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
Isn’t it a great feeling when you go somewhere with no intention of buying music, yet you end up buying music? I had been trying to cut back on music purchases in anticipation of hitting up a record shop in late-October, but nonetheless, these purchases somehow found me. Yes, I know how weak-willed that sounds. … Continue reading 2008 Upper Deck Heroes (Guitar Heroes)
It seems like it’s been awhile since making a post, but I have a good reason for the absence. I’ve had my head buried in comic books. Well, that’s a good reason for me, anyway! Gathering up back issues of The Punisher, G.I. Joe, and Mad magazine at various locations during summer vacationing got me … Continue reading Comic Strips in Album Sleeves? What a Concept!
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
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)
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
If I were to nominate a single image to summarize the excesses of the hair metal genre, this one would certainly be up for consideration. I found this clipping in the back pages of one of my Rock 'N' Roll Comics issues. In comic books from the late-80s and early-90s, I’m more accustomed to seeing … Continue reading Call the Warrant Hotline!