Hey guys! I’ve been out for quite a while now, running on a nearly busted laptop and no coffee! I’ve decided to start this blog back up after my absence, and i’m going to kick it off with an opinion piece from my buddy Ryan.

I don’t trust the radio anymore. I’m not sure the exact day; I don’t think there was an exact day. Maybe over the course of a week it happened. I think I finally decided the radio wasn’t for me anymore when, one Sunday at work, the radio in the back was finishing the weekly top forty. The number one song played, right afterwards the station’s regularly scheduled programming kicked in and the exact same song played. What happened to the DJs? Isn’t part of their job to keep that thing from happening?

The second reason I don’t trust them is, probably earlier than the repeat Sunday, I started to suspect that the stations worked like politics. I mainly thought this because of the frequency in which certain songs played. I know some get requested a lot, but it almost seemed ridiculous the amount they get played. I began to think and accept as fact (whether it was or not) that stations where simply paid by the record company to keep their tracks spinning. Not unlike a lobbyist paying a congressman.

You know what? I take that back. I trust some of radio. I trust the radio stations that don’t take request. Jack.fm is a good example. They aren’t really trying to keep up with what’s new in favor of a wider spread of music from different ages and genres. With a lot more to choose from they don’t risk repeat hell for listeners, and can create interesting mash-ups of new and old music.

Ryan feels that Radio stations are starting to abandon their listeners for the record companies. Honestly, it makes a lot of sense to me. Radio Stations have always played popular songs more often than obscure music, that’s the first rule of DJ’ing, but when money is involved, popular songs don’t have to be good.

To get to the root of the issue, you have to take a look at how music as an industry has changed, now it all comes down to advertising. You sign onto a big label and you’re very likely to make money, good or not. The entire principle has changed, and now the advertising guy is the most important member of the band.

How does this relate? Well think about it. DJ’s are looking to make money, and who can blame them? With advertising so important to a band’s success, I have absolutely no doubt that agents are paying to plug songs on the radio. DJ’s are making money, but unfortunately that means we have to sit and listen to some of the same songs all the time.

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Apocalyptica

Posted: August 19, 2011 in 90's Bands, Heavy
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Apocalyptica isn’t your conventional metal band, but if you like super sized violins, you should check them out!

Two of the band's four members ex"cello"ing live in 2009

The Band

Apocalyptica was formed by four Cellists from Helsinki, Finland in 1993. Their claim to fame started with a controversial debut album in 1996; “Plays Metallica by Four Cellos”. Surprisingly it turned out to be a major hit, and earned them a quick place within the genre. Apocalyptica’s second album was released in 1998; Inquisition Symphony once again contained covers of Metallica songs, but branched out to include Faith No More, Sepultura, and Pantera. Finally in 2000, Apocalyptica released a third studio album (Cult) containing 10 original songs, while still including a few covers. This change of pace brought a fresh new taste to the band and interest started to grow overseas, and in 2007 Apocalyptica produced a collaboration single with vocalist Corey Taylor. (Slipknot, Stone Sour) Apocalyptica’s 6th studio album (Worlds Collide) features collaborations “I’m Not Jesus ft. Corey Taylor” and “I Don’t Care ft. Adam Gontier” (Three Days Grace) along with others.

The Sound

You would think that metal band composed of Cellists would be pretty hard to pull off, but honestly they do it rather well. This isn’t Beethoven’s lost symphony, and their original stuff isn’t as heavy a Metallica… So where does that leave us? They certainly have a lot more rhythm than conventional Metal, and tend to pair with decidedly rock vocals, but I’m not ready to condemn them. Fans of Metallica, Manowar, and the like may not find their niche here, but if you’re one of the many rock fans out there and were interested in metal, this is no doubt the best transition point you’ll find anywhere.

The Comments

Highly recommended. I actually own a copy of their “World’s Collide” CD, worth every cent. Original I was skeptical about the large portion of strictly musical tracks, but it fits. I loved every track, and believe it or not, their musical songs make for awesome driving music.

 

Deepfield

Posted: August 4, 2011 in 2000's Bands, Rock
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Like 2000′ rock bands like Shinedown and Theory of a Dead Man? Heard “Get it” or “Into the flood on Satellite radio? You may be a fan of deepfield.

Pictured are three of deepfield's members: J. King, Baxter Teal, and Russell Lee

The Band

Deepfield is a modern rock band out of South Carolina. They got their start in 2005 after only a 3 song demo landed them a showcase in New York which led up to a signing on Bill McGathy’s new label De Goot Recordings. In 2007 the band released a 12 track album, Archetypes and Repetition, before touring over the next two years. While touring, the band played aside many popular names icluding Shinedown, Puddle of Mud, Saliva, and Drowning Pool. They are currently working on a follow up album, Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, of which the singles “American Dream” and “Nothing Left  to Lose” have been released.

