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Who Are the BoDeans?

The South by South West music festival just took place in Austin, TX. There were hundreds of great bands and musicians from all over the world. Some classic hit bands from the 80s came back to give outstanding free performances for their fans at Auditorium Shores. Hit bands such as The Stone Temple Pilots and Cheap Trick showed up for long lasting fans from their earlier years. People of all ages came to the free concert series to see the BoDeans perform. They rocked the house and had everyone in the audience singing and dancing along with their music.

The BoDeans were formed by musicians Sam Llanas and Kurt Neumann in Wisconsin back in the early 1980s. Slash/Warner records signed them on with their music label after a full band was formed by adding a bassist and drummer. They immediately began to record their music, and the first album called Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams was released in 1986. Soon after, they were voted the Best New American Band by the Rolling Stones magazine.

Since the release of their first album, they have released eight more albums. The most recent which will be released in April of this year is called Mr. Sad Clown, and it will be their ninth studio album. You may remember one of their hits if you watched the 90s television program Party of Five. The song Closer to Free from the album Go Slow Down was chosen for the theme song of the series. It instantly brought them more fans and increased their level of fame and exposure. The song was also used in the movie Heavyweights.

Their music is categorized under the genres of alternative rock, roots rock, and rock. Their music has topped the mainstream rock and adult contemporary charts. The band has seen some new members since the original formation back in the 80s. The current members, who include the two original founders Kurt and Sam, and: Noah Levy, Eric Holden, and Bukka Allen. Kurt does the vocals and plays the electric guitar, and Sam performs vocals and the acoustic guitar.

The band has been very successful and has a loyal following of fans that have stuck by them since the 80s. Two of the band members have worked on solo projects but still continue to fuel the success of the band as a whole. The two founders Kurt and Sam have worked on solo projects. Kurt Neumann recorded an album in the late 90s called Shy Dog, and Sam Llanas recorded his album in 1998 called A Good Day to Die.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Musicians Discovered on YouTube

YouTube has made a lot of people famous who may never have had the opportunity to become discovered. While not everybody gets a chance of stardom, a few have and they have done it up big. Who are the top musicians who have been discovered through this medium?

1. Arnel Pineda – Once a Filipino singer and songwriter, now lead singer for the rock band Journey. Videos of Pineda performing cover songs for Journey, Survivor, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Air Supply, The Eagles and Kenny Loggins began appearing on YouTube in 2007. From the videos, that same year, Pineda was asked to audition for Journey. By the end of the year 2007, Pineda was named the lead singer of the band.

2. Justin Bieber – Bieber may be one of the biggest rising stars right now and he’s only 16. This Canadian pop and R&B singer was discovered on YouTube by Scooter Braun, who later became his manager. Bieber was flown into Atlanta, Georgia where he had the opportunity to consult with musician Usher. Bieber soon signed with Usher creating the Raymond-Braun Music Group and then later with L.A. Reid and Island Def Jam. Bieber is known for his breakthrough single “One Time”, which was released in the summer of 2009 and charted on the top thirty in ten countries. HE followed this single up with his “My World.” His studio release “My World 2.0″ will be released March 23, 2010.

Bieber started performing at the age of 12 where he won second in a local singing competition. He also taught himself how to play the piano, drums, guitar and trumpet. It was in 2007 that his mother began posting videos on YouTube so that his family and friends, who could not attend his performances, could see him sing. Once discovered, Bieber became a hot commodity. He has appeared on The Today Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America and Chelsea Lately to name a few. He also had the opportunity to perform for U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House Christmas In Washington music special that benefited the National Children’s Medical Center. Beiber has toured with Taylor Swift on her two-stop return to the United Kingdom Fearless Tour. Bieber was named the hottest star of 2009 by J-14, newcomer of the year by MuchMusic, and listed by Celebuzz as one of the Top 10 YouTube stars of the 2000s decade

3. Esmee Denters – This Dutch singer-songwriter attracted the attention of Justin Timberlake in 2008, who later went on to sign her to his label Tennman Records. In 2009 she released her debut studio album “Outta Here”. The album reached number five in the Netherlands. Her debut single, also the title song of the album was released in the Netherlands in 2009. So far it has reached the top 10 in several European countries. The album was released in the UK on January 11, 2010 and features the previous 2008 charity duet with Timberlake, “Follow My Lead” as an additional bonus song.

4. Terra Naomi – This rock and pop artist became famous with her song “Say It’s Possible” through YouTube. Naomi is from New York State but currently lives is Los Angles. She writes, performs and plays guitar and piano. Naomi won the first YouTube “Best Music Video” award in 2006. She signed a publishing deal with Universal Publishing and a record deal with Island Records in 2007.

