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26th August
2010
written by Marc Majers

Lady Antebellum covers Tom Petty’s “Learning to Fly” in a recent iTunes session. The question for the day, “Will more classic rock songs be covered by country artists?”

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25th August
2010
written by Marc Majers

A throwback to the 1980s with a mix of new rock, ala the Killers, emerges Neon Trees with their hit “Animal”. This is a feel good song to end the dog days of summer.

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24th August
2010
written by Ray Schuck

25 years ago today, Huey Lewis and the News hit the top of the Hot 100 chart for the first time, as “The Power of Love” ascended to number 1.  As many of us fondly remember, the song came from the summer blockbuster film Back to the Future, which would become the top grossing film of 1985.  The extended version of the music video, as seen above, featured Christopher Lloyd reprising his role of Dr. Emmett Brown from the film. 

For Huey and the boys, ”The Power of Love” was their first of three chart-topping singles.  (Can you name the other two?)  It also continued their run of Top 40, Top 20, and Top 10 hits.  From 1983 to 1988, 13 consecutive singles from the band hit the Top 40, with all but one hitting the top 20 and all but two hitting the Top 10.

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23rd August
2010
written by Marc Majers

Check out this new product we built, it’s kind of like the new way to sell CD’s at a show. Instead of having to print CD’s (that no one really wants to buy anymore), you plug the iGiG in and it sells your digital music to fans in the area. This could the solution you band is looking for to get your music heard!

http://www.transmittechnology.com

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20th August
2010
written by Marc Majers

Support VH1′s Save The Music. Children interested in learning to play a musical instrument should be given every opportunity to succeed. VH1′s program continues to raise money to develop future musicians. Every year VH1 has a special concert to celebrate the power of music diversity.

http://vh1savethemusic.com/

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19th August
2010
written by Marc Majers

Does active rock have a new king of the hill? Finger Finger Death Punch delivers a remake of the 1970s classic “Bad Company” by Bad Company that never sounded so good. What do you think of this remake? Personally I like the extended guitar solo that improves the original.

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18th August
2010
written by Marc Majers

Back in the day, if a friend invited you over to their house within minutes you’d know what they are listening to by simply looking at the CDs on their shelf. Now what are you supposed to do?

Most services like Pandora and Blip.fm now keep your personal music likes and dislikes online for the public to see. However if my friend isn’t signed up to one of these services, should I ask to flick through someone’s iPod? Has even the simplest act of finding out the tastes of an acquaintances music in the modern era become better or worse?

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17th August
2010
written by Marc Majers

Last week Ray Schuck reminded us about the genius of Tear For Fears. This in turn sparked rolling in my mind, the ending credits of one of my favorite movies of all-time 1985′s Real Genius starring Val Kilmer. At the conclusion of the movie, the tune “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears For Fears beats through the mounds of popcorn.

Do you have a favorite movie soundtrack ending?

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16th August
2010
written by Marc Majers

Guitar Rock never sounded so good on the 1985 classic “Go For A Soda” by Canada’s Kim Mitchell. Surprisingly the other day I heard this tune on Cleveland’s new 107.3. This song definitely makes the top 40 best songs about beverages. The footage above is from a 1992 performance; please enjoy the reference to Julian Lennon.

Is this song a contributing factor why Generation X’s have sodas with every meal?

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14th August
2010
written by Marc Majers

In the late 1970s, Van Halen was consistently ridiculed because their concert rider stated “no brown M&Ms” in their dressing rooms. Now according to The Smoking Gun, Sheryl Crow is continuing the tradition with an Eco-friendly concert rider.

The Smoking Gun website states, “Crow wants traditional light bulbs swapped out for compact fluorescent bulbs in all offices, dressing rooms and common areas. Green cleaning and bathroom products and post-consumer recycled toilet paper and paper towel should also be used. Crow’s rider also encourages the venues to use renewable sources and/or to buy sustainable energy credits where possible.”

Has Sheryl gone too far with her demands? Is all the effort to go green actually causing more harm than good? Does having a current album that peaked at #3 on the Billboard charts give you the audacity to create a rider of this nature? What do you think about it? Read the entire rider by following the link below.

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/celebrity/sheryl-crow-queen-green

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