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  • Grammys: Sleater-Kinney Unjustly Snubbed - February 9, 2016
    A lot has happened to the members of Sleater-Kinney since the band decided to take a hiatus in 2006. Singer/guitarist Corin Tucker released a pair... The post Grammys: Sleater-Kinney Unjustly Snubbed appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
  • Grammys: Underdog Mark Ronson Deserves to Win - February 7, 2016
    Soul music dominates the patchwork ensemble of 2016’s Record of the Year Grammy nominees: Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars for “Uptown Special,” “Really Love”... The post Grammys: Underdog Mark Ronson Deserves to Win appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
  • Grammys: Carly Rae Jepsen Deserved a Nod - February 6, 2016
    One of the more curious and confounding omissions from this year’s spate of Grammy nominations is Carly Rae Jepsen’s third album, Emotion. While admittedly... The post Grammys: Carly Rae Jepsen Deserved a Nod appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
  • Super Bowl 50: The Music of Broncos, Panthers - February 6, 2016
    Super Bowl 50 is upon us. On Sunday much of the country will be watching the clash between the two top seeded teams, the... The post Super Bowl 50: The Music of Broncos, Panthers appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
  • Spike Lee Explores Michael Jackson’s ‘Off the Wall’ - February 5, 2016
    If Michael Jackson’s Thriller is the biggest-selling album of all time, then his Off the Wall is the one many longtime fans cite as... The post Spike Lee Explores Michael Jackson’s ‘Off the Wall’ appeared first on Rhapsody Music News.
Recommendations: Netflix
I recommend Netflix because they have 65+ million movie stream subscribers; and ships over 3,400+ discs are processed per hour, for the over 5.3 million DVD/Blu-Ray subscribers. Netflix has close to 100,000 movie titles and TV shows of just about every genre you can think of; titles that are not easily found anywhere else.

I recommend Netflix because they have 65+ million movie stream subscribers; and ships over 3,400+ discs are processed per hour, for the over 5.3 million DVD/Blu-Ray subscribers. Netflix has close to 100,000 movie titles and TV shows of just about every genre you can think of; titles that are not easily found anywhere else.

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Recommendation: HULU
I recommend Hulu because they have thousands of movie titles for streaming. In my opinion, it is the best service for current and popular TV shows, such as "Empire," with the handsome Terrence Howard. However, I think Netflix has a larger selection of better movies.

I recommend Hulu because they have thousands of movie titles for streaming. In my opinion, it is the best service for current and popular TV shows, such as "Empire," with the handsome Terrence Howard. However, I think Netflix has a larger selection of better movies.

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Recommendations: Spotify
I'll be honest, Spotify isn't my first choice to put on my list of recommendations. However, Spotify offers free accounts that allows you to stream unlimited music legally! Not the best software in terms of functionality, but the service is free to use, and Spotify pays the artists their royalties.

I'll be honest, Spotify wasn't my first choice to put on my list of recommendations. However, Spotify offers free accounts that allows you to stream unlimited music legally! Not the best software in terms of functionality, but the service is free to use, and Spotify pays the artists their royalties.

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Recommendations: Rhap.
My preferred source of music streaming.  One of the many reasons I recommend Rhapsody, is because they posses over 36+ million songs in their library, tons of features, and mobile, web, and desktop applications are all consistent with each other. Very easy to discover even more classic music with Rhapsody.

My preferred source of music streaming. One of the many reasons I recommend Rhapsody, is because they posses over 36+ million songs in their library; tons of features, and mobile, web, and desktop applications are all consistent with each other. Very easy to discover even more classic music with Rhapsody.

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Missy Elliot: WTF
It's been a LOOOONG time since Missy came out with a new album. I honestly can say, I really like the new song from Missy Elliot (featuring  Pharrell Williams) called "WTF." I'm not going to lie, it had to grow on me a little bit. I had to watch it a few times; because all Missy Elliot fans know, she is very eccentric; and fans my not know what to think at first. I love the beat; the music is still relevant; and the music video was amazing. It was almost like watching a quadruple upgrade to her "She's A Bitch (1998)" video. This is one of those songs were the beat is so fast paced, that I'll definitely leave the dancing to the younger generation. Unfortunately, Rhapsody doesn't have the license for the song yet. You know how it goes, the studio gotta make that money from the mp3s first :-( awh shit. It should be available within the next 2 or 3 weeks (or whenever her studio decides to release it to music streaming). Here is a YouTube link instead.

