R.I.P. Robin Gibb

Disco took another hit this week with the death of Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, one of the biggest Disco acts of all time. He passed away yesterday due to cancer at the age of 62. The Bee Gees are known for their impeccable harmonies and accessible brand of Disco. They have sold over 100 million records and in a 2 year span in the late 70s racked up 6 consecutive #1 singles.

Some of their hits include “You Should Be Dancing”, “Stayin’ Alive”, “More Than A Woman”, “How Deep Is Your Love”, “Emotion” and more. Some of those hits come from the 70s Disco film “Saturday Night Fever” starring John Travolta. The soundtrack for the movie won Album of the Year at the Grammys in 1979. They also starred in the 1978 film adaptation of the Beatles album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, which had a little “Abbey Road” thrown in for good measure.

As I write this post I am listening to the Bee Gees and realizing how many great hits they had and how Disco got a really bad wrap over the years. Between the death of Donna Summers and now Robin Gibb, I’ve been listening to more Disco than usual and it’s hard to not get caught up in these awesome, funky Disco grooves. What can I say, I got Disco fever!!! A lot of us did at some point and that is due in large part to the Bee Gees and Donna Summer, of which we have been dealt two loses from in one week. R.I.P. Robin Gibb.

 

R.I.P. Dick Clark

Dick Clark passed away yesterday at 82 from a heart attack. He was the legendary host and producer of “American Bandstand” the longest running variety show in history. He and the show played a huge part in legitimizing Rock & Roll to the masses. He was a nice clean cut guy, who parents felt comfortable with, thereby making them more comfortable with their kids listening to the Rock & Roll he introduced them to. He helped break the careers of tons of heavy hitting music acts from Buddy Holly, Chubby Checker, The Beach Boys, to Ike and Tina Turner, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Simon and Garfunkel, The Jackson 5, to Madonna, Queen, Run-DMC and many others.

He also has rung in the New Year in Times Square, every year since 1974, with his annual show “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” which has been co-hosted with Ryan Seacrest for the past 5 years. It’s safe to say that Ryan Seacrest will become the Dick Clark for a new generation, what with hosting “New Year’s Rocking Eve” and the modern day “American Bandstand”, “American Idol”. Although Seacrest is a shoe in to take over Dick’s legacy, there will never been a more influential, successful and beloved TV host as Dick Clark. R.I.P.

Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donovan, Laura Nyro, Small Faces/Faces, Beastie Boys, Freddie King, Don Kirshner, Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd, Glyn Johns, The Crickets, The Famous Flames, The Midnighters, The Comets, The Blue Caps and The Miracles are all being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame this year at the 27th annual ceremony on April 14th. Being that they don’t televise the event (which I just don’t get) the only way to see the historic night will be to either attend the event in Cleveland, Ohio or to watch the live simulcast via the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame website. It should be an interesting night, what with the possibly of Guns N’ Roses finally reuniting to perform together for the show. I’m personally excited about the Red Hot Chili Peppers being inducted. They are SUCH a great band!!! They definitely deserve the honor. It will be interesting to see if they reunite some old members (and by members, I mean guitarists) for the show too. And the Beastie Boys will become only the 3rd (I think) Rap act to ever be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Kudos to all the inductees!!!

last.fm’s Best Of 2011

About a month back I found this on last.fm. For those of you who don’t know, last.fm is a website that tracks all the websites subscriber’s music listens across all different music listening services and programs, such as iTunes, Spotify and Rdio. At the end of 2011 they tallied up all the listeners and put together a year end list of the most listened to artists and a year in music chart to display the music listening trends of it’s listeners. The data held within the last.fm universe gives us a great look into what people are actually listening to. In the Artist’s tab you can even play around with the settings and see the music listening habits by location and/or by music genre. Try it out at the links below and see what you think of the list. Anyone you would have thought would have or wouldn’t have been on here or anyone you think deserved to be on here and isn’t or didn’t deserve to be on here? Let us know.

http://www.last.fm/bestof/2011/yearinmusic

http://www.last.fm/bestof/2011/artists

Grammy Wrap Up

So last night was the 54th Grammy Awards and I have to say it was a great show!!! Lots of great performances, although I could have done without a Chris Brown performance, not to mention two of them and a win for him for best R&B Album. Also Nicki Minaj went way over the top in the most weird and unoriginal way possible. Her performance was a jab at the Catholic Church. Like that hasn’t been done before by Madonna and Lady Gaga. It was just weird for weirds sake. It may have been visually flashy, but was just done for shock value with no real depth or artistic value.

