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Joel's Notes: 2014's Top 10

Posted by Joel Weichbrodt on Dec 15, 2014 8:43:53 AM

This year I've decided on a new approach to my year end piece, involving very little of my own favorites or experiences and a lot more of something else that's way more interesting. As such, I'm going to quickly note my favorite 10 albums so that'll be out of the way.

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Topics: Album Reviews, 2014

Spinning Wax: 6 Tips for Taking Care of Your Vinyl Record Collection

Posted by Martina Fasano on Sep 26, 2014 5:30:00 PM


Spinning Wax is a series of articles related to vinyl record collecting including an introduction to vinyl, care of vinyl records and other tips. Click the link to see the other articles in this series. So let's get started…

Taking Care of
Your Vinyl Record Collection:

You just inherited your family’s record collection. Or perhaps you’ve finally realized that with the huge stack of records lying on your bedroom floor, you might need to find a place for your vinyl so that it doesn’t become a casualty of your Sunday morning walk of shame. Whatever the case is, you know you have no idea how to take care of or protect your collection.

Have no fear. Read on and you shall become an archival record collector that will be able to hold their own with audiophiles everywhere.

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Topics: Spinning Wax, Vinyl Records

U2 and Apple - The Relationship All Music Lovers Need to Fear

Posted by Martina Fasano on Sep 25, 2014 4:00:00 PM

…and how you can help end the affair

Last week, million of iTunes users all over the world were treated to a free (and imposed) download of U2’s latest album.

I don’t care what the album is called, and I don’t care whether you are a fan of U2 or not, but I do care about the future of rock music and that’s why the relationship between U2 and corporate giants Apple has me frustrated.

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Topics: Music Business

The Sam Wartenbee Interview: Famous Last Words in Punk & Hip-Hop

Posted by Joel Weichbrodt on Sep 24, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Get ready for some hip-hop, accoustic punk and smart but unapologetic lyrics creating a memorable and unique punk beatbox musical experience!

This is the interview of the interesting Sam Wartenbee
AKA: Sammy Warm Hands. Enjoy!

"I'm an adult and I dress like Beavis."

- Sammy Warm Hands, "Seduction On The Silver Sceen"

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Topics: Indie

My Favorite Album Pt. 1: The Anniversary

Posted by Joel Weichbrodt on Sep 11, 2014 8:30:00 PM

Having recently discovered Adam Santiago's fantastic podcast Your Favorite Album, wherein Adam's guest and he will talk at length about that person's favorite record, I have been thinking long and hard about narrowing it down to one. And learning hardflips. And pizza. I digress.

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Topics: Pop-Punk, Emo, Album Reviews, Indie

Sad at loss of ex-Suicidal Tendencies bassist, Tim 'Rawbiz' Williams

Posted by Dale Berkebile on Aug 28, 2014 8:04:00 AM


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I just heard the news this morning via the Suicidal Tendencies' facebook post that Tim 'Rawbiz' Williams a recent bassist for Suicidal has passed. 


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Topics: Music History, Music Deaths

Spinning Wax: An Introduction to Vinyl Record Collecting

Posted by Martina Fasano on Aug 22, 2014 12:35:33 PM

INTRODUCTION: By Dale Berkebile

Okay, you may be hearing a buzz around listening to, buying, trading, and collecting vinyl records. I know what you may be thinking… isn't this what old people do? Isn't this an outdated technology? Don't records scratch? Isn't vinyl record collecting just for hipsters?

Yes some of these things may be true. But the music industry is changing and because of this many music listeners are reconnecting with their youth, others are learning that an album actually delivers great sound quality, while the youth are getting introduced to an old technology that is being brought into the future. Today vinyl record sales are growing at a pace not seen for some 20 years.

Because of this Martina Fasano has decided to share her story and tips for how to and why you should get into the vinyl record collecting game. This will be a series of articles giving several tips, ideas, and concepts to help you find all the joy vinyl records brings to music lovers and audiophiles everywhere.

Let's get spinning those records already! Enjoy!

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Topics: Spinning Wax, Vinyl Records

Culture Shock: Review of Beethoven’s Ninth & Anti-Establishment Views

Posted by Franklin Mount on Aug 16, 2014 1:34:00 PM

Culture Shock is a series where we bring you an exposure to culture like classical music and the symphony. This one covers the Mostly Mozart Festival on August 13, 2014 and gives and overview of the life and times of Beethoven.

Program: The Consecration of the House Overture and Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

It had been awhile since I had heard any live classical music, and especially since I had heard Beethoven’s Ninth, and I needed a dose of both live classical and Beethoven. So when I saw that the Mostly Mozart Festival was playing this, it was a no brainer.

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Topics: Culture Shock, Live Music

Guitar Gear Guide #5:
An Introduction to Guitar Pedals & Effects

Posted by Martina Fasano on Aug 14, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Want to see the other articles in the Guitar Gear Guide series? Just click the link.

Plug and Play -
An Introduction to Guitar Pedals & Effects

If you’ve followed along with my 5-part series you may have already purchased a guitar and an amplifier and have started to learn how to play the instrument. Or, you’ve been waiting for the grand finale and want to know all about those cool sounds that your guitar heroes make and how you can make them too. You want to know what pedal to buy so that when you step on it to play that searing solo at Wembley Stadium it will respond exactly the way you like. I would hate to disappoint any of my readers, so without further adieu, here it is: your guide to guitar effects.

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Topics: Gear Guide, Music Education

Respect for Robin Williams: Suicide Resources and Hopeless Records

Posted by Dale Berkebile on Aug 12, 2014 5:13:37 PM

Yesterday was an odd day for me, well the evening is what got weird. I put my son to bed and read him a book that mentioned "Good Morning blah, blah, blah", "Good Day blah, blah, blah", "Good Evening blah, blah, blah", "Good Night blah, blah, blah" on every page. So I started throwing around my best imitation of Robin Williams doing his "Goooooood Moooorning Vietnam" saying from the movie of the same name.

So my son is now down and my wife comes to me and says "Oh my god I just got a text from US Weekly that Robin Williams died!"

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Topics: Miscellaneous



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