About Bombayshowpig

Welcome to the site that features our band. This site allows you to learn everything you can about our site. Our band provides a great synergy that results from the chemistry between the two band members. This transforms into a unique sound that you won’t soon forget. It includes a guitar player and drum player. The result is a duo that churns out catchy rock tunes.

The band just recorded its first LP, which you should definitely take the time to listen to. It was produced by someone with tons of experience in the industry. The album includes 10 tracks that each has a unique sound. It results in I one amazing album that you won’t soon forget once you hear it. There are tons of rock band out there. However, our band has earned a reputation for its live concerts in particular. Now you can enjoy all the great songs from the band in one LP.

In fact, the band is constantly doing experimenting to expand its repertoire and skills. That’s why you should keep visiting this site to hear the band’s newest songs. It continues to work on new songs. It’s a good idea to visit this site at least once daily to learn what’s new and exciting in the band. What’s amazing about this band is that it just has two members. One handles the vocals, guitars, and effects. The other band member does vocals, drums, percussion, and keyboards. Both of the band members also add samples to the music. The fortes and experience of the two band members make a perfect combo that any rock fan can enjoy when listening to their songs.


News & info

You can download the band’s songs at Apple iTunes and Spotify. The band wants to provide its music to the largest audience it can. Apple’s iTunes is one of the best sources for songs where you can find tons of songs from various genres including rock. That’s why the band has made its songs available at the site. Spotify is another of the top sources of downloadable music on the net. If you’re a member then you can download all of the band’s songs right now.

The band hopes to add other platforms where fans can access its songs. That includes Google Play Store and others that are in the works. The band is dedicated to making its music available through as many sources of live audio streaming and downloadable music on the web. That will make it easier for fans to listen to their songs wherever they are whether it’s at home, in the office, or on-the-go.

It’s also important to learn about the band’s latest and greatest news and info. You can sign up for the band’s e-mail newsletter. That provides all the info you need about the band’s upcoming concert dates. That includes various countries including the US, Germany, France, Denmark, and the Netherlands. If you live in those countries then make sure to find where the band will be performing so you can make plans to attend a concert.

It’s one thing to listen to the band’s great songs on the web or radio. However, it’s quite another thing to hear them in concert. If you have the chance to do that you definitely should. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget. One of the main reasons is it’s a two-person band, which is quite rare in the music world. That’s one of the main features of the concerts.

 Live music

Another feature is the experience of listening to live music since it’s a totally different experience than listening to a recording. That’s one of the big differences that you should experience. In terms of the acoustics, it’s an experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

Make sure to visit the site not only to learn about the band’s next live performance but other content as well. One of the main features of the site is the freshest news about the band. It’s a plus to learn about the latest news about the band. That includes various topics including new songs, upcoming albums, live concerts, and so on.

If you sign up for the band’s email newsletter you can all the latest news sent directly to your email account. Then you can access it using a PC, Mac, tablet, or smartphone. This allows you to learn the freshest news the site can provide. That, in turn, will help to boost your appreciation for the band.

Not only that but when there are changes for an LP release, concert date, etc. it’s critical to know the information as soon as possible. For example, let’s say that you’re anticipating the band’s next LP. You’ll likely want to get all the latest updates about it. That’s why it’s critical to get the latest news and info about it. That, in turn, will help you to make plans in terms of buying the album, for example.

 Show your support

If you’re thinking about buying the band’s latest album you can listen to a track on the band’s official site, which is free to download. This is a great chance for you to “sample” the band’s music before purchasing the entire album. If you’re a fan of the band you’ve probably already decided to purchase each and every album. That said, it’s always a plus when you can get free music.

If you want to show your support for the band make sure to visit the online shop. You can buy items such as t-shirts, caps, and mobile phone cases. It’s a great option if you want to show that you’re a big fan of the band. All of the products are available in different sizes so you can find the right t-shirt, cap, or phone case.

Finally, make sure to contact our site if you have any questions or concerns. You can use different methods including phone, email, and live chat. This provides various ways to contact the band’s official site about any and all questions and issues. We’ll make sure to respond as fast as possible so you can get your questions answered and problems solved.


