Why the Strokes are a waste of time….

Since I’ve started my radio show, I’ve been very vocal about my dislike of a few bands. And like everything else, some people agree with my thoughts, others don’t. That’s the great thing about music, everybody likes something different, and unlike sports where you may root for one team while hoping every other team fails, music is not like that.

Despite my well documented distain for Kings of Leon, Pete Yorn and the Strokes, I don’t root against them selling records, I actually hope they do, I hope every artist sells millions of records, it’s better for all of us if tons of records get sold.

I also don’t have a problem with an artist to get established they cash in every friend and family connection “chip” to break through the clutter. It’s part of most everything in life, even in the workforce. Some people may get a job because of their connections which causes a better candidate to be left in the cold. In music a better album may not get heard or promoted. I fully understand all of that.

But this is where my problems lie with certain bands, once you cash in the “chip”, or daddy or your brother helps you out, you need to DELIVER or please go away and don’t keep re-cashing the same “chip”.

Unfortunately those certain bands haven’t DELIVERED.

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Why Jon Bon Jovi is wrong about Steve Jobs

In a Sunday Times interview that ran this past weekend, fellow Jersey boy, Jon Bon Jovi has stated that:

“Steve Jobs is personally responsible for killing the music business”

He’s wrong.

And he points this out in the article:

“Kids today have missed the whole experience of putting the headphones on, turning it up to 10, holding the jacket, closing their eyes and getting lost in an album; and the beauty of taking your allowance money and making a decision based on the jacket, not knowing what the record sounded like, and looking at a couple of still pictures and imagining it”

He’s right there.

But Steve Jobs had nothing to do with kids not holding up jackets, the record labels did.

and they have systematically done that for years as they looked to eliminate vinyl with their 12 inch beautiful album covers with gatefolds, liner notes and lyric sheets by replacing it with inferior sounding, cheaper to make alternatives that they convinced us to pay more for, 8 tracks, Cassettes and of course the CD.

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PLAYLIST 03/13/11

Anything Anything DRAMARAMA
DJ Rich Russo TERRIBLE TIM (Staten Island)
Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time KRAYOLAS
Everything’s Alright OUTCAST (Japanese 60’s Garage Band)
Everything is Falling TRANSLATOR
Who’s coming back to who DIRTY PEARLS (NYC)
Coming Back SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY and ASBURY JUKES
Mr Big THE DILS (happy bday Ron Jeremy)
Come as you are PETER WOLF (happy bday Peter)
Honey Bee (Live 2007) LUCINDA WILLIAMS
Lucinda JESSE MALIN
Lucinda THE KNACK
Tragic PLASTIQ PASSION (NJ/Staten Island)
Heaven’s Gonna Happen Now PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART (Brooklyn)
Stairway to Heaven NEIL SEDAKA (happy bday Neil)
Just Like Heaven THE CURE
Heaven Sent INXS
Einstein on the beach COUNTING CROWS (happy bday Albert Einstein and Sylvia Beach)
Poison Heart RAMONES (happy bday Brett Michaels and Nancy Wilson)
Psycho Chicken THE FOOLS (happy bday Truett Cathy of Chic-fil-a)
Turnpike Ghost STEEL TRAIN (NJ)
Ghost Band RANCID
Heartbreak Crutch GHOSTS OF EDEN (Staten Island)
Rock and Roll Ghost REPLACEMENTS
Rock and Roll is free BEN HARPER
Utah TRES MTS (happy bday Jeff Ament)
Everyday People PEARL JAM (happy bday Sly Stone)
Baby I don’t Care PRIMITIVES (happy bday Mike Stoller)
Searchin’ GRATEFUL DEAD AND BEACH BOYS (happy bday Phil Lesh and Mike Love)
I’m a believer NINA HAGEN (happy bday nina)
If you let me stay TERRENCE TRENT D’ARBY (happy bday Terrence)

