Rock Hall Class of 2015

The Rock Hall Class of 2015 was announced and I have to say that I’m a little disappointed.  Artists that I believe deserved induction  Kraftwerk, N.W.A, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, Sting and War did not get in this year.

Lou Reed, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bill Withers and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band will all join the class of 2015. Ringo Starr will be given the Award For Musical Excellence.

1950s R&B group the “5” Royales will be inducted in the early influencers category.  I like the early influencers category.  I had never heard of the “5” Royales so a quick search later and I found this amazing song. The guitar playing really sticks out.  That is Lowman “Pete” Pauling the composer of their hits during their 1952-1953 run on the charts

The induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland’s Public Hall on April 18th, 2015.


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New Music Tuesday

On December 13, 2013, Beyoncé yelled “surprise” on Instagram and everyone freaked out and immediately clicked on iTunes to get her newly available surprise album.


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On September 9, 2014 U2 asked “Remember Us?” to announce their new surprise album “Songs Of Innocence” was not only available but already on your phones and computers.  Some were thrilled, many listened once and moved on, others were horrified that music was placed in their iTunes library without their permission.

On Sunday, December 14, 2014 D’Angelo came out of his self-imposed 13 year hiatus between albums with a surprise new album entitled “Black Messiah”. Here’s D’Angelo’s liner notes describing the reasoning behind the title of the album

People are freaking out.  Moral is, make the surprise to your core fans and if the music is good word will spread.


D'Angelo And The Vanguard "Black Messiah on iTunes

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Rodney On The Roq

Today is Rodney Bingenheimer’s birthday.  He’s been called the Mayor Of The Sunset Strip. Before Studio 54 and the disco era took over New York.  Glam was the IT music scene and the the place to be seen was in LA at The English Disco where Rodney DJ’d.   While disco ruled during the late 70s and early 80s.  Rodney touted the punk and New Wave scenes.  He began DJing on KROQ in August 1976 and still remains there with a weekly show at the crazy hour of Monday mornings from 12AM-3PM.  He’ll actually be working on his birthday.  He’s mocked ceaselessly on the Kevin & Bean morning show for his languid patter introducing songs but it’s this style that has endured him to innumerable bands and music fans around the world.  It’s obvious he’s a music fan first and his mic work requires some patience.  Here’s an air check from 1980 and he sounds almost dynamic compared to how he sounds on the air in 2014.

Rodney Bingenheimer

The fact is bands still send him music and he listens to it all and is still excited to play music that thrills him.  He plays what he wants.  Less than 1% of DJs on the air have that power today.  The only thing he has in common with Ryan Seacrest is they both have a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.   Rodney’s can be found on the 7000 block on the north side of Hollywood Blvd.   Actually I take that back.  Rodney also loves celebrities.  And Rodney’s been around some of the best.  Posted below and a number of my favorites. So happy birthday, Rodney!  Here’s to many more to come.


Joan Jett and Rodney Bingenheimer

Joan Jett and Rodney Bingenheimer


KISS and Rodney Bingenheimer

KISS and Rodney Bingenheimer

Rodney Bingenheimer and Alice Cooper

Rodney Bingenheimer and Alice Cooper

The Monkees and Rodney Bingenheimer

The Monkees and Rodney Bingenheimer

Rodney Bingenheimer and Jimmy Page

Rodney Bingenheimer and Jimmy Page

David Bowie and Rodney Bingenheimer

David Bowie and Rodney Bingenheimer

The Runaways, David Lee Roth and Rodney Bingenheimer

The Runaways, David Lee Roth and Rodney Bingenheimer

Ramones and Rodney Bingenheimer

Ramones and Rodney Bingenheimer

Oasis and Rodney Bingenheimer

Oasis and Rodney Bingenheimer

Keith Moon, Ringo Starr and Rodney Bingenheimer

Keith Moon, Ringo Starr and Rodney Bingenheimer

Rodney Bingenheimer  and Debbie Harry

Rodney Bingenheimer and Debbie Harry

George Harrison and Rodney Bingenheimer

George Harrison and Rodney Bingenheimer

Brian Jones and Rodney Bingenheimer

Brian Jones and Rodney Bingenheimer

Rodney Bingenheimer and Jimi Hendrix

Rodney Bingenheimer and Jimi Hendrix

Rodney Bingenheimer and Elvis Presley

Rodney Bingenheimer and Elvis Presley

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Free Music Friday

Eminem featuring Sia "Guts Over Fear"

