October 26, 2019 Kurt Cobain of Nirvana during the taping of MTV Unplugged at Sony Studios in New York City, 11/18/93. Photo by Frank Micelotta. Julien's Auctions, the world-record breaking auction house, held its marquee two-day music auction event "Icons & Idols: Rock 'N' Roll" on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 live in Hard Rock …
August 25, 2019 KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons celebrated his 70th birthday last night (Saturday, August 24) onstage during the band's concert in Saratoga Springs, New York. Fan-filmed video footage of the crowd singing 'Happy Birthday" to the iconic rocker can be seen below. Earlier this year, Simmons — whose actual birthday is August 25 — admitted in an interview with …
June 10, 2019 A new photo of Vinnie Paul Abbott's grave marker next to that of his brother, PANTERAguitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, can be seen below (courtesy of DrummerBart). The picture shows what appears to be a protective cover over Vinnie Paul's marker, presumably placed there to guard the grave from vandalism. Vinnie Paul's grave marker was officially installed on …
After digitizing my entire 700+ record collection to lossless FLAC/ALAC MP4 files, here are a few lessons learned about recording LPs old and new:
[VinylStyl 45 singles and LP cleaner and rinse units]
- For cleaning old LPs my best results come from washing with a commercial vinyl solution – like those from Mo-fi, then rinsing with distilled water. Dump the distilled water every 20 lps or so and use fresh distilled water. For brand new LPs or really clean old LPs I just use the distilled water to wash off the dust. Let the LP air dry the rest of the way. Distilled water leaves no residue. If I want to play the LP right away, I blot off the water drops from both sides, put the record on the platter still damp, turn on the power and watch the record spin until all of the water has evaporated. The…
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A friend of mine was kind enough to flag this article for me, and it brings up some points that I really think are worth exploring.
As a debate over legalizing marijuana continues across the country – and in Pennsylvania – a new study draws a connection (not a casualtional one, however) between teen marijuana use and depression.
Researchers found that cannabis use during the teenage years was associated with a nearly 40 percent bump in the risk of depression and a 50 percent increase in the risk of suicidal thoughts in adulthood, according to the study, published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry.
The report does note that this isn’t to say marijuana causes depression (though that may, in fact, be the case). It’s possible that the depression encourages marijuana use, or that a third factor (such as economics, anxiety, stress, etc) cause…
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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 …
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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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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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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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.
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“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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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.
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.
It definitely is a 60’s and…
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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 …
Thoughts on the NYDM (New York Death Militia)....
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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An explanation of the abbreviations used in the domain of collecting vinyl records.
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-inch the medium diameter of records, mainly used for EP
12″12-inch (~31cm) the largest diameter for records, mainly used for LP’s, although 12″ singles exist, so-called maxi-singles.
BJBlank Jacket (cover(
B/W”backed with” or “B-side with” and refers to the b-side of a single
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.
DFLes Discophiles Francais
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I don’t hate him but I also don’t like his music at all, specifically the vocals. I just get annoyed at people requesting Piano Man when I sit down at a piano. It’s the most basic request you could make.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6PurhNj5pw Just hit 27 minutes ago folks!
I love that unplugged!
In a twist befitting the most Halloween-y of plots, the ultimate Kiss cover version for Halloween 2017 is a version of Kiss doing Kiss.
In 1996 Kiss and many of their fans considered the disco era a bit of an unmentionably uncool blip in a hard rock history that went from proto-metal in NYC in the 70’s to Stadium rock titans 30 years later.
Everything from the debut album up to Rock and Roll Over was fair game. So too was Lick It Up onwards. The forbidden zone in the middle there was roundly ignored by all but the bands detractors.
Then fans started asking for I Was Made For Loving You to be slipped back into the live set. There was a resurgence in interest for Is That You and Torpedo Girl. These songs took on a retro cool the mid 90’s were all about. If we could get…
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Pop-ups have officially become a millennial cultural fixture — at least in Denver. This weekend’s Far Out Factory was no exception. Sponsored by O.penVape and Meow Wolf and in conjunction with Two Parts, the immersive art and music experience inspired by cannabis took over the Denver Rock Drill for one night only, bringing with it …
bad assed I had not even heard about this project thanks for the info!!!!
