Bands and Artists that matter to us:
- You gotta laugh at yourself:
- We're always on the lookout for good jokes about musicians.
Check out these Guitarist Jokes, Bass Player Jokes, and Drummer Jokes.
- Todd Rundgren is a big favorite of ours. A brilliant
songwriter with an incredibly varied career, you can learn more
about Todd at The
Todd Rundgren Connection, or at his own website (http://www.patronet.com/)
where you can even join his innovative subscription service.
- Brad listens to Doug Powell whenever he needs to get
his songwriting juices flowing. His songwriting is literate,
emotionally charged and sweepingly moving... some of the
catchiest, craftiest songs you've (n)ever heard. Visit his website and
discover this brilliant artist for yourself, and drop by Doug's MP3.com page to
check out some of his tunes -- you'll see why he's one of our
- One of the best bands to record & perform in the '90's was
Jellyfish. Few people are familiar with them, but the two
albums they released-- "Bellybutton" and "Spilt Milk"-- have
endeared them to many hardcore fans around the world. There's no
substitute for hearing these albums yourself (so go buy them!),
but in the meantime, you can learn more about Jellyfish on these
fan websites: the Jellyfish
Homepage and Jellyfish
- Bruce Cockburn is a great songwriter, and Scot, Mike
& Brad are all big fans. You can learn more about Bruce from
Gavin's Woodpile, The
Bruce Cockburn Newsletter, or check out some of the sites on the
- Mike and Brad can't get enough of Aimee Mann. Her pop
songs are infectious, her heartbreaking ballads are, well,
heartbreaking... plus we still remember when she used to work
behind the counter at Newbury Comics. Check out her Official Website (where you
can order her latest album).
- Ten Story Love likes great songs. Matthew Sweet
writes great songs. For more info on Matthew, there's the Ugly Truth Fanzine,
and there's a nice Matthew
Sweet fan page here.
- Where do you go after Uncle Tupelo? Brad likes Wilco, Mike prefers Son Volt; either
way, both bands are great, so everybody wins!
- We're all big fans of Cheap Trick, a band that pretty
much defines the sound of late '70's Power-Pop, and they're a big
influence on the way we approach the guitar. They've got a great
website at CheapTrick.com.
- One of Brad's favorite songwriters is Paul Westerberg.
Arguably the premier songwriter of his generation, Westerberg
released classic albums with The Replacements and continues
to record terrific solo work. You can find out more about him on
Paul Westerberg Page. And check out the Replacements Web Page
from Twin Tone Records.
- You'll often hear the music of Lucinda Williams and Chris Knight blastin' out
of Scot's CD player. Maybe it should be coming from your speakers,
- Adrian Belew is one of the most innovative guitar
payers of all time, but he's also an amazing songwriter. The Adrian Belew website is a
nice site with frequent contributions from Adrian himself.And
don't miss the The
Bears, yet another of Adrian's projects-- these guys are
- XTC is another favorite of ours; They've released album
after album full of incredible music. Everything you ever wanted
to know about XTC can be found at the Chalkhills website, but you can
also visit their Official
- For years, Scot has been diggin' the soul-deep guitar styles
Cooder and David
Lindley. If you're a guitar player, you gotta appreciate these
masters. And don't miss the great guitarist Johnny A., who's following in
the footsteps of the guitar giants.
- If you love power-pop music as much as we do, then you've got
to check out the artists on Not
Lame Recordings, a record label dedicated to the art of
rocking pop, meaty hooks, and crafty tunes. Some of the best power
pop acts in the world are at Not Lame. They carry great CD's from
artists like Myracle Brah, The Shazam and
Starbelly (you might not know their names but you'll LOVE
their music). Not Lame has a "listening booth" where you can
sample some of these artists. Not Lame Recordings sets the
standard for the power pop genre, so if you're looking for the
best of the best, this is the right place to start. Give them a
shot-- you'll be glad you did.
- Speaking of Power-Pop, Badfinger practically defined
the sound. Badfinger issued a series of seminal albums before
self-destructing (founding member Pete Ham, frustrated &
distraught, took his life in 1975; bandmate Tom Evens followed
suit 8 years later). Visit the Hollywood And
Vine website, or spend some time on the Badfinger WebRing to learn
more about this seminal band.
