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Former Beatles Solo #1 Tourney

April 8, 2020 by

The Beatles. Have you heard of these guys? Four cheeky Brits from Liverpool? Had a pretty nice run in the 60s as performers and recording artists, by all accounts. I was born about a month before the lads first came to the US, so I have only vague recollections of the Beatles when they were […]

Rocktology! Top “and the” Bands Tournament

April 5, 2020 by

So we’ve been makin’ you wait and leadin’ you on. Now, you need to know (you need to know) that Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are the definite article — National Champions of our Top “and the” Bands bracket tournament! Prince & the Revolution, gutsy national runners-up, were unfortunately only working part-time up in this […]

Dolly Parton Now: 21st Century Singles

January 19, 2020 by

The good Lord brought unto us an angel on the 19th day of the month of January. Yes, Dolly Parton is experiencing a rite we refer to in our culture as “a birthday.” I grew up in the 70s & 80s and I’m proud to call Dolly one of my earliest celebrity crushes. But we […]

Top 30 Albums of 2019

January 10, 2020 by

I listened to a lot of new music in 2019 so I thought that, for the first time in my life I would (drum roll please) – rank my top 30 albums of the year! Yes, 2019 proved to be a very strong year indeed for music, arguably the best of the decade. There were […]

5 Killer Rock Albums of 2019

December 29, 2019 by

As 2019 draws to a close, it’s time to recap the best rock records of the year. Contrary to what Gene Simmons says, rock is far from dead. Hip-hop, pop and other genres may dominate the airwaves and the streams and the press coverage, but there were an abundance of great rock records released this […]

5 Essential Female Jazz Vocal CDs

October 16, 2019 by

Collectors and aficionados often overlook jazz vocal recordings in their quests to enhance their collections. In my observation, while the great jazz singers are admired, their seminal recordings are not valued as highly as recordings by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk and other great instrumentalists. I’ve never understood the disproportionate fascination with instrumental over […]

The Music’s Not Over: We Rank the Classic Doors Tunes

August 1, 2019 by

  The music of The Doors beats in the heart of the mythology of the American counter-culture. Jim Morrison in particular is a mythological figure on a par with the likes of Ronald Reagan, Jackson Pollack and Charlie Manson. You could say Jim is the counter-culture Elvis. Just like the King of Rock & Roll, […]

R&Beatles : A Soulful Top Ten of Beatles Covers

May 24, 2019 by

Everyone loves The Beatles, right? Well, for many years, I was an exception; I didn’t immediately fall in love with the Fab Four. All the obsessed fans and fetishists turned me off, even though The Beatles influenced much of the music I was listening to as a teen. Eventually I became one of those annoying […]

Rocktology – Top American Bands Tournament

March 21, 2019 by

I’ve got to admit that The Cars winning our top American bands tourney was kinda unexpected. They completely dominated the F4, backing over Van Halen’s feet and then getting CCR with the door. Cheers to The Cars’ social media community, which came out in force when it counted most to support their boys. That’s right, […]

360 Degrees of Hip-Hop

February 21, 2019 by

Hip-hop is my generation’s rock & roll. So, after a 15-year hiatus, I’ve made it a point to get back into this culture-defining music. I’ve always been a lover of classic hip-hop and a casual spectator of current pop-rap, but it had been a long time since I listened seriously to America’s favorite genre. I wanted […]