Thursday, July 30, 2009

Bruce, You Totally Rock

On September 20 in Chicago, Bruce Springsteen is going to play the entire "Born To Run" album in concert. If you were trying to define awesome, this is it.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

MEB rocks Eleanor Rigby & Colder Rain

From the Tim Herron Corporation's Company Picnic, here's Steve O's arrangement of the Beatles classic.

And here's a partial recording of Mike's song "Colder Rain" from our latest CD.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Bruce tells a Chuck Berry story


Wednesday, March 04, 2009

A Movie About Beer is a Good Thing

Beer Wars - The Movie

They're doing a screening and event on April 16th. Check their site for more info. Here's the film's synopsis:
In America, size matters. The bigger you are, the more power you have, especially in the business world.

Director Anat Baron takes you on a no holds barred exploration of the U.S. beer industry that ultimately reveals the truth behind the label of your favorite beer. Told from an insider’s perspective, the film goes behind the scenes of the daily battles and all out wars that dominate one of America’s favorite industries.

Beer Wars begins as the corporate behemoths are being challenged by small, independent brewers who are shunning the status quo and creating innovative new beers. The story is told through 2 of these entrepreneurs - Sam and Rhonda - battling the might and tactics of Corporate America. We witness their struggle to achieve their American Dream in an industry dominated by powerful corporations unwilling to cede an inch.

This contemporary David and Goliath story is ultimately about keeping your integrity (and your family’s home) in the face of temptation. Beer Wars is a revealing and entertaining journey that provides unexpected and surprising turns and promises to change the world’s opinion on those infamous 99 bottles of beer on the wall.

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Friday, February 27, 2009

5 All-Girl Tribute Acts You Can't Miss

The folks from Gibson guitars bring us this very entertaining link. Sit back and revel in the awesomeness of AC/DShe, Lez Zeppelin, The Iron Maidens, Mistress of Reality, and Misstallica!
Sure, there are plenty of classic rock cover bands — but for some reason we never get sick of seeing all-female groups tackle songs by some of rock’s most testosterone-driven acts. Below are five of our favorite YouTube superstars who have come together to prove that women can’t just rock harder than men, they can also replicate their songs so flawlessly that if we close our eyes we can’t tell the difference.
Thanks to Jim for the link.


Monday, February 23, 2009

Take a Ride on the Sushi Conveyor


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Keeping up with the latest music

I know they don't really play much music on MTV or VH1 anymore, instead we get Brett Michaels or Flavor Flav, but they still do a Top 20 video countdown every weekend. It's a good way to check out the latest videos and some cool new music.

I'm especially loving the Jason Mraz/Colbie Caillat tune - they're two of my favorite artists.

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

See, Songwriting's Not That Hard!

OK, this is just hilarious. Lots of entertainment.
Microsoft SongSmith allows you to sing into your computer and it will add its own music allowing you to create songs just by singing. Thanks to this, many (especially azz100c on YouTube) are taking classic songs, extracting the vocals, putting it through SongSmith, and dubbing the new song over the original music video. Here are some of the best videos we've seen that prove computers know nothing about what sounds good.

The Geek Pad

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Rapping with Bert & Ernie

Thanks to Ken for the suggestion.


Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Pop Music in 2008 - A great mashup

This is a great combination of the top 25 pop hits of 2008. Watch the video in high quality.

Thanks to Beth for sending this to me.


Monday, December 29, 2008

A Late Christmas Gift

OK, so maybe it's a little late, but Merry Christmas anyway from the MEB.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Happy Veterans Day

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Now that's a re-mix


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The kids are rockin' Billy Joel

Does this kid have any idea what "makin' love to his tonic and gin" means?


Pulling out an old fave

Sometimes the old stuff is really rockin', like Pat Travers doing his classic "Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights)."


Wednesday, June 04, 2008

A Classical Roller Coaster

Enjoy the Ride!


Monday, June 02, 2008

This is how you handle technical difficulties

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Steve O should take some lessons

I've never quite ever heard "Hey Jude" performed this way. Very entertaining.

Thanks to Denny Giantomasi for the link.


Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Great new band: Paramore

Nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist, these guys rock.

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Soundcheck Live @ The Redhouse!

Jim Beardsley recorded some video from our live performance at The Redhouse in Syracuse for Dave Frisina's Soundcheck radio show on January 13, 2008, and here are the videos. Enjoy!

Colder Rain

Next In Line

Train Of Lies

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

2007 in Review - Top Videos

As you can see, I'm in a video mood lately, so here's one critic's Top 25 Music Videos of 2007. Lots of entertainment here.

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Happy 2008!

Here's hoping your New Year's was as fun as mine!


Thursday, December 27, 2007

Carry On, Baby

Thanks to Nate for the link.


Thursday, December 20, 2007

Season's MEB Greetings!

Friends of the MEB -

In the middle of this crazy holiday season, we wanted to make sure send out Season's Greetings to all of our friends and neighbors who have meant so much to us over the last year. We wish you the best Christmas ever and a Happy New Year to you and yours.

To add to your holiday cheer, here's a free download of our take on the Christmas classic, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."
Click here to download the mp3.

Our new CD "From The Vault" has just been released to the public, and Syracuse Post-Standard music writer Mark Bialczak will publish his review of the disk in the Sunday December 23 edition of the paper. Make sure to check it out. And if you're looking for a late Christmas present, pick up a copy (or two or six) online at the MEB Store for only $10.

