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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.

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Jeff Beck Performing This Week: Live at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club - A CD Review

When it comes to guitar legends, few can measure up to Jeff Beck. Going all the way back to his days with the Yardbirds, Beck has continually infused new life into electric guitar, pushing the boundaries into jazz fusion and forging his own unique technique and style. I've been a fan of Jeff Beck pretty much from the first time I heard him play. He has a way of touching a note and sculpting it in a way that is completely unexpected and can take a simple phrase and wrench more emotion out of it than just about any player I've ever seen.

10 Bands to Rediscover Alternative: Part 2, The Supporting Cast

One of the most interesting things about the original alternative movement is that it brought bands that in the past would have been completely overlooked by the populous into the forefront. Once a few artists had broken down the barrier, the public was exposed not only to the mainstream artists, but also a lot of their influences and more underground peers.

10 Bands to Rediscover Alternative: Part 1, The Major Players

As you may have realized if you've read a few of my other posts, I grew up in the "Alternative Era", when suddenly underground bands were thrust into the limelight and 80s hair metal faded into the background (some might say, thankfully). Alternative will always hold a special place in my musical pantheon because it is a genre that includes many of the bands that were my first "favorites". These are the bands that made me the music fanatic I am today by drawing me in during those difficult years of adolescence.

The Original Country Twang of Hank Williams

In the past, I'll admit that I've held a bit of a grudge against country music. It's not that I consider it any less of an art form, or valid musically than any of the other genres, I just haven't been able to connect with country artists as I have with the artists of other genres. That isn't to say that I don't like any country music. Instead I think that my lack of connection is a product entirely of the more recent country scene, as the country artists who I really dig, tend to be the originals, like Johnny Cash, and the man I thought worth sharing today: Hank Williams.

The Dividing of the Pumpkins Fans, Part 4: Thoughts On the Role of the Artist, and the Artist/Fan Relationship

This is part 4 of a 4 part piece I am writing, inspired by a pair of Smashing Pumpkins concerts and a DVD documentary. As you may or may not know, I am a big Smashing Pumpkins fan, I always appreciate their work. I feel the need to preface this piece by saying that as it will give you an insight into the context of my commentary.

The Dividing of the Pumpkins Fans, Part 3: A DVD Review

This is part 3 of a 4 part piece I am writing, inspired by a pair of Smashing Pumpkins concerts and a DVD documentary. As you may or may not know, I am a big Smashing Pumpkins fan, I always appreciate their work. I feel the need to preface this piece by saying that as it will give you an insight into the context of my commentary.

It's been something of a Smashing Pumpkins month for me. In addition to back to back concert events, I also picked up a copy of the band's most recent DVD release: If All Goes Wrong.

The Dividing of the Pumpkins Fans, Part 2: A Concert Review

This is part 2 of a 4 part piece I am writing, inspired by a pair of Smashing Pumpkins concerts and a DVD documentary. As you may or may not know, I am a big Smashing Pumpkins fan, I always appreciate their work. I feel the need to preface this piece by saying that as it will give you an insight into the context of my commentary.

The Dividing of the Pumpkins Fans, Part 1: A Concert Review

This is part 1 of a 4 part piece I am writing, inspired by a pair of Smashing Pumpkins concerts and a DVD documentary. As you may or may not know, I am a big Smashing Pumpkins fan, I always appreciate their work. I feel the need to preface this piece by saying that as it will give you an insight into the context of my commentary.

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