February 2009

Tinted Windows: Debut from a New Super Group

There's been some surprising music news in recent days/weeks. A new collaboration between artists (if you choose, read: super group) has been assembled and their first single has shown up over at Rolling Stone. The band is called Tinted Windows and is made up of a... well, lets say unique... range of characters. Band members include: Adam Schelsinger, bassist of Fountains of Wayne; James Iha, ex Smashing Pumpkin, and former touring guitarist with A Perfect circle (if memory serves); Bun E. Carlos, drummer for Cheap Trick; and... Taylor Hanson? (Yes, that Taylor Hanson).

Still Carrying on the Torch of the Greats with Firebug: An Album Review

Being musically obsessed (the term I like to use to describe my love of rock and roll) can be a very time consuming process. Don't get me wrong, it's a labor of love, but it takes a lot of time to continually be seeking out new music from today and yesteryear. Plus then I just have to spend a good bit of time with my ears locked in my headphones absorbing all the sonic goodness as well (and I have a "day job" or two to take care of as well).

A Brief Tribute to the Raw Blues of Junior Kimbrough

Recently, I was inspired to take a look at a slightly lesser known blues man by the name of Junior Kimbrough. Inspiration came in the form of a one-two punch; the music of a more modern band and an email contribution from a reader. Combine together with some good timing (I just happened to be listening to this "more modern band" when I read said email contribution) and we have inspiration for a small tribute to a somewhat under appreciated blues master.

The Cycle of Mediocrity in Mainstream Music

As someone who spends way too much of my day immersed in music, thinking in depth about the music industry itself seemed to come as a natural extension. I can't say it's always an enjoyably tangent to dwell on, as usually I end up thoroughly frustrated by all the greed, unethical practices and general lack of artistic vision that are a big part of the music industry, but overall it's pretty productive and has led to some interesting insights.

Rock and Roll Feature: A Ghost is Born from Wilco

This is the twenty-fourth in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

Well last month's feature was a classic album, from the original metal founders straight out of Britain, Black Sabbath. And so for the feature this month... something completely different!

Carnival of Rock and Roll - February 2009

Apparently I wasn't the only blogger who didn't get as much time to write last month as I would have liked. Although there were still a good number of entries to the carnival this month, most of the posts were submitted by a choice few... not that there's anything wrong with that as there were still some great reads. Still it seemed like there was less to be said about music this past month. That doesn't surprise me as Jan 2009 was quite a busy month with lots of "interesting stuff" going on outside of the music world.


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