#166 – White Light/White Heat by The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground, responsible for a lot of musical experimentation, is also like a blueprint for generations of indie rockers.  Especially in terms of drug usage.  They’re a great example of a cult following developing in the years after they were active.  The artists who came after them and the genres they inspired comprise someContinue reading “#166 – White Light/White Heat by The Velvet Underground”

#165 – Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend

Here is another band that I have been aware of for many years, but never really given a chance, for whatever reason.  I have had many friends recommend them to me, but now, with the awesome responsibility that comes with blogging, this album has inevitably come up in my queue.  Perhaps I am being lazyContinue reading “#165 – Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend”

#158 – The Fragile Army by The Polyphonic Spree

As we continue to approach what may prove to be the most important election in American history, and the evidence of the president’s misdeeds continues to pile up, various factions are getting more desperate and paranoid and are ramping up their rhetoric and activities.  The news of the plot to kidnap the governor of MichiganContinue reading “#158 – The Fragile Army by The Polyphonic Spree”

#156 – Sleepless Night by Yo La Tengo

This band comes up in my Spotify account so frequently, it’s a little weird that I’ve taken this long to choose one of their albums.  I always thought they were a Spanish speaking artist, which now seems a little silly, knowing of their cult-like following in the indie rock world.  So now I have discoveredContinue reading “#156 – Sleepless Night by Yo La Tengo”

#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”

#152 – Abandoned Luncheonette by Hall & Oates

It’s incredible the sheer volume of music available and the relatively narrow selection from which most people partake.  I’m certainly not claiming that I have the largest frame of reference of any music fan, but I am open to listening to anything.  The random artists that your friends or coworker are aware of could beContinue reading “#152 – Abandoned Luncheonette by Hall & Oates”

#148 – No Shape by Perfume Genius

There’s no better antidote for the American condition than music.  Its especially satisfying to discover a new artist that represents the antithesis of our current president, and today’s selection is a perfect example of this.  A powerful voice and member of the LGBTQ+ community, Perfume Genius is a brutally honest artist, which is really refreshingContinue reading “#148 – No Shape by Perfume Genius”