It seems as though the new trend in music is to release 'lost tracks' from performers that have passed decades before. I'm not sure what to think of this; although I get excited when I hear that Freddie Mercury's lost Queen production is finally going to be available to the public, I can't help but wonder if it's music that was MEANT to be lost by the performer. By that, what I mean is: these are tracks put together, then scrapped by the artist. Whether it didn't go with their direction, or it didn't meet their standards, it was music that was not meant to be heard with their name attached to it at the time of the musician's life (this also happened recently with Michael Jackson). I would imagine someone taking rough vocals, producing them in their own way, and releasing them without the artist's consent is much like some creep taking pictures of you at a beach, then publishing them.
At any rate, here's the link for details on Queen's upcoming release ft. Freddie Mercury
Last night, the Eels were in St. Paul for a concert, and who shows up? Former Journey lead singer Steve Perry. If that wasn't enough, he got onstage for the first time in 20 YEARS and sung Open Arms. Quite impressive, considering the guy is battling throat cancer. Read the article/watch the video here!
Red Hot Chili Peppers: perhaps one of the most influential bands in rock. Take drummer Chad Smith, and put him head to head with one of the most influential comedians of all time, and you have an epic drum-off. The fact that they look so similar makes it that much more perfect. Read the article/watch the video below. Happy Friday!
Are you one of those people who needs a playlist for everything? I can confidently say that my OCD-like obsession for carefully organized themed playlists is one of the factors that got me into radio. Gym workout mix, driving mix, intense research mix - oh, yeah.
Mother's Day is fast approaching; do you have your gift figured out yet? Every year, I seem to end up going with the solid card/phone call combo. In my younger years, going out into the yard and picking hapazard wild flowers was my M.O (which is probably why my mom would set them on the outside step "to get more sun" - a.k.a - "I don't want bugs in the house"). My mom doesn't like too big of a fuss made about her, but she does love the simple recognition.
Don't forget your mom this Sunday - even if it's just the card/phone call combo. They deserve an extra 'I appreciate you'.
Last night was one of the toughest eliminations to date for 2014's ProjectM. Every artist that has been eliminated this year has been difficult, but last night really tugged on my heart strings.
I want every contestant to know that, even though a 'no' is hard to hear, growing from it is what makes people great. I fully expect every conestant eliminated this year to take their 'no' and turn it into something they, their fans, and we are stunned and proud of.
Thank you for sharing your music with us, and putting yourself out there for us.
This band is really sticking in my head. They're out of Australia, and combine fold and pop in a way that you'll be singing their latest track "Lanterns" all day. Be listening to 1055 TripleM to hear Birds Of Tokyo!
Even Neil Diamond fans didn't seem to want to throw their support behind this one. "Yesterday's Songs" with its cheesy backup singers may be the most cliche song the guy does!
It made it up to #11 on the charts in 1981/82 and was #1 on the...
Benjamin Booker is a 25 year old New Orleans musician who's been getting some attention with his debut self-titled album.
He's been on David Letterman's show, toured with Jack White, and was reviewed in Rolling Stone.
Of the song...
Today is National Punctuation Day! It's a day to geek out about exclamation points, semi-colons, ampersands and commas.
It's also a day to go back into the Radio Way-Back Machine, and listen to this song by Dan Baird.
It was a minor hit in...
One of the more recent songs on the iPod, "How Bizarre" from OMC seemed to conjure up some positive memories from our younger listeners. That includes the woman who sang a different version with her friends...instead of singing "How...
If you've seen pictures of Bruce Springsteen with his shirt off lately, you might find it hard to believe that he's a senior citizen. He turns 65 today!
Here are a few things you may or may not have known about that guy who...
BandSwap is back in Madison!
The Madison Arts Commission is supporting this event, in which bands from different cities change places. This time, a band from Fort Collins, Colorado is heading to Madison, while Sexy Ester from Madison will be hitting...
We found a perfect song on the iPod for Meteorologist Brian Olson's birthday. Helen Reddy's "You and Me Against the World" was a heartfelt song that was out at the time of his birthday, 40 years ago today.
Last week, the Beatles re-released their catalog on vinyl, in mono, the way the Beatles wanted you to hear their music.
Is it worth spending 400 dollars or so on the box set, or would it be better to just pick up some of your favorites--for around 22...