Music and Media : Music Launch Summit

One of the biggest things I have been doing in the music industry recently has been learning to branch out. And some of that effort has been through working with other professionals in the industry and through various networking events like Music Launch Summit.

Music Launch Summit is a FREE 3 week online conference series (Spanning September 13th-October 4th) created and hosted by musician and industry professional,Steve Palfreyman. Palfreyman believes that as a community, people can learn from one another and through the Summit this can reach a huge impact. “Building a new music industry means working together, from all corners of the globe and industry,” explains Palfreyman. “I’ve been so lucky to attend stacks of music conferences around the globe and I wanted to create a place where anybody would have access to the knowledge, inspiration and connection to peers that have made such an impact in my own vision and career. That’s what the Music Launch Summit is.”

Through exclusive interviews, viewers are invited to listen and learn from other professionals about how to make in big in the industry, and on extensive topics spanning the industry such as press releases, recording information or just communication and more. With a focus on launching music in a refreshing new way, the conference will bring artists the tools they need to stop their releases from falling on deaf ears, while aspiring entrepreneurs will develop new insight and inspiration into how some of the industry’s leading professionals have carved out careers in the industry and how viewers can do the same and be inspired to grow their careers.

With nearly 50 master classes with the brightest minds in the music business, this is one conference you don’t want to miss out on. Although the free access gives you an incredible opportunity to view the streams, VIP Access members will have lifetime access to all the Master Classes (even those that have passed) along with a 4-week implementation program for launching their next project, and a bunch of other goodies available through the Music Launch Summit programs!

While the conference is wrapping up over the last week into October 4th, you can still catch more info and details on the conference on the Music Hub/ Music Launch Summit Website here, or chat with some professionals in the industry through the conference Facebook group here.

 

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Music and Media: Elders React To BMTH

Youtube’s Fine Brothers have done it again… another hilarious react video with our oldest generation, the Elders. The Elders on their channel have some funny input on many of their topics that they are chosen to react to for the channel and the overall React series. This time, it caught our music lovers attention…as these lovable Elders would be reacting to no one other than, Bring Me The Horizon.

Bring Me The Horizon have had an incredible year with the release of That’s The Spirit, and this video is icing on the cake. Featuring the music videos for “Throne”, “Shadow Moses” and “Follow You” it has a lot of witty commentary…and maybe some new BMTH fans. With the exposure to a whole new generation… how did they feel about this genre of music?

Check out the REACT video below and leave your comments about how you feel about Bring Me The Horizon! 🙂

 

Music and Media: Blink 182 “Bored To Death” Covers Sweep The Internet

blink-182-all-american-low-2016-tour-dates-poster-600x454.jpgSomething has to be said about the massive wave of 2000’s pop-punk nostalgia we are getting from the music scene this year…And with this comes new music from some of our all time favorites, Blink 182. From last year’s breakup and lineup changes removing Tom Delonge for Alkaline Trio‘s Matt Skiba… the band has been working on new material and touring with the new lineup.

Now, Blink have announced a new album called California, which is set to be released on July 1st, 2016. California will be special as a comeback record, as it will be the first album in 5 years from Blink 182, and the first including Skiba.

With the announcement of the album, also came tour news and the new song that has the internet and fans rejoicing, “Bored To Death”.  Bringing in an eerie “Adam’s Song” likeness and style of older Blink 182 with heavy basslines and Mark’s vocals, it’s no surprise it is a huge hit among fans as the band makes their comeback.

The song even sparked internet creators to do various covers, including one in particular from Youtuber Alex Melton. Although the original recording is the official lineup of Mark, Travis and Matt… this Youtube musician took it a step further with his cover to mimic the iconic vocals of old vocalist and guitarist, Tom Delonge.

Alex states, “I was curious to know what the new Blink-182 single would sound like if Tom was still in the band, so I recorded a version doing my best Mark and Tom impressions, and just trying to get a passable attempt at Travis’s ridiculous drum parts.”

We commend your talent Alex, to give such an interesting take on the new song (and giving all our hearts a bit of homage to the old Blink lineup and Delonge) as it gives a dynamic that is so unique in itself coming from another musician so inspired by the band.

Check out the cover below and make sure to preorder California here or purchase tickets to the tour here!

Seattle Police station share photos of shotgun in Cobain case

The fabled case of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain has been floating about the media for the past two decades. Cobain’s body was found in Seattle on April 8, 1994. An investigation determined that days earlier, Cobain had gone into the greenhouse of his large home and taken a massive dose of heroin. He then shot himself with a 20-gauge shotgun and Cobain’s death was ultimately ruled a suicide.