[November 13, 2015] It's been a LOOOONG time since Missy came out with a new album. I honestly can say, I really like the new song from Missy Elliot (featuring Pharrell Williams) called "WTF." I'm not going to lie, it had to grow on me a little bit. I had to watch it a few times; because all Missy Elliot fans know, she is very eccentric; and fans may not know what to think the first time you see something from her. I love the beat; the music is still relevant; and the music video was amazing. It was almost like watching a quadruple upgrade to her "She's A Bitch (1998)" video.The video was extremely innovative and unique. I absolutely love the puppets! Way cool. This is one of those songs were the beat is so fast paced, that I'll definitely leave the dancing to the younger generation. Unfortunately, Rhapsody doesn't have the license for the song yet. You know how it goes, the studio gotta make that money from the mp3s first :-( awh shit. It should be available within the next 2 or 3 weeks (or whenever her studio decides to release it to music streaming). Here is a YouTube link instead.

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  • Interview: Elliot Lawrence - February 9, 2016
    I've long loved Elliot Lawrence's music. His big band recordings of the late 1940s and 1950s had superb swing and sensitivity, especially on Gerry Mulligan arrangements. His bands were always tight, well rehearsed and loaded with the best musicians. After...            Related Stories Al + Zoot: Happy Over Hoagy Elliot Lawrence on the Road Tiny Kahn and Elliot Lawrence  
  • Bob Freedman on Dick Twardzik - February 8, 2016
    Following my post last week on pianist Dick Twardzik and his death in 1955 of a heroin overdose, I received an email from saxophonist and arranger Bob Freedman, who has worked with Maynard Ferguson, Sarah Vaughan, Grady Tate, Buddy Morrow,...            Related Stories Dick Twardzik: Piano Enigma New Year's Day Recordings John Williams: Rainbows  
  • Weekend Wax Bits - February 6, 2016
    Millions of Americans will suspend their pre-spring diets this Sunday to watch the Super Bowl. (To my non-American readers, Super Bowl is like our Thanksgiving but consumed in front of the TV set.) One of the NFL's greatest wide receivers...             
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Salutations All Fans Of Old School,

My primary mission is to preserve the memories of our classic music and film culture; and to help my visitors rediscover rare or physically out-of-print oldies on digital format/legal streaming; the kinds of hidden gems that are NOT usually promoted via the digital realm! Including, but not limited to: most internet radio stations, “On Demand” audio/video streaming services, and pay-per download/online retailers. I’d also like to help expose my visitors to some great music they may or may not ever heard before; in hopes that I can assist in reintroducing/rebuilding our lost classic culture (along with many other old school bloggers and internet radio enthusiasts who also work hard; and has dedicate so much of their time to not only keep our music/film history alive in the midst of the digital age, but to keep our beloved classic artist paid, by encouraging the use of legally FREE internet radio, or low cost on-demand streaming membership services, or pay-per-download vendors). My blog is about cultural DIVERSITY! So, if you’re expecting to see only one type of genre here, this is NOT the blog site for you! :-)

I am one of the very few multicultural bloggers of color, to own one of the most diverse classic music/movie blogs in cyberspace. I work hard to write my own original articles; and I try to make a conscious effort not to flood my social media accounts with the same retweeted/reshared content that seems to pop up about every hour on Facebook and Twitter. Mind you, it’s not that I think resharing and retweeting are bad, it’s incredibly important to share. However, because of social media very few of us are actually blogging anymore (as a whole) (especially bloggers of color), it just seems like there is no new information or enough diversity circulating. If we’re not writing, people who’s social media as a huge part of their life, is more than likely to have a very narrow view of things based on what’s not read or seen. We’re not being exposed to diverse information.

