Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Blade Radio Show Playlist

Playlist for Blade Radio Show 3.27.2015

 1. Enjoy And Get It On - ZZ Top LP: Tejas 1976

 2. Used To Love Her - Guns N Roses LP: GNR Lies 1988

3. Jesus - Amos Lee 2011

 

4. Walk On Medley - Boston (Brad Delp Tribute) 1994

5. Six Blade Knife - Dire Straits 1978

***WEEKEND KICK-OFF***

6. Needle and The Spoon - Lynyrd Skynyrd LP: Second Helping 1974

Guest: David Menconi Raleigh News and Observer at South By Southwest-VIDEO

8. Ol' North State - American Aquarium LP: Wolves 2012 

9. I Am The Highway - Audioslave 2001

10. Sympathy for the Devil - Rolling Stones LP: Get Yer Ya-Yas Out 1970

11. Shakin The Cage - The Zoo 1992

12. Riverside - America 1971

Friday, March 13, 2015

What is it about Neil Young?

"Oh to live on...Sugar Mountain...with the barkers and the colored balloons..."



 Neil Young has a way of getting you right here (thump), so in that way, you develop a real love for the man. I mean a real love. It's crazy how some singers and bands can evoke this love in me without it being returned. I can't think of a better example of unrequited love than that which I have with bands like Neil Young.

Exception: cats. Cats are the ultimate unrequited love.

It's so hard to explain how you can truly love someone you don't even really know. And the older I get, the longer the relationship gets, so really, the stronger it gets. I read this comment on a Neil Young video a while back;
The greatest thing a writer can do is to evoke deep emotions with their writing, so true of music, and I think Neil Young has always had that gift with his music. Every song is a collage of emotion, hitting you deep from all sides.
That's as good a way to decribe it I guess. Why is it that I really like U2, but they evoke zero emotion in me? Why do Mick Jagger and Keith Richards evoke? Why doesn't Aerosmith? This explains the love affair I have with music, and then it doesn't explain anything really.

 "I Am A Child"
"The Old Laughing Lady"
"Don't Let It Bring You Down"

Songs that just melt you. "He sounds like a cat" old friend Kevin Silva once said, and he LOVES Neil Young. I f*****g love Neil Young. I'll bet he loves me too in away he doesn't even know. How can you not love someone that totally adores you.

 The Blade Radio Show


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Blade Radio Show-The First One


I always said that when I slide that set of Sony headphones on before a break on the air, it's the most natural thing in the world for me. And it is. I finished my first show on MusicStar Worldwide and I had the same thoughts I used to have after my shows in Raleigh, and they're always the same. It's one of these three thoughts;
1. "That was a good show"
2. "Ehh."
3. "I sucked today"

Today's thought? Number 2.

After discussing my jobs of the last two years on the show, I had no idea I had so many said "jobs". Best Buy Home Theatre, Dunkin Donuts, custodian at a concert hall, actor, UPS package slinger, grade school kids photographer, teacher. I taught a full semester of the Music Business at Central Arizona College which was a four month semester, but believe you me, the other jobs lasted about thirty days a piece.
It's been a series of thirty-day trials. I have opted out after thirty days. Hey I gave it a shot at being a regular joe. I can't do regular jobs like I thought I could. I can do what I can do and that's a radio show.

MusicStar Worldwide Studio

The first show was a bit weird because of trying to get my technical stuff down so my levels were off, my voice was too low and the music too high, but that's an easy fix. The show is an hour long and I got in ten songs, the idea is to lengthen the show to two hours but it's costly. I am hoping I can get supporters ($1 to $10 monthly) and sponsors ($100 monthly with logos/banners and links) to expand to five days a week. This way I can get my music in. The thousands  and thousands of songs that are there. Highlights from today:

"Workin For MCA"-Lynyrd Skynyrd
"The Thrill Is Gone"-Jose Feliciano (I don't want to hear it. I had no idea how good a gee-tar player Jose is)
"Chop and Change"-The Black Keys

Quickie Show Clip: Cheyenne Wyoming and my 92 year old wife.



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This is great. Watch it go. Next show is Friday March 13th at 3pm ET. Catch all the archives if you can't sneak the live show in.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The BLADE Radio Show

This show is just about ready. I signed on with musicstarworldwide.com and am starting my new radio show this Friday at 3pm ET and it's damned exciting. I'll play what I want to play without having to play what they tell me. It's an internet show which is the way to go now because it's not governed by the FCC or radio program directors.

This way I can play the new bands that I love and help give the new guys a start. And since it's rated by page views (analytics), and not this clown ratings system where radio programmers tell you to keep it under five seconds of talk per break, I can relax and make it comfortable for everyone.



I have been tossing around these songs as my first song this Friday:

  • Sympathy For The Devil (Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out live version)
  • Fire On The Mountain-Grateful Dead OR the Marshall Tucker Band
  • Tangerine-Good ol' Zep
I'll tell ya man, I just totally miss the Southern rock. Play me some Skeenyrt bo. I just can't wait to fire up the Marshall Tucker Band, or the Dixie Dregs and dammit, Little Feat. I am using "Spanish Moon" for my intro because that Lowell George line of "I pawned my watch just to hear that girl sing" is so powerful.

"And if that don't getcha', the women will. You can lose it all down at the Spanish Moon"

I also use my old (and I mean old) friend Kevin Silva's Ed Sullivan voice, Kitty Kinnin's "Jackpot Girl" and the voice of Tommy Smith Ford doing Paul Harvey in the intro. Old old stuff but in Silva's words,

"So what. It's f*****ing funny."

Show Intro:


The show is each Friday at 3pm ET starting this week. Listen free any time and check out the archives. You can also be a supporter which will help me expand to five days a week. I have enough now for one month of shows.

Click here to join my team.

Bands, if you're looking for a start with some airplay, to hang out with me in google hangouts, live chats about your releases, and at the very least, an honest review or quote for your fan pages, shoot me your music right away. I'll get the word out.

bladestage@gmail.com

It's a crazy, crazy world now, but the music has never died. I can't believe I didn't either. Hey man, I'd love you on my team.

Yours in music with very special thanks to Mark Knopfler, who got this whole thing going for me. -Blade