Merle Haggard and the Strangers – Branded Man

Getting drunk and crying by yourself in the living room is not the healthiest thing to do, but, damn it, sometimes that is just what you need.  If you find yourself needing that kind of therapy, I have found an album to use as a soundtrack to your lonesomeness. Merle Haggard is one of those…

Ryan Adams – 29

Do you ever feel like you should not like a certain artist because only particular types of people are fans of that artist?  That is how I feel about Ryan Adams; most of his fans seem like douchey hipsters and I am not that way.  I don’t have a beard and I don’t drink small batch IPAs…

Wild Wax Combo – Space Invaders 

How many times have you bought things you don’t need on Amazon?  All the times, right?   I was headed down a rabbit hole, just killing time on Amazon, so I went on the search for cheap vinyl.  I found Space Invaders; a three song EP from a rockabilly band from Denmark.  Yes, please. I…

Shoji Tabuchi

My favorite part about using money that I earn donating plasma to buy records is that it gives me the freedom to buy albums on a whim without feeling like I have wasted hard earned money.  Buying records on impulse can lead to amazing finds.  It does not always turn out that way (e.g. Behemoth and…

The White Stripes – The Red Demos

If you have read much of this blog you know that I do not shy away from telling you exactly how I feel about the records I write about.  I don’t fancy myself some sort of groundbreaking music journalist; I am just a guy who loves music.  I am very loyal to some artists and…

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…