Category Archives: Music

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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Jay-Z, Kanye, and Me -or- Catching Up with Hip-Hop


From time to time, I find it edifying to delve into some aspect of popular culture that I have normally ignored. For the last few years, it has been TV series. These last few weeks, I decided to get up … Continue reading

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Concert Review – Black Sabbath at Paris-Bercy 9 Dec 2013 – The Oz Still Rocks


  Sometimes you think, man, will these dinosaurs of rock just give it up? I mean, the Stones like 153th tour, c’mon! Well, believe it or not but the reunited Geezer-Iommi-Ozzy plus the masterful Brad Wilk on drums rocked our … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Metallica Through the Never – Soon-to-be-classic Concert Film


I know that it had its detractors and that the promotion has been a little over the top by the Four Horsemen themselves. But, I was really entertained. The concert footage was awesome – I loved the camera angles, the … Continue reading

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Musings about a Heretical Comparison: The Beatles vs Metallica


            It occurred to me that as unlikely as it seems at first glance, there are some parallels to be drawn between the Fab 4 and the rulers of metal. Perhaps the most obvious is … 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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Classic Rock Battle: U2′s Achtung Baby vs Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon


At first glance, these are two very different albums separated by 18 years from two groups with vastly different sounds. And yet, for each group the album represents the exact middle of their studio recordings and was both a milestone … 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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