The new list of inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced. There are some good ones this year: Van Halen, R.E.M., Patti Smith, and Grandmaster Flash. But why are KISS and The Stooges still blacklisted? Both bands have been eligible for many years, and both are very deserving of a place in that Hall. There is absolutely no excuse for this continuing travesty of musical justice.
Billboard.com has a great article on the band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. They are a great band that has succeeded without using a record label. Their self-released debut CD sold over 100,000 copies almost exclusively on word-of-mouth and touring.
The "word of the day" from Wordsmith.org is "malkin": 1. An untidy woman; a slattern; 2. A scarecrow or a grotesque effigy; 3. A mop made of a bundle or rags fastened to a stick. Sounds about right.
I had a guy call me last night toward the end of my show who had pulled over his car and double-checked his radio to make sure what I was playing was really on the radio. He called in to thank me for playing Drive Like Jehu, and said that he had given up hope on Omaha radio until he heard my show. Awesome. Last night's playlist is here.
It happened some time over the weekend, but The Dark Stuff has now broken 100,000 visitors! Damn! Yes, many of those are "image" hits -- people looking for pics of hot chicks -- but they still count as far as I'm concerned.