Recently, the 90’s grunge rocker’s name is back in the news yet again, as the Seattle Police Station revealed new photos of the shotgun found at the 1994 crime scene.

Seattle police cold case Detective Mike Ciesynski is shown holding Cobain’s gun at different angles in five photos posted to the police department’s website Wednesday.

This is the first time the Nirvana frontman’s gun, recently photographed and released by cold case homicide Det. Michael Ciesynski (pictured below), has been shown to the public.

 

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Det. Micheal Ciesynski pictured with case shotgun.

Although the case was re-opened briefly in 2014 to develop extra film in the file, the Seattle Police Department still conclude the grunge star’s death a suicide.

 

Conspiracy or not, this allows us all to jump back to the 90’s and grunge rock high just for a little while… especially now that various documentaries on the Cobain case (Soaked in Bleach and Kurt and Courtney) are featured on Netflix streaming. 😉

Link to more photos and full case on file from Seattle Police Dept. : http://spdblotter.seattle.gov/2014/03/31/detectives-reviews-cobain-case-which-remains-closed/

 

Music and Media : Green Day’s Billie Joe Has an Instagram Clone

Today in the era of social media, there can be an Instagram account for anything. For businesses, bands, fan pages or even the family pet. I was scrolling through my regular Instagram feed when one fan page I followed posted an interesting picture.

First thinking, ‘Oh it’s a Green Day fan page, it’s an old photo of Billie. That’s awesome.’

Then I looked at the caption, where it mentioned Instagram user Martin Polak.

Fellow punk rocker, Martin Polak (of The Desperate Mind) has a very interesting Instagram account… as he is the spitting image of Green Day frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong.

And the resemblance is uncanny.

(Left = Armstrong, Right = Polak)

 

 

He often even uploads Green Day covers to the Instagram page as well, even showing off his vocal chops to match the iconic singer.

 

Green Day fans, if Billie Joe Armstrong ever goes down we have found the perfect replacement thanks to Instagram and the powers of social media. Trust me, I started to get confused that I wasn’t looking at Billie Joe, it makes you take a double take… either way it is incredible.

Check out Martin’s Instagram Here : https://www.instagram.com/martinjpolakgwf/

Billie Joe Armstrong’s Instagram Here : https://www.instagram.com/billiejoearmstrong/

Music and Media: Green Day’s ‘Basket Case’ sung by movies

With the anniversary of Dookie just a few weeks ago, the internet has been full of Green Day more now than ever. Thanks to Youtube, a bunch of movie clips and creative chops with editing, we get another great Green Day Tribute.

Youtube channel The Unusual Suspect pieced together 109 different movies to put to the tune of ‘Basket Case’. From hitting movies such as Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Wolf Of Wallstreet, Scream, Wayne’s World to some hilarious lines from Disney animated films and Pirates of the Caribbean, very few movies are untouched.

But together it creates this masterpiece and we couldn’t be happier :

Lost Black Parade era Gerard Way Cover Surfaces

The day when ex-MCR frontman Gerard Way recorded ‘Cancer’ for the album Black Parade, a unique cover was also recorded. Gerard recorded a cover of ‘Superstar’ by The Carpenters, as the singer would often warm up to them while in the studio.

Now the cover has surfaced, and social media and MCR fans alike are rejoicing over this lost piece of Way’s vocal work. Way himself even commented on the cover via social media and Twitter :

Way further mentions on how they almost ended up putting the cover on the album, which would have been pretty interesting seeing how iconic Black Parade became for the band.

Either way, it’s a little piece of MCR history and Way’s vocal talents that are just stunning and definitely a unique and special throwback find.

 

Listen to the cover here:

 

The Nearly Deads and 2016

The Nearly Deads were hard at work with rehearsal today. Bass player Kevin Koelsch posted on their Facebook page “We had rehearsal today for the first time in quite a while. It was fantastic! Can’t wait for what’s in store for TND in 2016!! – Kev ‪#‎wearecomingforyou‬ ‪#‎thenearlydeads‬12647528_1162083303804970_5676814125759012245_n.jpg

 

Being a fan of The Nearly Deads since the beginning, I’m beyond excited to find out what they have been working on! 🙂 Their last album was Invisible Tonight which was released back in 2014. Invisible Tonight featured their single I Said, which has a music video based off of the 1992 movie Wayne’s World.  Check out the music video below! ~ Payton