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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.

The Best of 80s Hair Metal Bands

Who could forget the metal bands from the 80s and early 90s with that big hair? The hair style alone made a stand out fashion statement. The music was big, flashy, and glamorous just like the hair of the band members. This particular type of heavy metal was very popular in California near the Los Angeles and Sunset Strip areas. The music is characterized by long solo guitar rifts also called shred guitar and hard rock with a mix of pop.

Hair metals bands not only made great music, they made an impact on our culture by introducing a new way of life. Band members weren’t happy with sitting around, hanging out, and producing hits. They had to party as if tomorrow would never come and dress to the nines with big teased hair, makeup, and over accessorizing. Their late night parties were infamous, and you could also read about a band member creating some scandal in a tabloid magazine.

If you aren’t quite sure what bands are classified as hair metal bands, here is a small list that will explain or spark some memories from “the good old days.”

Guns N’ Roses consisted of band members Axl Rose, Dizzy Reed, Tommy Stinson, Chris Pitman, Richard Fortus, Ron Thal, Frank Ferrer, and DJ Ashba. Some of their hits include songs such as: Welcome to the Jungle, Sweet Child O’ Mine, and Paradise City.

David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, Wolfgang Van Halen, and Alex Van Halen make up the band known as Van Halen which originated out of Pasadena, California. You could party all night like the rock stars listening to their hits songs like: Dance the Night Away, Can’t Stop Loving You, and Runnin’ With the Devil.

Another band originating out of Los Angeles in the 80s was Quiet Riot. They have gone through many band members, but the original formation was Kevin DuBrow, Randy Rhoads, Kelly Garni, and Drew Forsyth. They are best known for their hit Cum On Feel the Noise. Other hits by Quiet Riot include: Metal Health, Party All Night, and Callin’ the Shots.

Motley Crue is the quintessential 80s hair metal band. They partied harder than any other band and were always in some type of trouble. The band consisted of members Nikki Sox, Mick Mars, Vince Neil, and Tommy Lee. Too Fast for Love, Girls Girls Girls, and Dr. Feelgood were all hit songs by the band.

All of the bands listed above have a few things in common, and the most important being that they are metal hair bands. All the bands partied hard, had numerous tattoos, teased their hair to make it big, had run ins with the law, and originated from California. Some other famous 80s hair metal bands are: Savatage, Twisted Sister, Cinderella, Slaughter, Poison, Whitesnake, and Kiss. You don’t have to time travel back to the 80s to hear some of your favorite songs. You can find Internet Radio websites that have 80s channels that will play some of the hits from these great bands listed.

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.

Oldies Hits from the Beatles

The oldies are classified as music from the time period of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Most oldies music is classified under the genres of pop, rock and R&B. There were a lot of progressive musical movements including Motown, the British Invasion, and doo wop which inspired fashion styles, community, and a way of life.

An oldies band that never went out of style was the Beatles. Their music has inspired the world for years and started the hype with the British Invasion. The British Invasion was a group of bands from Great Britain whose music became popular in the United States. Just recently, Rock Band video game came out with a Beatles edition. Rock band allows users to act as if they are in the band and play music on game controls such as a guitar, bass guitar, or drum set. The Beatles edition for rock band is a compilation all of their greatest hits.

The Beatles fame lasted for a span of ten years from the 1960s until the 1970s. The band originated in Liverpool and consisted of members John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison. They were dubbed with the nickname, “The fab four from Liverpool.” Not only were they a success in England, but their fame and fortune reached the United States. The RIAA, Recording Industry Association of America, states that they have sold more albums than any other band or solo artist in the United States (www.riaa.com). The Beatles produced number ones hits that are still popular today and can be heard on Internet Radio and traditional radio.

From 1962 until 1976 they had 42 number one hit singles. A list of all the number one singles can be found on The Beatles Number One Hits singles website (www.bopped.com). Their first hit in 1962 was called, “Love Me Do.” This song first became popular in England and didn’t top the number one charts in the United States until 1964.

