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I don't listen to all that much of Today's music, you're more likely to find me burning to Howlin' Wolf at 3 in the morning Kristen, but there are quite a few things I am really excited by these days.  I like the fact that quite a few bands are championing other bands and supporting each other.  In some circles it's quite a caring community.  Instead of pure ego, id and self importance, it's becoming more of an "Us" instead of a "Me" kind of vibe.  I also like the fact some of these bands also suss out painters, photographers, artist of all different composits and give them the chance to shine and expand their name and work.  Keep your eyes peeled for the works of Nina Pratchios in the future...

I dig that Nick Cave extracted himself from his modus operandi and created another band called Grinderman, that bring back a lot of the energy and spirit of Iggy and the stooges.  Mr. Cave is another person who is reaching out and supporting other artist.  He has always supported his friend John Hillcoat the film director, Mr. Cave has also been the Meltdown festival's curator and brought Nina Simone back out to shine just before she died, so younger people could get familiarized with her genius.   An exceptional artist named  Ilinca Hopfner sent Mr. Cave a video she created and he took her on and had her create much of the visuals for Grinderman's 2nd record.  My point is that I really support great artist that support other artist...this town is big enough for all of us, so to speak.  A lot of people tend to forget that a Mr. Ian Astbury of the cult was one of the first to unite many artist at a gig way back called "The Gathering of the Tribes".  I also give thanks to Mr. Anton of the BJM for giving us the band Dead Skeletons.

Last but not least I love when bands shine a light on good causes and to bring awareness.  I love the fact that B.R.M.C. support the Not for Sale campaign to end modern day slavery and put a stop to human trafficking.  The late and great Elliott Smith gave when he could to help raise awareness for child abuse.  I wish more bands would come forth and help the homeless and donate more to Indian rezervations.  There are so many good causes and helping others only makes us more human, it only makes our spirits truer.  Rock and Roll is much more than feeding your own soul and riding on the waves of electricity...it's about unity and it's about where we've been, what we've seen and where we are all going.  Rock and Roll is true Love and nourishment on many many levels.

  Cheers Kristen

iAN

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