A couple weeks ago, Eminem put out a whopping 66-track mixtape with DJ Whoo Kid called Shady Classics.  The compilation includes tons of favorites  and two new tracks that will appear on Shady XV, “Detroit Vs. Everybody” which features Royce da 5’9?, Big Sean, Danny Brown, Def Loaf and Trick Trick and the Sia-featuring “Guts Over Fear”.  See the video which already has 20 million views after only three weeks below


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Get Out

A Funny Sense of Direction: The Wild Ride of Terry Jones  December 13 & 14, 2014It’s getting cold outside so why not look on the bright side of life and stick yourself in the Aero Theatre for four hours and see a double feature of LIFE OF BRIAN / ERIK THE VIKING on Saturday, December 13

As if that’s not enough, how about if director Terry Jones shows his face in between the screening for a Q &  A.  Edgar Wright will deliver the Q while Terry will bring the A (that’s short for answers…perv)

A Funny Sense of Direction: The Wild Ride of Terry Jones

They will do the same thing on Sunday at the Egytptian Theatre with screenings of MONTY PYTHON’S THE MEANING OF LIFE & MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL

And of course it gives me the great excuse to post this feel good anthem..

Here’s a couple others to enjoy

That’s enough music for now.

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Grammy misses

The 57th Grammy' Nominees 2015All award shows open themselves up to scrutiny once they announce their nominees.  Someone’s always going to find fault with the selections.  So why should I be any different.

The 2015 Grammy nominees were announced last week and  there were some fine and worthy selections.  No glaring mistakes.  I do believe though that they may be a little gun shy after Arcade Fire’s Album Of The Year win in 2011 and the ensuing “Who Is Arcade Fire” maelstrom.  I doubt an indie album will win in the near future. Platinum acts Adele, Mumford and Sons and Daft Punk have been the ensuring winners.

In any case and in keeping with the mainstream theme of the selections, here is the additional selection I would pick for the four major categories.

Record Of The Year (best overall song):

Fancy- Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX

Chandelier -- Sia

Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) -- Sam Smith

Shake It Off- Taylor Swift

All About That Bass -- Meghan Trainor

Missed: Aloe Blacc “The Man” A top ten hit and inspirational chorus that the Grammy committee tends to love.

Album Of The Year

Morning Phase -- Beck

Beyonce -- Beyonce

X- Ed Sheeran

In The Lonely Hour -Sam Smith

Girl -- Pharrell Williams

I’m thrilled that Beck made the cut, it would have been great to see Lana Del Ray “Ultraviolence” in there too.  She immerses herself in each song embedding herself into each character.  In other words, she knows how to sing a song.

Song Of The Year (Songwriting)

All About That Bass -Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor, songwriters (Meghan Trainor)

Chandelier -Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin, songwriters (Sia)
Shake It Off -- Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) -- James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters (Sam Smith)
Take Me To Church -- Andrew Hozier-Byrne, songwriter (Hozier)

Many people are confused by between song and record of they year including maybe the Grammy committee.  The only difference in this category is “Take Me To Church” replacing “Fancy”.  Think of Record Of The Year as Movie Of the Year and Song Of The Year as the screenwriting award.  With that in mind I can’t see why “Drunk In Love” by Beyonce was relegated to R&B and missed out on this major nomination.  Its sexually suggestive lyrics may have been a turnoff for some voters but it’s hard to resist when Beyonce sings about drinking and thinking and her surfboard and graining on that wood

Best New Artist

 Iggy Azalea


Brandy Clark


Sam Smith

No complaints about this category but I would have screamed with delight if Courtney Barnett was on this list.  Courtney’s Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas was such a joy with lyrics and musical turns that constantly surprised even with repeated listens.  Her live show also rocks harder than you might expect.  A best new artist if ever there was one.