If you need some proof of this, try Googling “Classic Music.” Your results would be of “Classical Music.” If you Google “Old School,” you’d mostly get results in relation to “Old School Hip Hop.” Black people are the one race that historically have always been the most connected to our music culture. It is unacceptable that it’s this difficult to find more historical Black music and movie bloggers. We talk so much about “knowing our history” (usually in relation to slavery) that we forget the other important part of our history, our musical history. Guys, our experiences has always been in our music! WTF????? Now, although, I do take in to consideration that a lot of us were poor back in the day, and could not afford a lot of the entertainment we so enjoyed. However, at the same time, there are now FREE digital technologies that allow us to re-experience those moments in high-definition; and we can then write about them!

This is one of the many reasons why I mention throughout my blog why seasoned folks have got to learn and use technology; we need you to help write our stories, which are your stories, so that our young online generation have something to read! We need more of the seasoned folks learning technology so that historical Black music is not forgotten, and fall in to a digital black whole forever. This is also unacceptable, since classic music and movies are now easier to find in the digital age; we just need the memories in order to find them. And if they don’t exist? Then use your memories and your keyboard to create new content to tell that story! There’s nothing more gratifying than creating your own sh**. Do you now understand how powerful Black writing is? Also, not to mention how therapeutic it is?

What do you think Wikipedia has been doing since their inception? What people of color should be doing more of; researching and creating content that previously did not exist online. We need a grand scale “Blackepedia,” that will NOT focus on an abundance of hip hop, urban wear, sports, the woes of “dealing with a Black man or woman,” and articles devoted to obsessions with anti-homosexuality. If you’re a teacher of color that works in a public school, try and start a newspaper and teach some of your ill behaved students a piece of our history! I don’t know how to explain the significant importance of Black presence online anymore than that. There exist a lot of garbage on the internet, and Black children need us to counteract it; but there’s barely anything they can search for (other than a bunch of bad hip hop with bad language, which carries over to their adulthood). Seasoned folk have always complained that young Black children aren’t being educated, yet you’re not helping to create the education material needed; just criticize, that’s all we tend to do. Stop with the ego fueled beliefs and open your eyes people!

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I’m very well informed about the music and movie industry/culture (as a fan and a blogger), which makes my blog worth visiting frequently. I want to focus on the lesser known/remembered pioneers of the entertainment industry, which is the whole reason I created VintageNewscast. I designed my blog simple and easy to navigate; without the intrusive background popups and annoying widgets that take forever to load. In addition, I try to keep my fans/visitors informed as to the direction of music and film within digital technology; as well as sharing more resources on where to find Free radio and low cost on-demand streaming services worth using (legally). For many of us, we must get out of the habit of solely using torrents and illegal download links; when we can use a plethora of FREE music services (and growing film services) that are not only legal, but are way easier, simple, safer, and convenient to use than primitive torrents.

Unless you already remember many of the albums I write about on my blog, you will not easily rediscover them on today’s radio (unless of course you’re watching one of those “Time Life Infomercials,” or one of those Doo-Wop/Disco Specials on PBS (even then, it is usually the same people) (and mind you those shows have become scarce)). For us older folks, our old classics has been replaced with a newer generation of classics. Marvin Gaye has now become R. Kelly; Aretha Franklin has now become Kelly Price; and Teddy Pendergrass has now become Jaheim.

Most music posted here can either be found on Rhapsody & Spotify. For now, Spotify’s desktop (PC) application is totally Free to use, and fully functional. However, Rhapsody has a slightly bigger library of original music tho (36+ million songs and growing every week), unlimited downloads, unlimited playlists, and tons more features for just $9.99 per month (pay a yearly subscription and save even more money). Other suggested digital retailers are Amazon, GooglePlay, and iTunes; all quick, safe and convenient. Most of classic movies I post can be found on either *Hulu,* *Netflix,* Amazon, Amazon Prime, Amazon’s On-Demand, iTunes, GooglePlay, VUDU, and or YouTube (public domain, Creative Commons, or legal commercial free programming).

I recommend that you bookmark my site and visit at least once every week. I frequently update my blog with something new. Follow me on twitter to get my classic tweets. If you’d like to also contact me, you can do so by sending me a direct message through twitter. Please be kind and tell your friends about VintageNewscast.com, your new home for new classic discoveries!

Enjoy!

Updated January 29, 2016

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