Thursday, January 29, 2009

New music links added

Time to get started on building the Trader Rock link list.

I've added a few new music resources to the "Music Blogs" sidebar column, so we'll have a growing list of sites for you to check out. Here's a quick rundown on the sites added so far:

1. All Music Guide - Excellent resource for music reviews and artist info, discographies. I'm especially fond of the album reviews by Stephen Thomas Erlewine and Steve Huey, and in fact most of the reviewers seem top notch. Also home to the Allmusic Blog.

2. Technicolor Web of Sound - 1960s Psychedelic rock n' roll web radio station. Great playlist, and a lot of fun to listen to (check out the period radio ads played in between songs). Everything from Cream and Small Faces to lesser-known acts like The Birds (Ronnie Wood's group) and The Peanut Butter Conspiracy!

3. Beyond the Beat Generation - Another kick ass site focusing on '60s rock and roll, specifically underground rock of the period. They stream the music in a format called Shoutcast which I was able to play on Real Player, but the site suggests Winamp and a couple other media players as ideal options.

4. Kim Fowley's Underground Garage - Kim Fowley plays rock n' roll records new and old, while spicing up the playlist with great between-songs patter and his rather unique outlook on life in general. A personal favorite.

5. Little Steven's Underground Garage - The Sirius garage rock show that spawned offshoot shows hosted by Kim Fowley (see above) and others like Joan Jett, Andrew Loog Oldham, and more. I think you may have to register (free) to hear Steven van Zandt's show, but look around and check out the site.

Enjoy these sites, look around, and find some great new music. Know of a good site that we missed? Feel free to mention it here. We'll have more new videos and music resources for you shortly.


  1. thx for the links.
    question for you: the first rolling stones album i bought was 'sticky fingers' a number of yrs ago, which i enjoyed very much and still do. in recent yrs, i got other stones albums including 'some girls', 'let it bleed', and 'exile on main st' -- i dont enjoy any of these albums nearly as much as 'sticky fingers' and find them to be little more than above average, if that. am i missing something or are the rolling stones overrated?

  2. Hi, thanks for the comment.

    Well, I happen to have all the albums that you mentioned. I'm a big Stones fan. Except for some reason, I have not gotten around to burning "Let it Bleed" to disc, so I have yet to listen to that whole album if you can believe it.

    "Bleed" seems to have gotten very popular in recent years and it has a lot of hipster cred these days, but until I really listen to it I can't make a call.

    "Sticky Fingers" is my favorite of the studio albums I've heard. I really like "Exile", but you may have to find yourself in the right mood/situation to really enjoy a record like this. Also like "Some Girls", I think that record up to the early 80s is the last period of Stones that I really enjoy.

    As I said, I love the Stones so as far as "overrated" goes you may be asking the wrong person. They're more of a touring franchise these days, but as far as rock and roll bands go, I think they're one of the best groups of all time.

  3. not sure what mood youre referring to re; 'exile...'
    re; 'some girls' it definitely has a few really good songs and a number of decent ones. definitely a keeper album but certainly not mindblowing.
    re; 'let it bleed' -- it has a number of famous/very good songs but the other songs are not very good at all, if u ask me. pretty good album but doesnt touch 'sticky fingers' in my opinion.
    my argument here is that how can a band with only one or two really really good albums be considered one of the best ever? am i putting the bar too high? if you go by number of excellent albums, the beatles take the cake easily and no one can really touch them. but who else has put out more than 2 great albums? maybe it comes down to staying power -- a really good song or two on generally decent albums over a number of yrs seems to be the recipe for u2, springsteen, etc, after some early mindblowing albums. or how about the blow up and then blow out model of nirvana and guns n roses. makes for good debate.
    i'll hang up and listen to your answer.

  4. Re: "Exile" - You know how sometimes you're listening to an album and it just fits your mood/activity? That's what I mean. But it may also just be a case of the album simply not being to your taste...

    I think the Stones are the last group I'd characterize as having "only one or two really good albums", but that's just me.

    Besides, The Stones and other 60s groups first came up in the time of the single. Albums probably didn't even become the main artistic focus until after the Beatles released Sgt. Pepper. It's a little before my time, so I'll let someone else elaborate on that.

    I think if you only look at their body of work with Brian Jones 1963-1969 and Mick Taylor 1969-1974, you have enough great rock n' roll to fill TWO careers.

    Your points about staying power and the other bands are interesting. Actually, I think some bands would be better remembered/thought of if they had called it quits early (a la the Sex Pistols), but that's a topic for another day!

  5. For additional music resources, I strongly support adding Ben Lazar's blog entitled "A Deeper Shade of Soul." It is especially good at making the connections between 60's R&B and current pop/rock music. It can be found at

  6. Thanks for the heads up! Replacements and R&B sounds good to me.