Guns N’ Roses: The Pinnacle of Rock Music from the 80s to Now

Power. Pure unbridled power. These are not terms that are commonly associated with the plethora of contemporary synthesizer laden, cleanshaven, Grammy waitin’ music groups who label themselves as “rock bands”. Few can lay claim to the raw, unremorseful style of 80’s rock which Guns N’ Roses so thoroughly defined in their debut album Appetite for Destruction, which ended up being the fastest selling debut album of all time.

Appetite for Destruction is notable in a number of regards for the creative insights and deft axemanship by lead guitarist Slash combined with the vocal acuity of GNR front man Axl Rose. Together, they created a couple of the most recognizable and most covered songs in all of rock ‘n roll history. Songs such as “Welcome to the Jungle” embody the aggressive, dangerous aura of Guns N’ Roses with tremendous build-up in the beginning of the song with reverberating guitar chords from Slash and an anticipatory bass-line, which leads into Axl’s rant about the “Jungle” ( a metaphor for just about any major city). Besides its instrumental successes, “Welcome to the Jungle” manages not to fall prey to the error of many hard rock/glam rock bands of the time – sounding quaint and redundant (a modern issue with contemporary rap as well). “Welcome to the Jungle” actually delves into the psychological undertones of life in the jungle that is the city.

In addition to the power ballads in Appetite for Destruction, such as “Welcome to the Jungle”, Guns N’ Roses showcases Axl’s renowned lyrical abilities and the guitar expertise that has cemented Slash as a legend in the annals of rock history with “Sweet Child o’ Mine”, which topped the BillBoard Hot 100. The song begins with what can only be described as one of best guitar riffs of all time – a simple, but profound progression of notes which effectively defined Guns N” Roses from past to present – the epitome of their public exposure. “Sweet Child o’ Mine” featured Axl Rose demonstrating his melodic, soothing capabilities as a singer, and Slash’s talent for further characterizing rock with a guitar solo that puts his artistic creativity and skill on display.

So, if you’re in the mood for real classic rock, or just want to take a trip back into the golden ages of music, Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction will be sure to whet your appetite.

A Short History of Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath made rock music an uneasy listening experience. Before them, the sixties had led to genre-swapping and stylistic hopping in the name of experimentation. Black Sabbath helped destroy all this and replace it with a basic drums, bass, guitar, vocal intensity which was heavy and dark. It was all wrapped up in a fey satanic, death-is-cool narrative. Their approach blazed a trail directly to the Sex Pistols, albeit via a naff and utterly un-cool path. But if you wanted your rawk music to, just, rock then they were for you.

At first they were called Polka Turk. Then they were called Earth, until they settled on Black Sabbath in 1968. The band’s sound is basically due to the fat sound of Tony Iommi’s guitar. He lost two fingertips in a work related accident and wear metal tips, thus the sound. Added to the bass, left in the mix, and the drums at the back in the center, and you have the perfect sludge-rock for Mr. Ozzy Osbourne to scream all over.

Their first album was released at the same time as the Rolling Stones were putting out ‘Sticky Fingers’, an album which heralded the death of hippy flower power and the rise of a more sleazy notion of free-love. It basically the birth of cock-rock. OK, the title track was ‘Paranoid’. It’s everything you need to know about Black Sabbath, condensed down into a couple of minutes of fiery rock energy. It was supposed to be just a filler track for their next album and it starts with some basic blues chords and develops into a full-blown teenage angst story of self-hate and, as the title makes clear, a good deal of paranoia.

Then, of course, there are the stories of bats, arson, defecation, drummer-accidents and general rock excess. It’s what made Spinal Tap great and is one part theater and one part stupidity. But then that’s what Black Sabbath are remembered for – the excess. They were really just a working class rock band who hung an image of the darkside over themselves because it sold records. No different to bands who adopt a wholesome ‘Osman-esque’ image, or a revolutionary fake-intellectualism like the Pistols or the Clash. It’s all showbusiness. Something which has certainly not been missed by the Osbourne family, who have made a second career out of the myth and legend of dad’s first.

Anyhows, what can’t be debated though is that Black Sabbath’s first four albums were certainly instrumental in honing down the sound of punk, and then maybe even informing the sound of grunge and the crossover of Ice-T. However, by 1976 (when punk broke) Black Sabbath had started to leave behind their own sludgey rock blueprint and they started to experiment. So, Ozzy left in 1977, and by 1980 both Butler and Bill Ward had also gone. Then came the rise of Ozzy. Popular in both the mainstream and the margins. It’s a little sad. Ozzy becomes an a-list clown because he was once rock’s a-list idiot savant. Oh well, there’s marketing for you. ‘Paranoid’ is still a great track though.

