7 Mindful Organizations For Musicians & Their Mental Health

Seeing how you are here reading this article-repost, to tell you a little bit about something we are very big on here: Mental Health... I run a lifestyle/underground music blog, with a focus on ending stigmas about mental health and other serious traumas that need to be addressed, and in sharing the P.M.A. that it …

10 Singers Who Have Opened Up About Bipolar Disorder & Depression

Bipolar disorder is a mental health disorder that affects roughly six million Americans — or 3% of our population. Also known as manic-depressive disorder or manic depression, the condition is characterized by dramatic shifts in mood and energy, swinging from low/depressive episodes to high/manic ones — cycling episodes that for many bipolar sufferers are so …

Low Self Opinion-Rollins Band

I think you got a low self-opinion manI see you standing all by yourselfUnable to express the pain of your distressYou withdraw deeper insideYou alienate yourself,And everybody elseThey wonder what's on your mindThey got so tired of youAnd your self-ridiculeThey wrote you off and left you behind You sleep alone at nightYou never wonder whyAll …

First Look At GLENN DANZIG’s Feature Film Directorial Debut ‘Verotika’

February 25, 2019  A "sneak peek" of a few of the scenes from Glenn Danzig's upcoming "Verotika" feature film directorial debut is available below. The film, which is currently in post-production, will be structured as an anthology splitting its running time between three individual characters/storylines based on Danzig's own popular Verotik comic book characters. Glenn penned and composed music for the movie, which …

Top Tips: How to Keep Your Head in Check While Making Music

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By Amy Hanna, Production/Radio Promo Coordinator

The work of musicians is undeniably tough. Take it from me: my senior year of college saw me spending countless hours locked away in studios, barely regarding my own humanity, for the sole purpose of churning out the perfect project that would earn me an A (or at the very least, a passing grade) in my Studio Techniques courses. Unfortunately, even as years have passed, I’ve carried a bit of that I-Am-Superwoman-I-Run-On-Sheer-Power-Of-Will nonsense with me into my production process for good. I’m not proud of this, and I recognize the fact that these habits are terrible for my overall health. However, on my better days, I keep a list handy of all the things that help me out when I’m making music (or doing any kind of mentally challenging work, for that matter). Here are some of the most important things to remember when…

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Making Music At Home, How To Start

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So, let me start off by saying that I am an amateur in every sense of the word.  My brain is like a frenzy of thoughts and focus is REALLY hard for me.  For whatever reason, when it comes to remembering the simplest of things, I FAIL time and time again.  I am really not sure why this is but being over 40, I am beginning to suspect that I have a brain dysfunction.  I mean, I am still functional but so many times, when something I said or did gets pointed out to me, I feel like the worlds biggest dumbass.

Now when it comes to music, I feel like a fraud.  Not a fraud in that I rip off other people’s music, I would NEVER do that unless it comes to loops which are a shared source and meant to be used by…

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Music Production 101: The Limiter

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Musician's Odyssey

The limiter is an essential tool in the mastering phase, and has a role at other stages of music production as well.

Increasing overall loudness and preventing overload of a signal are the two main functions of the limiter, but how do you dial it in?

If you are already familiar with compression, then you’ll see that the limiter is like the ultra-buff big brother of the compressor.

Simple as that.

A Compressor on Steroids

It’s actually essential that you understand compression before approaching the limiter.

Read my in-depth explanation of compression here: Music Production 101: Compression

Once you’re comfortable with the principles of compression, limiting is really a breeze!

That’s because the limiter is just a juiced-up compressor.

With a compressor, if a sound approaches the threshold, there is some negotiating and compromise.

“Oh, you want to cross the threshold? Ok, well, ummmm … how about by…

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The Stages of Music Production: From Noodling to Mastering

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Musician's Odyssey

People involved in music production bat around the terms mixing and mastering a lot. What do they mean, and how do they fit into the overall process of producing a song?

As an independent or self-produced musician, can you take some liberty and consolidate or be more efficient in any of the stages of music production?

A Total N00b

Soon after I started college in the early 2000’s, I worked part-time as a custodian, and began buying cheap stuff to build my first home studio set-up.

I produced some awful sounding recordings, even though my ideas were pretty good. At one point I sent some of my tracks to a guy I connected to back home in Atlanta who was really starting to gain traction as an audio engineer.

“Hey, man, could you tell me how much it would cost for you to mix/master my songs?”, I innocently asked.

