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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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Odds & Sods

Sharon!

So Sharon Osbourne is coming out with a daytime TV chat show this fall. Good for her. I think she is pretty cool considering that she hasn’t killed Ozzy yet (although he has tried to kill her!) and she manages Ozzfest (Have you ever seen some of those bands? They scare the crap out of me!). Hell, she saved Ozzy’s career and I like Ozzy so she deserves to join the ranks of the Oprahs and the Maurys and hopefully she’ll keep the rock and roll attitude. If my mom starts watching, the apocalypse must be right around the corner.
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Live Rock and Roll

Euro-Festival Fever

When spring turns to summer it gets depressing reading British rock mags. You flip to the back pages of Uncut, Q or Mojo and all you see are the lineups for an incredible variety of festivals that I would give anything to see (well except for money since I don’t have any but I digress). And it’s not just Britain. France, Italy, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland for heaven’s sake all have really cool rock festivals in really cool towns and villages. Glastonbury, The Move Festival, Guilfest, Reading and Canterbury Faire feature hundreds of cool artists and (more or less) a great atmosphere. Granted an open air festival is not the best place to experience rock and roll, but these European festivals are a great chance to catch a real diverse set of acts with the added funkiness of festival “villages” and all the side attractions they provide. Combine this with the opportunity of experiencing another culture and the whole thought becomes quite appealing to any rock and roll fan with cash to burn (or willing to take the cheap Air Courier route ). While North America has had and continues to have some great festivals, the diversity and regularity of European festivals is really impressive. Hoping from festival to festival across Europe. Now that’s the way to spend your summer vacation. They even brought back the Isle of Wight festival!
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Artists and Bands Live Rock and Roll

Cool Tours: Pearl Jam & R.E.M.

Two tours making their way around the world look really great in my mind. The first one is Pearl Jam with the reformed Buzzcocks opening up for them on some dates. I’ve always been a big fan of Pearl Jam and have just recently gotten in to the Buzzcocks. Did I see them when they came to Montreal. Uhh no. Why? I’m an idiot. They wind up their current tour this weekend with 3 shows in Mexico while the Buzzcocks have gone their separate way and will be winding up their tour in Fort Lauderdale this weekend. Pearl Jam will be releasing a CD of rarities this fall.
R.E.M. are currently in Europe kicking up a storm and they are looking great on this tour. They told the press that they had rehearsed over 75 tunes for this trek and they have already played 48 different songs, including “Permanent Vacation” a song that they used to play when they first formed in 1980-81and have never officially recorded! They hit North America in August and will be embarking on an even bigger tour next year behind a new studio album. Go see them if you can. They will have a greatest hits out October 28th.
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Rock Radio 2.0

Station of the Week: WDOA Free Form Internet Radio

WDOA is a free form non-profit internet radio station based in Worcester, Massachusetts. What sets WDOA apart is not so much what they play as to what they don’t play. They focus on independent music of labels and bands not affiliated with the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) or as they call them, “the bastards.” Right now you can listen to so-so quality streams of recorded shows but the quality of the streams should improve as they phase in live stereo MP3 streaming. Check them out now!

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Live Rock and Roll

Back to the Future: Noise Pop

If you are looking for a very cool music festival in a very cool city, then look no further than the Noise Pop Music Festival, touted as the indie music festival. A very impressive list of alumni proves that this is no idle boast. Spend some time on their site and you’ll see why.
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Rock History

Google Troll: The Boston Rock and Roll Museum

I love Google. It’s amazing what you can find when you’re searching for something else! This site “The Boston Rock and Roll Museum” is very cool, especially if you’re from Beantown. Great domain name. Check it out.
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Rock History Rock Radio 2.0

Turn me on, Tune me In: The Birth of FM Rock Radio

When Tom Donahue, arguably the father of FM Rock Radio, pulled up to the microphone at 8:00 PM on August 7th, 1967 at KMPX FM in San Francisco, who knew that he would herald the beginning of the end to the traditional Top 40 AM Rock and Roll DJs. Championing a new radio format called “free form radio” he played, like, whole album sides man! Far out! He unleashed a wave of “underground” FM radio stations all over North America that used DJs that posessed more of a calm and collected persona (the Montreal local “underground station CKGM FM even had a meditation room!) with the focus strictly on the music and the community that tended to listen to the acid drenched, psychedelic music that was all the rage then. Check out this site for some cool stuff related to KPMX and Tom Donahue. For a brief history of free form radio, check this site out at WFMU, one of a handful of stations still practicing the art form today (done well it is an art form). Finally, check out “The History of Rock and Roll Radio” at the Museum of Television and Radio to see what you can actually listen to if you happen to be in LA or New York with nothing better to do.
Up next, we go to the swinging London of the mid ‘60s to check out those cheeky British pirate radio stations that dared to take on the BBC.
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Record Labels

Label of the Week: Orange Sky Records

This week’s Label of the Week features Orange Sky Records, part of the Dionysus Records family of labels (we’ll look at the other members of the Dionysus Records juggernaut a little later). Featuring the great British psychedelia influenced band The Tyde, this is a fun, relatively new label that features, according to their site “the finest in classic ‘60s and ‘70s influenced mod, pop, and psych with a thoroughly modern twist.” Another fun label with great music run by dedicated fans. Thank you.
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Rock Biz

It’s all Bob Marley’s Fault

According to this article from the Honolulu Advertiser, the CD is dieing because people are not buying enough classic rock causing the record labels to have to actually, gasp, promote new talent which is very expensive by the way according to numerous “big label head honchos.” The milk is running dry from this cash cow, on to Audio DVDs dagnabbit! Full steam ahead! And copy protect everything!
I miss vinyl records. Remember those? Sigh.
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