Alternate Album Cover Art IV

There doesn’t seem like much to do as a music fan these days. Thankfully, I can still order albums over the internet, though the stacks of them flooding my modest apartment make me look much like a hoarder. Organizing music is always a good activity, especially when you find the odd record that you haven’t … Continue reading Alternate Album Cover Art IV

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!

Brothers

Tomorrow is my brother’s birthday, and as a result of being his twin, tomorrow is also my birthday. For some reason, we never bother to get each other presents to help ring in the occasion. We usually just hang out and go have a nice meal somewhere, so it’s not much different than any other … Continue reading Brothers

A Christmas Mixtape

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? No? I get it. You’re avoiding the malls in fear of being bombarded with Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” or whatever pseudo-holiday songs are being spun by the latest manufactured boy band, right? That’s my theory of why online retailers are becoming more popular … Continue reading A Christmas Mixtape

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

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

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

Alternate Album Cover Art

While I consider myself an album collector, it’s a rare case that I purchase multiple copies of the same album. I’ll usually grab the first copy of the album I can get my hands on, but this doesn’t always go so well. When an album has been out for several years, it will often get … Continue reading Alternate Album Cover Art

My Music Autograph Collection

It’s show and tell time! I'm not a huge autograph seeker.  I've spoken to a number of musicians at concerts I've attended, but never feel the urge to ask for an autograph.  I haven’t used an autograph book since I was a kid when I would go to the Oldtimers charity hockey games featuring retired … Continue reading My Music Autograph Collection

Packaging Perspective: Night Passage by Weather Report

This album rarely gets discussed.  It was the second Weather Report album I ever owned (Heavy Weather being the first), and the first that I spent my own money on.  It may not get the acclaim that the bulk of their 70s recordings receive, but I think this album holds its own in terms of … Continue reading Packaging Perspective: Night Passage by Weather Report

John Scofield “Loud Jazz” Contest (Musician Magazine)

This June, I'm going to have the pleasure of seeing guitarist John Scofield in concert for the third time in my life.  I usually don't make habit of seeing an artist more than once to make opportunities for other concerts of interest.  However, I will make an exception if I deem the event to be … Continue reading John Scofield “Loud Jazz” Contest (Musician Magazine)