Friday, December 4, 2009

Sorry for being Dormant

Dear RhthymFishers

Our apologies for being so dormant for such a long time. RhythmFish is going to be back with a brand new look in 2010. So thank you for your patience, and stay tuned.....

Friday, October 30, 2009

Hootie and the Blowfish on RhythmFish 21.5FM

Although they split in 2008 (why do great bands always have to split?) Hootie and the Blowfish continue to rule our hearts with their soul stirring rock songs. Cracked Rear View is perhaps one of the most definitive and popular albums to have made it to the Billboard (number 15th actually in terms of best selling albums in the US). We bring you two hours of non-stop Hootie and The Blowfish including quite a few chart topppers  Cracked Rear View.
Our sincere gratitude to Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker and Jim Sonefeld. ..........why do great bands split?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Where's your will to be weird?

.... Thus spoke the lizard king. And backed it up with songs like The End. It goes on for 11 minutes and explores a psychiatric condition called Oedipal Complex. High, that;s what we are saying. High and very high :) If you do not believe us take a look at the video.
The band made the Electric Organ it's signature instrument and even today when one listens to The Doors, even without listening to the vocals can make out the distinct high notes. Take a listen to The Doors on RhythmFish 21.5FM for the next coming days. If you haven't loved Jim already, you will now.

RhythmFish Quiz:
How many times does Jim wish to be loved?

Friday, October 23, 2009

Bangla Rock

In our attempt to keep looking for lesser knows bands who are really big on Music, RhythmFish 21.5 FM over the weekend will host a lot of Bangla Rock. Most of these artists have distinct influences of Pink Floyd, Punk Rock, Metallica etc. The heavy bass guitars and the distinct sounds of lead and metal are hard to miss. Also, a lot of songs have a very strong psychedellic bend to them. Combined with fiery Bangla lyrics and a fusion of the popular Bengali folk music poured in generous amounts along with heavy metal , these songs make for a gripping experience.
Sample these soul stirring lyrics from Mohiner Ghoraguli

bhebe dekhecho ki
tararao joto alok borsho dure
taro dure
tumi aar ami jai krome shore shore

Mohiner Ghoraguli was perhaps the first band that ventured into this phenomenon, which is now mastered by some very popular Bangla Rock bands.

So if you are in it for the music, and (and you really need not know these lyrics) do tune-in at the hours mentioned on the right hand side events list.

PS: If you really like some particular song, do leave a comment. This will help us promote the voice behind the song.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Let's go Pearl Jam - ming!

We veer into Pearl Jam this week folks. A band that along with bands like Nirvana was responsible for the Grunge movement during the early 90s.
Although Eddie Vedder springs to mind the moment we say Pearl Jam, Jeff Ament and Mike McCready are two of the most underrated guitarists who deserve a lot more credit. Listen to Deep on RhythmFish if you don't believe us.

We are featuring some of their best albums like Binaural, No Code,  Vs and Ten (but of course).

Also fusion lovers do not miss the fusion titled The Long Road. An amazing fusion by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Eddie Vedder - guess we have your attention now :)

Friday, October 16, 2009

Pay Heed - It's Amy Lee

"Britney Spears and all that, they don’t threaten me, they don’t bother me, because they’re not talented. " . There you go. She said it. And we have agreed. On numerous occasions.

We also think that it would take some real talent to be a threat to this super rocker from Evanescence. There have been quite a few women who have tried to imitate her but none have come close to this talented and powerful lead singer/writer.
RhythmFish pays it's respect to Amy Lee. All you rock fans who fancy women power on the rock scene should pay heed and listen.
If you fancy any particular number / songs just leave a message, tell us why and if we find it interesting enough, we shall line it up for you at RhythmFish Radio 21.5FM.
Event List for Evanescence is on the right panel.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

In fond memory of Creedence Clearwater Revival

With sincere thanks to the Fogerty Brothers, Stu and Doug, RhymthmFish Radio 21.5FM continues its fervent yet brief rendezvous with classic rock this month. Stay tuned for dedicated CCR radio hours, as in the events listing on your right panel. Honestly, we would have loved to play Creedence all day, but then we wouldn’t be able to give you a taste of RF’s personal favorite - Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

Laides and Gentlemen - let the Bad Moon Rise.

Thank you dear editor for fixing some unpardonable mistakes.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Eighties Rock on RhymthFish - All of October

Alright. So it's Eighties Rock for October on RhythmFish Radio. Time for Hard rock, heavy metal, Big Hair Bands, and Glam metal. We have been overwhelmed by the amount of requests for Petty, Genesis, Billy Idol, Motley Crew, Poison etc.

Come to think of it guys like Billy Idol aka Broad from The Bromley Contigent were serious punk rockers :)

But this post is not about punk rock per say, it's more about crooning to lyrics like :

Well Ive been waiting, waiting here so long
But thinking nothing, nothing could go wrong, ooh now I know
She has a built in ability
To take everything she sees
And now it seems Im falling, falling for her.

She seems to have an invisible touch yeah
She reaches in, and grabs right hold of your heart
She seems to have an invisible touch yeah
It takes control and slowly tears you apart.

