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Music: My discovery of instrumental metal – Animals as Leaders and Intervals


Thanks to a tiny little post by Metal Wani on Facebook, I learned of the existence of a genre that is officially called prog metal but which I qualify as instrumental metal. The two bands I checked out were both … Continue reading

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Music Review: Stuff I liked in 2013


As I usually do, here is some of the music released in 2013 that I liked best. Overall, 2013 was not as great a comeback year as 2012 but I think my tastes broadened a bit from last year’s list. … Continue reading

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New Orleans and Jazz Fest 2013: A Chronicle


It has been 20 years since I cast my shadow on the hallowed fairgrounds where the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is held every year. Back in the early 90s, I went to the festival three times and held … Continue reading

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Battle of the Bands: Van Halen vs. Van Hagar


OK, so it is not really a fair fight, but in light of the recent return of Diamond Dave, I thought it had to be done. Many of us grew up with VH I and II and dreamed of having … Continue reading

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Music Review: Bands I Discovered in 2012 (from Alabama Shakes to Tame Impala)


As a final retrospective article about music from 2012, I wanted to write about some bands I discovered during the year that you might also enjoy. The Darkness released their 3rd album, Hot Cakes. It is a mix of Queen-like … Continue reading

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Music Review: Grunge and Punk Revival Albums in 2012 (oh, and the Beach Boys too!)


The dinosaurs of rock were not the only comeback artists last year. Bob Mould, Green Day, Dinosaur Jr, Soundgarden and Smashing Pumkpins all released albums last year and I plan to give you a few notes on each below. But … Continue reading

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Music: Battle of Thrash – Comparing Anthrax, Metallica, Megadeath, and Slayer


I won’t belabor the point tonight because I have episodes of Californication and House of Lies to watch :) I did want to make a few quick observations about thrash though. A few weeks back, I posted about anger and … Continue reading

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Music Review: Metallica’s “Beyond Magnetic” EP


I talked about St Anger and touched on Death Magnetic some time back, but never got around to reviewing the follow-up EP to it, Beyond Magnetic. The EP starts off on Hate Train, a straight-forward metal anthem to the darkness within … Continue reading

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Music: Great anti-war songs


Machine Gun from Jimi Hendrix came up on my iPod the other day, and it reminded me of some of my favorite anti-war songs. The guitar stoccato of Machine Gun and the haunting lyrics put Jimi’s anti-war anthem near the … Continue reading

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Some more drummers I neglected…


I posted a few days back about 10 of my favorite drummers, but to be fair, here are a few more that merit mention: Like John Selway of Radiohead. He has a range of styles that is mind-boggling. Besides, anyone … Continue reading

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