The Results of the Poll for the Super Bowl Sunday Show..

Unlike American Idol, we are very forthright in the voting results and will give you exact votes and who won.

First of all, thanks to everyone who voted, considering we only mentioned this on air twice on Sunday and I tweeted about it a few times yesterday and today..we recieved 1398 votes, which is a nice total considering it’s the first time we’ve ever had a poll on the site.

I had no idea how this would turn out and what category would win, although I assumed it would be the one that was half local bands and half novelty songs, well, that got the least of amount of votes! Tells you what i know about my listeners.

Here are the results of the poll..

All Novelty Songs 647 votes (46%)
Normal Free Form Mayhem 549 votes (39%)
Local unsigned bowl of rocknroll 175 votes (13%)
Half Novelty/Half Unsigned 27 votes (2%)

All novetly songs it will be!! Expect some treats! I will be channeling my inner Dr. Demento and thensome!

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Paul Collins and Kim Shattuck Rock and Roll Girl

Live from Maxwells 1/29/11

Paul Collins and Kim Shattuck ROCK AND ROLL GIRL

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Can an Artist release too much music?

I started thinking about this when Social Distortion’s spectacular new album, “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes” came out, it’s Social D’s 7th album in close to 30 years, which is not a lot of product across 3 decades.

In comparison here’s some of the major rock artists and their output of albums and the span of years:

Beatles 12 studio albums in 8 years, plus endless compilations
Bob Dylan 34 studio albums in 49 years, and countless live albums and outtake albums
Rolling Stones 24 Studio albums in 41 years and countless complilations and live albums
Led Zeppelin 9 studio albums in 13 years plus some compilations and live albums
Pink Floyd 14 studio albums in 27 years
Bruce Springsteen 17 studio albums in 38 years plus a handful of live and outtake albums
Tom Petty 15 studio albums in 34 years plus an outtake box set and a few live albums
John Mellencamp 21 studio albums in 34 years
U2 12 albums in 30 years, plus a handful of live albums
REM 16 studio albums in 28 years plus a handful of live and compilation albums
Smiths 4 studio albums in 3 years
Replacements 7 studio albums in 9 years
Pearl Jam 9 studio albums in 20 years and hundreds of live albums
Green Day 8 studio albums in 20 years, a few live ones, and some side projects

If you notice on this list, with the exception of 5 of these acts that are no longer together for various reasons (beatles, zep, floyd, smiths, replacements) The remaining acts are on the touring circuit; but do we as fans of these artists really get representation of the artists full catalog? Or due to sheer volume of material, coupled with setlists that may not vary that much show to show or tour to tour, are we not getting our money’s worth if we support a band on each tour?

It becomes an interesting question as record sales continue to slide and the live concert business takes a hit. Take someone like Bob Dylan, he plays 100 shows a year every year and has well over 500 songs, yet he plays 20 or so a night, but in most cases half are the same as the last tour…or the Stones, as great as Exile is as an album, are there always going to be tracks that will never be heard live?

And are the endless releases and rereleases ultimately the thing that are killing sales? Does each rerelease take away from a sale of a new artist or even that artist’s new material? And does there become a point where you just stop buying? I mean it’s almost impossible to collect Bob Dylan at this point, and don’t get me started on Elvis Costello, there’s like 8 different releases with different bonus tracks of his best albums. Does anyone have any time to absorb and enjoy all of it. And does that come into play when artists do their set lists?

Pearl Jam and Springsteen and sometimes U2 always pretty much play the new album complete within that album’s tour and then sprinkle tracks from it on later tours…other acts not so much, and there’s a few ways to look at that, while people that see Bruce and Pearl Jam might not care about the setlists in terms of hits or popular songs, (I once brought a girl to a Bruce show and afterwards she said she knew 2 songs of the 30 he played and still thought it was the best show she had ever seen) fans of other bands may want to hear the hits over and over again, or at least the artists believe that…

Could Green Day do a show without “Longview”? Based on their rabid fanbase, i believe so, but they play close to 3 hours and do 30 songs so its tough to complain if a song is always on a setlist. Can the Stones get by without “Jumpin Jack Flash”? Yes, I believe they can, but when you charge $400 a ticket, I guess they feel they need to do that every night. Petty without “Running Down a Dream”? Definitely, but Petty has become lazy, despite the wealth of material he has, he’s fallen into a predictable trap and seems like he’s going through the motions on tour. If there was ever an artist at this point to build a show around a complete album, Petty is a top candidate.

I’m not sure there’s a correct answer, but as the traditional music industry is continuing to slide, first the sales crashed down, now the concert business is struggling, can any of it be saved? Is it worth saving? And how does it get saved? Maybe next week’s blog will discuss that. Remember to listen to Anything Anything Sunday nights 9pm at www.1019rxp.com

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I am so digging this song….

