Say It Ain’t So! The Year of the Ryan steers itself into the ditch.

Folks, this is even more depressing than his “sad bastard” music… and probably doesn’t end well. Just a few weeks ago, I used this site to share some very exciting news – one of my very favorite artists and America’s finest contemporary songwriter (at least before Josh Tillman aka Father John Misty came along), Ryan … Continue reading Say It Ain’t So! The Year of the Ryan steers itself into the ditch.

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – #498: ZZ Top – Tres Hombres (1973)

Far from a perfect album, this effort does two things: it provides a showcase for Billy Gibbons’ mastery of the electric guitar and the commercial potential the band would realize exactly a decade later. Growing up in the 80s and 90s, I heard a lot of ZZ Top, and I always thought there were two … Continue reading Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – #498: ZZ Top – Tres Hombres (1973)

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – #499: Albert King – Born Under a Bad Sign (1967)

A big helping of soulful blues that helped shape the sound of the genre for decades to come. First of all, that album cover, with the black cat/ace of spades/snake eyes dice/Fri 13th/skull n crossbones ensemble, is priceless.  Mr. King’s second record was his finest work and an instant classic that garnered massive critical acclaim … Continue reading Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – #499: Albert King – Born Under a Bad Sign (1967)

A look back at the new music that was: January 2019 edition

  And now for a stroll down memory lane... The sound of decades past.   Notable January 2009 releases: Franz Ferdinand – Tonight: Franz Ferdinand By the time their third album dropped, Alex Kapranos and crew had already established themselves as the preeminent dance-rockers of the decade.  Although this isn’t their most consistently great album, … Continue reading A look back at the new music that was: January 2019 edition

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – #500: Eurythmics – Touch (1984)

The countdown begins with me discovering that I have, in fact, been a bit of a closet Annie Lennox fan all this time. Let’s start with the obvious: Annie Lennox is a badass – I mean, just look at the album cover.  And with Dave Stewart composing behind her, she is nearly unstoppable.  This thing … Continue reading Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – #500: Eurythmics – Touch (1984)

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – Intro

Well, this seemed like a good idea at the time… While listening to one of America’s funniest people, Bill Burr, on his podcast earlier this week, his guest mentioned something that took me back to my college days.  Back in 2003, Rolling Stone magazine released their list of the 500 best albums in “rock n’ … Continue reading Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – Intro