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This week’s music industry catch up is in honor of Ronnie Montrose, a guitar legend who passed away yesterday after a long battle of prostate cancer. I had the pleasure to write a press release about the famed guitarist last month in reference to his upcoming show in Syracuse, and I was sincerely looking forward to watching him play. His 40-year career has impacted the permanence and significance of rock and roll, and he will be missed. Spotify- Montrose
Jack White Performed on Saturday Night Live
Jack White performed March 3rd as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live. Lindsay Lohan was that night’s guest host, but that craziness isnot what this blogger is interested in. I’ve been a fan of Jack White since Elephant came out in 2003, and two years later “My Doorbell” was on repeat on my old school iPod Nano. White is a unique musician in our time: he’s formed a number of his own bands, started his own record label and production studio, he is proficient in a number of instruments, and his music has stayed consistent and individualistic for the past 13 years. White is set to release a solo album Blunderbuss in April, and he performed two of the cuts on his new album this past weekend.
White’s performance left me with mixed feelings. I loved his bold choice of an all-girl band for his first number “Love Interruption”, and the decision to juxtapose two different songs for his performance was a great idea (“Love Interruption vs “Sixteen Saltines”). Although I think the songs are inferior to his songs created with his 2006/2008 band The Raconteurs (the songs were more reminiscent of those with The Dead Weather), Jack White brought back the excitement and candidness of great Saturday Night Live performances (after the show has seen some set backs with Lana Del Rey and others). I appreciate White as an artist and musician, and I’m looking forward to his solo album (with fingers crossed that there are some truly funky songs in there à la Consoler of the Lonely and Elephant).
Senzari to Revolutionize Music and Social Media Integration
Senzari, an internet personalized radio service, has partnered with Facebook Places to create a revolutionized way to customize listener data and streaming. The concept is that listeners will “check in” to a certain location, and Senzari displays artists and songs that are popular among people who check in to the location. Demian Bellumio, COO of Senzari, says the purpose is “to show the intersection between physical places and music in cities around the world”. This unique streaming service will tie the bonds between music and social media tighter, and allow people to meet new people, discover new music, and learn a bit more about their community. The service launched Saturday to a few countries including the U.S., and a mobile version is hoped to launch by April. I’m excited to try out this new service, and I look forward to seeing how (hopefully) diverse my Syracuse community is with music preferences!
Fun.- Some Nights
Prink Floyd- “Young Lust” (RS’s exclusive stream)
Various Artists- Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan
Bruce Springsteen- Wrecking Ball
Chiddy Band- Breakfast
Till next time!