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PLAYLIST 03/13/11

Anything Anything DRAMARAMA
DJ Rich Russo TERRIBLE TIM (Staten Island)
Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time KRAYOLAS
Everything’s Alright OUTCAST (Japanese 60’s Garage Band)
Everything is Falling TRANSLATOR
Who’s coming back to who DIRTY PEARLS (NYC)
Coming Back SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY and ASBURY JUKES
Mr Big THE DILS (happy bday Ron Jeremy)
Come as you are PETER WOLF (happy bday Peter)
Honey Bee (Live 2007) LUCINDA WILLIAMS
Lucinda JESSE MALIN
Lucinda THE KNACK
Tragic PLASTIQ PASSION (NJ/Staten Island)
Heaven’s Gonna Happen Now PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART (Brooklyn)
Stairway to Heaven NEIL SEDAKA (happy bday Neil)
Just Like Heaven THE CURE
Heaven Sent INXS
Einstein on the beach COUNTING CROWS (happy bday Albert Einstein and Sylvia Beach)
Poison Heart RAMONES (happy bday Brett Michaels and Nancy Wilson)
Psycho Chicken THE FOOLS (happy bday Truett Cathy of Chic-fil-a)
Turnpike Ghost STEEL TRAIN (NJ)
Ghost Band RANCID
Heartbreak Crutch GHOSTS OF EDEN (Staten Island)
Rock and Roll Ghost REPLACEMENTS
Rock and Roll is free BEN HARPER
Utah TRES MTS (happy bday Jeff Ament)
Everyday People PEARL JAM (happy bday Sly Stone)
Baby I don’t Care PRIMITIVES (happy bday Mike Stoller)
Searchin’ GRATEFUL DEAD AND BEACH BOYS (happy bday Phil Lesh and Mike Love)
I’m a believer NINA HAGEN (happy bday nina)
If you let me stay TERRENCE TRENT D’ARBY (happy bday Terrence)

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Glen Burtnik Live in Studio

Exit Number 9

Ode to Matt Pinfield

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PLAYLIST 03/06/11

Anything Anything DRAMARAMA
Winning SANTANA (#winning)
Every day is yours to win REM
Every day is Sunday THE SLACKERS
Diamond in the rough SOCIAL DISTORTION
Black Diamond REPLACEMENTS
Diamond Church Street Choir GASLIGHT ANTHEM
Exit 9 (live rxp) GLEN BURTNIK
Aligator Aviator Autopilot Antimatter REM
Alligator FOXBORO HOT TUBS
Alligator TEGAN and SARA
See you later Alligator BILL HALEY and the COMETS
Shapeshifter STEEL TRAIN (NJ)
Love that Kills WALDOS
My Heart explodes DOLLYROTS
Hearts on Fire RANDY MEISNER (happy bday Randy)
Peg o my Heart DROPKICK MURPHYS with BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
Build me up buttercup DAVID JOHANSEN
Buttercup LUCINDA WILLIAMS
Anchorage MICHELLE SHOCKED
Kalashnikov BOWERY RIOTS (NYC)
High Fidelity ELVIS COSTELLO
Hot rod angel SCOTT KEMPNER
Racing in the street TOWNES VAN ZANDT (happy bday Townes)
Little things my baby does BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
Needles and Pins SEARCHERS (happy bday Mike Pender)
Ode to Matt Pinfield (live rxp) GLEN BURTNIK
Tomorrow is a long time BOB DYLAN (RIP Suze Rotolo)

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PLAYLIST 03/06/11

Anything Anything DRAMARAMA
Winning SANTANA (#winning)
Every day is yours to win REM
Every day is Sunday THE SLACKERS
Diamond in the rough SOCIAL DISTORTION
Black Diamond REPLACEMENTS
Diamond Church Street Choir GASLIGHT ANTHEM
Exit 9 (live rxp) GLEN BURTNIK
Aligator Aviator Autopilot Antimatter REM
Alligator FOXBORO HOT TUBS
Alligator TEGAN and SARA
See you later Alligator BILL HALEY and the COMETS
Shapeshifter STEEL TRAIN (NJ)
Love that Kills WALDOS
My Heart explodes DOLLYROTS
Hearts on Fire RANDY MEISNER (happy bday Randy)
Peg o my Heart DROPKICK MURPHYS with BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
Build me up buttercup DAVID JOHANSEN
Buttercup LUCINDA WILLIAMS
Anchorage MICHELLE SHOCKED
Kalashnikov BOWERY RIOTS (NYC)
High Fidelity ELVIS COSTELLO
Hot rod angel SCOTT KEMPNER
Racing in the street TOWNES VAN ZANDT (happy bday Townes)
Little things my baby does BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
Needles and Pins SEARCHERS (happy bday Mike Pender)
Ode to Matt Pinfield (live rxp) GLEN BURTNIK
Tomorrow is a long time BOB DYLAN (RIP Suze Rotolo)