When i get snowed in, it’s a great time to catch up on the bazillon of cds that are sent to me, including this one by THE LOVES. You can tell how backed up I am, this song is called Decemer Boy and it’s almost February! It doesn’t matter;  this song is great any day of the year…enjoy the video and click it the link to download it, while you’re at the Fortuna Pop site, buy some 7” records too!

click below to download this for free:

Fortuna Pop

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Playlist 1/23/11

Anything anything DRAMARAMA
Don Kirshner introduces the Ramones (RIP Don)
Rockaway Beach (Live Don Kirshner) RAMONES
The Kids (Live Don Kirshner) LOU REED
Paranoid (Live Don Kirshner) Black Sabbath
Don Kirshner introduces the New York Dolls
Personality Crisis (Live Don Kirshner) NY DOLLS
Gimme Sweet and Lowdown SOCIAL DISORTION
Far Side of Nowhere SOCIAL DISTORTION
Goin Nowhere CHRIS ISAAK
Sidewalk Queen WYLDLIFE (unsigned Westchester)
I’m a rocker BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN (happy bday Danny Federici/ Telly Savalas)
This time INXS (happy Bday Michael Hutchence)
Robin Zander BREAK UP SOCIETY (Happy bday Robin)
Come on Come on CHEAP TRICK
Kings of Power Pop PAUL COLLINS
Rock and roll Girl THE BEAT
Everywhere I go MUFFS
Baby Baby Baby SAM COOKE (Happy Bday Sam)
Baby Baby VIBRATORS
My Girlfriend’s boyfriend isn’t me AUTOGRAPH (happy bday John Hancock)
Autographed copies WORMBURNER (unsigned NYC)
Kiss me on the bus (live) REPLACEMENTS
Tommorow and Tonight KISS (happy bday Paul Stanley)
No you don’t (Live Don Kirshner) PAT BENATAR
Trouble waiting to happen WARREN ZEVON (happy bday Warren)
The Streak RAY STEVENS (happy bday Ray)
Diamonds in the sky STEEL TRAIN
What will I do NEIL AND JACK (Happy Bday Neil Diamond)
I Need to know STEVIE NICKS (by request Paola)
Stuck inside of mobile with Memphis blues CAT POWER (happy bay Cat)

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PLAYLIST 01/23/11

Anything anything DRAMARAMA
Don Kirshner introduces the Ramones (RIP Don)
Rockaway Beach (Live Don Kirshner) RAMONES
The Kids (Live Don Kirshner) LOU REED
Paranoid (Live Don Kirshner) Black Sabbath
Don Kirshner introduces the New York Dolls
Personality Crisis (Live Don Kirshner) NY DOLLS
Gimme Sweet and Lowdown SOCIAL DISORTION
Far Side of Nowhere SOCIAL DISTORTION
Goin Nowhere CHRIS ISAAK
Sidewalk Queen WYLDLIFE (unsigned Westchester)
I’m a rocker BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN (happy bday Danny Federici/ Telly Savalas)
This time INXS (happy Bday Michael Hutchence)
Robin Zander BREAK UP SOCIETY (Happy bday Robin)
Come on Come on CHEAP TRICK
Kings of Power Pop PAUL COLLINS
Rock and roll Girl THE BEAT
Everywhere I go MUFFS
Baby Baby Baby SAM COOKE (Happy Bday Sam)
Baby Baby VIBRATORS
My Girlfriend’s boyfriend isn’t me AUTOGRAPH (happy bday John Hancock)
Autographed copies WORMBURNER (unsigned NYC)
Kiss me on the bus (live) REPLACEMENTS
Tommorow and Tonight KISS (happy bday Paul Stanley)
No you don’t (Live Don Kirshner) PAT BENATAR
Trouble waiting to happen WARREN ZEVON (happy bday Warren)
The Streak RAY STEVENS (happy bday Ray)
Diamonds in the sky STEEL TRAIN
What will I do NEIL AND JACK (Happy Bday Neil Diamond)
I Need to know STEVIE NICKS (by request Paola)
Stuck inside of mobile with Memphis blues CAT POWER (happy bay Cat)

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It’s really Bad Karma to buy music on Amazon…please stop! I’ll give you a free T-Shirt!

I’m really bothered about Amazon.com and the $3.99 album deals they do. I feel it’s ruining what’s left of the independent Record Stores and when I see some of my favorite artists get involved and promote this, it really makes me scratch my head.

