Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday's Rockin' Roundup - The New York Knicks Are Relevant Again Edition

For the regular readers that aren’t aware, your cousin Ryo is a huge sports fan. Baseball is my most beloved sport, but I will pretty much watch any sporting event, and I follow a team for each of the four majors (baseball, football, basketball, and hockey). If I’m not listening to (or writing about) music, then I am probably watching sports. Being a Knicks fan, basketball has taken a back seat to other sports for the last decade. It’s hard to follow a sport closely when your team is horrendous. Year after year after year I would hear about how the team was rebuilding and how much better they were going to be the following season.

Well, this season, they finally meant it and were able to put a valuable product on the court. By signing a key free agent in Amare Stoudemire and getting help around him, the Knicks have finally become relevant again. I can’t tell you the last time I was still closely following the team after the holidays, yet here we are in January and I know what place the team is in, who their upcoming opponents are, and what their record is both home and away. The Knicks have finally made me believe again. While I don’t expect them to win a championship this year, I am looking forward to watching playoff basketball with a team I can root for. I can only hope that the wheels don’t fall off and they disappoint me again.

Here’s what rocked this week:

Block Starz Music Announces Their She Got Next 2011 Compilation
German-American music company Block Starz Music LLC has released the official artwork and first three singles from its upcoming "She Got Next 2011" music compilation. "She Got Next 2011" will be available at Amazon and iTunes in the Spring and features some of the best new indie music from unsigned female recording artists around the globe. "She Got Next 2011" is the first installment of this all-female Pop, Rock, and Urban music series. Block Starz Music is also announcing the soft launch of the new compilation series' official website,, which will feature artist profiles, music videos, news updates, MP3 downloads, and submission guidelines for unsigned female talent. The mission of the "She Got Next" project is to enthuse careers, empower artists, and entertain responsibly. Block Starz Music will not accept explicit, obscene, and/or violent material. There is no charge for submitting material, but a signed release form is required. For more information about "She Got Next", please visit

World of Warcraft Sheet Music Is Now Available
If you’ve ever wanted to play along to the music from the hit online game, World of Warcraft, now’s your chance. Alfred Music Publishing, the leader in educational music publishing since 1922, is proud to present a line of officially licensed, collectible sheet music from the soundtrack of Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft®. The world’s most popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game, World of Warcraft features an epic soundtrack that is now available in authentic arrangements for piano and voice, as well as simplified arrangements for piano, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, horn in F, trombone, violin, viola, and cello. Musicians and gamers will transport their audiences to a world of fantasy by playing rich arrangements of Blizzard Entertainment’s game music, including the epic main title “Wrath of the Lich King®” as well as favorites like “Lion’s Pride,” “The Shaping of the World,” “Pig and Whistle,” “Lament of the Highborne,” “Invincible,” “A Call to Arms,” “Gates of the Black Temple,” “Salty Sailor,” and “Garden of Life.” For the complete catalog of the available World of Warcraft sheet music, please visit

Is Rock And Roll Dead?
Over at Blogs N Roses, the question that arose is whether rock is dead. This is a great commentary piece about the state of rock and roll and it’s not what you think. I agree with Craig, rock and roll is a state of mind and a way of life. To me, rock and roll will never die.

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