youngseoulrebels:

Tomorrow Show with Tom 
Snyder 1981

youngseoulrebels:

Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder 1981

alex-atalante:

The Clash

alex-atalante:

The Clash

alex-atalante:

Tom Verlaine

alex-atalante:

Tom Verlaine

What John Lydon did for rock and roll is simply immeasurable. Think back. Disco, funk, jazz fusion—WTF. Even the respectable stuff from that era—soul, glam, and math rock—tended towards a exclusionary, centralized “professionalism.” Too much polish, too much product, too much about the show. After Mr. Lydon and the Pistols knocked it all down, it opened opportunities for musicians of all types. I wanted to examine it from the ashes of all he destroyed.

I’m not about to write off the whole decade; there’s some really good stuff that came out of the 70s. The list is long. But for pop and rock royalty of the 70s, their time had come. They had to go. What replaced them, thanks to Mr. Lydon & Co, was what lit the fuse for me. I don’t think I would have been interested in music at all if it weren’t for Billy Bragg, The Smiths, Elvis Costello, Talking Heads. Bands like Gang of Four, Television, XTC, Hüsker Dü, The Cure, and of course, Joy Division.

What a world that was. I don’t think that any “movement” since has lived up to what was going on in the post-punk era. To me, it was an explosion that burned brightly enough to inspire me for decades. Let’s relive it here for a moment.

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The iTunes & Spotify Farewell Tour / Control Mouse Music
Last chance to download MP3s! This song will removed from iTunes on March 15, 2014: http://bit.ly/cmm-002.
For more about why I am removing my music from iTunes and Spotify, please see Opting Out: An Indie Musician’s Experience.

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The Selectmen / Maybe Johnny Rotten Was Wrong
From the 6-song EP: Introducing The Selectmen

Meet the band: http://selectmen.com/band
Album credits: http://selectmen.com/credits
“Like” on Facebook: http://facebook.com/selectmen
Follow on Twitter: http://twitter.com/selectmen

℗&© 2012 Control Mouse Music
Published by Control Mouse Music, Boston, MA http://controlmousemusic.com.
All rights reserved. Unauthorized use is a violation of applicable copyright laws.

Come in, London! I’m on the radio again

Another tune of mine is ON THE RADIO in London! The D1Radio Hour, hosted by Dom Pates, runs live every Thursday night (as The Thursday Night Show), and then Dom posts a recording to Mixcloud.

Hit play to listen! Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/D1-Radio-022014

I come in at about the 9min mark with a song called “System of Saints,” right after Amy Winehouse.

This song has been busy this week:

The Internet works!

Contrails Over Boston_Contrails Over Dub_Control Mouse Music - System of Saints_Remix
20 plays

mylifeindub:

Stuck inside today drinking too much tea.

My friend Michael shared his latest track

so I raged all over it inna’ dub fashion…

here’s the far saner original on his Control Mouse Music site

hosted by Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/controlmouse/system-of-saints

Dub-a-Day… at the controls!

This is why I licensed the tune CC-BY-SA, so that others could work with it and create new things out of it. 

For another re-use of this song, see my podcast called, “What is Content Strategy for Authors?

And it was played on a radio show tonight in London too!

Yeah Internet!

Sometimes writing comes easy, but usually it’s a difficult process for me. I write a draft, edit it, put it away, come back to it, edit some more, rewrite it, and so on. It’s a process that lives in the abstract, and I have dozens of pieces that I’m thinking about at any one time. It takes discipline to bring an idea to completion.

Like any artist, I crave the times when the flow takes over. You feel powerful, in control, and inexhaustible. The writing process can almost feel like it takes on a tangible form—almost as if there are real-world, physical manifestations of the abstract writing process.

That’s what I was going for with this song. “Stringing words on a clothesline,” because they are not ready yet, or “sweeping dust of punctuation,” as if there’s a need to clean up all the residue from the work of writing. There’s a sound to writing, “a chain of eighth notes” that emanates from the keyboard (or a typewriter, if you want to be really romantic about it), or the rhythm of the written phrase read aloud—or both.

Writing is powerful. The best journalists understand that they are literally writing history, in real time. It’s true of all writers, in a way. Take your craft seriously. Keep practicing, keep writing, keep improving. You are not just making progress, you are making history.

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The iTunes & Spotify Farewell Tour / Control Mouse Music
Last chance to download MP3s! This song will removed from iTunes on March 15, 2014: http://bit.ly/cmm-001.
For more about why I am removing my music from iTunes and Spotify, please see Opting Out: An Indie Musician’s Experience.

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Michael Boezi / Black & White
From the 5-song EP: So Cold

Album credits: http://controlmousemusic.com/daisy
“Like” on Facebook: http://facebook.com/controlmouse
Follow on Twitter: http://twitter.com/controlmouse
Blog: http://controlmouse.tumblr.com

℗&© 2009 Control Mouse Music
Published by Control Mouse Music, Boston, MA http://controlmousemusic.com.
All rights reserved. Unauthorized use is a violation of applicable copyright laws.

Writing about my writing. I do that all the time!

Writing about my writing. I do that all the time!

Fear is a natural emotion. In fact, it is one of only six human emotions. Fear can be a really healthy thing, especially when it motivates you to push the boundaries and get out of your comfort zone. But what about when your own fear is used against you? When it is amplified with the intent to spur a defensive action?

This kind of manipulation is a staple of modern advertising. They “fill you with fear” in order to “sell you freedom from something.” It’s so embedded in our culture that it’s hard to avoid. I like that this song is aware of—and resents—the manipulation, but kind of gives in anyway.

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The iTunes & Spotify Farewell Tour / Control Mouse Music
Last chance to download MP3s! This song will removed from iTunes on March 15, 2014: http://bit.ly/cmm-002.
For more about why I am removing my music from iTunes and Spotify, please see Opting Out: An Indie Musician’s Experience.

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The Selectmen / Scare Me
From the 6-song EP: Introducing The Selectmen

Meet the band: http://selectmen.com/band
Album credits: http://selectmen.com/credits
“Like” on Facebook: http://facebook.com/selectmen
Follow on Twitter: http://twitter.com/selectmen

℗&© 2012 Control Mouse Music
Published by Control Mouse Music, Boston, MA http://controlmousemusic.com.
All rights reserved. Unauthorized use is a violation of applicable copyright laws.