Odds & Sods

NoPosts Today (except for this one!)

Hi everybody. Today will have to be a “no post day” as I have a bunch of decidedly non-rock and roll things to take care of. See you on Monday and don’t forget your gogo boots!

Rock Radio 2.0

Tune Up The Rickenbacher 12 String! Jangle Pop Radio

This week’s Radio Station of the Week is Jangle Pop Radio. Another delightful power pop rock and roll treasure, Jangle Pop Radio is actually a number of radio streams that go from ’60s and Wall of Sound classics to the ’90s and beyond. Another Live 365 classic.

Odds & Sods

All Apologies

I must apologize for the lack of significant rock and roll postings this week. Personal and business commitments have really put a crimp on the amount of posts I could write. I plan on making it up this weekend so that next week I’ll be up to my usual stuff hopefully with a couple of original essays thrown in for good measure! Thanks for reading. Keep the rock and roll faith alive!

Features Rock History

Jimmy Page: Guitar Guru or Rock and Roll Plagiarist? Or Both?

Last Sunday I was watching The Simpson’s episode where they visit Britain and I almost choked when Homer made the comment “There goes Jimmy Page. History’s greatest thief of black music.” (I’m paraphrasing here). Are you wondering what Homer was talking about? If so I encourage you to read The Thieving Magpies: Jimmy Page’s Dubious Recording History over at Perfect Sound Forever for a bit of an explanation. Charles R. Cross in the excellent illustrated history of Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin: Heaven and Hell does address this issue. He even goes so far as to admit Mr. Page’s tendency to “borrow” from the past when he states, “You can call Led Zeppelin musical pilferers, or you can call them talented fans who could take others’ ideas and expand on them.” Unfortunately, he eventually dismisses the whole issue by saying “But even detractors of the band must acknowledge that they borrowed less as they developed, and their greatest work didn’t come until they began to discover their own ideas.” Now I realize that Rock and Roll by it’s nature pilfers from pretty much every form of music, from classical to reggae to the blues but the case against Jimmy Page is quite a strong one. Doesn’t mean I like Led Zeppelin any less but it does mean that one should be up front about one’s influences, and give credit where credit is due don’t you think?

Record Labels

Update on Kindercore Records

Press Release issued with respect to the status of Kindercore Records as posted to the Auddities mailing list:




Kindercore Records founders Daniel Geller and Ryan Lewis today filed a
lawsuit against I.D.E.A. (International Development of Entertainment
Alliances), also known as The Telegraph Company, Kindercore General Manager
Jerod Gunsberg and I.D.E.A. CEO Stanley Hartman for breach of contract,
slander, libel, and a host of other infractions.

A strategic partnership formed in 2001 between the Kindercore label and
Telegraph was intended to strengthen the label’s administration and further
the aesthetic and ideals that Geller and Lewis had established. The
partnership quickly devolved over the 18 months that the relationship
existed, culminating in the recent announcement that Kindercore was folding.

Geller states, “We were as surprised as anyone on November 12th to learn
that Kindercore would be closing. We were also surprised on November 14th
to find out the label was not closed and would now be run by Stan Hartman
who had previously stated to us that he wanted nothing to do with the
creative side of running a record label”.

In the beginning, Geller and Lewis expected that their partnership with
Telegraph would allow them to continue guiding the artistic direction of
Kindercore while also allowing more time for them to work on their own
music. Geller and Lewis perform in bands on the Kindercore label – I Am The
World Trade Center and The Agenda respectively.

Lewis says, “We’re artists at heart and have always been about the music.
We saw this partnership as a chance to keep the label going in the same
artistic direction that we had established and to also uphold our
commitments to our artists.”

Instead, after the agreements were signed, Geller and Lewis began to see
their roles at the label rapidly diminish, a situation that came to a head
when Kindercore signed two bands that Geller and Lewis had passed on (in one
case) and had never even heard (in the other). Compounding this lack of
control over their own company, Geller and Lewis’ own bands were then
dropped from the label, a curious move considering that I Am The World Trade
Center is the second biggest selling act on Kindercore.

“Since being in bands on the roster was essentially the last real connection
we had with the label we started, we had no other choice but to await
further news on the future of Kindercore”, Geller says. “At this point, we’
re very concerned for the bands that are still associated with Kindercore.”
Lewis elaborates, stating that he and Geller are doing “everything we can to
bring a quick resolution to this situation. Bringing this legal action was
the last thing we wanted to do, but we felt it was the only thing we could
do to help the friends and artists who had faith in us when we entered into
this arrangement with Telegraph.”

