It was a big week for Japanese Pop. Turns out SONY has signed Metal/GirlPop fusioneers BabyMetal, with designs on taking over America. And earlier in the week I discovered Band-Maid. It only seemed right that I’d share all this, plus a little bonus, with our readers.
In Match #6, Munly nipped Wovenhand and advances to the next round.
Our seventh second-r0und pairing presents us with two bands working in the Folk mine. They’re on opposite ends of the mine, to be sure, and our readers are sure to find interesting points of contrast as they consider the dark genesis of the Denver Sound and the wildly popular darlings of the neo-Folk scene. Continue reading →
In the fourth match of round 2, Firefall defeats Slim Cessna (the first result of the ToR so far that has surprised me). But hey, the tribe has spoken.
Our next match is a dark one. And since I have collaborated on a few songs with one of the bands, it would be silly of me to pretend that I’m objective. I loves me some F8. That said, I’m a big fan of SS, too. What matters is what the people think, though. Continue reading →
In the third match of round 2, The Samples edge The Apples in Stereo and advance to the quarterfinals. Our next match features Tommy Bolin, who beat Rose Hill Drive in round 1, squaring off with sparkly glam Shoegazers Space Team Electra.
In the first match of round 2, Big Head Todd & the Monsters nipped 16 Horsepower and advance to the quarterfinals. Our next match features The Samples, who beat Sugarloaf in round 1, trading licks with critically acclaimed Power Pop innovators The Apples in Stereo.
George Harrison’s 72nd birthday…a bittersweet reminder that All Things Must Pass…
George Harrison (image courtesy Wikimedia)
In many ways it’s pointless to write or say much more about The Beatles. They remain, despite revisionist rock historians’ best efforts, rock music’s most important band. Arguments about their merits as solo artists follow similar paths. John is better because he was truest to rock and roll’s founding principles. Paul made what Dave Marsh once called “the Decision for Pop” because he wanted to be loved. Ringo was – well, Ringo was better than anyone expected but still the luckiest sod in musical history.
Then there is George. Known during the Fab Years as “the quiet Beatle,” his release from what had become for him the prison of being a Beatle led to a creative outburst and the best of all Beatle solo efforts, the magnificent All Things Must Pass. Many critics think George had the best solo career of any former Beatle. I think Paul has done so but then, I’m his buddy.