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Anthony D’Amato Live in Studio

“Songbirds”

“On the road to Calvary”

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PLAYLIST 02/27/11

Anything anything DRAMARAMA
All over again JOHNNY CASH (happy bday Johnny)
Devil’s radio GEORGE HARRSION (happy bday George)
While my guitar gently weeps GIRL IN A COMA
It’s you THE KNACK
It’s you JOHNNY VAN ZANT (happy bday Johnny)
Prettiest Girl FRUSTRATORS
Pretty Blue Eyes STEVE LAWRENCE (happy bday Liz Taylor)
Pretty Girls JOE JACKSON
Ugly JON BON JOVI (happy bday Jon)
Peg o’ my Heart DROPKICK MURPHYS with SPRINGSTEEN
Songbirds (live RXP) ANTHONY D’AMATO (NJ)
No more lies SCHON HAMMER (happy bday Neal Schon)
One of my lies GREEN DAY
Some of my Lies are True HUEY LEWIS
When you were mine MITCH RYDER (happy bday Mitch)
Dum Dum Ditty DOWNBEAT 5
He gets me high DUM DUM GIRLS
Nitrous oxide high TERRIBLE TIM (staten island)
Highttime PAUL WESTERBERG
Interstate WORMBURNER (NYC)
Peg o’ my Heart DROPKICK MURPHYS with SPRINGSTEEN
Ghost of tom joad PETE SEEGER and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN (happy bday John Steinbeck)
Love me tonight BLACKJACK (happy bday Michael Bolton)
Another one bites the Dust QUEEN (happy bday Dr Johnny Fever)
On the road to Calvary (live rxp) ANTHONY D’AMATO (NJ)
21st Century Digital Boy BAD RELIGION (happy bday Steve Jobs)
Belong PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART (Brooklyn)
Talkin Baseball (willie, mickey and the duke) TERRY CASHMAN (RIP Duke Snider)
I want to walk you home FATS DOMINO (happy bday Fats)

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PLAYLIST 02/27/11

Anything anything DRAMARAMA
All over again JOHNNY CASH (happy bday Johnny)
Devil’s radio GEORGE HARRSION (happy bday George)
While my guitar gently weeps GIRL IN A COMA
It’s you THE KNACK
It’s you JOHNNY VAN ZANT (happy bday Johnny)
Prettiest Girl FRUSTRATORS
Pretty Blue Eyes STEVE LAWRENCE (happy bday Liz Taylor)
Pretty Girls JOE JACKSON
Ugly JON BON JOVI (happy bday Jon)
Peg o’ my Heart DROPKICK MURPHYS with SPRINGSTEEN
Songbirds (live RXP) ANTHONY D’AMATO (NJ)
No more lies SCHON HAMMER (happy bday Neal Schon)
One of my lies GREEN DAY
Some of my Lies are True HUEY LEWIS
When you were mine MITCH RYDER (happy bday Mitch)
Dum Dum Ditty DOWNBEAT 5
He gets me high DUM DUM GIRLS
Nitrous oxide high TERRIBLE TIM (staten island)
Highttime PAUL WESTERBERG
Interstate WORMBURNER (NYC)
Peg o’ my Heart DROPKICK MURPHYS with SPRINGSTEEN
Ghost of tom joad PETE SEEGER and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN (happy bday John Steinbeck)
Love me tonight BLACKJACK (happy bday Michael Bolton)
Another one bites the Dust QUEEN (happy bday Dr Johnny Fever)
On the road to Calvary (live rxp) ANTHONY D’AMATO (NJ)
21st Century Digital Boy BAD RELIGION (happy bday Steve Jobs)
Belong PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART (Brooklyn)
Talkin Baseball (willie, mickey and the duke) TERRY CASHMAN (RIP Duke Snider)
I want to walk you home FATS DOMINO (happy bday Fats)

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