Friday, April 1, 2011

Friday's Rockin' Roundup - 600th Post Edition

This very post marks a special milestone for The Rock And Roll Guru – 600 posts. Yes, this edition of Friday’s Rockin’ Roundup is my 600th post. That’s a lot of posts. It’s also a good way to announce that there are some changes coming. Big changes. Huge changes. Changes that will find The Rock And Roll Guru going in an entirely brand new direction. I am excited about these changes, and I hope that you will be too.

In the next week or two, I will be making an announcement here at The Guru that details exactly what these changes are and what is going to take place. Some of you faithful readers are going to love it and others may not particularly care for the direction we move in. However, like any good blog, website, or music magazine, evolution is inevitable. I hope that you will stay along for the entire ride. Details are coming soon.

Here’s what rocked this week:

A Cool Little Site That I Stumbled Upon
The name of the site is “I Own Every Record You’d Never Buy” and it’s a blog that strives to review all of the obscure music from the 1970s. It’s an interesting idea and a neat little site worth checking out. You will definitely learn a lot about music you not only never heard of, but probably don’t care to hear either. The author is even kind enough to provide links to a video or audio of at least one song from each album. If you love the obscure, this is a site to visit.

Pearl Jam Re-Issues Out This Week
In continuing the celebration of their 20th anniversary, Pearl Jam have released a re-issue box set of Vs. and Vitalogy that also includes a 1994 concert from Boston. The review by Anthony Kuzminski is a long one, but worth the read. Not only does it provide a nice history of the time when the albums were originally released, it also is a well written soliloquy to Pearl Jam and their second and third album releases. Vs. and VItalogy were two of the best albums Pearl Jam ever recorded and it’s nice to see the re-issued versions available as a package deal. The addition of the live concert from 1994 makes this a must own for any Pearl Jam fan.

Another Aerosmith Best Of
Seriously? Does the world really need yet another best of from Aerosmith? I think they have more greatest hits packages than they do studio albums. This is ridiculous!

Another Great Music Site Is Shutting Down
To be filed under the tag of “this really sucks,” Shockhound has announced that they will cease to exist as of May 15th. Shockhound is a great source for music news, information, and upcoming releases. It’s a shame to see that they will be disbanding. A lot of great sites have gone down in the past couple of years, and The Guru is sad to see this one go.

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