Category Archives: Features

No Whining in Rock ‘n’ Roll: Don’t Feel Guilty About Not Spending More Money on Music

Columbia House’s recent bankruptcy filing triggered all kinds of stories, ranging from fond reminiscing about early experiences with record clubs, to surprised reactions that they even still exist as a corporate entity, and a whole slew of whining about how … Continue reading

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Psychedelic Psummer: Tame Impala’s Synths Vs. All the Guitars

After listening to psych noir non-stop for over two months while working on Kaleidoscopes & Grimoires: Psych Noir, it’s time to switch it up. Life sometimes necessitates that you exhume yourself from the empty bags and bottles, turn off the … Continue reading

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Kaleidoscopes & Grimoires: Psych Noir

With hindsight it seems even long before rock music existed, it was destiny for the occult, mysticism, and mythological underworlds from the dark side of human nature and imagination, to become closely tied with particular types of music. Certainly not … Continue reading

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Roadrunner & Other Drivin’ Tunes

An old acquaintance just asked for road trip music recommendations, and I thought I had posted this when I made the mix for a CD mix club I participated in 7-8 years ago. I guess I didn’t, so here it … Continue reading

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Fester’s Lucky 13: 2014 Year-End Summary

Top 100 Albums of 2014 | 2014 Breakdown: Genre Lists | Shows, Videos | Movies, Television, Books & Comics

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Doom Goes Boom in June

I would normally associate doom metal with later in the year, like November, when everything is dying. But with summer festivals and early summer release schedules, the time to doom out really gets going in June. Last year, of course, … Continue reading

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1988 – Buyer’s & Seller’s Remorse

When I started buying CDs in the summer of ’88, it brought a new consideration to my music buying decisions. At $10 to $16 a pop new, it was not a small investment, especially when I was making only $5 … 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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Between The Cracks Part 2 – Metro, Fingerprintz, Martha & The Muffins

In my original installment of “Between The Cracks”, nearly four years ago, I wrote about great bands that slipped between the cracks of glam, prog, art rock, metal and punk between 1973 and 1978. I covered 13 bands from that … Continue reading

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Bloody Thundering Alehorns On Mountaintops – Traditional Heavy Metal Reaches New Heights

October 1, 2013 has a pretty remarkable group of albums scheduled for release. Argus – Beyond The Martyrs (Cruz Del Sur) Atlantean Codex – The White Goddess (Cruz Del Sur/20 Buck Spin) Horisont – Time Warriors (Rise Above/Metal Blade) In … Continue reading

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