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NEW MUSIC EAR'S THOUGHTS ON: WEIRD KANYE WEST POPULARITY

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THESE THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN RANDOM MUSINGS ABOUT MUSIC.  THEY ARE NOT INTENDED TO OFFEND, MUSIC IS TO BE ENJOYED AND ALSO DEBATED.  WE ALL HAVE OUR FAVOURITES AND IDOLS AND EACH GENERATION HAS DIFFERENT OPINIONS.  THESE ARE MINE.  SOME YOU MAY FIND INTOLERABLE, SOME YOU MAY FIND AGREEABLE.
WEIRD KANYE WEST POPULARITY

I heard Kanye West's name thrown around in music magazines and on music programmes many years ago and had no idea who he was.  I had heard he was some kind of producer but mostly I thought he was just a hanger-on in music circles and certain stars knew of him.  Next thing I know he is with Kim Kardashian (more people who got famous for pretty much nothing).

Next thing I hear he has been a prat at the VMA Awards being pretty rude to Taylor Swift.  Apparently all this time he had been making "records" though I had never heard of anything he has ever done or of anything noteworthy from this person.  I know I am not big in Hip Hop circles, apparently he is a …

NEW MUSIC EAR'S THOUGHTS ON: PINK

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THESE THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN RANDOM MUSINGS ABOUT MUSIC.  THEY ARE NOT INTENDED TO OFFEND, MUSIC IS TO BE ENJOYED AND ALSO DEBATED.  WE ALL HAVE OUR FAVOURITES AND IDOLS AND EACH GENERATION HAS DIFFERENT OPINIONS.  THESE ARE MINE.  SOME YOU MAY FIND INTOLERABLE, SOME YOU MAY FIND AGREEABLE.
PINK

I first heard about Pink like many people with the song, "Get The Party Started" and since then have been a massive fan.  The cool thing is my wife is also a fan so Pink's music is one we can both enjoy listening to together.  Even now I look back on all the albums I am still surprised at the difference in the debut album, "Can't Take Me Home" compared to the later more Rock orientated material.

The first album was (no offence to Pink) pretty average fare, typical R n' B and Britney Spears-like Pop music.  Since the "Missundaztood" album with the aforementioned "Get The Part Started", "Just Like A Pill" and "Don't Let Me G…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S THOUGHTS ON: RUSH

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THESE THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN RANDOM MUSINGS ABOUT MUSIC.  THEY ARE NOT INTENDED TO OFFEND, MUSIC IS TO BE ENJOYED AND ALSO DEBATED.  WE ALL HAVE OUR FAVOURITES AND IDOLS AND EACH GENERATION HAS DIFFERENT OPINIONS.  THESE ARE MINE.  SOME YOU MAY FIND INTOLERABLE, SOME YOU MAY FIND AGREEABLE.
RUSH

Rush were one of those bands I got into late, mainly because I just thought they were one of those bands my brother used to play that I would never understand like Pink Floyd (still don't get it!) and to a certain extent Led Zeppelin.  These reminded me of a kind of "university" music that only posh kids and "higher education" could really understand, to me the likes of overlong instrumental hippie stuff was boring as hell.  It pretty much opened my ears to a different kind of Rock music.  Sneaking into my brother's room playing gems on his much better stereo than mine when he was out, playing loud stuff like Thin Lizzyand the ultimate Rock introduction compilation…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S THOUGHTS ON: MADONNA

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THESE THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN RANDOM MUSINGS ABOUT MUSIC.  THEY ARE NOT INTENDED TO OFFEND, MUSIC IS TO BE ENJOYED AND ALSO DEBATED.  WE ALL HAVE OUR FAVOURITES AND IDOLS AND EACH GENERATION HAS DIFFERENT OPINIONS.  THESE ARE MINE.  SOME YOU MAY FIND INTOLERABLE, SOME YOU MAY FIND AGREEABLE.
MADONNA

Love her or hate her, Madonna sure has divided the music industry and its listeners for many years.  Although my Madonna music collection almost matches my Prince collection, the excitement of any forthcoming album since the release of "Music" in 2000 hasn't been as great as before said collection. My comments on her new album and any material from "American Life" onwards have met with such abuse in Facebook groups who obsess about the lady and would like an album of her opening an envelope in different places if it means defending her.

