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End of October

Posted in airfare, airlines, Independent Music, Indie Music, Internet Radio, Interviews, Jamaica, News, recording, Rock Band, songwriter, Tribute with tags , , on October 31, 2010 by damngoodtunes

The Autumn season has brought us lots of great news and recaps of the past Summer’s events. Not all the news is fun to report as was the case this last month when the world lost two more artists who were either on the cutting edge or the head of their genre as we reported to you in the recent damngoodtunes.com. Eyedea, or Michael Larsen as known to those who knew him the most, a young American lost his life at a tragic early age while Gregory Isaacs of Jamaica who although had a good life with many records and world wide fans, was also way too young to die. But then, that’s not up for us to decide now is it? We never try to go into the preachy side of life or sway one way or another politically however we feel it is important to acknowledge the passing of artists and writers who have helped to shape our world with music and beats.
And so onward we must go and positive we shall be to bring you the news of all things music and particularly Indie.
Why you may ask should this matter? Why do we do this? What if not for money would we possibly call consideration in our mission. Simply the answer is that I had a vision saying there was a way to level the slanted playing field for songwriters and performing artists all over the world, and that was to provide free press and exposure for as many as we might. We began our journey in 2007 working in a small office slightly appointed , yet free from the hustle and bustle of Urban chaos. In that room we reached out to the world VIA this medium, our friend, the internet. And you responded. Bands, producers and engineers from all countries and all walks of life took notice of the fledgling DGT and found that we were real, accessible and ethical. We won your trust. Now we are read from all corners of the globe and you the fans and readers, the artists and bands and countless others who support the industry – you have given us the strength to carry on and take this publication to the next levels. And that we will do.
Watch this coming week of November when we bring you brand new articles and features. Peace to all!
Bruce J Maier
Publisher
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Jamaica can breathe again!

Posted in Jamaica, Journalism, Peace, World News on June 23, 2010 by damngoodtunes

In regard to our recent posting about the unrest in Jamaica it is with great joy we say that the kingpin, the leader of darkness and the main cause of all this violence has been captured today!

So much of the livelihood of Jamaicans depends upon the beautiful music which recently had become stifled in the bottleneck of drug war lords and the ensuing violence they have brought down upon the good people of this Island nation. But that all made a turn for the better this day as ” Coke ” now finds himself behind bars.

Let the music play and let the children dance! Jamaica lives again!

JAMAICA

Posted in Human Rights, Indie Music, Jamaica, Journalism, World News on June 1, 2010 by damngoodtunes

Jamaica, the fine neighbor to the America’s has recently been under siege. The civil unrest and the murders taking place primarily in Kingston has created a state of emergency for the innocent citizens and particularly the musicians and artists who live there. The two primary sources of income are through tourism and the arts which up until now have always flourished there. But truth be told, the sale and exportation of illegal drugs had created another huge cash crop, and of course there are those who manage and control that drug industry – evil individuals who will stop at nothing including murder to insure their profit streams.

Damn Good Tunes made a vow in the beginning that we would always just be about the music, that we would leave the politics and religion to The Rolling Stoners of the world, but as we have evolved we became attuned to the fact that when an ideology or government body or a cultural territorial drug-war inhibits the freedoms and the livelihood of the artists and musicians who suffer, then that is also relevant news. Actually good journalism practice is to report on those very things that keep music from finding it’s way to the world.So,we have an obligation to fulfill to you, the readers.
Our WORLD MUSIC reporter, Parris has recently told us that she has lost three good friends in Jamaica who were brilliant musicians – lost to this terrible time of the drug wars and unrest in Kingston.

Join us this month as Parris, our “Ms. P” reports on the real music news of the world in a way of truth and refinement like no other. She was born there and it is these proud Jamaicans who hold her homeland for her return again someday. Watch for this report in damngoodtunes.com.