Rock Music Has Returned

What did I just get myself into? I’m in a van with four strangers, the doors are locked and I feel the need to scramble around in my bag for a taser or something. I would be more at ease meeting Tupac, Snoop and Diddy…together.This is definitely not your average interview, it’s not like I know every word to their Billboard Top 10 single, Swallow Your Fears. Heck, I just learned about the band twenty-four hours ago and my mind is still turning inside out. What do I ask these people? I know absolutely nothing of them. One plays drums, the other sings? I feel as if I am stranded in the middle of the ocean, fighting for flight as I watch my boat capsize. Shark ahead.

After introducing myself as a journalist who delightfully shuns tape recorders and refuses to write down every sentence uttered, I get a much needed “Yes!” from guitarist Thomas Panza. Finally, the silence is broken, this veil of nervousness is lifted and the tables are turned. Wait, what? “Hold on, let us interview you!”, suggests State of Man’s lead vocalist, John Stringer. I’m totally down- I’ve done this before…completely accustomed to it. “Why are you interested in doing a story on us?”, replies Stringer. Good question John, because I still do not know to this day. Maybe it was divine intervention, maybe I liked the music, maybe I just wanted to apply to that “groupie for life” position (Kidding). Groupie for life or not, I’m hooked and State of Man now sits proudly on my favorites list- number fifteen to be exact.

Hailing from Atlanta, John Stringer (Vocals), Thomas Panza ( Guitars), James Beale (Bass) and Chris Love (Drums) have been doing what they do best for seven years now. Panza describes the birth of State of Man as a rocky one, an under experienced group of friends willing rock out on New Year’s Eve completely sober (I’m kidding again). What started as a spur of the moment impromptu rock band grew to be a phenomenon. State of Man’s intrinsic lyrics and driving guitars have lead them to play a hectic international touring schedule. Like rock royalty they have gained recognition from sold out shows in countries such as Korea and Japan, all while taking the Asian girls by storm. (Seriously, you’d think one was Mick Jagger or something.)

So how exactly does a little known rock band go from zero to ninety in under a fraction of a second? Spin some vinyl with Timbaland? Wrong. Bump into David Geffen at a Los Angeles gas station? Wrong again. They do it all on their own. “You hear about a lot of bands that are DIY but we really and truly are.”,Stringer explains. While playing gigs and hitting every Wal*Mart in sight to stock up on the necessary materials needed to package an album isn’t typical rock star fashion, this is just what the guys of SOM did- and somehow, somewhere down the road… it worked.

State of Man released their debut album in 2006. Both Sides of the Story featured the hit single Swallow Your Fears, which peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot Singles Chart. These guys have without a doubt grown to be a class act, citing influences such as The Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam. Though SOM is a little known wonder wall at the moment, it is inevitable that they will grow to sale out stadiums across the U.S within years. America is long overdue for a real rock group- not emo/alternative rock, I’m talking feel good, get down to it rock and roll. State of Man aims to please, taking listeners on a nostalgic joyride throughout different stages of your life. Each song has a distinct meaning and seems to breed inspiration entirely. Not too many artists can capture that raw feeling, the odds are like that of winning the lottery- you have to be persistent.

From the melodramatic yet sincere lyrics of Be Still My Heart to the absolute rage and rock-ability of Symmetry, State Of Man’s music is truly a force to be reckoned with. You will cry, scream and maybe even head bang (let’s hope not), but one thing is certain- you won’t leave a show untouched.

Is the HeatPress Machine Really Easy to Use to make your #1 fan T-shirt?

This article will help you get to learn more about how to use the heatpress machine. There is nothing to worry about the machine itself since many have already used them and have provided testimonies that it is easy to use, even without prior knowledge about. If this is true, how much more if you get to learn more about different techniques that will maximize your usage with the machine itself?

The guideline that you’ll learn here is just the basic, which is aimed at people that prefer to use a guideline rather than do the predictions themselves.

