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Weezer, Lyrics, Record Labels and Why the Industry Needs to Change: A Rant

It seems the number of bands who are upset with their record labels, is sort of skyrocketing. Actually I think it's more so the number of bands that are coming out and speaking about their label troubles that is increasing, as opposed to the actual number of bands unhappy, because the times just seem right for bands to strike out on their own, what with the industry changing so rapidly right now. We can add Weezer to that list after a recent spat over their latest album, due out in the next few months (if not sooner).

More Free Music from Nine Inch Nails

As the music industry continues to shift away from label focus and towards a more artist centric viewpoint (at least in my view), we're seeing more and more music released online where the fans can get it directly from the band. Leading that charge are many of the more progressive bands including a certain hard rockin' industrial band that is the project of a certain Mr. Reznor.

Rock and Roll Feature: By the Way by the Red Hot Chili Peppers

This is the eighteenth in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

Foxboro Hot Tubs Revealed to Actually be Green Day

So for the past couple of months or so there's been this band floating around on the Internet called Foxboro Hot Tubs that has a striking similarity (at least in some aspects) to a very famous band called Green Day. Speculations was that they were actually the same band just trying out a little side project with a different sound and a new name. The debate raged on and far too many news stories were written about the topic. Now we can finally put all that to rest because it has been revealed that they are indeed the same band.

First Listens to the Latest Raconteurs Album

Although I'd already had something planned and written for today, I couldn't help myself and had to write about the new album from Jack White, Brendon Benson and company. The new Raconteurs album was released just this past week and I had my copy on pre-order so it showed up right when I was hoping it would. I've been listening to it nearly non-stop since then and I don't anticipate it leaving my play list any time soon... unless it's usurped by some other new music of course.

Beck: Blues Singer in Disguise

I glanced through my past posts and was shocked and appalled (not really) that I had yet to do a post on Beck. I covered Jeff Beck's guitar work, albeit briefly, but not the intriguing blend of styles from the man who just goes by Beck. I've been listening to a fair amount of his music recently anyways, and so it seemed time to at the very least touch on his work and in particular, one of the reasons I like it.

Thoughts on the Smashing Pumpkins Suing Virgin and the Changing Music Industry

It seems that the turbulent end of the music industry (as we know it) is coming closer and closer. I mentioned in a previous post how the Smashing Pumpkins were supposedly going independent after breaking from all label contracts, and now it seems that a break from their label is not enough as they are also suing Virgin Records for breach of contract about using their music in unapproved contexts.

Thoughts on the Possible End to Velvet Revolver

There's been a fair amount of "discussion" going on around various music sites that recent on stage problems with Velvet Revolver front man Scott Weiland might be the end of the band. In case you missed the reports from various other music news sources out there, Weiland has been in rehab again recently, been somewhat flaky on a few performances and even stated at one show, between walking off stage for no reason, that "they [the audience] were watching something special... the last tour of Velvet Revolver."

New Raconteurs Album Coming Sooner than Expected

There are some albums that I own that I just seem to like too much... so much that I actually restrain myself from listening to them. I know this sounds a little absurd, but it's true. Certain albums just strike such a chord with me that when they are over, I want more. Unfortunately, usually there is no more, or the bands next album is not due for years, so I try to limit how often I listen to them in order to sort of discourage this desire for more music.

Nine Inch Nails Making Big Money with Online Release, More Bands to Follow?

Earlier this month another forward thinking band released a new album online ala the Radiohead mold. Nine Inch Nails latest 36 track instrumental project called Ghosts I-IV was released online March 2 with the first 9 tracks available for free, or the entire album available for a tide sum of $5. A $10 double CD set is set for release on April 8th, with a $70 deluxe edition and $300 autographed version following close on it's heels around May 1st.

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