Monday, December 28, 2015

HoF Does It Again w NWA

I think everybody knows that, in the wild world of rock and roll, some things are just inexplicable ...
For example: the 2016 Hall of Fame inductees. Now, among them you have true legends like Chicago, Deep Purple and Cheap Trick.

But will somebody please explain to me how NWA got into the mix? Granted, they are legends, too - but only of rap and hip hop; not of rock and roll!!
There's no denying that Ice Cube and Dr. Dre went on to greater successes, but not as rockers!!

Seems that Mr. Wenner needs to get an education about our genre and leave the rap wrapped!

Now, today, hip hop and rap genres are largely "techno". Fortunately there are still many artists who prefer to use actual instruments like keyboards, saxophones and guitars.
But often they can't find the deals they want in high priced streetside stores
So I did a little research and the best place that I have found is at the online music instrument store that's a virtual mecca for serious musicians!
You'll find unbelievable savings from keyboards and woodwinds to gig bags and awesome guitar bundles. When you click the link I just gave, a new musical cornucopia will open up to your sound delight!

So give them a visit today, okay?? Okay!!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

What''s In A Word?

Of course, it's not always that way. Sometimes, the slang can be innocent -- and actually evoke memories of a remarkable period in our history. Here's a prime example:

As everybody who lived through them already knows, the Sixties weren't just about fantastic music, peace movements, wild clothes and a war we'll never forget. For many teens and above, there were certain drop-words that made you hip (P.S.: now that we're old[er], "hip" doesn't mean "cool", but a certain nagging point of arthritis). Some examples:

1. "Fab" was formerly the name of a laundry detergent. When the Beatles appeared with their British slang, it became the faddish abbreviation for "fabulous." Here at the tail end of 2015, it's the name of a laundry detergent again.

2. "Gear" once meant something that helped machinery work. In a way, it meant the same thing in rock: if something was "gear," it meant it was "groovily happening."

3. "Groovy" was a term used to describe the surface of LPs and 45s. Then it became our equivalent of "cool." Today (with vinyl being "out"), who knows what it means??

4. "In" and "Out". Either you were accepted into a certain crowd or not. Today, just a door sign ... or directions disregarded by the Obama Administration.

5. "Uptight". If you were "stressed out" (millennium phrase) about something, you were "uptight".

6. "L7" was one of the most cryptic, and didn't really catch on in the Sixties (originally used by the Greenwich Village crowd back in the '50s) until Sam the Sham's "Hattie" warned "Mattie" not to be that way, but learn to dance in "Wooly Bully". If you put an "L" and a block-print "7" together, you've got ... a SQUARE!

7. "Outtasight" -- a word supposedly derived from the space program -- meant the same as today's "awesome" or "off-the-charts." The best of the best.

8. "Chick" -- okay, this one's been around for ages, and was inspired by W.C. Fields' My Little Chickadee. Meant "lovely, vivacious girl". Of course, that was followed by "babe, doll" and, by the Seventies, "fox". Seems like every woman except Hillary Clinton has been called that at some time or another.

9. Now, there are others that I probably missed out on, and if anyone remembers others, give me a shout-out, okay? Okay!!

Friday, December 11, 2015

"Countdown" to Trouble!

Many of our British readers are familiar with the TV show "Countdown". And they may be familiar with Richard Brittain, a former champion on the show.
What you may not realize is that he is also a published author with a book called "The World Rose."
But you can forget about seeing him at book signings in the future because - well, he apparently can't take criticism.

You see there was a young lady who happened to write a scathing review of his book. Now, we writers have to realize that we'll get bad reviews from time to time. But, in this case ...

he checked the Web to find out where she worked ...
then drove to the supermarket where she worked ...
He went into the store,
found where she was,
picked up a wine bottle ...

Then he walked out, while she was taken to the hospital

She's going to be okay.
He's not. He just pleaded guilty at Glasgow (Scotland) Sheriff's Court.
So he'll be doing some time behind bars.

How well can YOU take criticism? It usually doesn't take long to hear - but if it's constructive, its beneficial to absorb. If not, it's easy to walk away from.

Either way, it's nothing to lose your head over ...

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Dear Old Ads

Some time back -- after finding an old Sixties ad for Go Gay™ hairspray for women -- I began searching for other print promos that stick out like a sore thumb in today's world.

But the one you saw at the top of this post -- published in a 1904 issue of Harper's Weekly™ -- really takes the cake. I mean, can you imagine any newspaper or mag printing that??

Or this one??

No doubt, it would stop your toothache -- along with your brain activity.
The main reason I've brought these to your monitor screen, though, is their relation to today's main topics: gun control and drug use

It's amazing that two ads would come back to haunt us in different ways today - but rampant cocaine use and, especially with the increase in domestic terrorist attacks,  gun control are two of the major topics blaring from front pages of newspapers now.

Now, if I can just find an old ad promoting PEACE as a commodity, we'd be set.

Monday, December 7, 2015

It's In The Mix

Everyone who's ever handled a mixing board, whether onstage or in a studio, knows how limiting it can be when you're trying to get just the right sound.
But now there's one that really hits home when it comes to what you want the end-result to sound like. It's called the acoustica mixcraft and, believe me, it has all you need to create that Wonderwall of music you're looking for!

It not only has standard features like a graphic equalizer, compressors and limiters, but (are you ready?) ...
it has a 31-band EQ and a tremendously sophisticated delay!  And it even ships with the Acoustic Instrument collection, which includes guitars, bass, drums, synthesizers, organs and pianos ! 
You can use this with almost any VST effect - and, with Acid being popular with loops, it even works well with them!

There's so much more you'll find just by clicking their link - including a pricetag that's very easy on the budget! 
But, wait - there's more!!

If you spend $149 or more on their software, you'll even get select plug-ins for just 99 cents! 
Now ... given all I've told you (and I'm a former musician myself), plus all you'll read on the site, order your new Mixcraft today!!
And get ready to revel in the best sounds you've ever produced!! 

Friday, December 4, 2015


INTRODUCING THE LATEST CD RELEASE from the innovative Matmos duo!

It's called Ultimate Care II - which, ironically, happens to be the name of a Whirlpool washing machine you see in the picture up there.

It's because the CD is actually 38 minutes with the sound of ...
The Ultimate Care II's wash cycle!!

Nothing more, nothing less ...

Though it's been sampled and processed to lighten the original sound, what you're hearing in this CD comes directly from the washing-machine!

Of course this isn't the first time something like this has surprised the world of music. In 1963 iconic music legend Frank Zappa played two bicycles (that's right: TWO!!) on Steve Allen's early version of The Tonight Show.

And, in 1968, the Beatles were urged to go into a cluttered studio and tap on, tinker with or play whatever was in front of them. Meanwhile, they'd be recorded and, as one source tells me, producers were then to blend, sample and mix the sounds into some kind of listenable product.

Now, I said all that to say this:  Music is and always will be the universal comfort that we need to satisfy our souls. And whether it be the metallic sounds of some bicycle, the preditable churning of a washing machine or brilliant harmonies from a great band, these pitches and tones keep us from going off the deep edge.

No there's no way of knowing whether the Ultimate Care 2 album will turn the Tide for some attitudes or bring Cheer for others. It may not be as Fab (their Gain, perhaps) as people would like, but as long as someone is happy with it and the rhythm of the washing cycle makes him or her a little more secure, why not?