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The Soul of Rock and Roll Mourns Jay Bennett

I'm sad to once again have to report the death of a great musician. Jay Bennett, age 45 was found dead just this past Sunday in his home in Urbana IL. A member of Titanic Love Affair and Wilco, as well as having an extensive solo career, Bennett's songwriting is unique, powerful and complex...the music community is surely a less creative place without him.

Thoughts on the Radio Royalties Ruling

It's been busy times in the music industry recently. I have unfortunately been a little busier still, and busier than I would have liked. Isn't it annoying when your day job gets in the way of what's really important? Like going to concerts, finding new bands or spending entire an day listening to free form jazz fusion and the progressive styling of Frank Zappa...

Thoughts on Jimmy Chamberlin Leaving the Smashing Pumpkins

Well perhaps you've heard on one of the major music sites around, it appears as if my beloved Smashing Pumpkins are once again going through a lineup change. It has been announced that Jimmy Chamberlin, original drummer and only original member in the band since the "reunion" other than Billy Corgan, has left the band.

Tinted Windows: Debut from a New Super Group

There's been some surprising music news in recent days/weeks. A new collaboration between artists (if you choose, read: super group) has been assembled and their first single has shown up over at Rolling Stone. The band is called Tinted Windows and is made up of a... well, lets say unique... range of characters. Band members include: Adam Schelsinger, bassist of Fountains of Wayne; James Iha, ex Smashing Pumpkin, and former touring guitarist with A Perfect circle (if memory serves); Bun E. Carlos, drummer for Cheap Trick; and... Taylor Hanson? (Yes, that Taylor Hanson).

A Brief Tribute to Stooges Guitarist Ron Asheton

Unfortunately tragedy has struck the rock and roll community yet again. Earlier this week Ron Asheton, guitarist for the Stooges was found dead in his home, apparently from a heart attack at age 60.

Smashing Pumpkins Announce DVD and 20th Anniversary Tour

Well it is finally official... the much anticipated (at least for us Pumpkins fans) 20th anniversary tour of the Smashing Pumpkins. 2008 marks the 20th year for this band and I've certainly been glad they've been around that long providing us with amazing music the whole time.

Mourning Pink Floyd Keyboardist and Founding Member Richard Wright

It seems as if this has been a harder year than most in terms of rock and roll related deaths, and today I am sorry to say that that trend continues with another major loss. Richard Wright, keyboardist and founding member of Pink Floyd passed away yesterday at the age of 65 after a long battle with cancer.

Thoughts on the New Metallica Album, Leaks, Downloads, Fan Reactions and Why Record Labels Should Take Notice

As some of you may be aware, it's been exciting times in the world of rock recently. Rumors are flying left and right and there's been plenty of controversy as well, what with certain political parties deciding to use some "unlicensed" music as part of their campaign. Amongst all of that though, there was an album, first leaked and now released from a little metal band called Metallica. Death Magnetic is the name of the new album and Metallica fans have been clamoring to hear the new music, especially after it was unfortunately leaked shortly before the release date.

Tribute to LeRoi Moore

Sadly it appears as if another great musician has left us recently. LeRoi Moore, founding member and saxophonist (and general woodwind player) for the Dave Matthews Band passed away the other day at 43 from complications after a vehicle accident earlier this summer.

In Memory of Isaac Hayes

Well it's a sad day in the music world again as we mourn the death of Mr. Isaac Hayes. Hayes passed away just the other day at the age of 65.

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