I hope you had a great Holiday Season and wish you all the best for 2009.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of OnlineRock. Although we were live with a few bands in 1998, we officially launched in May 1999. A lot has happened in those 10 years and musicians as well as businesses have had to adapt and make changes. With the economy the way it is, we still have to keep looking for new ways to keep going. Hopefully OnlineRock can stick around for at least 10 more years. We plan on having celebrations throughout the year including contests, giveaways and other surprises. If you have thoughts on how you'd like to see us celebrate, drop us a line. As always, thanks for your support over the years.
ONLINEROCK ECONOMIC STIMULUS: We know it's tight out there for everyone (us too) so we decided to lower our web-hosting prices. For as little as $9.99 per year, you can now remove ads from your OnlineRock website and get more storage space for your music. Other packages are available so check them out at:http://www.onlinerock.com/cgi-bin/members/register.cgi
WANTED SXSW ARTISTS: Each March we feature bands and musicians that will be performing the conference. If you know any, please send them our way. Just enter "SXSW" in the comment portion of any submission forms on our site or emails to us and we'll make sure they get a spot. More information at:http://www.onlinerock.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/2031
DISCUSSION: As we do every year, we try to take a look forward and ask what you have planned for your music. How will the recession and economic turmoil impact your plans? Will the new Obama administration be good for the music industry? Will CDs finally be put to rest? I plan to write a bit more, record a lot more. I also plan on attending more live shows. Let us know what your plans or predictions are as we head in to the New Year. To post, just go to:http://www.onlinerock.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/2032
FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD: Antony and the Johnsons emerged onto the international stage in 2005 with their breakthrough I Am A Bird Now. The group were awarded the Mercury Prize in the UK and toured the world. Since then Antony has collaborated on tracks with Bjork for her latest album Volta, appeared in the Leonard Cohen documentary I'm Your Man, featured as vocalist with Hercules and Love Affair, recorded for the Todd Haynes bio epic of Bob Dylan I'm Not There, and collaborated with Charles Atlas on a European tour of their stage spectacle Turning. Download a "Another World" along with other free music at:http://www.onlinerock.com/partners/freedownload.shtml
WORKING BAND: Part five of Erik Jay's 15 part series is entitled "Sound Decisions About Studio Recording". None of the later decisions about tracking instruments, recording vocals, doing overdubs, processing signals, or getting a final mix will mean Bo Diddley, to coin a phrase, if your bandís three or five or eight members are arguing all the time about who sounds the loudest and what so-and-soís girlfriend is doing in the vocal booth. Someone has to run the show. Read Part Five at:http://www.onlinerock.com/guest/working_band_part_5.shtml
ONE-ON-ONE: Last month we tried something different. It was a video interview with Alex Maas, vocalist of The Black Angels. This month we present, courtesy of Billboard a Q and A with My Morning Jacket. My Morning Jacket hail from the city of Louisville, Kentucky, an odd metro-suburban mix of stark industry and fine thoroughbreds and rock and roll fevers. Watch the session at:http://www.onlinerock.com/interview/my_morning_jacket.shtml
FEATURED ARTIST PROFILE: This month's Featured Artist, Tigers Can Bite You, have separated themselve from their contemporaries (and even their influences) with a unique sound that combines that electronics of M83 with Death Cab-like melodies. "In the beginning Tigers Can Bite You was totally about just having fun with some friends and getting these new songs out of my head," says singer/guitarist Dave Woody. Download a song and check out their profile at:http://www.onlinerock.com/profiles/tigers_can_bite_you_profile.shtml
CD REVIEWS: In 2007, Nikki Sixx presented the world with a double-barreled shot of autobiographical excellence. In September of that year The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star hit the bookshelves, debuting at number 7 on the New York Times Bestseller list; a month earlier, the accompanying soundtrack to that book by Sixx A.M. (Sixx, plus vocalist James Michael and guitarist D.J. Ashba) debuted at #7 on the Billboard Indie chart, ultimately going on to sell over 200,000 copies. This month we review "The Heroin Diaries" along with the latest from Lowry and Loquat. To submit your CD or read the latest reviews, just go to:http://www.onlinerock.com/CDreview/index.shtml
ONLINEROCK PODCAST: Our bimonthly podcast, hosted by Andrew McNair, is designed to expose listeners to bands and music that you might not normally get a chance to hear. Our January 1st segment features Stereolab, Fiction Family and Joker's Daughter. To take a listen and subscribe via iTunes, please visit:http://www.onlinerock.com/partners/podcasts.shtml
LINE 6 GIVEAWAY: Our December winner was Stephen from Alabama. This month we'll give away another Line 6 Tonecore Pedal. ToneCore pedals provide exclusive Line 6 tones, advanced sound, and astonishing control. There are eleven ToneCore pedals: Dr. Distorto, Ottofilter, Liqua Flange, RotoMachine and Verbzilla plus the original Echo Park, Space Chorus, Tap Tremelo, Uber Metal, Crunchtone and Constrictor. Register to win at:http://www.onlinerock.com/line6form
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