Check out The Tony Jones Show #214 - With music from: Flogging Molly, Hayley Jane, Midnight Creeps, WORM, The Electric Mess, Russ Carrick, Glenn Robinson, silverteeth, Sugar Cones, The Knock Ups, Deer Tick, Eric and the Nothing, Dylan Sevey and the Gentlemen, and The Dirge Carolers.
Check out The Tony Jones Show #208 with music from: Ashtray, silverteeth, The Schemers, The Arkhams, The Memphis Morticians, Ghouls Night Out, Joe Mazzari, 61 Ghosts, VulGarrity, The Callouts, Six Star General, Stubborn Hearts, Umbrella Co
Chuckles the Klown, George Goner, and Chuck DeClown Join Tony Jones LIVE at the RI Free Radio studio to countdown the final hours from 2018 to 2019.
The Tony Jones Show #204 with music from: Mark Cutler, Johnny & The Bootlegs, Senior Discount, Glenn Robinson, Gutter Demons, Argyle Goolsby and the Roving Midnight, Steve Volkmann, Umbrella Co, Midnight Creeps, Ravi Shavi, Time Out Timmy, The Sheila Divine, Susan Said, The Bitchin' Aardvarks, The Copacetics, Tex Railer's Doomtown, Only on Weekends, and Neutral Nation
Music and emotions are closely tied. The testament to this are the various love songs created over the years. For some people, music is a way to release their pent-up feelings and give them voice, while for others, it’s a way to awaken their emotions. There is also a lot of evidence which suggests that the music we listen to can affect our happiness. Namely, if the music you listen to everyday suits you, you’ll be a generally happier person.
So, what does it mean to listen to music that suits you? Should it be connected to the way you live and dress? Does it have to come from the same place as you do? You might not believe this, but the answer to all of these questions is NO. In most cases, even the music you always listen to won’t make you much happier than you already are. It all has to do with how you experience the music you listen to every day. For example, listening to party music in order to reach that euphoric state we usually are in while at parties will not make you happier - it will make you feel excited which can cause your regular day to feel a bit underwhelming.
For your music to make you happy, you need to really enjoy it. Not because it gets you pumped up for a workout or ready to party all night. Music will make you happy if you like what you’re listening to. In addition to this, it’s the music you listen to alone that will have the greatest long-term effect on your emotional state. If you’re not sure what you should listen to, here are some of the bands we think you should know about. They helped us through some tough times, so we hope they’ll awaken the same happiness in you when you listen to them.
Why does music make us happy?Music is the universal language and it can reach to anyone. There are numerous experiments which show this. Music makes the plants grow faster and lusher, calms down babies and animals and studies show that listening to music during your study breaks improves your thinking process. So, it’s pretty easy to understand that listening to tunes can affect how you feel. Thus, since music and happiness are connected, you might want to make a selection of what you’ll listen to.
As we’ve mentioned before, the music we listen to can seriously affect how we feel. From the general state we’re in, to the types of moods we experience. So, when you get emotional when listening to music, don’t be afraid to ride that wave. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve cried to a sad song. Learn about other ways in which music affects our mood.
Music can affect our memories in a lot of ways. Firstly, we can remember things more easily if there was music when they happened. Next, our brain ties memories to what we hear and smell much more than to what we see. This is why you’ll feel super happy when you hear that song you listened to on your vacation. It will remind you of the amazing/relaxing time you’ve had.
Finally, music and dancing are mostly inseparable. If you’re looking for a connection between music and happiness, you don’t have to look further than dancing. This art is the physical manifestation of music and a person’s feelings. Even if you’ve got two left feet and couldn’t dance to save your life, it’s still good to move to the music you like. Even if you just sway a bit or jump a few times, connecting what you feel when you’re listening to music with the movements of your body will definitely make you feel better. Unless you’re listening to RI free radio when driving. In this case, we implore you not to dance but to focus on the road. There’ll be plenty of time to be happy once you’ve safely arrived to your destination.
Another clear connection between music and happiness can be found in creation. If you play any instruments, giving them voice with music can help you express your feelings - for example, get something off your chest. Think of it as a creative outlet which is always there for you. By releasing your pent-up emotions through something as magnificent as music you’ll have an easier time dealing with everyday issues, which will in turn make you a generally happier person.
Just make sure you protect your musical instruments if you’re fond of them. Get good safety fuses, good electric isolation for your electronic instruments. As for the acoustic instruments, make sure you don’t keep them in damp rooms and regularly tune and clean them. This will help your instrument last longer and you’ll be able to play it more. Of course, you might want to consider getting some additional protection, such as insurance. No matter what kind of precautions you take, some things depend on chance. For example, a lightning strike can be damaging, but you can still recover your equipment if you’ve used the right insurance or if you have good protective equipment.
Unfortunately, there’s no proof that this is the case. Oh, you’ll generally feel excitement and satisfaction when you’re listening to the concert of your favorite band, but this doesn’t mean you’ll be any happier in general. In addition to this, even though listening to your music makes you happy when you’re alone, this isn’t always the case when you’re sharing your music with a lot of people.
