Thursday, July 12, 2007

The End of Internet Radio

Hello everybody:

I don't know if having the freedom to read the type of news and download whatever type of music you want is important to you, but it is a high priority for me. If Congress approves the Net Neutrality act, all internet blogs, message boards, websites, etc. will be treated equally and will not be discriminated against by the phone companies and internet providers. This affects me directly since I have been maintaining Eclectic Grooves for the past year and depend on blogs, message boards and other independent sites to serve as my primary source of information.

Here is an excerpt from the site about Net Neutrality that goes more in depth on the subject.

The nation's largest telephone and cable companies — including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner — want to be Internet gatekeepers, deciding which Web sites go fast or slow and which won't load at all.
They want to tax content providers to guarantee speedy delivery of their data. They want to discriminate in favor of their own search engines, Internet phone services, and streaming video — while slowing down or blocking their competitors.
These companies have a new vision for the Internet. Instead of an even playing field, they want to reserve express lanes for their own content and services — or those from big corporations that can afford the steep tolls — and leave the rest of us on a winding dirt road.
The big phone and cable companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars lobbying Congress and the Federal Communications Commission to gut Net Neutrality, putting the future of the Internet at risk.

Please check the link below if you are interested in finding out more information on this and how you can make a difference by letting your congressman know that you don't want your internet freedoms taken away. There are only 3 days left to act on this, so let your voice be heard. I am going on vacation for about two weeks, so there won't be any posts during that time. Let's hope the little people win this one.

Shellac- The End of Radio

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Howlin' On the 4th

Happy 4th of July to everyone who recognizes the 4th as a holiday!

About a week ago, someone requested that I post a very rare Howlin' Wolf album. Ask and ye shall receive.

Here is a review I posted during March on Ear Fuzz that hopefully gives you an idea of what it sounds like.

Howlin Wolf was persuaded to record This is Howlin' Wolf's New Album for Cadet Concept in 1969. This label also released Muddy Water's Electric Mud which has a similar electric rock-n-roll blues sound designed to pull in bigger audiences for both bluesmen. Wolf's opinion of this record was emblazoned on the cover in bold letters- This Is Howlin Wolf's New Album. he Doesn't Like It. He Didn't Like His Electric Guitar At First Either. The idea of creating this album came to Marshall Chess after he toured with the Rolling Stones and realized that they were making money off of the blues legends who influenced them. He brought in the same band that was used in the Electric Mud sessions: Pete Cosey and Phil Upchurch- guitars, Louis Satterfield on bass and Morris Jennings on drums to create the psychedelic blues-funk- rock-n-roll fusion that was becoming popular at the time.

The whole album is funky with chicken scratch wah-wah guitar and funky basslines that would make Bootsy Collins blush. The rhythm section is tight as a vice and Wolf's bluesy vocals work well with the funky backbeat and acidic guitars. On this version of Smokestack Lightning, a funky Yusef Lateef style flute complements Wolf's gruff vocals while the band switches up from a midtempo funky jam to a psychedelic hazy dream filled with wah-wah guitars. Down in the Bottom gets a groove going that reminds me of the Meters mixed with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The rest of the album is just as funky and gritty as these two tracks, so keep an eye out for this one at your local record store. It is a definite must for fans of fuzz guitar blues psychedelia.

Howlin Wolf- This Is Howlin Wolf's New Album
[Cadet Concept, 1969]

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