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…

Foo Fighters – Songs From The Laundry Room

Do you dream about being a fly on the wall so you can witness your favorite band’s creative process?  You would be able to see just how they form the sound that you love.  Records like this one get you as close to that dream as you will probably ever get. Songs From the Laundry…

Behemoth- Pandemonic Incantations 

Did you ever buy an album just to piss off your parents?  I have done that.  I bought an Insane Clown Posse album and would crank it.  I am so ashamed….. I bought this album without any prior knowledge of Behemoth.  Now, it is easy to see that this record is going to be heavy…

American Aquarium- Live At Terminal West

How many albums do you own that are from bands that you don’t know a single thing about?  I am guessing that it is not that common, but it is incredibly freeing to blindly or almost blindly buy an album. I cannot tell you how I heard about this band because I honestly do not…

Margo Price – Live At The Hamilton

On April 6, 2016 I wrote a blog post here claiming that Margo Price’s album might very well be the best album of 2016; a year later I still stand by that statement. In the year since I wrote that post Margo has become the darling of Nashville.  Coincidence?  Of course it is.  I am…

Orion – Sunrise

Who is your absolute favorite musician?  Are they dead?  Do you wish there was an untapped vault of their material that you have never heard?  Well, if the answer to the first question is Elvis Presley, then I have good news for you.   I am a huge Elvis fan.  I have been to Graceland…