But tonight, we also honor the fifth member of the band, without whom, this night would never have happened: tonight we honor The Kiss Army. Generations of fiercely loyal fans who are celebrating this long overdue induction all over the planet tonight. Tonight proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that high school bullies, and the critics, were mistaken. We Kiss fans were right, so let’s celebrate.
Tom Morello, inducting Kiss into the rock and roll hall of fame
I did not want Kiss to make the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I thought it would be cooler if they didn’t; I liked the idea of Kiss coming to represent the opposite of whatever the Rock Hall purports to be. I find it strange that the people who hated Kiss at the height of their powers will now be allowed to amend their preposterous position in retrospect. Still, I know they deserve it, and I know the band is happy about it, and I want the band to be happy. You know, it’s so crazy: I always refer to the guys in Kiss by their first names, as if we’re somehow friends or acquaintances. It feels stupid to do this, and sort of childish. But that’s what happens when something enters your life and (impossibly, inexplicably, irrevocably) never leaves. I’ve thought about Kiss way too much over the past three decades, but still not as much as I’d secretly prefer. There is just no group that’s more fun to think about. There are some that are more fun to listen to, but that’s a different question. Whatever Kiss did, they did it right, including the things they did wrong. They have no rival and they have no peers.
Chuck Klosterman, with the definitive word for all of us who joined the Kiss Army when we were 12.
30 years ago. I might like the second side (“Right”) more but it’s pretty amazing to think this was the first side of an album, any album:
Harborcoat
7 Chinese Bros.
So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)
Pretty Persuasion
Time After Time 

30 years ago. I might like the second side (“Right”) more but it’s pretty amazing to think this was the first side of an album, any album:

Harborcoat

7 Chinese Bros.

So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)

Pretty Persuasion

Time After Time 

fred-wilson
Digitisation has given us the ability to fund, record, market, disseminate and sell our self produced music via social networks in a manner that simply wasn’t possible in the 20th century. Yes, you may have to initially give your music away to rustle up a crowd, but who among us didn’t start out doing gigs for free in order to build an audience?

Contron - Fear Others

Contron put some new songs up on bandcamp. The tags he used are: “acoustic, grinch music, Gulf Breeze, Harold” which at the same time are nonsensical yet also say everything.

This is direct from artist stuff here, there is no filter except the music itself.

summer nights, it’s a bummer right? spend a weekend all alone 

dear lover, fear others, tears coverin’ a skeleton of broken bones 

sometimes people make you sick & that’s what we have medicine for 

sometimes medicine makes you sick & that’s what we have graveyards for 

i was happy on a summer day i didn’t really think of anything 

sleeping pills pills i’m keeping still