In December of 2017, a big blown was dealt to rock fans everywhere with the passing of Smithereens founder and lead singer Pat DiNizio. While Smithereens fans were, and are, deeply saddened by Pat's passing they also overwhelmingly wanted the band to continue. Fast-forward to today, with the remaining original members of The Smithereens: Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken, and Mike Mesaros currently out on tour with singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw, who is sitting in as the band’s guest vocalist.
I caught up with the singer prior to the band's stop in Rhode Island
Tony Jones: What can folks who attend the upcoming gig expect, as far as material, is it strictly Smithereens tunes?
Marshall Crenshaw: Yes, Smithereens Only. I do my stuff at my shows; this is their show. It’s fun for me to play in their band..
Tony Jones: Your association with The Smithereens goes way back, tell us about that?
Marshall Crenshaw: I have known the guys since forever, played a little bit on their first album. At Pat’s memorial back in January it felt like a giant family-reunion. I sat in with the band for 3 songs that night; a little while after that they reached out to me about doing what we’re doing now.
Tony Jones: Are there any plans for you to record new music with The Smithereens?
Marshall Crenshaw: Not that I know of.
Tony Jones: What keeps bringing you back to touring?
Marshall Crenshaw: Playing music keeps my spirit intact. God knows what I would turn into if I stopped doing it. Maybe I will stop sometime but I’m not there yet.
Tony Jones: How do you prepare for a tour?
Marshall Crenshaw: I don’t always prepare, actually. Sometimes I just show up at the first gig and wing it from there..
Tony Jones: You and I both share a passion for independent radio, is there any chance that The Bottomless Pit will someday return to the airwaves?
Marshall Crenshaw: Ah, thanks for asking. The show went on hiatus in January so I could focus on a film production that I decided to attempt. Once I’ve completed that (unless I die trying), I’d like to do the show again, probably will.
Tony Jones: What advice would you give to new and up-and-coming bands and musicians?
Marshall Crenshaw: Be yourself.
The Smithereens tour hits Rhode Island on Saturday, November 17th at The Greenwich Odeum. Tickets are available at: http://www.greenwichodeum.com/
Donations to the Pat DiNizio Scholarship fund can made online at: http://www.countbasietheatre.org/commemorative-giving/ (Select “Pat DiNizio Musical Performance Scholarship” in the drop-down menu)
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The Callouts, The Components, Castle Black, Legendary Shack Shakers, Deadpan Sally, 1031, Sasquatch and the Sick-A-Billys, Tammy LaForest, The McGunks, The Devil Makes Three, The Dead South, Only On weekends
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With his former project Blitzkid disbanding in 2012, Argyle Goolsby has been pursuing his solo career at a break-neck speed. He currently performs with both his acoustic band, The Hollow Bodies and a live electric band, The Roving Midnight. 'Darken Your Doorstep', his latest release, came out this past June.
Tony Jones: Tell us about the current tour, what can those who attend your upcoming gig expect?
Argyle Goolsby: This will be a one off for us. We have some European dates and festivals starting next month in Germany and Russia though. People can expect a good show from us live. Lots of energy and a one of a kind stage set.
Tony Jones: Tell as a little bit about 'Darken Your Doorstep'
Argyle Goolsby: It's my newest album that just came out this past June. 17 songs of energetic and melodic punk rock in the vein of Bad Religion, The Damned and Misfits. You can check it out at: www.argylegoolsby.com/downloads
Tony Jones: With the Roving Midnight, you have assembled a bit of a horror punk "super group" tell us about getting those musicians to back you up?
Argyle Goolsby: I've set the band up in a way that different people can occupy it at different times. Touring is based on peoples availability. People can't always go out on tour. This way I can always go on tour, and the best part for me is I get to play live with a lot of different friends, and for the fans they get to see a lot of people from their favorite bands on stage with me. The sound is always fresh too, because each lineup sounds different.
Tony Jones: What keeps bringing you back to touring?
Argyle Goolsby: A self destructive nature I guess ha ha. I love playing music live. It's nothing til it's live.
Tony Jones: Do you have a favorite place to tour?
Argyle Goolsby: No, I love playing anywhere people are into it.
Tony Jones: Did you expect all the support you’ve received throughout the years when you first started?
Argyle Goolsby: No. When I started I just wanted to have a way to get my ideas expressed. It was more of a personal thing, always has been, but in time people pick up on what you're doing and identify with it, which is cool. From that point you start getting support from those people, which is awesome. It's definitely motivating.
Tony Jones: Do you have any musical influences that people might be surprised by?
Argyle Goolsby: Michael Jackson.
Tony Jones: What does the future hold for Argyle Goolsby?
Argyle Goolsby: No clue, but I'll be there to do it.
Argyle Goolsby & The Roving Midnight bring the tour to The Cove Music Hall in Worcester, MA on Friday August 18th along side The Koffin Kats, The Evil Streaks and Tony Jones & The Cretin 3, tickets are available at www.thecovemusichall.com
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