“You…

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The Healing Power of Music

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judaspriest-fans-DW-Kultur-Berlin-jpg“Music is the healing force of the universe”  Albert Ayler

I recently had the incredible experience of interviewing loyal fans at a legendary rock concert.  Out on the concert floor before the start of the show, the crowd was building as I pulled individuals to the side, one by one, with my tiny handheld zoom cam.

Surprised at first by my initial contact, most were eager to hear me out and willing to be part of the project.  Yes, they would answer my questions for the band and yes they were true FANS of the band.  Ok, so this would be a fun adventure.  I imagined all the thought-provoking answers and interesting spins on the new album, excitement over the upcoming performance, and a myriad of loyal fan perspectives on all things music related.

Boy, did I have another thing comin.

What I did not foresee during this hour…

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April 11th National Eight Track Tape Day

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Come on admit it it! If you are old as I am you probably still have an eight track tape of one or two of the artists you thought you could never replace. Here again, if you are like me you no longer have a working eight track tape player so the cartridge is useless but you still can’t bring yourself to throw away that tape because, well, it’s a memory you sort of like to be reminded of.

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For those younger folks, it was a storage unit for the music you liked to listen to. It was small enough that you could actually have a player in your car instead of having to wait until you got home to listen to your favorite band. It was created by a man named William Lear and I m sure that he ended up very wealthy.

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It definitely is a 60’s and…

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Chris Cannella — Deicide

photo by Jason Cakebread Check out this playlist of songs and artists talked about in this interview and listen while you read! Chris Cannella Interview Playlist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGpV0Ot3EeM&list=PL3XmQto_cS6TntCQcElgkV55Uo8o6acd5 Ladies and Gents, I give you Chris Cannella, guitarist at Motherfucking DEICIDE!!!!! So, how exciting is it to be the new guitarist in the legendary Deicide!?!?! CC: I …

Dark Angel, Ex-Exodus, Etc. Members Join Forces In Bloodmoon Ritual

Posted by caemanamelio on February 9, 2019  on Metal Anarchy Rob Dukes (ex-Exodus), Greg Hall (ex-Sacred Reich), Eric Meyer (Dark Angel), Michael Gonzalez (Dark Angel), and Chris Cannella (Autumn’s End) have joined forces in a new band called Bloodmoon Ritual. The group is promising to “deliver a sonic punch that will absolutely decimate the music world.”

EXCLUSIVE: GUITAR VIRTUOSO MRS. SMITH PREMIERES VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE, THE BOB ROSS TECHNIQUE

You kind of just have to see it to believe it. A truly great shred guitarist must also have a truly great name: Eddie Van Halen; Yngwie Malmsteen; Buckethead; Mrs. Smith. If you haven’t heard of Mrs. Smith, she’s a prim-looking socialite/crazy cat lady who rips guitar riffs. The talented guitar-playing drag performer and character actresss has performed …

DEICIDE Announce New Guitarist, Chris Cannella

FEBRUARY 15, 2019 AT 12:46 PM In 2016, guitarist Jack Owen quit Deicide to go join his ex-Cannibal Corpsebandmate Chris Barnes in Six Feet Under. Deicide recruited Monstrosityguitarist Mark English as Owen's replacement and recorded a new album called Overtures Of Blasphemy in 2018. Now Deicide has announced that English has left the band and is being replaced by Autumn's End guitarist Chris Cannella. When …

WITHIN TEMPTATION Singer Looks Back On ‘Intense’ Period Prior To Her Father’s Death

February 17, 2019  Holland's FaceCulture recently conducted an interview with frontwoman Sharon Den Adel of Dutch metallers WITHIN TEMPTATION about the band's new "Resist" studio album. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On what year was the most important during the four-year break between studio albums for WITHIN TEMPTATION: Sharon: "For me, it was making [the side …

HELLYEAH Bassist On VINNIE PAUL’s Death: ‘It Was Awful’

February 17, 2019  HELLYEAH bassist Kyle Sanders says that "everything was put on hold" with the band following the death of Vinnie Paul Abbott. Last June, the drummer died from cardiomyopathy, or an enlarged heart, with coronary artery disease being identified as a significant condition in his death. Sanders, who launched Let There Be Rock Schools in Gainesville, Georgia while HELLYEAHwas taking …

LAST IN LINE’s VINNY APPICE Says He And VIVIAN CAMPBELL ‘Lock In Like A Bastard’

