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ACL Day 3: Mud and Pearl Jam

The festival grounds at Austin City Limits Music Festival were completely destroyed by the rain on day 2 and the massive amounts of traffic walking through the park. The park looked like a giant mud pit. It was hard to walk, the smell from the fertilizer was gross, and the mud got all over the fans’ clothes and shoes. I’ve never seen anything like it before. You can see videos of the mud pit on 977music’s YouTube channel. Zilker Park is being forced to close for a month to try to repair the damages and allow the grass to grow back.

Despite the mud, the music was amazing! Pearl Jam was incredible live. Krystle said that seeing Pearl Jam was one of the best experiences of her life. Everyone at the festival crowded in to watch Pearl Jam give an amazing performance. It was great how they interacted with their fans and showed support to the American troops, police officers, and firefighters. The crowed cheered loudly in support of our nation’s helping forces. Pearl Jam was the only band playing during their time slot at ACL because they were the headliner of the entire weekend. So many people were cheering, singing along, and dancing with excitement. Pearl Jam brought people together of all ages.

Other bands that played live on the Livestrong stage that day were: The Dodos, Clutch, the Toadies, and The Dead Weather. All of the bands performing at ACL were great! If they didn’t have a big fan base before this weekend, playing at ACL will grow their fan base tenfold.

ACL Day 2: Rain and Music

“Rain rain go away, come and play another day.” I guess the rain couldn’t hear Krystle singing over the loud bands playing at Austin City Limits music festival today. There was a 100% chance of rain in the forecast today, and rain it did!

The festival grounds were filled with fans wearing ponchos and carrying umbrellas. There were also some brave souls toughing out the downpour wearing only a tank top and shorts. The rain would come down so hard at times that the ponchos and umbrellas lost the battle to keep Matt and Krystle dry. A lot of festival goers remarked that they would rather be in the rain than suffer in the hot Texas heat. Despite being wet and cold, the fans cheered loud, danced enthusiastically, and rocked out to the hits from the bands playing at the festival. Flogging Molly played drunken Irish lullabies and had everyone in the crowd dancing some sort of an Irish jig. It was hard to see the stage, however, because of everyone holding their umbrellas.

The festival grounds were covered with mud. The grass was completely saturated and you made puddles with every step you took. There were some folks sliding down a grassy hill acting as if it was a slip-n-slide and rolling around in the mud. Near the west entrance of the park, there was a huge mud pit. Krystle was surprised to see that there were hardly any fans rolling around in it. Matt said that the mud and rain reminded him of Woodstock.

ACL and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs Rocking the Park

The band, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, totally stole the night away from Kings of Leon. Other people on Twitter agree that Kings of Leon were disappointing tonight. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs had a gorgeous set with a lot of beautiful red colored lighting. Their stage presence and energy was much better than Kings of Leon who seemed boring and yesterday. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs seemed to be filled with energy and excitement as they jumped around the stage. Many people were seen walking away from the Kings of Leon stage and towards the show being performed by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Additionally, when even the older folk sitting with their camping gear under the big oak tree on the grassy null facing the Livestrong stage decided it was time to get up and move cross park, well that about sums up the performance by Kings of Leon. They were not impressive and much overrated and had nothing to offer the crowd except for a light show that couldn’t be beat by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

I’m not saying that Kings of Leon aren’t worth seeing, however tonight they didn’t perform. Their music is better heard from an Internet radio station such as 977music.com which doesn’t have any admission or membership fees.

The weather today held out great and we didn’t have to break out our ponchos. It was warm with a slight breeze. The lines for the bathroom were long and the actual facilities were horrendous. If there is one thing that ACL needs to do, they need to take care of the bathrooms especially for the ladies. The food and drink lines weren’t too bad considering the amount of people eating. The prices on both were very reasonable. Unfortunately I ate at Hoffbrau steaks and didn’t enjoy the steak sandwich I ordered. It was literally a cheap piece of meat on a bun with no condiments provided. It was overpriced for what it was. However, overall the food at ACL seemed good. Tomorrow I will sample more of the food being sold such as pizza, skewers, gyros, wraps, smoothies, kettle corn, and tacos.

ACL: Coheed and Cambria

Coheed and Cambria just played on the Livestrong stage at ACL. Their show was amazing! They totally took over the stage and had everyone in the crowd rocking out. Their music can be described as prog-rock, metal, and emo. They made their way from New York all the way down to Austin, TX. The lead singer’s long fro was going crazy while he was head-banging on stage. The show had so much energy and the crowd was loving every minute of it!

