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People Like to Sue the Blue Man Group

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Big money making artists are ripe for the pickin' when it comes to idiots wanting an easy pay day. Think about musicians like Michael Jackson, Eminem, Elvis, and on and on. Even the Blue Man Group can't escape the idiocy. Those guys look real malicious, playing around with Nickelodeon Gak and playing PVC pipes like xylophones. Suing the Blue Man Group That hasn't stopped a […]

PMRC's Parental Advisory Sticker Abuse

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Once upon a time in 1985, a bunch of wives with nothing to do but crave power created what was known as the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC). Take a look at this line-up and see if it even remotely feels legit to you: Tipper Gore, wife of Senator & Vice President Al Gore Susan Baker, wife of Treasury Secretary James Baker Pam Howar, wife […]

Guitar Center G-Money's Its Employees - Sign It or "Quit"

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Guitar Center is at it again. We're all familiar with the corporate screw job in the music industry, but it extends beyond recordings. Guitar Center's upper echelon is known for its less-than-friendly practices towards its employees, and this week only took it to the next level. There's the level of record executives making millions off of their cookie cutter pop stars, which is fine to […]

John Fogerty Got Sued For Sounding Like Himself...

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Once upon a time, there was a band called the Creedence Clearwater Revival. They did quite alright for themselves, for a while anyways. Known as CCR, these four fellows put nine songs in the Billboard Top 10, five of which were in the Top 2. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Rolling Stone named them among the top 100 […]

The 17 Sub-Genres of Dubstep

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Believe it or not, there's a boatload of sub-genres in Dubstep, which is itself a sub-genre of Drum & Bass. You could go as far as to call these sub-sub-genres, or as I like to call them: Sub-Dubs. It wasn't always this way. I blame the advances in computer tech. Everyone and their mom can now buy dubstep creation software for cheap, watch a few […]

Ever Wanted to Watch Kurt Russell Smash an Antique Martin Guitar?

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For the music industry and especially guitar enthusiasts, Christmas 2015 was a smash hit. Man, I'm funny. Twas on that fateful day that many of us witnessed the destruction of antique Martin guitar pulled straight out of their museum. The catch was that none of us would realize what we saw until the Martin Guitar Museum's director Dick Boak released an official statement: "We were […]

The Fifth Beatle: Three Were Close, Clapton Was Moments Away

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How different would the world be, not just the music world but the literal culture of the planet, had there been a Fifth Beatle? That is a question that has been fantasized about countless times by countless people. "Who would you add to The Beatles?" and on and on. Little do people know that there were several times in the band's history that a fifth […]

Guitar Solo Slugs! The Mind of the Lead Guitarist

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An oft wondered phenomenon in the music universe is "What the heck is up with lead guitarists' faces during solos?!?" We know all of the magical rituals surrounding solos. For instance, you must hold your breath during a guitar solo, out of respect for the guitarist but also so you aren't cursed for eternity. You can't change the radio station during a solo. You know, […]

Ghostbusters Theme - "I Ain't Afraid of Getting Sued!"

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With the new Ghostbusters film announced and on the way, this is as good of a time as any to laugh at one of the classic instances of ridiculousness within the music industry. In 1984, Ray Parker, Jr. topped the charts with his smash hit "Ghostbusters," the theme song from the movie of the same title. It entered the Billboard charts on June 16, 1984 […]

You're a Billionaire! Who Do You Pay to Be in Your Music Supergroup?

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Ahhh yes. This conversation! Every fan of music has spent countless hours over the years asking their buddies and fantasizing about forming their own music supergroup. So the question is... You just won the lottery of 100 billion dollars! You can finally afford to do it: pay your favorite musicians to be in the perfect supergroup! But who is allowed in? I want you to […]

The Role Player's Guide to Choosing a Musical Instrument

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My first RPG ever was the original Final Fantasy on the NES, and so without further ado (and with a nod to the Final Fantasy series), we bring you the world's first RPG guide to choosing a musical instrument: Please feel free to post this infographic on your own website using the code below: There are other things than RPGs that musicians (such as Syd […]

Klaatu - The Secret Band as Good as The Beatles

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In September 1976, Capitol Records released a mystery album and let the secret carry itself through word of mouth throughout North America. This initially obscure record oozed of secrecy and inspired vast speculation by everyone in the industry, fans and professionals. What Was So Mysterious? This album hit the scene and as people got their hands on it, they were left scratching their heads. There […]

John Lennon Sketched the UFO Mentioned in "Nobody Told Me"

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In John Lennon's solo song Nobody Told Me, he talks about all of the various scenarios he just wasn't pre-warned about when growing up. From war to mindless mass media, to meaningless interaction and a lack of awareness, he had some insightful points to make about the way we live our lives. Strange days indeed! The Lyric Line That Caught The World's Attention There was […]

Musical Synesthesia - Paintings by Melissa McCracken

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I once learned of a condition called synesthesia (by indulging in a large dose of psychedelics, admittedly). That term is a psychology label for the experience of "a crossing of the senses." It happens differently in different people, but the main idea is that you can taste what you see, hear what you feel, see what you hear, etc. It's like your brain totally gets […]

Sakura - Traditional Japanese Song on Koto

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The day I finally discovered what "that song" was, I celebrated. It had haunted me for literal decades. More people have heard the song Sakura Sakura than anyone realizes. Take a quick listen as you continue reading. You'll be like "oh yeah, I've heard this before." I'll show you where you probably know it from as well... About The Sakura Song Take a listen to […]

Archangel Metatron told Santana to Collab with Pop Stars?!?

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I don't even know what's going on any more... We all know that Carlos Santana was into some stuff back in the day. He used to eat copious amount of psychedelics and meditate a lot. Heck, I do both of those still to this day. Who doesn't? Big whoop. But Santana was also running around with John McLaughlin trying to assure the world that Guru […]

Bob Marley Shared His Royalties With a Soup Kitchen

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"I remember when we used to sit in a government yard in Trenchtown." Thus spake the memorable line by Bob Marley in his smash single No Woman, No Cry, arguably his most successful hit ever, though I much prefer Wait in Vain. Who can really even choose a favorite from so many perfect songs over such a long career? If you don't know the song […]

Syd Barrett - First Known Case of HPPD

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Syd Barrett is one of my favorites. I know I'm getting old because people these days are like "What's a Sid Burrutt?" Who Was Syd Barrett? I'll forgive you this time for even asking that question. He was one of the founding members, and the first principal songwriter for none other than "mudda fuddin" Pink Floyd. Yes, before all of the songs you know and […]

Led Zeppelin's Acoustic Environment on When the Levee Breaks

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When recording, the wisdom of the ages always says to record in the most dry and controlled acoustic environment possible. Then let the rest be done in post-processing where you can try different options and use the undo button. But the masters of mixing aren't afraid to commit to tape right then and there, and that's exactly what Led Zeppelin did on When the Levee […]

Eric Clapton's Ridiculous Encounter With a Cunning Witch

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So... I just finished reading Eric Clapton's autobiography... I don't know what to say. I'll go ahead and make the disclaimer that I love his music, which is why I read his book. There's always that risk of learning too much about the lives, escapades, and personalities of our heroes. It can create disillusionment like it just did for me and Clapton. Because this guy […]