It’s not the record store’s fault that people stopped buying CD’s. It’s the labels that caused that years back, they are the ones who made CD’s an $18.98 list price although it cost them half of what it cost to produce vinyl or cassette. and also that price was even more than Hollywood was charging for movies on DVD!.

It’s the labels who not only gave discounts to the big chains but also gave them exclusive content to drive people away from the independent store into the big box stores. I mean why buy a CD at the little guy for say $12 or $13 when you could go to the big box store and get that CD for $9.99 with added tracks?

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Why Don Kirshner mattered..

There will be alot of press about Don Kirshner now that he passed away, we’ll hear endless stories about the Monkees and the Archies and Paul Shaffer’s SNL impersonations and that’s all fine, but when you take the bubble gum off of  the bottom of your shoe, you’ll find out that Don Kirshner was one the guys who changed the world of rock and roll. Without Don Kirshner there is no MTV, without Don Kirshner there would be no FM rock radio explosion of the mid 70′s and I’ll explain why.

Don Kirshner had a TV show at a time when there were only 5 or 6 channels available it aired on saturday nights on NBC in NYC at 1am after SNL, he didn’t look good, he had a bad New York jewish accent; but he had vision. In this day and age a Don Kirshner couldn’t get near your TV screen and there’s a bazillion more opportunities now than back when “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert” aired.

Here’s what that show did that changed the world: it let artists perform a set of songs live in a row, not just a hit or two like SNL does or even Ed Sullivan did, so you would get album tracks; you would get to see the band in that extended environment.  It made you connect with the band, it made you want to buy an album, it made you want to see them live. It was a compliment to FM radio. Some may argue that Midnight special was better, that’s not the case. Midnight Special was great in it’s own right,  but occasionally there was lip synching, and the acts most of the times were already on the charts plus the presentation was cheesy. Don Kirshner gave you acts before they broke, as well as established superstars. There were times when he didn’t have the acts live but gave you their live performance promo films (ie videos) , of the Stones, of Meatloaf when Bat of Hell was exploding and the first full length Springsteen footage ever shown on American television, and you didn’t get just one song, you got multiple songs.

It would spawn MTV which ironically combined what Mike Nesmith (of the Monkees, who became Don’s nemesis in the 60′s) was doing on Nickelodeon with POPCLIPS and what Don was doing on Rock Concert. MTV not only played videos they also played live promo films and even had a Saturday Night Concert Series that in effect replaced Don Kirshner when he went off the air.

Don Kirshner was a pioneer and a legend, Rest in Peace Don. go here and read about Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert and be blown away by some of the acts on the show…

Here’s a video of the Ramones from Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert in 1977

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Please enjoy this song, Tom Brady….

Click on the Link below for this special song that Gisele is probably singing to Tom Brady as he sits at the hair club for men office getting a new set of plugs…

Football Seasons Over

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Playlist 1/16/11

Anything Anything DRAMARAMA

Football Season’s Over SHELLEY FABARES (happy bday Shelly, RIP Patriots)

Come on let’s go  BROADCAST (RIP Trish Keenan)

Come on (Let’s Go tonight) BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

Come on Let’s go GIRL IN COMA

Coma Girl JOE STRUMMER

Arms aloft in Aberdeen PEARL JAM

Public Image PEARL JAM

Fadeaway BODEANS (happy bday T Bone Burnett)

National Ransom ELVIS COSTELLO

Sneaking Sally through the alley ROBERT PALMER (happy bday Allen Touissant)

Stop Drop and Roll FOXBORO HOT TUBS

Stop playing with my Heart RYAN ADAMS

Stop and think it over COMPULSIVE GAMBLERS

Hey Big Al 12 STRING FRANK (happy bday Al Capone)

California Sun REPLACEMENTS

California Girls ain’t so Great ANTHONY DAMATO (Princeton NJ)

California Beach Boy DOLLYROTS

I never was a beach boy JAGS

I kissed a girl JILL SOBULE (happy bday Jill)

My side of the bed SUSANNA HOFFS (happy bday Susanna)

Vidal Sassoon Commercial (happy bday Vidal)

Let’s go to bed (acoustic) CURE

This bed is getting crowded ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO

Something so Strong CROWDED HOUSE

Leather Jacket MICK TAYLOR (happy bday mick)

Pretty Flamingo ROD STEWART (happy bday rod)

Spiders and Snakes JIM STAFFORD (happy bday jim)

Last DJ TOM PETTY (happy bday free form DJ Jim Ladd)

I believe what you say RICK NELSON (RIP David Nelson)

Til the walls come tumbling down J GEILS BAND (happy bday Faye Dunaway)

I wish it would rain TEMPTATIONS (happy bday David Ruffin)

Martin Luther King CATHY FINK (happy bday MLK)

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