The YouChoose Music Blog

RIP: Lou Reed - Warhol, Bangs, and Metal Machine Music

Your writer of this article was not a fan of Lou Reed's music.  Terrible voice.  Not too melodic.  And what the hell was Metal Machine Music?  Admittedly, most of my interaction with Lou Reed came from two places, my brother, who liked Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground, and the writings of former (meaning dead) Rock writer Lester Bangs, who wrote voluminously about his often cantankorous meetings with Lou Reed.  Lou Reed is now dead too.  In his wake, half a century of most bad Rock N Roll music.

Boo! The Very Best Halloween Song List Ever! Ever!

Halloween was scared away in 2011 and 2012, so with great fanfare, let us present to you the Very Best Halloween Song List Ever.  We've seen other lists, some of which are pretty good.  But they're all so limited.  It's the internet.  Why stop at the Top 10?  Our 61-track Spotify list will freak you out AND give you the best soundtrack for Halloween 2013.  So stop waiting.  Here's your list!

YouChoose On YouTube: "Hungry Like The Wolf" For Tree Tavern Pizza

It was October 19, 2013. The greatest music festival combating hunger in New Jersey took place in scenic Wayne, NJ. Dubbed The YouChoose Music Festival, 25 songs were performed by your YouChoose Band to raise awareness and funds for CUMAC (pronounced Koo-Mack), New Jersey's most pivotal food bank. 

Flashback to 1983: "In The Mood" (Robert Plant)

This song was a Top 40 hit (reaching #39 - so barely) for former Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant in 1983.  Watch this video.  It's a strange mashup of Plant's original video and footage from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.  What d'ya think?


College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving - On Fox News

Our pal Stephen Bienko, owner of a bunch of College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving franchises, appeared with Elizabeth Hasselbeck on Fox News recently.  Stephen and College Hunks have been huge supporters of YouChoose Music and our causes, especially CUMAC.  You can see Stephen's remarks HERE.  Call 'em at 800-586-5872 and see how they can make your life better.

Today Is "Election Day" In NJ

Today is a special election day in New Jersey.  Two wonderful, loving men with nothing to hide and nothing but the best intentions for all the peoples of the state, while not caring one iota about re-election and staying in office until death do they part, are running for United States Senate.  We wish them, and every politician, luck today.  Here's a song for you going back to '85 by Duran Duran spinoff, Arcadia.  Now go and Rock!

Hanging Out With David + Dave: Live With Kendra Von Achen, Big Data Strategist

The terms "data" and "big data" are buzzwords floating around our atmosphere like space junk (a term nobody uses anymore, unless they're in space and a can of Bud from Apollo 16 comes hurtling at your during a space walk).  Kendra Von Achen understands the need for big data organization and built her company, DB Pros, around that.  In her hangout with David + Dave, Kendra discusses the role of data today and how DB Pros helps businesses.

Commercials We Grew Up With: 1970s

If you grew up in the '70s & '80s, you'll recognize a lot of these.  Vic Taback (from Alice) in a Parkay commercial.  Earl Campbell, the Oilers running back, for Skoal.  We'll go "Koo Koo for Cocoa-Puffs," see how much "Mikey likes it!" and learn about "two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.  Watch!

Problems With Classical Music

You should go HERE and scroll ahead about 5 or 6 minutes to listen to what's going on with the business side of the Classical music world.  While the availability of Classical music is greater than ever before, it's harder than ever to make a living at it.  This report, from American Public Media's "Marketplace Morning Report" on October 11, explains what's going on and interestingly compares it to Obamacare.  Listen to it.  C'mon.  It's only like 3 1/2 minutes long.  Your life will change forever.