Addicted To Vinyl Musical thoughts from the open road, with headphones on

27Apr/090

No Words Necessary

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Interesting food for thought via @thewordpainter and Bob Lefsetz.

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17Apr/090

Record Store Day roundtable: Discussing the resurgence of metal vinyl with key record labels

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Record Store Day

Saw this very cool post from my buddy Mark Morton and had to share it here for everyone's enjoyment. In the post, Mark and a panel of heavy hitters from the industry take a look at the renewed popularity of vinyl, specifically the metal genre, and the overall impact that it is making in the world of metal.

Kudos to Pat Egan for making mention of the exorbitant prices that some labels are charging for new vinyl. I totally agree, and appreciate all of the labels that ARE doing the right thing by embracing and supporting the format, without socking it to the consumer in the final price.

I'd also like for all pressings to come with a CD or MP3 download. Oh, to dream!

Here's an excerpt:

To commemorate this year’s Record Store Day, I have coordinated a round-table discussion with several record label executives and got their opinions on the resurgence and collectability of heavy metal vinyl. Participating in this discussion are Paula Hogan (General Manager, CANDLELIGHT RECORDS USA), Austin Stephens (Director of Sales, ROADRUNNER RECORDS), Pat Egan (Director of Sales, RELAPSE RECORDS), Tracy Vera (Senior VP, METAL BLADE RECORDS), and Simon Füllemann (General Manager, METAL BLADE RECORDS GmbH).

HEAVY METAL EXAMINER: What do you think of the resurgence in the interest in metal vinyl?

PAULA HOGAN (PH): Vinyl and metal I feel is a “taste” fans never lose interest in. Metal is, for the most part, always a genre that is a consistent seller regardless of fashion or trends. Sure it has its peaks and lulls, but it is always there. With vinyl, the packaging, oftentimes special artwork is something that feels so much more personal and unique in your hands versus a CD and the unphysical nature of the mp3. I think the resurgence in vinyl popularity is a combination of elements. First, as noted, is the uniqueness and the natural excitability factor of having a special/limited edition piece of your favorite band, but second, the continued argument of labels and artists about the accessibility CDs give to illegal downloading, which for vinyl is far more limited.

AUSTIN STEPHENS (AS): Vinyl in general has made a huge comeback, relatively, compared to other physical formats. As far as metal as a genre for the format, I think there is something to be said for the level of musicianship that compliments the genre, and though vinyl is still a product line that appeals to a much defined niche consumer, its growth is undeniable.

PAT EGAN (PE): The renewed interest in vinyl may be a passing trend, but in the metal world it has never gone away. At Relapse we never stopped pressing vinyl (unlike most of our peers). We knew all along that the metal fans loved the packaging that you can't get from a digital download or even a CD. There's something to be said about pouring over the liner notes inside a record, or how awesome that new Baroness cover that John Baizley did. The major labels are already starting to screw up the vinyl format again, by over charging fans for a standard record. I mean $29.99 for the new Paul McCartney Fireman LP? Way to f*** the people who are actually willing to PAY for music. Sure there are 2 LP's in it and it may be 180 gram, but that is just pure major label greed.

TRACY VERA (TV):It excites me and I love it.

SIMON FULLERMAN (SF):It is cool again to collect vinyl and, since you can buy record players with USB connection everywhere, this is an easy tool to put vinyl on your portable players.

Check out the entire discussion here, and visit Mark's great website!

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Related: The new Chimaira album The Infection hits stores on Tuesday, and will be available on picture disc vinyl (pictured above!) - Grab your vinyl copy right here! The album is also available in multiple formats here, and autographed copies can be obtained via Newbury Comics.

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6Apr/095

The 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies – Reflections from Cleveland

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Wow, what a weekend.

