#155 – Fuzz Universe by Paul Gilbert

As I’ve been thinking about Eddie Van Halen over the past couple of days, the sheer number of artists whose careers arguably might not have existed if not for him is pretty amazing.  A whole genre of virtuosic guitar technicians came about, with almost classical-style instrumental compositions.  There was a time in my musical journeyContinue reading “#155 – Fuzz Universe by Paul Gilbert”

#153 – Diver Down by Van Halen

The world lost a guitar legend today.  In the ever-increasing history of guitar music, there are people who come along now and again who create something completely new an original.  Eddie Van Halen is one of these, whose contribution to the guitar world was so massive that he will continue to inspire young musicians forContinue reading “#153 – Diver Down by Van Halen”

#98 – Lulu by Lou Reed & Metallica

Our Kevin Bacon game, so far: The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney produced – and is the husband of – Michelle Branch, who was featured on Santana’s “The Game of Love.”  On a later album, Santana collaborated with Metallica’s Kirk Hammett.  This is a genuinely odd album.  I would certainly not say it’s bad, by anyContinue reading “#98 – Lulu by Lou Reed & Metallica”