Music Meets Gaming – Crüe Ball

Electronic Arts and the Sega Genesis were a match made in heaven. The number of games with EA branding that you’ll see garnering mentions in discussions of underrated Genesis gems, never mind the diversity of said games, makes for as good an introduction to the 16-bit era of console games as any. From my own … Continue reading Music Meets Gaming – Crüe Ball

My Complicated Feelings About Kiss

Kiss are probably one of the bands I have known about for the longest, but didn’t necessarily put their image and their music together right away. I may have heard “Rock and Roll All Nite” or “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” on a radio, and seen a variety of parodies of groups with their … Continue reading My Complicated Feelings About Kiss

Small Things That Upset Me (and other Blog B-Sides)

“What’s for dinner, mom?” “Leftovers.” That dreaded L-word could ruin an evening for me when I’d come home on a school day. There were never leftovers of my favourite foods (Shake N’ Bake chicken, Cheesy Beefy Potato Pie), just those that were kind of less… sexy (sexy in a food sort of way). But as … Continue reading Small Things That Upset Me (and other Blog B-Sides)

Captured Concerts

One activity that I’ve been meaning to do before I get too forgetful is to type out all the concerts that I have attended in my life. It may lack a few of the gigs that I saw in high school or some from smaller-scale local bands, but I’d estimate that the so-called ‘significant’ shows … Continue reading Captured Concerts

Wilson & Lee

What can you say about a business that lasted for nearly one-hundred years that hasn’t been said already? Plenty, actually. Businesses should be able to last decades so long as a consistent stream of clientele find value in what the business has to offer. Each customer has their own story, and I’m no exception. I … Continue reading Wilson & Lee

Childhood Car Tunes – Christmas Cassettes

Of all the things that change in life, I can always look at music as one thing I can keep consistent. As much as I try during the holidays, we can’t always keep annual traditions consistent, instead putting a new twist on how we celebrate as a family. My father passed away in July, and … Continue reading Childhood Car Tunes – Christmas Cassettes

A Hockey-Music Medley

I’m only weeks removed from having participated in my first fantasy hockey draft, and even as a decades-long fan of the sport I felt I was in way over my head. If we got to draft from the rosters in NHL 95, I’d have had the league locked up before the first puck dropped. Regardless, … Continue reading A Hockey-Music Medley

Asking for Music as a Gift

Look at these two knuckleheads. Typical teenagers with typical naive teenage dreams and typical teenage hygiene. Hell, one of them (admittedly, me) has the nerve of trying to pass a Fruit of the Loom undershirt as a proper t-shirt. Those smiles aren’t just out of appreciation for the Crocodile Hunter-themed birthday cake in front of … Continue reading Asking for Music as a Gift

Music Anti-Videos

The evolution of music videos is an interesting one. Back in the 60s and 70s, it was fairly common for pop/rock artists would burst into the mainstream with appearances on late-night talk shows or through performances on shows such as Top Of The Pops, Old Grey Whistle Test, or Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert. Bands did … Continue reading Music Anti-Videos

1996 Sports Time The Beatles Cards

As promised, here’s the second portion of my Etsy purchase from Wonderland Toys. In actuality, these were the first of all the packs of cards I decided to buy when I found the seller. As The Beatles were also known as The Fab Four, this came in a bundle of four. I don’t think that … Continue reading 1996 Sports Time The Beatles Cards

Dandy Rock’N Bubble Playing Cards

After completing a recent entry where I drew some music trading card designs, I got an itch to buy some old cards and rip open packs. I’m well aware that pretty much any cards I obtained as a child had little-to-no monetary value, but I've always found something satisfying behind the mystery of what can … Continue reading Dandy Rock’N Bubble Playing Cards

Please Make My Album Cover!

While I’ve never had a musical project that escaped the confines of a jam room or apartment, I often find myself admiring album art in wonder of what artistic styles would be appropriate for any particular sound. As good as the work of many of the more heavily-utilized cover artists can be, I feel I’d … Continue reading Please Make My Album Cover!