5. Lisa Lavie – Another Canadian born singer and songwriter who used the Internet to promote her music has had her vocals appear on soundtracks of major motion pictures. Lavie released her debut album in 2008 “Everything or Nothing”. Her album reached #20 on iTunes pop chart. Her featured video was a finalist among all videos in the 2007 YouTube Awards.

6. Mia Rose – Rose, is an English/Portuguese singer songwriter. Rose posted daily videos singing cover songs on YouTube starting 2006. She set a record within a month for the number of subscribers. In 2009 she wrote and recorded “Let Go” selling it on iTunes in Portugal where it became the best selling download and number 2 in Portuguese charts. Rose has been featured in Rolling Stone, The Sun, The Age and BBC Radio 5 Live.

Getting a chance to be heard, as a musician, is always a difficult task. Getting discovered is even more challenging unless you are somebody who knows somebody. Thanks to new social networks, musicians that normally wouldn’t get their chance, finally are.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Alicia Keys Going On Ten Years of Success

It’s hard to believe Alicia Keys has had 10 years of success under her belt. Keys’ has proven she is not a one-hit wonder since releasing her hits in 2000, “Rock Wit U” and “Rear View Mirror” – both of which were featured on the soundtracks to the films Shaft and Dr. Dolittle 2, respectively.

What is Keys doing now, ten years later? She is currently touring on her “Freedom Tour”, which has been around the world and is now in the United States.

Alica Keys was born Alicia Augello Cook. She was raised by a single mother in the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan in New York City. Keys loved classical music and began playing at the age of seven. Keys was not only musically inclined she was also highly intelligent. She graduated from the Professional Performing Arts School at the age of 16 and as Valedictorian. She then attended Columbia University, which was followed by the signing of her first album with J Records. Although Keys released singles for soundtracks, it was in 2001 that her commercial success came with the release of Songs In A Minor. The album sold over 12 million copies worldwide. Keys also earned five Grammy Awards, became the Best New Artist and won Song of the Year for “Fallin”.

In 2003 she released The Diary of Alicia Keys, which was another success, nationally and worldwide. Selling eight million copies, again she obtained four more Grammy Awards.

Keys sound and style was not only popular, the television and movie industry was also interested in her character. She made several appearances on the TV series Charmed. In 2007 she also was in the film Smokin’ Aces and The Nanny Diaries. After releasing another successful album “As I Am’, she appeared in the movie The Secret Life of Bees, which earned her a nomination at the NAACP Image Awards. Being before audiences wasn’t new to Keys when she released her first album nor when she stared on Charmed. In 1985, Keys actually made an appearance on The Cosby Show, when she was four, playing the part of Rudy Huxtable’s sleepover guest.

In 2007, Keys released her third studio album, “As I Am”. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The album’s lead single “No One” peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Sons, becoming Keys’ third and fifth number one single on each chart respectively. The album’s second single, “Like You’ll Never See Me Again” was released in late 2007 and peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

If this wasn’t enough, Key’s released her fourth album, “The Element of Freedom” in 2009, which became her first chart-topping album in the United Kingdom.

Keys, being multidimensional, of course has other irons in the fire beyond her albums. She plans to continue acting as she signed on to remake the film Bell, Book and Candle, a 1958 comedy, in which Keys stars as a witch who casts a love spell to lure a rival’s fiancé. Keys’ is also expected to play a 1940s biracial piano child prodigy in a film entitled Compositions in Black and White.

Ten years ago Alicia Keys worried she would be a one-hit wonder, today she is possibly wondering what it is she can’t do and become a hit at.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Cheap Trick Pulling Another Tour Out Of Its Hat

Some bands never die – Cheap Trick may be one of them. This 70s band is now talking about going back on tour with a full run of album shows. Frontman Robin Zander said they are thinking about doing again what they did in the 90s. Guitarist Rick Neilson felt that the 90s shows created somewhat of a trend. At the time, the group played its first three studio albums during multi-night stands, resulting in the creation of the 1999 live album “Music For Hangovers.”

Cheap Trick was originally formed in 1974 with band members Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson and Bun E. Carlos. The band grew in popularity as ‘power pop music’ with a hard-edged yet melodic pop sound. The band was compared to the Beatles with an edge, Cheap Trick’s biggest hits include: “Surrender”, “I Want You To Want Me”, “Dream Police”, and “The Flame”. VH1 labeled the band #25 on their list of 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

The band released its first album, labeled “Cheap Trick” in early 1977. The band developed a large fan base in Japan and the continued to push forward in popularity. Their second album “In Color” was released later that same year and was more pop-oriented than the first album. Despite their attempt to lighten up, the album failed to chart in America. Cheap Trick tried again with a third album released in 1978, “Heaven Tonight”. Again, not much of a following in America, but the band became megastars in Japan.

