Mark Stock's Music Page
Crikey! This page has been aging poorly. Forgive the mess.
Anyway, welcome to my new and improved music page. That
pretty much means I copied what someone else did and yelled
louder about it.
Songs currently in my mind's heavy rotation list:
I first need to say that music is an important part of my life.
Growing up, I enjoyed listening to my mom's records, Casey Kasem's
Top 10 Countdown, and whatever the radio played that sounded cool.
The first pop album bought by my siblings was Michael Jackson's
- Commissioning A Symphony in C - Cake, off Comfort Eagle
- Wake Up - Rage Against the Machine
- Drinking In LA - BranVan 3000
- Light A Candle - Brilliant
I started into music a bit later than everyone else,
it seemed. I "discovered" pop music on the radio when I was, like,
10 or 11. I didn't know *anyone*. In high school, I found this
classic rock station; then it was Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Creedence for the
next 3 or 4 years before I rejoined the pop/rock mainstream.
Sometime in grad school, I tried playing an instrument for the first
time ever, the guitar. Like every poser, I tried playing all the
cool music I knew and loved, and most of it sounded crappy. I
approach guitar playing from more of a pattern-based approach.
I can't tell what a note or chord will sound like before I play it.
So, I remember chord patterns, and like a matrix problem, I
break down the fretboard into patterns and relations, and I
repeat them. It's not formal, it's probably not even good, but it works.
I really have no knack for music. Nevertheless, I continued,
because it occasionally sounded good, and I had fun playing.
Now, I play a little for a local swing band called The Johnstown Cats, pictured
above. I'm the second dork from the right. The music is fun to
play, but hard-core swing dancers want more slow stuff. They
just lose. We play fast stuff because it's far more fun.
Click the "About the Band" link on the Cats page to find some mp3s.
My other musical project, which is more infrequently seen,
cut their first live album earlier this year. The name of that
band is The Mark Stock Fiasco. You can listen to some
.mp3 music files if you ask me nicely.
Parents are strongly cautioned. Hell, *you* are strongly
cautioned. They really suck. I can't sing. Honestly.
I should really mention that my housemates are partners in
crime in all of this music stuff. The music room at the house
has been likened to "a guitar store" and we still keep several
of the cooler guitars out of sight. Two of my roommates are
in a band called
North, which plays their own brand of folk and folk rock.
That's about it. Music is good, music is art, and participation
in music is joy. Have fun.
And here's my old music page:
Welcome to my music page! On the right you see a digital photo of
me playing one my 2 guitars. I own a Sigma 6-string acoustic guitar
and an Ibanez Performer 300 electric guitar (1978). Both sound
pretty nice, but the Ibanez kicks when I plug it in thru my
JH-1 Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Wah. Cool.
These are my favorite bands/musicians:
- Cake - Sacramento-based originators of the ultra-dope groove
- Rancid - What can I say, Berkeley makes great punk!
- Presidents of the U.S.A. - 5 strings, 3 drums, 2 cymbals, 1 great band
- Lenny Kravitz - Lyrical, musical, thoughful music from the man
- Metallica - The definition of Heavy Metal, strong, real rock
- Pink Floyd - The Wall on LP is the best, good guitar stuff, to
- Simon and Garfunkel - How often do you love a band your mom did?
- Bach - Pure genius, pure music: not one note doesn't belong
- Moussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition is my singular favorite piece of music
Most recent album purchases: (Okay, this if from 1997, so just ignore it.)
- Metallica - Reload (still getting used to it)
- Smash Mouth - Fush U Mang (standard ska, some fiasco-like songs)
- Cheryl Crow - Cheryl Crow (Soulful and rocking at the same time)
- Blues Traveller - Straight on Till Morning (More good stuff, what do you expect?)
- The Offspring - Ixnay on the Hombre (A lot of really good stuff, real rebel music)
- Live - Secret Samadhi (Wow, this album kicks ass!)
- Cake - Fashion Nugget (Hoedown on track 8, baby, Best album I bought this year!)
- Collective Soul - Disciplined Breakdown (Terrific! Solo on Full Circle!)
- Jimi Handrix - Axis: Bold as Love (Awesome! Spanish Castle Magic - !)
- Jimi Hendrix - First rays...(A compilation of his late stuff - OK)
- Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill (You gotta fight...Girls...very fly)
- April, 97, and earlier:
- No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom (its like Offspring with soul)
- Cardigans - First Band On The Moon (intoxicating stuff...)
- Various - Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix (some good stuff)
- U2 - Joshua Tree (another U2 classic, great stuff!, CD)
- Wally Pleasant - Houses of the Holy Moley (He looks like me...)
- Journey - Greatest Hits (Ahh, memories...)
- Presidents of the U.S.A. - P.U.S.A. II (Twig In The Wind and Volcano, good tunes, CD)
- Lenny Kravitz - Circus (very soulful)
- various - VH-1 Big 80's Compilation (some good nostalgic tunes)
- U2 - War (not as good as Joshua Tree, but still good, CD)
- Metallica - Load (on vinyl, now, very rich sounds!)
- Smashing Pumpkins - Gish (Way old, but still good stuff)
- Metallica - Load (New album, Ronnie and Bleeding Me are GREAT!, CD)
- Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream (The best alternative has, heavy chords, big distortion)
- Gustav Holst - The Planets (When you feel like kicking butt, play Mars)
- Stone Temple Pilots - Tiny Music... (Nice! Very bluesy, but rockin hard!)
- Midnight Oil - Diesel and Dust (CD, way cool)
- Weird Al Yankovic - Bad Hair Day (CD, I feel like polka!)
- Paul Simon - Negotiations and Love Songs 1971-1986 (LP, has You can call me Al)
- The Offspring - The Offspring (1989, rerelease, LP, not all that great)
- Green Day - Kerplunk (1991, rerelease, LP, pretty damn rockin')
- Boston - Third Stage (LP, no comment necessary, a classic)
- Blues Traveller - Four (CD, very good music, I'm beginning to love this one)
- Blues Traveller - [their previous release]
- Rancid -
And Out Come the Wolves (CD, The only CD that rocks more than Let's Go)
- Rancid - Let's Go (CD, totally rocks!!!)
- Presidents of
the U.S.A. - (CD, OK, this one rocks just as much)
- Beethoven - 9th symphony (Chorale, CD, rocks for classical)
- Rush - Chronicle (CD, Canada's greatest rock group)
- Blade Runner - Vangelis soundtrack (CD, the good one, not the crappy one)
Friends in music
- Jester's Crown, A very musical and
artistic modern rock group with its soul born at U-M
- North, a
musical project forged from my awesome group of friends by Joseph
or go straight to the
Link to a guitar site here.
Back to my home page.
Drop me some e-mail.
Mark J. Stock, Graduate Student,
The University of Michigan