Like I said, I have been a Madonna fan since seeing her perfom "Holiday" on The Tube programme in the UK in 1984 at The H…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S THOUGHTS ON: FAMOUS BANDS, NEW VOCALISTS?

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THESE THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN RANDOM MUSINGS ABOUT MUSIC.  THEY ARE NOT INTENDED TO OFFEND, MUSIC IS TO BE ENJOYED AND ALSO DEBATED.  WE ALL HAVE OUR FAVOURITES AND IDOLS AND EACH GENERATION HAS DIFFERENT OPINIONS.  THESE ARE MINE.  SOME YOU MAY FIND INTOLERABLE, SOME YOU MAY FIND AGREEABLE. 
FAMOUS BANDS, NEW VOCALISTS?

I was thinking about this debatable subject when I came upon Spandau Ballet supposedly ditching Ross William Wild because it was "not working as we hoped" after only a few gigs.  I also found in some Facebook groups about Queen that fans were actually wanting Adam Lambert and others to "replace" Freddie Mercury.

In my opinion if you change a vocalist with such a famous voice like Tony Hadley and Freddie Mercury for someone else you should also change your band name, not pretend that its the same band that had all the hits before, it isn't!

The vocalists more often than not make those songs hits, yes the band members may change every now and the…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S THOUGHTS ON: RAP AND HIP-HOP

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THESE THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN RANDOM MUSINGS ABOUT MUSIC.  THEY ARE NOT INTENDED TO OFFEND, MUSIC IS TO BE ENJOYED AND ALSO DEBATED.  WE ALL HAVE OUR FAVOURITES AND IDOLS AND EACH GENERATION HAS DIFFERENT OPINIONS.  THESE ARE MINE.  SOME YOU MAY FIND INTOLERABLE, SOME YOU MAY FIND AGREEABLE. 
RAP AND HIP-HOP

I always tell people that I am not a big fan of Rap and Hip-Hop music which is partly true.  The 90s and beyond Rap is intolerable.  I remember hearing "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five and "Rapper's Delight" by The Sugarhill Gang. These songs and tracks like "White Lines", "Step Off" and others by other top rappers such as Melle Mel made valid points, political and social and you could hear and understand every word.  They meant something.
Then Rap and Hip-Hop evolved into something strange, apart from LL Cool J who was still carryng on the 80s vibe, it became angry and evoked gangland imagery and aggressive action…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S THOUGHTS ON: ED SHEERAN

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THESE THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN RANDOM MUSINGS ABOUT MUSIC.  THEY ARE NOT INTENDED TO OFFEND, MUSIC IS TO BE ENJOYED AND ALSO DEBATED.  WE ALL HAVE OUR FAVOURITES AND IDOLS AND EACH GENERATION HAS DIFFERENT OPINIONS.  THESE ARE MINE.  SOME YOU MAY FIND INTOLERABLE, SOME YOU MAY FIND AGREEABLE. 
ED SHEERAN

For regular readers of my blog it may have been expressed previously my confusion about Ed Sheeran.  I don't get it, I don't understand it and I am confused at all the adulation this guy gets.  Sure he can play guitar and he sings ok but to sell so many records and critics to be claiming he is one of the best songwriters ever is alarming
I admit I secretly liked "The A-Team", his debut single but then again I liked Coldplay's "Yellow" until they started releasing every song that sounded the same and was as twee and dull as the last.  I also liked Oasis' "Live Forever" before all the rest sounded like the others.  With Mr Sheeran he has not …

NEW MUSIC EAR'S THOUGHTS ON: BEYONCE

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THESE THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN RANDOM MUSINGS ABOUT MUSIC.  THEY ARE NOT INTENDED TO OFFEND, MUSIC IS TO BE ENJOYED AND ALSO DEBATED.  WE ALL HAVE OUR FAVOURITES AND IDOLS AND EACH GENERATION HAS DIFFERENT OPINIONS.  THESE ARE MINE.  SOME YOU MAY FIND INTOLERABLE, SOME YOU MAY FIND AGREEABLE. 
BEYONCE

Beyonce seems to have it all, men lust after her, women idolise her, she is in a powerfully rich couple and she seemingly can do no wrong.  For me, I used to really like Beyonce, she was part of a great girl singing group, Destiny's Child and like every red blooded male I thought she was gorgeous.

