Previously, on VERSUS . . . The second-place albums in our previous episodes battled it out for a shot in the playoffs as wildcard entries. Two albums managed to fight their way back into the contest: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (David Bowie) and Screaming for Vengeance (Judas […]Read more "VERSUS: Episode 11: Rock Album Deathmatch: World Super Series Bowl Cup: We Have a Winner!!"
This is the quadmonthly happiness report for February 2022. Our company motto is “Read. Play. Watch. Listen.” And, then, of course: “Write About It.” “Read” Since the October 2021 update, the following books were completed: Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon, by Keith R.A. DeCandido (urban fantasy/media tie-in) Big Damn Hero (Firefly #1), by James Lovegrove […]Read more "Looking Forward (February 2022 Update): New Year, Same Pathology"
Previously, on VERSUS . . . The eight albums of Division VIII—featuring works from Paul Simon, Billy Joel, KISS, Bob Seger, Prince, Van Halen, Rage Against the Machine, and Foo Fighters—faced off on center stage, with the pleasantly melodic soft rock of Billy Joel pulling off a surprising upset victory. In this episode, we’re going […]Read more "VERSUS: Episode 10: Rock Album Deathmatch: There’s Something to be Said for the Silver Medalists: The Wildcard Round"
Previously, on VERSUS . . . The eight albums of Division VII—featuring works from The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stone Temple Pilots, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, The Doors, Pink Floyd, David Bowie and The Grateful Dead—faced off in the gladiator pit, with Pink Floyd getting the emperor’s thumbs-up. In this episode, another eight albums enter […]Read more "VERSUS: Episode 9: Division VIII: Rock Album Deathmatch: Light Rock, Live Rock, Rage Rock and Prince"
This post was inspired by the late journalist Sydney J. Harris who would occasionally write a column he called “Things I Learned While Looking Up Other Things,” in which he included bits of trivia that just didn’t fit into any other column he was writing. My wife and I were watching an old episode of […]Read more "More Music Facts Learned While Looking Up Other Things"
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"
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"
Previously, on VERSUS . . . The eight albums of Division V—featuring works from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Steely Dan, Dire Straits, Huey Lewis & The News, Men at Work, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and AC/DC—faced off in the squared circle, with AC/DC’s Back in Black taking home the belt. In this episode, another […]Read more "VERSUS: Episode 7: Division VI: Rock Album Deathmatch: Grunge, Post-Grunge, Desert Rock and Dueling Sabbath Singers"
This morning, when I woke up, I looked something like this. Our daughter is a hairdresser. But, since Sharon and I have been in self-isolation for over eight months now, including separation from family and friends, my hair has been growing unchecked. I had rock-and-roll hair for the first time since I was in my […]Read more "Almost Cut My Hair (strike the “Almost”)"
Previously, on VERSUS . . . The eight albums of Division IV—featuring works from Guns N’ Roses, Audioslave, Black Sabbath, Mötley Crüe, Sammy Hagar, Def Leppard, Sheryl Crow, and Alanis Morissette—battled it out, head-to-head, with Black Sabbath’s Paranoid winning the division. In this episode, another eight albums enter the fray. This time, the competitors are […]Read more "VERSUS: Episode 6: Division V: Rock Album Deathmatch: Moving On to THAT Conference"