Archive for May, 2010


Let us consider the electric guitar

Decades after they first came to prominence, electric guitars still epitomise the spirit of rock and pop music more than any other instrument, and remain the essential musical ingredient in most bands’ repertoires thanks to the great number of guitar effects and sounds that can be achieved.

Modern electric guitars are generally solid body instruments (in other words they do not have sound holes like those seen in acoustic guitars) and the music the guitarist makes can only be heard to any sensible standard via a ‘pick-up’ situated under the strings which then feeds through to an electric amplifier.

Some electric guitars have two pick-ups, each producing a distinct tone. The guitarist can easily switch between the two pick-ups in order to produce a more colourful and expressive performance with different guitar effects.

Most choices of electric guitars will be based on the type of music each guitar is considered better at reproducing. Thus a Gibson Les Paul and the direct and indirect copies it has inspired are famed for their weighty sound (and, incidentally, their comparatively weighty frame). This heavy sound is much sought after by rock bands. A Fender Stratocaster (or ‘Strat’) and its derivatives on the other hand might be purchased in order to generate a lighter, ‘pop’ feel.

This distinction between electric guitars should not be considered set in stone however. After all, Jimmy Hendrix produced what many consider to be the among the greatest rock guitar tracks using only a Strat and a few effects pedals – but then he is considered to be one of the greatest guitar players many have seen and many strive to play their guitar like Hendrix.

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How do techno bands sound techno in live concerts if it’s possible?

How do techno bands sound techno in live concerts if it’s possible?

I Am A DJ Myself And Techno Music Definitely Sounds Better Live. They Are Not Called Concerts Either Really. They Are More Called Raves.


Custom Silicone Bracelets

Custom silicone bracelets can be seen on the wrist of children, teens and even adults. These wristbands have primarily become a fashion statement among teenagers. Silicone bracelets are used to promote breast cancer, advertise for businesses, music promotions, sports, or event promotion. Custom bracelets were first used by Live strong to raise funds for cancer research and awareness. Custom silicone bracelets are durable and do not break easily. A yellow wristband was used to raise funds for cancer. Since these wristbands are cheap and trendy it can be mass produced and used by endless organizations and business for advertising their product. Nowadays bracelets do not come in single colors but are of different types like debossed, embossed, glow-in-the-dark, screen printed, laser made, color-core, color filled etc.

Nowadays even in hospitals wristbands are worn. Many hospitals in Pennsylvania are using colored wristbands for patients who are facing allergic problems. Different colors are used for different allergic problems. Like pink is for restricted extremity; red means allergy; green is for latex allergy etc. Different colors are used for different purposes. Silicone wristbands are used in concerts, conventions and festivities. Nightclubs and discotheques use wristbands to control crowd and identification at the entrances.

Printed bracelets are less expensive when compared to debossed or embossed wristbands. 100 % silicone material is used. This type of bracelet does not require a mold. Instead of mold, a template is used to apply custom design onto the bracelet. Debossed bracelets are more expensive than printed or Laser made wristbands. Printed bracelets are not engraved or raised but only printed. Debossed bracelets are opposite of embossed bracelets. In debossed bracelets wordings are basically engraved and not raised. But in embossed wristbands wordings are raised and not engraved.

Wristbands are used for charity purpose also. Pink color is for breast cancer; blue for tsunami relief victims; black and white is for anti-racism. Event bracelets are used in amusement parks, night clubs, event festivals, special events, dance clubs, event festivals, community centers etc. If your company is planning for a picnic at a local park, employees and their families can be identified by issuing wristbands.

Rubber bracelets are available in single or bulk quantities with your brand name or phrase, one of the popular and easiest methods of business promotion. Wristbands can feature your company name, slogan, location, opening hours and contact details for company branding. Wristband connection is the creator of laser made silicone wristbands. Their wristbands are truly unique and are the only bands with 100% Si mark on the inside for safety, as well as guarantee of the very best quality silicone. They also provide all kinds of custom silicone bands.

