#197 – Good News For People Who Love Bad News by Modest Mouse

My selections have been going this way organically, so it seems right to lean into it.  There have been many artists over the years that I have chosen not to listen to purely because friends have been so obsessed and insistent.  It’s petty, I know, and the stupid thing is that I frequently end upContinue reading “#197 – Good News For People Who Love Bad News by Modest Mouse”

#187 – Protect the Land/Genocidal Humanoidz, Mezmerize by System of a Down

I wanted to choose these new singles by System of a Down, who are using their platform to bring awareness to the plight of Armenia, which once again is under attack.  However, since nobody would consider that an album, I’m pairing it with one of their earlier albums in the spirit of the blog.  AsContinue reading “#187 – Protect the Land/Genocidal Humanoidz, Mezmerize by System of a Down”

#186 – Rubberneck by Toadies

This morning I had an easier time getting up than I can remember in several years.  I felt lighter, stronger and more energized than I was yesterday morning and I have to say, it was quite enjoyable.  It’s as if half of the nation is coming out of a prolonged depressive state, with the otherContinue reading “#186 – Rubberneck by Toadies”

#185 – Strange to Explain by Woods

Today was a great day for America.  It feels like a weight has been lifted and that there is a light at the end of the extremely dark and embarrassing tunnel that we have been in for the last four years.  It’s going to take many years to undo the damage that this administration hasContinue reading “#185 – Strange to Explain by Woods”

#182 – Casualties of Cool by Devin Townsend and Ché Aimee Dorval

This is a really beautiful album.  At various times heavy, ethereal, epic, cinematic and delicate.  It really is a masterpiece of versatility, and exactly the kind of discovery I needed on this bizarre day in history.  As the entire world watches a few random areas in America, nothing is quite as helpful as the temporaryContinue reading “#182 – Casualties of Cool by Devin Townsend and Ché Aimee Dorval”

#180 – Hot Motion by Temples

And now it’s the eve of possibly the ugliest, and most important, moment in modern American history.  This album offered a temporary escape and an enjoyable one, but there’s no ignoring the knife edge that our democracy is walking.  On one side we have the most openly corrupt administration in American history, and on theContinue reading “#180 – Hot Motion by Temples”

#132 – Independent Worm Saloon by Butthole Surfers

Anyone who has been to a concert has experienced the camaraderie of strangers who have been thrust into each other’s presence for a little while.  It doesn’t matter who they are, they like the same band as you and they’ll be standing close by for the next few hours, so it’s preferable to have friendlyContinue reading “#132 – Independent Worm Saloon by Butthole Surfers”

#127 – The Soft Bulletin by The Flaming Lips

Until a few months ago, I had only ever listened to one album by the Flaming Lips, Yoshimi Battles the Robots.  I’ve written before about a theory posited by a friend, who is a musician and music appreciation professor, that music finds you when your are ready for it.  The Flaming Lips are another bandContinue reading “#127 – The Soft Bulletin by The Flaming Lips”

#117 – Chasing Yesterday by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

This band came up in conversation the other night when we were discussing the unfortunate career path of Oasis.  It is extra frustrating as a fan when an artist that you love has such a severe internal rift.  There is an argument to be made that their music would never have had the edge thatContinue reading “#117 – Chasing Yesterday by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds”

#116 – Trust Fall (Side B) by Incubus

My Incubus fandom tapered off after Light Grenades, but I was pretty obsessed with them for a while in college.  When I first moved to LA and was going to a lot of random club shows, I used to see Mike Einzinger, the guitarist, sit in with random artists from time to time.  This EPContinue reading “#116 – Trust Fall (Side B) by Incubus”