Devil City Angels Release Track

Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments9 Comments

Devil City Angles is a new Glam supergroup featuring Tracii Guns, Rikki Rockett, Eric Brittingham and Brandon Gibbs. The new track is called "All My People."

I gotta say, this band has potential! There isn't much about this band online yet, but I'm sure they'll be playing shows soon!


Digital Download, 20 Years Ago

Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments12 Comments

This is super cool. I came across a website yesterday called Noisey, Music By Vice. On June 27, Devin Schiff wrote a post about the first digital download. Here's an excerpt (the bold parts are my emphasis):

"Twenty years ago, on June 27, 1994, Geffen Records made history when it released the first major label song for exclusive digital download. The song was Aerosmith’s 'Head First,' an unused cut from the Get a Grip sessions. Ten thousand CompuServe subscribers downloaded it in eight days. It is three minutes and 14 seconds long. It took 60 to 90 minutes to download. “Head First” was a trial, a marketing ploy, a flash of the future, an iceberg for a titanic industry, and 4.3 megabytes of riffs and double entendres, available as a WAV file."

And also these nuggets:

"The song was made available to CompuServe’s 2 million users on June 27. Steven Tyler had the money quote in the press release: 'If our fans are out there driving down that information superhighway,' he said, 'then we want to be playing at the truck stop.' Users could access it through a line command, by typing “GO AEROSMITH.” Downloads took 60 to 90 minutes, depending on whether the user had a 9,600 bps modem connection or 14.4 kbps, lightning quick by comparison. There were worries about the servers crashing, but everything went smoothly."

The  New York Times covered the song release as well. Neil Strauss wrote the article, and you'll know his name because he wrote Motley Crue's biography, The Dirt. From the New York Times piece (again, my bold):

"At stake may be nothing less than the future of the record business. If songs are available free through a computer's phone line, this leaves record labels, manufacturers and retailers out in the cold. The current state of technology makes it impractical in terms of time and computer storage space to download an entire CD, but several computer companies are working to remedy the matter. More urgent is the matter of copyright. On the vast information network known as Internet, music fans have been making songs by popular acts available free for some time. Several major recording labels are in the process of deciding whether they will lobby for copyright protection on Internet."

I was in eighth grade when this marketing opportunity went down. At that time, Aerosmith was easily the biggest thing in my life - but I didn't have a computer, let alone a CompuServe account, so I didn't know any of this cool history. I'll go out on a limb here and assume at least a couple BBG! regulars downloaded the Aerosmith track 20 years ago. 


Join The Buckcherry Singles Club

Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments20 Comments
So Buckcherry is using Pledge Music to raise cash. Calling it the "Buckcherry Singles Club" the band is selling a six month subscription for one cover song per month. You'll also be entitled to "one-of-a-kind goods and experiences."
Here's the song release schedule. The first cover is the Rolling Stones classic "Beast of Burden."

July 1 – “Beast Of Burden” by The Rolling Stones 
August 1 – “Cover song #2” 
September 1 – “Cover song #3” 
October 1 – “Cover song #4” 
November 3 – “Cover song #5” 
December 1 – “Cover song #6” 


The Access Pass costs $5. 

Tom Keifer Performs With Halestorm

Posted on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments8 Comments

Tom Keifer is out on his solo tour. Halestorm is also (perpetually) on the road. The two acts both performed at the Taste of Minnesota last Saturday... and Tom joined Halestorm on stage for some tunes. I always enjoy seeing clips of Tom performing with other rockers. He's a musician's musician, if you know what I mean. Awesome stuff here.

Orkin Uses The Word 'Grindcore' In A Commercial

Posted on Monday, July 7, 2014 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments1 Comment

Just by chance, I ended up watching an entire Orkin commercial while clicking around YouTube... and basically the commercial is awesome. Lots of metal references and science, too! Plus, a major advertising firm used the phrase "grindcore" and I love that! Pretty smart advertising if you ask me. Also, I love all the metal references!

Unreal Music Sales Data

Posted on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments25 Comments has a shocking article on the state of the music industry these days. According to the post, album sales are down more than 14% for the first six months of 2014.

From the post:

"According to Nielsen, during the first six months of 2014, sales of all albums both physical and digital were down 14.9%. And sales just of digital downloads (from iTunes mostly) were down 11.6%."

But wait, there's more: the article goes on with this nugget of news:

"Sales of CDs were down 19.6%. What was up? Streaming jumped 50%. And sales of vinyl LPs were up 40%."

To recap, music sales suck, and only dinosaurs like you and me actually buy physical media anymore. I don't have a paid Pandora subscription or anything like that, but I do have Amazon Prime and Prime Music just rolled out last month and so far I like it, so I can definitely see the draw of using streaming music only. Still, there's something very special about owning physical copies of your favorite album -- typically in various formats! I can't help but think the kids of today are missing out on having a real relationship with their favorite bands. Come to think of it, kids today probably don't even have favorite bands, do they? I suspect they might have favorite songs... or YouTube channels... or "favorite musician on Instagram."

Sales data be damned, music is a business and artists must get paid for their work. So, like the article on Showbiz411 -- I certainly hope streaming companies figure out a way to compensate musicians fairly -- and fast. Because the future is here and sadly, the days of physical album sales seem long gone.

Live Audio of New Motley Crue Track

Posted on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments22 Comments

Motley Crue just started The Final Tour a few days ago. The band kicked off the tour in Grand Rapids and the reviews are horrid. Apparently the show was a train wreck. Anyway, a piece of news was that Motley performed their new song "All Bad Things Must End" during the show. It's hard to hear what Vince Neil is saying at the beginning of the song, but the audio clears up midway through (or else he just projects better). At any rate, the song just seems kind of mediocre at best. But we'll see - I'm sure I'll learn to love it.