Brayan Peter


Jay Trainer Store: Where to Get the Latest Jay Trainer Band News

The Musician in Jay Trainer

Jay Trainer is the singer and songwriter known for his groovy and eccentric music. He is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but is now based in San Francisco, California. He was accustomed to listening to classic rock, blues, and soul music back in the 1960s and 1970s, and most of his life was spent buried in music. As an adolescent, he played with his college bands and jam non-stop from east coast down until he established and made a name for himself in 2000. He finally found a place in San Francisco, California where he is currently pulling his stakes doing recordings and live performances along with his band. He is working on several other local projects and with Jay Trainer Band store that sells products made by environmental groups that he supports.

The Music of Jay Trainer

His music is reminiscent and inspired by the music of various bands he idolizes. It is evident in his creation such as the Tinseltown and Tiny Cheese, as they show expression and emotion in the forefront of the songs. Jay Trainer is known for his live performances. He is now a veteran of the studio, and hard work is now paying off as he grew to become one of the stalwarts of Rock n’ Roll today. He also plays with his Jay Trainer Band and Jay Trainer fanatics are always eager to hear about Jay Trainer Band news.

The Band of Jay Trainer

Jay Trainer also plays with other performers whom he calls the Jay Trainer Band, along with UnionGroove and First Day Spaces. Show schedules and other Jay Trainer Band news such as album releases and gigs are always being watched out and looked forward to by their followers. Other Jay Trainer Band News such as the recent Of The Sun CD release party, which happened on the 22nd of November at CELLspace in Mission District, was a much-awaited event. The party was a whole night of jamming with Vinyl, Rainmaker, and featured artists such as Colin Brown from the Monophonics, Eric Levy from the Garaj Mahal and a whole lot more. The CD of the album though was released earlier on the 18th of November.

The Store of Jay Trainer

A part of the proceeds of the Jay Trainer Band is donated for the benefit of Greenpeace and other local environment groups. It supports the Jay Trainer Band Store, which features shirts that are produced from 100 percent environmentally helpful products. It does not use pesticides, harmful resins, and plastic prints in its shirt production. It is made from 100 percent organic cotton and water-based inks. You can purchase these shirts at the Jay Trainer Band store. Other items featured in the shop are all the albums released by Jay Trainer Band—First Day Spaces, Alive in a Small Room, The Waking Hours, and the most recent album, Of The Sun.

The Site of Jay Trainer

Jay Trainer’s site is dedicated to all Jay Trainer fanatics out there. At the site, you can check out the show schedules of Jay Trainer Band, and you can also buy tickets there. While surfing the site, you can also listen in on the music of the Jay Trainer.

Vikram Kumar


Pretty Brilliant: How to Decorate a Tiki-themed Christmas Tree for Under $10

‘Tis the season to be jolly — if you’re fortunate to be with family and friends, with a job and a happy home, that is. Even those of us blessed with all the aforementioned may feel a little strapped this year, or at least may be wanting to spread a little more holiday cheer to others who may be in need of good spirits. We live by the motto: If you can, do. So we wanted to share one of our favorite ideas to make the most fabulously colorful and cheerful Christmas tree. And get ready… You can do it for under $10, even under $5!

So what’s the our extremely low-cost and rainbowfully um-brilliant idea? Little drummer boy drum roll please… Cocktail umbrellas! Yep, cocktail umbrellas. They are the least expensive, most fabulous pops of color you can get for the money, and they glow brilliantly throw the lights on the Christmas tree. Trust us. It’s a showstopper! You can get a gross of them (that’s 144) for as low as $3.00. Get two gross (288) for about $6.00-$8.00, and you could decorate a couple trees, or even a nine-footer.