Guitar extravaganza closes out the Rock Hall inductions with, from left, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Ron Wood, Joe Perry, Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield.

photo by Joshua Gunter / The Plain Dealer

I seriously had every intention of merely "swiping" and linking to Brian's overview of the event. And then, Friday night happened. My planned post for today was going to be all about Friday night's events, accessorized with a couple of personal thoughts about the induction ceremonies, with a link to Brian's stuff. After seeing the induction ceremonies, I realized that I really needed to break it down and give Friday its own special area, and put my induction related thoughts here.

D.X. Ferris from Scene Magazine got in touch with me and asked the following questions to wrap up our two week long Metallica "debate":

So Metallica is now officially in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Before we shut up about the band and their monumental recognition:

What does Metallica's induction mean? To you? For metal?

My reply:

When Chris and I were talking after the ceremonies, he made a good observation that until he saw the induction, he wasn't aware of how much the honor really meant to the Metallica guys. I've always had a huge amount of respect for how they've handled themselves as a band, particularly the way they've stuck with their management company Q Prime in the good times, the not so good times, and during times when other high profile clients (ex. Def Leppard) were bailing during the past few years for different management. Hey Def Leppard guys, how did that work out for you? They took a credibility hit with the Napster era, but recovered from it well.

I saw everything that I needed to see during Friday night's party at the House of Blues. It was really incredible to see that Metallica remembered completely where they came from, as demonstrated by the 150+ friends, current, and former associates that they flew in for the weekend celebration. They're still music fans - witness James Hetfield locked in conversation with Joe Perry from Aerosmith. They remember their friends, including one "friend" in particular - former RIP Magazine editor Lonn Friend, who famously chronicled the birth of the Metallica album via a series of articles in the pages of RIP.

Lars Ulrich talked to many throughout the night with giant bear hugs for quite a few of them, but spent most of the night talking to a circle of 3-4 friends in particular, who floated in and out of the conversations all night long. It was that same group of friends that was still there with Ulrich at the end of the night, still swapping stories and laughs about the old days.

The Metallica members are just people at the end of the day, and it was visually evident how grateful they are to have accomplished what they have accomplished as a band and unit, and they have gratitude for remaining relevant as a band during the same year that they are being inducted to the Hall of Fame.

What does Metallica's induction mean for Metal? That's hard to say. Hetfield obviously reeled off a list of bands that aren't in the Hall yet, and should be - Rush, KISS, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, etc. I think that those are all bands that might/should find their place in the Rock Hall eventually. C'mon, you GOTTA put Maiden in there! I think it is potentially a harder road for a band like Slayer, but if Slayer can win Grammy Awards, I guess that really, anything is possible.

I found myself wondering if it was any coincidence that they sold tickets for the induction ceremonies for the first time, on the year that Metallica was being inducted. For anyone that was in the building, it was evident how many of those 5000 seats were occupied by Metallica fans. I'll end with a plea - Public Hall really looked nice after 500k's worth of renovations for the induction ceremonies. It would be a great thing to see concerts return to both Public Hall and Music Hall in the coming months and years. So many legendary artists and concerts have passed through those two halls, and it is criminal that these beautiful facilities are so underused.

When induction tickets were going on sale, Brian reached out to me and asked me if I could pick him up a ticket, since he knew I would be going out to purchase tickets. Thing is, I wasn't planning to go. It wasn't a good time financially to shell out 75 bucks for a ticket, and I had other concerts on my radar that were higher on my list. When Brian called me, I thought about it for a second, and I caved. I didn't want to be one of the music fan schmucks living in Cleveland, not in attendance, fielding phone calls and emails asking "So, you're going...right?"

On the Saturday morning that tickets went on sale to the public in limited quantities at the Rock Hall, the Cleveland weather was crummy, and cold. I knew that I would have to get there early to even have a shot at getting a pair, because I knew they would go quickly, and there was no chance that I was going to score tickets via the main public onsale planned for the following Monday at Ticketmaster. Thanks to the weather, I think that a lot of people decided to stay home, and even better, the Rock Hall let us wait inside prior to the onsale time at 10am.

Friday night, and the beginning of the induction weekend - all of those details are summarized here. I got home about 4am and went to bed about 5am after the adrenaline of the evening wore off. I now have no voice, but my voice has a way of coming back after a night of sleep. Not this time.

