Stone Temple Nirvana?

Filed Under (music) by Mike Wilton on 26-03-2010

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So if you haven’t heard yet, Stone Temple Pilots are back with a brand new single called Between the Lines.  Local radio station 106.7 KROQ started playing the song recently and after hearing it for the first time I found a distinct similarity between it and Nirvana’s “Stay Away”.

Any die hard Nirvana fans that have heard the song probably picked up on the similarities as quickly as I did.  When Between the Lines reaches the bridge it goes into a sequence that is very reminiscent of the verses to Nirvana’s “Stay Away”.  Below are clips from the new Stone Temple Pilots song Between the Lines and a clip from Nirvana’s “Stay Away”.  What do you think? Strong similarity or blatant ripoff?

Between the Lines Bridge

Stay Away Verse

Another Alternative’s Self Titled Release

Filed Under (music) by Mike Wilton on 04-01-2010

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Last August I wrote a couple of posts looking back at my short lived musical ventures with my band Another Alternative. At the time I shared the story of Another Alternative recording at Moonsong Studios with producer Bob Moon and shared a long lost live recording of one of our biggest songs, Chasing Dreams. At the time I promised I’d try and get the full recording with Bob Moon up on the site. I was holding out to hopefully get a new master back from a friend, but unfortunately that never happened. So rather than wait any longer I figured I would treat my readers to all 6 songs.

I was 17 years old when these songs were recorded, and all music tracks and vocals were recorded within the span of a day. An important thing to remember is that the versions of these songs you are hearing are a digital copy off of a cassette tape that was a copy of another cassette tape. Needless to say the audio quality isn’t perfect, but I think it gives a clear representation of my music at the time. For your convenience I have added a full album download below that has all of the songs zipped and ready for download, or if you’d rather just give individual tracks a listen you can click on the song title below and stream or download the MP3′s.

Another Alternative

  1. Track 1
  2. Needle In A Haystack
  3. Embarrassment
  4. Faces
  5. Valentine To Seattle
  6. I Do

Google Music Search and the Death of the Music Operator

Filed Under (music) by Mike Wilton on 29-10-2009

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Earlier this week Google announced  it’s partnership with a number of online music sources such as Myspace and Lala to provide searchers with new music search results that include music samplings.  However, it appears that this exciting new feature came at a cost.

Google MusicAvid music searchers like me may recall that oftentimes when you would search for an artist you would get the Google Music result for the artist.  The result would provide you with info on the artist, related artist links and discography.  If that weren’t enough you had the ability to view individual albums and their tracklists, and get links to sites where you could purchase the music.  What was even more impressive was that Google actually had a relatively unknown music search operator that could be used to obtain this information immediately for your query.  For instance if you typed music:nine inch nails in the Google search bar you would be directed to the Google music page for Nine Inch Nails.  If you run that query now you are simply redirected to the Google Music Search page.

I used the music operator and the Google Music service quite frequently when it came to updating my MP3 data or seeking out new albums and imports to add to my music collection.  However it doesn’t look like Google is going to be an option any longer when it comes to this sort of data.  From what I can tell this data has been completely stripped from Google and if it hasn’t I have no idea where they have hidden it.

It seems to me that this sort of update from Google would have benefited from not only integrating the new features, but expanding upon the existing features.  Provide artist, album, and track data while providing samplings from various partners as well.  Why provide less data in exchange for some music samplings?

Overall I think this is a positive move from Google. I had always wished Google provided music samples with it’s previous music search services, so in that aspect this is a step in the right direction.  I only hope that with the slew of new music partners they can perhaps incorporate some additional data like that which was provided previously.  Hell, they could even kick it up another notch and partner with some lyric sites.  That would be music search gold.