Category: Music

The Checkmates: Do the Walk

Once upon a time I thought I knew a lot about “oldies” music, but the more I delve into things the more I find that…

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Jah Wobble meets The Edge

A few days ago I was reading through Jah Wobble’s discography and noticed something I hadn’t spotted before, an EP with Holger Czukay and U2’s…

Casey Kasem

Get your top 40 on…

If you’re of a certain age, you probably spent some time listening to American Top 40 with Casey Kasem. While I’m not a big top…

The Staves: Tired as Fuck (and a rant)

A few months ago, I stumbled on The Staves “Tired as Fuck,” and it’s been a go-to listen on YouTube, Spotify, etc. It’s got a…

Secret Drum Band's Dynamics

Today’s album pick: Dynamics by Secret Drum Band

This is another Bandcamp win, Secret Drum Band‘s Dynamics. Based in Portland, Oregon the band describes the album thusly: “Dynamics sees composers Lisa Schonberg, Allan…

"Skylarking" by XTC album cover

“Skylarking” by XTC (No. 1)

I’m not saying that Skylarking is the best album in the history of the universe, but I’m not not saying it either. Certainly it’s the…

"Abbey Road" album cover

“Abbey Road” by The Beatles (No. 2)

Abbey Road is more or less The Beatles‘ final album1, and it contains some of the group’s strongest work – especially George Harrison, who finally…

"Help!" album cover (Parlophone version)

“Help!” by The Beatles (No. 3)

Here’s where it all began, my lifelong obsession with music. Technically, it was the movie Help! that helped turn me into a music junkie, but…

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“Disintegration” by The Cure (No. 4)

Disintegration is the album that really sold me on The Cure. Yes, I know, I was a bit late to the party. Some of the…

"A Night at the Opera" album cover

“A Night at the Opera” by Queen (No. 5)

A Night at the Opera has some of Queen‘s best-known songs, including “Bohemian Rhapsody.” But what if I told you that “Bohemian Rhapsody” isn’t even…