Overkill songwriter and bassist D.D. Verni has premiered a new video for his new song “Night Of The Swamp King.” This track is from his new solo album “Barricade,” which will be released on October 12. Verni commented:
“The song and video really show parts of all the stuff that I love, it’s a doom/bluesy kind of tune and then a horror movie video…what could go together better!”
After the marvellous Barrence showed us about keeping the flame alight yesterday it seems only fitting to go right the way back to a true original. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins put one of the first shovels in the dirt when it came to building Rock and Roll from the ground up. He’s a blues man with a weapon of mass destruction in his voice.
When you hear Screamin’ Jay actually scream. Well, hold on tight. This guy is a force of nature. He’ll get the hairs on your arm paying attention before your ears have caught up with what that noise is or where it’s coming from.
Hawkins has been credited for his influence on official charters when it comes to his most famous single I Put A Spell On You. There’s a copy in the library of congress and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame have recognised it as…
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Rock Critic Law: 101 Unbreakable Rules for Writing Badly About Music by Michael Azerrad is another book I got from Harper-Collins over three months ago. The copy I got is an unedited proof and according to the letter I got with it, this book won’t be released until October 18, 2018 (Amazon says the release date is December 15th). I’m not sure why they sent it out so early. I wrote to them in May and asked if it was okay to post a review, but they said they would prefer if I hold off until the month before publication (it is available for pre-order on Amazon). And so, this book has remained on the end table in my living room collecting dust for months and at this point, I just need to move it to the bookshelf. I’m going to defend this early review by saying that this…
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September 15, 2018 "Defying The Sacred", the new video from Florida death metal veterans DEICIDE, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's long-awaited new album, "Overtures Of Blasphemy", which was released on September 14 via Century Media. The follow-up to 2013's "In The Minds Of Evil" was produced by Jason Suecof (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, TRIVIUM) at AudioHammer Studios in Sanford, …
(As reported on Blabbermouth.net) September 15, 2018 TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA drummer Jeff Plate (SAVATAGE, ex-METAL CHURCH) recently spoke with Bill Louis of the Cleveland radio station 98.5 WNCX. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On TSO's evolution: Jeff: "It's been an amazing journey. Obviously, when we started out, it was a very humble show with …
Mr. Webster has done it again folks! Fuck the noise from MGK and Eminem, I'll take Chris Webby all day everyday!
https://www.youtube.com/embed/e05H80-k0mY?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent This is what happens when you leave your ex-drummer from Nirvana unattended. First they start making little demos in the garage, then they play guitar instead of staying behind their kit. Before you know it they’ve got hit singles and a touring band and they go and make a genre defining album as their …
We don’t usually post about bands like these but it is with heavy hearts that We Came as Romans clean singer Kyle Pavone has died. No cause of death has been announced. The news was confirmed via the band’s socials where they released an official statement, which you can read below:
“Today, music lost another great with the passing of Kyle Pavone of We Came As Romans. Kyle’s tragic loss came too early in his life and those of his bandmates. All are devastated by his passing. We will miss his smiles, his sincerity, his concern for others, and his impressive musical talent. In lieu of flowers, we will be providing information regarding charity donations this coming week. The family and the band wish to thank their fans and the music community for all of their love and support as they navigate their grief.
Will I be Remembered or Will…
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As autumn takes over Finland another member died, this time Janne Rissanen, known as Musta Savo. He was Verjnuarmu drummer. The Finnish melodic death metal act announced that they decided to split up.
The band posted on Facebook:
“In deep sorrow, we announce the founding member of our band, Janne Rissanen, known as Musta Savo has left us after a long, exhausting illness on 13.8.2018. Verjnuarmu has decided to quit and thanks all the partners, our former members, Petteri, Tarmo, Antti and above all, our fans. Thank you! The trip was awesome but now it’s over.”
Carlos Denogean, drummer of North Carolina stoner/sludge metal act Weedeater, passed away on Friday, August 24. Circumstances surrounding his death have yet to be revealed.
Denogean joined Weedeater in 2017 following the departure of Travis Owen. The band put forth this statement regarding his passing:
“There is no easy way to say this. Our dear friend and bandmate Carlos Denogean passed away yesterday. It is with a heavy heart and intense sadness that we bring you this unfortunate news. He left this world far too soon and will be missed immensely by all of us. Anyone that knew Carlos was enamored by his kindness and his warm personality. He was an incredibly talented musician and a real joy to be around. He brought something truly special to the band and we all loved working with him. We simply cannot express how devastated we are by this loss. We don’t…
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