Rockshop AcademyDishwalla

Today, I ‘ll be talking about The Rockshop Academy. Located at Mike’s Drum Shop in Santa Barbara, California, The Rockshop Academy is a year-round program that teaches  aspiring young musicians (ages 18 and under) how to rock the stage. (For more information on The Rockshop Academy, click here!) The Rockshop Academy is headed by former Dishwalla drummer, George Pendergast. George is the perfect man for the job because he knows what it’s like to be in the music industry, and what it takes to get there.

Dishwalla is an alternative rock band best known for their 1996 hit “Counting Blue Cars” on their debut album Pet Your Friends. Best known for its line “Tell me all your thoughts on God (’cause I’d really like to meet her)”, this song won Best Rock Song of 1996 and remained on the Billboard Hot 100 for 48 weeks.

(To listen to “Counting Blue Cars”, click here!)

Today, there will be a show at this venue starring many bands that have come out of The Rockshop Academy, as well as a group of Rockshop-ers who have been practicing after school this year.

(For information about this show, click here!)

What do you think about The Rockshop Academy? Your thoughts on Dishwalla? Comment Below!



This weekend, I went to my friend Adam‘s house. Adam is an interesting fellow. He loves to listen to Classic Rock just as I do and we share some common interests in music. For example, we both love The Beatles, as well as many other Classic Rock artists.

This week, Adam has been engrossed with Jack White’s new release, BlunderbussAs I wrote about in last week’s post, Blunderbuss is Jack White’s first solo album and was released on April 24 (To see Jack White blog post, click here). Because of Adam’s newfound interest, he has bought the vinyl version of this album of which I have been lucky enough to listen.

I myself have always been a Jack White fan as well. Although I have never been the fanatic that Adam has been, I love listening to The White Stripes or The Raconteurs. I dig the fact that Jack White has decided to release a new album.

Some of my favorite songs on this album include: “Sixteen Saltines”, “Love Interruption”, and Adam’s favorite “Freedom at 21”. One thing I love about this album is the fact that it flows quite smoothly. Each song blows your mind with its lyrics and guitar licks, but no song is terribly different from the other. Jack White has really outdone himself this time and I can’t wait to see what he has in store.

What do you think about Blunderbuss? Comment below!


Today I will be starting Tune-In Tuesday. Every week I will be sharing a song that is on my mind at that very moment. It might be a line that’s been stuck in my head and I can’t stop humming, a rhythm that seems to be pulsing through my veins to the beat of my heart, or maybe even a mesmerizing melody that makes me ponder life as I know it. Who knows? Either way, I hope you enjoy my simple song selection! Maybe it will even become your theme song.

To start off Tune-In Tuesday, I thought I’d share a song that’s been stuck in my head for about 2 weeks now. This song comes from a band by the name of Switchfoot and is called “Selling The News”. This song is from the group’s most recent release, Vice Verses. I found this album a few weeks ago while writing my blog post about their vinyl release for Record Store Day (to see this post, click here). I was quite pleased when I heard this song for the first time. When I find a really cool song, I tend to listen to it over and over until I find a new song that appeals to me. As of now, “Selling The News” fits the bill.

I hope you enjoy this song as much as I do!


What do you think of this song? Comment what you think!

Jack White

Just 3 days ago, Jack White released his debut album Blunderbuss. To celebrate Jack White’s first album, here are 10 cool facts I bet you didn’t know about Jack White!

1. Born July 9th, 1975, Jack White was born in Detroit, Michigan as the youngest of 10 children!

2. His birth name is John Anthony Gillis.

3. Jack White is obsessed with the number “3”.

4. Jack White was accepted into a seminary school and was going to become a priest. However, he had just gotten an amplifier and didn’t think he would be allowed to take it with him. So instead, he decided to go to a public school so that he could pursue a career in music.

5. His record company, Third Man Records, is named after the upholstery shop he owned called Third Man Upholstery.

6. Before Jack White was a guitarist, he first learned to play the drums. He picked up the guitar and piano soon after.

7. The White Stripes’ hit song “Seven Nation Army” came from the name that Jack gave The Salvation Army as a child.

8. While playing in The White Stripes, Jack White often called his drummer, Meg White, his older sister. However, in reality, they were a divorced couple.

9. Jack White can play the marimba.

10. In 2003, Jack was in a car accident in which he broke his finger.

What is you favorite Jack White song? Comment below!

Backmasking- No, it is not putting a mask on backwards. It is a recording technique in which a sound or message is recorded backward on to a track that is meant to be played forward. Backmasking has been used many times in music by bands like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. Many other bands such as The Rolling Stones, Queen, AC/DC, The Eagles, Electric Light Orchestra, Judas Priest, Jefferson Starship, Styx, and Pink Floyd have been accused of using backmasking to hide subliminal messages, though most have denied it.

The Beatles were one of the first bands to use backmasking and are well-known for their use of this technique in their 1966 album Revolver (to see Revolver blog post, click here), specifically on the tracks “Tomorrow Never Knows”, “I’m Only Sleeping” and “Rain”. The Beatles have been accused of using back masking as a way to hide clues that indicated Paul McCartney was dead. (To see more about this myth, click here!)

Other bands have been criticized for backmasking because their songs were rumored to hide “satanic messages”. One of the most famous songs in music history, “Stairway To Heaven”, by Led Zeppelin,  supposedly contains the words “Here’s to my Sweet Satan”. Although this may seem strange, the band fully denies all claims of satanic messaging. Many skeptics say that it is easy to find words in songs that are played in reverse if you know what to look for; however, planning phonetic reversal is almost impossible.

What do you think about subliminal messages in songs? Are they really there or are they all a sham? Comment below!

(P.S. Have you figured out the title yet? If not, here’s a clue: read it in reverse.)

Today, I will be sharing a splendor of 7 songs dedicated to the wondrous world of records.

1. Roll Over Beethoven by Chuck Berry

2. Old Records Never Die by Ian Hunter

3. Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae

4. Vinyl Records by Todd Snider

5. Spin the Black Circle by Pearl Jam

6. You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) by Dead or Alive

7. 33, 45, 78 (Record Time) by Kathy Mattea

Can you think of any other songs about vinyl records? Comment below!


So as you might have heard, last Saturday was Record Store Day! I was pumped to go to my local record stores and see what cool new albums were released. Unfortunately, I had a track meet that day and I was unable to get to any record store before the day was done. Luckily, my Dad was able to make it and he got some pretty cool albums. He told me that he almost got the Grateful Dead album he wanted, but somebody else bought it just before he did.

Later that night, he went to see Phil Cody play at The Lobero Theatre.  He told me that not only was Phil Cody great, but so was the opening act. So good, in fact, that he bought their record! This record, named Prologue, is by a group called The Milk Carton Kids and is the album that I listened to today.

As I listened to the record alongside my Dad, I noticed that there was something familiar about the sounds of the singers’ voices. They sounded almost exactly like Simon & Garfunkel! My Dad said he noticed the very same thing that night. The voices of these two fellows are so similar to Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel that my Mom thought that we were listening to one of Simon & Garfunkel’s records. It was cool to hear a new record with my Dad since most of the records I listen to have already been heard by him.

Released just last year, Prologue is The Milk Carton Kids’ first studio album. Although they released their first album, Retrospect, last year, Prologue is the group’s first album to be released on vinyl. The Milk Carton Kids themselves consist of singers and guitarists Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan. This group is noted for releasing their albums online for free.

To download Prologue and Retrospect for free, click here!

What do you think of The Milk Carton Kids? Tell me what you think and comment below!