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August 20, 2010

Hey guys (and girls). I apologize for not writing a post in a while. My life has become as intense as it can possibly be.

Anyways, I just got back from a trip to LA, and got a good chance to listen to some music, especially while sitting in never ending bumper to bumper traffic! One of my business clients showed me a new group with a fresh sound. This band was Latex Grenade. They just released their debut EP, and I can’t say that they sound like anyone else; it is truly a unique sound. When I got home, I went and picked up their CD on itunes (Latex Grenade EP).

Track 4 was a funny surprise. The song is called “Tits On a Stick”! The words are classic, and the chorus is really catchy and funny. The chorus goes,”Tits on a stick you could never forgive Those mountains on your chest is where i want to live…..”

I did more research on these guys, and it turns out they have a live version of this song and an unplugged version on youtube. Here are the links to the song. Note that the unplugged version has really funny and sexy pictures in it!

“Tits On a Stick” Live

“Tits On a Stick” Unplugged

I don't know much about these guys, but I definitely see some good potential. Let me know how you guys feel about Latex Grenade, I'm pretty curious! Their official website is LatexGrenade.com



Chicks Dig the Lyrics, Guys Dig the Beats

June 15, 2010

There is a reason why Heavy Metal attracts more guys than girls. Why? Because you can barely understand the lyrics. Metal is surrounded by a crazy drummer playing heavy double bass beats accompanied by a couple of guitarists playing the fattest riffs as loud as possible. Truly head-banging music. Girls, in general, do not recognize with this. The tone and topics of the lyrics tend to push them away. Guys could care less, they just think that the guitar riffs or drums are bad ass.

Guys: have you ever been playing one of your favorite songs, rocking out in the car, and looked over at your girlfriend sitting there with a funny look on her face? That’s because she’s thinking, “I can’t understand what that singer is saying”. Thats ok. It goes both ways. What about when that one song comes on the radio and your girlfriend gets all excited and starts singing… “She’s just a small town girl…. Living in a lonely worlddd”. The guy thinks to himself, “I’m kinda sick of this song”. That is the way the world turns.

Guys tend to like the flow of the song. They like the energy and  passion into the music. They tend to look at complexity of melodies and rhythms. Girls look for the energy and passion behind the vocals. Girls like to talk; they like to listen. Guys like to get their blood flowing. Of course, there are exceptions, However.

I recently heard a band debating what songs to put on their new EP coming out. They were deciding over two songs. One song was a more radio friendly song and a little easier on the ears, but the other song was by far more impressive musically speaking. They could not decide which one they wanted to release on the EP. The guitarist looked over at the bassist and drummer and said, “Well guys, it comes down to this: Chicks or Dicks?” He was talking about whether to release the song more pleasing to the females because of the catchier vocals, or to showcase their musical abilities.

I’ll let you know what their decision was when the CD comes out.


Baby Boomers Can't Let Their Good Old Jams Go

June 07, 2010

Today, I am here to discuss something that has been on my mind for a few years now. We subconsciously think about it  almost every time we watch a major sporting event or ceremony. We sit back in our chairs while watching this and think to our selves, "Wow, I have heard this song 146 million times". If you don't know what I am talking about by now, you probably disagree, and that's totally fine. Here's my opinion:

I am starting to become frustrated with the constant catering to the baby boomers in regards to music. When are they going to modernize their ears and truly begin listening to modern music? I went to a huge street fair over the weekend in southern California. There was all kinds of people and countless booths  selling anything you can possibly think of from cell phones to modern art. All ages from 16 - 60 were present. And of course, Like any other street fair, there was a line up of about 12 bands playing live music on a huge stage. This was the spot where 75 percent of all the people were. Every single band that played that day was a tribute band for the baby boomer era. For example, there was a Rollingstones tribute band, then there was a Beatles tribute band, and so on.. I looked around the audience and it was clear the 50 percent of the audience was bored out of there minds ( those less than 35 years of age). The other 50 percent of the audience ( the baby boomers) were absolutely stoked. How can the planners of this street fair do this? There was not one modern band that played. And no, it is not true that all modern bands are too vulgar for public events, look at Maroon 5 or John Mayer. Are they too obscene? No. And that is not a valid excuse. Also, the Genres were so incredibly unidimensional. There were no pop groups, reggae groups, or even hard rock groups for the matter. The reason for this, most likely, is that the baby boomers were the ones buying mortgages and 20,000 dollar paintings at this event, where the modern folk was buying much simpler necessities such as a beer. This street fair is a fairly weak example, I know, but it gets the point across.

The best example that comes to mind is this last year's Superbowl where The Who headlined the show. Don't get me wrong, I love The Who and always will, but something I don't love is seeing 60 plus year old legends on stage sounding far from what they used to sound like, and playing their songs tuned 2 steps down because they can't hit the notes that they used to. I understand how bad ass these bands were back in the day, but my biggest point in this article is that this is a huge slap in the face for modern artists. There is so much talent out there today, yet for some reason the NFL needs to go back to 1965 to find what they are looking for. The competition for artists today, for all genres, dwarfs the competition for artists in the past with just sheer volume and different entertainment alternatives. Don't you dare throw out the Janet Jackson controversy at the Superbowl a few years ago as an argument. That is complete BS. Entertainment shall not punish the entire present music scene with one glitch. That should not even be discussed.

The Baby Boomers cannot let go of their good old jams, and won't accept modern music. There is 100 times more genres and styles today, and it baffles me how they can listen to their songs for the, literally, 1.67 millionth time and not move on. When are we going to see modern bands like Pearl Jam or the Black-eyed Peas as the Headliners in events such as the Superbowl for the halftime show? >>> and don't tell me how you dislike either, that is not even close to the point.

Until the Baby Boomers can let go, the youth and everyone younger is forced to wait, bored out of their minds, while their parents have the time of their lives rocking out to songs they have heard millions of times.

Vevo on Youtube.com

June 06, 2010

Is youtube becoming sell outs? This Vevo advertising thing before playing videos gets very frustrating. You will be at a party or something and in the heat of the moment, you want to show your friend a song that you just heard, and you have to sit through an advertisement while your friend waits there impatiently doubting if what you have to show them is even worth while. In that stalemate of the lame ass advertisement, you begin to question if it was even worth it to show your friend this video. It always comes down to that 20 seconds of awkward, anticipative, silence. Pure silence. Your momentum is lost, and your friend is not inclined to like what you are showing them primarily because of the long process. Technology in this world creates a very impatient society. End Vevo advertising.

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