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Hey everybody. Very excited to announce that we have “graduated” from our WordPress domain to our own official website  www.musicsurvivalguide.org

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A lot of exciting stuff has been happening for M-S-G! It has grown quite a bit since the beginning of the year as we have expanded it too also be a Podcast.

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Shout-out to my partner, NOX CULT drummer, Monkey. We’ve been having a blast. Thanks to all for following, listening, sharing…it means everything. So, stick around as we continue the adventures. And please reach out if you would like to get on the Show, get your album reviewed, do an interview…

AND IN OTHER NEWS…

I have also been focusing a lot on my SODA’S CRAFTY CHAOS project in which I make candles, light switch covers, prints…etc. I wanted to announce that I have released my first run of enamel pins! I really wanted it to be very special SO…it is an ode, a bit of a tribute, to my favorite band, JELLYFISH. I figured, what better way to start this endeavor than to bring something awesome like this to the still existing Jellyfish community. I will be bringing more pins to life down the line but for now, head over to my store and grab your set, limited to ONLY 30 SETS!

Get the pins here!

Hey out there in Cybertron! It’s been a while since my last post. First, to cut to the chase with my lack of contributing, for the last quarter of the year or so, I…was sick. But, I am happy to say I am now a Cancer survivor!!! Almost all recovered and way ready for 2018.

Second, Happy Freakin’ New Year! Another one in the bag. I wanted to make a final post for 2017 before it ended. I’m breaking my rule of only dropping posts on Wednesdays…every now and then I’ll break them rules 😉 – I hope to post and share more here in 2018 and also have a plan in the making for a possible MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE Podcast if that can get off the ground…we shall see.

And third, I wanted to share my musiccentric goodies I got for Christmas from my Fam. Pretty good spread, eh? Funny too that I didn’t already have some of this classic stuff in my collection.

Xmas goodies 2017

Xmas goodies 2017

Let’s dive into this! I’ll go from as left to right as I can:

-Framed David Bowie Star Child/Starman print. It’s a beauty

-The Menzingers – Rented World CD

-Prince – 20Ten Xtended CD (pretty obscure version of this album)

-RHCP – Greatest Hits And Videos (always wanted this double disc WITH the vids!)

-Prince – A Private View Book

-Erasure – I Say I Say I Say Pop-Up Castle CD Pack with oversized book! My fav Erasure record and now I have this wicked version!

-Beautiful Bodies – Battles CD (which I am spinning now for the first time)

-T-Boz Book, “A Sick Life” LOVE HER!

-Little Caesar self-titled CD, always wanted this record since I was a little kid. Finally!

-The Rasmus – Dark Matters CD Limited Edition w/Bonus Track

-Saigon Kick – Live Around the World 1991-1996

-Shocker Soundtrack No More Mr. Nice Guy!

-Arid – Live CD

-Luther- Let’s Get You Somewhere Else pink and black splattered vinyl

-AAA Battery – Corrosion Of Buddha CD (expect a review for this record soon)

-Fender Frontline Magazine with Jellyfish on the cover! :::drool:::

 

Jonah Matranga- ALONE REWINDING + More!

Posted: October 18, 2017 by Soda in General, Jonah Matranga

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Jonah Matranga (Far, onelinedrawing) has just released a new booked called Alone Rewinding https://jonahmatranga.bandcamp.com/merch/alone-rewinding-the-book which was backed from a successful Kickstarter campaign.

He has also
just released a new single called “Don’t Give Up” which is the first track featured on a new compilation album from Blacktop Records, Don’t Give Up: 12 Years Of DIY being released on compact disc and digitally Friday Oct 27th. The comp also features new and unreleased tracks from Lisa Loeb, Wheatus, MC Lars, Kevin Seconds (7Seconds) and a handful more.

Catch Jonah at one of these upcoming gigs:

Fri 13 7pm Boston, MA – Comicazi
Sun 15 3pm Wilmington, DE – House Show
Sun 15 7pm Wilmington, DE – School Show
Wed 18 8pm Brooklyn – Wayward Social
Sat 21 7pm Southbury, CT – House Show
Sun 22 7pm NYC – Mercury Lounge
Mon 23 6:30pm Ithaca, NY – Vineyard
Tue 24 8pm Toronto – Cherry Cola’s
Wed 25 8pm Ottawa – Pressed
Thu 26 8pm Hamilton – Casbah
Fri 27 8pm Tillsonburg – Sammy Krenshaw’s

Check out the new song, here: Don’t Give Up

http://jonahmatranga.com/

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Top 100! (And more)

Posted: May 10, 2017 by Soda in General, Marilyn Manson, Top 100

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

MUSIC-SURVIVAL-IDEA

Posted: January 4, 2017 by Soda in General

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!

Pete Burns: Death of a Diva

Posted: October 26, 2016 by Soda in Dead Or Alive, General, Pete Burns

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This past Sunday (10/23) the weird world of entertainment lost Pete Burns. Just 57 years old, the androgynous pioneer suffered from a massive cardiac arrest as confirmed by his manager Monday morning. 2016 hasn’t exactly been a banner year as far as deaths go (and hell, a large number of other things too, let’s face it).

