What Genre Am I? – William Shatner’s The Transformed Man

Here’s what I’d call a good case for why it makes sense to keep your music collection sorted alphabetically without subdividing it further. Genres of music are descriptors that can be super-simplistic or so complicatedly-nuanced that classifications could cause months-long debates across internet discussion groups if you find two stubborn enough music fans not willing … Continue reading What Genre Am I? – William Shatner’s The Transformed Man

My First Exposure to Anthrax

Have you ever heard a single song of a band or artist that gave you a misleading impression about their overall sound?  That is exactly what happened to me when listening to Anthrax for the first time.  My initial exposure to the band may not have been very different from most people’s, by finding the … Continue reading My First Exposure to Anthrax

La Bella’s Musician of Note – Jamaaladeen Tacuma

I’d like to shine the spotlight on an advertisement that is, well… shining the spotlight on a musician, for lack of a better term.  Here’s a La Bella Strings clipping from the December 1981 issue of Musician magazine featuring bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma. There’s a certain level of charm to this advertisement that I find lacking … Continue reading La Bella’s Musician of Note – Jamaaladeen Tacuma

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?