Saturday evening, I head to Great Lakes Brewery with no voice (still!) and Brian - we're meeting up with the mysterious Bear from Clevelandrockandroll.com, and I get to converse with Bear in what is sure to be a crowded Great Lakes atmosphere. I quickly explain bullet point details to Bear about my voice, and why it is how it is (importantly noting that this is not how I always sound!,) and we settle in for a nice evening of food and fellowship.

Heading over to Public Hall for the induction ceremonies, I run into Ferris, who high-fives me for my Friday night activities before heading off to the press room. We make our way eventually through crowded hallways to find our seats, which are better than I expected.

Now, the evening of events - here are a few of my highlights from the night:

Little Anthony & The Imperials - AMAZING. Anthony really defined every definition of what a "performer" is.

Cleveland native Bobby Womack. Wow. I was familiar with the name prior to that evening, and after that evening, I realized how much of Bobby Womack's music I was really familiar with, even though I didn't own it. Famously, "It's All Over Now" is a track that he wrote and gave away to the Stones. It's interesting to hear the differences between Womack's version, and the Rolling Stones version. Womack built the foundation, and in my opinion, the Stones made it memorable and tore the house down. After the ceremonies, I needed to acquire some Womack tunage pronto, and tracked down this nice double CD MP3 download for 13 bucks. Sold.

Run DMC: I grew up during a time when you heard Run DMC and Madonna on the radio right next to Autograph, Aerosmith, Glenn Frey, and the Rolling Stones. For me, it makes total sense for both Madonna and Run DMC to be in the Rock Hall. Eminem made a great notation during his induction speech, "for those of us that grew up listening to hip-hop, they were our Beatles." That's not the first time I've heard that statement, and I don't know that I would go that far personally, but I definitely do like me some Run DMC. Their greatest hits disc has been in my CD collection since the day of release, and being at the induction ceremonies, I realized that I need to add "Down With The King" to my Ipod.

I wish that they would have played (which is what everyone is saying,) and I'm a bit surprised that they didn't, since Rev. Run was out playing tunes from the catalog with Kid Rock last year. And DMC wanted to play. So if it was Rev. Run holding things back, where/when did things change in his mind?

Jeff Beck. Blew my mind at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival in 2007. Tal Wilkenfield, Beck's young prodigy female bass player, also blew my mind at that same show. I couldn't wait for Brian to see Jeff and Tal. Unfortunately, I don't think the camera work for the video screens in house, really allowed one to fully appreciate Tal's onstage energy. If you were there, grab your self a copy of the Crossroads 2007 DVD, and be amazed. Beck also has a new live DVD and CD, Performing This Week: Live at Ronnie Scott's, that is a good educational piece.

By the way, credit and props to Beck for a very sly middle finger salute during his speech, dedicated to "those that haven't helped me over the years."

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like Beck's speech from this weekend has been uploaded yet. Instead, I'll share with you his colorfully brief speech from 1993, when he was inducted as a member of the Yardbirds.

Billboard Magazine has an interview with Beck, and also additional reflections from Jimmy Page and Joe Perry.

Metallica - see my comments above for Scene Magazine. Performance was great - great to see Newsted back out there with the Metallica boys. The finale performance of "Train Kept A Rollin'" was amazing - Jeff Beck, Ron Wood, Joe Perry, Jimmy Page, Hammett, and Hetfield - SIX guitar players on stage, which led Hetfield to proclaim the night as a "rhythm guitar player's dream!" Also on stage, Jason Newsted, and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who gave a great induction speech (I was originally critical of him being the choice to induct the band, prior to the ceremony) and dropped what I think was the first F-Bomb of the night.

Great night and good fun - I'm really glad that Brian reached out about going, and I'll echo his wishes to go again when the ceremonies are back in Cleveland.

