I find it kind of funny the memories that music evokes. Be it a personal experience that you tie to a song or some other media like TV or movies.
No, not the social media site that is supposed to be a portal for professionals to network with like minds and find jobs, that's LinkedIn (although after using LinkedIn for three job hunts, I can safely say it has not gotten me a single job). Also, no, not the neighborhood in Chicago that plays home to one of my favorite pizza joints around (Piece Pizza), that's Lincoln Park.
It’s been one thing to watch the vinyl resurgence. It has been another to see cassettes claw their way back from the dead.
Apparently, there is a long-rumored lost video Van Halen recorded back in 1981 for the song “So This Is Love.” It was done also to promote a concert or venue or whatever. It became known as the “dinosaur video.”
Yesterday, I finished watching all six episodes of the first season of Disney+ and the MCU’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. I thought it was fantastic and loved nearly everything about it.
If you could have any 10 musicians who have died back, who would they be?
Back in 1989-90, during my freshman year of high school, I bought my first Sony Discman and hooked it up to a cassette boombox I owned to be able to play and collect compact discs for the first time. And while I remember this time well, I can never quite remember which was my first CD... was it The Black Crowes' Shake Your Money Maker or the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Mother's Milk?
I realized something the other day as I was listening to Corbin Reiff's book Total F*cking Godhead: The Biography of Chris Cornell, I think music memoirs and biographies might just be my favorite genre of book.
Y'all know what a "deep fake" is, right? When AI is used to create photos or video or audio content that is so real that it's almost impossible to question its authenticity. Sometimes it's used for nefarious purposes like making it seem as though a political candidate has said or done something they haven't.
When Soul Asylum broke through to the mainstream with Grave Dancers Union in 1992, I was all on-board for the ride. Not just because of "Runaway Train," though. In fact, the album had been out for a year before that song was even released.
While digging around in a container of old crap, I happened across an ID card from my junior year of high school.
Man, I really don’t do Snippet posts anymore do I? First one this year and the first since last April. Only two in 2020, four in 2019, seven in 2018. I haven’t done this regularly since 2014. Yikes!
Throughout the history of modern music, there have been special pairings of songs that, while perhaps they were meant to be separate entities when initially recorded by the artists, the fans have forever entwined them so that they almost sound strange if played separately.
I have a new addition to my analog addiction. Say “hello” to the Sony Sports WM-FS220. Ain’t she a beaut?
I’ve been a fan of the French electronic duo Daft Punk since I discovered their debut album Homework back in 1997. It was chock full of amazing sounds and it never got old.
Nathan really digs on popular music. He discovers it mostly from movie soundtracks and YouTube videos and has us add tracks randomly to a playlist we created for him in Spotify.
A few months ago, I found this really cool Instagram account (actually, he found me) that sells physical audio and video media via his home. He doesn't have a bricks-and-mortar storefront, just an online store supported by images on IG.
I’ve become a bit of a Bandcamp junkie of late poking around and picking out some new-to-me bands I really enjoy and following musical subgenres so I can receive notifications of new music.
[I apologize in advance for a post-Christmas Christmas post, but I forgot to publish it last week. Oh well.] This is Reis O'Brien. He's a creative director for Funko Corporation and also a member of the death metal band Knee Deep in Blood.
As I'm sure just about everyone who is alive has had to do as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, my family has missed out on events that we would otherwise have done this year. We've missed out on sports events and museum trips and vacations and... music.
This is my world and I am world leader pretend
This is my life
And this is my time
I have been given the freedom
To do as I see fit
It's high time I've razed the walls that I've constructed
This post is for Marty, Eric, and Kevin S. who will know this album well from my raving about it.
I really had no idea what I was going to blog about today and then the news came down the wire... Eddie Van Halen, lead guitarist and founding member of Van Halen, succumbed to cancer at the age of 65.
One of my favorite things about cassettes is finding ones that are not available in other media formats or on streaming services. This tends to happen a lot with hits albums and original soundtracks (OST) and other sorts of compilations.
Just trying to live the Joe Strummer ideal.
I'm sorry for not posting this sooner, but my fave label, Polyvinyl Records, is having a customer appreciation day deal today. If you are a registered PV user, you will get a $5 giftcard applied to any purchase made today. Just login, shop, and the $5 will be available on the cart page for you to opt into.
If there’s one thing about music that bugs me, it’s when songs I love are used in a way that either annoys me or in a way that angers or doesn’t mesh with the beliefs of the original artists.
Lemme get your opinion on something here... if you were given a choice between buying an open tape and a sealed tape, which would you choose? And, before you just blurt out the obvious choice, lemme throw in some potentially decision-affecting considerations.
I’m going to do something that hasn’t been done here in nearly seven months. Nope, not since December 17. It’s Taped! Number 19!
When Nathan invited Katie to watch TV with him in his bedroom, I was told to hang out as his bed isn’t really big enough for all three of us.
Given the plethora of free entertainment that's been made available during this pandemic, it's shocking how little of it I've taken part in. Even the live music that everyone and their mother is streaming.
I know most of you have, at the very least, heard of the band Rage Against the Machine. They were a heavy metal/rap-rock band that started in the early 1990s and are very well known for their highly politicized songwriting. They are, IMHO, the guitar-driven equivalent of my beloved Public Enemy, although Megadeth is up there as well.
I've been doing some wheeling and dealing online lately to get some cassettes I want. I finally negotiated a deal for one of my white whale tapes and was waiting for the woman on the other end to send it to me.
I’m looking for a new audiobook. I love music and music history. Can you see where this is going?
February 13 of this year marked the 30th anniversary of the debut album by a band I've loved since shortly before the day that album was released. The band? The Black Crowes. The album? Shake Your Money Maker.