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I despise Snapchat on many levels, particularly in that it managed to convince millions of people that vertical video is acceptable. This is 100% false, and if video is presented in any format other than landscape (widescreen) or square (like an old tv), that is incorrect. Most folks wouldn't hang their television vertically because tall-and-skinny video is painful to watch. But, in an effort to capture the tainted eyes of those millions, Facebook and Instagram also went vertical via "stories," solidifying their Snapchat clones with filters as well. Why am I ranting about this again, you ask? Because THE DARKNESS has released a new music video for "Southbound Trains," and unfortunately it's done in a snapchat style... which means they've either got black bars on the sides, or have to place multiple vertical images next to each other to fill-out the properly-configured widescreen player. I love THE DARKNESS, but this is just annoying.

Published in Music News

I do love THE DARKNESS, and news like today serves to remind me why. Along with the November 20, 2015 Deluxe Edition Reissue of their latest album, LAST OF OUR KIND, the UK-based rockers have unleashed a Holiday single entitled "I Am Santa." One of four new tracks on the Deluxe Edition, "I Am Santa" has a companion music video that's a perfect throwback to those of the 70s and 80s - a perfect visual for a song that recalls tracks like "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Check it out below...

Musicbot 6000, automated assistant to The Rock Father, checking in with an update from THE DARKNESS...

British rock group THE DARKNESS have confirmed they will release their third studio album titled HOT CAKES on August 21 via Wind-up (North & South America) and PIAS (UK and rest of the world). After a seven-year wait, HOT CAKES--produced by the band’s JUSTIN and DAN HAWKINS with long-time collaborator Nick Brine and mixed by Bob Ezrin--will deliver the epic rock anthems and infectious pop choruses the multi-platinum band has become renowned for worldwide.

Published in Music for Grownups

It's the middle of the week and the music news is flowing. While The Rock Father™ is all about entertainment for the kids, there's plenty of Music for Grownups, and that brings us to another edition of The Random Rock N' More. I've got rapid fire updates on over 40 bands and artists starting with ''rock'' (from mainstream to indie, pop rock to black metal), and finishing with ''N' More,'' brief items from elsewhere in the musical spectrum. A well-rounded musical pallette is good for the ears. Here we go!

Published in The Random Rock