In 1963, they had 5 chart topping hits. One of the more memorable hits during that year was “Twist and Shout.” Not only was it a great song, but there were also fun dance moves to accompany it. They almost doubled the amounts of number one hit singles in 1964 with nine songs. A memorable song during that year which most people know and can hear on oldies radio station is “A Hard Day’s Night.”

They continued to dominate the charts with eight singles in 1965. After that the amount of singles started to taper off. Between 1966 and 1969 they only produced four number one hits per year. Success for the Beatles started to slow down in the 70s when they only had two hits in 1970 and one in 1976.

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.

Internet Radio and the Future of Traditional Radio

Listening to your favorite song, band, or solo artist just got easier due to the internet. You can download your favorite picks from music sites and radio programming online. Does having this easy accessibility effect the time you spend listening to traditional radio? Do you spend more time listening to a traditional radio or an online radio station? That is the cause of concern for traditional radio stations. However, an article by Central Michigan Life claims that traditional radio’s future won’t be affected.

A lot of people balance their time between listening to the radio online and traditionally. While at home or at work it can be easier and more convenient to listen to a radio program online. The advantage of listening online is that you won’t have to battle with any type of bad reception to find a station you like. Some people find that listening to music at work makes them more productive, and most online stations have few or no commercials which won’t be a distraction. Traditional radio is mostly listened to while driving in your car. Traditional radio is beneficial for local information such as weather updates, traffic reports, and local events such as fundraisers or fairs. People also like to hear and connect with local radio personalities and events they sponsor. According to “Radio’s future doesn’t look too different” article, the local advantages of traditional radio will keep it alive and on the air.

Online radio doesn’t pose a threat to traditional radio or the success of an artist’s musical career. The internet is fueling the success of music because it can be listened to at any time of the day and anywhere in the world. Bands from across the globe can be heard by someone in small American town that has access to the internet. Music can reach a bigger audience online rather than traditional radio can. You can also e-mail a link to a song to friends and family which will bring more attention to the band’s music you want to share. Sharing music online is fun and easy. If you hear a song on a traditional radio, there is no way to share the song with other people through the radio. The internet or an online music station is the only way to share the song instantly.

Both online radio and traditional radio will continue to thrive. There are advantages to both mediums and bands can benefit from both. Listening to traditional radio is great for local updates and community involvement, and online radio is beneficial for listening to a wide range of music from all over the world with few interruptions.

*Original Article “Radio’s future doesn’t look too different” http://www.cm-life.com/2009/08/28/radios-future-doesnt-look-too-different/

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.

Advntages of Listening to Internet Radio

People listen to radio for a variety of different reasons; to hear their favorite talk show, sports games, or music. The radio was invented over one hundred years ago, and people still listen to them today proving it to be one of the greatest inventions in time.

Listening to a radio can be difficult at times because there may be bad reception and it can take a while to tune to the right station you want. Listening to internet radio has many advantages over a traditional radio, and finding your favorite station is just a click away. Once you find a radio program that interests you, you just click on the link and the website broadcasts onto your computer. Finding a talk show, sports game, or your favorite music is easily accessible from the internet.

The best aspect of listening to music online is the cost. It can be free or of little cost. If you want to listen online all you need is a computer or laptop, an internet connection, speakers, and a media player. Some online stations don’t require a media player so you won’t have an additional cost of purchasing software. Some online stations charge a monthly fee which usually cost around $10 to $20 a month, but there are plenty of stations that are free of charge.

Another advantage of listening to radio stations online is the wide variety of programming. Unlike a traditional radio where there has to be good reception for tuning, you can listen to stations from across the globe. You can listen to stations from different countries and hear music and talk shows from other cultures. This is great for people who have relocated to another country for work, family, or military duty and want to listen to music or a show that will remind them of home. There are stations available with every type of music ranging from folk, hip-hop, rock, alternative, and jazz, just to name a few. There are thousands of radio stations to choose from online unlike traditional radio where you can only choose from AM and FM stations that are in your area of reception. Traditional radios are also limiting with music choices and most stations only play country, rap, rock, pop, and oldies. Local sports broadcasts are only offered on traditional radio, but with internet radio you can find sports broadcasts from around the world.

There are many advantages with tuning in online such as cost, accessibility, and variety.

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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