Would taped music be a good option for me?

August 27, 2016 by · 1 Comment
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I love to sing and play music. I can’t find anyone to get into a band with. All my friends are either in bands or talentless. So would it be a good idea to record the music and sing live with taped music. Would this be a good idea and is it common? Does it depend on the music?

The disadvantage of playing with a tape recorder or something like that is that it looks boring – only one person to look at it. You gotta be extra entertaining. Second is, for guitarists especially, is what are you going to do for rhythm? The two options i’ve seen are a drum machine or a laptop. The laptop is more expensive but you can literally record a full CD quality backing track. Unfortunately, the quality of your sound is completely dependent on house speakers… which could be a bad thing. The best way to go would be getting a rack setup, where you can plug your laptop into… but it would mean a mixer or preamp (virtualizer, perhaps), a power amp, and possibly other effects, too (EQ, compressor, vocal processor, etc).

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Texas blues legend Sam Lightnin’ Hopkins – Where Lightnin’ Strikes

August 20, 2016 by · 5 Comments
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Houston-based Fast Cut Films, in association with Sunset Productions, is working on a documentary feature film, “Where Lightnin’ Strikes,” about the life and times of Houston blues legend Sam “Lightnin'” Hopkins (1912-1982). His music inspired generations around the world from the Texas Gulf Coast, Mississippi delta to the British invasion. The enduring musical journey of Sam Lightnin’ Hopkins began on a cotton farm in Centerville,Texas in 1912. He was drawn to the music he heard played by an older brother. After meeting up with Dallas bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sam left the hardscrabble life of the Texas cotton fields, determined to play his way to better circumstances.
Possessing a sharp wit and a unique ability for endless improvisation, Lightnin became a master storyteller. He was able to convey profound truths about the human condition via poetic imagery. The “Po’ Lightnin” that inhabited his tales of struggle and misery became the “Everyman” that black audiences identified with and white audiences flocked to performances to experience.Whether playing on a street corner on Dowling Street or at Carnegie Hall his style defined Texas blues. He sounded like no one else yet influenced every one. His unique musical style influenced generations of blues, rock, country and soul musicians as well as filmmakers, writers and painters. Over the course of his 60-year career, Lightnin’ Hopkins recorded more music than any other blues artist. His discography includes more than 100 albums for more than twenty different recording labels. He made Houston his home in the 1940s. In 1982, his funeral drew more than 4,000 devoted fans and musicians to the city to celebrate and honor him.
The film, currently in production, includes on-camera interviews with family members, band members, historians, eyewitnesses and musicians influenced by Lightnin’s work. Additionally the film will explore Lightnin’s influence on artists outside of music including painters, sculptors and writers. These interviews will be combined with archival photographs, newsreels, and performance footage.

Duration : 0:4:43

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Why do people bother reading album reviews?

August 13, 2016 by · 19 Comments
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I don’t get it.

You can easily download an album, listen to it, and form your own opinion of it. Also, I don’t understand why you would want to compare your own opinion with those of the people at Pitchfork or Rolling Stones or whatever. Most of the time, the reviews are garbage, at least from what I’ve read. Sometimes, I feel like I know more hip hop than some of these "critics". And the lines they pick out are always some unimpressive sh*t they try to pass off as dope. The only reason I can see for reading a review is for an album that hasn’t been released/leaked yet, and you’re anticipating it like hell (like the early Distant Relatives review on HipHopDX).

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Radiohead – Lotus Flower

August 6, 2016 by · 25 Comments
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Video for ‘Lotus Flower’ from The King of Limbs

Produced and Directed by Garth Jennings
Choreographed by Wayne McGregor
Director of Photography- Nick Wood
Editor- Leila Sarraf

http://www.thekingoflimbs.com | http://www.radiohead.com

Duration : 0:5:8

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Country Blues, MUDDY WATERS,(1941) Blues Guitar Legend

July 30, 2016 by · 5 Comments
Filed under: Country Blues 

31-8-1941

Duration : 0:3:33

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Jimi Hendrix – The KPFA Tapes – Country Blues

July 23, 2016 by · 25 Comments
Filed under: Country Blues 

Jimi Hendrix performs “Country Blues” for radio station KPFA, January 22nd 1969.

Ultra Rare edit.

Duration : 0:8:54

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Country Blues Guitar Lesson – Down The Dirt Road Blues – Paul Rishell

July 16, 2016 by · 25 Comments
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FULL COURSE: http://truefire.at/gz4qaI

GUITAR LESSONS: http://bit.ly/TrueFire

This Paul Rishell guitar lesson from his new TrueFire course, Dirt Road Blues, covers one of Charley Patton’s country blues guitar favorites. Get tab for this guitar lesson on TrueFire TV. More video samples from this course on TrueFire TV ( http://truefire.com/tv ).

Duration : 0:4:30

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Is there unwritten rule about not dancing at blues shows?

July 9, 2016 by · 10 Comments
Filed under: blues festivals 

Just back from a blues festival and lots of head bopping but hardly any dancing. Can you enlighten me about this? Was it just a weird cultural phenoneon? Or is there a ‘too cool’ to dance quotient factor I am unaware of?

Heck No.

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Darth Vader Feels Blue

July 2, 2016 by · 25 Comments
Filed under: Blues 

A touching moment between father and son. Beautiful.

(Conceived on The White Island by Billy Faithfull and Oli Beale – cut by BF).

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Duration : 0:1:45

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U.S. BLUES TOUR ’63

June 25, 2016 by · 3 Comments
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Featuring: Victoria Spivey, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Otis Spann, Matt Guitar Murphy, Big Joe Williams, Lonnie Johnson, Willie Dixon, Memphis Slim and Billy Stepney.

The 1960s European tours by American Blues artists were legendary. They introduced a music that had only been previously available on hard to find discs to a new generation of young people and changed the face of our popular music forever.

Diehard blues fans at last got the chance to see their idols in the flesh and for those who werent able attend the concerts, many of them were documented on film. The very rare footage on this DVD includes artists who were playing in the early days of the music as well as masters of the Chicago Blues. Due to age, this material contains a few minor visual glitches; the audio is excellent however and nothing distracts from these inspiring and important performances.

Bonus material: Three audio tracks from Victoria Spivey, Lonnie Johnson and Big Joe Williams plus images and biographies.

You can order this DVD at http://www.bluesdvd.nl

Duration : 0:8:36

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