- Producer07/12/2016Discovering Lauper & Davis Before They Were Famous I experimented with a lot of things in college, but the only one I got addicted to was music.I couldn't wait to get my next fix. And, best of all, it didn't cost me a dime.All I had to do was walk down one of the many hallways of my 14-story...
- Producer30/11/2016Possibly the best musical talent to come out of The Netherlands!If I mentioned Golden earring and Shocking Blue would anyone know that these bands came out of The Netherlands? Well they did and were very successful more so golden earring who are still performing to this day, although with a very different line...
Comments30/11/2016 #6 Andrew Porter#3 It is amazing some of the bands we hear singing in english that we naturally assume they are either from the UK or US, there are many musically talented bands from many countries that we may be unaware of, and its a pretty good reason to highlight such bands in a buzz. Thanks @Franci Eugenia Hoffman for commenting.30/11/2016 #4 Andrew Porter#1 I've said it before Randy, there are bands who we have forgotten about or people are not aware of, Mississippi takes me back to the long hot record breaking summer of '76' and it seems a mystery how this band never achieved success out of Europe, yes they may not be to everyone's taste but they certainly came out with songs that had meaning...glad you liked and thanks for commenting!
- Producer18/11/2016Check Out Record Store Day: Black Friday StyleWith Christmas just around the corner, Record Store Day organizers are jumping on the Black Friday bandwagon.Black Friday, which is the day after Thanksgiving in the United States, is traditionally known as the first shopping day of the Christmas...
Comments19/11/2016 #6 Gert Scholtz@Randy Keho There's just nothing like music on vinyl. Carefully taking a record out of its cover so as not to blemish it with fingerprints, delicately placing the needle on the edge and then the slightly scratchy but rich sound forthcoming - all part of the pleasure. I still have and play records bought in my school years . Interesting article - I'm with you on the preference - thank you Randy.19/11/2016 #5 Praveen Raj Gullepalli#4 No sayin it! A record in hand is worth a lotta digitals in the bush;) As a kid I used to get the most mondo-super-awesome-spaced-out feeling listening to The Dark Side of the Moon wearing a Sony headset! The sound effects map from left to right channel and over and behind on Breathe...making me feel as if I was suspended in space. Bose speakers!? Those sure would leave one speechless dear Randy! :)19/11/2016 #4 Randy Keho#2 Digital is very convenient, but, for me, there's nothing like holding a full-size album cover in my hands and listening to the record while it spins on a turntable.
When the family's gone, I turn the system up to 10 and rattle the windows.
I do appreciate the technological advances in speakers, though. I love my Bose surround sound system. It's their top-of-line, with nine mini-speakers that can blast beyond what my ears can handle and they don't take up much room. It was a bit pricey, but well worth it.
I bought a SACD compact disc player (Super Audio Compact Disc), which provides multi-channel listening. However, the CD must be SACD to get the full effect and their are very few available in the rock format. Most are classical. Fortunately, it plays regular CDs, too. It turned out to be fad. It never took off.
Nonetheless, Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" is available in SACD. It's awesome.19/11/2016 #3 Randy Keho#1 I discovered Rory Gallagher through a buddy of mine from high school who's been a studio musician in LA for years. His uncle, who stayed with them for a while in the states, was in a band that later became Mott the Hoople. My buddy's family was originally from England. He recently posted a pic of the band from back in the day on Facebook.
Record Day is celebrated around the world, but the site only caters to the states.19/11/2016 #2 Praveen Raj GullepalliWow randy I'd go nuts in a store like that! Honest Injun, i stopped buying music with the advent of the CDs...unless very rarely. My brother gifted me dozens of CDs from his own collection pained at my decision. Another brother got me an unending supply of video downloads of cool movies from his collection, understanding my love for both. But yes, i downloaded loads of my old favourites' digital versions at great cost (the telephone bills blew our minds too ;) ...or converted analog to digital painstakingly, manually. So happy that you can go back in time and plug in those holes with vinyls! Nothing to beat the sound of the turntable blaring through large wooden speaker ensembles, the bass and the riffs thudding away at your heart, amped up and ramped up! You reminded me of a sentimental favourite ''If you want my love ...'' Cheap Trick! ;) Keep spinning your stuff Randy-man!19/11/2016 #1 Pascal Derrien 🐝Record Store Day is a great initiative, I used to save all my pocket money and buy one or two LPs every Saturday double albums were like a book to me I also liked going to an Import shop called Juke Box they one or two albums of artists not released in Europe. My local Tower Records have a great selection of LPs, I kind of think it is a swan song anyway and it will probably not last, I found CD's very convenient though but I have struggled moving on to digital only..... You may want to check Rory Gallagher I think they re issued some his albums :-)
- Producer08/11/2016The Story of Sixto Rodriguez Sixto Rodriguez. Unknown in his home country the USA for forty years after he produced his hit songs. In the seventies he composed numbers such as Forget It, Sugar Man and Crucify Your Mind. A mix of folk, rock and pop which immediately took off...
