Lots of fun pop releases this week not to mention a new album from UK alt-rockers The Charlatans “Different Days” and there’s a 50th anniversary release for the Beatles “Sgt. Pepper” (remix is pretty good).
I did see Tool in concert for the first time this week and it was an both an auditory and visual experience. Great musicians plus a lot of attention and detail to their lighting and projections to complement the music. Plus, they have actual fanatics for fans. Lots of love going on there for those four guys. And the longest merchandise lines I can remember seeing at a concert. And they stayed that way the entire evening.
Many people walking around with plastic shopping bags overflowing with merch. It seemed like about 75% of the attendees were wearing Tool shirts. However, I saw a number of Soundgarden shirts walking around as well.
Stop in next Friday for your weekly Release Radar from Noisy Planet.
Noisy Planet presents the TOP 20 SONGS TO GET HIGH TO:
1. “Because I Got High” Afroman
2. “Good Times (I Get High) Styles P
3. “Marijuana” Kid Cudi
4. “I Got 5 On It” The Luniz
5. “Smoke Two Joints” Sublime
6. “Stay High” Three 6 Mafia feat. 8 Ball & MJG and Young Buck
7. “Purple Haze” Jimi Hendrix
8. “Kaya” Bob Marley
9. “One Toke Over The Line” Brewer & Shiple
10. “Sweet Leaf” Black Sabbath
11. “Reefer Head Woman” Aerosmith
12. ‘(Roll Another Number) For The Road’ Neil Young
13. “Reefer Man” Cab Calloway
14. “How High” Method Man and Redman
15. “Rainy Day Women No. 12 & 35” Bob Dylan
16. “Hits From The Bong” Cypress Hill
17. “You’re Making Me High” Toni Braxton
18. “Mary Jane” Rick James
19. “Jesus of Suburbia” Green Day
20. “Weed Song” Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
For those of you who are into gaming and rock music, you are probably familiar with the Rock Band game franchise on Xbox. The last game in the franchise to come out was Rock Band 3 in 2010. It was known for having many content offerings available for download, which stopped being available in late 2013 but then started up again in early 2015. However, fans of the Rock Band franchise had gotten to the point where they weren’t just looking for new downloadable content for Rock Band 3. They were looking for an entirely new sequel all together. The creator of the franchise, Harmonix, is finally going to satisfy these demands.
It was just announced by Harmonix that Rock Band 4 is in the works and will be released five years after the previous game came out. It is also predicted that it will have all new downloadable content available for gamers to purchase. The great thing about downloadable content in Rock Band is that you can request your own songs to be placed into the game, and then you get to play them yourself. Remember, Rock Band is all about creating your own rock band and living the life of a rock star virtually through your gaming console. But this also gives you the chance to play some of your favorite songs as a rock star and to experience the thrill of having an audience cheering you on as you play it.
The only thing Rock Band needs to have is newer songs in its downloadable content. In fact, there are ten songs in particular created within the last five years that need to find their way to Rock Band 4 as downloadable content.
These songs are “Bucker Buster” by Viet Cong
“BlockBuster Night Part 1” by Run the Jewels
“Under Control” by the Internet
“Reflektor” by Arcade Fire
“II. Shadow” by Childish Gambino
“We Were Rock & Roll” by Janelle Monae
“Graceless” by the National
“Under the Pressure” by The War on Drugs
“King Kunta” by Kendrick Lamar
“New You” by My Bloody Valentine
Chances are newer gamers from the current generation would have probably heard of these songs and bands by now. If you are an older gamer from the 80s generation then you are probably looking for soft or classic rock.
Either way, you’ll still have a good time playing these songs if they do become available for Rock Band 4.
The first time I heard this song was on The Voice (performance below)
I couldn’t believe it–had I heard this Regina Spektor song before? It turns out this song is older…regardless, I decided to post this song, in the spirit of timeless music; lasting forever.
Until next time…get LOUD AND NOISY!
The music streaming service known as “Grooveshark” is finally shutting down after ten years of service. A letter on their homepage last month announced the termination of the company. Grooveshark was most famously known for being a music streaming service, but they apparently failed to secure the proper licenses with a number of music producers and record companies that owned the rights to the music. Grooveshark claims their intentions were good because they wanted to help fans discover and share music with each other. But due to these legal issues regarding licenses and a settlement that was made with the recording companies, Grooveshark had no choice but to shut down completely.
Many people have misconceptions about music streaming by thinking it must be illegal or unauthorized by the record companies. The truth is that music streaming is perfectly legal as long as you get authorization from the record companies to stream their music. This entails purchasing a license from the company to legally stream their music. The company ends up getting a percentage of the earnings generated from their music streams and the music service provider ends up getting the rest. Some examples of music streaming services that are legally operating are Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Prime Music, Apple’s Beats Music and Deezer.
Grooveshark gained attention because they allowed people to just upload music files to their website. These music files were not screened for copyrights or anything. Grovoeshark basically became a file sharing website where people could just share their music files with each other. The problem with any kind of file sharing service is that illegal activity runs rampant. If somebody uploads a file that is copyrighted and illegal to reproduce, that person is committing a crime. Also the people who download the music are committing a crime as well. On top of that, the file sharing service provider will get in the most trouble for permitting this behavior. That is why authorized music streaming sites, like Google Play, put new artists that submit their music files under very strict agreements. You are only allowed to upload files to Google Play that you own the rights to. It is not a file sharing site where you can just distribute any random file to other people. Each file you upload is screened and the submitter is forced to contractual agree that they hold the rights to it. Unfortunately, this was not the business model that Grooveshark lived by which is why they were forced out of business.