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SO…back in April of 2015 I made a post here about Favorite Albums, saying that I had been working on compiling a list of mine as a fun exercise to pinpoint a bunch of records that really made me, changed me, supported me, etc etc. Then again in September of 2015 I posted a follow up about not forgetting the project I gave myself that I wanted to share with whomever was interested. And now, fast forward to the present, almost two years later (which is horrifying). I have finally finished said list. It wasn’t necessarily two years in the making or anything like that, but, every time I opened the document with this sprawling list of wonderful records I always redefined it, added to it, subtracted, making subsections until finally this week I said, if not for anyone else I want to finish this crazy little project for myself for multiple reasons. One being because I always finish what I start and two, because I’m a mega music geek. I began this idea saying I was going to do a Top 25, then a Top 50 but came to the conclusion as I sat down in front of a wall of music that it’d be impossible for me, so, I decided to go for a Top 100, and even that was hard (you’ll even see an “honorable mention” section here because 100 just wasn’t enough :::wipes sweat from brow:::). On this list you’ll find: Pop, Metal, Singer/Songwriter, New Wave, Alternative, Rock and ALMOST everything in between. These selections come with a boat load of memories and inspiration for me, it’s not just because I love these records but they also hold little pieces of the puzzle that form my life. I’m happy to have them and thankful to all of these people involved in sharing what they do, because in the end that’s what it’s all about. So here, I share this list with you. Hope you have fun with it. Could this change by next month? Hahaha, it sure can so let me hit that publish button cause then I can’t turn back. If you don’t know these records, find and seek! Rock on!

Jellyfish – Bellybutton
Extreme – Pornograffitti
Jellyfish – Spilt Milk
Extreme – Extreme
Seed – Ling
Marilyn Manson – Portrait of an American Family
White Zombie – La Sexorcisto:Devil Music Vol. 1
Saigon Kick – Water
Moonwater – Invitation
Teenage Fanclub – Bandwagonesque
Prince & The Revolution – (Music From) Purple Rain
Darlahood – Big Fine Thing
Mineral – EndSerenading
White Trash – Si O Si, Que?
Engine Alley – Engine Alley
Plexi – Cheer Up
Faith No More – The Real Thing
Wilson Phillips – Wilson Phillips
Nuno – Schizophonic
Nirvana – Bleach
Mr. Reality – Mr. Reality
Sparkler – Wicker Park
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians – Ghost of a Dog
Spookey Ruben – Modes Of Transportation Vol. 1
Zuckerbaby – Zuckerbaby
Limblifter – Limblifter
Hawksley Workman – For Him and the Girls
Animal Bag – Offering
The Murmurs – The Murmurs
Raging Slab – Dynamite Monster Boogie Concert
Blind Melon – Blind Melon
Flowerhead – The People’s Fuzz
Wig – Wireland
Placebo – Placebo
Jason Falkner – Presents Author Unknown
Sponge – New Pop Sunday
Saigon Kick – The Lizard
Marilyn Manson – Smells Like Children
The Age Of Electric – Make A Pest A Pet
Animal Bag – Animal Bag
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Are You Normal?
Tori Amos – Boys For Pele
Teenage Fanclub – Grand Prix
Placebo – Without You I’m Nothing
The Black Crowes – Amorica
Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream
Aimee Mann – Whatever
Lemonheads – It’s a Shame About Ray
Nirvana – InUtero
Savage Garden – Savage Garden
Reigndance – Problem Factory
Muzzle – Actual Size
White Zombie – Astro Creep:2000 Songs of Love, Destruction and other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head
Sugartooth – Sugartooth
Matthew – Everybody Down
Tears For Fears – Songs From the Big Chair
The Escape Club – Dollars and Sex
The Lost Boys – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Spookey Ruben – What’s a Boy To Do? (Modes of Transportation Vol. 2)
Hawksley Workman – (Last Night We Were) The Delicious Wolves
Marilyn Manson – Anitchrist Superstar
Limblifter – I/O
Prince & The Revolution – Parade (Music from the Motion Picture Under The Cherry Moon)
Darren Hayes – The Tension and the Spark
Imperial Drag-Imperial Drag
Coward – Coward
Cree Summer – Street Faerie
Sons Of Elvis – Glodean
Robbie Nevil – Robbie Nevil
At The Drive-In – In/Casino/Out
Ours – Precious
AFI – Sing the Sorrow
The Age Of Electric – The Age Of Electric
Wendy & Lisa – Girl Bros.
Wig – Deliverance
Limblifter – Bellaclava
Teenage Fanclub – Songs From Northern Britain
The Sundays – Static and Silence
Veruca Salt – Eight Arms To Hold You
The Tories – Wonderful Life
Howlin’ Maggie – Honeysuckle Strange
Blindside – The Great Depression
Depeche Mode – Violator
The Cure – Disintegration
Ours – Distorted Lullabies
Duncan Sheik – Phantom Moon
Candlebox – Candlebox
Rasputina – Thanks For the Ether
Carole King – Really Rosie (Original TV Soundtrack Recordings)
Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories – Tails
Population 1 – Population 1
Spookey Ruben – Bed
Spookey Ruben – Breakfast
Veruca Salt – American Thighs
Vince Guaraldi – A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Ghastly Ones – A-Haunting We Will Go-Go
Skid Row – Slave To the Grind
Dangerous Toys- Dangerous Toys
Martika – Martika
Jeff Buckley – Grace
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Prince – For You
Aimee Mann – Lost In Space
Beatnik Beatch – Beatnik Beatch
Juliana Hatfield – Beautiful Creature
Dishwalla – Opaline
Angie Aparo – The American
Depeche Mode – Some Great Reward
Depeche Mode – Sounds of the Universe
Poison – Look What the Cat Dragged In
Rasputina – How We Quit the Forest
Savage Garden – Affirmation
Prince – Musicology
Pet Shop Boys – Very
The Cure – Galore
Fudge Tunnel – Creep Diets
Jane Child – Jane Child
Culture Club – Colour By Numbers