Comments17/11/2016 #15 CityVP ManjitSearching for Sugar Man is probably one of the best documentaries I have ever watched. Even when I know the end result (and I am of that ilk that does not like to engage in a spoiler alert - and that horse bolted here some time ago) it is the kind of documentary that I can watch multiple times. The chief reason is the music, if not also the man. It is a documentary that hits home what one group of people may feel and how another culture cannot connect those dots, as well as a story that speaks across a generational timescale. Indeed having read this buzz, I feel the inkling to watch that film again soon. It is that good.09/11/2016 #5 Gert Scholtz@Paul Walters Unbelievable! - That you shared a room with Segerman (Sugar) who was one of the guys that went to look for Rodriguez! Thanks for pointing me also to the post of @Jim Murray post of a few days ago - pure synchronicity. Tagging @Henri Galvão @Andrew Porter and @Randy Keho who might enjoy the post with your comment below.09/11/2016 #3 Paul Walters@Gert Scholtz This is the second piece on Rodriguez in the past week!!! I shared a dorm room at Rhodes university with a fellow whom went by the name of Sugar . It was he who was obsessed with finding him. The clue was in the title track from the Cold Fact album " met a girl from Delluth early six o' clock this morn a cold fact" This was the suburb he travelled to outside Detroit and there he was ! I have seen him play twice now, once at the Byron Bay Blues Festival in Oz and In Vancouver. hes a little frail and still only plays the twelve songs from Cold Fact. As for Sugar, he has a very successful record store in Cape Town called Mambo Records, a big tourist spot!! Rodriguez had a profound effect on my while at university in when the 'troubles in SA began.
- Producer17/11/2016"Judas!" Leads to 36-CD Box Set from Bob Dylan I'm not a fan of live albums. Most are a disappointment.Either the sound quality of the recording is horrendous or the sound system used couldn't adequately reproduce the artful effects created in the studio.The same goes for the live shows...
Comments17/11/2016 #2 Gerald Hecht#1 @Randy Keho How about yesterday? He did "it" again...there are so many "it" thingies...but they always have that "hand-buzzer jolt" which always seems to come around when civilization needs it most : "going electric", "religious conversion", "religious unconversion", "hello , Mr./Ms./Dr. Nobel Prize rep...umm yea...just calling to let you know ...RSVP, etc., that I can't come to Stockholm for the ceremony; I've got a show that night in Akron, Ohio or maybe Joplin Missouri...I forget exactly, but umm...yeah, umm anyway I can give you a shipping address and let you know when I receive it; okay...bye.
- Producer11/11/2016Following Careers of Independent Artists Leads to Meet-and-GreetsThere were distinct advantages to being a music critic at a daily newspaper prior to the advent of the internet.I was always getting stuff in the mail. Granted. A lot of it was junk, similar to what we now call spam.But, I occasionally received some...
- Producer04/11/2016Former DJ Recalls Following Yellow Brick Road There are times in my life that I can look back upon and smile. They bring back nothing but fond memories.They're mostly from my college days, when I was footloose and fancy free. In the early days, I wasn't much of a student. Looking back, I...
- Producer27/10/2016The Ruby Sessions....Where New Artists and New Songs are Born!!If anyone who has a love for music should ever visit Ireland, then you should visit Dublin because not only is it a beautiful city but it is where you will find Doyle's PubSo what's so special about a pub? well this particular pub is where The Ruby...