I had all the Destiny's Child cds and thought the video to "Bootylicious" was awesome.  This girl was obviously destined (no pun intended) to branch out on her own.  No disrespect to the other girls but Beyonce stood out.

I used to like the girl group En Vogue and I thought Destiny's Child were the closest thing to them with the sassy lyrics and attitude and great vocal harmon…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S PERSONAL PLAYLISTS - "PRINCE" PART 2

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A NEW FEATURE ON NEW MUSIC EAR.  THE PLAYLISTS ON MY IPOD FEATURE LOTS OF VARIOUS ARTISTS SO I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE MY PLAYLISTS WITH YOU.  HOPE YOU SEE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITES!
PRINCE

PLAYLIST PART 2

After the experimental surprise of "Around The World In A Day" came another, a stripped back album with lots of orchestration to accompany the film, "Under The Cherry Moon".  1986's "Parade" was quirky, strange and at times brilliant and unique.  I picked out 5 stand out tracks for my playlist, the well known and copied bare bones "Kiss" single and the laid back "Anotherloverholenyohead" are here.  The other two lesser known singles, the eclectic "Girls And Boys" and powerful and funky "Mountains" have made the list too.  The only other non-single I include is the simply magical ballad "Sometimes It Snows In April", ironically poignant now as it was the month Prince died in 2016.


1987 brought one of the…

NEW MUSIC PROFILE - ROCK BAND "CHASING DRAGONS"

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Rock band Chasing Dragons are a female fronted quartet form Leeds in England.  The group comprise of Tan, Adam, Murf and Kate.  The style of music they play are undeniably heavy Rock, but with the melodies and superb combinations of the likes of Europe, Heart, Bon Jovi and Whitesnake.  Add the punky angst power of Guns 'N Roses and you get the idea!


In 2014 the band released their second E.P. "Checkmate" following 2012's debut "Take Flight For A Firefight".  I first heard Chasing Dragons on the track "Broken Jaws" and originally thought it was Evanescence.  On checking the song on YouTube there was this striking looking female vocalist (Tank) angrily stomping the stage.  Add this to a backdrop of heavy metal riffs and with the unique Rock imagery and the energy of the performance I was hooked.


"Checkmate" contained "Throw Down Your King" which has elements of Iron Maiden then slows down to a Heart vocal performance tha…

NEW MUSIC PROFILE - INDIE POP FOLK ARTIST "DODIE"

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Dorothy Miranda Clark aka Dodie started out as a YouTuber with her own channel playing piano and ukulele cover songs.  The channel is called "DoddieOddie" and has thousands of followers and subscribers.  I first heard about Dodie when watching "The Sara Cox Show" on ITV on a weekend morning, I loved this girl's voice, so soothing, gentle-like but such a pure vocal and effortless.


When I looked up more on this lady for this blog I found she had already released 3 E.P.'s including the most recent, "Human".  Born in Enfield but now residing in Epping, Essex in the UK, Dodie plays a variety of instruments, is considering writing a book and is currently writing material for her debut album.

With a YouTube fanbase already in place and her incredible talent this lady is sure to go far and still in her early 20s.  For the full impact of the emotion of this unique voice I recommend listening through headphones.  I have not heard a voice singing like this s…

NEW MUSIC PROFILE - ROCK BAND "FIRE TIGER"

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Los Angeles rock band Fire Tiger fronted by big voiced Tiffany Alkouri bring back the 80s Glam/Classic Rock.  Reminding me initially of Heart, with a little Starship (80s version) the songs evoke  memories of that glorious decade, the guitar solos and the anthemic power ballads that we associate with that time.


I first heard the band through the foot stomping title track from their first album "Energy" released in 2014.  Scouring YouTube for new bands this video caught my eyes and ears.  I was transported back to the 80s as I searched for more songs such as the gorgeous ballad "He Has Changed".  The "Energy" video was a taster for the album and got thousands of likes and positive comments.  The album contains brilliant tracks that also incorporate some late 70s style arrangements which only adds to the enjoyment.


