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Top Ten Indie Bands Of All Time

July 18th, 2013

RCRDLBL.com offers musicians a unique outlet to advertise their new effortsfree downloads of singles, remixes, and otherwise unreleased tracks.  The songs are all free, Time Warner Cable, so there’s nothing to lose in trying out an unknown artist, but it’s still worth it to know which tracks to head for first.

  • Tim Kasher – “I’m Afraid I’m Gonna Die Here”:  The former frontman of Cursive has never been particularly bright, but you wouldn’t know it from the horn section of his new solo single.  That is, until you listen to the lyrics: “I wrote my autobit/reduced to one sentence/Timothy was a sensible citizen/who cast aside his starving eyes for his very own slice of American pie.”  There it is!
  • Heavy Hawaii – “Teen Angel”:  Where Kasher’s sunny beats hide dark lyrics, the lyrics of “Teen Angel” are almost woefully traditional, hearkening back to the sunny themes of ’60s pop.  That makes the contrast of the psychedelic instrumentation and eerie backing vocals resonate even stronger, making for a summer jam cloaked in fall ambiance. Read the rest of this entry »

Top Ten Alternative Songs Of The 1990′s

May 22nd, 2013

When it comes to the 1990′s in music, no one can argue that the charts were not dominated by alternative music. Thanks to the popularity of college radios and the rise of the Seattle sound, alternative music took world by storm through a barrage of interesting sounds and lyrics that spoke to the inner workings of the soul. While there should be no surprise at the artists on this list, some might argue which songs were Read the rest of this entry »

Top Five Alternative Bands Everyone Should Know

March 26th, 2013

Alternative rock originated in the late 1980s and became widely popular in the 90s. Characterized by distorted guitar sounds and non-mainstream lyrics, alternative rock emerged from underground 80s music and remains successful. Here are the top 5 alternative bands that everyone should know:

R.E.M.
R.E.M. formed in 1980 and achieved the most success in the early 90s. Influenced by American folk rock, they became popular when alternative rock replaced punk rock.

Nirvana
Known as one the most popular grunge Read the rest of this entry »

Breaking Alice Free Of Her Chains

June 7th, 2012

Alice in Chains is a rock band from the United States. The band was formed in Seatlle, Washington in the late 80′s. The original group contained four members, who were: Jerry Cantrell, Layne Staley, Sean Kinney, and Mike Starr.
In the 1990′s, grunge music was widely popular, and Alice in Chains rose to fame. They do present a heavy metal influence more so than grunge, however. And, worldwide, they have sold an outstanding 35 million albums! They have had fourteen Read the rest of this entry »

A Quad Of Brunettes Or 4 Non Blondes

May 1st, 2011

Formed in 1989 in San Francisco, California, Four Non Blondes left their mark on the pop music world with one major hit, “What’s Up?”. The band continued to tour and released singles such as “Dear Mr. President”, “Spaceman”, and “Mary’s House” which was included on the soundtrack to Wayne’s World 2. Despite the popularity of “What’s Up?”, they never really got off the ground in a major way, perhaps in part due to the political nature of many of their songs.

The original lineup included Linda Perry on guitar and vocals, Christa Read the rest of this entry »

A Teenagers Favorite Food: Red Hot Chili Peppers

April 17th, 2011

Listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers is not simply an alternative rock appetizer. For true music fans, their songs offer a buffet of genres. This is a band who has found a way to seamlessly blend alternative rock with a little bit of everything from funk to punk rock.

Red Hot Chili Peppers first burst onto the alternative rock scene with their 1991 album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik. This became the band’s first breakout hit selling over 13 million copies. Read the rest of this entry »

The Truth About What Jane Was Addicted To

April 3rd, 2011

Jane’s Addiction is an alternative rock band that formed in 1985. The name originates from a housemate of lead singer Perry Farrell named Jane Bainter who was addicted to heroin,http://www.examiner.com/rock-music-in-san-francisco/more-than-words-putting-the-jane-jane-s-addiction. She shared a room with Farrell at the Wilton house. The popular song ‘Jane Says’ is named for her. The bands early flyers had her image on them. She has not recieved compensation for the images. She has not recieved pay from XXX, Warner Bros, or the Read the rest of this entry »

Music Retrospective: Was (Not Was)

December 31st, 2010

Long ago, before the days of Hughes Net satellite internet (or any internet, for that matter), two childhood friends came together in suburban Detroit. Joined by their love of music (and a pressing need for cash), the two friends decided to transform themselves. David Weiss became David Was. Don Fagenson became Don Was. Together, they became the avant-pop group known as Was (Not Was) (and yes, the parentheses are always included).Was (Not Was) formed in 1979, at a time when the punk genre was reinventing itself as post-punk and even the pop genres of dance and funk were becoming open to a new form of experimentalism. W(NW) certainly provided that. Beginning with their first self-titled album in 1981, the group became known for combining disparate musical genres with spoken word poetry and surprising but talented guest stars. On their debut, these included Wayne Kramer from the Michigan proto-punk group MC5, Doug Fieger from the LA new wavers The Knack, and Marcus Belgrave, trumpeter for the avant-jazz musician Charles Mingus. Read the rest of this entry »

CD Review: Stan Ridgway

October 11th, 2010

Stan Ridgway Neon Mirage (A440 Records)Stan Ridgway’s unique singing style first gained fans during his time as frontman for Wall of Voodoo, but it wasn’t until the band broke up and he took center stage that his true vision could come through. He follows in the tradition of American troubadours before him like Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan (in fact, he covers Dylan’s “Lenny Bruce” on Neon Mirage), but he hasn’t forgotten the synthesizer experiments of Wall of Voodoo, or his long-time fascination with movie soundtracks.His new album (the first in six years) finds Ridgway mining some dark emotions, inspired by the loss of several friends and family members in the time since 2004′s Snakebite. It starts off with “Big Green Tree,” which features traditional folk instrumentation. The third track, “Desert of Dreams,” features jaunty jazz horns, which segues into the beautiful “Halfway There”a critical favorite. Ridgway’s neo-cowboy-drawl never seems defeated, but his emotional investment is evident. No one would mistake these songs for manufactured radio hitsthey’re too honest, and too unique. The rest of the album is just as surprising. Read the rest of this entry »

DVD Review: Ondine

October 9th, 2010

Ondine (dir. Neil Jordan, 2009)This subtle Irish fantasy starts with a simple, albeit unexpected, framework: a compassionate fisherman named Syracuse (a career-high Colin Farrell) pulls a young woman (Alicja Bachleda) up in his net. She can’t remember anything, but calls herself Ondine, after the 1811 French novel in which a water spirit falls in love with a knight. The mystery of Ondine’s identity, and her seemingly magical powers to call fish into their nets, provides the main crux of the story. Until the very end, you’re not sure what the film’s genre is. If it’s a drama, then it’s a very surreal and beautiful one. If it’s a fantasy, then it’s a dark and sensual one that’s not certain to have a happy ending.Over the film’s foundation, it builds layer upon layer of weight and relationships. Alison Barry plays Syracuse’s daughter, struggling from kidney failure, who becomes convinced that Ondine is a selkie straight out of Celtic myth. Syracuse’s ex-wife Maura (Dervla Kirwan) blames him for their present troubles, and seeks refuge in alcohol and a grizzled musician. Meanwhile, Syracuse tries to atone for his past sins (including some hilarious sequences with a village priest played by Stephen Rea) and avoid making any new ones, despite the undeniable attraction he feels to the beautiful Ondine. Read the rest of this entry »