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…

Hard Working Americans – Rest In Chaos

How many albums have you bought because someone you trust suggested them?  I would guess that a full quarter of my record collection is made up of albums that were recommendations; this album is one of those suggestions.   A friend, and fellow vinyl aficionado, that I have known since I was in high school…

Volbeat – Beyond Hell/Above Heaven

Do you ever hear a band or album and think to yourself “how the hell did I miss this when it first came out?” That is how I feel about Volbeat.  I have a passing knowledge of them and I enjoy their songs that I have caught on satellite radio, but I never did seek…

John Moreland – High On Tulsa Heat

If you are reading this blog then you are a fan of music just like me; so, I want to give you a piece of advice: Never miss the opening act. Seriously, always get to the show early.  My wife and I went to Nashville to see Shovels & Rope at The Ryman.  They themselves…

Howlin’ Wolf

Writing this blog is an ongoing education for me.  I get to learn about new artists, terrible artists, and some of the greatest to ever live.   This records falls into the latter category.   Howlin’ Wolf is considered one of the greatest records ever produced; I probably won’t make some sort of groundbreaking observations, but…

The Devil Makes Three – Redemption & Ruin

Are you a fan of a certain record label?  I know fans who will buy just about anything because it is released by a certain label.  Fat Wreck Chords, Sub Pop, Third Man Records, Mascot Records, and Blue Note are a few labels that come to mind.  You can add New West Records as my…

The Rolling Stones – Aftermath

Why do you like vinyl?  We all have different answers to that question.   I have a couple of answers.  I like that listening to vinyl is a physical activity.  You have to carefully take out the record, set it on the turntable, drop the needle, and listen for side A to end so you…

Turnpike Troubadours – Goodbye Normal Street

How many times have you had this conversation in your personal life? You: Oh my God! Check out what I found at the record store!! Someone who is not near as excited: Oh…..ok……cool? You: Why can’t you care about what I care about?!?!?!   I don’t have anyone in my close circle that gets anywhere…

Willie Nelson and Leon Russell – One For The Road

How many artists do you know that you’re “supposed to know,” but you don’t really know them at all?  Did that question make any sense?   My knowledge of Leon Russell is very limited: I know that he is greatly respected in the music world; I know he has worked with some of the greatest…