Book Review: My Dead Dad Was in ZZ Top by Jon Glaser

Although many may consider it a less important symbol than the dollar sign, never underestimate the power of the asterisk. Jon Glaser certainly doesn’t.

After being estranged for years, Glaser was going through his father’s belongings following his death when he stumbled across rock and roll history.* He learned his father was a member of […]

Indubitably and perhaps irremediably old

Something that had been in the back a my mind for a while really started to sink in with last week’s announcement of the Grammy nominees — age is not only staring me in the face, it is slapping it.

Ever since this blog started, I’ve had an annual post on my record of the […]

Midweek Music Moment: Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, Meat Loaf

We all have guilty pleasures — music, books or movies that we’re a bit abashed to admit we enjoy. For me, one of those is Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell.

As the title suggests, the album is the follow-up to Meat Loaf’s first solo album, 1977’s Bat Out of Hell, […]

Midweek Music Moment: Songs From an American Movie, Vol. 1: Learning to Smile, Everclear

I’m going to offer up another exhibit on RIAA’s shortsightedness on the original Napster. The first song or songs I heard from Everclear’s Songs From an American Movie, Vol. 1: Learning to Smile, released 10 years ago this week, were Napster downloads. I’d not heard anything by the band before I came across a couple […]

Midweek Music Moment: The Uninvited, The Uninvited

So the opening tune on a CD makes clear it’s a guitar band that knows how to use power chords. You grab the CD box to see who’s playing what and something jumps out at you — electric banjo. What? A pop rock band with an electric banjo? Well, that’s just part of the eclectic […]

Midweek Music Moment: Double Fantasy, John Lennon

So is it the quality of the songs or the fact John Lennon was murdered three weeks after Double Fantasy was released that makes it special?

There’s a lot of good things to say about Double Fantasy. But there’s an equal amount of bad, with bad spelled Y-o-k-o O-n-o. While you don’t criticize a friend […]