https://jonesjazz.bandcamp.com/album/all-by-myself If you’ve ever seen Penn & Teller’s show at the Rio in Las Vegas, Nevada, chances are you’ve watched Mike Jones perform. When I was in Vegas a few years ago (in my native language, “a few years ago” refers to anything from five to thirty years ago), Sharon and I treated ourselves to […]Read more "It’s a Good Record, Man: “All By Myself,” by Mike Jones"
When you say “Ziggy Stardust” most people know the David Bowie work you’re referring to, although the actual title of the 1972 album is “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.” This was a concept album that may have been a bit bigger than its concept. It was preceded by […]Read more "It’s a Good Record, Man: “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,” by David Bowie — a music review"
This post is serving double duty. It’s a track-by-track review of the Iron Maiden album The Number of the Beast, with the associations of my ill-spent youth. But, it’s also a review of the documentary Iron Maiden: The Number of the Beast (Classic Albums), which I watched on Amazon Prime Video. As is my custom, […]Read more "It’s a Good Record, Man: “The Number of the Beast,” by Iron Maiden — a music (and documentary) review"
Back in Black is still my favorite AC/DC album, though its predecessor, Highway to Hell, is running only about a nose length behind. I owned Highway first, in fact. Both were produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange. And, both albums have just about all of my favorite AC/DC songs on them. The difference in the […]Read more "It’s a Good Record, Man: “Back in Black” by AC/DC — a music review"
You know who The Who are. Their songs have provided the theme music for all the CSI television shows. The original series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation used “Who Are You?” as its theme song. CSI: Miami used “Won’t Get Fooled Again” with the most famous scream in rock ‘n’ roll. And, CSI: New York […]Read more "It’s a Good Record, Man: “Who’s Next,” by The Who"
Stephen King was at least partially responsible for my purchase of this album (which was in cassette form the first time, I’ll admit). I read King’s novel The Stand not long after it came out in 1978, and, as I recall, it had at least one epigraph quoting the song “Shelter from […]Read more "It’s A Good Record, Man: “Blood on the Tracks,” by Bob Dylan"
Music has always been an important component of my particular brand of nerd-dom. So, it surprises me that I haven’t written a blog post about it before now. I’m a musician (of sorts). I can’t read music at all, but I do play keyboards by ear, and—as I like to say—I own a couple […]Read more "It’s A Good Record, Man: “Moving Pictures” by Rush (music review)"
Previously, on VERSUS . . . The eight albums of Division VI—featuring works from Marcy Playground, Weezer, Ozzy Osbourne, Dio, Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden—faced off in the Octagon, with Pearl Jam’s Ten taking home the trophy. In this episode, another eight albums enter the fray. This time, the competitors […]Read more "VERSUS: Episode 8: Division VII: Rock Album Deathmatch: A Pinch of Glam, A Dash of Psychedelia, and a Genesis Frontman Grudge Match"
Around two years ago, I posted 10-List: Firewater’s Feel Good Mix Tape (Side 1). This was a list of ten songs guaranteed to improve my mood, even on a bad day. True confession: I didn’t actually make a real mix tape. I don’t know if those ten songs would have fit on one side of […]Read more "10-List: Firewater’s Feel Good Mix Tape (Side 2)"
Welcome to my First-Watch of the original 30 episodes of the 1990-91 television series Twin Peaks. Below are the bulletpointed notes I jotted down while watching the episode “The One-Armed Man.” On this date in history, Bell Biv DeVoe’s “Poison” was #1 on the R&B charts. I recently heard it on one of those television […]Read more "Welcome to Twin Peaks:/\/\ First-Watch Recap: Season 1: Ep. 1.5 “The One-Armed Man” (Original airdate Thursday, May 3, 1990) — a review"