Less than a week ago I had the pleasure of seeing Lisa Loeb perform again. I’d seen her only once, and it was 20 or so years ago in NYC when I was kid. I remember being so happy after watching her play and being able to be a part of that time when she was really at a peek and I myself was just learning how to be a singer and a songwriter and really absorbing the moment. Now, so many years later and having seen her again was a similar experience but different at the same time. I realized her influence even more.

Promptly taking the stage at 8pm, Lisa and her guitar looked more petite than usual in the Boulton Center on Long Island. Moments into the performance you knew that you were truly in on something special. The room was full of people that were very eager. It was obvious this woman’s work had come to be adored.

Lisa Loeb Live @ The Boulton Center, Long Island 03.30.17

Lisa Loeb live @ The Boulton Center, Long Island 03.30.17 (Photo by Soda)

 

Lisa played and sang and regaled us with a number of stories that spanned the course from her time just starting out up until that very moment. I mean, who wouldn’t want to hear stories of someone coming up in the early to mid-nineties in NYC. Sign me way up! This particular performance was full of those stories and just about equal to the songs given like precious little gifts, and, I was one of the lucky people there for the unwrapping, (thanks Blacktop Records). Hits like “Truthfully” and of course “Stay” were delivered so delicately with connections to the stories that went along with them. Lisa told us about how “Stay” of course changed her life. She was at number one without a record deal, we learned how that happened thanks to the film Reality Bites. It all sounded so magical. We were also treated to songs like “The Disappointing Pancake,” a tune true to it’s title. If you didn’t know, Lisa has also become successful in writing songs for kids, she also has an amazing foundation called Camp Lisa in which all proceeds from that recording of the same name goes to help children who can’t afford a summer camp experience to have one.

Myself and Lisa Loeb, Boulton Center 03/30/17

Myself and Lisa Loeb, Boulton Center 03.30.17

We could sit and listen all night long. It was intimate and personal. She has the charm to make you feel like you’re the only one in the room. Throughout the performance Lisa may have forgotten some words and had to poke around a few chords as well as a very nimble guitar intro in which she was very happy to have learned because it was “the guitar AND bass part rolled into one”. Those happy little mistakes made only for a better show, one in which a successful songwriter, an actor, an author and more…can just seem so, human. Tales of her friends and her children made you feel like you’d have known Lisa your whole life, and…that is a true gift. I certainly hope I don’t have to wait a bunch of years to see the one and only Lisa Loeb perform again as some shows you want to just get lost in. Thanks Lisa!

Check out the latest Lisa Loeb album, Feel What U Feel, out now.

Lisa Loeb - Feel What U Feel

Well, it is indeed a new year. And, ideas are flowing. Thusly the first post for M-S-G this year I guess is somewhat business oriented. I have a cool idea. I’ll also be posting it on all of my social networks, personal website, etc to see the reaction it gets.

So, cutting to the chase. I’m curious if any Band, Musician, Podcast, artist of any kind in the Music world would be interested in ad space on MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE. Last year (2016) M-S-G was visited by almost 10,000 people all over the world. There are many reasons for this. One, being the great content that I have built here since it’s inception, my meticulous writing style and attention to detail and, a multitude of other reasons. This statistic is amazing and just plain awesome to me as here I can combine two passions. Music, and writing.