- One of Brad's all-time favorite bands was Small Faces.
Never meeting with much success in the U.S. or getting the respect
they deserved, Small Faces were nonetheless one of the best groups
on the British rock scene in the '60's, mixing the mod intensity
of The Who with the Kinks' veddy-British roots. Room for Ravers is a
great site dedicated to the lads.
- The Chicago band Enuff Z'Nuff has been on the scene for
over a decade, mixing Beatle-ish power pop with straight-ahead
rock. Although big commercial success never came to pass, the band
has a loyal following, including members of Ten Story Love. Check
out the Official Enuff Z'Nuff
website and turn yourself into a fan.
- What can we say about The Beatles? We're all big fans.
There's only about a million Beatles websites... start at the UBL
and you can surf to your heart's content.
- And speaking of the UBL... if there's a band you can't
live without, you can learn more about them (and almost any band
you can think of) at The Ultimate
Friends & Co-Conspirators
There are a lot of terrific musicians out there that you may not
be aware of. In a better world, they'd all be household names. Ten
Story Love hopes that you take the time to check out these artists--
some are friends, some are just people we admire; all are worthy of
- Rob Lamothe paid his
dues with hard rockin' bands like Aircraft and The Riverdogs in
Los Angeles during the heyday of 1980's Heavy Metal. After years
of struggles & broken dreams, Rob eventually headed north to
Canada, and underwent a renaissance as a songwriter. Having found
his own voice at last, Rob writes and records *his* way, putting
his heart & soul into some really fine tunes. Check out any of
his albums and you'll see what we mean.
- We met Mike Lasala at
the IMX Conference in New York, where he spoke on a panel
discussion. His dedication and love for music impressed us; his
songs impressed us even more. Check out Mike's website for his own unique
brand of "Acoustic Groove with Attitude".
- There's nothing quite like a Billy Dare & The Pumps
show. As Boston Rock Magazine put it, "There's life after
Rocky Horror and its name is Billy Dare & The Pumps!"
Ribald & rockin', these guys (and gal) give a whole new
meaning to "tongue-in-cheek".
- Whether you call it "Alternative Country", "Americana" or "No
Sons make a glorious sound that deserves to be heard. Lend
them your ear and you won't be disappointed.
- The folks at Mojo
Music Studios run an excellent recording studio in Northern
New Hampshire. It's a great place to work. We highly recommend it.
Check 'em out!
- Other Local NH & Mass Bands to check out:
Bloodsuckers have been described as "Hank Williams on
speed". Lewd 'n' crude local Barn Rock at its finest. Sadly,
they are no more, but hopefully the members will re-appear in
some fashion. We await...
- Bad Medicine:
No bull with these guys-- just straight-forward rock 'n' roll.
Check out their
website for their gig schedule, song list, and other good
- For more info on the New England music scene, check out NewEnglandRock.com and
NHTunes.com for events,
calendars & artist info.
That's Gooood Readin':
- The Simpsons is the Official Ten Story Love
Favorite TV Show, and with good reason. Check out The Simpsons Archive, an excellent
fan site, as well as the new "official" Simpsons website.
And you must check out the TV series Futurama by
Simpsons creator Matt Groening. Futurama did to
Science-Fiction what The Simpsons did to the American
- As well as playing guitar and writing songs, Scot is also
known around town for his photography. Here are a few his favorite
Peter Witkin, David
Hamilton, and Richard Farber.
|The main principle of Buddhist thought is
impermanence. Artist Andy
Goldsworthy has integrated the idea of impermanence into
much of his work, creating art that incorporates its own
temporary, brief lifespan as part of its beauty. Goldsworthy
says, "Each work grows, stays, decays. Process and decay are
implicit. Transience in my work reflects what I find in
nature." Brad, who really enjoys Goldsworthy's artwork, says
"His art finds its beauty not only in its physical
appearance, but in its very fleeting existence as well.
