Category Archives: Rants

Guitar, Guitars, Guitars!

Despite the persisting unfashionability of guitars in mainstream music, guitars are too versatile and adaptable to ever go away. And while electric guitars may never be as ubiquitous in households as pianos at their peak or even acoustic guitars, as … Continue reading

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Grammys: High On Fire Win, Greta Van Fleet Vs. Ghost of Chris Cornell + Ghost

I got around to watching some of the Grammys on the DVR, and took a closer list at the full list of winners. As ridiculous and unrepresentative of the true range of music that people actually like, it’s better to … Continue reading

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Fester’s Lucky 13: 2018 Year-End Summary

Top 100 Albums of 2018 |  Spotify Mix | 2018 Breakdown: Genre Lists | Shows, Videos | Movies, Television & Books Another Krampusnacht has come and gone, and our demonic helper of Santa has had his claws full. For the most part, villains have been left unprosecuted as … Continue reading

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Halloween Nasties

I realize we’re staring a real-life extinction event crisis directly in the eye, and the real world is scarier than pretty much any horror movie. Nevertheless, Halloween remains the best holiday, and should be treated as such. Why we weren’t … Continue reading

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO

The last time Electric Light Orchestra played in Chicago was November 5, 1981 at the Chicago Stadium. ELO had been my favorite band for a few years, though recently usurped from the throne by Rush with their Moving Pictures album. … Continue reading

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Between The Cracks: Aussie Garage Punk

As a kid I’d always liked most everything Australian. From the exotic critters I learned about in National Geographic World magazine (koalas, roos, dingoes, wombats) to the Ford Falcon (Aussie version of the Mustang Mach I, featured in Mad Max), Crocodile … Continue reading

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Hermi’s Midyear Rundown

Who is Hermi Flagglenack? Carbon based life form, or celestial varmint who crash landed his timecraft? Another manifestation of Hermes, the Greek god of thieves and tricksters, of shepherds and travelers, god of speed, guardian of the gateway to the … Continue reading

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Immersion – Sleepless (Swim~)

Immersion is Wire’s Colin Newman and his wife Malka Spigel (from Minimal Compact). Sleepless is their fourth album, after Oscillating (1994), Low Impact (2000), and Analogue Creatures Living on an Island (2016). Making use of analogue synths and some guitar … Continue reading

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Half Year Rundown: The Best Albums of 2018 So Far

If you think half birthdays are lame, half-year lists can be even worse. I can pretty much bet my life that just about zero percent of the creators of these lists spent any significant time researching and digging for albums … Continue reading

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The Gits

The Seattle music scene in the early 90s had an abundance of tragedy and hype. Somewhat lost between the cracks, the headlines and big names was the fact that the band that created some of the most enduring music was … Continue reading

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