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Surviving the Coast Starlight with System of a Down

Surviving the Coast Starlight with System of a Down

The train sucks.  There’s a reason nobody rides trains anymore.  They are awful, life-wasting machines with no other purpose than to be less effective than airplanes. That being said, I ride the Coast Starlight train every other weekend.  Since I must have pissed off any number of deities throughout my life, one of them seemed […]

Radiohead’s “The King of Limbs” is a masterpiece of atmospheric imagery

Radiohead’s “The King of Limbs” is a masterpiece of atmospheric imagery

Radiohead has mastered the bait-and-switch mode of recording albums.  It’s not always a conscious effort, they just seem to grow and progress at an alarming pace – though much of this is due to the fact that they sincerely want to grow as musicians and songwriters. Their first album, “Pablo Honey,” was a searing, guitar-driven […]

Remembering Ronnie James Dio and “Holy Diver”

Remembering Ronnie James Dio and “Holy Diver”

There are a couple albums out there that have had an incredible impact on how I live my life.  “Astro Lounge” by Smash Mouth, “Inhuman Rampage” by Dragonforce, and “Kamikaze” by Los Rabanes, are all close to the top, but nothing compares to Dio’s debut album of utter magnificence, “Holy Diver.” Before “Holy Diver,” there […]

This week in music: higher education from the music geek.

This week in music: higher education from the music geek.

Fun (and sometimes bizarre) facts I learned this week, plus some water-cooler knowledge straight from my noggin.         Well, I know what I’m doing after college now… This week in 2009, Liverpool University started offering a very specialized Masters program – on THE BEATLES!  Liverpool Hope University is quoted as saying one […]

Music news (2/22-2/28)

Music news (2/22-2/28)

      Tom Morello plays at Wisconsin rally       The guitarist from Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, and The Nightwatchman took part in the Wisconsin protests on Monday, performing acoustic songs and delivering a speech in support of protestors against Governor Walker’s attempt to end the right of state employees to collectively […]

This week in music: higher education from the music geek.

This week in music: higher education from the music geek.

By George! A lot of really amazing musicians were born this week, but the list has to start with one George Frideric Handel, born Feb. 23, 1685. He wrote songs, operas, concertos, Music for the Royal Fireworks, and many other things, but his magnum opus was his oratorio “Messiah,” which is a testament to the […]

Music News (2/13-2/21)

Music News (2/13-2/21)

      New Radiohead album out now Radiohead’s new album, “The King of Limbs,” is now available to download in a digital format from their new website, thekingoflimbs.com. MP3 copies are $9, and WAVs are $14.  They also have a physical/digital bundle for $48, which includes two 10-inch vinyl records, a CD and over […]

This week in music: higher education from the music geek.

This week in music: higher education from the music geek.

    Here are all of the interesting things I learned this week, plus the Top Five Love Song Lyrics of all time (or of some time) that may or may not get you the Valentine’s lovin’ you crave… V-Day Lyrics #5: “You’re My Home” – Billy Joel “I’ll never be a stranger/and I’ll never […]

Music News (2/6 – 2/12)

Music News (2/6 – 2/12)

    Neil Young to induct Tom Waits into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame On March 17, Neil Young will deliver the speech officially entering Tom Waits into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Waits has released 23 albums since 1973, running the musical gamut from blues and rock to jazz and vaudeville.  […]

Cage the Elephant hits sophomore slump

Cage the Elephant hits sophomore slump

    I thoroughly enjoyed Cage the Elephant’s eponymous debut album.  It was a great, original album that wasn’t concerned with being mainstream at all.   Cage the Elephant struck me as some weird amalgamation of the Pixies and Kings of Leon, but with a lot more twang.  It was this original sound that drew […]