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Entries in rock (4)


Ben Taylor Benefit Concert for Songs of Love

Ben Taylor, gifted son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, will be performing a benefit concert for Songs of Love on Thursday, February 21, 8PM, at Symphony Space in NYC. Ken Dashow of Q104.3 Radio will be the nights host and will also be honored at the concert.

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Whatever Happened to Rock Mythology?

This is a question that every now and again turns up in my discussions with my friends and colleagues about the alleged decline of the so - called Rock and Roll music and the state of the industry.

And it’s the same question I am asking you all: Whatever happened to Rock Mithology? I am an avid consumer of anything related to music production philosophy and I am obsessed with observing the interactions between the musicians, activity I enjoy and carry out with the eye of the behaviourist.

Musicians are a weird breed, they either lead a miserable life or are kings on Earth, and sometimes they switch back and forth between the two statuses (sic transit gloria mundi, somebody would say).

It’s only natural that their manifestations are at least unconventional to the eyes of the mortals. But I digress.

I love, I was saying, for example, to watch the DVD series “Classic Albums”, where great records from the past (Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of The Moon”, Paul Simon’s “Graceland”, Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key Of Life” and the list goes on) are dissected: the artists and the producers sit in front of the mixing desk and point out all the cool tricks they used during the sessions and everybody talks about the philosophy and the scope of the production.

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Andrew Heringer "Under California Skies" Interview

One of the great perks of being a touring musician is the number of other artists you get to meet along the way. One such artist I had the pleasure of meeting on the road this year was Andrew Heringer (from Sacramento). We were both playing a show in Redding, CA, and I was immediately impressed by both Andrew and his band’s music and professionalism. The Andrew Heringer Band just recently released their latest album, “Under California Skies,” a beautiful record combining elements of folk, pop and rock. You can download the album for free here.

Andrew was gracious enough to talk with me about the new album, art, songwriting and what lies ahead for himself and the band.

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Singles Strategy Radiohead Style

Radiohead says it’s going to release singles instead of albums. Is the album finally dead? Article examines the roadblocks musicians still face trying to release singles-only into the digital mainstream, and calls for a change.

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