Japan continued to support the group and all three of Cheap Trick’s albums became gold records. When the group toured the country for the first time in 1978, they received a welcome that was compared to Beatlemania. During the tour, Cheap Trick recorded two concerts for their loyal Japanese fans at the Nippon Budokan. Video footage was also filmed at the first concert. Ten tracks taken from both shows were compiled and released as a live album titled Cheap Trick at Budokan, which was intended to be exclusive to Japan. The album suddenly became a popular import in the United States, and demand for the album became so great that Epic Records finally issued the album in the US in 1979.

The album “Cheap Trick At Budokan” went triple platinum in the United States. Finally the track “I Want You To Want Me” became recognized in the United States and skyrocketed to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album became Cheap Trick’s biggest selling single. The second single “Ain’t That A Shame” also peaked at #35.

In 1979 “Dream Police” was released. The album didn’t do as well as expected as it was considered an ‘experimental’ style. Before the album was released, Petersson left the group. He rejoined the group in 1987 and helped them record “Lap of Luxury.” Their song “The Flame” became the band’s first ever #1 single.

Like all bands, in 1991, Cheap Trick released their “Greatest Hits” album. The group pressed on throughout the 90s to produce more albums and they even changed their sound to a little more hard rock. The band toured with other bands including Stone Temple Pilots and Pearl Jam. By 1997, they attempted to re-introduce themselves to a new generation. With failing record labels, the attempt was difficult to pull off.

Finally the band released another album in 2009 entitled “The Latest”. The album was issued on standard CD as well as limited pressings of vinyl and 8-Track tapes.

What will Cheap Trick do in 2010? Will they attempt to go on tour, yet again and find renewed success? Time will tell.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

How to Prepare for SXSW Music

South by South West, also referred to SXSW, is a three part conference and festival that includes interactive, film, and music. It is a weeklong event that takes place annually in Austin, TX. SXSW Inc. is a private owned company that is headquartered in Austin that works all year to get the best lineup of musicians, actors, and media industry professionals. The first festival took place in 1987 and has been going strong and growing in attendance every year. How should you prepare for such a big event? Here are some tips for preparing for the SXSW five days of music portion of the festival.

If you are traveling from out of town, the first step is to book your hotel and travel arrangements. Hotels in the downtown area, where the festival takes place, fill up in advance. Making your hotel arrangements should be done first and early. There are a lot of places to stay downtown so that you can walk to different music shows. If you stay somewhere that isn’t of walking distance, you can arrange to rent a vehicle or take a taxi cab. The cabs are very busy during the week so renting a car may be more convenient. There are a lot of Pedi-cabs, bicycle driven buggies, which can take you around downtown.

Once you know where you are going to stay you can start packing. You will need comfortable walking shoes because you will be walking around the many different venues to check out as many shows as you can fit in during the week. You will also be standing and dancing a lot throughout the festival. Dress comfortable yet trendy. There are a lot of day parties and dinner parties, so it’s good to pack a few really nice outfits. Most importantly, you want to be comfortable. Austin has really great weather in March and you can expect the temperatures to be in the 70s.

Before you head down to the festival, you should look at the music schedule to see who is playing and where and when they take the stage. Music starts during the middle of the day and lasts until two in the morning. There are a lot of up and coming bands, and bands from all over the world at SXSW. You can listen to the bands’ online music to hear if you are interested in seeing them. Take advantage of the music lineup and research some of the bands and venues. If you want to be more spontaneous, you can walk around downtown and listen to the bands from the street. Once you hear a sound that you like, show your badge and walk into the bar or music venue where the band in playing.

If you stay out from noon until the early morning hours, be sure to stop and eat lunch and dinner. You want to have enough energy to walk around and check out as much music as you can fit into the day. It is also very important to stay hydrated. There will be a lot of free alcohol at the events and different venues, but be sure to switch up the alcoholic drink for some water. Please remember to follow all drinking laws and be safe. Austin has great barbeque and Tex Mex restaurants, so if you are interested in local cuisine, talk to your hotel concierge or do some research online for great eats you may want to try.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Amy Lee and Evanescence To Release New Album

It has been two years since anything new has come from Evanescence. Some of this may be due to the rotation of band members. But now, the group has pulled it together, pulled in some new talent as well as winning producer Steve Lillywhite and are ready to release their album in late fall of 2010.