My friend Pat is a big advocate for buying all-local, and supporting local industry, artists, etc. This weekend was SUCH a win for Cleveland as a city. The NYC board of directors for The Rock Hall finally "bought local" and bought in to Cleveland, bringing financial benefit and plenty of much-needed good vibes to the city. And you know what, I think that everybody that came to our little city, had a lot of fun.

Cheers to that!

More stuff:

Bear from Clevelandrockandroll.com will growl out his Rock Hall induction thoughts at some point today in his Monday Rant.

Brian at Broken Headphones has his wrap-up here.

Plain Dealer pop music critic John Soeder has a ton of stuff here.

Cleveland Scene was there live-blogging the event.

Eric Olson from Blogcritics was live-blogging as well.

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6Apr/092

A magnificently Metallic night at the House of Blues

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"Why is everyone leaving me?" "Flemming, why are you doing this to me?"

The short middle-aged guy is leaning up against the bar, joking with Flemming at the end of what might be just another night at the House of Blues here in Cleveland. Except that tonight, we're talking about legendary Metallica producer Flemming Rasmussen, the current subject of torment from Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, who is still hanging out at nearly 3 a.m. at HOB's bar.

On the eve of Metallica's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the band gather at HOB for a super-hush hush party hosted by their longtime management Q Prime, with only friends, Q Prime employees and select label execs on the invite list. Earlier in the week, rumors began to circulate that Metallica would play a secret show before/after the induction ceremonies. By the end of the week, rumors of the event had been downgraded to "private party" status and HOB employees did their best to appear completely unaware of the event, with one employee emailing me back the reply "I honestly haven't heard anything about that!" in response to my inquiry trying to confirm the event. Another associate spoke with Metallica brass and got the message "If Metallica doesn't know you, you're not getting in."

I was there with a label friend of mine that had a high placed connection with Megaforce Records founder Jonny Zazula, and a promise to get in the door on that evening. The only problem is that we've got a bad connection with Jonny's wife Marsha, who keeps answering Jonny's cell phone, unable to hear the caller on the other end.

After a few more phone calls, we decide that it's time to find another way into House of Blues. We encounter a quick roadblock with the HOB employees working the door/guest list, "Who are you" is the question that comes from the HOB employee. "Jonny Zazula" replies my friend. "Who is he?" is the question directed toward me. "Don't I get a plus one?" "No ... um ... well OK, go on inside."

And like that, we're inside. My friend immediately hunts down Jonny Zazula, hugs are exchanged, and Jonny laughs when he hears that we used his name to get in the door. Tonight's party is the best party you've never been to — free food, free booze and an audience with a dizzying list of future Rock Hall inductees, presenters, and tons of celeb friends.

No pictures is the rule, with the understanding that if you are caught taking pictures with your cell phone camera or otherwise, you'll be shown the door immediately. This allows for an atmosphere that finds all four Metallica members — singer James Hetfield, drummer Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bass player Robert Trujillo — to hang at ease with friends and family with minimal interruptions. It is without a doubt, one big giant Metallica family reunion, as the members of Metallica reminisce and swap stories with their longtime former and current business associates, musical comrades, and family.

There are staff photographers on hand, hired to capture the evening's events on film. Legendary guitarist Jimmy Page is holding court, talking with Anthrax members Scott Ian and Charlie Benante. Hetfield is deep in conversation with Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, who is walking with the aid of a lavish wooden cane, the result of recent hip surgery. Others in attendance: legendary Metallica producer Bob Rock (no hard feelings about the trash can drums, I guess,) rock photographer Ross Halfin, former RIP Magazine editor Lonn Friend, syndicated radio personality Eddie Trunk, Metal Blade Records founder Brian Slagel, longtime Rolling Stone scribe David Fricke and a couple of former Metallica bass players.

That's right, Jason Newsted AND original Metallica bass player Ron McGovney are both in attendance for the evening. With Rock and Trujillo there, we've got all four bass players from Metallica in the same room. It's good to see Newsted there, and Father Time has been good to him — he doesn't appear to have aged a day since his 2001 departure from the band. For anyone that was wondering the current state of relations between Newsted and Metallica, it's apparent that things are currently all good, at least for this weekend.