Captured on film at its peak, we are intrinsically aware
that the work will not last. It really helps me to see the
joy & beauty in our own short lifetime. "
Dumfriesshire, Scotland, in 1995, Goldsworthy made a spiral
from individual icicles found
- Brad also has the artwork of H.R. Giger throughout his house,
even though it scares away visitors (or maybe *because* it scares
- If you like the films of Director Kevin Smith as much
as we do, you should check out his View Askew website. (Mallrats is
a great film-- critics be damned!)
- Music Resources: If you (or someone you know) is a
musician, here are some resources and tools that'll come in handy:
- Our illustrious drummer Ken Carpenter uses & endorses
Silver Fox Percussion drumsticks. They're a local New
England company that really puts craftsmanship into their sticks.
Not your ordinary tub-thumpers. Visit their website http://silverfoxpercussion.com/
for more info.
- There's one piece of software that is essential to our
recording process-- Cubase
SX. We simply couldn't have recorded our albums without it.
- Another great didigital audio product is Sound Forge by
Sonic Foundry. We used
Sound Forge extensively when recording our CD, as well as their
CD Architect product.
is a great place to get started if you're just starting out on
guitar, or if you want to brush up your skills. They provide
guitar tabs and guitar lessons, conduct streaming instructional
lessons for advanced or beginning guitar students, and you can try
some free guitar lessons before you purchase.
- GuitarVision.com is
another good site for guitar lessons online & scales. As they
say, "GuitarVision is the revolutionary new way to learn how to
play your favorite songs on the guitar."
- Here are a ton of guitar-related websites:
International Distrbutors - guitar parts
Applied Research and Technology
Arpeggio Korina Guitars
B. C. Rich Guitars
Ken Bebensee Guitars
Budda Amplification -
Carter Steel Guitars
Catalyst Instruments -
ceramic-graphite body guitars
Chandler - Guitars,
Electronics, Parts & Accessories
Clayton Guitar Accessories
Colorado Case Company
Curbow String Instruments
Dean Markley Strings
DOD Guitar Effects
Double Treble custom
Deluxe - guitar accessories
EBow Electronic Bow
EMG Inc. electric pickups
EPM Ltd. - Acoustic guitar
E.W. Bridge Recorders
Exotic Woods Company
Herc Fede's Custom
pickups and electronics
Flight Form Cases, Inc.
Fossil Ivory Guitar
Pedal Steel Guitar Products
Fylde Acoustic Guitars
George L's - Pickups &
Music - Elixir guitar strings
Graph Tech Guitar Labs -
graphite nuts & saddles
Hembrook Custom guitars and
Highlander Musical Audio
Hughes and Kettner
JJ Hucke Guitars
Just Strings.com - order
strings via the web
Kaman - Hamer, Ovation,
Takamine, and Applause guitars
Kyser Musical Products
Mark Lacey Guitars
digital modeling amps
guitar patches for Line 6 POD
Mike Lull's Custom Guitars
Brian Moore Custom
Motion Sound - rotary
speakers - Awesome!
Musikraft Inc. - guitar necks
David Neely Custom
NS Design (Ned
OnBoard Research - tuners
Optek Music Systems
Pedalboard.net - pedalboards
piezoelectric tuner for acoustics
Phantom Guitars - faithful
reproductions of Vox guitars
Pickguards.com - fancy guitar
& bass pickguards
Pickture Picks -
custom imprinted guitar picks
Primacoustic - Studio
Quik Lok stands
RainSong Graphite Guitars
Read Custom Instruments
Reunion Blues gig bags
Reverend - some of
the best guitars & amps on the planet!
Rio Grande Pickups
Robles Roadcase -
hi-tech gig bags
Route 101 Guitars - order
your own customized guitar over the net
Sadowsky Guitars Ltd.
Santa Cruz Guitar
Schaller Guitar Parts
Guitars & Basses
Seymour Duncan pickups
Shubb guitar accessories
Paul Reed Smith Guitars
Soundsmith, Inc. amplifiers
Sperzel guitar tuning
Starr Labs -
electronic guitar accessories
Steward-MacDonald Guitar Shop
StrapKing - Absolutely
the best guitar straps around!
