• Top 10 Baby Boomer-aged musicians that Baby Boomers aren't familiar with

    Jul 16 2009, 17h54 por larrybob

    I can't think how many times I've been talking to a baby boomer and mentioned a musician almost their same age whom they're completely unfamiliar with. No insult intended to baby boomers who are actually musically literate.

    1. Big Star -- You have to tell them they were the band of the guy who sang The letter before Joe Cocker did. And then you have to sing the song. If that doesn't work, try talking about "That 70s Show" and the Cheap Trick cover of In the Street. Alex Chilton is hard enough to explain, let alone Chris Bell. Their loss.

    2. James Booker -- The typical baby boomer may have a vague memory of Dr. John, but has never heard Booker except on that Ringo Starr album Ringo that they haven't listened to since 1975. You might try telling them he gave lessons to Harry Connick Jr. If you were District Attorney of New Orleans, would you get a homosexual junkie convict to give piano lessons to your son? Only if he were a piano genius too.

    3. Syd Barret -- Sure, boomers love post-Syd Pink Floyd, and they know he's the "Crazy Diamond" guy in that movie, but they've never heard his solo albums.

    4. Betty Davis -- Yes, the whole world has missed out on Betty Davis, but it's time to wake up. She's the queen of funk.

    5. Van Dyke Parks -- The only way to go is to mention The Beach Boys. Their eyes will probably glaze over while you're rhapsodizing about Brian Wilson's SMiLE

    6. Patty Waters -- I don't think there's any way to explain Patty Waters to mainstream baby boomers. Even though Diamanda Galas is technically a baby boomer, saying that Patty Waters is her biggest influence isn't going to help much.

    7. Skip Spence -- If the don't know Syd, how are they going to have heard Oar by the cracked ex-Moby Grape? About as likely as them knowing who Roy Harper is. [bonus Gen-X-er question: What Minneapolis record store which used to employ Hole/Janitor Joe bassist Kristen Pfaff was named after Spence and Harper's albums?]

    8. Townes Van Zandt -- Come on, boomers can barely remember Gram Parsons, can you expect them to know Townes?

    9. Nick Drake -- Thanks to the Volkswagen commercial, they are at least that familiar. They still haven't bought the box. Will they ever hear Vashti Bunyan? Or realize that they should own all John Martyn's albums too?

    10. Tim Buckley -- Do baby boomers even know who Jeff Buckley is? I guess they slept through the episode of The Monkees TV show where he sang Song to the Siren.

    (written June 2007, revised July 2009)
  • Submit your cover version for our 100th free album!

    Jul 8 2009, 12h37 por Weirdomusic

    Submit your cover version for our 100th free album!

    The release of the 100th free album download on WM Recordings is rapidly approaching. We have lots of activities coming up to celebrate this milestone. One of the projects surrounding our 100th free album will be the release of an album of cover version of tracks from the WM Recordings catalog.

    Pick your favorite WM Recordings track and... cover it!

    We'll post submission guidelines on our site very soon, but you're already invited to start submitting your cover versions.

    The rules are simple: the track(s) must have been released by WM Recordings and your version should not be longer than 5 minutes. Also keep in mind that a remix does not count as a cover version. Mail if you have any questions or if you have more great ideas to celebrate our 100th free album!

    best wishes,
    Marco /
  • Redesigned now online

    Mai 14 2009, 16h00 por Weirdomusic

    Hello music lovers,

    Your favorite music website is now even better: has been redesigned, refurbished, brushed up, tweaked and...

    Anyway, we have added more reviews (with plenty more on the way), updated the artists pages, added some nifty new features (comments on news items, rss feeds on the most essential pages, a search option), checked all the links, etc.

    Have a look for yourself:

    And don't forget to follow us on Twitter:

    best wishes,
    Marco Kalnenek
  • lee feldman's STARBOY

    Fev 20 2008, 7h43 por socialname

    hi, check out a scene from STARBOY, lee's animated musical about a 2-dimensional superhero who lives with his uncle, a mathematician!