This is how it will work. It’s basic and simple. If you have an ad to post or something to promote…a new record, video, radio show…an announcement of any kind, I will host it at the top of the site for AT LEAST two weeks. I generally publish on Wednesday’s. I personally think it’s great promotion as it can be seen from someone in Hong Kong or someone right around your neighborhood. Thus the beauty of a blog like this that hosts a topic that a million people love.

For this to be successful for everyone involved, there will of course be a small fee which will be only $20.00 flat. Cheap and affordable. I’m not looking to make money off of this but rather to take M-S-G up a notch this year. I guess I’ll see how it goes. Not sure if this will catch on or just become history here. We shall see.

Contact me here or email officialsoda@yahoo.com

THANK YOU AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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The Conflict, was a record (yes, a concept record) I had made with my band His Mighty Robot. 10 years ago this past Thanksgiving we released this piece of art, which revolved around a character called Sad Boy and lead me to a near nervous breakdown. As soon as it was done I hopped a plane to Chicago and disappeared for a week. I always wanted to do a track-by-track for a record that I had made and, be it that no one came knocking, I did one for myself. And, here it is. I wanted to honor this albums important birthday with something, anything. So…here it is.

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CONNECTION OF FINGERS

This song, I felt was a great introduction to the record. It leads you in with a calm fluidity before we get into any of the real chaos, it’s a song about being one with someone else, kind of like how fingers can intertwine, thusly the title was born. But it also goes beyond just connecting fingers, but full bodies as well. The last line in the song is “We have connection, with rocket lift off intensity,” an ultimate climax.

THE CLICHÉ

It’s not too long into our “Story” that our character Sad Boy decides that he has reached the end of his rope after little deliberation. This song is about experimentation with multiple partners and using them for one thing and one thing only with no concerns for repercussions. “It’s not you, it’s me is so cliché…” In this case that is very, very true. Not caring about anyone, not even one’s self. Absolute self-destruction.

STARLITE BROKEN

Being foreign in ones own body is something we all have felt at one point or another in our lives and then some of us feel that way forever. So, we create another world of our own to live in. I’ve always been a firm believer in the INDIVIDUAL. So many people want to be like something else. It’s harder to just be yourself, plainly. And here, in this twisted and chaotic structure as a band we fully experimented with that idea.

EMBRACE (Dream Sequence 1)

This song was meant to be a bouncy, fun, weird distraction from the first three tracks on the record. That’s ultimately why two dream sequences were created for the album while, at the same time, our Sad Boy is dreaming about being a child again. To embrace your inner child is truly to accept who you are as an adult. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that age should dictate anything that you are. That’s purely a load of malarkey, anyone who subscribes to that is just simply afraid to…Embrace. We also wanted to say, yea we’re alternative but we fuckin’ love jazz chords too, haha.

YOURSELF

One of my favorite songs on the record, if not my favorite. Vocally, lyrically…the composition, just everything. It’s about soul searching, it’s about realizing your own personal worth, it is about dying to survive. This song hurts my heart. We were real young when these songs were created. It captured us fully at the time, three Gemini’s to the absolute fullest. “It’s yourself you gotta know.” TRUTH.

THE CONFLICT

The centerpiece of our beautiful disaster. The light, the dark. Some of the most chilling sounds I have ever put down on a record. H-Rocker and I really knew how to communicate with sonic landscapes. I’ve never had that with anyone else. It was truly a gift. For our character this would be something like a David Lynch movie, what sense can we make of it all? Speaking of movies, this instrumental was used in the film 3-Day Weekend over a sex montage, so…I was pleased.

SNOW ANGEL GIRL & BLUE FLAME BOY (Dream Sequence 2)

Our second dream sequence. I really wanted H-Rocker to sing this one on her own, she never wanted to take lead on the tunes but I just had to have her take this one. I wanted it to be our nod to Smashing Pumpkins’ “Daydream” off of Gish where D’arcy sings lead. After we put this record out it was heavily praised as a throw back to that magical part of the 90’s with The Pumpkins, The Cure, The Pixies…when bands like that were all doing this special stuff overflowing with soul. We drew on our influences and completely embraced them for this album. It was beautiful.

THE CONDEMNED

Yikes. The dreaded spoken word piece. We spent the least amount of time on this one. It had to be visceral. The words were sharp. I wanted to spit and piss all over everything. I wanted to bring my imaginary Boy to life through me and make him feel what he had done to us and this record. A lot of noise, rushed words, screams, out of tune guitars, feet and hearts pounding. “Accepted. Finally. No Longer. Condemned.” No longer condemned to walk in your own skin, finally accepted by his God.