Other than those few negative moments, I can’t really complain with how it went. Some of the great performances of the night, came to you via Bruno Mars, Adele, Jennifer Hudson, Coldplay & Rihanna, Glen Campbell, Foo Fighters and Paul McCartney (twice!!!). All the big winners were deserving. And by winners I mainly mean Adele, because she walked away with just about every major award. She took home 6 awards in total, including the big award of the night, Album of the Year, as I predicted. It was pretty obvious that, that would happen. Also Bon Iver took home the award for Best New Artist, as I also predicted.

LL Cool J was the first host that the Grammys has had in many years and he did a great job. He began the evening leading a group prayer for Whitney Houston. Later in the evening, Jennifer Hudson performed a beautiful and moving tribute to Whitney Houston, as well. The only thing that was really missing from the night was a tribute to Amy Winehouse and the inclusion of Don Cornelius in the tribute montage for those that have passed away in the past year. However it was a very memorable night and of the nominees, the people who most deserved it, won for a change. The Grammys had been kind of losing me in recent years with poor choices for winners and weak overall shows, but they won me back this year. I can’t wait for next year!!! It’s MY Superbowl!!!

P.S. Paul McCartney ended the show with the Abbey Road medley. ending with the song “The End”!!! It doesn’t get any better than that. “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

For a full list of winners go here:

http://www.grammy.com/nominees

Madonna’s Superbowl Halftime Show

So I wasn’t quite sure if Madonna was going to be able to completely pull off her Superbowl halftime show, but she sure shut me up!!! I have to say, she put on a pretty awesome and fun performance. She brought out a bunch of other performance as back up. First she brought out LMFAO and did a snippet of one of their songs “Party Rock Anthem”. I could have done without her new song “Give Me All Your Luvin'”, even though I think she was even able to pull that off, along with Nicki Minaj & M.I.A. It was pretty obvious she was going to be performing that song, once she released it late last week.  The highlight for me was when she brought out Cee-Lo and sang “Like A Prayer”. I’m sorry Madonna, but Cee-Lo killed it and totally upstaged you. All in all it was a great performance and up there with some of the best Superbowl halftime shows.

R.I.P. Don Cornelius

Don Cornelius host and creator of the classic television show “Soul Train”, the longest-running, first-run nationally syndicated show in television history, passed away on February 1st, from what appears to have been a self inflicted gun shot wound to the head. Don was believed to have been suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s. It is a sad and unfortunate end to a legend in the music industry, who was instrumental in bringing black music and culture into American homes for 35 years. Below is a short video from ABC News, showing you a snippet of his life and legacy. Rest in Peace, Love and Soul, Don Cornelius.

Quote Of The Week (1/29/12)

‎”Rock & Roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world. So they became OK with the idea that the biggest Rock band in the world is always going to be s**t – therefore you should never try to be the biggest band in the world. F**k that!”

– Patrick Carney of The Black Keys in the last issue of Rolling Stone –

I couldn’t have said it any better myself……

Hip-Hop At The Grammys

Since Hip-Hop first popped up on the music scene in the late 1970’s, it has had a rough time when it’ has come to the Grammy Awards, continually getting overlooked and snubbed. There wasn’t even a Rap category until 1989 and even then, the announcing of the award wasn’t even televised. Will Smith (then Fresh Prince) and DJ Jazzy Jeff had the honor of receiving the very first Rap Grammy to ever be given out, but boycotted the show with the other Rap nominees, because they would not televise the giving of the award due to “time constraints”. Hip-Hop has had an even harder time winning for  Album of the Year award. The only 2 Hip-Hop artists to ever win the honor are Lauryn Hill and one of my very personal favorites, OutKast. I read an interesting article in The Huffington Post this week about this subject, that I thought should be shared. Read on at the link below to learn more about the history of Hip-Hop and Grammys (or lack there of, apparently).

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/24/grammy-awards-overlook-ra_n_1228356.html

Listen With Friends

Facebook has been releasing many music related apps and the sort, as of late. Their newest addition to “social music” is called “Listen With Friends”. How it works is you listen to a song on your music player (Spotify most likely) and your friends can see what your listening to. If they choose to, they can click on what it is your listening to and listen along with you live. I think this could be another great way to share music with your firends. I’m not sure how many people might actually use it, but it is a cool feature to spread music in real time.