ACL Day 1

ACL \'09 Crowd

What a beautiful Friday afternoon at Zilker Park. Matt and Krystle are camped out on top of a grassy null near a big oak tree next to the Dell stage. We are also in view of the main stage, the Livestrong Stage. The venue is looking amazing this year and the grass is holding up better than previous years. Where we are camped out, we can hear music from bands all over the park. On the Livestrong stage, Medeski, Martin & Wood are playing; on the BMI stage Jonell Bosser is playing; the Avett Brothers can be found on the AMD stage. Krystle is anxiously awaiting for Coheed and Cambria to come on at 4:30 at the Livestrong stage. Tonight’s headliner band is Kings of Leon. The food, provided by the many vendors that are cooking out smells amazing. Yummy!

Getting here was another adventure in itself. The parking situation was a little hectic, ok well really hectic. It took Matt and Krystle 2 hours to get parked and then they had to ride a shuttle bus to the park. The shuttle busses run frequently are are very efficient.

If you are in the park and plan on attending any one of the days, stop by our camp and say hi to Matt and Krystle.

How to Write a Song Worthy of Internet Radio

Writing a song can be very challenging. One must consider tempo, rhythm, melody, lyrics, and type of song they want to write. Should you write a love song or something you can dance to? Should the song be country or rock and roll? Here are some tips you should consider when writing your hit song.

First, you should choose what type of song you want to write. When choosing, pull from personal experiences. Will the song be about a relationship, a breakup, a party, work, your birthday, or a joke about something silly? It is easier to write about what you know or an experience you’ve gone through. It can be really challenging to make up a song which you know nothing about. Don’t be afraid to collaborate with other people about their life experiences too.

If you think about the song you want to write too much, it can become stressful and you may have the tendency to walk away from the project. Don’t stress yourself out too much. It is helpful to carry a notebook with you so that if you find inspiration for a song topic or line of lyrics you can write them down as the idea comes to you. Also, you should block out a few hours in your schedule to sit down, focus, and write. Prime writing times for most musicians are during the middle of the day through early evening.

When you are ready to sit down and start writing, take a look at song structure. It’s like having an outline for a research paper you had to write in school. You can structure the song as best you see fit. Most songs, however, include all of these components: introduction, verse, chorus, bridge, and outro. Keep in mind that there will be more than one verse. For example your sound structure could look like this: intro, verse, chorus, verse, verse, bride, verse, outro.

One of the best tips for song writing is to listen to music as often as possible. Writing songs is like learning a foreign language. The more you immerse yourself in the music, or language, the more fluent and prepared you will become. Listen to song and see if you can recognize the structure in it, the tempo, and the lyrics.

Writing a great song with catchy lyrics and an awesome sound will be sure to wow any music fan. Following these tips will help you write a song that is worthy of being played on Internet radio and traditional radio.

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.

SoundScan and why it Matters

What makes a song a top hit? Is it the instruments, singers, sound, tempo, or rhythm? Or is it more mathematically calculated? A top hit is given a rating from SoundScan that is shown to us courtesy of the Billboard top hits list. Songs listed under the category top hits are usually our favorite and most catchy tunes. The more a song is played, the more we like it, and are more inclined to buy the band or solo artist’s CD or download the song onto our home computers.

Mike Shallet and Mike Fine are the creators of the Nielsen SoundScan. It is a calculated method of information that tracks and records the number of sales of CDs and other music products. To be listed as a top hit, the band or artist needs to sell a lot of CDs or music videos/products and stay consistent with sales. The higher the sales, the higher up on the list they will be. You can find the list of top sales on the Billboard music charts which are released weekly. Billboard uses SoundScan information to produce their list.

Consumers control the outcome of the Nielsen SoundScan because the tracking is recorded by music products sold in retail stores and online. SoundScan works just like the Nielsen television ratings. A group or association doesn’t control what shows are ranked as a number one hit. The more viewers that are tuned into a show make that particular show the hit that it is. The same is for CDs. It is a number recorded of total products sold.

SoundScan has a big influence on how Billboard ranks the artists on their list. SoundScan tracks the total number of CDs sold, and then Billboard uses that number in addition to radio and download time to determine who will be ranked number one.

Artists’ CDs are also rated by their production company. For example, it is a huge honor for a CD to be considered platinum. A platinum rating means that a song, from a CD, has sold one million copies. A platinum CD is based on a sales number. Nielsen SoundScan tracks the number sold. Again, these numbers are reflected on the consumer and what CDs we are purchasing or downloading.

Without an artist’s fan base, their success would go unnoticed. Consumers are what drive the hits we see on the Billboard top lists. Bands make it to the top because we buy their music and support their careers.

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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  • 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 977music.com.