Re-imagined, Reissued, Remixed, Recovered

My original plan wasn’t to review these two albums together, but when the synergy hit me I couldn’t pass it up. Nirvana & Mike Doughty somehow managed to intertwine themselves with my musical DNA years ago and haven’t ever let go. Nevermind was my first favorite album and the one that pretty much made me who…

A Wiki Edit That Makes Me Sad

This isn’t the kind of time travel I like 🙁 Benji Hughes – Wikipedia February 2013 Edit: August 2013 Edit: Guess Thao & The Get Down Stay Down won’t have the competition for album(s) of the year I was hoping they would. (Then again, Mike Doughty has this thing coming up…)

Outside Lands Recap

In the spirit of my 2010 Coachella recap, here are some thoughts on last weekend’s Fester-esque trip to Outside Lands in San Francisco. Arrived a little late on Friday, mostly getting the lay of the land while gearing up for Paul McCartney’s highly anticipated headlining set and fulfillment of my lifelong dream to see a…

Fester Commentary

The Coachella Lineup announcement reminded/inspired me to work on the long delayed commentary for my “Fester” short story. I’ll use the same bulleted stream of consciousness format from the old series of Timely Persuasion commentary posts. Warning:  Some of the below contains minor spoilers. If you haven’t read “Fester” you probably don’t want to read…

Of The Year – 2012

The Play ‘Em All experiment meant that I didn’t give new music the attention I usually do in 2012, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a top list. (And yes, once again I was too busy/lazy to post this when I should have so I’m time traveling back to insert this post.) 1.  Boys…

Play ’em All

Christmas Eve was an especially historic day this year.  It ended up being the conclusion of my yearlong project to listen to all 13,747 songs in my iTunes library at least once in 2012.  Started with “A Commotion” by Feist and ended with “I Wrote A Book About Rock and Roll” by Dr. Frank (of…

Year Zero

Recently finished reading Year Zero by Rob Reid and mostly dug it.  Learned about the book via this headline on the All Songs Considered Blog: Aliens Have Landed, Hoping To License All Of Humanity’s Music Gets a little wacky and a little campy at times, but overall it’s a heck of a fun ride.  I…

Of The Year – 2011

After a so so year for albums in 2010, this time around I actually have enough candidates for a proper top 10. 1. Pink Strat — Bahamas This record came out in Canada in 2009, but just came out in the US in 2011. (Yay, time travel!) Quietly snuck up on me as my go…

Newermind Track by Track

Been (mostly) digging Spin’s cleverly titled Newermind cover album in honor of the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind.  Song by song thoughts: “Smells Like Teen Spirit” covered by the Meat Puppets Great choice of band to kick things off, great cover that’s both true to the original while performed in an Unplugged-ish Meat Puppets style. “In…

Ramblings VI

I seem to have hit another of those lengthy posting lags while the world gets in the way.  Ramblings time: Been digging the new Back To The Future Game from Telltale.  It’s essentially BTTF IV, starting off 6 months after the trilogy ends in 1986 and has Marty bouncing back and forth between 1931 and…