Celebration is the focus for not only the pending Rock Hall induction, but also the incredible legacy of Metallica. And that's why tonight feels so good, because nearly all of the principal players that helped Metallica carve out that legacy, are at House of Blues. It appears that no one was left off the guest list, and nearly all have come to Cleveland to celebrate — current and former Q Prime staffers, the previously mentioned musical friends, and some important living breathing footnotes in Metalli-history, including "Metal" Joe Chimienti and "Rockin'" Ray Dill. As members of the "Metal Militia," Dill and Chimienti gave crucial early support to the band and also gave the band a place to stay in their early days. Chimienti's house was also the birthplace for many of the writing sessions for a little album called Ride The Lightning.

During an impromptu roast late in the evening, Dill stood in front of a giant ice sculpture in the Metalli-appropriate shape of a "middle finger salute" (there was also an ice sculpture of "devil horns,") and recalled selling his New Jersey home to a group of young adults. When he told them that James Hetfield had gotten sick in the bathroom, the kids paid attention, remodeling the entire house, except for the hallowed bathroom, which would remain untouched.

McGovney spoke, recalling that the band would refer to themselves as the "young metal attack," a phrase that was used on some of the band's earliest T-shirts and merchandise — "Young because that's what we were, Metal, because that's what it was, and Attack, because that's what we did to each other." There were no speeches from the members of Metallica — there would be plenty of time for that during Saturday's ceremonies — tonight was all about having fun.

For Metallica, it was an evening that also showed they hadn't forgotten where they came from, or the people who got them there. And how many times do you get the chance to bump elbows with Joe Perry and Jimmy Page in the same room? It was a night to remember for all in attendance, and from this guy here, I'll rate it at two metal horns, way up. Best. Night. Ever.

Originally written for Scene Magazine - 4/4/09

From METALLICA.COM:

We got our invitations to the family reunion a while ago now, and leading up to last night's festivities and tonight's induction ceremony, there was a lot of excitement and the odd ripple of trepidation.

Managers, tour managers, record labels, A&R men, promoters, old OLD skool metalheads from the underground fanzines and media, close friends and family, the relationships between everyone stretched well over two decades in most cases, and it was most certainly emotional. A tremendous thing. Old faces suddenly became new ones again, long lost friends found each other making contact again and vowing to stay in touch, some people had teenage children since the last time they saw their fellow Metallifamily members, and others had just lived through different lives and arrived at a new one. There'd certainly been no need for it. The unifying factor amongst the roughly 150 people who congregated at the House Of Blues on Friday night? Metallica. And who else would actually have the magnitude to bring so many members of their family together like this? No-one. It's what this band has always been about, doing the right thing as THEY know it and not as someone tells them it should be.

Metallica.
A unifying force.
An expression.
A family.
A lifestyle.
For us all.

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5Apr/091

Eddie Trunk with Night Ranger

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This weekend, I got to spend some time talking with syndicated radio personality Eddie Trunk (Sirius/XM, That Metal Show, Q104.3/ NYC, etc.) and it was good to hear the latest down low regarding his radio activities and otherwise. Today, while recovering from the induction ceremonies last night, I came across an interview that Eddie did in June of 2008 for XM, with Night Ranger. I thought that my fellow Night Ranger lovers would dig this chat, which covers the latest album Hole In The Sun, the departure of Night Ranger guitarist Jeff Watson, and quite a few other subjects. All wrapped into a half hour chat with Night Ranger...enjoy!

The interview is in four parts, and all four parts should play using the video player/playlist below.

P.S. - If you haven't seen Night Ranger lately, they are STILL one of the greatest live bands out there. I'm hoping to see them in June in my old stomping grounds of Joliet, IL.

Also, for Damn Yankees fans, the audio portion of the Uprising live DVD, recorded live in Denver, CO in 1992, has been released on CD as part of the Sony Extended Versions series. The CD includes the whole set, all 11 tunes. Grab it here!

