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Artists and Bands

Rock and Roll Report Blitz: Chop Suicide

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If you happen to be a drummer and you are looking for a gig with a kick ass rock and roll band you could do no better than hook up with the rauch and roll of Chop Suicide. Panic Attack and Here to Stay hooked me from the get go and I think I replayed their songs posted to MySpace about five times each before I wrote this.

I’m not going to bother comparing them to anybody else only to say that they are ferocious and sexy in equal measures with their brand of rock and roll and really, what more can you ask for? Check them out at http://www.myspace.com/chopsuicideonline. And to top it all off, they are unsigned! Unbelievable.

Later.

Mark

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Rock Radio 2.0

The Rock and Roll Report Podcast Focus is on The Plan 9 Rock Show

plan-nine.jpgI really don’t listen to what I like to call “traditional” radio anymore. Oh sure once in awhile in the car I will switch on the local classic rock or alternative rock radio stations but the majority of my listening is done to non-commercial and public radio (and even that is dropping dramatically. Don’t tell CKUT!) and especially podcasts. I am not a paid schill for Apple but the iPod and iTunes make a killer combination that makes subscribing to great rock and roll podcasts merely a matter of a click or two. No fuss, no muss.

One of the things that I have learned is that because it is so easy to subscribe to podcasts in iTunes, you tend to go crazy at first and I subscribed to a ton of podcasts originally if they had any connection to rock and roll, no matter how tenuous. The thing I discovered quickly is that it becomes impossible to listen to all this stuff unless you plan on wearing your iPod 24/7 and not sleeping so I have now joined the “quality over quantity” club and subscribe to far less podcasts than before.

One of the podcasts that I do subscribe to is the Plan Nine Rock Show. Hosted by Jasper, the owner of graphic design and screen printing studio Plan Nine Print, the Plan Nine Rock Show plays a lot of very cool rock and roll and Jasper conducts great interviews with bands, mainly because he comes across to them as a genuine fan and not some asshole “in the biz.” The podcast is usually a good hour and what is so nice about podcasts is that you can review his playlist after the show and check out the websites of the bands he has played and purchase a CD or download. This is a great show and definitely a priority listen for me.

You can check out the show’s MySpace page here: http://www.myspace.com/plannineprint

Later.

Mark

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Rock and Roll Report TV

Rock and Roll Report TV: The Hedrons – I Need You

Here’s the lead off track from the Hedrons debut CD One More Won’t Kill Us. Very cool stuff.

Later.

Mark

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Rock and Roll Reads

Introducing Roczine, a Brand New Magazine Celebrating Unsigned and Indie Rock and Roll

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I’m pretty excited to be involved with a brand new rock magazine that I think you should check out.

Roczine is a new underground rock mag covering the amazing variety of unsigned and indie bands plying their craft out there and as you can tell, that matches up perfectly with the mission of The Rock and Roll Report so I think we will be a natural fit.

Edited by the non-stop powerhouse that is Raven, Let me re-print from their page what Roczine is all about and you will see why I am so excited:

Roczine is a new underground magazine dedicated to increasing awareness of local and national signed and unsigned bands. Roczine is quartlerly, and will interview/rate from 8 to 10 bands in each issue. One band will be chosen per issue to grace the cover, our feature band. CONGRATULATIONS TO IN THIS MOMENT FOR BECOMING OUR FIRST FEATURED BAND AND WITHIN REASON FOR THE UPCOMING FALL EDITION!!

Roczine has been designed not only to help fans learn more about their favorite artists, we also have help for the new band, and aspiring artists. Which promoters you should work with, how to get recorded, how to get signed, and booked are all in the first issue.

Be sure to ask the Editor any questions you may have. They can be related to music, dating, sex, sandwiches, whatever you want. All questions will be answered in the mag.

Currently Roczine will be available in the following locations with many more to come so definitely seek it out:

Strasse House, Covington, KY

Delta House In Covington, KY

CBR’S In Columbus, OH

Billiard Hutch Dixie Highway in Florence, KY

Tattoo’s in Nashville TN

Amoeba Records in CA (all locations)

If you can’t find it on your local newsstands ask them to order it or contact the mag at roczine@yahoo.com and and subscribe.

The Rock and Roll Report will be a regular feature of Rockzine and will contribute to furthering the rock and roll cause by highlighting bands, record labels, podcasts and radio shows that believe in the power of rock and roll. It will be a lot of fun to be included in a magazine where everybody involved is passionate about rock and wants to put together the best damn music mag available today. Check it out and let me know what you think. You can get more info at their MySpace page http://www.myspace.com/roczine.

Later.

Mark


WITHIN REASON will be the Feature Band
October 2007.