February 16, 2019  Drum legend Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL) recently spoke with Jack Antonio of the "Do You Know Jack" podcast about "II", the new album by LAST IN LINE. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the origins of LAST IN LINE: Vinny: "Viv [guitarist Vivian Campbell] called up and said, 'Hey, I'm here with Jimmy [Bain]. …

LED ZEPPELIN + VANS: Details Of New Shoe Collection Revealed

February 15, 2019 On the heels of LED ZEPPELIN's historic golden anniversary, Vans has partnered with the rock and roll legends to celebrate their debut, self-titled album, "Led Zeppelin". The four-piece capsule of limited-edition footwear and apparel will be available Friday, February 22 at select Vans retail stores, wholesale partners, Vans.com and store.ledzeppelin.com. The Vans x Led Zeppelin long-sleeve tee kicks off the collection to showcase …

KISS: New ‘Pop! Rocks’ Figures From FUNKO Coming Soon

February 16, 2019  The popular vinyl collectible company Funko — best known for its big-headed Pop! figures — has once again joined forces with legendary rockers KISS. The latest series of Pop! Rocks vinyl figures includes all four members of the band. These stylized Pop! vinyl figures were announced at the New York Toy Fair. As of this writing, the KISS collectibles are listed as "coming soon." …

TWISTED SISTER’s ‘Blissfully Retired’ Guitarist JAY JAY FRENCH Has ‘No Desire’ To Play Again

TWISTED SISTER guitarist Jay Jay French says that he is "blissfully retired" from playing music, more than two years after the band completed its farewell tour. In 2016, TWISTED SISTER embarked on one final trek, titled "Forty And Fuck It", in celebration of its 40th anniversary. These shows featured the band's "core lineup" of Jay Jay French, singer Dee Snider, guitarist Eddie Ojeda and bassist Mark …

MICHAEL ANTHONY Was Contacted By VAN HALEN’s Management Six Months Ago About Possible Reunion Tour, Says SAMMY HAGAR

Michael Anthony was contacted by VAN HALEN's management half a year ago about reuniting with the band for a tour, Sammy Hagar has revealed. A recent rumor has suggested that the original VAN HALEN lineup — including Anthony, who has not played with the band since 2004 — will reunite in 2019 for a run of stadium shows. This would be the …

VINYL Records GRADING/CONDITION

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Guidelines for assessing the grading / condition of used records (based on Goldmine Grading for Records)

MINT (M): Perfect! This record looks like it has just left the manufacturer, with NO flaws what so ever. It looks as though it had never been handled. No scuffs or scratches, blotches or stains. No stickers address labels, writing on the covers or labels. No tears or seam splits. No wear to the cover or record period! Age of the record has nothing to do with it.

NEAR MINTorNM,M-: this record appears virtually flawless A very minor scuff and very little else can appear on the vinyl. It should play without any noise over the flaw. The flaw is very hard to see. The cover looks as close to perfect with only minor signs of wear and or age. Minor impressions to the cover (due to the…

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Glossary for Vinyl Collectors

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Vinyl Record Collector's Information and blog

An explanation of the abbreviations used in the domain of collecting vinyl records.

7

7″means a 7-inch diameter, the smallest diameter used for vinyl records, mainly used for singles, although 7″ EP’s do exist. Mostly recorded at 45rpm, but some older UK records have been recorded at 33 1/3 RPM

10

10″10-inch the medium diameter of records, mainly used for EP

12

12″12-inch (~31cm) the largest diameter for records, mainly used for LP’s, although 12″ singles exist, so-called maxi-singles.

B

BJBlank Jacket (cover(

B/W”backed with” or “B-side with” and refers to the b-side of a single

C

CCCut Corner

CDMLa chante du Monde

CH: Cut Hole

CNDClub National du Disque

COCut Out, deleted item that has been saw cut, clipped or drilled by the record company to prevent it being sold as full price product.

D

DFLes Discophiles Francais

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Raiding the Rock Vault Las Vegas Has Some Serious Explaining To Do….

Over the past couple weeks, I have been talking to a couple of people who have brought to my attention a few issues with the well known Las Vegas music show, Raiding The Rock Vault. While where I got the stories is not so important, however what they told me is rather interesting to me. …

KISS’s ‘End Of The Road’ Tour Hits Portland: Front-Row Video

KISS played the second show of its "End Of The Road" farewell tour Friday night (February 1) at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. As was the case with the opening-night concert in Vancouver the night before, the band played a 20-song set consisting of four tracks from KISS's self-titled debut album (1974), one from "Hotter Than Hell" (1974), one from "Dressed To …