A perpetual diva and an entity all unto himself Burns rose to commercial stardom in 1985 when his group Dead Or Alive released the album Youthquake dead-or-alive-%22youthquake%22-covercontaining the mega hit “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)”, which, up until his dying day would continue to remain a meal ticket for the singer as well as a nail in a coffin of a very tumultuous career. When I first discovered Dead Or Alive I was much too young to really understand the endless concept and art that went behind Pete and DOA. As I got older and of course began to really understand Music and Art and obsess over it more and more, Dead Or Alive really did stick out to me. It wasn’t even so much the kitschy music as it was so obviously Pete Burns at the helm of this often bizarre and confusing outfit which I wound up loving. His outlandish behavior and looks over the vast many years made people love or hate him. Not knowing him personally I’d imagine there really was absolutely no in-between. I even missed a chance to see Dead Or Alive play at a beach club once because I was too young to get in. I did indeed try to sneak in after being turned away but got caught. I didn’t want to risk catching any heat from the large security men, me being a young boy with weird hair, eye make-up and a bright polkadot shirt on.

Clearly addicted to plastic surgery, even after his very first botched nose job. Burns continued to have extensive work done, “Getting a new face is like buying a sofa”. His lips were destroyed and rebuilt, he had several rhinoplasties and beyond…way beyond. Apparently no part of his body except the soles of his feet went untouched by needle or knife and his entire earnings were spent on destroying and rebuilding his looks, even selling off the rights of his songs to do so. pete-burnsSelf esteem issues were obviously present in a man who was indeed once beautiful and possessed a voice so powerful it would rumble your floorboards. What can really be said about Pete Burns that he already hadn’t said or done anyway? Not much. There were few as blunt and daring and fucking Mad, Bad and Dangerous to know as one Pete Burns. He showed us all what it meant to truly let your freak flag fly. His outlandish behavior, outfits and commentary on the UK’s version of reality television show Big Brother brought him back into the mainstream. Train wreck or not, you couldn’t take your eyes off him. Bending genre and gender to the point of utter shatter he was truly a force of nature. Whether he was burning American flags in Texas or bridges with record labels, he did it with such a grandiose flair that was uncompromised and next to few if not none.

Icon? Yes. Lunatic? Probably. One of a kind? Absolutely. It’s a shame that another colorful character had to be taken away from us in this very confusing year. Pete may have been impossible but he shared with us the fact that you can do YOU no matter what…but again, at what cost? Money, relationships…your face? I’d dare say that few will ever be as brazen. So, thank you Pete, whether is was brave or just plain crazy I’m hoping you’re shit kicking the afterlife on glitter platforms…”I just keep a hearing, you runnin’ on up my stairs but you’re not there”…R.I.P.

“People always want to know – am I gay, bi, trans or what? I say, forget all that. There’s got to be a completely different terminology and I’m not aware if it’s been invented yet. I’m just Pete.”

2 Years of MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE

Posted: October 12, 2016 by Soda in General

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!

MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE finally on Facebook!

Posted: September 28, 2016 by Soda in General

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/

D’Angelo’s tribute to PRINCE

Posted: April 27, 2016 by Soda in D'Angelo, General, Prince, Television

MANY have done so much to show their love toward Prince after his passing last week. To celebrate, to love…to grieve. Springsteen did a killer rendition of “Purple Rain” that he is now offering as a free MP3 download from his website that I suggest you go grab.  Dance Parties, TV, Radio…everyone everywhere has weighed in loud and proud. And I’m sure there is still so much more to come. Last night was no exception to a stunning and breathtaking tribute to the icon, Prince.

D'Angelo on The Tonight Show promo ad

D’Angelo on The Tonight Show promo ad

Sometimes troubled and sometimes absent R&B/Soul artist D’Angelo appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to share his tribute. I’m not necessarily a D’Angelo listener but I know he’s got the goods and very much wanted to tune in to see how he would handle his tribute. His records, though few and far between over the past 21 years have been held in high regard and I know he is a well respected songwriter. Last night, through foggy eyes I heard Jimmy Fallon announce D’Angelo and what he was about to do. I didn’t know what to expect. His choice was to cover “Sometimes it Snows In April” from the Prince and the Revolution era album Parade, songs from his film Under The Cherry Moon. As I realized what he was about to do I was honestly happy it wasn’t “Purple Rain”. “…April” is one of my personal favorite Prince songs. It’s just so painfully beautiful. D’Angelo and his 2 female back-up singers known as Princess, bathed in purple light began an absolutely chilling, haunting, stunning, magnificent rendition of this Prince favorite. It was so emotional even for D’Angelo as he sang the line “I often dream of heaven and I know that Tracy’s there” subbing Prince for Tracy. He could not even get the next line passed his lips as he backed away from the microphone obviously choked up but recovered for the one thereafter. It was so real, it was like all space and time stopped for a second. I just wanted to share the video here in case anyone missed it. It’s so beyond worth a viewing or 10 and all the chills that come with it.

Still celebrating his Purple Majesty.