  • Turn on the machine by flipping the switch
  • Next step is to turn its thermostat knob right until the heating light turns red.
  • When you see the thermometer displays the desired temperature for the transfer, make sure that you turn the knob left until the heating light goes off. This heating light goes on and off in order to regulate the temperature that you desire.
  • If the heatpress machine you bought comes with a digital timer, make sure you set it up until you hear its alarm. If you want to reset it, press stop.
  • Lift up its handle in order to open up the press.
  • Lift the handle up as this will open up the press
  • Get the t-shirt that you want printed on and lay it out with the Transfer Paper that is facing down onto the shirt
  • Take the handle and bring it down. The lock of the handle will lock it down in place
  • After that, you set the timer that is based on the instructions indicated in the Transfer Paper
  • Lift the handle up in order to open up the press
  • Take out the Transfer Paper off the shirt
  • Leave the shirt without touching the design for at least 24 hours in order for the print to settle onto the surface of the shirt. After that, you can wash the shirts to make it clean.

How a heatpress machine can help market indie music

Many musicians these days are going the independent route because they feel like they can create the kind of music that they want, rather than have it depend on a recording company. Many musicians these days have become popular and still remained independent, without attaching themselves or getting under contracting with a recording company. In this case, they have already established a good foundation on being a full-time musician, gathered the right people that will handle the logistics, branding, and budgeting of the whole career.

Talking about branding, the use of the heatpress machine can help market every indie musician’s brand and their name, as well. Haven’t you seen many fans wear shirts of their favorite music band? That will get an indie music band’s name out by using the heatpress machine on t-shirts and produce mass quantities of it. If you are an independent musician and is looking for ways to market your name without spending too much, heatpress machine is your answer.

Story of a Principal Percussionist Who Quit to Start a Rock Band

It’s a cliche. The Artist with a capital A quits his job to pursue his craft full time. The musician bucks the establishment to start a rock band. The drummer gives up financial security to live a life of freedom and independence and ramen noodle soup.

Except Ted Atkatz isn’t just any drummer, and he didn’t just quit any job.

Ted left his prestigious gig as the principal percussionist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra two years ago to lead his band NYCO full-time. At that level the world of classical music is more competitive than the NFL, the NBA, or MLB. Like the U.S. Supreme Court, you’re appointed for life, so hopefuls basically have to wait for someone to die to get one of the coveted spots. Yet Ted walked away.

His break with the CSO has been written about in everything from Wikipedia to the New York Times. During our three hour conversation it inevitably came up, and it was a natural part of the discussion because that’s just part of his life and experiences, but we talked less about the sensationalism of his decision and more about his life, his integrity and his self-awareness.

Ted started taking drum lessons when he was ten, and like many kids learning an instrument he wanted to be a rock star. He’d listen to Zeppelin and the Doors and Neil Young and would read Modern Drummer.

“My dad would take me to drum lessons, and I would sit in the back seat and I remember reading this interview with Ringo Starr,” he said, “and as I was reading it I was picturing myself giving the interview, and saying ‘when I was little I was sitting in the back seat of my father’s car reading magazines…”

As he grew up he considered more practical professions, like being a psychologist or an attorney, but his skill with and love for percussion led him to Boston College, the New England Conservatory, and eventually to audition for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. When he got the job “it was magical,” he said. “It didn’t dawn on me for three days, and people were congratulating me but it was totally out of body, and three days later I started crying because it just dawned on me. I was like, why am I crying? And then I thought oh, wait a second, this is what you’ve been striving to do for the last ten years of your life.”

Despite the exclusive nature of his position, after awhile he realized it was still a job, one where his life and his schedule and where he lived would be dictated by someone else for the next 30 years. “The thing I wanted to do between age 10 and now is be a rock musician, and at some point I got practical, and that’s why this whole quitting the job thing had to happen. At some point I looked back and thought I was too f-ing practical. When I quit the job I was divorcing myself from being pragmatic.”

At the same time it was a natural progression. For Ted. Ten days after he got the job with the CSO he wrote his first song. “What does that say? When I got the job it’s almost like that was the release so that I could start this other career, which is so f-ed up.”

His mantra is do what you love and the money will come after. “Why would I leave that mantra if that’s what got me here? If anything {quitting} was the most logical thing to do.”