String Swing Mfg.
Sustaniac - Sustain-generating
Taku Sakashta Guitars
Tric Pick - picks that
Ultimate Support Systems
Visual Sound - EXCELLENT
WD Music Products
- guitar parts & accessories
Weber Vintage Sound
Webstrings.com - buy strings
over the 'net
JR Zeidler Guitars
- If you need stage lighting, here are two great sites to
research and shop for lighting gear: SLD Lighting and Starlight
- Guitarist Alert! Check out http://www.guitarists.net/
for tablature, info on guitar tunings, Scale Finder, Chord Finder,
and guitar news. It's also a good place to locate other guitarists
who share your interests.
- Here are a few of our favorite places to buy music gear:
- If you're looking for acoustic or electric guitars and
basses, you should check out The Guitar
Gallery. They always have some great vintage guitars in
stock and good deals on new ones, too.
- For an all-purpose music store, it's hard to beat Daddy's Junky Music. A great
place for amps, PA, drums, keyboards and guitars.
- Both Mike & Brad are addicted to buying gear on eBay... this auction site always
has a TON of excellent guitars, amps and everything you can
think of. Next time you're looking for some new equipment, start
- Visit Media51 for one of
the best Internet Radio shows focusing on indie artists.
One of the best resources for independent musicians is the Indie Contact Bible,
which contains tons of information on fanzines, clubs, radio
shows, etc. You'll find this book extremely useful. |
- One of the hot new places on the 'net to discover new artists
(and get your own band listed, too) is loudENERGY. Give it a whirl!
- If you're an independent, unsigned artist or band and would
like to promote your own music, a good place to start is http://www.recycledmusic.com/.
As an artist, you can promote and sell your music on their site,
and as a fan or listener, it's a great place to become exposed to
- One of our favorite places that promotes new bands is The
CD Music Page http://www.cdmusicpage.com/index.shtml
- Promoting independent music with text, sound, images, video and
- If you're a Do It Yourselfer, visit The DIY Search. If you're a
musician, artist, writer or creator of any kind, and you're doing
it all on your own (we are, too), then this site is where you can
communicate with other DIY'ers and find those of like minds.
- Discover new bands or add your own group to the list at Indie-Music.com
- Check out The Jukebox: New indy music
- A terrific website for discovering
indie bands is http://www.stompinground.com/.
- And you can find some very useful music-related links, plus
some featured bands, at Manifest
- Whether you're a musician or not, here's a few great sites
where you can find some great music:
- You can find a ton of great music at Amazon.com.
Use the search box below to locate any item on the Amazon.com
- If you're looking for imports, collectible, or hard-to-find
CD's, the best place to start is Silver Moon Music.
Silver Moon has a great selection of imports and rare stuff that
you just won't find any place else.
- And while we're on the subject of rare albums... if you have
some rare, hard-to-find or impossible-to-replace records (you
know, the old vinyl LP), then you should check out LP2CD.com, a business that
specializes in converting old albums into CD's. Very cool!
- Web Resources: So you wanna be a Web Meister? Here are
our favorite sites for designing & Building websites.
- Elated has a
great "toolkit" website where you can download buttons, graphics,
and whole website layouts called "PageKits". This Ten Story
Love website was heavily influenced by their PageKits, and
we've used a few of their graphics here & there. Please check
- All of our HTML pages were authored in Edit Plus, which
can best be described as "Notepad on steroids". It's not WYSIWYG,
but for those of you who prefer to roll your own HTML code, this
is the best product out there. Download a shareware copy from http://www.editplus.com/.
- Miscellaneous & Sundry:
- As you may have noticed, we have a bit of a fascination with
space, the cosmos, and all things astral. Here's a great place to
view the heavens-- The
NASA NSSDC Photo Gallery.
- Ten Story Love supports Free Speech on the Internet and
the Blue Ribbon Campaign for Online Freedom Of Expression.
For more information please visit the Electronic Frontier
- Another organization fighting censorship is Rock Out Censorship, a grass
roots anti-censorship organization seeking to counteract efforts
being made to restrict First Amendment rights. These guys are
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