Comments28/10/2016 #1 Randy KehoBe still my heart. As a first-generation Irish-American, Irish song and dance -- and a bit of Jameson Irish whiskey -- flows through my veins. You've sent my senses "reeling."@Andrew Porter What beautiful music there is to be heard from shore to shore. One cousin was one of the first chefs at the Hard Rock Café in Belfast while another manages a penthouse pub downtown. I truly enjoyed this. Wish I could be there.
- Producer27/10/2016You Want It Darker: a testimony to the sense of urgencyBack in 2004, when Leonard Cohen released Dear Heather, there was a feeling that maybe he didn’t have that much more to say. Or, to be more precise, maybe he wouldn’t have the time to say it, given how long he usually takes to finish a single...
- Producer26/10/2016Rolling Stone Magazine: Rediscovering the Counterculture's BibleI finally took the time to rummage through a wall of boxes that I've had stored in my parent's basement for more than 20 years. It was a trip, literally. The boxes contain an assortment of books and youthful memories. Most are sentimental items that...
Comments26/10/2016 #5 Randy Keho#3 Thanks, @Praveen Raj Gullepalli
My jaded eyes just can't stand to read about some Hollywood actor's opinions on fashion or Pokémon Go, which consumes way too many pages of my former bible. When I was in college, I used to grab the latest edition of Rolling Stone, smoke a bowl, and head to the Laundromat. Those were the days.
I also have about 30 Life and Look magazines from the 1940s, the war years. I found them in the attic of my parent's previous house. It's neat to see Hollywood legends in uniform on the front cover. The photography was astounding.26/10/2016 #4 Randy KehoI must say that I gave serious thought this morning to selling everything and getting the hell out of Dodge for good. It was 45 degrees Fahrenheit and raining. I've been reluctant to put my new Mustang convertible into storage for the winter, but I'd better do it pretty soon. I'm about ready to hitchhike to the coast and board a tramp steamer heading toward Bali. Do they still have those? The tall one can fend for herself.#226/10/2016 #3 Praveen Raj GullepalliAwesome trip down memory lane dear Randy...though I am more of the next gen if I sit next to you! Who doesn't know about Woodstock! But you really put a new angle to it - inside out perspective kinda. I got my hands on a few copies of the RS in the eighties from buddies visiting. We now have an Indian edition of it too! Still an engaging magazine for most of us I'd say...we had some local flavours coming in to compete, like that Upbeat/Rock Street Journal/Raga etc but they could not make a stand. You are sitting on a treasure I'd say! I have a couple of LIFE mags from the 60s...I hold on to them for ol times sake!
- Producer20/10/2016Hall Announces 2017 Nominees: It's Only Rock 'n' Roll?The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame is a prime example of how today's overzealous attempts to achieve an all-inclusive society can turn unity into chaos and political correctness into fear and loathing.As the Rolling Stone's sang, "It's Only Rock 'n'...
Comments24/10/2016 #6 Henri GalvãoIf we take into account that the Hall of Fame intends to honor those who, somehow, have influenced the development of the genre, them all of those names make sense to me (although I admit that I don't know a few of them). I've just taken a look at the list of inductees, and I see that Marvin Gaye and Bob Marley are already there. So, to put an influential rapper such as Tupac wouldn't be that much of a stretch imo20/10/2016 #5 Andrew Porter#4 Quite right @Randy Keho we all have our own little Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fames, In my mind there are just too many artists in different genres of music to class as selections for this if you know what I'm getting at, in other words it's too general but then again it would probably get too confusing for it to be more specific.
Has it got to the stage where it just isn't relevant anymore? there are many of us music lovers that will never really be satisfied with the nominations, to be honest I wouldn't have given it a second thought if you had not created this interesting post for me and others to stop by and read....it's certainly an interesting topic for the music lovers that's for sure!20/10/2016 #4 Randy Keho#2 I agree @Andrew Porter The nominees and eventual selections have been poor for quite some time.
I'm still holding onto hope for R.E.O Speedwagon, but, like the Moody Blues, I've heard it's political.
I thought long and hard about Joan Baez, but, in the end, I just couldn't justify her in the so-called Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.
ELO is interesting, but there's just too damn many others that I feel are more deserving.