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17Mar/096

Moby still believes in the album

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Moby

I loved reading this email from Moby tonight, sent to Bob Lefsetz. I'm that certain kind of music fan who still avoids contact with the singles so that I can hear the album for the first time as a whole album....even if it is U2 or Springsteen. And I'm also someone that often loves the albums that didn't sell that many copies, the albums that not nearly enough people heard.

Here's a little not-so-secret-secret for you all....those albums, are often the best ones. The ones that got away. And if you don't have a list of those albums, you really need to start expanding your musical collection. Just don't expand it as much as I have....all of this stuff takes up a lot of room!

It's inspiring to read stuff like this from Moby that are doing what they do, for the right reasons. He completely nailed it.

By the way, I love that there are still people like Moby trying to make music that sounds cool in the headphones! Total bliss.

Read on....

yup, it's me from danbury/darien/stratford/storrs/stamford connecticut (my mom and i got around a bit).
the new record is melodic and fairly mournful.
lots of strings and very open and spacious.
see, i had a quasi-epiphany last year when i heard david lynch talking about creativity (and forgive me if this sounds new age or hokey).
he talked about how creativity in and of itself is great, and i realized that he was right.
and i realized that, ideally, the market should accomodate art, but that art shouldn't accomodate the market.
i know, it sounds idealistic.
i had been trying to make myself happy and make radio happy and make the label happy and make press happy and etc.
and it made me miserable.
and i also don't really aspire to selling too many records.
see, my friends who are writers sell 20,000 books and they're happy.
my friends who are theater directors sell 5,000 tickets during a run and they're happy.
i like the idea of humble and reasonable metrics for determining the success of a record.
and i like the idea of respecting the sacred bond that exists between musician and listener.
again, i know this sounds hokey, but it's where i am at present.
i also really like records. i know that 90% of the people who listen to my music download individual tracks, which is fine, but i want to make cohesive albums in the hope that someone might listen to them from start to finish.
for even one person to make the effort to listen to music that i've made is pretty remarkable, and i need to be humble and respectful in the face of that.
some people can be larger than life rockstars, and i love them, but i'm just a bald jerk who makes music in his bedroom and hopes that someone might listen to it.
oh, i also mixed/produced the album (it's called 'wait for me') in a very old-timey way, with extreme stereo panning and analog reverbs, etc.
it sounds AMAZING in headphones, if i do say so myself.

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4Mar/097

The Eagles get censored in Birmingham – My reaction? $%#!

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Saw this posted on the radio industry website All Access and had to share it - the article includes a quote from former Eagles guitarist Don Felder...

The Eagles

Via Huffington Post (original source)

If you’re one of the 16 million people who bought THE EAGLES’ album "Hotel California," you’ve heard the song, "Life In the Fast Lane." And probably you like it: 33 years after its release, it remains a standard on hundreds of radio stations. Unlike the vast majority of radio stations, writes THE BIRMINGHAM WEEKLY, COX Classic Hits WBPT (EAGLE 106.9) censors the song.

You probably know the line:

"We’ve been up and down this highway/ haven’t seen a goddamn thing."

EAGLE 106.9 PD MIKE SCHOENHERR, a.k.a. HURRICANE SHANE, replaced "God" with a snippet of lyric-less music from elsewhere in the song. This was neither per any FCC policy or a mandate from EAGLE 106.9’s owner, COX RADIO.

"It’s everybody’s policy," says EAGLE 106.9 VP/GM RAY NELSON, explaining his decision. "People find it offensive."

"This is the first time this issue has come to my attention," says THE EAGLES' DON FELDER. A native of the South, he agrees with NELSON in one respect, "There are people who have extreme religious beliefs that would find it offensive. I can understand why they wouldn’t like to hear it."

FELDER believes the song should be broadcast as THE EAGLES recorded it, though. His long list of reasons includes his determination that classic rock fans prefer it that way. Legally, THE EAGLES have no recourse.