Logical or not, going from a salaried position to an independent career as a musician is a risky move, not just financially but also because of his professional reputation. He’s been teaching percussion at DePaul University and has seen a change in the applicants to the school. “I was getting students from Eastman, from New England Conservatory, and from Julliard, and from Manhattan School of Music, and lately it’s died down because kids go Ted’s not relevant any more.” It’s a shame because he feels like he’s actually a better teacher now, that he’s sharper. At the same time he relates to the underdog since he went to Boston College, which isn’t as well known for its percussion program.

Many of his contemporaries also didn’t understand his decision, thought he must be crazy, and figured he must be making a lot of money with his band to make that kind of leap. For Ted it’s not about the money. “It’s really about risk tolerance, but it’s also about integrity…in terms of my career choice, in terms of what I’ve chosen to do and be, and how much of it is tied to the golden handcuffs.”

This attitude, this willingness to ignore societal norms and follow his passion stems from his parents. “My mother’s a painter and she actually got her masters in painting. My dad was a frustrated violinist, and he was a puppeteer and he did voice-overs for commercials, and he was a writer and he wrote ad copy for books. Now he’s a proofreader.”

But they were also practical and wanted their son to succeed. Ted believes their proudest moment was when he got the job with the CSO, and one of Ted’s proudest moments was when his mom heard the second album and said “you’re a true artist now.”

He was also moved by an early visit to Israel. As a member of the New England Conservatory Youth Orchestra he traveled to the embattled country and stayed in a Kibbutz for four days. His parents’ socialist leanings had prepared him for a communal environment, but he was not as prepared for how naïve he and other Americans were. “I still remember going into their bar, which was basically a bomb shelter, and you go down this ladder, and there’s this 19-year-old kid with about a case of beer and some vodka and we’re sitting around smoking cigarettes and talking, and they’re really excited to meet Americans because we’ve got this opportunity and all they see on TV is about America, and you hear these kids in France talking about the Israeli conflict, and then this African kid says ‘well, you in America, what do you guys know about this?’ And I said ‘Nothing. We know nothing.'”

“Here are these 19 and 20 year old kids talking about not only their experiences, but what they know about the world, and I’m just thinking we are so self-absorbed with capitalism, we’re so tied into it, and by watching TV we accept that as the norm…I think that as I made this decision to leave monetary security it was really nothing. It’s a matter of perspective.”

Ted’s progression from a tuxedoed percussionist in the back of the orchestra to a shaggy haired frontman of a rock band was influenced not only at that Kibbutz, but also when he was in Boston. He would often see a local band and to hear him talk about it is like hearing that kid in all his testosterone-fueled glory. “What I loved about the band was that they’d get like 500 people packed into this bar, and it was mostly chicks, and it was the coolest thing, and I’d just sit there out in the audience and they’d call me up to play cowbell on a Talking Heads tune. So I’d come up and play cowbell and would think ‘this is the best this is the best this is the best how do I join this band,’ and then they asked me to play drums in the band, so I did that and it was awesome. And then at some point we realized the lead singer was a complete asshole so they kicked him out. And I said why don’t I play a couple tunes, I’ll get behind the drums, I’ll play percussion, and until we get another singer, I’ll sing a couple tunes.”

Those contrasts, the classically trained musician and the socially-minded rock star, seem to coexist like a sibling rivalry in NYCO’s music. Even the difference between the live show and the CD is like a belligerent detente between the raw and the polished. “I want it to be like Billy Joel meets Slayer,” Ted said.

The live show achieves that, and is big and aggressive and energetic. The CD is, how shall I say, more palatable to the general ear. I’ve listened to it over and over, not because I have to but because I want to. I love “Hold The Line,” and “Koolaid” has won me over after my initial “huh?” reaction. “Girls Of Summerland” needs to be this year’s summer song. Yet as I listen to those songs, they’re tempered by the realization that when I see NYCO live, they’re going to take on a whole new energy. Basically, I ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

I’m a fan of Ted Atkatz and NYCO not just because of the music, but because he’s believed in himself with the same conviction that earned him a place in Symphony Center’s rarified atmosphere. What’s very telling about him is that when he talked about going to his 20th high school reunion, his barometer of success wasn’t that he was in one of the top orchestras in the world, but that he would be recognized as a rock musician. Being successful “is a vindication of what I chose to do.”