The Sound

Deepfield has a very clear cut modern rock sound. Tense and quiet verses leading into louder choruses dominate most of their songs. Some songs give you a much more classic feel with catchier riffs and not as much of the rapid switching between vocal styles, which I personally like better, but then again I’ve always been a fan of 90’s rock.

The Comments

This band is very much like alot of the rock you find out there in the 2000’s, Shinedown, Theory of a Dead Man, Daughtry, ect. Deepfield is by no means a bad band, consistent style and a decent sound, but they don’t really pop out at you. They sound great on the radio, just like any other rock band but in my not-so-professional opinion, they were signed before they figured out who they were and some producer made them just like everyone else.


Hey guys! I have a special treat for you today, remember Alex Akimov? Well I got in touch with him and he has agreed to answer some questions! If you haven’t yet heard of Alex, check out my assessment here.

Alex Akimov and one of his trusty Tom Anderson guitars.

What was it like coming to Los Angeles from Russia and getting your start as an American artist?

“That wasn’t easy at all I am still working on becoming an American artist! I came to study at the Los Angeles Music Academy, I have never been in the United States before so it was very complicated for me at first, but I met some very good people along the way who helped me out a lot to get on my feet! After graduating I got my on my first tour around the US! That was a crazy experience. I always liked to travel, but traveling around America for the first time was amazing! I enjoyed every second of this tour! I started touring when I was 15, but in Russia it was absolutely different. We were traveling on the train or a plane and usually you are going just for a couple of days, in America we went for a whole month and were driving the van! After that I started doing a lot of studio work and just trying to do as many gigs as I could. Along the way I was hired to work with Irene Nelson, I started as a guitar player but when her manager quit I was asked to take over management as well because I knew English and Russian. I said “Yes” and was combining two jobs: playing guitar and doing management routine! That was crazy, but I learned how the show business works from the inside, we got her a deal with Universal Music Group and got her song charted in the Billboard! I learned so much from it and got a lot of connections in the music industry, so after it got a little easier to get gigs!”

As a musician, it is important to keep the fire going. What inspires you?

“My biggest inspirations are my family, my girlfriend and my fans! My dad was always telling me to work hard if I want to get somewhere and his words got stuck in my head! Music industry is changing so fast that if I am gonna lose it for a second it would be hard to get back, so I am trying to be on top of everything! My fans are also a very big deal for me overtime somebody buys my song or writing me a comment or just saying “Hi” after the show I feel that today I made somebody a little happier and I want to keep doing it and bring more positive feelings in this world!”

Is there anyone you look up to as an artist?

“My favorite guitar player is Greg Howe since I started playing guitar, also Richie Kotzen. I would love to collaborate with him someday! I like Muse a lot! Matt Bellamy knows how to play guitar and he does it like nobody else! I saw them live a few times and even got a chance to meet the band. Probably he is a very big influence for me right now!”

What sort of gear do you use when you go touring?

“I am using Tom Anderson guitars, they are the best! I really like how they are made and how reliable they are, my telecaster survived craziest tours and gigs! Also I’ve recently started using Ugly Amps it’s just an 18 watts but it sounds so freaking good! For pedals I’m using Aspid Drive by a Ukrainian company called Zmey, what I like about it is that no matter what amp you are using it is still sounds great! I need to depend on my gear a lot because playing guitar is how I make my living so I have to choose wisely, sometimes it takes me months before I can trust my new “toy” and take it on the road with me.”

Lastly, you’ve collaborated with some prominent figures, including work on the Eminem ft. Rihanna hit, “Love the Way You Lie”, Greg Howe, and Britney Spears. What was it like?

“It was very very fun! I did a remix on the song “Love The Way You Lie” and I’d never expected it to blow up like that! The video got more than 2 million hits on YouTube and even got recognized by Billboard.bz! That was nice surprise for all of us! For Britney I did a guitar track for her song “Hold It Against Me” that was cool because I got a chance to use my Zvex fuzz factory pedal, we just plugged it straight in to the SSl console and got the track! Working with Greg Howe was a completely different story, I didn’t get hired to record with him like my other gigs I actually collaborated with him I was learning guitar transcribing his songs and I got a chance to be with him on the same track!! Crazy! So exciting! The song that we did together called “Search” and it will be featured on my debut album called “About The Rain”
It’s already available on iTunes, and I hope soon it will come out as a physical record. I am in negotiations about distribution right now so we will see what’s gonna happen!”


