Category Archives: Rants

Winter Album Rundown

The first few months of the year are usually fairly slow for new releases, as people recover from year-end music binges and catch up on what was missed, or just relax and enjoy favorites from the past. I often dig … Continue reading

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Fester’s Lucky 13: 2013 Year-End Summary

Top 100 Albums of 2013 | 2013 Breakdown: Genre Lists | Shows, Videos | Movies, Television, Books, Comics, Beer Fester’s Favorite Things Aged bourbon on rocks and blood thickened warm Glog Oysters on crackers and cheese stinking of bog Spine crushing Black Sludge and green alien … Continue reading

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I Want A Wino Doll

A while back I started a thread on which rock icons would make good action figures/dolls. Certain musicians seem to represent their particular style of music with such unique style and personality, they could easily translate into cartoons or toys. … Continue reading

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Doom Goes Pop

God May Be Dead But DOOM Isn’t Doom metal has always been about as underground as you can get for a metal sub-genre. I fondly refer to it as the most long-suffering of my favorite genres, the Rodney Dangerfield of … Continue reading

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Cans of DOOM

The evolution of headphones has been fascinating to watch over the years. Pretty much everyone aged 50 and younger has grown up using headphones, and have owned many, many pairs. Some may remember the crappy headphones that came with the … Continue reading

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Neil Gaiman – The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

I had just finished Neil Gaiman’s latest novel, The Ocean At The End Of The Lane earlier today as I got off the train coming home from work. A couple minutes later I passed by the Music Box Theater and … Continue reading

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Rebuilding Sound From Scratch: Author & Punisher and Wardruna Invigorate their Genres from the Bottom Up

Many people are quick on the trigger to cry fowl when they notice recognizable influences in rock artists. Were they to be employed as time-traveling originality police, they’d be arresting Elvis, the Beatles, and pretty much every artist ever who … Continue reading

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Summer Album Rundown

A lot has happened in this year’s second quarter. An avalanche of good albums were released and I was suddenly buried in great music. With a demanding deadline at my job, I was barely able to keep up, let alone … Continue reading

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ILM’s Now For Something Completely Different… 70s Album Poll Results! Top 100 Countdown!

Remember when you first heard Big Star, The Modern Lovers, Funkadelic, Can, Neu! , Leaf Hound and/or Amon Duul II and thought, “why didn’t I know about these years/decades ago”? Just because the 70s ended over 33 years ago doesn’t … Continue reading

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Demons, Fairies & Wailing Guitars: The Best 100 Obscure Rock Acts 1968-1976 by Ra’anan Chelled

I’ve been exhausted this week from staying up too late every night reading a book originally written in Hebrew. No, I’m not studying the Torah, but I am worshiping a certain variety of gods in the form of Demons, Fairies & … Continue reading

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