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Friday, December 28, 2007

Evolution of Tad Boyd - No Pigeonhole for This Artist!

Tad Boyd continues to excite with his new song "Where Do I Pay," on Rocketpoll. The song with its driving rock beat, metal guitars reminiscent of Eddie Van Halen, and ironic lyrics is a departure from what we're used to hearing from Boyd. With "Pay", Boyd breaks out of his original stable of mellow vocal-laden folk rock songs such as that "You're Not Alone," and "Back On The Farm." Keep an eye on Rocketpoll and an open ear to this obviously versatile and adventurous new artist!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

New contributions from Lawton,Tanzu

Perennial favorites Vern Lawton and Tanzu have each posted new jazz instrumentals this week on Rocketpoll with Lawton's catapulting immediately to the Number 1 spot.

Lawton's contribution is Where the Desert Leaves the Sand which he describes as "Jam in A with an Arabian feel." The song is a ten minute journey through a jazzed up Arabian landscape, powered by Lawton's adventurous drums and percussion, his band's textural keyboards, and solid bass playing. Truly a trip with taking.

Malibu Rain by Tanzu is a mellow, cool journey taken with a light fender rhodes and soulful stratocaster tones. Another nice venture worth seeking on Rocketpoll this week. See you there!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

New posting by Ratcliff and Bailey: "Calling Off"

Just posted on Rocketpoll is "Calling Off" by Tim Ratcliff and Ken Bailey, a biting rock piece for anyone feeling enslaved by the world and by life. As usual, Ratcliff and Bailey hit hard with heavy guitars and a hard rock rhythm. A great guitar solo with some great pounding hammer-ons appears about midway during the song. Great work! Check it out on Rocketpoll!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Holiday Music Featured On Rocketpoll

Christmas music is now featured on Rocketpoll with two submissions by Tad Boyd, "Oh Holy Night," and "What Child Is This?". Boyd's contributions add a nice holiday touch to the Rocketpoll music collection. Check it out and get into the spirit!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Ratcliff and Bailey No. 1 is a case of Deja Vu

Tim Ratcliff and Ken Bailey repeat their position at No. 1 on Rocketpoll.com with "Deja Vu Came True," a tune that rocks about seemingly remembered first impressions. In this case, of course "deja vu" is a metaphor. And Ratcliff and Bailey hit hard as usual with the rocking energy we have come to know them for here on Rocketpoll. Do it again, guys!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Artwork Thrives on Rocketpoll

Artwork submitted by the musicians on Rocketpoll thrives. Above is the artwork submitted with the song "Coffee or Tea" by Tim Ratcliff and Ken Bailey.

Ratcliff and Bailey also graced us with this image that accompanies their song "Waiting for Jesus."

These are just two of the many cool images found on Rocketpoll. Check it out!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Verndoggie Rocks!

Opus 5, the progressive jazz piece by Crimes In Modern Architecture, now enjoying the Number 1 spot on Rocketpoll, finds its origins in one "Vernodoggie," who can be found on his myspace website here. Verndoggie is Vern Lawton, a Seattle drummer. Along with "Xenomorph," an amped up version of "opus 5,", are four other tunes, "Eight Million Stories," "Dreams of Hedonistic Excess," "Coloring Book Girl, and "In a Heart Beat." A couple of the tunes are from the Professor Chadwick Sessions, done, I believe in Vern's studio this past September ('07). All of these tunes are very much worth checking out, providing tasty and inspired free-jazz-rock that is far from cliche. We here at Rocketpoll hope to hear a great deal more from these talented and seasoned musicians.

Monday, December 10, 2007


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Sunday, December 9, 2007

Tanzu Slings Soulful Guitar on "Water's Edge"

Second this week on the listener rated chart at Rocketpoll.com is Water's Edge by Tanzu, featuring soulful guitar and a matching arrangement by keyboard wizard Bill Busch of the Seattle band Midnite Walk. Tanzu teamed with Busch to produce the number which, along with Tanzu's guitar features some of the most soulful genuine Hammond B-3 organ licks in years by Busch. Busch also figures heavily in the song's bridge, laying down an equally soulful piano solo. Check it out now on Rocketpoll.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Tim Ratcliff and Ken Bailey serve up biting political satire with "Bombs Away"

Rock artists Tim Ratcliff and Ken Bailey explode ontoRocketpoll.com with "Bombs Away," a biting commentary on truth and integrity and the use or non-use thereof by our nation's leaders. The lyric points no explicit fingers at those who may be guilty but suffice it to say that a familiar patriotic refrain repeats its way throughout, leaving no mistake at Ratcliff's and Bailey's target. The duo's strong rock beat, bombastic guitars and clever lyric (such as "I have lead you, I've mislead you, I must leave you . . . holding the bag") are engaging and entertaining. More significantly, it is nice to hear artists taking a stand and conveying a message rather than delivering the same vapid lyrics commonly heard in today's commercial music. After all, it is artists who bring about change in this world, and if they stop then we are all lost.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Tad Boyd invokes the sixties

The mellow harmonies of Tad Boyd, now heard on Rocketpoll.com is evocative of the rock-folk of such sixties groups as Chad and Jeremy and the Mamas and Papas. Boyd brings a positive feel with his gentle harmonies and uplifting lyrics in songs such as "Talk To Me," a love song, and "You're Not Alone," with its simple, yet meaningful words of encouragement, something rarely heard in music lately. Check out this refreshing new musician on Rocketpoll.com.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Inspiring new jazz - Crimes of Modern Architecture

A stunning surprise is a new jazz group out of Seattle called Crimes of Modern Architecture, now featured on Rocketpoll.Com. Their song "Opus 5" features an inspiring drum track laid down by Vern Lawton. The song is well-structured but the tastily overdriven guitar presents the a more free jazz experimental feel to the tone. A nicely played bass line firmly anchors the bottom end, and mixed with the strong Lawton's free-flowing and strong jazz rhythm, results in an exciting contribution. Check it out on Rocketpoll.Com.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Let's hear it!

Rocketpoll.com announced the launch of its new website designed to find the listening public's choice for the best independent music on the web. All artists are invited to submit mp3s of their songs, have them rated by the listening public, and have downloads purchased for $0.99 each via paypal. All songs are ranked on a single chart sortable by genre (musicians choose their own genre), artist, and artist's city. The chart is updated continuously in real time, so artists can actually watch their songs go up (or down) the charts. All songs receive a minimum of 100 votes by anonymous listeners.

What sets Rocketpoll apart from other websites that have offered listener polling of unsigned bands? For one thing neither of those sites offer a way for fans to actually download the music. At Rocketpoll, you can download songs for 99 cents per then transfer it to your portable device, such as an iPod or cell phone. Another advantage is that the chart updates itself continuously so listeners don't have to wait a week or a month to find the results of their vote.

But more importantly, Rocketpoll is simple and fun to use. There is one chart and one chart only. Listeners don't have to choose between a hundred different genres. On Rocketpoll, although the artist determines the song's genre, and you can search the chart by genre, there are no separate genre charts. There's only one chart where listeners can find the best music in all genres at any particular time.

This is the future of music on the web." Rocketpoll.com