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New Music Tuesday

I imagine if “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” was made today, Jessica Rabbit would be drawn to look more like Nicki Minaj than Rita Hayworth and Veronica Lake.  Her shape is practically comical.

Jessica Rabbit and Nicki Minaj separated at birth Let's Not Get Carried Away

In any event, Saturday Night Live recognizes that Nicki has some talent beyond her look and put her in a couple skits to parody another cartoon character, Kim Kardashian.

She also got to play Beyonce opposite Justin Beiber

This is all to promote”The Pinkprint”.  Judging from the initial reception of the first single, “Anaconda“, you should expect to her songs from this album well into 2015.  Here’s her performance of “Bed Of Lies” on SNL with Skylar Grey.

Nicki Minaj "The Pinkprint"

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The New Billboard Charts

Everyone remembers in school when we learned “new” math.  Well Billboard has determined its new math by allowing streaming music into its formula for determining their charts.  Here’s are the new rules

Ten digital track sales from an album is equivalent to one album sale,

1,500 song streams from an album equates to one album sale. A

Eleven of the major on-demand audio subscription services are considered, including Spotify, Beats Music, Google Play and Xbox Music.

If you’re wondering how Billboard came up with the magic number of 1500 spins to equal one album you can look at payments per spin.  It generally varies but artists receive around  $.007 for one play on a streaming site.  Multiply that by 1500 and you get $10.50.  The approximate cost of a full length album.

 This is the biggest change in the industry magazine since 1991 when Soundscan entered the picture with an actual count of albums sold.  Previously, Billboard had relied solely on record stores to determine sales.  Record labels suddenly could not “fix” chart positions.  Pop albums by a number of new artists whose careers major record companies were trying to establish suddenly plummeted, while a bunch of country albums took dramatic upward leaps.  Suddenly new names appeared like Garth Brooks and famously, Nirvana unseated Michael Jackson for the #1 album spot.

I think the industry took a deep breath.  Since Taylor Swift does not stream music will this be the end of her reign as the #1 pop queen? Would a popular You Tube sensation Miranda Sings suddenly replace her as the reigning pop queen?  Would Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas” make a brief return to the charts?

The first chart came out and it looks like all is well.  Taylor is back at #1, unseating One Direction which fell to #4. A capella group Pentatonix seems to have benefited the most as they jumped to #2 with their Christmas album (227,000 total units (and 217,000 physical sales).

Sam Smith and Ariana Grande witnessed immense increases of 278% and 591%, respectively, on the back of significant streaming; Grande’s album climbed 32 chart positions.

It’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out in 2015.

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Free Music Friday: Christmas edition

The holidays are here, which brings plenty of opportunity to hear those holiday classics that you know so well.   Well here are 2 1/2 hours of holiday classics sung by artists you may (Liz Phair, Brandi Carlile, Beth Orton, Yoko Ono with Flaming Lips) or may not (This Is The Kit, Ruby Jane, Hero Fisher) know.  All of them are really good renditions and it’s all yours for the taking.  Click on the photo to get the music.  Enjoy!

All Is Bright

Amazon Music “All Is Bright” 2014


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Get Out

If it’s the first week in December, it must mean that your favorite local radio station is putting on their Holiday show.  This weekend you can see KISS-FM Jingle Ball featuring Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea and every other artist that dominated the kids playlists this year.  The Power 106 Cali Christmas headliners are the initialed J. Cole and T.I. as well as the dichotomy of Big Sean and Lil Jon and of course featuring morning show host Big Boy.  KCSN has two nights highlighted bySarah McLachlin this Friday and Ryan Adams a week later and you’ll also have to wait another weekend before the mother of all Christmas shows  the 25th Annual KROQ  Almost Acoustic Christmas which was almost headlined by U2.  Are these shows worth going to?  If you like seeing abbreviated sets and self-congratulatory thank yous from your favorite local radio DJs then yes it is.  For me, going out to show on any other night is so much better. It’s kind of how I view going out on New Year’s Eve, completely unnecessary and for amateurs.  Enjoy!

 Power 106 Cali Christmas

KCSN Benefit Concert Series 2014

KROQ  Almost Acoustic Christmas

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