Posts Tagged ‘Paul Simon’

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!

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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!

Simon & Garfunkel

Today, I decided to listen to the record “Sounds Of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel. My Dad told me I had made a good pick. I picked this album because I have a cool connection with this group. Paul Simon and I share the same birthday! I was excited to hear the famous folk rock music I had heard so much about.

As the record began to spin on the turntable, I immediately recognized the soft, soothing sound of the acoustic guitar. I also heard the sweet harmonies of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. I had known that they were famous for their harmonies, but I hadn’t realize how well their voices blended together. I was particularly fond of the songs “The Sound Of Silence” and “We’ve Got a Groovy Thing Goin'”. “We’ve Got a Groovy Thing Goin'” was one of the only songs I heard that were not solely acoustic guitar and harmonies. It was a catchy number and was the second to last track on the album, next to “I Am A Rock”, which also included more than just the vocals and guitar. It was a nice contrast from the natural sound of the guitar and put me in a good mood for the end of the album.

Released on January 17, 1966, this was the second album by Simon & Garfunkel. The song “The Sound Of Silence” was their first major hit and was initially released on the album “Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.” Many of the songs on the album were written by Paul Simon while he was living in London in 1965 and were included on his album “The Paul Simon Songbook” released in England.

What are some of your favorite Simon & Garfunkel songs? Do any famous musicians share your birthday? Comment below!