Carnival of Rock and Roll - February 2009

Apparently I wasn't the only blogger who didn't get as much time to write last month as I would have liked. Although there were still a good number of entries to the carnival this month, most of the posts were submitted by a choice few... not that there's anything wrong with that as there were still some great reads. Still it seemed like there was less to be said about music this past month. That doesn't surprise me as Jan 2009 was quite a busy month with lots of "interesting stuff" going on outside of the music world.

That might change in February, but for the time being we've got some great carnival contributions to share.

We'll start off with an interesting look from Adam of Et Cetera about an artist I was unfamiliar with, but definitely think I might need to check out if his descriptions are accurate... sounds pretty cool to me... check it out: Clever Kiai, And Her Groovy Music

BW from BW's Blog sent along a little bit about the progression of a band I remember from years and years ago, AFI, here: Whatever happened to AFI?

BW's Music Blog is one I hadn't stumbled across before... looks pretty new, and pretty interesting as well... another music blog to keep an eye on in the future.

Heather from Distance Learning Net shared a great list of the top 100 Musicology blogs from the net... Great list, but I have just one question... Where's the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll?! We don't count as musicologists?! Just kidding. It's a great list though, with lots of cool sites to read... check it out:Top 100 Musicology Blogs

Ken of Deniz and Kenny Original Songs take a look, complete with album track listing and video clip, of Guns N' Roses here: Guns N' Roses - Sweet '88

Naomi from Diary From England briefly discusses English band The Status Quo in: THE QUO UK'S HARDEST WORKING ROCKERS

The Old Wizard sent along three different "Tops" lists to contemplate... and as usual stirs up plenty of controversy with his choices. Controversy gets people talking though, usually pretty passionately, plus can provide some humor, if you have a sense of humor... so this is a good thing.

I especially enjoyed the second of these lists... make sure to read it through AND through a good number of the comments to get the full effect and really get a handle on what the Old Wizard (and some of the commentators) are saying.

1) Top 10 Songs of all Time

2) Top 10 Ways to Tell If You Know Nothing About Music

3) Top 5 Musical Countries

And to close we have a trio of articles from Scott of Zombie Chatter... A pair of album reviews and a look at Ryan Adam and one of his recent decisions... all of which everyone might find interesting.

1) Album Review: Gaslight Anthem- The '59 Sound

2) Album Review: Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks- Real Emotional Trash

3) Ryan Adams Quitting Music

So a little shorter than some other carnivals but lots of great stuff none the less. Lots of great music... lots of great discussion... some stuff that made me laugh... some stuff that made me add a few new artists to my "artists to check out" list.

These are the signs of a successful carnival, at least from my perspective. Keep up the good work everyone.

If you submitted your work to the carnival, but it wasn't chosen, don't fret. There aren't a lot of standards to be included except to be directly about music, but I don't publish blatant advertisements, personal attacks on artists, celebrity gossip, things off topic or things I can't read (sorry, English only). Also, I'd appreciate if you only submit some of your best works, not short, few word posts and try to keep multiple submissions within reason, meaning you can send two or three articles at most, but not like six... if you Spam the carnival with entries or with articles off topic you won't be included.

I still appreciate your contribution even if I didn't choose to include it and hope you won't hesitate to submit new work to next month's carnival.

The next carnival will run "promptly" on March 1st 2009. More information, the carnival archives and a link to the submission form can be found here:


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