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25 04, 2016

The Time – What Time Is It

By |April 25th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Now that Prince has passed, a thought occurred to me. Perhaps The Time has won the eternal struggle to be the coolest cool thing in Minneapolis in the Purple Rain movie-universe. Really, I’ve always thought of them as an adversary to my man The Kid. In my mind I know that isn’t the case, […]

25 04, 2016

David Castillo’s Cassette Tape Artistry

By |April 25th, 2016|Alternative, Cassette-worthy bands of today, Uncategorized|0 Comments|

David Castillo knows a thing or two about cassette tapes. That’s why he’s embraced the tape as a musician – nothing is quite as easy or cool as slinging cassettes. He’s been through two monikers and a few hometowns, started his own label (which puts out tapes), and just about lives on the road. […]

25 03, 2015

Motörhead’s Legacy

By |March 25th, 2015|All, Best Ever, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Punk, Rock, The 70s, The 80s, The 90s|0 Comments|

Not every band can claim they’ve left a vast legacy that spans genres and decades. And not every band can make that claim while still being very much alive and kicking. Motörhead, however, can make this claim. Motörhead will tell you themselves that they are a mere rock and roll band. But everyone else […]

23 03, 2015

Rob Zombie: A Retrospective

By |March 23rd, 2015|All, Best Ever, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Rock, The 90s|0 Comments|

You might be prone to overlooking Rob Zombie if you were to compile a list of today’s top shock alternative rockers. Manson, who just released a tape, would probably come to mind first. But to skip over one of the 90s hardest rocking musicians would be a dire oversight. He’s not a has-been by […]

21 03, 2013

Daniel Johnston

By |March 21st, 2013|1983, All, Alternative, Pop, The 80s|2 Comments|

Daniel Johnston might be one of America’s saddest rock and roll stories. For indie kids growing up in the 80s and 90s, he was something of a hero. His music was simple and often sad – but that’s what made it so easy to connect to. You didn’t need a lot of money or […]

18 03, 2013

Reba McEntire – Rumor Has It (1990)

By |March 18th, 2013|1990, country, Pop, The 90s|1 Comment|

Ah, Reba, from country singer to TV sensation, Reba has influenced a lot of little girls, and more than a few drag queens.

Reba hails from Oklahoma, home to Woody Guthrie. And while she may not be as well-respected as the folk legend, the impact she has made on the country music scene is undeniably […]

11 03, 2013

Nobunny – Love Visions (2008)

By |March 11th, 2013|2008, All, Cassette-worthy bands of today, The 00s|3 Comments|

Nobunny may not immediately come to mind when you picture the modern state punk music. I mean, come on, it’s a dude in underwear and a disgusting old bunny mask.  Often times there is glitter involved, too. But nobody works harder to entertain the kids than Nobunny – who usually leaves the stage with […]

4 03, 2013

Beavis and Butthead Do America Soundtrack (1996)

By |March 4th, 2013|1996, All, R & B, Rock, Soundtracks, The 90s|4 Comments|

For a movie about two losers, Beavis and Butthead Do America sure was a hit. I found it hard to watch the TV show, and the movie was only slightly better in terms of watchability – but oh the music. Pure 90s nostalgia at its greatest.

The soundtrack was released in 1996 by Geffen records, […]

22 02, 2013

King Tuff – Was Dead (2008)

By |February 22nd, 2013|2008, All, Alternative, Cassette-worthy bands of today, Rock, The 00s|2 Comments|

Was Dead by King Tuff is a milestone in the new wave of rock and roll that is focused on perfect pop songs and lo-fi production. The album runs the gamut from teenage desperation to sweet love songs – but never varies in quality. And even though this album came out in 2008, most […]

15 02, 2013

Faith No More: The Real Thing (1989)

By |February 15th, 2013|1989, All, Alternative, Lyric Sheet, Rock, The 80s|2 Comments|

The band Faith No More falls right in to the tape era – they released six albums between 1985 and 1997 before the CD became the king of music media. The group hails from San Francisco and effectively captures the mindset and mood of that era. FNM’s Real Thing predates grunge (but the do […]

8 02, 2013

Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Ragged Glory (1990)

By |February 8th, 2013|1990, All, Rock, The 90s|3 Comments|

When you think of Neil Young, your mind goes in a million different directions. Of course, he rounds up the indie and the mainstream for his annual Bridge School Benefit, which supports the school his son attended. He played with Crosby Stills Nash and Young. He helped form Buffalo Springfield. Surely if there’s an […]

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