Allmusic, All The Time…

I’m one of those girls, Bits and Bramblers. One of those girls that has waaaay too many CDs, along with an iPod that holds a ridiculous number of songs. I’m one of those girls who burns CDs for special occasions, and says things like, “What do you mean you’ve never heard of Vampire Weekend? Never mind, I’ll burn you a mix CD.” That’s right…I’m an all-out music junkie.

Which is why allmusic is maybe one of the best websites ever. It’s got everything. On the front page? Music news. New Releases. An album of the day! But you’ll find the best stuff when you search for your favorite singer and/or band. Then you’ll get a biography, a discography (every album, and they year it was released,) along with a list of all their songs (complete with sound clips!)

Best of all, the site also gives you recommendations. For example…now that I’ve got you interested in Vampire Weekend? Allmusic says you might want to check out Ra Ra Riot (and they’re right…you totally should, that band is made of awesome.) What’s that? You’ve never heard of them? Never mind…now you can look them up on allmusic. And being an all-out music junkie, I’ll leave you with one of their music videos. Enjoy…and rock on, Bits and Bramblers!

FORTY YEARS Ago, Something BIG Happened…

Now, I understand that the phrase, “It happened forty years ago,” usually means the story that you’re about to hear will be unbearably boring. Not this time, though. Because something big happened forty years ago in Bethel, New York…the Woodstock Festival & Concert!

Woodstock was supposed to be a big party, where you listened to incredible music (by The Who, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Carlos Santana) and slept under the stars. But the big party kept getting bigger…and bigger. There were traffic jams up to twenty miles long to get to the festival…and there were around 500,000 guests!

So the big party turned into something even bigger. It turned into an event—three days of peace, love, and music that represented an entire generation.

In honor of Woodstock’s fortieth anniversary, you can stop by your faaaaaaaaavorite library and experience the concert through DVDs like Woodstock and Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music. If you’re all about the music, though, you can listen to CDs like The Best of Woodstock.

And speaking of the music, we’ll leave you with a classic performance that took place nearly forty years ago—and it’s still amazing. Here’s Jimi Hendrix with “Purple Haze.”

“The Day The Music Died.”

Today’s one of those not-so-happy days in music history, Bits and Bramblers. See, fifty years ago today, three of the world’s biggest rock and roll stars—Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J.P. Richardson ( aka “The Big Bopper”)—were killed in a plane crash.

It’s hard to imagine something so tragic…I mean, the three of them were sort of pioneers of rock and roll music, and some of the first real rock stars ever. That’s probably why Don McLean dubbed it “The Day the Music Died.” Because it was such a huge loss, and it left their fans feeling so…hopeless.

But if there’s anything positive about something so tragic, it’s the fact that fifty years after the accident, we’re still listening to their music (which, by the way, is made of awesome.) There have been movies made about the lives of Buddy Holly and Richie Valens, and all three musicians have influenced thousands of others—everyone from The Beatles to Weezer.

And just in case you didn’t know? Don McLean wrote American Pie all about his favorite musicians. So…you could say that Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper also influenced The Jonas Brothers.

See for yourself..and feel free to sing along!