“You’ve gotta be self-aware, and you’ve gotta be realistic, and you’ve gotta say in addition to my natural ability, am I working as hard as I can, am I giving it my all? I think it’s really about accepting what’s on both of those scales, and then determining if there’s enough weight to go after the thing you want to do, and then the love for it.”

It seems contradictory that a musician would have both a pragmatic and also a non-commercial approach to his career, but that is precisely what Ted Atkatz does.

His next step is a move to LA. Not normally considered a practical move, but, once again, for Ted it’s a progression. He’s gone from orchestral percussionist, to band member, to a move on his own halfway across the country. In his last concert (for now) in Chicago, things will come full circle. The Elgin Youth Symphony will be performing with NYCO at Park West on May 18. Ted instructs them, and their director had heard of the Phish show with an orchestra in Vermont and approached Ted with the idea. He thought it was “the best idea I’ve heard.”

As a fan of music in general, young musicians broadly, and artists who believe in themselves specifically, I can’t wait to see this show. Ted, I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but know that after you’ve left, you will be missed.

Little Known Facts About Kiss Legend Gene Simmons

If you’re a fan of rock music, you know who Gene Simmons is. Gene Simmons is a rock-n-roll legend. Some even consider him to be a god. He set the rock-n-roll world on fire when Kiss released their first album in 1974 and to this day, people still worship him. But, there are some things that may surprise you about this rock-n-roll legend.

Little Known Facts about Kiss Legend Gene Simmons #1: Born in Israel

I was shocked to find out that Kiss legend Gene Simmons was born in Israel. When you think of Kiss, you think of a hard rocking American band. But, Gene Simmons was indeed born in Haifa, Israel.

Little Known Facts about Kiss Legend Gene Simmons #2: Helped Make a Cartoon

Another shocker is that Gene Simmons helped create the cartoon My Dad the Rock Star. He was an executive producer and write on the show. Unfortunately, the show was short-lived.

Little Known Facts about Kiss Legend Gene Simmons #3: Is 6’2

Kiss legend Gene Simmons seems huge with his platform boots on, but he’s also pretty tall without them. He is 6’2. But, he’s not just tall, he also measures up pretty nicely in other areas. Gene Simmons’ tongue is 7 inches long.

Little Known Facts about Kiss Legend Gene Simmons #4: Was an Elementary School Teacher

This is more shocking than Gene Simmons living in Israel. This Kiss legend actually taught 6th grade at PS 75 in Spanish Harlem. Can you imagine having this rock legend as a teacher? How cool would that have been?

Little Known Facts about Kiss Legend Gene Simmons #5: Dated Diana Ross and Cher

Gene Simmons claims to have slept with well over 4,600 women. Two of the special ladies in his life have been Diana Ross and Cher. At one time he even lived with Cher.

Little Known Facts about Kiss Legend Gene Simmons #6: Considered Being a Rabbi

When you first think of Gene Simmons, the fire breathing Kiss star that he was, you may find it hard to imagine him as a rabbi. But, he isn’t as hardcore as you might think. He actually claims to have never done drugs, drank alcohol, or even smoked.

Little Known Facts about Kiss Legend Gene Simmons #7: Founder of a Publishing Company

This Kiss star even has his own publishing company called Simmons Publishing, which publishes books and magazines.

Little Known Facts about Kiss Legend Gene Simmons #8: Original Name Chaim Witz

Gene Simmons was born Chaim Witz. When he came to America his name was changed to Gene Klein. Then he later changed his name to Gene Simmons for his rock career.

Little Known Facts about Kiss Legend Gene Simmons #9: Doesn’t Believe in Marriage

Obviously, having slept with over 4,600 women he doesn’t like the thoughts of being tied down. He has lived with Shannon Tweed since 1986, but they have yet to get married. He has even been quoted saying, “Marriage is an institution, and you must be fully committed to it. That sounds crazy to me.”

Jimi Hendrix and Rock Music’s Unforgettable “Experience”

Will I live tomorrow?

Well, I just can’t say

But I know for sure,

I don’t live today.

(From “I Don’t Live Today.”)