The four of us have been working hard in the rehearsal studio, and we'll be back out performing all over Central New York and beyond after the first of the year. We're itching to get back on stage, introduce you to Brian, and share the gospel of the MEB with all of you. Visit our website often for updates on our upcoming schedule.

Enjoy your holidays and we look forward to seeing you all out and about.

The Mike Estep Band
Mike ‘Mistletoe’ Estep
Brian ‘Boughs of Holly’ McArdell
Paul ‘Poinsettia’ Opel
Steve ‘Santa Claus’ Orlando

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Friday, December 07, 2007

The Wreckers Live CD/DVD

From The Wreckers' new CD/DVD "Way Back Home: Live From New York", in stores December 4th.

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Steve with the Todd Hobin Band

When the Todd Hobin Band reunited a few years back, Steve played auxiliary percussion and sang backups with them. You can catch fleeting glimpses of him behind his congas. Former MEB members Tommy Scott and Brett Hobin are also part of the band.

Thanks to Jeff for finding this.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Funky Wednesday


Friday, October 05, 2007

Bruce speaks out

From his 60 Minutes interview.

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Stanley Jordan rocks Zep

Haven't heard from Stanley in a while, so it's great to be reminded how cool he was.


Monday, August 06, 2007

Born To Run, Live in 1975

All hail The Boss!!


Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Jaco gets funky

Bass god Jaco Pastrorius shows why I call him that.


Saturday, June 23, 2007

Kurt Cobain plays Ukulele?

The Ukulele Orchestra of Britain takes on "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Seriously rockin!


Monday, June 11, 2007

Monday goofiness

I love goofy crap like this. "Video Killed The Radio Star" from some H.S. street musicians know as The Wrong Trousers.


Friday, May 25, 2007

Two superstars hanging out - Sting & Bruce


Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Ziggy and beyond

This is pretty cool - a retrospective of David Bowie videos through the years from Obtusity. If you're not into Bowie, there are also "Depth of Focus" video collections from Michael Jackson, Bjork, Radiohead, and more.



Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Totally Suite, Dude!

CS&N do "Suite Judy Blue Eyes" at Woodstock in 69.


Monday, April 23, 2007

Weird Al does it again

Weird Al does Bob Dylan, all in palindromes.


Monday, April 09, 2007

A night with The Boss

There was a "Music of Bruce Springsteen" concert at Carnegie Hall last week, and this blogger had a seat in the balcony and files his (glowing) review of the show. A number of artists performed a variety of his tunes, and the night ended with Bruce jumping in on the fun himself.

You can read his review here, and he also links to a number of other reviews and videos of the show.

(picture above courtesy of Fresh Bread)

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Early morning, April 4

To honor Martin Luther King, Jr., here's a live version of U2's "Pride (In the Name of Love)."

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Alanis with tongue firmly in cheek

Alanis Morissette doing "My Humps" from the Black Eyed Peas. Now that's funny.


Tuesday, March 27, 2007

MEB: The Early Years

Think of this as a history lesson in the formative years of the MEB. I think we've really evolved since then.


Sunday, March 25, 2007

A splash of Mozart

Remember the movie "Amadeus" about our favorite crazy composer Mozart? This guy has condensed the movie into the 5-second Cliff Notes version. I got a nice chuckle out of it.

See more of this guy's condensed movies here - many of them are quite entertaining.


Monday, March 12, 2007

R.I.P. Brad Delp

Boston lead singer Brad Delp died over the weekend, and here's an old video for More Than A Feeling in tribute.

Official Boston site.
Article @

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Monday, March 05, 2007

Walking Along The Wall video

Steve O put together this cool video of our song "Walking Along The Wall" from the "One Lane Bridge" CD. He edited together pictures and video from our first D.C. trip as an accompaniment to Mike's poignant tune. We have now posted it to YouTube for all the world to see.

We hope you enjoy it and share it with lots of folks.

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Bob Dylan has written all the songs

See, it all comes back around, doesn't it?


Thursday, February 15, 2007

Britney meets Lamb of God

Next thing you know she'll be shaving her head.


Friday, February 09, 2007

The entertainment value is astronomical

Baby Got Back - Gilbert and Sullivan-Style


Monday, February 05, 2007

Kelly Clarkson vs. Led Zeppelin

And here's a cool acoustic version of "Behind These Hazel Eyes."


Thursday, January 25, 2007

Where's Jeff on this list?

This is a great list of the 20 Greatest Guitar Solos of all time, with links to YouTube videos of each, which makes it even greater. Which one is your top choice?

From the CityRag blog.

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Tony vs. Paul

Today's mindless entertainment ...


Sunday, January 14, 2007

Now that's subway entertainment

A capella group Naturally 7 live in Paris subway. Really cool. The crowd eventually gets into it.

Their MySpace page:

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Monday, January 08, 2007

Thriller Goes Bollywood

Steve loves Michael Jackson (please hold the jokes), so this one's especially for him.

This is what YouTube is for.


Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Long Live James Brown

James Brown died on Christmas morning, and the world is a poorer place for it. This blogger has posted a few iconic mp3s of his music. They may not stay up long, so download them quickly if you'd like.

Instrumental Analysis blog.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Great new U2 video - Window In The Skies

Any real fan of rock'n'roll history will love this video. From Zappa to Zeppelin to Patti Smith to Sinatra to The Clash to Jay-Z: tons of music icons are featured in this incredibly original and stunningly cool video. You gotta check it out.

Window In The Skies


Thursday, December 14, 2006

Twisted Christmas

Just to get you in the Christmas mood today.