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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

So as I mentioned Tuesday, The Red Hot Chili Peppers were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 14, 2012. Along with RHCP, other bands such as The Beastie Boys, and Guns N’ Roses were inducted as well.

To celebrate this achievement, The Red Hot Chili Peppers have recently released an album consisting of six covers by other Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members. This album is called Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Covers EP and includes songs by The Ramones, David Bowie, and Neil Young.

I was stoked when I found out that RHCP was covering a song by Neil Young! This song, “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere”, was released in 1969 and was Young’s second studio album. (Fun Fact: “Cinnamon Girl”, “Down by the River”, and “Cowgirl in the Sand” were all written for this album while Young had 103° F fever). Neil Young has been inducted into The Rock and Roll hall of Fame twice; once in ’95 for his solo career, and again in ’97 for Buffalo Springfield.

Almost all of the most famous bands and solo artists in history have been inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Some musicians have even been inducted more than once! Neil Young has been inducted twice; once in ’95 for his solo career, and again in ’97 for Buffalo Springfield. Other artists to have been inducted more than once include: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Michael Jackson, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Paul Simon. Eric Clapton is the only person who has been inducted three times.

What do you think about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Who are some of your favorite artists who have been inducted? Is there anyone who you think should be inducted? Comment below!

Prologue

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!

Grateful Dead

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Record Store Day is almost here! Less than 24 hours until records around the world will be released to the public. Some will make their premiere on this amazing occasion, while others will only be available that day. One of these records is Dark Star: Europe ’72 Olympia Theatre – Paris, France 5/4/72 by The Grateful Dead.

The Grateful Dead have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My parents are Dead Heads, so songs like “Box of Rain” and “Sugar Magnolia” often echoed around the house. When my Dad found out that his favorite band would be releasing a new record, he was ecstatic to add another Dead record to his collection since he has every other one on vinyl already.

This album consists of the song “Dark Star” from the band’s tour in ’72. This is longest and previously unreleased version of this song in Dead history. With over 40 minutes total, this album features 20 minutes of the song on the first side, followed by a mid-song drum solo and the song’s epic finale on the second side. This album will only have 4,200 copies worldwide (Get it?), so all you Dead Heads better “beat it on down the line”. I know that my Dad and I will be searching for this album. Best of luck to you!

What are some of your favorite records by The Grateful Dead? Any Dead Heads out there? Comment below!

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Today, I decided to change things up from the usual record review that I usually do. Unlike my normal album analysis, I decided to tell you about my top ten favorite classic rock artists of all time.

1. The Beatles: As I have mentioned before, I am a big Beatles fanatic. I love their distinct sound and how you can recognize a Beatles song within the first few seconds of the song. “All you need is love”

2. Grateful Dead: My parents were pretty big Dead Heads when they were younger so my Dad has lots of records by the Grateful Dead. One thing I like about their music is how they would have a different set list for each show. I also love the way that they have super long jam sessions during their songs. You can really tell they loved what they did.”Come hear Uncle John’s Band by the riverside”

3. CSNY: One of the best super-groups of all time, CSNY is made up of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young. Their trademark has to be their amazing vocal harmonies in songs such as “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”. With some of my favorite artists in one musical group, this band is awesome! “I am yours, you are mine; You are what you are”

4. Led Zeppelin: Most famous for their hit “Stairway to Heaven” but also for their amazing guitar licks and stage presence. I find it amazing that they were able to write one of the best songs of all time, as well as many other hits such as “Black Dog” and “Whole Lotta Love” “There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold; And she’s buying a stairway to heaven”

5. The Rolling Stones: As part of the British Invasion, The Rolling Stones had a string of eight consecutive studio albums reaching number one in the United States. Frontman Mick Jagger’s distinctive voice and performance and Keith Richards’ guitar style became The Rolling Stone’s trademark throughout their career. “I know it’s only rock and roll but I like it”

6. Pink Floyd: As one of the most commercially successful and influential rock music groups of all time, Pink Floyd is known for their Psychedelic Rock music and philosophical lyrics. We’re just two lost soulsSwimming in a fish bowl”

7. Aerosmith: Sometimes referred to as  “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band”, Aerosmith’s style was rooted in blues-based hard rock and has  inspired many subsequent rock artists. I am particularly fond of one of their most famous songs “Dream On”, was their best charting single of the 1970s. “Dream on, dream on, dream on; dream until your dreams come true”

8. Santana: Founded by Mexican Rock guitarist Carlos Santana, this band helped to pioneer rock, salsa and jazz fusion. I really like how Santana includes Latin American instruments such as congas which are not usually heard in rock songs. I especially like their songs “Oye Como Va” and “Smooth”. “You got the kind of lovin’ that can be so smooth; Gimme your heart, make it real, or else forget about it”

9. Eagles: The Eagles were one of the most successful musical acts of the 1970s and had one of the best selling albums of all time with their album “Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975)” which sold over 40 million copies. I love their hits “Hotel California” and “Take it Easy”. “Welcome to the Hotel California”

10. Nirvana: Nirvana found unexpected success from their hit “Smells Like Teen Spirit” off of their first album “Nevermind”. This album widely popularized their band, as well as alternative rock as a whole. “I feel stupid and contagious; Here we are now, entertain us”

What are your favorite bands? How do they compare to mine? Comment below and share your story.