Well, that observation is debatable. He may be dead in the physical sense, but his spirit certainly lives on. Walk into any record store and you’ll immediately be struck by the sheer ubiquity of his image. His face is plastered on just about every type of commercial product marketed by the music industry: CDs, tapes, LPs, T-shirts, books, posters, videos, buttons, etc. Ask anyone to describe his status in the world of rock and roll and they’ll probably tell you he’s the greatest rock guitarist who’s ever lived.

It should be obvious to anyone who knows anything about rock music (or the Sixties) that I’m referring to Jimi Hendrix.

While the distinction of being the world’s greatest rock musician is intriguing enough in itself, there are a few issues concerning Hendrix that really pique my interest. For one, he is still a counter-cultural icon more than 30 years after his death. Hendrix is fixed in the historical record as a physical incarnation of the anti-establishment rebellion with which rock has always been identified. And it’s only natural that kids in the 21st century who are looking for a defiant and hip figure with which to identify would look to the decade of rebellion for idols. Fortunately, there is a wealth of published information and surviving colleagues to draw upon for insights into the current Hendrix revival.

On a recent excursion to a local record store (yes, they still sell vinyl albums) I overheard a young retro-hippie request Hendrix’s Cry of Love single. The fellow had looked in all of the sections of the store where he thought it might be but still couldn’t find it. And no wonder; the proprietor (a black man) had filed the Hendrix 45s in the “blue-eyed soul” section. Recalling that brings me to another interesting aspect of the Jimi phenomenon: he reigned supreme in a musical genre which both blacks and whites generally regard as a white domain. And evidently, even cool icons like Jimi are shunned by many in the African-American community as cultural lepers, supposedly afflicted with what could be called “not down syndrome.” That is, if you engage in (stereo) typically non-black activities (e.g. play rock and associate with whites), then you’re not down with your people.

In a decade every bit as fiery as his guitar in Monterey, Jimi Hendrix turned more than just his Fender Stratocaster upside down-he turned around common perceptions of music and culture. Jimi amended and transcended the narrow definitions of blackness and of rock stardom. Unfortunately, when it comes to Hendrixness, I’m not really that experienced. I was born too late (1968) to see him live in-concert or immerse myself in the great countercultural ethos embodied by his music. However, in this age of apparel-oriented politics, my generation can still rebel. If not with an “X” baseball cap or a Che Guevara button, then perhaps with a T-shirt featuring Jimi in a purple haze.

Rock Music Scene Heating Up

Summer 2017 is shaping up to be a music blockbuster with the release of a number of highly anticipated cds and a plethora of rock festivals and extensive tours. New discs from Linkin Park, Nine Inch Nails, Maroon 5, The White Stripes, R Kelly, Rihanna, Bjork, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Velvet Revolver and Marilyn Manson are expected soon. Festival mainstays, Coachella, Download, Ozzfest, Family Values, and the Warped Tour have already been announced. If you are a music lover, you won’t have to look far to be entertained.

Perhaps the most exciting news is the announcement that Ozzfest 2017 will be a free Live Nation sponsored event this year. Fans can get tickets on a first-come-first-serve basis for each venue. The 25 date trek begins July 5 in Los Angeles. This year Ozzy Osbourne returns to headline the main stage with Lamb of God and Lordi. Hatebreed will be headlining the second stage. Meanwhile, Korn has announced that they will be co-headlining the Family Values Tour with Evanescence with Atreyu, Flyleaf, Hellyeah, and Trivium along for the ride. A Rage Against the Machine reunion tops the bill for Coachella this year and this year’s Download festival is a A to Z guide of the rock world including Metallica, Motley Crue, Shadows Fall, Stone Sour, Marilyn Manson, and Slayer. Although it has yet to be officially announced, it appears that Linkin Park will be reviving their Project Revolution tour with rumors that My Chemical Romance, H.I.M., Taking Back Sunday, and Mindless Self Indulgence will be joining them.

While the festivals are getting most of the attention, there are a number of artists getting ready to tour as well. Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Dave Mathews Band, Gwen Stefani, Velvet Revolver, Beyonce, Kenny Chesney, Rush, Stevie Nicks, Fall Out Boy, Weird Al, The Police, and Genesis have announced summer tour dates. In addition, there are rumors of a Metallica/Aerosmith tour, more Bob Seger dates, and a possible Nine Inch Nails tour later this year.