We all have our own little Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fames, anyway. We've personally selected the inductees and we can listen to them at home, in the car, or anywhere we damn well please. We cast our vote with hard earned cash.20/10/2016 #3 Randy KehoThe Moody Blues are in town next Wednesday, but I can't make it. They've been in town twice over the past 20 years and I attended both shows.
I was a bit dismayed the last time. They had trouble syncing some pre-recorded keyboard/synthesizer parts and had to re-start a song three times. It left a little egg on their faces. I strongly considered the Zombies, mainly because of Rod Argent, but I tried not to let sentimentality influence my decisions. If that were the case, I'd made The Cars a lock. Thanks for the comments.#1
- Producer19/10/2016The Marshal Tucker Band: R&B with a Southern DrawlThe blues originated in the Mississippi Delta and spread to Chicago, but it eventually popped up in South Carolina, evidenced by The Marshal Tucker Band.Most people associate them with southern rock, but its founding members could more than hold...
- 16/10/2016A new hive to tell your musical story, via the music you grew up with. Tell us a story about the first songs you loved, the time you kissed to a song. Post Youtube videos that means something to you. Come on, you wanna.Music We Grew Up WithMusic We Grew Up With The music we grew up with, regardless of era, always holds us and brings back memories. This hive is for people to share the music that served as the backgrounds for their earlier lives, regardless of whether you grew up in the '50's, 60's or 90's
- Producer14/10/2016Who is the Singer/Song Writer....Elizabeth Woolridge Grant?After writing a buzz entitled... Music Isn't it just Wonderful Mr Randy Keho commented and asked if I would be interested in joining his New Hive which is called Music/Reviews-Columns "why not I thought" as I have published two or three music...
Comments16/10/2016 #14 Andrew Porter#8 Many happy returns to your daughter and if your still having problems let me know.
#9 Nice to see you stopping by on a music buzz @Donna-Luisa Eversley keep an eye out as once Randy masters Youtube I'm sure there will be no stopping him!
#10 Hope you eventually get to your gig Praveen, and It's nice to have you on board eeaaagh!16/10/2016 #10 Praveen Raj Gullepalli#8 Wow Randy...that is so cool. Celebrating your birthday at a live gig by Sir Bob Dylan himself! In a place called Shillong in North East India they have a huge, protracted and multi cult Dylan Fest on Bob's birthday. A lotta friends have been inviting me there for years.Am aiming to hook up with a coupla senior buddies and make it there next time. ;) In the meantime lemme think on how best to add value here...thanks for the warm welcome from Andy & Randy...eeaaagh!! :)15/10/2016 #8 Randy Keho#7 As a matter of fact, I am. However, I'm having a great deal of trouble trying to get Youtube videos to cooperate. I'm in desperate need of some assistance and my daughter just left to celebrate her 30th birthday with some friends and family. I'm to catch up later.
Interestingly enough, I celebrated my 30th birthday at a Bob Dylan concert in Chicago. Remember when they used to say, "You can't trust anyone over 30?"
I was hoping this blooming flower of a hive would attract you @Praveen Raj Gullepalli The more the merrier.15/10/2016 #4 Randy KehoIf you could see me, I'd be giving you a standing ovation with my cigarette lighter ablaze. I couldn't think of a better first contribution to this hive. It's exactly what I'd hoped for.
It's so hard these days to discover new or unfamiliar artists. Unless they're super hyped by their label and meet the criteria of commercial radio, they're quickly relegated to oblivion. I think this hive is going to cost me a lot of money, but my "record" collection will benefit tremendously.15/10/2016 #3 Andrew Porter#1 @Gert Scholtz once again your comment and appreciation are most welcome, nice to see you enjoyed the read.
#2 @Henri Galvão Interesting for you to say she's kind of controversial, I suppose that many a singer songwriter has said or done something throughout their careers that has dubbed them as been controversial...there's been a few such as Axl Rose, Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber to name but a few, but yes her voice I've listened to a few of her live performances they have all been very good except one in 2012 which was pretty dire for some unknown reason! having said that as with all live performances we should never expect to hear the songs to sound the same as a CD, which all adds to the pleasure.14/10/2016 #1 Gert Scholtz@Andrew Porter Interesting how she only really started singing and composing in her early twenties. I agree with you Andrew - with her voice she may only just be starting and will become critically acclaimed. Thanks for writing this good post - I enjoy reading about the background and life history such talents.
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