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 […]

A surprising, but red hot, Album of the Year

Most anyone familiar with my musical tastes may find my selection for record of the year for 2006 surprising. Sure, there was a new Dylan and a new Springsteen. What ultimately won out, though, was Stadium Arcadium by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The selection prompts several observations.

I’d never heard a Red Hot Chili […]

A Zappa interlude and homage

I’ve never been much of a YouTube user. I’ve found some interesting, usually humorous, stuff there but there’s just so much I find it hard to locate very intriguing material.

That said, a HUGE hat tip to the Godoggone blog for the Frank Zappa post that led me to video of a 1973 performance by […]