One of my many hobbies is comic book collecting, and I get a kick out of reading the What If issues that Marvel has released over the years (it has since become a Marvel TV series). The What If series would explore alternate timelines to tell tales about how one change in a character’s history … Continue reading What If… Chester Thompson and Daryl Stuermer Were Full-Time Genesis Members?
Which is the better form of packaging for compact discs, jewel cases or digipaks? This debate crosses my mind often when I purchase a CD. For anybody that does collect CDs (yes, many still prefer physical media over downloads no matter what the format), you know that that there are essentially two major forms of … Continue reading Packaging Perspective: Jewel Cases vs Digipaks
I’m the kind of guy that never really knows what to watch. I’ll spend far too long flipping around Netflix, Tubi, or whatever streaming service I happen to be using, and it gets frustrating when you have to settle on a mediocre title. I don’t recall the same level of irritation when shopping at Blockbuster … Continue reading Music Meets Gaming – Road Rash: Jailbreak
They stopped numbering Star Trek movies after the sixth one, so if I’m to continue this series I’ll need a new franchise to pay homage to in my titles. What goes beyond six movies, though? The Fast and the Furious series? I love action movies, but I’ve never been won over by Vin Diesel. I’ll … Continue reading Alternate Album Cover Art VI: The Undiscovered Variant
How much music in your collection can you remember exactly where you were, and when it was, that you acquired it? As my collection grows and grows (I’ll slow it down in the new year, I swear!), I lose the ability to identify the origin story of most music on my shelves. They don’t all … Continue reading My First CD Purchase: Licensed to Ill by the Beastie Boys
I’ve got a fairly long history with the movie This Is Spinal Tap. Like how many reacted when first hearing about this mockumentary, I wasn’t sure if this was about a real or a fake band. Having seen the group previously on The Simpsons did nothing to settle that uncertainty. To add even further to … Continue reading Five Overlooked Moments from This Is Spinal Tap
FUTURE… FUTURE….FUTURE... It’s not just the subject of one of my favourite SpongeBob SquarePants moments, but it’s a topic I think about quite a lot. Sure, my mind wanders into thinking of the consequences of various decisions by political leaders or even how my own choices will shape my future, but an old stand-by of … Continue reading The Future of Music: The People’s Almanac Presents The Book Of Predictions
It seems like almost every step along the way, Metallica have had critics jump on them for notable creative decisions. Ride the Lightning marked the first notable example of the band slowing their tempo with “Fade to Black.” ..And Justice for All saw them making their first music video in “One”, something that the band … Continue reading When Two Become One: Metallica’s Load and Reload
It should go without saying, but no music career lasts forever. It was once the industry standard for a band or artist to release a new studio album every year, sometimes as many as two a year with a live album or compilation every few years as well. While it is standard to release more … Continue reading One-Album Wonders: The La’s
What’s the general consensus regarding the two Tears For Fears albums that followed The Seeds of Love? I never see them getting discussed too much. Does a perceived lack of quality have them treated like Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter stories where you can’t even mention their names? Or are they just quietly appreciated … Continue reading Deep In The Discography: Elemental by Tears For Fears
Baseball and Jazz. Two things I enjoy greatly, and two things Ken Burns made popular PBS documentaries for. That could be part of the reason I’m associating the two in this post, but why not? Both had musicians and athletes that brought wider public awareness of inequalities and civil rights struggles of the Black population. … Continue reading My Jazz Odyssey: A Musical Tribute to Baseball Cards
We still can’t enjoy our favourite musicians on tour, but if you are a kid at heart like me with an active imagination, then you can simply take a tour of your room or living space and reenact the live experience. How is that, exactly? I’m a toy collector. Yes, on top of my music, … Continue reading Toys That Rock!