Strokin’ to Dick Clark?

Hi gang. Things have been quiet around here recently, undoubtedly due to all the fantastic holiday fun. Yours truly went through a shitty stomach virus and is currently recovering from frickin’ strep throat of all things. Strep throat. Something I haven’t had since i was a kid. Oh well, maybe shingles will be next and some other funky garbage.

Speaking of sickness. If you’re down wit’ it, then hopefully you’ll be tuning in to Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve 2006 tonight at 11:30 PM EST on ABC. Yes, be a loser like me and ring in the new year the good old fashioned way. Dick’s still recovering from last year’s stroke and will be sharing duties with dork almighty Ryan Seacrest. Should be a great time. My fondest memory of a rockin’ eve was one year when Anson Williams helped host the pre-taped crap. Anson Williams still rulz. So happy new year to you all and thanks for help making 2005 the …year that it was.

Can we get an interview with Donny Most?

The smell of desperation

Hey Everyone,

I don’t think we’ve ever been formally introduced. My name is Kevin Federline. I’m 6 feet tall, have brown hair and brown eyes. I enjoy horseback riding, long walks on the beach and the wind whipping through my hair. Ha ha ha.

And thus begins Kevin Federline’s web site. I can’t wait till the whole ball of wax gets rolling. This is exactly the kind of musical talent the business has been needing for so long now. Federline’s style of rapping should climb the charts successfully and prove that there really is room for another white rapper. So much so in fact, that I’m sure all the money dumped into his PR and marketing will be rewarded threefold. If nothing else, it should give him some lunch money that he can use on a bottle of Colt 45 and some Brut aftershave.

Naughty Warners, naughty downloads!

Look, you can’t have it both ways. Either you want people to pay for their downloads or you don’t. As soon as you win one battle, then you decide to show your true greedy asses off and get in a price-fixing mess. Yep, those fine folks at Warner (and perhaps some of the other big cheese labels) are now the subjects of an investigation in price-fixing mp3s. How fucking surprising. This is exactly just one o the myriad reasons that the war against free file sharing will most likely not be won. It’s not about the artists at all, but how much money the corporations can make. Is it any wonder then that so many “illegal” (whatever the hell that means anymore) P2P systems continue to flourish? Slapping an FBI warning on discs is hardly a deterrent, and then seeing companies pull shit like this, as well as putting all that anti-copying bullshit on certain discs that just makes things worse all over only proves these people are completely incompetent.

I’ll admit it. I’ve been an advocate for free P2P programs ever since Napster was in its original heyday. Why? Simply because to me it was never any different then lending a friend an album, tape, or CD to copy for himself to enjoy, or to make a mix tape or disc out of my collection, and vice-versa. I still buy music out the wazoo, but then I always have. Considering, then, that no one’s still making any money except these labels even when they do start charging for downloads, only furthers my belief to keep on kicking it for free. Music sales didn’t take a dive because of file sharing. They took a dive because labels like to turn out more crap than good product.

Kara’s Flowers: “Myself”

Before there was Maroon 5, there was Kara’s Flowers, which consisted of four of the five members that would eventually make up Maroon 5. They only released one full length CD, Fourth World, and “Myself” is a great example of the group’s potential at the time. With frontman Adam Levine’s distinct vocals anchoring the quiet/loud track, “Myself” could easily be mistaken as a Maroon 5 track.

I’m not a big fan of “Maroon 5″ as a name for a rock band, but it’s far better than “Kara’s Flowers.”

Listen to a song clip here.

Soy Girls – a new threat

No, the Soy Girls are not some new band, but rather a new brand of band fan. Fans of music that will only – and I do mean only listen to music played by vegans who use instruments that are animal-friendly. Talk about a new strain of hippie virus! Look, I’m all for people getting along and all, but I like meat, and I like rock and roll. Evolution (and not that sci-fi fantasy Intelligent Design*) has given my race – the human race – a set of teeth designed to rip through meat. I eat my rock and roll bloody and I rock out bloodier. I don’t want any soy lite variation of pussed-out muzak. Now let’s listen to some GG Allin and tear into some steaks.

(*Note: The Spotlight Kid’s views are his own. If you don’t agree with them…feh.)

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