Bawitdaba… and welcome to Storytellers

January 30, 2009

Okay, this is old news…. I wanted to post something about this in the past… but just didn’t get around to it….

Several weeks ago… I saw a commercial for VH1 Storytellers where the featured artist would be…. Kid Rock…

Let that soak in a minute….

Kid Rock… on VH1 Storytellers….

 

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XPN Essential Songs

August 21, 2008

I’ve been waiting for this list, for a while. Or a list just like it.

For the past 4 years, the radio station in Philadelphia, WXPN comes up with a list of the best somethings in music.  The first year it was songs, the second year it was albums, the third year it was artists, the fourth year it was moments. 

And each time (except for the first year), the answer was obvious (and dominated by the 60’s and 70’s, which is normal given their demographics).
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Okay, this is awesome… but Chickenfoot???

June 3, 2008

Ummm…  There is no other way to describe the following news… but “FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!!!”

Codename: Chickenfoot

My goodness: Hagar, Satch, Anthony, and Chad Smith.  Just the possibilities of the songs that Hagar and Satch can come up with together in a studio. 

This should be lots of fun. 

But I’m not truly going to believe it until I see it on Satch’s website.

And for those of you who don’t know…  Joe Satriani is an unrecognized heavy metal six-string god. 


Another One to Myth

May 30, 2008

I have a blog where I tend to write about my geeky pursuits. I call it Sabbatical Nerd, mostly because that’s how I feel, that my ‘nerdiness’ is on sabbatical. When one is on sabbatical, you take time off from your job for other pursuits, and later come back to your job. However, while on sabbatical, you certainly still identify yourself with your other job, and probably check-in every so often.

As someone who doesn’t have time for gaming, weekly comic book store visits, large music collections, etc., I often miss news. So I missed this bit, until I saw it on a Live Journal blog from Phil Foglio. http://philfoglio.livejournal.com/6861.html

Robert Asprin passed away. For those of you who don’t know the name, he was a fantasy/science fiction writer who is most known for writing the Myth series as well as Thieves World, The Phule Series, and many others. Specifically to Phil Foglio fans, he was the one who gave Phil his big break, letting him do the illustrations for the Myth books, where he eventually did the Myth comic book and graphic novels.

The Myth books are really well done. I always thought that if I could ever develop a series for movies or tv that the myth books would be the best and easiest to accomplish. The humor is really superb.

Not one of the greats or one of the pioneers, but certainly one of the caretakers who took over in the 80s and help pull the science fiction/fantasy genre to prominence. Go in peace, Bob. And everyone come over my house for a game of Dragon Poker.

Cheers


Mark Out Moment of the Week

November 27, 2007

Okay… I’m not getting my hopes up. If I had to place my bet on one side or the other, I would say that it is more likely to suck rather than be great. Cause truth-be-told, the third movie in the series wasn’t really all that good.

But, if you’re like me…. this picture still fills you with a sense of fanboy (or fangirlish glee). And most likely, you even have a certain movie theme by John Williams in your head.

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Snakes… why’d it have to be snakes!!!!


Current Kids Television

October 30, 2007

Once you have a child, at some point in time you are required by law to make comments about the state of children’s television and how it compared to what you watched as a kid. 

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885 Musical Moments

September 19, 2007

Well, here we go again.  This year my favorite radio station, WXPN, is counting down the top 885 musical moments.  For the past two months, they’ve been gathering top musical moments, submitted by listeners, in a blog/community/web 2.0 type thing. 

So, go here to vote:

My top 10 (in random order) are ones that have obviously impacted me, so that I noticed.  Obviously there were several on the list that impacted me more than these (like when the first record was created), but that happened outside of my knowledge. 

1.       Aerosmith and Run DMC collaborate on “Walk This Way,” 1986

2.       Unknown Bruce Springsteen plays the Main Point in Bryn Mawr, PA, April 24, 1973

3.       Johnny Cash sings at Folsom State Prison in Folsom, California, January 13, 1968

4.       Paul Simon records “Graceland” in South Africa, featuring South African musicians, October 1985-June 1986

5.       Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Richie Valens die in a plane crash, February 2, 1959 – “The Day the Music Died”

6.       Phil Spector introduces his distinctive “Wall of Sound” production process, pioneering the 60s girl group sound as well as influencing future rock production techniques, 1963

7.       Elton John collaborates with Bernie Taupin and scores his first big success with “Your Song” in 1970

8.       Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” enters the charts in 1973, and stays there for 741 weeks, making it the longest running, consecutively charting album of all time

9.       The Rolling Stones release four landmark records in a row: “Beggars Banquet” (1968), “Let It Bleed” (1969), “Sticky Fingers” (1971), and “Exile on Main Street” (1972)

10.   Marvin Gaye releases “What’s Going On,” the title track of his influential 1971 album, and both the song and album become a huge hit 

Let me know what you think… If there’s anyone out there that is.  

Cheers,

Robert

885 Most Memorable Musical Moments