Carnival of Rock and Roll-August 2009

This month's carnival was almost delayed permanently due to a series of technical problems, but all the kinks have been worked out and we're now up and running better than ever. It looks to be a good one too... lots of variety, newcomers, welcome regulars... all sorts of good stuff.

So without further delay, the Carnival of Rock 'n' Roll for August 2009:

First we have a couple of posts from Dean over at World Saving Rants.

The first is a little bit on Michael Jackson and his death, but also touches on
the nature of "celebrity" in society in a great "rant-esque" style: Who's Bad?

The second is about a great song by a great band, the Smiths to be precise, along with a little personal look at the lyrics as well: Me vs. The Smiths

From Earthslaying101 we have a couple little musical tidbits straight from the writer to you. Pretty cool actually to hear someone's creativity in such immediacy like that... check it out: Alone in the Dim Light

Edel from Edel Alon shares their thoughts on Dan Wilson of Semisonic fame:
Dan Wilson | Edel Alon

While Eric over at CamelClutchBlog has something for all you Guitar Hero fans... a complete track listing from the next release. This might be something non-gamers might find interesting too... the songs that were chosen might surprise some. I was surprised to see a track from Love and Rockets... can't remember the last time I heard them anywhere in mainstream media: Full Guitar Hero 5 Track Listing - 85 Songs

Hakim over at Hakim Callier passed along a bit about an audio mastering competition they're hosting over there. Pretty cool in my opinion. Audio mastering is one of those skills that can be easily over looked until you actually attempt it yourself... or hear a good and a bad mix side by side. So take a listen to the finalists over there and see what you think about their mastering talents: Audio Mastering Competition #1

And from Jack over at Ibanez Guitar we have what else, but a review of an Ibanez guitar! I'm a fan of Ibanez myself, my first guitar was (I still have it too) an Ibanez... they make some quality instruments. If you're looking for a new ax, might check this one out: The S Series

Jeremy over at the Christian Voice sent along something interesting and maybe a little controversial as well. I was debating including this piece actually, because of the strong religious undertones (something I try to avoid on my site if possible), but oh well. Even if we might not agree on the religious front, I give Jeremy credit for defending rock and roll (specifically Christian rock) in the face of those who claim it is everything from a bad influence to the devil in musical form. At the very least, it's interesting to see that it isn't just those of us who are listening to death-metal and hardcore who have to defend our music in the face of certain close-minded individuals... interesting indeed: Articles - God Gave Rock and Roll to You

Keith from Keith Smooth passed along a great, and thorough tribute to the career of the King of Pop: Michael Jackson: The Brilliant & Bizarre King of Pop.

While Mathew over at Creative Lifelong Learners sent in a list of some great music related podcasts floating around out there on the web: 5 Music Podcasts Worth Subscribing To

In typical fashion, carnival regular the Old Wizard has sent along a trio of amusing lists that are sure to get some people steamed, but will also make other laugh:

1: Top 10 Most Important Bands Since Oasis

2: Top 10 Country Songs For People Who Don?t Like Country

3: Top 5 Reasons Indie Music is So Bad

Phillip over at DiscoverModernRock sent along something really cool... what appears to be the first in a series of Tuesday pieces that will discuss all the major music releases of that day. Kudos Phillip, sounds like a great idea and I'll be keeping an eye on your blog to see what comes along in the future as part of this project (just so you know, there are a few other posts in this series already that are worth checking out as well): Let's Get This Started...

Shai from the Incompleteness Blog shared something on a topic I don't tackle nearly enough: classical music, specifically classical guitar music... and it's even better with music and video: Ten selected classical guitar pieces, from Bach to Yngwie

Taeh over at Hot Buttah Biskits n Gravy takes a look at this years Afro Punk Festival... and share some highlights as well: Afro Punk: 2009!!!!!!!!!!

Watch Me Eat passed over a look at Hard Rock Park... a rock and roll themed amusement park I didn't even know existed...they even have a Led Zeppelin themed roller coaster! Perhaps not 100% focused on music, but still cool to see... great pictures too: Hard Rock Park

And last but not least, we have more music straight from the maker as Wolfgang over at Wolfgang Carter Music shares some of his latest: New Song: When I'm Gone

And there it is... another one in the books... a long one actually... one that apparently had more than a few contributions that I felt compelled to comment upon a little more extensively. Great stuff all around though for sure.

As always, keep up the good work everyone, and hopefully we'll see you back 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 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 September 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

- The Soul of Rock 'n' Roll is a division of Fifth Column Media - www.fifthcolumnmedia.com -