If that doesn’t excite you, there’s always the slim possibility that Guns N’ Roses will release Chinese Democracy or Dr. Dre will release the long anticipated Detox.

Modest Mouse: We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

Modest Mouse has been making dynamic, artistic rock music for many years, and for many years I have been a loyal fan. They just released a new album entitled We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. I was definitely excited when I finally picked up a copy of the new album. The Moon and Antarctica is one of my all-time favorite records and The Lonesome Crowded West is what got me hooked on them in the first place. I literally own every Modest Mouse album. Some of them are gems, some of them are not; but for a band that has been churning out records as long as they have, they haven’t seemed to have lost their touch.

When I first heard the single “Dashboard” on the radio while driving in my car I started to feel nervous. It was immediately apparent that the song is well crafted and catchy, but it was also very pop. It fit’s the dance-rock formula perfectly: hooky guitar licks, “4-on-the-floor” drum beats, and a sing-along chorus; not unlike many new bands to hit the airwaves over the last few years, such as the Killers and Franz Ferdinand. I was nervous because I thought Modest Mouse was succumbing to recent trends in pop/rock music… I was wrong.

If you’re interested in purchasing We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank because you think it’s going to be filled with tracks similar to “Dashboard,” don’t waste your money. This album from beginning to end is obviously an artistic effort that is meant to please its creators far more than the masses. Even “Dashboard” sounds completely different in the context of the album than it does removed as a radio single. The opening track, “March Into the Sea” is aggressive and loud, Isaac Brock’s vocals clearly demand attention, and Johnny Marr (former Smith’s guitarist) influence is noticeable but not imposing.

The album is well paced and conceptual. The tracks flow together well and the album has a good mix of fast, up-beat songs and slow, chilled-out tunes. The production value is definitely superior to any previous Modest Mouse albums, as well. It takes a few listens before any of the songs really seem to stick, but most good albums do. This is definitely an album I would recommend listening to from beginning to end on your home stereo or a good pair of head phones. If you’re a fan of Modest Mouse, or even a first-time listener, I would definitely suggest adding this record to your collection.

4 advantages of using heat press machines

There are actually many types of printing equipment that you can use to create custom-printed shirts. There are screen printing technologies, for example.  Other kinds of technologies are heat press machines. A heat transfer press is a relatively recent development of printing technology. It can print onto different kinds of surfaces and materials, such as ceramic, fabric, etc. There are also numerous advantages of using this kind of technology in t-shirt printing. And it is definitely much better to use a heat transfer press than other kinds of t-shirt printing equipment.

1. Cheaper to print
If you had other kinds of shirt printing equipment, your customer would need to order a huge bulk of t-shirts to be printed so that it would be cost-effective to print their designs. However, with a heat transfer press, they would not have to order a huge bulk of t-shirts. A heat transfer press could solve that problem. You can purchase a heat press and then accept small orders and still make a profit of those small orders. You would not have to accept only large bulk orders for t-shirt printing. And since it is much cheaper to print using a heat press, you could potentially get a lot more customers.

2. Faster printing
If you use a heat press machine, it will actually print at a much faster rate than other kinds of shirt printing equipment. There are fewer steps that have to be taken to prepare the machine to print onto a shirt. And since there are also fewer steps, it is also much easier to print using a heat press. You would not have so much trouble using a heat press since you can complete shirt printing orders much faster.

3. Longer-lasting
The custom designs on the shirts that you have printed using a heat press, would also last for a much longer time. The heat transfer process, that this press uses, will yield much better results. The ink will stay on for a much longer period of time. And it will not fade so much. This would mean that customers may keep coming back to you because they know that your shirt’s designs will stay on for a much longer time.

4. Better printing quality
The printing quality that you can get out of a heat press, would also be superior to that of other kinds of printing equipment. Since the designs that you print will look better, you could also get more return customers as well.

As you can clearly see, heat press machines have more advantages compared to other shirt printing equipment, such as screen printers. If you own a graphic design business, you should look into getting a heat press for yourself. And if you own a screen printing press or any other kind of shirt printing equipment, you may want to upgrade to using a heat press. This kind of shirt printing machine is just so much better at printing artwork onto custom-designed shirts. And you may be able to make more profits from investing in a heat press for your business.

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