A few years ago we lost all our decorations for our main Christmas tree in a move (including some Hallmark collectibles and handmade ornaments from friends), and starting from scratch buying all new ornaments and rebuilding the memories associated with them just wasn’t possible. So we set out to start over — simple. We found colorfully delightful and cheery cocktail umbrellas to be the perfect ornament fillers as we rebuild our ornament collection again. The tree looked like a box of Fruity Pebbles had exploded, and was an absolutely wonderful result.

Decorating Tips for Cocktail Umbrella Tiki Trees

  • Get a little elf or a gaggle of elves to help you open the cocktail umbrellas. They have itty bitty rubber bands on the toothpick part that needs to be pushed up to hold the umbrella open. When you’re dealing with a couple hundred of them, it’s easier to open them in batches then to put them on the tree in batches, not one by one.
  • Feel free to select only one color, a few colors or all the colors. Any combination will look fabulous! Plus, they are so inexpensive, you can buy more grosses to get enough of the colors you want.
  • The cocktail umbrellas are light and can pop off the branches if you brush by them. We recommend you start decorating your tree top-down and always start each branch level by putting the cocktail umbrellas on the inner part of the branches first, and then working your way out to the outer part of the branches. This minimizes you knocking them off unnecessarily.
  • Mix and match colors all over the tree for a beautiful bouquet effect or try something more bold, like putting a different color of umbrella on each branch level. For instance, make the lowest level of branches all red, the next highest level of branches all pink, etc. So you have bands of color going up the tree. You also can try vertical bands, which is a little more tricky, but very fun!

What do you think? Pretty brilliant, huh? We’d love to hear your ideas. Just e-mail, and we’ll keep them on file for next year, or share them if we have time!

Before go, we also hope that if you have an old, extra artificial Christmas tree, you’d think of donating it or giving it away this year. You can easily tie a nice package of cocktail umbrellas to the tree with a happy bow and a few tips on how to decorate. Pass along the prettiment! It doesn’t take that much to bring cheer!

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Betsy Lou


The Midnight Funk Association, the Last Great Radio Show

The Midnight Funk Association was the 12 a.m. one hour segment of the legendary late night Detroit radio DJ Electrifying Mojo, a.k.a Charles Johnson.


An entire generation of faithful fans and listeners from the late 70’s through the early 90’s recognize the radio show for shaping the musical tastes of listeners in the Metropolitan Detroit Area, Northern Ohio, and Eastern Ontario Canada.

Mojo broke many artists in the Detroit market including Prince, The J. Giles Band, The B-52’s and turned audiences on to classic legends like Pink Floyd and Peter Frampton, artist previously unheard on radio stations that were labelled as “black”, or “R and B” .

Nightly at 12 a.m., Mojo called to order The Midnight Funk Association, an homage to some of the great funk bands of the day and of all time.  He frequently played original long versions, and entire sides of albums by George Clinton and Parliament / Funkadelic, Prince, Rick James and many other all time great bands and artists, as well as local groups like Ready For the World.

At the top of the show, Mojo opened membership to the MFA, and members new and old were asked to stand up to show solidarity.

* If you were driving you were to flash your headlights.
* If you were at home, you turned on your porch light. 
* If you were in bed listening to the show, you were required to dance on your back.

And every night for years, people did it !

To become a card carrying member of the MFA, listeners wrote in the radio station and would receive their official MFA I.D. card.

Electrifying Mojo, and the Midnight Funk Association was one of the last great radio music shows of our time.  Many fans of the radio show credit Mojo for being fans of music that they would have otherwise never heard of.  He was a huge influence in turning millions of listeners into Prince fans, and many say was responsible for a six show sell out at Cobo Hall in Detroit in the late 80’s.

It is common to speak to fans of the show that will credit him for turning them on to Peter Frampton, The B-52’s, Pink Floyd, and many other artists that were never heard on Detroit’s “R and B” stations, yet he also supported emerging rap artists like Eric B and Rakim, Run DMC, Whoodini, L.L. Cool J, and the many styles of music heard of the show fit together semmlessly as if they were mean to be enjoyed together.