The heart of the issue is to what extent classic rock fans in fact find the original version offensive. "I’d be happy to conduct an online poll to gauge listener opinion, because after all the station is theirs, not mine," says HURRICANE SHANE. "I just mix the music and try to amuse and entertain the listeners occasionally."

The above article reminds me of a program director that I worked for (pre-Janet Jackson/Super Bowl incident) that insisted on album versions of all of the songs that we played, especially the classics. The exception was any new songs (Disturbed, for example) that had blatant F-bombs or other swear words that were overly offensive. As long as it wasn't blatant, it was good to go.......and as far as the classics, we went out of our way to make sure that we were playing the "right" version.

For example: Steve Miller Band "Jet Airliner" - You're probably familiar with the original album version lyrics "funky shit going down in the city," which is replaced on the Greatest Hits 1974-78 package with "funky kicks going down in the city." The album version is so embedded in my brain that I didn't even notice that we were playing an edit until someone pointed out to me that "we need to replace that edit of Jet Airliner."


Edited Version:

Album Version:

I can understand censoring certain songs for the radio, but reading something like the above story about "Life In The Fast Lane" drives me crazy. Sure, the rules of radio have changed a lot in the past few years, but stuff like this is going overboard, in my opinion.

And on a side note, I love that the station is called "The Eagle." Extra props to Hurricane Shane for working the "this is your radio station" crap into his quote.

What do you think about censoring classic songs that have been aired on radio for decades without censorship? Right move, or wrong move?

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23Feb/092

NIN interview hot off the presses

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Nine Inch Nails - Australia '09 - image courtesy of nin.com

Nine Inch Nails are currently on tour in Australia, and NIN mainman Trent Reznor gave a rare in-person interview yesterday (2/22) to Triple J Radio. Reznor discusses the upcoming planned hiatus for NIN, the tour with Jane's Addiction, and a wealth of other subjects. The interview runs 16 minutes and includes some cool memories of Reznor's first Jane's Addiction concert here in Cleveland.

Listen now (audio courtesy of ninblogs.wordpress.com)

PS - I can't confirm, but I do believe that my good friend Burgo helped hold the microphone for this interview. I kid, I kid.

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7Jan/095

Trent Reznor got mad, and now he’s getting even

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Thanks to Burgo for the Twitter heads up on this:

UPDATED 1/12/08 (see below):

Remember the plans that Trent Reznor had for a 3-D concert film documenting the recent Nine Inch Nails Lights in the Sky tour? As you'll recall, the project fell through, allegedly due to Reznor's former label Interscope declining to fund the project at the last minute.

Barely a month later, it seems like Reznor has come up with Plan B, and the plan is one that fans will be happy with, for sure!

The internet is full of surprises these days.
I was contacted by a mysterious, shadowy group of subversives who SOMEHOW managed to film a substantial amount (over 400 GB!) of raw, unedited HD footage from three separate complete shows of our Lights in the Sky tour. Security must have been lacking at these shows because the quality of the footage is excellent.

If any of you could find a LINK to that footage I'll bet some enterprising fans could assemble something pretty cool.

Oh yeah, you didn't hear this from me.

complete posting with download link

To say that I am excited, would be an understatement! The 2008 tour was without question, one of my concert highlights of the year, and once again raised the bar visually far above all of the previous NIN shows I had seen in the past.

With rabidly talented fans of movies and music releasing new fan edits everyday (just check out some of the Star Wars fan edit stuff to see what I mean,) I look forward to viewing the forthcoming fruit of the efforts of many.

UPDATED 1/12/08:

Here's a page with links of various audio and video goodies that are being posted from the above source material. Links are updated as new ones appear!

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NIN - 1,000,000 Live at Rehearsals, July 2008

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2Dec/089

Documentary, Documentary – Cheech and Chong + Radio Daze on PBS

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I had the day off on Monday - something that I really didn't brag about in advance, because I value my safety....can't have any of my fellow friends or co-workers after me to kick my ass, ya know? But yes, it was the glorious 5 day weekend that is coming to a very sad conclusion as we speak.

