What Music We Are Listening To This Week on the Dropping The Needle Podcast

Dropping The Needle Podcast

“If Beavis & Butt-Head had a music podcast, this would be it.”

Welcome to episode 27, November 26, 2012, of the Dropping The Needle podcast. In this episode Michael and Mitch discuss what music we are listening to; Aerosmith, Suzi Quatro, Jimi Jamison, Cheap Trick, Metallica.

Dropping The Needle is the podcast where all music from all genres is discussed. New releases, classic albums, rediscovered music, signed and unsigned. No ass kissing, just two guys talking about music. Dropping The Needle is hosted Michael Brandvold from Michael Brandvold Marketing and Mitch Lafon from PureGrainAudio.com.

Tune in to the next episode of Dropping The Needle to see what artists we drop the needle on.

Michael Brandvold is a freelance music industry consultant based in Northern California. Having launched Michael Brandvold Marketing to leverage his years of experience to provide direction to large and small clients in the areas of online & social marketing as well as e-commerce and customer acquisition and retention. Gene Simmons of KISS first tapped Michael’s skills as a pioneering online marketing strategist to launch and manage all aspects of Kissonline.com’s multi-million dollar enterprise, including their ground-breaking VIP ticket program. Michael has also managed the online efforts for Dream Theater, Little Caesar, Andy Gibson, Alexa Carter, Greg Kihn, Motley Crüe, Rod Stewart, Madonna, Ozzy Osbourne, Madonna and Britney Spears to name only a few.

Mitch Lafon is a professional music writer located in Montreal, Quebec (Canada). His career started in 1980 when at the age of eleven he interviewed The Demon of KISS, Gene Simmons. In the ‘90s he did studio work with various artists including LA GUNS and worked on an Ace Frehley Tribute album. Over the years, his work has appeared in Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles Magazine as well as Metal Hammer (US) and Classic Rock (UK). Currently, PureGrainAudio.com and Roadie Crew magazine from Brazil are where his interviews can be found. He is well-respected by artists  who often request him by name (when they are ready to grant an interview).

What We Are Listening To and Live Concert Recordings – Dropping The Needle Podcast

Dropping The Needle PodcastWelcome to episode 14 of the podcast Dropping The Needle, August 20, 2012. This episode we discuss What We Are Listening To and Live Concert Recordings.

In this episode we discuss artists such as KISS, Motley Crue, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Bret Michaels, Metallica, Tesla, Gun, Cheap Trick, KISS Destroyer Resurrected, fun., ZZ Top, Asia XXX, Kenny Chesney, Hardline

Dropping The Needle is the podcast where all music from all genres is discussed. New releases, classic albums, rediscovered music, signed and unsigned. No ass kissing, just two guys talking about music. Dropping The Needle is hosted Michael Brandvold from Michael Brandvold Marketing and Mitch Lafon from PureGrainAudio.com.

Tune in to the next episode of Dropping The Needle to see what artists we drop the needle on.

Subscribe to Dropping The Needle in iTunes.

Michael Brandvold is a freelance music industry consultant based in Northern California. Having launched Michael Brandvold Marketing to leverage his years of experience to provide direction to large and small clients in the areas of online & social marketing as well as e-commerce and customer acquisition and retention. Gene Simmons of KISS first tapped Michael’s skills as a pioneering online marketing strategist to launch and manage all aspects of Kissonline.com’s multi-million dollar enterprise, including their ground-breaking VIP ticket program. Michael has also managed the online efforts for Andy Gibson, Alexa Carter, Greg Kihn, Motley Crüe, Rod Stewart, Madonna, Ozzy Osbourne, Madonna and Britney Spears to name only a few.