The Godfathers and Originators of Detroit House and Techno Music, Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, now known and respected around the world as groundbreaking, credit Mojo and the Midnight Funk Association as an early influence in their musical development and he frequently supported and played thier early and history making tracks that launched Detroit techno to the entire world including Inner City’s “Good Life”, Derrick May’s “Strings of Life”, Cybotron’s “Cosmic Cars”, Model 500 “No UFO’s”, “Technicolor”, “R9″ and so many others.

Mojo was known to support and embrace electronic music in it’s early stages and frequently played artists like Africa Bambaataa, Kraftwerk, and New Order as part of his nightly radio show.

Common segments of the legendary radio show included:

* 10:00pm - The Landing of the Mothership. This was the intro to each show with spaceship sound effects and related dialog. Sometimes the music heard during the first hour was indicative of what you’d hear that night; sometimes it would be completely random.
* 11:00pm - Awesome ‘84, ‘85. In the mid eighties, Mojo played an hour of brand new music (hence the year in the title) and a lot of new songs were introduced.
* 11:30pm - Lover’s Lane. A half an hour of “slow jams” for lovers.
* 12:00am - The Midnight Funk Association. Consisted regularly of Parliament-Funkadelic, The Gap Band, Zapp and other funk bands of the era.

From 1:00am to 3:00am (2:00 am on Saturday nights), Mojo’s show was different every night. Sometimes, the MFA would stretch well beyond 1:00am, other times Mojo would introduce segments such as:

* Star Wars - A classic “artist vs. artist” set, where Mojo would alternate selections from two different groups or artists, and the listeners would call in to vote for their favorite.
* Journey - Sometimes a multi-night segment, where Mojo played songs by a single artist or group, spanning their entire career. This usually included a mix of hits and obscure songs by that artist.
* Shout-out - Everyone that called into the station during his show was the recipient of a “shout-out”. He would go on for as long as it took rattling off the first names of every single person who had called in to the show.
* 35-35-35 - Mojo would take suggestions from listeners about their favorite artists and bands. He then would choose the three most popular groups that night and play thirty-five minutes, commercial-free, of each group. This segment often gave airtime to groups that no other radio station in Detroit played.

At other times, Mojo would spend the last 2 hours of his show showcasing live mixes on two turntables, by bringing in local DJs to do the same. One such DJ, Jeff Mills, began his career with Mojo as “The Wizard.” Mojo also would air music by local groups at this time.

In the Metro Detroit Area, The Midnight Funk Association was more than a nightly radio show, it was an event that listeners looked forward to every night for years.
It was common to see cars flashing thier lights at midnight and horns honking on the streets all over town at Midnight.

Mojo crossed color lines and did not adhere to a play list like today’s prepackaged radio stations and while broadcast on stations marketed toward the African-American market, his programming was an inspired blend of the best soul, funk, New Wave, and rock that defied standard radio industry formats and genres.

He believed that good music had no color, and should not be packaged into “Black” stations, and “White” stations, a concept still lost on today’s radio station owners, and program managers.

Electrifying Mojo and his Midnight Funk Association was the last of the great radio shows, and the last show that had any originality, and independent thought outside of a prestructured play list or carefully crafted demographic studies.

By following his love of music and adhering to a standard of just playing what was good,  Mojo accomplished something that radio has been unable to do since.  Capture a cross section of music lovers that encompassed every age, race, and finacial demographic, and create listeners andloyal fans that tuned in simply because they loved the DJ and the music.

Most recently, Mojo is serving as Program Director for a handful of Detroit radio stations - he does not publicize which ones - and he was in negotiations to bring his show to XM satellite radio in 2006, but so far nothing has been heard about it.

Fans from all over still speak of the legendary radio show, as well as, others who have heard about it and what it meant to so many, for so long.

For those of us that were there, The Midnight Funk Association will live in our hearts forever, and we will always be card carrying members.

It was truly one of the last great radio shows of our time.

Harold Mansfield