YOUR BODY AS A CRUCIFIX

And so we segue-way into religion again, which under lays a lot of this record. I even threw out the title REALIGION as a possibility for the album. This pushes more of the male/female vocal trade offs into our outer space. We walked into a room, picked up our guitars, cleared our throats and sat in front of a hot mic. I always like to hear a juicy mouth on a record. This song uses crucifixion as the beautiful imagery we wanted to put across. We search for repentance, we search to vomit all the guilt and lies before it’s too late, “You say, you will pray for me, and I will listen, undoubtably (which actually isn’t a proper word, but this is a fantasy anyway) almost a play on words for the Godless. The confession has come; it is almost time for judgment. One of my favorite guitar outros sits on the edge of this song.

PLAY PRETEND

Another one of my favorites hands down. It’s for the dreamer in us all. Don’t believe what the doctors tell you, don’t eat all those pills or you’ll become a zombie. So many young boys and girls die because they can’t cope with whom they choose to love or how they live their lives. It takes a Sad Boy to truly know this. Your dreams sometimes are only ever dreams. Again, this is a fantasy if you choose to believe in fiction. It’s all too real “Make believe, that you are free.”

SAD BOY

What you’ve been waiting for (Barrett finally got his chimes!) This is the final chapter in a diary of a lost soul that we love and that we wish could have lived to see another album. Let me be perfectly crystal clear about this song. I/we do not condone suicide because it fucking sucks. But sometimes you just don’t ever feel right enough to live. Here, another character enters, and briefly, a Dr. Kevorkian of sorts appears to help our Boy make his final decision. “Do me a favor, let me drown. Would you please help kill me?”

“I know it sounds so sick but what can you do to cure a Sad Boy?” I miss him…I miss her, heart achingly. I miss this mighty robot. It is not a sin. You are all angels.

CONNECTION OF FINGERS (REPRISE)

She sat down by the piano. We had no map for the end of this journey. I closed my eyes, pen to paper and listened to those painful fingers press those keys to hammer to cord/chord. We died all over again. Rewind. Repeat. It is infinity. The Conflict is a circle, heaven and hell for all the misunderstood beautiful souls.

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This Saturday, October 15th 2016 marks two years ago since this Blog/Idea went live. I had talked about it for some time before finally jumping in and throwing up my first post. I wasn’t sure if it was going to continue or even end right there. So many ideas…ya know. But here, 2 years later and growing slowly over time my MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE is very strong and a cool source for music geeks all over the world. It allows me to squeeze two of my passions up into one ball and throw it all to an infinite sky. This project alone has put me on the phone with one of my idols for a huge three part interview, has gotten me tickets to rad shows to review, some free swag…all because people respect the quality and content that goes into my work. I treat it like everything else. It’s a joy for me to see anyone sharing these write-ups and enjoying them right along with me. Anyways, let me not get all whimsical here, there’s plenty of other stuff to write about. Soon enough I’ll get an official domain up for M-S-G as it grows here and slowly on other networks.

So, if you read one or many posts here, I thank you. If you’ve shared an interview, I thank you…and so on and so on. Here’s to many more years!

Just a quick post for today. I have finally created a Facebook page for MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE. Another branch on the tree. This will be a fun place to interact more as I can post quick bits there rather than taking the time to build these meticulous write-ups which will continue here. I want to turn the FB page into a bit of a community where people can interact and share music, opinions, etc. Let’s see how it goes. Head over there. Like, Follow…whatever you choose. Should be fun!

https://www.facebook.com/officialMusicSurvivalGuide/

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Posted: January 7, 2015 in Blog, Music, Nox Cult
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Hey everybody. I’d like to thank you all again for reading MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE. It’s been a blast writing this stuff each week. It sounds silly, but prepping only one of these every week and publishing has been a true test. My schedule is crazy and putting the quality I want into each installation weekly can be tough.

So, with that said, scheduling and what not. My new band NOX CULT begins gigging this month so I wanted to make this weeks drop into M-S-G a cheap plug for me and my band! I’m very excited about this venture, once again putting everything I have into another band and making music I believe in that I want to share with the world. Our first cult gathering/show is on 1/25 at Blackthorn51 in Queens, we are sharing the stage with Wednesday 13 and a bunch of really awesome bands. We go on at 5:30pm sharp! It’s gonna be killer.

https://www.facebook.com/events/325391907661048/?notif_t=plan_user_joined

Please keep up with us over at http://www.facebook.com/noxcult. We are also on Instagram and Twitter and intend on having our official website rolled out before we hit that stage on the 25th!

So, to all who dare to dream and give a crap about independent artists of any kind. I sincerely thank you. Here’s to the paths less traveled!

NOX CULT

NOX CULT