Carnival of Rock and Roll-May 2009

Here we are, Carnival of Rock 'n' Roll time. Short carnival this month... short but sweet. Good material submitted, but I had to be relatively strict with my "on topic" rule and I guess that kept the number of inclusions down. It's ok though, because I think you'll really enjoy more than a few of the contributed materials this month.

Let's get to it.

First, from Tim over at the Mental Defective League sent along a great look at one of the great alternative albums of all time. It's an in depth comparison between the original and a recently release of a great Pearl Jam album: Ten Vs. Ten

Peter over at Monitor Down takes an extensive look at Primrose, a really cool... well I guess you can call it a "band"... that not only is making some cool music, but is also changing the ways music is reaching the masses and what it means to be a "rockstar". I'd recommend not only checking out this piece, but also Primrose when you can because at the very least, it's a really cool idea: Meet the Primrose League: the UK's Web-Only Rock Band

Peter also brings us an interesting video from a band I hadn't heard of before, Army Navy: Army Navy's "Saints" Video is Extreme Dopeage

Amberleigh from I Sign of Drums and a Girl takes a good look at covers and how a successful cover leaves it's own personal stamp on the song... in this case... "The Final Countdown": Covers and The Final Countdown

Brad from Tri-Freedom takes a sort of philosophical, psychological look at music, emotion and maybe a little medication too in: Playing Your Heart Strings

From the Viewpaper we have a look at the indie rock scene of India, which I'm thrilled to say sounds like it's thriving... go India, might have to check out a few of the bands mentioned myself: The Rock Scene in India - The Viewspaper

Andrew from Andrew's Online Journal takes a look at the White Stripes and shares his favorites... although I can't believe it doesn't contain "Truth Doesn't Make a Noise", which is my personal favorite Stripes song of all time, he's still got a good list going: Andrew's Choice: White Stripes

Sheila from Perceptive Travel Blog shares a little about what is unfortunately a dying breed, the indie record store... she even talks about a couple of the the great ones from across the world: Drop by these indie record stores on your travels

Larry from Larry's Mind sent along a cool little exploration of "the playlist" and even a little bit about how we identify ourselves by our musical choices... an interesting read to say the least: Sharing

And last but not least... submitted literally as I was writing this up, a piece from Praveen over at Simple Trading System that takes an interesting look the Grateful Dead. Instead of focusing on their music though, this piece is focused on how the Dead have run the "business" end of things over the years and developed their unique fan base... a cool read, especially in the current music industry climate: Gratetful Dead: Early Role-model For Branded Success in the Internet Age of Free Downloads?

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 June 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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