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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 […]

Dave Halen: The Real VH

February 10, 2019 by

Vulture.com recently published a list ranking all 131 Van Halen songs. First of all, mad props to author Chuck Klosterman, not only for compiling that list, but also for his thoughtful commentary on every tune. Hell of an undertaking and we salute him. But my ole buddies and I have one big beef: There is […]

Ten Tunes I Still Crank

January 22, 2019 by

I have a running bit with some of my friends and colleagues about songs we would blow up and eliminate from the mass of human consciousness. (That list for me will always begin with “Celebration” by Kool & the Gang.) But I’m tired of all the negative energy, so let’s talk about some tunes that, […]