Music Scholar

Song of the Day December 23rd, 2009:

Zach de la Rocha, KRS One, and the Last Emperor: C.I.A. (Criminals in Action)

These three heavy hitters got together a part of the first Lyricist Lounge compilation CD in 2000. For people like myself who are life long RATM fans, it is a pleasure and rarity to hear Zach rhyme over straight Hip-Hop beats; However it is the Last Emperor who really steals the show on this track. The first time I heard this track I looked up everyone of his songs and as especially impressed by Meditation and Secret Wars. Anytime someone starts their verse with the lines “As free market capitalism and technology expands, the third world’s fertile soil becomes a desert waste land” you got something good cooking there. KRS’s verse is hot and for a treat it is one of his longer verses so he is able to dig in deep on the topic.

This track is a fantastic example of the topics that conscious M.C.’s tackle every day in their rhymes, and shows that hip-hop can be used as a forum to express views on deeply seeded political issues. For more info on these and other great M.C.’s check out:

http://consciousrap.org

http://www.myspace.com/templeofhiphop

http://www.krs-one.com/ (under construction right now)

http://www.myspace.com/redplanetmusic

http://www.ratm.com/

Song of the Day December 22, 2009.

Creedence Clearwater Revival - As Long As I Can See The Light

Well, the winter solstice is behind us, the the darkest of times are no more. From here on - we will see more and more light. So in honoring the light - here is today’s song of the day. CCR’s - As Long As I Can See the Light.

Now most Classic Rock fans, like myself, can barely turn on their local rock station without hearing a CCR song come on sooner or later. This band had so many commercial hits that over 9 Great Hits and Box Sets were distributed due to their success. However, did you know that the band only lasted about 5 years total?? With 6 of 7 albums going platinum (multi-platinum) and their final studio album going gold prior to the bands break-up, the success of CCR was monumental.

Creating such success in such little time is very hard to accomplish in the world of music. This can be paralleled to any industry as well. For 5 years CCR was larger than life.

Here’s two other bands that had their demise after only 5 years of success (due to fatalities):

- The Jimi Hendrix Experience

- The Doors

www.johnfogerty.com

www.creedence-revisited.com

Lois: Okay, one more minute, and then if there are two pink lines…
Peter: Oh god, I hope you’re not pregnant, we can’t afford another kid. We already got Chris, Stewey, Richie, Joanie, Greg, Marsha, Bobby, Jan, Mike Seaver, Carol Seaver, Boner, Urkel, Mr. Furley…
Brian: Peter those aren’t your kids, that’s the Nick-at-Night lineup.
Peter: Blanka, Zangeif, Chun-Li, Guile, E. Honda…
Brian: That’s Street Fighter.
Peter: Red, blue, green…
Brian: Those are colors.
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Song of the Day: 12/21/09 (Dahkest Day of the Year)

Mill Town Moon by Frank Morey is actually the first song I have ever “legally” downloaded. Frank is originally from Lowell Massachusetts (thats 2/3 so far on SotD for Lowell!!) and carries the spirit of the old mill town in his voice and his music style. The song Mill Town Moon is just him on guitar, harmonica, and vocals and is one of the two distinct styles that he plays. Alongside of traditional folk sounding pieces, Frank lays down gritty (what I would call) gutter blues. A great example of this and a song that will be up here in the future is Chinese New Year from his album Father John’s Medicine. One way I have heard the Frank Morey band described is “like 3 good musicians sounding like 11 bad musicians”. You won’t catch much of that on this track, just a blindingly beautiful folk piece from his album BourbonSoakedHalo.

His myspace page contains a fantastic cover of Stella Kerouac originally by Bob Martin

check out more of his stuff and find out concert info at:

http://www.frankmorey.com/

http://www.myspace.com/frankmoreyband

Song of the Day December 20, 2009.

Roger Waters, Van Morrison, with Rick Danko and Levon Helm of The Band - Comfortable Numb (Live)

This version is phenomenal. Some of you might remember this version if you watched The Departed; which I am sure everyone has. This performance live version comes from 1990’s The Wall Live in Berlin. The concert was to pay homage to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Although Roger Waters is lead vocals in this version, it is Van Morrison who really makes this version stand out from the rest.

It has been rumored that Roger Waters will be going on a 2010 World tour. Whether or not him and David Gilmour will get back together is up to discussion on another day. They appeared to be fine on stage at Live 8 in the summer of 2005, but since have done solo tours.

www.levonhelm.com/

www.vanmorrison.com/

www.pinkfloyd.com/

Friends Don’t Let Friends Get Friends Haircuts

Mike Inez’s (of Alice in Chains) bass at their MTV UnPlugged.

This was a reference/trash talk to long-time friend’s - Metallica; who in the mid 90’s gave up their Rock Star Metal Band hairdos for shorter time conforming hair. The”Friends Haircuts” is a direct reference to the sitcom Friends.

Song of the Day December 19, 2009.

Gary Hoey - Carol of the Bells (Live in Studio)

I am going off the reservation here a bit by choosing an in-studio version of a song. Now if you don’t know Gary Hoey - he is an extremely gifted guitarist with some fuckin’ tasty ass licks. This rendition of Carol of the Bells puts the Trans-Siberian Orchestra to shame.

Gary Hoey is a New England native out of Lowell, MA. He auditioned to be a replacement in Ozzy Osbourne’s band in the late 80’s - only to be beaten out by Zakk Wylde; who in his own right is in a league of his own.

You can see Gary Hoey perform live on Fox 25 News in Boston on December 22, 2009 at 8 AM. Check out his website at http://garyhoey.com and definitely check out more of his stuff.

Welcome to Music Scholar

I am not going to lie, I realize the name is pretty lame, but you know what I don’t give a shit. I simply did not want to think anymore on a Blog Name.

Now that you are here, let me tell you what this is and why you stumbled into what surely will become a cluster-fuck. This blog is run by Myself (Mark Bittelari) and some friends. Each day (hopefully) there will be new posts. You can expect such entries like the ongoing Song of the Day, where a music video be will chosen by me each day - followed by a little breakdown on why it was chosen and some details and/or thoughts behind the song. You can also expect some commentary by our “staff” in regard to the local (Boston) music scene. We will also try our best to not only educate you on bands you already know, by means such as our weekly “Did You Know?” article, but we will also try and broaden your thirst for music by introducing lesser known or up-and-coming bands that are worth checking out.

With that said, please stand by tomorrow for our first crack at this. Enjoy.