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The Music Career of Charles Manson
Manson is not typically remembered for his music. In fact, there’s a good chance you had no idea he even wrote music before reading this article. However, he has put out a considerable number of recordings since being sent to prison. His music was first released as he was standing trial for his role as the head conspirator behind the Manson Family murders. How this came about is an interesting story in and of itself.
Review of Bryson Tiller's 'True to Self'
I’m randomly listening to Bryson Tiller’s debut album TRAPSOUL, thinking, "Damn, just one more month.” Then with a simple tweet notification, my wishes were granted. We’ve been waiting for this for what seems like forever, and I have a few things to say about True to Self.
PCC160 Boundary Mic
1985 was a very interesting year in the microphone market. January of that year Crown International introduced a very oddly shaped and interesting mic called the PCC160. Following the huge success of the PZM’s a few years before, this mic would soon reinvent how stages and theaters all over the country and around the world would mic their productions.
Paying The Devil His Due
Have you ever known a band within the last past decade who made it? Is there such a thing that exists today in the music industry? It seems like things have changed their game. You can now listen, download and watch your favorite band from the comfort of your home on the internet. You don't have to pay for parking, wait in line or even bother with pre-sale. Sounds good, right? But is it? Are you missing out on a bigger experience you may not know about? With the ever changing world of how music operates comes to the issue of new bands trying to find a footing on an already slippery floor.
Dani Felt Consultants Keeps Their Clients Connected
As a musician, enlisting a music consultant to amplify your career can feel like beginning a relationship that proceeds from parallel universes and distances the artist’s passion from the pragmatics of achieving success. But Dani Felt believes her unique place as both a consultant and a musician helps bridge the gap.
*Pros: Small, Smooth Sound, Priced right! They sound like a "million dollars". *Cons: These mic's are now obsolete. And very little support is out there for them, if you need them to be serviced.
Memories of Old and AM Gold (Part 1)
Whenever summer rolls around, it annually evokes fond memories of youthful days I’d eagerly spend counting down until the school year would finally end. The anticipation of long, lazy summer days, extended car rides, and family vacations was always palpable. That was the era of AM radio hits which often turned into road trip sing-alongs which served as a much needed reprieve from being cooped up for hours on end in the car. I’m referring to a time when portable electronics were almost non-existent and the only access to music was the standard AM radio that came factory installed in the family owned American automobile. Back then, everyone mostly subsisted on the familiar sounds of the most popular Top 40 radio hits of the day, unless you were lucky enough to have the infamous 8-track tape deck, which did NOT include fast-forward or rewind options.
Remembering Prince, An Artist That Defied Boundaries, On What Should Be His 59th Birthday
“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.” Today, we recognize what would have been the 59th birthday of Prince, the iconic artist who left us last spring. On April 21, 2016, Prince Rogers Nelson died in Chanhassen, Minnesota due to an opioid overdose. He left behind a legacy not only of changing music and performance as the world knew it but also of transcendence, sexuality, challenging social conventions, and respecting the rights of musicians.
Fender Toronado: Not to Be Confused With Grandma's GM Oldsmobile
This is not to be confused with your Grandma’s old boat of a car, the GM Oldsmobile Toronado! This is a guitar folks. This is one breed of guitar that has both confused and interested me at the same time. When it first came out a few years ago, it caught my eye because it, at first glance, looked like an alternate version of the Jazz Master. But let me say straight up that a Jazz Master it is not... and to be fair, nor was it intended to be.
There Will Never Be Another Left Eye!!
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was taken from us much too soon in a tragic and fatal car accident while she was in Honduras, doing mission work and going on her own personal and spiritual cleansing retreat. She has earned her angel wings and entered into Hip Hop Heaven as well as access into every other wing in Heaven. Left Eye is, was, and forever will be one of the founding members of TLC. What I will always love about her is she was fiery, unadulterated, pixie, tom boy, original, bombastic, real, and in your face! I learned a lot more about TLC that I did not know when I watched their official movie and their own Behind The Music on VH1. Left Eye, like the rest of the group, was a fighter and a survivor who defied the cards that she was initially dealt by life and the hands of fate to go on to become part of one of music's most successful acts. The contributions made by Left Eye to the music world are undeniable and immense. She put the "L" in "TLC." As the rapper and emcee in the group, Left Eye provided the rhymes on all of TLC'S albums, songs, and the songs that became hits for the group throughout their career. It really was not fair that on some of the songs where Left Eye provides the rap lyrics and verses, their label had put out and certain radio stations opted to go with the no rap version. Left Eye is one of my favorite emcees. Her flow, delivery, and skill were second to none. Plus she had a very distinct sounding voice. Before her tragic passing, the group was publicly feuding and Left Eye was getting ready to go solo, she released a solo record called SuperNova. T-BOZ and Chilli carry on both Left Eye's legacy and the legacy of TLC.
Review of Rob Sheffield's Dreaming The Beatles: 6 of X
Rob Sheffield makes the case for Ringo in the next chapter of his stellar Dreaming the Beatles, putting the question regarding Ringo as whether he was an all-time genius drummer who made the Beatles possible, or "a clod who got lucky, the biggest fool who ever hit the big time". Sheffield puts his chips on the genius.
The Worst Song to Ever be Created
Sometimes, bad music happens to good bands. Elvis Presley infamously sang "Confidence" as part of a children's movie he filmed in the late 60s. Chuck Berry's song, "My Ding-A-Ling," was his only solo hit - and also happened to be a several minute long joke about his ding-a-ling. Even Paul Simon had a gaffe or two under his belt.