If you are looking for the same sound Evanescence has released in the past, you may be disappointed. If you are looking for something fresh and new, then the album may be for you. Lee explains that the album will sound more changed, reversed and distorted. Lee also adds that the album is going to be a mix of ‘sarcastic aggression.

Who is on the album? Amy Lee of course, guitarist Terry Balsamo, bassist Tim McCord, drummer Will Hunt and new member, also named Will Hunt, who is a producer and songwriter.

The rock band Evanescence was formed in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by Lee and guitarist Ben Moody. The two met at a youth camp in 1994. Their first songs together, written by Lee, included “Solitude” and “Give Unto Me”. The band at first recorded private albums and then later released their first full-length album “Fallen” in 2003. The album sold more than 15 million copies worldwide and the band won two Grammy Awards. In 2004, the group released another album, “Anywhere But Home”, which sold more than one million copies worldwide. And then in 2006 they released “The Open Door”, which jumped back up to five million copies sold.

The name of the band, Evanescence, also was a process of evolution. Lee and Moody originally tried on names such as Childish Intentions and Stricken. They decided upon Evanescence as it meant to ‘disappear’ or ‘fade away.’

As the group rose to the top, so did the opinions and criticisms. In efforts to identify the band, publications such as The New York Times and Rolling Stone coined them as gothic metal. Other publications called them gothic rock or nu metal. Blender magazine went so far as to label them as “goth Christian nu-metal with a twist of melancholic Enya.”

When the band originally began recording, they were promoted in Christian stores. Not wanting to be pigeonholed into the Christian rock genre, Evanescence asked to be removed from such store’s shelves. In 2006, Amy Lee told Billboard that she had opposed being identified as a “Christian band” from the beginning.

The band progressed without being labeled. But not without problems. In 2007, John LeCompt had been fired and drummer Rocky Gray decided to quit. On May 17, 2007, drummer Will Hunt and guitarist Troy McLawhorn from the band “Dark New Day”, would replace the two. The band continued to tour as they started the process of working on their new album for an August or September 2010 release.

Lee is co-writing the album with Will Hunt. The pair decided to start writing together after arranging “Sally’s Song.” Amy Lee stated, “The sounds and influence he brings to the table — programming outer-space awesome sounds you can’t even recognize. I went through a phase where I didn’t know if it was solo time, or go write score music, or what. And then once we wrote together, I realized this is totally Evanescence.”

The new album to be released will also be the band’s first with veteran producer Steve Lillywhite, who has produced for the Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band and, most notably, worked on eight U2 albums.

Lee said she is excited about the new album and feels it is a change in direction. She adds, “I’m just at a place where I know who I am. I’m not trying to prove anything this time. Last time I had a lot of weight on my shoulders. This time I’m just having fun with music.”

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Sound Editing and Mixing

There are many components for making a box office hit movie. You need the best actors in the industry, talented producers, creative directors, and last but not least music. Sometimes, the soundtrack for a movie is the most anticipated album release for music fans. Music soundtracks can increase a movie’s ratings from good to great. Another similar music feature that enhances a movie is the sound editing and mixing. It is recording music or sound effects for movies and television.

The eighty second Academy Awards were last night and Oscars were given to the best actors, actresses, movie soundtracks, best movie of the year, and there is an even award for best sound editing and sound mixing. It is such an important aspect of a movie, and sound editors are incredibly skilled and creative. They can make an explosion scene rattle your home or theater or make prehistoric animals come to life on an animated movie for example. How can you create sound for a dinosaur walking when there aren’t any real recordings? How can you create ocean sounds on the set of a fake beach? These are some of the tasks a sound editor has to accomplish.

Sound editing and mixing has to be done together to be effective and sound good. Sound editors have to create sounds and sound effects that can then be mixed onto the correct places in a movie. Sound editors create the sounds and sound mixers place them in the film. The difference between the two is production and placement. Sound mixers also have the task of finding the best songs for a certain mood or ambience. Movie soundtracks don’t include the sound effects, such as explosions, beach noises, walking, etc.; they are a compilation of songs used in a movie. Some soundtracks have pre-recorded songs and others ask musicians to write a song specifically for the movie.

It has become a popular trend for musicians to cross over and also act in movies as well. A lot of musicians that act in films also help to produce the soundtracks. Christina Aguilera’s career started to take off when she recording a song made for the Disney movie Mulan. Some bands or singers that aren’t well known can become house hold names if they are chosen to be on a soundtrack. The songs that are chosen have the ability to affect the tone of the movie and add emotional value and recognition for the audience.

Sound editing and mixing adds inherent value to a movie and have to be done precisely and require a lot of thought, planning, and creativity. It is a great job to have on a movie set and the audience gets a lot from the effects and soundtracks.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

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