    STARBOY website
  • (Beach) Boys On Film

    Fev 24 2007, 8h49 por nixhex4311

    Who should play Brian Wilson in the supposedly upcoming biopic about his life? It's too bad that Beau Bridges isn't about 30 years younger. That was the first person who came to mind. Any other ideas?

    On that note, which existing Beach Boys film is better...the Bruce Greenwood as Dennis film from '91, or the made for TV movie from '98?

    The Beach BoysBrian WilsonDennis WilsonCarl WilsonMike LoveAl JardineDavid MarksMurry Wilson
  • Best Soundtracks of all Time??

    Jan 14 2007, 7h10 por nixhex4311

    I was recalling a Top 5 conversation recently with a group of friends talking about the best soundtracks of all time. Me, being a list person, put it to a top five situation. I don't recall what they said, because I am a music snob and they were all probably "wrong." However, knowing that I am in good company of music snobbery, I will put down what are in my personal top 5, in no particular order, and welcome your top 5's, critiques of mine, and so on...

    1. The Harder They Come...what can you say about Jimmy Cliff. The guy is a Jamaican angel. His voice trumps Bob Marley's.

    2. Pulp Fiction...I'm sorry, but this collection of hodge podge gels so well. Chocked with some great surf rock, coupled with other classics, and some killer dialogue.

    3. Garden State...easily the best soundtrack of the last 2 to 3 years, and has set the standard for many would be indie movies as far as track selection. Say what you want about Zach Braff, but he's got a great ear.

    4. Almost Famous...for those of you not into 70's rock, here is a great starting point. Forget about the Dazed and Confused shit, we've heard it all before. This has a few Giants from the time, but a lot of hard to find, and deep cuts that remind us that there are still great gems to find from the much-dissed "Have A Nice Decade" decade.

    5. The Big Chill...Seriously, NOT! I almost got you you gullable fuck!


    5. Rushmore OR Life Aquatic OR The Royal Tenanbaums...Really, Mark Mothersbaugh does a tremendous job with this trilogy, I couldn't pick one. The Harder They Come
  • Zombies live is great... with one exception

    Set 10 2006, 19h08 por sethdw

    I saw the Zombies play last night... yes THEE Zombies, who last night included Colin Bluntstone, Rod Argent, Jim Rodford on bass (from Argent and 80's Kinks !), his son on drums, and some idiot wanker 80's session player on lead guitar. The band sounded great and all was wonderful until this dude's selfish, almost metal solos pop up every other song or so. He was pretty obviously hired for the tour because he played the two harder rock Argent songs really well. Rod Argent's great and tasteful organ solos made up for the uneccessary wanks, and Colin Blunstone seemed displeased but cordial when this moron was using COLIN'S mic stand to finish off the garbage headbanger solo on "She's Not There"(!!!), which he totally ruined. Sucked most of the joy for this perfect song right out of the room on that one. He might have been especially showing off because I kept giving him the thumbs down after all his solos, but man, he deserved it and more of a scolding. He's on stage with the legendary Zombies playing fast 80's guitar solos that where stupid in the 80's.
    Anyways, they played two Argent songs, 4 songs from Odessey and Oracle, and 3 or 4 really early Zombies songs. The last song was the first song they ever recorded, Summertime by George Gershwin which was soft, pretty, and outstandingly good. And I'm sure their guitar player hates playing it (ha ha).
    The show was "Little Steven's Garage band circus" or something like that, and includes 20-25 minute sets by Phantom Planet, Boss Martian, The Woggles and mooney suzuki. All were pretty good bands except Phantom Planet who were pretty shitty. But we just went to watch Zombies and specifically Colin Bluntstone. I was hoping to get an autograph, but Colin wasnt around before or after the gig. Rod Argent was around before the gig, incognito wearing a long blonde Edgar Winters wig that made him look more british than he actually is. I thought "oh, that must be Rod Argent."