If you have figured out the song then it's time to hook on to RhythmFish 21.5 - all through the month....

Rock On you junkies!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Enter Originality. Enter Individualism. Enter Grunge.

Quite frankly we were tired of listening to Mariah Carey crooning "I'll be there". I mean it was good, but I guess we we were all looking for something more than mushy love songs vis-a-vis Bryan Adams + MLTR + BSB + Boyzone + ....the list is endless, at times relentless ... And then there was "Smells Like Teen Spirit" - like fresh air filling in the vacuum created by good original music as a result of impregnable layers of mush. They say that every generation feels that the music they listened to during their growing up years is the best music of all times. And maybe that is true. But then it is also true that this "Alternative" genre of music (punk rock with hooks or the more commercially known version of it called "grunge") was something never heard before and it did take over mainstream music pretty quickly. Yes it did draw inspirations from Heavy metal and hardcore punk and the likes, but what came out was something very unique.

I got drawn towards grunge mostly due to Nirvana which is when I started learning more about their influences and it was clear that bands like The Melvins and Mudhoney had already defined this alternative genre of rock, which eventually bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam and Soundgarden popularized. Of course there were others like Alice in Chains and Live and Bush, but it was really Nirvana and Pearl Jam who sort of defined the era of their music. Contrary to what most people think, it was not just about sex and drugs and "I hate myself and I want to Die" rants. Of course it was about that too - but then for a completely new style of music that originated from Seattle to take over mainstream music, it was that and much much more. It was also about dry humour, sarcasm, morbidity and overall very good music.

So that's me talking about my generation and why I think Grunge rules and unlike what a lot of people say, I totally do not think that Grunge is Dead. Which is why RhythmFish 21.5 FM has distinct flavors of Grunge.

Would love to hear from you folks on what are the genres that you absolutely like or hate.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Internet Radio - A marvel of our times

My first brush with Internet Radio happened sometime during the late 90s. I had heard "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls in one of our usual hangouts and was desperate to get a copy of the song. Unfortunately there wasn't a soul that I knew who had that song. Around the same time one of my buddies introduced me to an "internet radio station" website. Needless to say my entire outlook towards accessing music changed post that. Of course my source of internet was a cybercafe near my college and the cafe owner used to stare down on you if he saw you doing anything outside of sending e-mails or chatting on those public forums (if only looks could kill). Although I can understand his problem - bandwidth was at a premium at those times. Needless to say my tryst had ended abruptly with Internet Radio.
However my first experience had left quite a lasting impression for when I had an internet connection of my own the first thing I did was to look for the various internet radio stations over the web. That is when I discovered SHOUTcast. For anyone remotely interested in broadcasting, SHOUTcast offers you end to end solutions with regards to the broadcasting tools. Perhaps my curiosity for Internet Radio was partly because of my love for music, I don't know, but it did not take me much time to conclude that Internet Radio was a marvel in itself.
It was not just the music, but also the fact that you could reach out to the entire world with anything that you wanted to, simultaneously / concurrently and instantaneously. The concept is simple. You keep "pushing" (broadcasting) what you want onto a centralized location and then listeners can keep "pulling" (streaming) from there. Internet Radio like many things internet is still evolving and it will be sometime before firm ground is established with regards to working standards and addressing mass bandwidth concerns when it comes to extremely large set of audiences. But with the Internet world evolving at the pace it has been I see that gap closing very fast.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

RhythmFish Radio 21.5 FM

You know what they say about coming up with good relevant names for anything? You first try to understand the essence of the object that you want to name. It could be your children, your cat, your business, your house etc. You then make an exhaustive list of names, chew over them, edit the list, make the list smaller, take an opinion poll and then choose one. Well, I did not do anything like that. All I did was ask this super smart friend of mine of what she thought could be a good name for a radio station and she said "rhythmfish". It fit. I added my 2 cents to it and made it "RhythmFish Radio 21.5 RF". So much for originality.

The station would host events, take dedications, cater to requests. That's Rhythm. And given that we admire the "radio star" so much we will also seek and promote obscure bands. That's Fish. And we will try to keep doing both in perfect harmony.

If you are wondering what 21.5 FM... - well you got to figure that one out yourself.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Radio Star Shines - and how!

I am quite certain that The Buggles would be proud to see the radio star not only surviving the biggest homicide attempt towards it by Video, but actually doing pretty well for itself. When I first heard Video Killed the Radio Star I was still in school and did not quite get it. Much later it dawned upon me that even I who quite liked the song was as much part of this homicide attempt. The irony was it took MTV to air the video of this song for it to really take wings....

I sometimes wonder what actually happened to the radio star though.

I have since then moved on from The Buggles to The Beatles and The Nirvanas and The Perl Jams and The Doors and The Hendrixes et all. And with technology on my side thanks to Internet Radio or Online Radio as you wish to call it I decided to setup my own radio station as a dedication to all my favorite stars who did not need TV to let themselves be heard. And yes that includes the now forgotten radio star too.