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Rock and Roll Reads

Shake This!

You love garage and psychedelic rock? Do you collect garage and psych records from around the world or around your block? Interested in discovering modern bands influenced by these crazy fuzz merchants? Than check out this incredible, always up to date database “Searchin for Shakes” (Microsoft Access required). An incredible resource brought to you by the fantastic people at Trans World 60s Punk. If you always wondered what Greek punk rock from the 60s sounded like, this is the place to start. You can also check out the Garage Compilation Database for more hip shaking goodliness.
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Live Rock and Roll

Now This is Camping!

I love camping. The trees, the beach, the smell of frying bacon in the morning. Add to that the sound of screaming guitars and pounding drums and you have a recipe for a grand ol’ time. That’s just what the Maberly Meltdown promises on August 30th according to Chart magazine. The Constantines, The High Dials and The Sadies are just 3 of the bands that will be there. Break out the tent and clean up the Coleman stove, it’s time to end the summer in style!

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Rock Biz

So You Want To Be a Rock and Roll Star?

There are literally thousands of web sites offering advice to the aspiring rock and roll band. Over the next couple of months I intend to highlight ones that I feel look genuinely helpful (as usual, all suggestions are greatly appreciated). But before we even get that far, click over to this section of the Bomp Records web site for some very helpful and to the point advice before you do anything. They know what they are talking about. If the last part of their list seems a bit depressing then check out this article highlighting the success of independent labels in the midst of the so called “market slump.”
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Rock and Roll Reads

Cool Site Alert: Trak Marx

I came across Trak Marx (“The Needle and the Damage Done” is their motto) while searching for info on Lenny Kaye’s excellent Nuggets compilation and I try to read it regularly. A great webzine. The current issue features an interview with Mike Stax, the Editor of Ugly Things Magazine which I have already raved about in a past post. Recommended.
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Rock and Roll Reads

The Covers Project

Speaking of covers, this is interesting. The Covers Project is a database of songs covered by people other than the original artists that recorded them. Cool.
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Features

Welcome To Canada. Anything to Declare?

According to the local news rag The Montreal Gazette, both Liam Gallagher and Prince are thinking of moving to Canada. Now, I have no problem with Liam Gallagher. Oasis are a very cool band and Liam’s certainly got the attitude but Prince? The only thing I ever liked about him was Raspberry Beret and that was the cover version by The Hindu Love Gods! I also worry that this great country might pose a serious danger of strangling that snot nose, asshole attitude that Mr. Gallagher wears so well and turning him into, well, just a jerk. Hope Noel visits often.
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Live Rock and Roll

Tea Party, Blue Rodeo join Stones show

Tea Party, Blue Rodeo join Stones show
This thing is just getting bigger and bigger! I am still debating whether to see this spectacle or not but I can tell that I’m getting older when my main preoccupation is where I’m going to sleep and how will I work things out so that I miss the least amount of work possible. Yeesh, some rock and roller! Of course, with a limit of 2 bottles of water for each concert goer, by the end of the day the scene could resemble something out of The Battle of the Somme. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
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Odds & Sods

Site News

It’s been about 2 weeks since I started this blog and I am having a blast putting it together. I have had nothing but positive feedback from all 3 of my readers (thanks mom!) and I am already looking forward to moving it all up a notch.
In the next couple of months I want to move to some more sophisticated software. It has to support public comments, a searchable archives, e-mail notification of site updates and the ability to create posts in advance and automatically have the software upload them according to a schedule I create. So far I’m evaluating Radio Userland, Movable Type, Live Journal and Type Pad. In the more immediate future I will dive into the HTML code of my basic free Blogger site and at the very least reduce the size of the fonts and maybe change the typeface. In the distant future will be a move to www.rockandrollreport.com, which I now own (don’t click on it now, nothing to see, move along). The search is also on for a used “Flower Power” iMac Special Edition. Why? Because it looks cool! Any and all comments and suggestions are appreciated!
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Rock Biz

Gimme an iTunes, Hold the Chili Peppers

Is Apple Computer’s iTunes software going to revolutionize the music business? Charles Haddad seems to think so and he makes some pretty good points. Should Metallica and the Chili Peppers be scared? Only if they release crap I suppose. Check it out.
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Rock on Film

Where’s My Shark Sandwich?

The debate rages on about what should be considered the greatest rock and roll movie of all time. Well, let’s look at some of the candidates: “Don’t Look Back”? Maybe. “The Last Waltz”? Possibly. “A Hard Days Night”? It has potential. “Woodstock”? Excellent but not too sure. ”Gimme Shelter”? Maybe, but watching that fat naked guy on stage is a bit disturbing. “The Great Rock and Roll Swindle”? No. My vote would have to go to “This is Spinal Tap” an engrossing documentary or “rockumentary” if you will about the English heavy metal band Spinal Tap on tour in America in the early eighties. Some people say these guys are all actors. Some people say it’s actually the English folk group “The Thamesmen” in wigs and spandex. All I know is that Jeff Beck is the lead guitarist and this site is the place to go for all things Spinal Tap although I’m not quite sure if it is clever or stupid.
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