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Rock Biz

Record Store Review.Com Needs Your Help

In this world of ever dwindling independent record stores, a site like RecordStoreReview.Com is invaluable. Unfortunately it is also expensive to run. They need $1000.00 to cover their expenses this year and so far they have only raised $131.00. If you can spare the cash, why don’t you kick some their way and help them out?

Thanks.

Mark

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Rock Radio 2.0

Drastic Plastic Playlist for Agust 27, 2007

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Well Doug Ford manned the boards for last Monday’s edition of the Drastic Plastic Program on CKUT FM in Montreal and he played his usual wonderful and eclectic selection of rock and roll that you don’t get to hear on commercial radio.

Check out what he played:

Artist – Album – Song

The Assistants – s/t – This Time
The Krinkles – The Mordorloff Collection – Dirty Girl
The Hold Steady
– Boys & Girls of America – Clips Ahoy
Bishop Allen – the Broken String – Rain
The Deer Park – s/t – Bluebird Queue
Viarosa
– Where the Killers Run – Only Child
The Safes – Well Well Well – Phone Book Full of Phonies
The Hedrons – One More Won’t Kill Us – Once Upon a Time
The Legitimate Businessman’s Social Club – s/t – Room in Hell
Arizona – Fameseeker and the Mono – Life is Great
The Everybody Fields
– Nothing is Okay – Aeroplane
Golden Smog – Blood on the Slacks – Can’t Even Tie Your Own Shoes

drastic plastic 128kbps Podcast (Podcast link only good for one week from date of broadcast)

Later.

Mark

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Rock Biz

CD Baby Goes Digital

antidrm.pngI have raved about CD Baby before and The Rock and Roll Report is a CD Baby partner affiliate and proud to be so and now I hear that they will be offering DRM-free MP3 downloads in the near future. This is very cool as it is just one more avenue that indie and unsigned bands can use to get their music out there.

Speaking of which, I gotta apologize for the state of On Random Play here at The Rock and Roll Report. It is undergoing a complete re-think and I am in the process of making it much easier to use. Essentially the idea is that if you read about a band on The Rock and Roll Report or hear a band on Rock and Roll Report Radio or the podcast you will be able to buy the CD or download it from On Random Play and support both this site and the band in question. Have patience as that part of the site should be revamped in the near future.

Later.

Mark

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Artists and Bands

Rock and Roll Report Blitz: The Heavy Drapes

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I don’t know what caught my rock and roll eye first, the name of the Heavy Drapes track Hanging Like a Suicide or the sound of the Heavy Drapes track Hanging Like a Suicide!

From Edinburgh, Scotland these guys are the real deal. They describe themselves as “Rock,Punk,Garage” and that would be pretty appropriate. When you head over to their MySpace page at myspace.com/theheavydrapes have a listen to the aforementioned Hanging Like a Suicide or the heavier than heavy proto-Crazy Horse Should I Suck or Should I Blow and enjoy.

Later.

Mark

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Rock and Roll Report TV

Rock and Roll Report TV: The Go Station – “All Together Now”

This is the brand new track off the Go Station’s upcoming CD Passion Before Function, set to be released September 22, 2007. A great song that I will be playing on the next Rock and Roll Report Radio.

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Rock History Rock on Film

Rockin’ With Hef

dvd-playboy-ml.jpgDuring the Swinging Sixties, few people swung more than Playboy magazine publisher, Hugh Hefner. In 1969, Hef offered the public a chance to vicariously experience a piece of his swinging lifestyle by launching a TV show called, “Playboy After Dark.” Set in his penthouse, or possibly a studio tricked out to look like one, “Playboy After Dark” was essentially a big cocktail party presided over by a very genial Hef.

A typical show featured a mixed crowd of fifty or sixty people milling around or lounging on couches drinking, smoking, and carrying on like they were having a great old time. The older guests wore suits or evening gowns, while the young people favored bell bottoms, paisleys, love beads, and headbands. There was always a celebrity guest or two to be interviewed, as well as some of the popular musical acts of the day, including Deep Purple, Steppenwolf, James Brown, The Grateful Dead, and Iron Butterfly.

Clips of some of the musical performances are now available on Youtube, and they provide some tasty little nuggets of pop culture history. It’s positively surreal to see a very clean-cut Hef in his tuxedo “rapping” with the musicians and self-consciously uttering the occasional “groovy” and “far out.” Interestingly, some of the artists played live while others lip-synched for some reason. Either way, though, it’s a lot of fun to watch some legendary names in rock and roll, often sporting some truly wild get-ups, back in their early days. To check them out, go to Youtube.com and search for “Playboy” and any of the band names listed above. Enjoy!

By Wayne Wayne, the world’s foremost authority on the legendary band The Modest Lads