- This Spring’s Album Rundown
- ILM’s Now For Something Completely Different… 70s Album Poll Results! Top 100 Countdown!
- Demons, Fairies & Wailing Guitars: The Best 100 Obscure Rock Acts 1968-1976 by Ra’anan Chelled
- Crispy Ambulance – The Plateau Phase Released 30 Years Ago
- Orange Juice’s You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever Released 30 Years Ago
- The Fall’s Hex Enduction Hour Released 30 Years Ago
- 1970-1979 Hard ‘n’ Heavy ‘n’ Loud + Krautrock, Arty, Noisy, Weird, Funky, Punky Albums
- XTC’s English Settlement Released 30 Years Ago
- The Greatest Post-Punk Bands You Never Heard
- Making A List, Querying It Twice, Gonna Find Out Who’s Been Naughty Or Nice: List Search is Live!
- Fester’s Lucky 13: 2012 Year-End Summary
- Double Trouble: Double Albums Are Still A Thing!
- Sufjan Stevens – Silver & Gold
- Rating System
- Best Albums Since 1965
- Best of the 00s
- Best of the 90s
- Best of the 20th Century
- Heavy Rock
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Category Archives: News
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
The first major releases of 1982 were the challenging, sophisticated soundscapes of XTC’s English Settlement and The Fall’s similarly lengthy, gnarly Hex Enduction Hour. Orange Juice seemed on the surface much lighter fare, but the hidden depths of their music … Continue reading
Nowadays it’s hard not to take one of the most prolific bands in the history of rock for granted, but thirty years ago, the release of The Fall’s fourth album (not counting numerous live albums and EPs) was kind of … Continue reading
30 years ago today XTC released their fifth album, English Settlement. They had decided to record something they wouldn’t be able to re-create live, leading to a sprawling, fascinating double album. Many think it’s their best. While Black Sea (1980) … Continue reading
When I switched my site to WordPress in July, I also started converting my music lists to database. I spent nearly three months converting and adding genre tags to my master list, which now consists of nearly 12,000 albums! I … Continue reading
While on my run last night I explored the impressive new space of Rotofugi, the store named after the vinyl roto-casted toys that originated in Japan and Hong Kong, and the owners’ beagle-shihtzu Fugi. Shelves are lined with small vinyl figurines … Continue reading
In Ernest Cline’s brilliant novel Ready Player One, published in June, the protagonist Wade Watts, using his avatar Parzival in the virtual reality environment OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation) to play 80s video games like Pac Man and Defender, and … Continue reading
When I heard that Terry Callier passed away at the disappointingly young age of 67, I didn’t plan to post anything, as I assumed all the many obituaries would have it covered. But beyond the numerous recaps of his bio … Continue reading
Leave it to us music geeks at I Love Music to come up with a poll that may seem to have been done many times, but with results like no one else’s. During the nominations, the criteria was to vote … Continue reading