Ever heard Eminem ft. Rihanna, “Love the Way You Lie” heavy remix and part 2? Alex did collaborations on both of those versions!

Alex Akimov uses Tom Anderson guitars, and favors Ugly Amps.

The Artist

Alex is a Russian guitarist that has been playing since the age of 11. He graduated from Gnessin State Musical College in Moscow, Russia where he received a Bachelors in Jazz and Classical guitar and composition. The year he graduated, Alex took off to the states to study at the L.A. Music Academy and further his education. By 2008 he was a full time musician. From 2008-2010, Alex worked with three other groups, up to and including Eminem, Irene Nelson, and the band Ziv. From 2010-11, three singles have been released by Akimov as a solo artist.

The Sound

Alex’s guitar style definitely has a grungier feel to it. He uses a lot of classic feeling riffs, and in “Troublemaker” he incorporates a heavy, deep rhythm and pairs it with intense vocals for a very grungy sound all his own. His other single, “All About the Rain” brings on a strong feeling of the classic rock band, reminiscent of stars like Bon Jovi and 3 Doors Down.

The Comments

Overall, I like his music. Troublemaker is a little light on guitar riffs, but there’s a cool solo in the middle. I’ve always been a fan of aggressive, grungy music, and I feel that he pulls the style off well. If you’re into noisy music, I’d check out “Troublemaker“, but if you like Bon Jovi and acoustic guitar, then “All About the Rain” may be a better choice for you.

Cake

Posted: July 28, 2011 in Alternative
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Ever heard of “Never There”, “Going the Distance”, or “Sheep Go To Heaven”? If so, you’ve definitely had a slice of Cake.

Cake's lineup, including: Victor Damiani, Xan McCurdy, John McCrea, Vince Difiore

The Band

Cake is best known as an Alternative band out of Sacramento, California. They officially got together back in 1991, and self-released their debut album “Motorcade of Generosity”. The ball finally got rolling when they released their first single under Capricorn Records in 1995. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Lifestyle” topped out at 35 on the modern rock and roll music charts, paving the way for a new album, Fashion Nugget, which followed in 1996 with its own single “Going the Distance”. Fashion Nugget reached platinum record status, and was followed up by another platinum album, “Prolonging the Magic”, in 1998. From 2001-2004, two new albums were released, both of moderate success. In 2011, the band had created its own label and released Showroom of Compassion, topping the billboard charts.

The Sound

Of all that can be said about Cake, it is music with a purpose. Cake has a tendency to keep things consistent, and as such you will find a lot of the same sounds throughout their music. Overall they have fantastic rhythm, almost old school lounge styling on some songs, paired with modern electronic alternative. The vocals are either under-stressed and spoken, or belted with passion. There is a lot of feeling in Cake’s music, many sad love songs, that add an element to it. You hear trumpet in many songs, and John McCrea likes to skat.

Overall as the band has progressed, I would say it maintains a modest Hipster vibe, akin to the punk era. Combined with a lounge music feel, it creates a wonderful experience you won’t see anywhere else.

The Comments

I grew up with Cake, and on those lazy days when I had nothing better to do, that trusty trumpet was always there to keep me cruising on easy street. I find Cake shines when you’re hanging around catching up on some work you said you’d do weeks ago, the smoothness of it lets time melt by. I would recommend you check out “Rock and Roll Lifestyle”, “Short Skirt, Long Jacket”, and “Guitar”.

Welcome!

Posted: July 28, 2011 in Blogs

Hello! My name is David, and this is Plausible Jams.

I decided to create a blog to help define the music world. I want to help you find new music without having to guess and check, or sift through bands at random, so I will be updating my blog with information on artists from multiple genres, levels of popularity, and eras. From guitar legends to nobody’s with riffs, this will be you place to find -your- jams.

To keep things simple, i’m going to aim for four artists a week, two each Tuesday, and two each Thursday. There will also be a basic template:

Intro: A picture and short intro with a few mentions of some radio hits to give you a basis to run off of. (When relevant)

The Band

A short to medium bio detailing their major accomplishments, so you know how far they’ve gone.

The Sound

An as detailed as possible summation of style, genre, and their evolution as they progress, so you know what to expect.

The Comments

This is my space to tell you any personal experiences or feelings I have about this band, a first hand account to get you ready to rock and roll.

All of the band posts will follow this theme. Again, that will update Tuesdays and Thursdays, although I may pop in and post a regular blog post whenever the feeling strikes.

If there is anything you guys want to see me cover, let me know and I can easily fit a review in for you. Have a Jamtastic day!

~Dave