Mitch Lafon is a professional music writer located in Montreal, Quebec (Canada). His career started in 1980 when at the age of eleven he interviewed The Demon of KISS, Gene Simmons. In the ‘90s he did studio work with various artists including LA GUNS and worked on an Ace Frehley Tribute album. Over the years, his work has appeared in Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles Magazine as well as Metal Hammer (US) and Classic Rock (UK). Currently, PureGrainAudio.com and Roadie Crew magazine from Brazil are where his interviews can be found. He is well-respected by artists  who often request him by name (when they are ready to grant an interview).

The Summer Concert Season, What Works & What Doesn’t Work – Dropping The Needle Podcast

Dropping The Needle PodcastWelcome to episode 11 of the podcast Dropping The Needle, July 23, 2012. This episode we discuss the Summer Concert Season, What Works & What Doesn’t Work.

Dropping The Needle is the podcast where all music from all genres is discussed. New releases, classic albums, rediscovered music, signed and unsigned. No ass kissing, just two guys talking about music. Dropping The Needle is hosted Michael Brandvold from Michael Brandvold Marketing and Mitch Lafon from Bravewords.com.

Tune in to the next episode of Dropping The Needle to see what artists we drop the needle on.

Subscribe to Dropping The Needle in iTunes.

Michael Brandvold is a freelance music industry consultant based in Northern California. Having launched Michael Brandvold Marketing to leverage his years of experience to provide direction to large and small clients in the areas of online & social marketing as well as e-commerce and customer acquisition and retention. Gene Simmons of KISS first tapped Michael’s skills as a pioneering online marketing strategist to launch and manage all aspects of Kissonline.com’s multi-million dollar enterprise, including their ground-breaking VIP ticket program. Michael has also managed the online efforts for Andy Gibson, Alexa Carter, Greg Kihn, Motley Crüe, Rod Stewart, Madonna, Ozzy Osbourne, Madonna and Britney Spears to name only a few.

Mitch Lafon is a professional music writer located in Montreal, Quebec (Canada). His career started in 1980 when at the age of eleven he interviewed The Demon of KISS, Gene Simmons. In the ‘90s he did studio work with various artists including LA GUNS and worked on an Ace Frehley Tribute album. Over the years, his work has appeared in Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles Magazine as well as Metal Hammer (US) and Classic Rock (UK). Currently, BraveWords.com and Roadie Crew magazine from Brazil are where his interviews can be found. He is well-respected by artists  who often request him by name (when they are ready to grant an interview). He is also responsible for all content on BraveWords.com Official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bravewords

Top Three Albums That Changed Our Lives – The Music Biz Weekly Podcast

The Music Biz Weekly PodcastWelcome to episode 64 of The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold and Brian Thompson. This episode is brought to you by BandZoogle and Music XRay.

This week’s episode, June 22, 2012 – Top Three Albums That Changed Our Lives.

We’ve decided to do something a little different this week. Rather than talk about a very controversial topic in the music business that has reared it’s ugly head again this week, we’ve chosen to jump the shark and just chat about some of the albums that shaped us into the people who we are today.

Join myself and Brian Thompson for a 45 min. casual no-bullshit discussion on the Top 3 Albums that have changed each of our lives.

And for something completely different and unique to this blog, I’ve included the full album streams on Rdio of each album we talk about.

Brian Thompson’s Top 3 Life Changing Albums

As you’ll notice… he personally couldn’t find it possible to just choose 3 albums. So instead, he listed two albums that he considers tied for each position, along with a few honorable mentions.

#1) Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks

tied with: Dead Kennedy’s – Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables

#2) Motley Crue – Shout At The Devil

tied with: Def Leppard – Pyromania

#3) Metallica – Ride The Lightening (album stream not available on Rdio)

tied with: Slayer – Reign In Blood

Brian’s Honourable Mentions

- Led Zeppelin
- Pink Floyd
- The Beatles
… and of course: Art Of Dying
(the 2006 self-titled debut album on Thorny Bleeder Records)

Michael Brandvold’s Top 3 Life Changing Albums

#1) KISS – Rock N Roll Over

#2) Cheap Trick – Live at Budokan

#3) Angels and Airwaves – We Don’t Need a Whisper

Michael’s Honourable Mention:

Sweet – Desolation Boulevard

Featured Track Of The Week: Broken Fences.

