Carnival of Rock and Roll - January 2009

The time has finally arrived... the big spectacular event... the very first Carnival of Rock 'n' Roll of 2009. It certainly took long enough, two months of collecting submissions, and a lengthy number of days reviewing them (part of why this is running on the 5th and not the 1st as expected), but the results are pretty cool, so let's get right down to it.

First we have a fellow guitarist, Jeffery from Ultra Guitar Method, sharing a new way of learning scales and maybe even some music theory in: Learning To Play Guitar - Guitar Scales - A Unique Approach

Chris from Photos of the West (a cool blog in it's own right from what I've read) sent along something I thought was really cool... A document of underground band Shels rehearsing, complete with photos and everything. If you're fascinated by the artistic process this is pretty cool. I hadn't heard of Shels before, but I might have to check them out after this one: Shels Rehearsal Part One

Britne of Can't Stop Rockin' submitted a review of Sammy Hagar's latest release here:
Review of Sammy Hagar's New Solo Album "Cosmic Universal Fashion"

Lovelyn of Stop and Hear the Music sent a brief but intriguing look at an album from Charlie Hunter: Charlie Hunter ?Baboon Strength?

I received a number of articles worth checking out from Scott over at including:

A review of a DVD set I reviewed in the past month or so myself: If All Goes Wrong - Documentary Review |

A list of his favorite albums from the 2000's that happens to include a few of my favorites as well: The Best Albums of the 2000's - Top 12

And a pair of album reviews from a pair of bands I might just have to check out now:
No Age: Nouns – Review

Album Review: Frightened Rabbit- Midnight Organ Fight

Normally I wouldn't include 4 pieces from one author, but these four are good ones, so don't hesitate to check out the rest of when you got the chance too.

Dan-O from Dan-O Free talks about a whole bunch of stuff (free stuff) in this one, ranging from G'n'R to Evermore: My Rock Love Song Free MP3 Music Download Plus New Music From G&R & Evermore

While Audrey of Cracks In Sidewalks takes a look at the original blues master and continuing inspiration to blues players and fans everywhere, Robert Johnson, here: Robert Leroy Johnson Delta Blues Legend | Cracks In Sidewalks

Ruthie from Style on Toast brings us a bit about the King (always a welcome addition to any musical discussion) in: My Music Muse – Elvis

Clark from Bargain Bins Forever, on the other hand, tells us just why: Jawbox Rules

Nigel from Nigel Beale Nota Bene Books takes a look at a concert from Rufus Wainwright here: NIGEL BEALE NOTA BENE BOOKS » Blog Archive » Martha Wainwright, Rufus, Marilyn and Kate.

And last but not least, Surfer Sam gives a little explanation on the whole "free music", "burning/ripping music" phenomena, providing some good instructions if you need them: NEW !! Burn a Free Music CD. Make a Free Copy of a Music CD !!

Great carnival everyone... great way to start the year because if this is any indication of what it's going to be like for music in 2009... well it's gonna rock.

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 February 1st 2009. More information, the carnival archives and a link to the submission form can be found here:


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