Songs You May Have Missed #633

Guster: “Overexcited” (Extended Version) (2019)

Guster have gone for an 80’s nostalgia feel on their 2019 Look Alive album, and “Overexcited”, presented here in it’s non-LP extended version, evokes that British cheek and spirit of bands like Madness.

The lyric video will fill you in on the hilarious bantery bits.

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How ReadyToPlay Can Save Your Music Collection

(via Seagate blog) by Steve Pipe

Quick — when was the last time you listened to music on a compact disc? If you’re like many consumers, you probably have stacks of CDs gathering dust at the back of an entertainment cabinet or boxed up in a closet. You’d like to get them all onto your computer and smartphone, but that’s a daunting task… How can you easily digitize hundreds or thousands of CDs?

CDs — a once-dominant format — have lost ground to streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. That doesn’t mean CDs are dead — far from it. For the first time since 2011, sales of physical media surpassed digital downloads, according to new data from the Recording Industry Association of America. Physical media (which includes CDs and vinyl) declined 4 percent in 2017, compared to 25 percent for digital.

More people are streaming music, but many still want to digitize their favorite CDs

That’s good news for Jeff Tedesco, president of ReadyToPlay, a Palo Alto, California-based company that “rips,” or digitizes, CD collections. Tedesco started his company in 2004, when more and more people were making the switch to digital, thanks to MP3 players like the iPod…

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Video of the Week: Bohemian Rhapsody Movie and Live Aid Footage–Side by Side Comparison

Quora: Why did Stevie Nicks Leave Fleetwood Mac?

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(via Quora) Answered by Chrys Jordan

The main reason was over the song Silver Springs.

Stevie recorded the song for Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 Rumours album. But the band decided not to use it, reportedly because it was too long.

As Stevie tells the story, she shrieked with rage when Mick Fleetwood told her they wouldn’t be using Silver Springs. Stevie might have quit the band then if she’d established herself as a solo artist. But she hadn’t, not yet…

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Carol Kaye, The First Lady of Bass Guitar

(via Culture Sonar) by John Montagna

The Fender “Precision Bass” Guitar first appeared in 1951, and within a few short years the bass guitar created a seismic shift in popular music thanks to a number of forward-thinking musicians. Chief among these bold explorers is female bass player Carol Kaye, born in Everett, Washington in 1935.

Initially, on the fast track to success as a jazz guitarist in Los Angeles, Kaye was thrust into the lucrative Hollywood studio scene at a 1957 recording session with Sam Cooke. One morning at Capitol Studios the bassist didn’t show up, and Kaye spontaneously picked up a “Fender bass” and took over. Plectrum in hand, she immediately seized upon the creative potential of the instrument and became an indispensable member of the now-famous “Wrecking Crew” collective of session musicians. The Crew defined the sound of American popular music in the 1960s, but Kaye’s musicality, creativity, and distinctive tone (the result of flatwound strings and a pick) helped redefine the bass guitar’s role in the rhythm section. Some might not know Carol Kaye’s name, but if they’ve ever been near a radio (or a TV set) you’ve heard her bass playing. Here is some of her signature work.

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Video of the Week: Odd Time Signatures in Video Game Music

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