We’re stoked to announce our brand new Featured Track Of The Week, as selected from the submissions we received on the opportunity we created on our Music XRay account. If you want to submit your song to be featured, create a profile on Music Xray and send it to us here.

This week’s Featured Song of the Week is Simplicity by Broken Fences. Broken Fences is Morgan Erina & Guy Russo, who began writing and performing together in 2010 and have developed a sound that suggests a meeting between Bon Iver and Simon & Garfunkel. They’ve taken their two vastly different worldviews (She’s from NYC, he’s from Pittsburgh, PA), and melded them into an honest and powerful style of indie-folk, one that’s as current as it is timeless.

Find them online at www.brokenfencesband.com.

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About Michael Brandvold:

Michael Brandvold is a freelance music industry consultant based in Northern California. Having launched Michael Brandvold Marketing to leverage his years of experience to provide direction to large and small clients in the areas of online & social marketing as well as e-commerce and customer acquisition and retention.

Gene Simmons of KISS first tapped Michael’s skills as a pioneering online marketing strategist to launch and manage all aspects of Kissonline.com’s multi-million dollar enterprise, including their ground-breaking VIP ticket program.

Michael has also managed the online efforts for Motley Crüe, Rod Stewart, Madonna, Ozzy Osbourne, Madonna and Britney Spears to name only a few.

About Brian Thompson:

Brian Thompson, Managing Partner for Thorny Bleeder Records, is a Vancouver based music industry entrepreneur, record label owner, artist manager, marketing consultant, radio promoter, publicist, web designer, blogger, and industry speaker.

Formerly the corporate head of music buying and marketing for a large national music retail chain, Brian has since moved on to become a well respected voice on the convergence of artist development, music marketing, social media, and technology.

Artists You Buy Blindly Because of Devotion – Dropping The Needle Podcast

Dropping The Needle PodcastWelcome to episode 6 of the podcast Dropping The Needle, May 21, 2012. This episode we discuss, Artists You Buy Blindly Because of Devotion.

Dropping The Needle is the podcast where all music from all genres is discussed. New releases, classic albums, rediscovered music, signed and unsigned. No ass kissing, just two guys talking about music. Dropping The Needle is hosted Michael Brandvold from Michael Brandvold Marketing and Mitch Lafon from Bravewords.com.

Tune in to the next episode of Dropping The Needle to see what artists we drop the needle on.

Subscribe to Dropping The Needle in iTunes.

Michael Brandvold is a freelance music industry consultant based in Northern California. Having launched Michael Brandvold Marketing to leverage his years of experience to provide direction to large and small clients in the areas of online & social marketing as well as e-commerce and customer acquisition and retention. Gene Simmons of KISS first tapped Michael’s skills as a pioneering online marketing strategist to launch and manage all aspects of Kissonline.com’s multi-million dollar enterprise, including their ground-breaking VIP ticket program. Michael has also managed the online efforts for Andy Gibson, Alexa Carter, Greg Kihn, Motley Crüe, Rod Stewart, Madonna, Ozzy Osbourne, Madonna and Britney Spears to name only a few.

Mitch Lafon is a professional music writer located in Montreal, Quebec (Canada). His career started in 1980 when at the age of eleven he interviewed The Demon of KISS, Gene Simmons. In the ‘90s he did studio work with various artists including LA GUNS and worked on an Ace Frehley Tribute album. Over the years, his work has appeared in Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles Magazine as well as Metal Hammer (US) and Classic Rock (UK). Currently, BraveWords.com and Roadie Crew magazine from Brazil are where his interviews can be found. He is well-respected by artists  who often request him by name (when they are ready to grant an interview). He is also responsible for all content on BraveWords.com Official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bravewords