show some respect. You never know when you might run into Keith Richards and it’s rumored that he carries a switch blade. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
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Rock History

The Sound of Rock and Roll: Vox

From the amps behind The Beatles to Brian Jones’ teardrop shaped guitar. From the organs that propelled countless American garage bands to the ubiquitous AC30 amp that shapes the sound of guitarists like Peter Buck, The Edge and Tom Petty today, Vox musical instruments and amps have shaped the sound of rock and roll over and over since the early sixties. That glory is on display at the great website The Vox Showroom. A real treat for Vox enthusiasts, it features tons of information on Vox amps, guitars, basses and effects like the famous Vox wah wah pedal used by some guy named Jimi Hendrix. Very cool. It should make you want to go out, grab an AC30 and blast away to rock and roll glory yourself. Go ahead, make your day.
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Artists and Bands

Rush busy, not hurried

Rush busy, not hurried
You know, for all four of you reading this blog, you must think that being into garage type, no frills just do it DIY rock and roll that I wouldn’t like a band like Rush, but you would be dead wrong. Remember my rant about rock and roll being about The Moment? Rush have given me more moments that I can remember, especially during those “fun” years of high school. Sure they are complex, sometimes kind of wooden on stage and by their own admission anal but they make great songs that actually say something interesting that you can chew on and digest, or just rock out to. “The Spirit of Radio” is, in my opinion, the perfect summary of what is wrong and what can be right about radio and music. That’s why I’m looking forward to their new DVD “Rush in Rio.” They put on a concert spectacular without forgetting why they make music. They care. It’s all you can ask for of any musician. Give ’em a whirl. You just might be surprised. It’s all part of the rich pageant we call rock and roll.
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