The band have since released a second album, "Suddenly Heavenly" which contains the fabulous Heart/Berlin style Pop Rock title …

NEW MUSIC SINGLES REVIEW - SIX FOOT UNDER - "SINGIN' IN THE RAIN" & "POSTCARDS FROM A DYING WORLD"

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SIX FOOT UNDER

"SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (Featuring Chrystina Tomlin) & "POSTCARDS FROM A DYING WORLD (Featuring Adrian Green)"

By Andrew Goodwin for NEW MUSIC EAR www.newmusicear.com.

SUMMARY - Six Foot Under were an innovative Rock band and released four albums.  Both these tracks appeared on the ground breaking mega five album box set "Breaking Free" (the third album) released in 2005.  The founder member Jeremy Holtom (an entrepreneur, poet, pianist and numerous other attached strings to his bow!) and fellow band member Adrian Green set up Beyond Reality Music to originally promote the band but now bringing new and creative artists to the world.  In the 90s Jeremy suffered 5 psychotic episodes so it is amazing that the driving force within him an…

NEW MUSIC EAR'S PERSONAL PLAYLISTS - "PRINCE" PART 1

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A NEW FEATURE ON NEW MUSIC EAR.  THE PLAYLISTS ON MY IPOD FEATURE LOTS OF VARIOUS ARTISTS SO I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE MY PLAYLISTS WITH YOU.  HOPE YOU SEE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITES!
PRINCE


PLAYLIST PART 1

We start the playlist off from the debut album, released in 1978, "For You".  The first album to have the words that all songs were "produced, arranged, composed, and performed by Prince".  The man played all the insruments and sung all the vocals.  Amazing for someone so young.  I chose 3 tracks from this album for my playlist, the R n' B/Soul naughtiness of "Soft And Wet", the intense searing guitar driven rocker "I'm Yours" and the epic disco funk of "Just As Long As We're Together".  "I'm Yours" made me realise early that this man was a serious guitarist.




Hot on the heels of the debut came the second album in 1979, entitled simply "Prince".  Disappointed with "For You"'s lack of reco…

NEW MUSIC PROFILE - INDIE ROCK BAND "CLEAN CUT KID"

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Clean Cut Kid are a quartet from Liverpool, I've seen their music described as "soulful pop ballads washed in Mersey water".  I'm not sure if this was the band's own description but it is very apt.  The band first caught my ears as they were soon to release their debut album, "Felt".  I heard the single "Vitamin C", an atmospheric, raw track with elements of Electronic and Pop Punk with a catchy little chorus like an old 70s Folk hippie anthem.  I knew I wanted to hear more.


Other songs I liked from the first album include "Runaway", laden with harmonies and U2-like Rock guitars complete with chants and catchy lyrics and "Pick Me Up", a brilliant rip-roaring catchy foot tapper which gives a good feeling of what the band are all about.


The group seem a bit wacky on the whole, and the music is experimental and unusual.  There are catchy hooks and melodies within the songs that will reach inside your brain and hang a whil…

THEME ARTICLE - "GAME OF THRONES' NOBLE HOUSES AND THEIR SOUNDTRACKS"

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Game of Thrones has been captivating audiences around the globe.  At the time of writing this we await the final series.  I thought it woud be a nice idea to honour this awesome show with the brilliant soundtracks that accompany each house of Westeros. (Note:Apologies if any facts are wrong, I am just a normal fan of the show, if any die hard fans want to let me know of any errors please do so) :)

GAME OF THRONES

NOBLE HOUSES AND THEIR SOUNDTRACKS

HOUSE TARGARYEN
Originally from Valyria on the Essos continent, House Targaryen conquered the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.  They ruled for 300 years with the use of dragons. The coat of arms is a red three-headed dragon on black, and the motto is “Fire and Blood.” The rule of the Targaryens ended when Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark led a rebellion to depose King Aerys ("The Mad King"), during which the king was slain by the "Kingslayer" Jaime Lannister. Later, Robert took the Iron Throne, and Aerys’s surviving two childr…