Eric Church – On The Rocks Live And (Mostly) Unplugged

Outlaw country music is easy to find if you know how to use a Google machine.  Outlaw country artists with mainstream success?  Well, that is a completely different story.   Eric Church is one of the very few modern outlaw country artists that have found their way into the hearts and minds of the mainstream…

Nikki Lane – Highway Queen

Do you sometimes hate getting asked about the music you like?   Here’s a conversation that I have often and I haven’t figure out how not to sound like an asshole. Them: You like country music?  Me too!  So you like people such as Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, and Jason Aldean? Luke Bryan is…

Justin Timberlake – FutureSex/LoveSounds

You know how your friends will say Don’t judge me! right before they do or say something that you are totally going to judge them for?   Well, fuck that and judge me all you want. I love this damn record.   Seriously, I have loved this damn album ever since it came out over ten…

Goat – Requiem

Have you ever felt that your music collection is lacking in the weird-shit-but-I-kind-of-like-it-category?  Well, have I got an album for you!  Requiem should absolutely scratch that itch.  It is weird, but not too weird.  It is good, but not too good.  This is a record that you can love, hate, and have zero opinion about all…

The Dead Weather – Live At The Mayan, Los Angeles

The Third Man Records Vault is one of my guilty pleasures.  I pay them $60 every three months and I get limited edition packages of Third Man Records artists four times a year.  That means I get a lot of Jack White stuff and I can live with that.   Live at the Mayan, Los…

Willie Nelson – Always On My Mind

I absolutely love discovering old albums.  I especially love discovering old albums that I thought I knew. I bet that you, like me, have flipped past this record a hundred times in the past six months.  Each time I see it I have the same thought “meh, it is just more Willie Nelson.” Well, stop…

Hanni El Khatib – Savage Times 

One of the first albums that I wrote about on this blog was Moonlight by Hanni El Khatib and what I said then still rings true:  Do you like the sound of the White Stripes, Black Keys, and Royal Blood, but wish there was a more obscure artist so you could impress your music snob friends?…

Cary Ann Hearst – Lions and Lambs

Who is the artist or band that you absolutely have to own everything they’ve ever released?  I am sure there are at least a couple on your list that are almost impossibly unobtainable.  For instance, I love Jack White, but getting everything he has released is damn near impossible.   However, there is another band…

Aerosmith – Live! Bootleg

How many times have you heard your friends say “their early stuff is way better”? Maybe you have been guilty of saying something similar; I know that I have.   It really should not be seen as a negative thing to like one phase of a band’s existence and not another.  Bands evolve and you…

Mastodon – Emperor Of Sand

There are some bands it behooves you to know for you are a better and more rounded person because you listen to their music.  Mastodon is one of those bands. Will you hear them on the radio?  No. Will your friends be talking about them all the time?  Probably not. But, those things don’t matter…

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Second Helping 

Can you track your faults in life with music?  So many of my misjudgements have a soundtrack.   I was 16 years old with my first car, a red 1991 Volkswagen Jetta, and I had found Second Helping on cassette.  I literally wore that tape out by playing it so much and my car reflected my…

Osmosis Jones

How many times have you been in your local record store and thought to yourself “it is only five dollars”?   That was my exact thought when I saw the soundtrack for Osmosis Jones.  Seriously, I would have paid five bucks just to frame this glorious reminder of a spectacularly shitty animated movie.  But, I…