Carnival of Rock and Roll-April 2009

Well back in late March it seemed as if the planets would align and I would finally, for the first time in months, be able to publish a Carnival of Rock 'n' Roll actually on the day I planned to. Everything was worked out, scheduled and I was ready, but as usual, it didn't come to pass quite as anticipated. Luckily, this time, unlike with so many other things I do, I had a good reason for delaying this a day.

You see, when I started going through the submissions for the carnival, I found that I had received more... WAY MORE... than I have ever received before. I didn't want to delay things, but it just took me that long to go through everything that was sent in. Sure a lot of those submissions were spam, but still a good number were pretty cool. I'm taking this as a sign that the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll is finally ready conquer the world and good music will reign supreme... (As if that wasn't my master plan from the start...gotta shoot for the stars).

Anyways, lets get right to that carnival.

First from Brain, from Serve the Song we have a great look at an album from Elliot Smith: Go-to Album Review: Elliot Smith, Figure 8

Steven from Rough Fractals passed along a short but thoughtful look at: The Song Of The Day

Over at ZombieChatter, Scott posted an interesting look back 15 years (made me feel old and a bit nostalgic too, Scott): Then & Now: Popular Music 15 Years Later

From Subservient Experiment we have an insightful look at a band I haven't heard much from before, and a particular album from that band: Southeast Engine - From the Forest to the Sea

Dan from the Reviewist takes a moment to talk a bit about Roger Clyne here: Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers – Switchblade

And who can argue with a post about Queen? No one, that's who... and that's exactly what we've got from Shiv from the Viewpaper: Queen Greatest Hits-1

Here's something interesting... Barry from 3stylelife sent in a discussing of marketing for the music industry, specifically building a fanbase taken from a more business oriented perspective: Building Fans

Emilio over at Big Fiddlin' Time wrote a great article on improvisation with some really good tips for any musician: 10 Ways to Become a Better Improviser

Indie artist Allen Shadow passed along a link to a song he's releasing specifically in response to the current social/political climate here in the States... Definitely worth checking out: Release of "We're America"

Riversider over at Broadgate is Great submitted a cool concert review of yet another artist I haven't heard much from, but might have to check out, in: Damo Suzuki sets Broadgate Alight

From the Rockandromantiv we have something I don't think I've seen before as part of the Carnival of Rock 'n' Roll... a look at Rock and Roll Fashion: The Jacket - Exoskeleton of Rock!

Rockandromantiv also sent along a look at an album by the Killers, through a unique lens of artistic style: The Killers : Day and Age

Here's something I wish I knew about back when I was in school... Naomi from Diary from England let's us know that you can get your degree in the Beatles now: ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE & A FAB FOUR DEGREE

BW from BW's Blog takes a look at one of today's great guitarists and his most recent solo effort here: John Frusciante - The Empyrean

And last, but not least, Ryo, the Rock and Roll Guru discusses album art, specifically some of the most recognizable album art of all time... that of Iron Maiden... in: The Easter Eggs of Rock

Now that's a healthy carnival... good variety, well written and plenty of love for the music... if only you could have seen all the spam that came with it.

I won't comment on who did the spamming, but I did think it was pretty funny to receive a number (a large number) of different posts concerning how to plan effective direct mailing campaigns. A good tip for direct mailers would be to accurately target your audience... Carnival of Rock and Roll audience = direct mailers? ...ah irony.

Anyways, irony aside, it was a sweet carnival with some regulars and some new comers. I really enjoyed it, so great work everyone... keep it up and I'll see you next month.

If you submitted your work to the carnival, but it wasn't chosen, don't fret. There aren't a lot of standards to be included except to be directly about music, but I don't publish blatant advertisements, personal attacks on artists, celebrity gossip, things off topic or things I can't read (sorry, English only). Also, I'd appreciate if you only submit some of your best works, not short, few word posts and try to keep multiple submissions within reason, meaning you can send two or three articles at most, but not like six... if you Spam the carnival with entries or with articles off topic you won't be included.

I still appreciate your contribution even if I didn't choose to include it and hope you won't hesitate to submit new work to next month's carnival.

The next carnival will run "promptly" on May 1st 2009. More information, the carnival archives and a link to the submission form can be found here: http://www.soulofrocknroll.com/?page_id=41

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