Dream Notes – Hell Awaits (The Man Who Forgets His Tickets)

Here’s another tale ripped straight out of Dream Land.  As some of you may have surmised by the title, to say I’m looking forward to seeing Slayer in a few weeks is an understatement.  While Jeff Hanneman is unfortunately no longer with us, Gary Holt is a more than capable replacement, as any fan of … Continue reading Dream Notes – Hell Awaits (The Man Who Forgets His Tickets)

Record Label Closeup – Sackville Recordings

When you hear the term record label, what thoughts spring to mind?  To many, they think of big business, labels that buy and sell bands like they are stocks, and executives that will cut deeply into an artist’s revenue with the ferocity of Freddy Krueger.  While this may be true in some cases, particularly a … Continue reading Record Label Closeup – Sackville Recordings

Album Covers To Experience

There are so many aspects in which to analyze an album’s artwork. There’s no rule book when it comes to their conception, legal issues notwithstanding (see Van Morrison’s recent Roll with The Punches).  Most music fans will tell you that not all album covers are created equally, the most intricate of which could rival the … Continue reading Album Covers To Experience

How Much Is Too Much Music?

Last week, I had the pleasure of seeing two great Canadian artists (Our Lady Peace and Matthew Good) share the stage at the Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa, Ontario.  Like any concert I attend, I made sure to track down the merch table.  I didn’t have any Matthew Good in my collection, so I hoped … Continue reading How Much Is Too Much Music?

An Introduction To Musicianship (or How I Stopped Worrying, and Learned To Love The Bass)

In spite of a rather keen interest in music, I wouldn’t classify myself as a well-disciplined musician.  I’ll pick up one of my basses or guitar every so often, but more of my time is spent noodling around the fretboard trying to figure out a song or do some sound experimenting of my own.  It’s … Continue reading An Introduction To Musicianship (or How I Stopped Worrying, and Learned To Love The Bass)

Alternate Album Cover Art II

No need for a long-winded explanation of this post (see my first edition of this series here). I’m back with five more album cover variations I have encountered while exploring different musical avenues, so I’ll get right to it. Genesis - From Genesis To Revelation Even though I own From Genesis To Revelation, I often … Continue reading Alternate Album Cover Art II