Quinn Heraty, of the law firm Heraty Hall, is representing the plaintiffs. A
legal fund has been established to help offset the costs associated with
furthering this action. Please visit for more
information on how to contribute.

Legal inquiries can be directed to Quinn Heraty at Heraty Hall.
212-979-3728 | |

Press inquiries can be directed to Joshua Bloom at Fanatic Promotion, LLC.
212-616-5556 | |

Rock and Roll Reads

When Green Day Were Just Kids

There was a time before Green Day, Blink 182 and the Offspring when another generation of rockers played melodic, punk pop. The Romantics, The Jam, The Buzzcocks and The Knack were pumping out some great, fun rock and roll. Sure some critics complained that this “mod revival” was nothing more than a regurgitation of the sounds of the ’60s but try telling that to the people behind the great website The Mod Pop Punk Archives. This is the kind of website I love. First of all, it’s jam packed with stuff which means the person/people who created it actually care about the music. Second, it re-introduced me or better yet introduced me to a lot of great music that immediately made me dig into my old record collection to see if I still had some of this stuff. A great site with tons of information, MP3s, news and links. Guaranteed to make you start looking for that Jam record you used to have kicking around and remind you why you liked My Sharonna the instant you heard it. Good stuff.

Record Labels

Life in the Fastlane: Fastlane Records

If your tastes in rock and roll veer towards vintage Kiss, Cheap Trick and The Sweet then you might want to head over to the Record Label of the Week, Fastlane Records. What I like about this label is that they have a mission. Fastlane Records specializes in “hard rock/glam/power-pop and melodic rock” done with visual flair and a nod to the classics of yesteryear. Their website is extremely well done and they have a stream of some of their band’s tunes so you can get a feel for their stuff before plunking down your hard earned cash. It’s kind of heartening to see a bunch of glam rock and rollers cavorting about in makeup and spandex, smashing and crashing their way through some pretty cool rock and roll. Fastlane is also set to release what looks like a very interesting Cheap Trick tribute called Tricked Out that could be fun. Go check out Fastlane Records just in case you thought that nobody remembered that mascara was once almost as important as Marshall amps. And geez have fun, the guys at Fastlane certainly look like they are.

Rock Biz

Get Out Your Score Cards

Ok so EMI is out of the bidding for Warners Records and Edgar Bronfman is buying Warners instead. What does this mean to the average Rock and Roll Fan. Is Ed going to initiate some kind of amazing, booze related tie in? Will Edgar Bronfman take the assets of Warners and search out new and eclectic rock and roll by hiring a diverse bunch of A & R people who are willing to hunt out some distinctly cool rock and roll and then sign the bands in question, promote them with patience while at the same time scouring the world for even more original and fun rock and roll because that’s what music fans want and need? I go for the booze option.


Rock Critics Suck

According to Almost Famous by Evelyn McDonnell, rock criticism today is crap. According to the article, “some writers blame the decline in trenchant, in-the-trenches criticism on media’s increasing starry-eyed obsession with celebrities” and the fact that now the bands of today are so cloistered that critics can’t get near them to write about them, and even if they can they have no place to write those long, critical think pieces like they could during the glory days of Rolling Stone and The Village Voice. Of course, while mainstream rock criticism may be dying, nobody mentions the thousands of websites pumping out great stuff by writers in it for the love of the music and not the paycheck. And maybe just maybe those bands that are not currently accessible are not in fact the real bands carrying on the rock and roll revolution? Maybe the real future of rock and roll can be found in all those bands recording and touring for all those struggling indie labels with no real PR budget that actually require an effort to go and see and who are, strangely enough, more than accessible as long as you’re willing to ride in the van with them to the next gig 500 miles away. Maybe real rock and roll fans have turned to the ‘Net because they can’t stand smelling those freaking Calvin Klein perfume packs in every issue of Rolling Stone. Just a thought.

Record Labels

Kindercore Not Dead

Sorry people but I read this on the Auddities mailing list:

From FLAGPOLE — the Athens, Ga., music weekly:

Not so fast, says Stan Hartman, CEO of Kindercore, The Telegraph Company and International Development of Entertainment Alliance (IDEA). “Kindercore absolutely is not dead, and we’ll continue to function. We’re going through some changes, but I want it to be clear that we are not halting business practices and the label will continue to release records next year.”

Keep an eye out and tell Mike Mills to relax.