Look at me, I'm sad. :-(

The best part of Monday was that I didn't leave my house. Not once. Sweat pants the entire day/night. I spent most of the day away from my computer and the internet, with the exception of the early morning time that led to my discovery of male Madonna magnificence as previously shared here.

I'd like to take a brief detour at this point to express how nice it would be if Madonna would stop making music. I wish she would have left my memories at "Music" and "Beautiful Stranger." Instead, I have some unpleasant Madonna musical memories that came after that I wish I could forget. That thought came to me after I shared the Madonna post earlier, and I just wanted to get that out.

Done.

The bulk of the afternoon found me on the couch watching DVR'd television and DVDs. Kevin Smith has a new "evening with" DVD out, which is awesome except for the fact that I never got around to finishing the last Q&A DVD, and a day off seemed like the perfect chance to take care of that.

What I got from watching An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder, specifically the London portion, is that I love girls...er, women with English accents.

This is not a new development - I'll point you to the sadly short-lived HBO series The Mind of The Married Man, a weekly dose of genius from creator/star Mike Binder that I loved for the subject matter, and his on-screen British wife, played by Sonya Walger. I just realized that Sonya was also in Tell Me You Love Me - another fave with an even shorter run on HBO....so THAT'S why she looked familiar...ha.

What can I say, I'm not so good with faces....or names either. *sigh*

The new Kevin Smith DVD is called Sold Out: A Threevening with Kevin Smith, and features over 5 hours of new Q&A material for Smith fiends, and it is in stores as we speak.

Cheech & Chong:

Were any of you as underwhelmed with Sunday night's roast of Cheech & Chong on TBS as I was?

Geraldo Rivera, Greg Giraldo, and Tom Arnold were funny, but overall I found myself wishing that I could get the hour back that I spent watching it. I was amazed that with all of the people that Cheech & Chong have worked with over the years, nearly none of them were present for the roast. Where was Lou Adler?

For an example of a good roast - look at the Comedy Central roast of Chevy Chase a few years back - all (or most) of the famous friends/peers of Chase were there. Chase was roasted by the people that were actually there with, and a part of his career - what a concept!

a/k/a Tommy Chong official trailer

On a better note, I can highly recommend a/k/a Tommy Chong to those of you that have Showtime. The documentary puts heavy focus on the legal controversy which led to Chong eventually spending nine months in prison in 2003/2004, but also is an excellent overview of Chong's colorful career. Richard "Cheech" Marin, producer Lou Adler, Peter Coyote, Bill Maher, and others show up to share their thoughts on Chong's legal issues/imprisonment, and also their memories of working with Chong. Combined with a ton of unseen archival footage, producer/director Josh Gilbert scores high with a/k/a Chong.

According to a story in the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, Gilbert also allegedly ruffled some feathers that led to the seizure of nearly 10,000 copies of the documentary.

The paper later ran a retraction on the item:

An attorney for Spectrum Labs, the company searched on May 7 by federal agents, said that 8,000 to 10,000 copies of a Tommy Chong documentary were not seized in the raid. This story as originally published May 11, 2008 was incorrect.

The documentary is currently airing on Showtime, and also available for purchase here.

I'll be going to see Cheech & Chong here in Cleveland in January with my dad - looking forward to it!!


The Rugburns - Me and Eddie Vedder

(extra points to any of you that can make the connection between Cheech & Chong and the song above)

Radio Daze on PBS:

For those of you that read Radio Daze, the book that longtime media personality Mike Olszewski wrote about the history of Cleveland radio, I've got some interesting news for you:

The video adaptation of Radio Daze will debut on television tonight (December 2nd) airing at 9:30pm EST on Western Reserve PBS, with encore showings on Friday, December 5th at 9:30pm, and Sunday, December 7th at 1:30pm.

I got a chance to see an advance screening of it, and highly recommend it to all music/radio history buffs. The flick will also be available on DVD at some point.

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