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The Rock Hall of Fame recently announced nominees for this year’s class.  To be eligible, bands and artists must have released their first material in 1985 or earlier.  Looking at the list (below), it’s clear they’re running out of suitable nominees — and thus, becoming more and more irrelevant. 

While visiting Cleveland for a wedding, we had a few hours to kill so we made our way to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Being “all about music” since an early age, I was pretty excited (read: giddy) to have a chance to check the place out.  The place, while very cool due to the content, just felt like they threw everything together and said HERE!  I didn’t get the feeling that all of this stuff, all of the memorabilia, really meant anything to the overall progress of the music industry — it didn’t portray a story. 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is still worth checking out.  However, it’s no Cooperstown where even if you’re not a baseball fan, you’ll get tingles just watching how baseball really had an impact on society and culture.  But without further ado, I give you the 2011 Nominees… after the jump! continue reading

As mentioned before, Tom Morello is a very busy man. He is still working with Boots Riley as Street Sweeper Social Club. Their self titled debut album was released in 2009, to some mixed reactions.  The album was bursting at the seams with its politically charged lyrics that everyone would have expected from The Coup or Rage Against The Machine (or even Morello’s Nightwatchman alter-ego.) being smoothly by Riley and the always impressive guitar playing that Morello is known for. It was an album that is amazing…on paper. The execution of it did leave something to be desired. That is not to say that the album is terrible by any means, but both of these artists’ styles needed a bit more blending. When the songs worked, they were amazing, but the rest needed more tweaking so that they could mix together better.

If The Ghetto Blaster EP is a sign of things to come from this duo, then all of us have something to be excited for. The 7 song EP features three new songs (“Ghetto Blaster”, “The New Fuck You”, and “Scars”), three covers (M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” and LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out”, The Coup’s “Everythang”) and a remix of one of the better songs from their eponymous debut “Promenade”.

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